Superman (casting, rumors, pix till release)

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  1. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    That could be good. I wouldn't mind seeing a whole film about Jor-El and Krypton. Do it as a disaster movie. True, it has kind of a downer ending, but you could end it on a ray of hope as baby Kal-El's capsule is found by the Kents, along with an archive of Kryptonian knowledge preserving the memory of their civilization (and maybe borrow the S:TM/Smallville concept of Jor-El's consciousness surviving as a disembodied mentor program, so there's a sense that the hero survived after all). Then the sequel would be a Superman movie.


    On the other hand, there are a lot of movies about entirely original characters that aren't origin stories. James Bond didn't get an origin story until Daniel Craig took over the role. Star Trek: TOS didn't get an origin story (outside of novels and comics) until 2009. The Incredibles never gave us an origin for Mr. Incredible or Elasti-girl, though the film could be considered an origin story for the Incredibles as a family/team. Showing a character's beginnings isn't the only way to introduce the character to an audience. Often, showing them in action, already established and doing what defines them, is a good introduction.

    One good approach is to introduce an already-established character or organization through the viewpoint of an audience surrogate who learns about it along the way. X-Men did that, not just in the movie (with Wolverine and Rogue) but in most of its animated adaptations (with Kitty Pryde in the '80s pilot, Jubilee in the '90s series premiere, and Nightcrawler in the X-Men: Evolution series premiere). Men in Black did that. Doctor Who did that twice -- each of its incarnations, the one that began in '63 and the one that began in '04, started from the perspective of a human character or characters who stumbled upon the Doctor and the TARDIS and learned about them as they went.

    I wonder if that approach could work for Superman. Imagine a movie told from the perspective of Lois Lane. Suddenly this mysterious superpowered hero shows up in Metropolis, she tries to investigate, but this new hick reporter Clark Kent keeps getting the scoop on her. What does he know that she doesn't? That way you get to introduce and explain the character to a new audience, but in a way that isn't just an origin rehash.


    That's a fair point. Studios are very conservative about their megabudget tentpoles, and would rather go with tried-and-true formulas than experimental alternative approaches.
     
  2. Greg Cox

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    Ditto for HELLBOY and even, in a way, Tim Burton's BATMAN, which had Vicki Vale figuring out Batman's origin after the fact.

    And WAREHOUSE 13, come to think of it.
     
  3. Captain Craig

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    Any origin sequence should be done ala The Incredible Hulk(Ed Norton) or something like the montage scene of time passing in The Watchmen.

    No one needs a 30-40 min origin scene of Krypton exploding, growing up in Smallville then off to Metropolis.

    I'm sure come the second Spidey reboot or next Batman reboot we'll all be saying the same thing about their origin sequences. Those are the next two most widely known and are really getting the screen time the past 20yrs. They have really grown past just the animated route of popularity.
     
  4. Captaindemotion

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    I think it's a little ironic that people are saying 'Oh, this movie will be influenced by Batman Begins, not Superman The Movie', given that Nolan and Goyer were very clear at the time of BB that they wanted to make a Batman movie in the vein of Richard Donner's Superman movie...
     
  5. DarthPipes

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    Who wants to see a movie about Krypton being destroyed? The amount of time spent on it in the first Superman film was more than enough. Not even close to enough people are going to want to go see a Superman movie where a bunch of intellectual aliens are waiting around for Krypton to be destroyed.

    Smallville was far from perfect but they spent enough time on Clark growing up there.

    Just give us a movie where Superman actually has to fight someone, not Superman Returns Redux. And make it someone other than Lex. The fact they have to keep redoing the origin story is proof of how no one can make a good Superman movie.

    Batman Begins and Casino Royale were different since there hadn't been an origin story for either character. Batman has an incredible rogues gallery but he is really the most interesting and complicated character in the Batman stories. Only the Joker is as interesting as Batman.
     
  6. Admiral_Young

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    I don't remember them saying that at all, got a link? . People are speculating it will be structured like "Batman Begins" because that was the template that Goyer and Nolan used to tell Bruce's origin. I think the whole point of this is to get separation from the DonnerVerse. Not to copy it.
     
  7. flemm

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    Well, I expect it will be in the vein of the Donner film in the sense that it will be an origin story that attempts to capture the sense of wonder that the character should, in theory, inspire. But, like Batman Begins, it will tell an updated version of the origin story, the untold story that we have never really seen before, blablabla. That's how Batman Begins was marketed, though the movie was basically the traditional origin story with a few updates, alterations and a bit more of a gritty tone.

    I'm not much of a fan of BB, and I'm not as crazy about TDK as many people are, but it's hard for me to believe that the Superman reboot won't try to follow the same basic pattern: revamped origin story, followed by a film featuring the most iconic adversary.

    Christopher, some very interesting ideas there, and I'm sure many of them could produce excellent stories. I particularly like the idea of a film focusing on Lois Lane's perspective, however I would bank on a more traditional origin story from this particular film.

    By the way, when I say that there will perhaps be a bit more of a Kryptonian emphasis, I'm not suggesting that the film will be mostly about what happens on Krypton (potentially interesting, speaking in absolute terms, but not likely for this type of movie), but rather that I wouldn't be surprised to see the Kryptonian aspect developed a bit more than in the Donner film, for a variety of reasons, one being that the villains in the first film will probably be from there.

    Zod makes sense because, yeah, that's somebody for Supes to fight. One possibility would be a sort of fusion of the origin story with a "Zod comes to earth and tries to take over" story.
     
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  8. DarthPipes

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    I didn't say they were going to do any of the Krypton stuff. I just find the idea of speing more time on them to be a waste.

