Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Meet the New Man of Steel

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No!! It's Superman... Getting a reboot!!

When all fails, reboot the franchise. That seems to be the convention among Hollywood producers nowadays. After a very meh comeback with the 2006 Superman Returns, Warner Bros. decided to breathe new life into the world's most recognisable superhero.

Nope, not like this...
While I'm not much of a Superman fan (not as an adult, at least), I can't really ignore this one since some of the great minds working in Hollywood today is chipping in towards making this project a reality. People like Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer are responsible for coming up with the story, and Zack Snyder was hired to direct this new Superman movie, slated for a December 2012 release.

And yeah, they have decided on who is going to play Superman. Considering that it is a reboot, it only made sense that Brandon Routh will not return to play the Man of Steel. Instead, we have this guy named Henry Cavill, probably best known for his role in the historical fiction television series The Tudors.

I'm not all too familiar with the guy, but he does look the part; Square-jawed, blue eyes and he has this Aryan poster boy flair about him. Talent-wise, if you know how to play a closeted homosexual, then playing Superman/Clark Kent shouldn't be too much of a hurdle.

Now, so far we've seen plenty of good things to come out of reboots. It would be unforgivable if we didn't because that's the whole point of rebooting a franchise; they're supposed to undo whatever mistakes made in the past, and properly serve up the movies. So here's what we need to see in this new Superman movie if it were to stand any chance of being awesome again;

#1 Better Villains
First of all, better villains, please. As epic as Lex Luthor can be, Superman is one overpowered superhero and he needs some epic battle akin to the final showdown between Neo and Agent Smith. You know, to make Superman fun to watch again. Do we really need to see Superman stop muggers or rescue cats stuck on trees yet another time?

However, there is a rumour going on about legendary method actor Daniel Day-Lewis as well as Viggo Mortensen being the forerunners to play General Zod, one of Superman's most iconic villains thanks to Terrence Stamp. However it should be noted that it is only a rumour at this point, so we'll just have to wait and see.

From left to right: Viggo Mortensen, Terrence Stamp as General Zod, Daniel Day-Lewis
#2 A little less Lois Lane
Secondly, just how many more ways would they like to explore the interspecies romance between Kal-El and Lois Lane? Enough of it already because it's starting to get a little creepy. Superman may look human, but he is an alien from outer space. So chew on that. Alright, I'm actually half joking about that. You can't really take the romantic subplot out of the equation altogether, since that would also mean half of the Superman mythology will not be represented. All I'm saying is, take it down a few notches.

Let's just say I Googled "Alien sex" and got disturbed by what I found...
#3 Learn something from the new Batman movies
Both franchises went under for different reasons, but Superman could learn a thing or two from Christopher Nolan's vision of the Batman universe. Prior to that, the Batman movies (after Batman Returns [1992]) were pretty much high-budgeted, glorified toy commercials.

I can't pinpoint exactly what at the moment, but what they could do is take out all the nonsense and focus on the story instead of all the cash to be made from the Happy Meal tie-in. I don't think that's gonna be too hard, after all Christopher Nolan will actively participate in the project and the dude has a reputation to live up to.

1 comment:

Zulfahmi said...

How they can improve the new Superman movie?

Hmm... from my reading of the comics, I've learned that Batman and Superman are not that close with each other...

Why? Well, because they have different principles...

For Batman - "Sacrifice few to save millions" (That's why he never got married)

Whereas for Superman - "Sacrifice is bullshit... I'm saving everybody" (including the bad guys)

I think that Superman is noblest super hero ever... He MUST save everyone... That is a fine quality but it also can be a weakness...

So, in this upcoming movie, I would love to see how Superman deals with a conflict about who are the people who deserve to be saved or must he really save everybody? including the bad guys who had hurt my family and friends??

Then, even if he saved the bad guys, would the public accept it?? "Hey, he killed my father... Superman, why did u save him?"

There are a lot of issues need to be dealt with if your a super hero... That's y I prefer to be villains... Just choose a reason to hate and destroy everything with out discrimination...

Taking about villains, yeah, Superman must have great rivals... Enough with Lex Luthor... Let's bring out other villains such as Brainiac - the genius... Surely Brainiac can provide enough puzzles that can force Superman to his edge...

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