I’ve always felt that Superman was one of the more difficult superheroes to make good stories for.
I like the old-timey nature of the character, and I appreciate the values he represents, but for the most part; Kal-El of Krypton is just too damn powerful for his own good.
Seriously man, you could probably count all of Superman’s known weaknesses/vulnerabilities on 1 hand,
Taking that into account, it’s hard to deny the difficulty writers face when trying to create drama for the man of steel.
Inevitably, most Superman stories end up being centered around a villain scheming to do destroy the Earth/Metropolis/Jimmy the Cub Reporter; thereby testing the heroes’ mettle in an indirect fashion.
While said storytelling device is indeed effective for the most part, honestly; it gets kind of old after awhile.
Watching Superman race to save Lois, or pick up a mountain to save a busload of school kids is fun, but prefer my superheroes’ biggest threats to be of the more direct sort.
In short, I prefer it when my heroes are in just as much peril as the people they are trying to save.
I suppose it should be no surprise that, of all the Superman trades I own; The Death of Superman is easily my favorite.
Very little has been publicized in regards to the film’s plot or cast, other than the fact that it’s a *gasp* REBOOT, but given that Snyder is the director; I think we all know what to expect.
Over-the-top imagery and color correction, an overbearing soundtrack, absurd levels of graphic violence, and more than a handful of gratuitous slow-motion fight sequences.
While all of the above do in fact add up to a pretty extravagant audio/visual experience, the sad fact of the matter is that Zach Snyder’s shtick just doesn’t do it for me.
The man definitely has an eye for angles and gorgeous visuals, but of the films of his that I’ve seen, I felt the pacing was meandering at best, and there was a distinct lack of “heart” to the presentation of the story.
That being said, while I have an idea of what to expect from a Zack Snyder Superman, in truth it’s very hard for me to comprehend why he was selected to do it.
Superman fuckin’ is heart.
Richard Donner’s first 2 Superman films with Christopher Reeve did an incredible job in capturing this aspect of the character, that to this day many people, myself included; still think of Reeve as the finest representation of Superman in any medium.
In that sense, the new Superman, Henry Cavill; as well as Snyder himself have their work cut out for them.
Hmm, I seem to have gone off on a tangent.
While I have no doubt that Shannon will do well in the role, as I was very impressed with his performance in Revolutionary Road; it bothers me to know that General Zod is being re-used for the film.
It’s as if the producers/writers are afraid to stray away from the success of Richard Donner’s films.
Superman has a pretty solid gallery of rogues to pick from, and truth be told; aside from Terrence Stamp’s brilliant portrayal of the character in Superman II, General Zod has never really been one of my favorites.
*Sigh* I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that.
Knowing Zack Snyder, and his penchant for going over-the-top with things; I’m guessing there’s going to be several villains in the film, if not an entire army or some shit.
I’m sorry, but I just can’t picture a Zack Snyder film without a SLOW-MOTION 100-on-1 fight sequence.
In that sense, I’d bet that the movie will reference the recent Last Son and New Krypton storylines; thereby giving Mr. Snyder an excuse to have hundreds of Kryptonians flying around chucking cars at each other.
While that could be fun I guess, honestly I’d at least prefer to see a different villain take center stage.
How about fuckin’ Brainiac?
He’s pretty much at the top tier of Superman’s list of baddies and his back story has been ret-conned to have ties to Kal-El’s origins, what more could you want!?
Sure, he’s not interesting enough to carry a whole movie, but goddamnit; Superman’s at his best when he’s punching things, and Doomsday’s one of the only baddies he’s got that he can really slug it out with.
While I’m the topic of punching things, why not give us some Metallo action!?
Oh yeah, ’cause Metallo’s boring and nobody likes him…
But c’mon man, he looked like James Coburn in the cartoon, surely that has to count for something:
I apologize, I’m rambling.
My point is:
Superman Returns made the mistake of playing it way too safe, and in the process brought nothing new to the table; least of all villains or characters.
While Zack Snyder’s excessive style can be obnoxious at times, he has an opportunity to really try something different with his take on Superman; and I’d hate to see that hindered by a story that recycles villains used in films made almost 40 years ago.
That being said, here’s hoping that for fuckin’ once we get to see a Superman movie with some different villains; hopefully not including Nuclear Man.