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Bryan Singer and Quint talk Nazis, Tom Cruise, Terence Stamp, VALKYRIE plus an update on SUPERMAN!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a good chat between myself and Mr. Bryan Singer about his upcoming flick VALKYRIE. I haven’t gotten to see his flick, yet, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to talk with the man about it. I love WW2 stories and I’m a big fan of Christopher McQuarrie’s work, especially his work with Bryan Singer. I’m very excited to see them reteam. They briefly worked on X-MEN, but this is their first full-on collaboration since THE USUAL SUSPECTS. Add on to that the fantastic cast he’s gathered, and I’m itching to see this one. We talk a lot about the flick and also look for something very, very interesting comes up around the middle of the interview… We here at AICN have been hearing some rumblings that he’s back on-board with Superman, so I asked him about that. Check out his answer. Anyway, enjoy the interview! See you on the other side!



Bryan Singer: Hello.

Quint: Hey Bryan, how’s it going?

Bryan Singer: Good, how are you?

Quint: I’m doing very well. So yeah, are you about to hit it pretty big with all this publicity blitz for the movie?

Bryan Singer: Yeah we got New York and then a pretty big, extensive international, so that’s all coming up… like a tidal wave.

Quint: That’s alright, it’s got to be all good if the movie’s there right?

Bryan Singer: Yeah, yeah. No, it’s exciting; I’m excited to show people the movie, so that part… and to talk about it so in that context it’s good. It’s just the international it’s insane because you know it’s like a few places I’ve never been to and I think I’ll be at them for like fifteen hours.

Quint: Yeah, and you have to spend nine of those hours in a room with people and probably the rest sleeping.

Bryan Singer: Yeah or the plane, sleeping on the plane. So it’ll be a more time in the air than on the ground kind of tour, but it’s good there’s a lot of interest in these territories so it’s exciting.

Quint: Well that just means people just want to see the movie so that’s cool. I haven’t seen it yet, they haven’t screened it in Austin but I can tell you that from the moment that it was announced the thing that was the most exciting for me was seeing you re-team with Chris McQuarrie.

Bryan Singer: Oh yeah, yeah…

Quint: I’ve gotten to know Chris a little bit since meeting him when he was promoting WAY OF THE GUN…and we’ve talked occasionally but I just think he’s still one of the most exciting writers out there right now and I can’t wait to see what you guys have kind of cooked up around this story.

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Bryan Singer: Well, for us it was incredible because the two of us grew up together in New Jersey. Our parents ran for local office; his father and my mother, in our hometown and Chris and I used to make World War 2 movies in my backyard with stuffed helmets and things both German and American helmets we’d get from the Army Navy store and here we were years later still great friends and on the set with real, extraordinary costumes and amazing casts, real tanks and real planes. Tom Cruise! (laughs)

Quint: Yeah, and you’re not just throwing dirt clods for grenades!

Bryan Singer: No, no dirt clods! We had… in this movie, there’s not a lot of CGI. The CGI is with Tom’s injuries because he’s missing a hand and fingers and things like that, but when it came to the explosive elements to the picture they’re all real. We had live P-40s, we shot with Messerschmitts , Junkers, and hundreds of extras and explosions and all these things and in Berlin mostly, except for a desert sequence we shot here, but most of it or all of it was in Berlin so… we had the authenticity of that so it was all pretty surreal actually.

Quint: So, if you honestly look at it was all that for authenticity purposes or was it because you wanted to play with those toys?

Bryan Singer: I think it was for… (laughs) You know what? Ultimately it looks more real. Still there’s something about certain CG explosions and planes and movement and there’s something about them when they’re CGI that just still looks a little, a little iffy. I mean some things like in SUPERMAN when a jet that size is falling out of the sky you really have no choice, but when it came to these planes, and there’s going to come a time when these World War 2 planes won’t be flying anymore, they’ll just be museum pieces. So, to have that opportunity to maintain that realism was designed to make the film look more realistic.

Quint: I’m completely with you on that. I think it takes extraordinary CGI to be able to not kind of tip the hand, keep the audience from knowing they’re watching an illusion.