    Batman Begins is a good template but I don't think we need another Superman origin story or a dark mood. Superman is supposed to represenet hope, not the jaded cynicism that is all over the entertainment industry nowadays.
     
  9. Admiral_Young

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    If anyone read the "New Krypton" story arc Geoff Johns kicked off his run on Action Comics with Richard Donner where they basically used the Krypton from Donner's films. Right down to the Council. Krypton was fleshed out and given a culture, incorporating elements from right back to the Silver Age. They even gave a reason for why Non was a mindless brute (The Council had performed a lobotomy to shut him up) he was also Jor-El's mentor and first brought to attention Krypton's pending doom to him.

    As I've said before if we revisit Krypton at all in the movie I believe we will get elements of what from the comics. "Superman Secret Origin" focused on Clark Kent's youth for instance rather than retell the Krypton stuff. It was reported a couple months ago the script contained Clark traveling to Africa which of course is from "Superman Birthright". So yeah there are many different ways they could feature Krypton and that part of the origin. We're just gonna have to wait and see what the plot actually is and I doubt we'll get any solid factual information for a few months.

    @Darth Pipes my last response was directed towards captaindemotion not you. You just happened to post a second before I did.
     
  10. DarthPipes

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    Ah. My bad then.
     
  11. Christopher

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    See, you're making the mistake of assuming that the way Donner portrayed Krypton is the only way of doing it. Have you ever seen the first episode of Superman: The Animated Series? It focuses entirely on Jor-El and Krypton, and it's an action-packed thriller all the way. The portrayal of Kryptonians as cold intellectuals is pretty much limited to the Donner movie, the John Byrne comics reboot, and their imitators. The Krypton of the Silver Age comics was a far livelier, more human place, as was the Krypton of S:TAS.

    And really, Jor-El's story fits the classic template for a disaster movie: a lone, crusading scientist tries in vain to convince the hidebound establishment to listen to his warnings, he's proven tragically right when the disaster strikes, and then he takes the lead in dealing with the consequences and trying to preserve some survivors. It's only at the ending where it diverges from that template, because usually in a disaster movie there are more survivors than a single baby.
     
  12. Viggo would be pretty cool casting as Zod. I could totally see him being a sneering badass general.
     
  13. Satyrquaze

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    Well, Cavill looks the part...
     
  14. davejames

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    I'm having a hard time seeing it myself. He's obviously a superb actor, but his energy and style just seems way too quiet and reserved to be convincing as a comic book villain.

    Especially in the kind of bombastic, hyper-stylized Superman movie Zach Snyder is almost certain to make.
     
  15. Admiral_Young

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    I can see Viggo as the General Zod used recently in the Superman books. He's based on the DonnerVerse Zod but looks nothing like Terrance Stamp. I think Viggo with his short hair cut and a goatee with a little black cap and leather uniform would look great.
     
  16. DarKush

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    I think this is a common perception, one I once held until I actually started watching the Superman animated series (WB) and reading more of his comics. Superman has a decent rogues' gallery, it's just that movies and TV shows have relied too heavily on Lex Luthor, excluding the other villains too much. Metallo, Bizarro, Parasite, Brainiac, Doomsday, Eradicator, Darkseid, Mongul, Jax-Ur, General Lane, could all be great movie villains. Even Intergang, Livewire, Toyman, Silver Banshee, Prankster, Mr. Mxyzptlk (with the right approach, like in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?), Atlas, Titano, Ultra-Humanite, could all be good secondary challenges, if the new films went the route of multiple villains per film like the Nolan Batfilms have.

    Perhaps it was just because Lex is the archenemy, he's the best known enemy, and his look is pretty affordable. I mean, it would cost a lot to do justice to some of Superman's other villains.
     
  17. Christopher

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    Except that a lot of the Superman: The Animated Series villains were either retooled to make them more effective (like Toyman), invented outright for the show (like Livewire), or borrowed from other comics. Darkseid wasn't really a Superman villain until TAS made him one. And the reason they made him one was because Superman simply didn't have any top-tier archnemeses once you got past Luthor and Brainiac.

    I could see Metallo working as the main threat with Luthor controlling him from behind the scenes, like in Metallo's first S:TAS episode. Parasite could maybe work if they used the thing about him gaining people's knowledge, so that he'd learn Superman's identity. You could get an effective psychological-thriller thing out of that; the Parasite could make Clark's life a living hell. Though I'd rather see something bigger like a Brainiac or Darkseid story -- maybe a story featuring Manheim and Intergang with Darkseid revealed as their string-puller and coming into play in the third act.

    But Jax-Ur is basically Zod (at least, the version of Zod made famous by the movies and imitated in more recent works is something of an amalgam of the Silver Age Zod and Jax-Ur), and Zod has more name recognition these days so they might as well go with him. And Eradicator might as well be merged with Brainiac, since that's kind of what the S:TAS character already did. Bizarro or Mxy or Toyman would be hard to do without sinking into goofiness and camp.

    But not Doomsday, please. Doomsday wasn't a character, just a cheap gimmick. The only times he's been remotely interesting have been in the adaptations where they gave him some personality and intelligence, particularly Smallville's version.
     
  18. Captaindemotion

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    Dude, leave your fantasies out of this! :p

    (Sorry, that was just too much innuendo for me to leave alone)
     
  19. Jax

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    Despite not being a big comic book fan, am watching Smallville at moment and plan to re-watch Superman Returns and for the first time watch the Richard Donner cut of Superman II...

    Its all making me rather interested in this new re-boot ;) I also agree Viggo would make a good Zod.
     
  20. Dark Gilligan

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    Daniel Day Lewis is being mentioned for the Zod role as well, though I see him more as Jor-El.
     

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