In the decade of the 1930’s the world was ravished by the Great Depression. From the age of 7, or perhaps even younger, those words filled my preadolescence body, with an excitement that can only ever be comparable to what I felt every year on Christmas Eve (I still get this feeling on Christmas Eve, however it’s completely void of the insomnia, thank goodness!). Superman is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of the western world. I often wonder what would happen on a future post apocalyptic Earth, where a disbanded humanity discovers Superman’s stories and other superheroes adventures. They would almost certainly be the gods of that time, and worshipped for their good deeds. For this reason and a great many others, Superman needs a movie that is comparable to that of his renown, epic.
I was really disappointed that Warner Bros. didn’t think highly enough of my film or my filmmaking to ask me to make the new Superman.
In 2006 we finally saw Superman return to the big screen. After more than 25 years of dodgy scripts, giant spiders and Nicholas Cage. Brian Singer, a veteran to the genre of superhero movies, a clearl choice with the X-Men successfully franchising away all thanks to him, was the best choice. Even John Peters the executive producer of the first Batman was quoted “it’s a spiritual movie” this got fans into a frenzy, finally Superman on the big screen, this was going to be amazing. I spent pretty much all of 2005 and 2006 typing Superman Returns in to Google, I followed it to the point where I was even subjectively finding myself telling myself off! First came the Art Deco photograph then some tiny snips of leaked footage, I wanted more, in fact I needed more, I was obsessed. Then came the trailer. The trailer was perhaps one of the best trailers ever made, it made the film look like it was going to be the most epic film in the history of cinema… It wasn’t Superman/Clark had hardly any lines, Lois was weak, the “S” was too small, Superman didn’t physically fight anyone, Lex’s relationship with Superman scratched the surface and didn’t even explain, or show why Lex hates him so much.The film was extremely lame and massively disappointing. My excitement for it’s release is only comparable to the gigantic disappointment that I felt as I walked out of the cinema, I was so gutted. I walked home with lots of questions, all of which now I am hoping and praying, to the big blue boy scout in the sky… Please, let the Man Of Steel be the film the character deserves!
I was always dead set on casting an unknown. Brandon embodied the character the best — his acting talent, physical presence and personality. Bryan Singer
Superman needs to rival The Batman, they need to make it gritty and intelligent, deep, moving and packed with well thought out action that is built up and extremely exciting. Lots of Krypton, where we see Jor-El as a heroic man of the people, desperately trying to save his race, that are warped by their own arrogance and consider themselves indestructible. Once Kal-El arrives on Earth he battles with his own internal conflicts about doing and being a good person, and trying desperately to fit in. The world needs to be as real as it can be, dealing with this super being from another world. Most will fear him, some will even worship him, however he’ll have many enemies that don’t trust his good intentions, one of these will be the industrialist Lex Luthor, who filled with bitter envy wants to eradicate the Man Of Steel, thus repositioning himself as the most powerful man on the planet, and not let some god that flies around in a little red cape steal all the limelight, and of course, doesn’t share his power with mankind.
It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that. Christopher Nolan
Then there’s the biggest problem Henry Cavil is going to face. nearly any actor can play superman, in terms of his screen time he’s a very serious Character with very little depth threat he reveals to the people around him. The problem is of course, Clark. Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent in my opinion was flawless, and is embedded in many fans minds, as how Clark should be.
Really, Lois, supposing that man had shot you? Is it worth risking your life over ten dollars, two credit cards, a hairbrush, and a lipstick? Clark Kent
The transition from Clark to Superman was seamless, I actually felt like they were two different people, the fact that Clark is a weak person, smart and unassuming, is definitely part of the reason Superman is so appealing to geeky, awkward men. I myself as a teenager struggled with having an over bearing, louder sibling, that made me very insecure, so the thought of breaking out of that character, into a confidant powerful super being is perhaps why Superman still resonates with me today. The scene that always leaves a frog in my throat every time I watch it, is the best scene I have ever seen in a film. Clark walks out of the Daily Planet whistling, he’d just finished a day at the office and was heading home, and is completely unaware that Lois Lane is hanging off the edge of the building. He sees Lois’ hat on the ground and picks it up, he looks up and then suddenly is called to action, in that moment he switches character in such a way that even now as I write this sentence a chill is running down my spine. Henry has a large act to follow.