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Bryan Singer: Yeah. Especially in daylight with and especially with period the things we’ve already seen growing up, a lot of people have grown up with World War 2 movies where a lot of this equipment… everything from THE LONGEST DAY to A BRIDGE TOO FAR, and they’ve seen a lot of this real equipment and to then suddenly to depart from that would be a mistake. And I will say there was some fun, there’s a sequence which happens inside one of the planes… Instead of putting Tom on a set and shaking it around with a green screen out the window which is how we did most of…

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Bryan Singer: …with SUPERMAN, the seaplane, we actually flew up over the German forests in this seventy-year old Junker… Tom, and there was only room for my cinematographer and my A.C., two pilots, Jamie Parker who… this was his first day of shooting as an actor, he plays Tom’s young assistant in the movie, and I had to get a quick lesson on how to do Tom’s makeup. So we’re in the plane flying a couple hundred feet over the forest and I’m… it’s so hot in the plane and I’m smacking Tom with a sponge trying to dab sweat off his face and it was… we have bloopers somewhere of this… and I got to hand it to… you know he’s such a… was such a sport about my… I will never try to do makeup again. But it was cool to be able to do that, to be in those real aircrafts and yeah…

Quint: How extraordinary is iT to kind of circle back to… here you are dabbing makeup on one of the biggest actors in the world, but doing essentially what you’d probably be doing on these little short movies you were doing with Chris as a kid.

Bryan Singer: Yeah, yeah and in the same spirit, the same working relationship, incredibly collaborative and fun. This is for me, you know I did the film APT PUPIL which touched upon this and the opening of X-MEN which had a concentration camp sequence, so for me this was also like a very cathartic because… I had the German high command, we were in the place… there was… even Hitler, there was everybody so it was everything you could ever want for this kind of movie.

Quint: What was the overall feeling then, because I’m sure you must be balancing having the time of your life with the kind of emotional resonance of being in these places where these men actually lived and worked and…

Bryan Singer: …and died. The thing with Berlin is interesting because it was only re-unified less than twenty years ago so it’s kind of a city that’s been frozen that’s only now growing and there’s a lot of remnants of the past, a lot of buildings pock-marked with bullets from the second world war… and my apartment was next to the plaza where they burned the books…

Quint: Oh really?

Bryan Singer: Yeah, where Humboldt University is. So, as a Jew, and one whom has relatively decent knowledge of the Holocaust, from my growing up as a Jewish kid and also the two films, APT PUPIL and the opening of X-MEN, and knowing a bit about that and then being in the city… were moments that yeah could become a little intense, my feelings about it. Oh I even had lunch with Hitler’s bodyguard!

Quint: Oh really?

Bryan Singer: Yeah, think of that. Also with members of Stauffenberg’s family, with other historians which were incredibly wonderful, but you know here I am with a ninety-one year old man who spent four years next to Adolf Hitler. I didn’t discuss moral issues but…

Quint: Just on a basic level that must have been fascinating because you just really. It’s hard to even think about, but the image of Hitler and the image of what he did and it’s so burnt into our culture, full of iconography, it almost takes it out being real because we see footage, we see movies, we can see his speeches and we can read his books and all that stuff but it’s like there’s just… I don’t know that just kind of blows my mind that you can just sit down and talk with somebody who not only was around when he was doing these things but knew him personally.

Bryan Singer: The second man to walk in the room and see Hitler’s body after he committed suicide… and probably one of five people in the world who actually saw his body before it was rolled up and burned. Yeah, no it’s… one interesting challenge of the movie, which was important… You know a lot of World War 2 movies are either in black and white or they’re de-saturated to try to approximate the black and white vibe… it’s almost like getting away with making a black and white movie, but not having it be black and white, and it was important in this case to make… because there is a kind of dimension and color that existed then within the architecture of the Reich, as minimalist or as fascist and formal as it was, there’s also a… there are a lot of colors and in looking at a lot of the color films that existed, both motion picture color film and still photography, and examples and swatches of fabric… The look of the film is one… I’m excited about it because it’s a kind of…people will be able to see what Third Reich looked like to the people who lived there when it happened… and that was important visually.

Quint: Now, do you think that people usually go for that aesthetic, the more drowned out colors, because World War 2 was the first war that people, that weren’t there, actually got to see through footage and that’s kind of how…

Bryan Singer: Yeah, and most of that footage is in black and white. The color films from the second World War, particularly the Nazi color films that were shot that are vibrant and Eva Braun’s home movies and a lot of that stuff materialized in the public lexicon much later so people don’t think of the second World War in color. We had a lot of German books particularly one I found that shows Hitler at the Wolf’s Lair, which was his base of military operations, where the assassination attempt took place, and some of these are photographs that look like they were shot yesterday with a digital camera. Of Hitler with his dog, with Blondie, doing tricks in the snow and… also pictures of North Africa, vivid depictions of this, so this was very important to try and recreate that.

Quint: Hitler And His Dog could be a great punk band name.

Bryan Singer: It is, it is, called BLONDIE.

[Both Laugh]

Quint: Oh, there you go.

Bryan Singer: Yeah, Blondie’s name came from Hitler’s dog which I just only found out like four days ago.

