[QUOTE=Broccoli;4894561]So, are you implying that it was nonsense that they didn't use it?[/url]
No, I'm complementing them on at least having the gumption to go with their own take on what Krypton looked like, and use it. The rocket and set design for the three-part episode I mentioned all look original while looking like what came out of the original comic book descriptions of Krypton, which was that of an Earth-like planet with an advanced civilization populated by humanoid aliens.
Not the planet Tholia from Star Trek: TOS
Superman: The Movie was one of the most expensive films made at that time. I'd hardly argue they skimped on the budget for their opening scenes.
They may not have skimped on the budget, but they sure made a ridiculous-looking Krypton. As I've said before, I've seen better set and planet design on the various Star Trek
shows, and for a fraction of the cost of this one. I'd not be surprised that scientists and sci-fi authors would have found the set and the way Krypton was described to be similar to what I've said about it.
Anyway, the point of the matter is that the Krypton stuff looked so crazy and unrealistic to give it a sense of it being truly alien and advanced from anything Earth has without resorting to characters saying to the audience "We are an advanced alien race!" That would have been lazy. What the movie did was just good storytelling.
No, what the movie did made it look so removed from what we know humanoid beings evolve like that it still ended being unrealistic anyway. What we saw on BSG: TOS
looked more real than that (too bad whoever did what brief glimpses of Caprica we saw in the two-hour pilot wasn't also the designer for Superman The Movie
[or maybe somebody like Syd Mead]-that design looked like as was said in the show's opener about brothers and sisters of man from beyond the heavens.)
As for being 'dated', remember that such designs were how people saw the future then, no less 'dated' than how we see the future now from today, or more dated.
Now, if you didn't like the design, that's fine. But to claim that it was lazy is completely misguided.
I'll grant you the second part of your comment, but not the first-I still think that the design for Krypton is just crap, and that's that. We'll have to agree to disagree.