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Old October 6 2010, 04:29 AM   #130
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Re: Zack Snyder will direct SUPERMAN

I'm not sure I buy the duality of Superman that way. There are ostensible differences between Superman & Clark Kent and one might be closer to a genuine representation of his real personality than the other. However, when you get right down to it, they're the same guy with the same values. It's not like Batman, where the Bruce Wayne persona is deliberately designed to be the exact opposite of Batman. Superman only maintains a secret identity so that Clark Kent can live a normal life in peace.

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I would love for Routh to come back, but I just don't see it happening. I see Snyder and Nolan doing their own thing. However, if Snyder were to approach Routh about coming back, he would have to audition for a different kind of Superman- I'm sure whatever version of Superman that Snyder and Nolan are planning, that it's going to be different than what Singer had done for Superman Returns.
That's what gives me pause. While Batman has the potential for a lot of different interpretations, I think Superman fills a specific heroic archetype. Routh was doing a riff on Christopher Reeve, which is about as perfect as you can get. To move much beyond that is to create something that isn't really Superman.
Well, I see room for a different interpretation than the Reeve/Routh version. That was sort of a Silver Age version of Superman- where Clark Kent was the disguise, and Superman was the real persona- but lately we've seen a sort of reversal where Clark Kent is the real persona and Superman is the disguise. I have a feeling we're going to see that version of Superman in Snyder and Nolan's take.
If that's the difference in directions, then I'm OK with it. Although, I'd think that would be a difference in writing. The end result for the actor would be the same. So other than just trying to establish a different style/continuity, I can't see why Routh wouldn't be viable.
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