Quint: That’s crazy. Can we talk a little bit about the cast? Because I think you’ve assembled quite an amazing group. Looking at it, the best character actors and actors working today are in the movie. I’m assuming that you had Tom first and that you had to build a cast around him…

Bryan Singer: Yes.

Quint: Since he’s not only the lead actor, a huge star, but also the producer and he’s kind of running the studio…

Bryan Singer: He’s not a producer, no. That’s an important distinction. When he does a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film he’s the producer of the film. In this case he is a studio head, or a participating studio head, and the actor. So, when he worked as an actor he was an actor first, there was no blurring of those two. Chris and I produced the film together, so for us we were kind of the producing element. It’s important to make that distinction because it’s… people are oh like “he’s producer/director”…and the role of a producer is always very different than being a studio head.

Quint: How much creative input did he have in filling the roles around him.

Bryan Singer: That’s mostly, I got to say, Roger Mussenden and myself… and Chris as well but casting is something that I’ve had a pretty good track record with over the years and it’s something I take… probably fifty percent of my job is in casting…

Quint: And in ensemble pieces as well.

Bryan Singer: Yeah, yeah. So, that’s sort of like looking with an X-MEN movie there’s an ensemble of characters that are depicted in fiction, but they already are pre-existing, so there are certain challenges with that. With this film they’re actual characters in history that we have real photographs of and really existed and said things and wrote things and had a significant place in history so that posed an actual…that was very challenging…in thinking about them it’s just a different kind of casting that I had never done before because I had never done a historical film.

Quint: Well let’s go over some of these people… I think far and away, even though I think Branagh is amazing, I love Nighy and Wilkinson’s one of my absolute favorite working actors, but Terence Stamp is one of the main things I’m looking forward to seeing in this movie.Wilkinson and Nighy and Branagh they’re always in movies and Terence Stamp he seems too…not be as prevalent in the films…

Bryan Singer: He chooses the films he does very carefully.

Quint: So how did you get him, what was it like?

Bryan Singer: Well, he and I had met, before I had cast Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan in X-MEN, before that was done, I was meeting actors and he had come in and we had a lovely meeting on X-MEN 1 and we really hit it off and spent a couple of hours talking about my favorite films… SUPERMAN, WALL STREET, which I just re-watched last night actually… It’s so cool.

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Bryan Singer: So that was where for me it began, loving him as an actor, but also knowing that he had a delightful personality and that we hit it off so when I went to him, made the offer to him to do it, I already had the meeting on X-MEN 1… so he accepted it so based on the material and me, I guess, and so that’s how that came to be. For me it’s a two fold thing… it’s the person, if they’re really an interesting actor but they’re also, you know, a dick it’s harder to imagine making a movie, particularly this movie I knew was going to be very, very, very challenging and I needed to know that all the cast members would be onboard for the full brunt of it and have a very positive attitude and I knew he was that kind of guy and he was really great to work and told the most amazing stories about William Wyler and about Fellini and would act them out and he’s just fantastic. We’d just sit there sometimes on set for… and my A.D. kind of looking hovering around me and we’re listening and we’re talking about… and he was in the bombing of London when he was a boy! In fact there’s a scene you’ll see in VALKYRIE where the Staffenberg family goes into their basement because Berlin is being bombed and that sequence was informed by a conversation that I… at least the way that sequence plays out, was informed by a conversation that I had with him about his experiences in the bombing of London, his neighborhood was hit, was one of the first neighborhoods in London that was bombed. Which is incredible, again here’s a person acting in this movie playing General Beck who lived through the second World War but from the other side, and here he is playing a sympathetic German so… it’s kind of cool.

Quint: That’s great. I can’t wait to see him in the movie. Him alone, with Tom Wilkinson who it seems like every movie I see with him he continues to knock me down on just how good he is…

Bryan Singer: He is, he’s great. And he plays a very interesting character and again… a dead on historical sort of interpretation of this character he plays. He plays a character who’s kind of on the fence… like if the assassination attempt goes, he’ll be on their side, if it doesn’t go… well, then he’ll fuck them.

Quint: That sounds kind of like perfect material for him because he can play both. He can play really crazy strong and also very sympathetic. To see him play them both in one story I think going to be really interesting. So, I’ve heard that there might be some re-interest in SUPERMAN with Warner Bros. Is that true?

Bryan Singer: I couldn’t… you know.. I couldn’t tell you or talk about that at this point. I honestly… I’m just so… at least as far as my role in it is concerned I just need… I just have… this one because we had to drop and pick up on this has been a longer process so… yeah I wouldn’t be able to give you a clear… any clarity on that. (laughs)

Quint: Alright, alright, that’s fine. I think when we talked at COMIC-CON after SUPERMAN RETURNS had come out…you mentioned that you had talked to Stamp about Zod quite a bit… and I remember back when you were talking about that was kind of a fascinating, especially to hear your obvious enthusiasm for it because I’m a big SUPERMAN 2 geek, too. I love Zod and I think that’s one of the reasons why I’m really looking forward to seeing how you work with him in VALKYRIE.

Bryan Singer: Well yeah it’s a very different character…

Quint: I imagine! (laughs)

Bryan Singer: A more subdued ailing general, but if anything it was a lovely relationship and when we were doing ADR I almost asked him to give me a “Kneel before Zod!” on the recording and I said “Ok I’m not going to do it! I’m not going to be that guy!” but maybe there’ll be. We not only got along way back when but we actually had a great time working together so… that’s that. And I ended up doing three movies with Ian McKellan, so… and by the end of this movie I think I’ve worked with half of the National Theater.

Quint: Yeah I was going to say the only one missing from the lineup was Sir Ian, but I guess you wouldn’t want to “re-nazi” him after APT PUPIL.

Bryan Singer: Yeah! (laughs) I guess I have this thing for English actors but we have some good…we have Carice van Houten, who is Dutch.

Quint: Yeah, BLACK BOOK was an awesome movie and she was so great in it.

Bryan Singer: Yeah, now that was one night we watched that over at Tom’s house and had… we’re just like… she’s incredible and that was one where both of us, Tom and I together, decided like right there in the room after we ran the movie she’s got to be the girl and Tom’s like “Yup” and we both decided that simultaneously.

Quint: Yeah, it’s going to be another interesting thing. I don’t think I’ve seen her in an English language performance so…

Bryan Singer: I think she did a little of English in BLACK BOOK, she did some Hebrew I think and English, but she can do anything. And also Kretschmann, a few German actors… Christian Berkel and Thomas Kretschmann.

Quint: And you have Eddie Izzard as well, right? I mean, he’s not German but…

Bryan Singer: No, but an authority on history and the Third Reich. He and I could talk history forever. I mean he’s somebody at some point if the subject matter… he can just… he’d probably be much better spokesperson than I would…he’s amazing, and for me being so steeped in the history to have an actor who is also so knowledgeable about the history was exciting for me and he’s a great guy and Bill Nighy is heartbreaking. I felt his performance and his arc of his character is very heartbreaking.

Quint: Great well I mean I’m very much looking forward to the movie. I’m a big fan of the iconography of this war in particular and I think it sounds like you have an incredible team pulled together.

Bryan Singer: Yeah, it was definitely a great team and Tom… and it was very… just to talk about Chris and I again because Chris and I growing up together making movies but Tom’s energy and collaboration… Tom loves movies so much and making them and being part of it and being there. It’s just his energy, like the three of us, it was very much like the “make-up moment” was happening all the time and that was kind of something I hadn’t… it brought me back to the early days.

Quint: Well and it sounds like it’s kind of crucial, too, on a movie as big and complicated as this one was going to be… if you had your lead working against you especially if your lead was also a part of the studio system…

Bryan Singer: I will say… there is some benefits because you can… it’s always unspoken but, definitely when you’re pushing for an extra plane or you’re pushing for an extra hour of shooting… You know, he’ll go the distance, he’ll do anything! He’s used to working for Stanley Kubrick. You know what I mean? I could never ask for as much as Kubrick I’m sure did. So, in that way it was actually very fortunate.

Quint: Yeah I only met him once. I was on WAR OF THE WORLDS for the last day of photography, actually, and Spielberg took me over to meet him. My mind was already blown, just the fact that I was standing there talking to Spielberg, and then he’s like “You should meet Tom.” It was a very surreal day.

Bryan Singer: He is so wonderful. When you’re there in Germany you’re kind of alone… or if you’re me… so I had a lot friends come out and visit and he, I cannot tell you, I cannot speak enough about how cool he is and continues to be to all my friends, no matter who they are. When we shot out in the desert when we were shooting the desert sequences we camped out every night. We had cookouts and we watched movies and we went walking out into the desert with his kid, his wife and his family was there and a ton of my friends… every single friend who’s met him and hung out with him is so disoriented because they have this pre-existing image and then here he’s this family guy who’s cool and nice and laid back. It’s a pleasure.

Quint: Yeah, my one impression with him was that he was eerily nice. Like almost like he was making fun of me, you know that he was so overly nice.

Bryan Singer: Yeah, no. He is that guy. You keep waiting for another guy to emerge or there’s going to be a (bad) moment and it just doesn’t (happen). It’s like… he’ll have stress, but he genuinely likes people and he likes meeting people and learning about people and it’s genuine. No matter who it is. Unnless he’s in the middle of a scene he’ll talk. And he prefers being on sets so very often when the star would generally go to their trailer, he’ll sit on set and hang and chat.

Quint: I’m sure that means all the difference in the world to the crew as well. I think that’s about all I got, man. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with us and I look forward to the movie.

Bryan Singer: Alright, and yeah I look forward to seeing you again, and getting into Austin.

Quint: Alright, cool man.

Bryan Singer: Have a good one.


I hope you guys enjoyed the chat. I’ve talked to people who have seen VALKYRIE and they tell me that it’s the goods. I can’t wait! And interesting non-denial on the Superman rumor. Might be some interesting developments there. I wonder if Chris McQuarrie is still attached as he once was before Singer dropped out initially. I think it’d be great to see those two team up, especially if Singer still intends to do a Wrath of Khan-inspired follow-up. And his track record is good with superhero sequels. Guess the big weekend is upon us. See you guys on the other side of BNAT! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • Dec. 11, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Superman.

    by CGI_Pants

    That didn't seem like a non-denial tome. That sounded like squirming.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    ...

    by CGI_Pants

    was I supposed to say first there? <br> <br> l <br> o<br> l<br>

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    what about the deleted krypton scene of superman returns?

    by Gorgomel

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    DWAYNE JOHNSON IS SUPERMAN.

    by Shermdawg

    Ditch Singer and Routh, Warner Bros. Don't let him rehash Superman 2 and Wrath of Khan. Modernize this franchise. Do something new.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    We need a balls out Superman!

    by GeorgieBoy

    Something GIGANTIC for Superman to battle! I'm frankly tired of Lex Luthor in (nearly) every movie. Doesn't Supes have any other enemies to battle?

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    JON HAMM IS SUPERMAN!!!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    And well done, Quint!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    "So, Why Did You Make Your Superman Movie Suck So Much?"

    by LaserPants

    See, thats what you should have asked.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Superskinnyman Returns Again

    by Ricky Retardo

    Singer created the worst super-hero film of all time! "Look! Up in the sky! It's a turd! And, it's lame! It's Superskinnyman!" No more Lex Luther! No more Singer!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    "Tom Cruise.. he's so WONDERFUL"

    by Galactic

    Did he really just say that...

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Dissappointed in the interview

    by xevoid

    No mention of scientology. I don't think you can talk about this movie without mentioning Tom's beliefs and how the Germans were hesitant to let the movie be filmed in Berlin because tom is a Scientologist. Why didn't Quint ask Brian how they were eventually able to get the Germans to allow filming? What concessions did they make? Why did the krauts change their minds? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Cool interview Quint.

    by Amy Chasing

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    HOW IN THE HIGH HOLY FUCK

    by rhcp2sweet

    do you create a new user name on aicn??? I've been looking on the site for about a half hour and can't figure it out. Someone help my technologically retarded ass!!!!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns

    by enderandrew

    He got quite a bit right in that film. Luthor was great. Routh really captured all the iconic poses and just nailed the look. The first half moves at a decent pace and the shuttle/plane sequence is great. But it falls apart towards the end. It drags and the fact that Superman was nearly killed by being near the Kryptonite, and then moments later he is lifting a KRYPTONITE CONTINENT just don't make any sense. Please, please, please have a five year old review your plot for gaping holes like that. That being said, I think Singer is a great director. Returns was his worst film, and I still largely enjoyed that. I'm curious to see if he has grown and learned more about action sequences. They aren't his strong suit. And about Tom Cruise, EVERYONE who has met him says the exact same thing. Heck, Kevin Smith, who gossips and throws people under the bus constantly said Cruise was the nicest, most sincere, down-to-earth guy you'll ever meet. Maybe is very sincere, and at the same time, believes in an insanely stupid religion.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Using semicolons in transcripts:

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    A dubious practice

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    "Yup"

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    I'd say "Yup" to Carice van Houten as well. She's awesome.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    This is going to be a trainwreck

    by ennui

    Bryan Singer is vastly overrated, usual suspects is a good flick, but the x films were mediocre and superman was just lame. I am really going to enjoy watching two overrated hacks (cruise and singer) get what they have coming when this thing bombs.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Peculiar thing about "Valkyrie"

    by ufoclub1977

    "Valkyrie" was odd in that all the "Germans" had English accents except for Stauffenberg who had an American accent... but it was pretty good, tense, and kept you engaged for the duration... much better than his superhero ventures (in my opinion)... back to form like "Apt Pupil".

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    DWAYNE JOHNSON / ALL-STAR SUPERMAN

    by sarajevobot

    Put Le Rock in a movie based on Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman. Or at least something written by Grant Morrison. For the love of all that is holy.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I saw Valkyrie a week ago

    by Mattyboy122

    It's pretty mediocre, unfortunately. What can you say about a film that has the right ingredients, but just doesn't work? I thought it was basically a misfire, an average film, rather than a great one. Pretty much the same feeling I had with The Last Samurai, I think.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Brandon Routh is...

    by Kal Reeve

    the Superman for this generation. He gave a graceful, soulful performance in "Superman Returns." We should respect that.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    Step into my office. Why?

    by MapMan

    BECAUSE YOUR FUCKIN' FIRED!! Singer deserves credit for "The Usual Suspects" and ushering in the modern era of super-hero films with his great "X-Men" films. But he screwed up big time in "Superman Returns" and the franchise cannot risk another kick at the can by him. Otherwise the franchise will be dead for several years. Sorry Mr. Singer but you screwed up. It's time for a new start with a new cast, vision and writer with love for the source material. In other words, another Christopher Nolan type.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Singer is NOT in the running for SUPERMAN.

    by Bob Cryptonight

    I love SUPERMAN RETURNS for what it is (the long lost SUPERMAN III that Donner never made), but obviously it's embarrassing to Singer because he tried hard with RETURNS but it didn't really become a blockbuster. The studio respects him enough not to completely rule him out in their press talk concerning the next flick. But he will not be back.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns had a good looking guy in tights.

    by Amy Chasing

    It was as cheesy as the other movies.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight

    by technotranceporter

    So I have been thinking a lot about that movie since it came out and I figured the whole thing out, mostly becaue I'm a genius. Nolan says that he won't make another Batman film until he finds a good story. Right? How about he makes a Batman movie? Not Batman Begins or the Dark Knight but just Batman. Not everything was tied up at the end of the last movie. The peolpe of Gotham hate him now and they need him back to set things straight. We need hin back. I need him. Maybe they could call it The Dawn Of Batman. Hells yes son!! Sorry. I love that movie. All geeks need to Call to arms and demand it.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    only reason we read this was for Superman Returns -

    by Jugdish

    WHo cares about Valkyrie!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Saw This Movie Already Posted Anaram

    by spidermanfreak20

    I sent this to Harry but apparently he no like Video reviews. http://tinyurl.com/6cbcoe I thought the film was real but not interesting. The Germans were more like Russians. But still well made like U571

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST

    reboot the franchise

    by I am the most horrible

    I beg of you.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for Valkyrie

    by Gungan Slayer

    Been waiting for this one for a good while now. Also, as always, good interview Quint.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah now that a his Superman Origins is out of the way

    by FILMFUNK

    A superman sequel might be good if they get an actress with a bit of screen presence to play Lois Lane and Terrence to play Zod and just have all out Superhero war! instead of Baldy boring Luther!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Nice interview

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I do wish Singer would do an original thriller...I think an original espionage thriller by him would be amazing. My only reservation w/ this movie is the whole story is well known...Hitler lives Tom's character dies.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Just keep the John Williams music always for Superman

    by Drath

    That's the ONLY thing I don't want lost in a reboot. Otherwise, they need to lose Alex Lane. And Kate Bosworth. And seriously consider John Hamm for Superman. Also great as Spacey is, Terry O'Quinn for Lex Luthor and as a rich evil business man rather than an amusingly scheming crook. I was okay with the rest of the movie...but make James Marsden's character be Hal Jordan instead and spin it off to Green Lantern. Also feature Brainiac and Metallo and villains who can give us a superfight but not just be Superman 2 again (though Terrance Stamp back as Zod would still be kind of fun). Oh yeah, and pace it better. And include more of the characters from Superman's world of Metropolis--look how good it was including so many of Batman's supporting cast. By the way, that was a puny as shit blurb on Superman, not worth mentioning at all in the headline.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    X-Men to X2

    by enderandrew

    X-Men wasn't fantastic, but X2 made a huge leap. That is the primary reason I think he should get another shot at Supes.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    RICK ASTLEY FOR UK XMAS #1

    by elbowburger

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  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Keep him away from the new Superman movie

    by White Goodman

    I don't expect to see a new one within the next 5 years, but keep Singer away from the Superman franchise. Please.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Bring back Brandon Routh

    by doubledown44

    He was excellent in the role. It seems like Singer is already gone, though.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Rick Astley is still around?

    by Amy Chasing

    never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna turn arouuund and desert you... <P> ummm... yeah, superman... woo...

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Why do i get the feeling that....

    by Maegnarval

    Tom Cruise will be playing General Zod in the next Superman, in the first part of the movie dealing with Krypton's past & it's dealings with Brainiac. Leading to whatever it was that caused Gen. Zod to go renegade & maybe conspire with Brainaic to capture a city & shrink it for whatever purpose Brainaic had in mind...perhaps manipulating Gen. Zod that he was trying to help preserve a piece of Krypton......

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    superman returns

    by darthwaz1

    is fucking unwatchable and an insult to a classic character. Although I love Singer's X movies, he needs to be kept away from any supes movie. It needs a reboot ala hulk/punisher. He seems like he got all his supes info from the donner movies but never read a comic and had no understanding of the character.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    OT, But RIP Bettie Page...

    by jesuschrist

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2008/12/bettie-page-the.html

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    SAVE ME XENU!!!!!!!!

    by medicinaluser

    None cares about this movie we all here chatting about Superman ffs that should say it all. <BR><BR>Lol Singer still thinks he is the running to make another Superman movie, fuck you homo you never getting near that franchise again...ever

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Kal Reeve...

    by MR. MURDOCH

    "Brandon Routh is the Superman for this generation. He gave a graceful, soulful performance in 'Superman Returns.' We should respect that." Fuck you. I don't have to "respect that" -- Routh was mediocre in the one chance he had at great stardom. He'll be toiling in $5mil indie movies for the rest of his career. I could write a book about all the problems of Superdud Returns -- and that's just the finished product. The way the production handled itself was beyond "egotastic." Whatever -- the movie blew, it didn't create a franchise (don't you think Warners would be well into production by now if they planned on continuing this at all?) and it seriously damaged any goodwill that Singer had in this industry, and Valkyrie has probably destroyed the rest. Respect of an audience's intelligence and ability to accept new interpretations is all I care about -- and this "movie" shit on it by force-feeding us a 20 year-old mythology with hackneyed characters and a bitchy, awful Lois Lane. Respect Routh? I'd respect him more if he refused that script.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Excuse me...

    by MR. MURDOCH

    30-year old mythology!!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    so he NEARLY did Superman V with General Zod!

    by Maniaq

    damn that would have kicked the shit out of the bullshit Death of Superman we got served up instead! <p> I had always (ok at least since the 80's) envisioned Superman V was going to be General Zod Gets His Powers Back. There was supposed to be a teaser campaign with the shape around "S" logo dissolving into a "V" - and GENERAL ZOD!! <P> why oh why did you NOT get Terence Stamp on board for your Superman movie Singer??? <p> he was RIGHT THERE!!! <p> yes - whoever said the question should have been why did you make your Superman movie suck so hard - you got it right on...

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Was the interview conducted while in Singer's lap?

    by FilmCritic3000

    C'mon Quint...you couldn't have asked any Scientology questions or questions about Germany initially balking at the filming, as another poster stated? It's the ten ton elephant in the room, good sir. And sorry, the days of me paying to see a Tom Cruise film are long over, and many others feel that way. I'll not place a dime into the coffers of Scientology.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    I'm with you FilmCritic3000

    by TimBenzedrine

    Spread the word, "No money for Scientologists!"

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Weak.

    by Dr. Strangelove

    The only thing lamer than Bryan Singer's movies is Bryan Singer talking about movies. I think I lost consciousness just after he compared himself to Kubrick. Fortunately, I had already skipped ahead to read his embarrassingly convoluted non-answer to the only question I cared about. He should probably prepare a more polished statement since he will probably be asked some form of that question for the next however many years it takes to get Superman back on the big screen. (At least a decade, I predict.)

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    I'VE GOT THE NEED ... THE NEED FOR SIEG!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

    Heil!!!!!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    ADOLF HITLER BEGINS

    by BringingSexyBack

    "I'm Batmein."

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns was so disappointing, it hurts...

    by NivekJ

    Not only did Singer choose Superman over the X-Men franchise he built, his version of Superman betrayed core conceits of the character. On a conceptual level, the movie was wrong. Superman would never, NEVER leave Earth. In doing so, his upbringing by the Kents was nullified. Meaningless. Abandon the woman he loves? Sounds like Superman to me. It's funny: 'Returns' portrayed him as so alienated, when in the comics, Superman's most important power is his empathy and his connection to humanity, which Singer stripped him of. Keanu emoted more as Neo in the Matrix films, no offense to Routh. Singer changed so much of Superman's visual iconography, the strange 3-D 'S', the 'S'-less cape, the 'S'-belt. It felt like an impostor overcompensating with his appearance while disregarding its template at the same time. To this day, my favorite part of the movie is the first five minutes. Because after that John Williams score, it wasn't Superman any more. It was Keyser Soze vs. Bizarro (weird Soap-Opera-Boy Bizzaro). I hope VALKYRIE kicks my ass unrelentingly, because after the letdown of "Returns" (and as far as battling Nazis go, Indy IV), I could use some dead Nazis.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    CARICE VAN HOUTEN FOR CATWOMAN

    by BringingSexyBack

    She's in the Top Ten Hottest Bitches Alive.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    THE RETURN OF ZOD? ARE YOU SHITTIN ME?

    by BringingSexyBack

    I'd rather have a Will Smith remake of the Richard Pryor programmer. Time for something new!!! Try reading the comic books for some ideas.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Mr. Murdoch...

    by Kal Reeve

    Scrap the hostility, you Net Nazi and try something constructive like learning how to construct a sentence without including obscenities. "Superman Returns" has its flaws, but Routh gave an terrific performance that I'm allowed to defend. Try to develop some tolerance. A little goodwill toward your fellow man would go a long way toward eroding that hostility of yours.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I HATE X-MEN AND X2 ALSO

    by BringingSexyBack

    Way to emasculate Cyclops. He was my favorite X-Man. Fuck Wolverine with an adamantium dildo.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Superman: Birthright

    by darthwaz1

    an amazing graphic novel that would translate beautifully to film as a reboot of the franchise. I wish they'd use that book as a point of reference. Superman Returns is unwatchable

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT BRANDON

    by BringingSexyBack

    He needed a better director, supporting cast and story.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Stop retreading Supes

    by Turd Furgeson

    Enough Luthor, enough General Zod and his DEVO outfit, get some new fucking villians and story lines. Fucking dimwit douchebag. How hard is it with 70 goddam years of a comic book to come up with a good idea from one of them????? Fuck you Brian Singer! You're lucky Bill Nighy is in this shitty Nazi movie or I might not see it!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    MAYBE SINGER SHOULD HAVE TOLD KATE BOSWORTH

    by BringingSexyBack

    to remove the stick from her ass, and she might've been a better Lois Lane. Better yet, make Carice Van Houten the next Lois.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    SUPERMAN RETURNS WAS COMPLETELY MISCAST

    by BringingSexyBack

    Even Eva Marie Saint was shitty as Martha Kent. Phyllis Thaxter was far better, and I don't think she was even a professional actress.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST

    And!!!

    by Turd Furgeson

    No more eating disorder 25 year old chicks playing 30 something superstar reporters ok! Bosworth and her eating disorder teeth ruined louis Lane! Charleze (sp?) Thieron IS Louis Lane!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Better yet, make Carice Van Houten the next director.

    by Dr. Strangelove

    She's probably cheap, couldn't screw up the franchise any more than the last guy, and would make the behind-the-scenes DVD extras at least watchable.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I HATE TO SAY IT BUT McG MIGHT MAKE A GOOD SUPERMAN

    by BringingSexyBack

    judging from the Terminator trailer. <P> Now excuse me while I go flog myself for having such impure thoughts.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    I KNOW WHAT I'LL BE DOING WHEN VALKYRIE PREMIERES

    by BringingSexyBack

    Watching Black Book.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    JERRY MAGUTENSTEIN

    by BringingSexyBack

    You had me at hallo!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    BSB

    by Turd Furgeson

    After "We Are Marshall" and The "Terminator" trailer I am willing to accept McG doing it. I think he's getting his shit squared away. Anyone but Singer.. How did quint get that interview anyway? Wasn't yesterday supposed to be Singers day off?????

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    CORRECTION: WATCHING BLACK BOOK WITH MY PANTS DOWN

    by BringingSexyBack

    Carice! Van!! Houten!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I wonder if the Nazi solders in Valkerie

    by Turd Furgeson

    will all be wearing low rise, straight leg pants with skinny cut shirts and fashionable shoes? Can he fuck up Nazi attire like he "Castro'd" supes uniform???

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:22 p.m. CST

    TURD - EXCEPT McG MUST USE HIS PROPER NAME

    by BringingSexyBack

    Having "Directed by McG" in the flying credits sequence would kill the movie before it even started.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Joseph McGinty is Way fucking cooler than McG

    by Turd Furgeson

    Why doesn't he use his real name now? It's a cool name and Irish guys get tons of pussy, just look at Colin Farrell... Anything is better than McG... Jesus it sounds like a part of a password "McG1234" woo hoo now I can ebay!!!!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE LOOKS MORE LIKE MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

    by BringingSexyBack

    than any of the M:Is.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah "Your Mission, if you choose to accept it

    by Turd Furgeson

    is to make more than 70 million at the box office....

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    rent A TWIST OF FATE instead

    by lynxpro

    Even though A TWIST OF FATE was a fictionalized version of these events, I can nearly guarantee that Ben Cross's performance in that little flick from nearly two decades ago would be far more fulfilling than watching Cruise Control in this flick.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    "YOUR MISSION, IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT"

    by BringingSexyBack

    "is to rescuscitate Tom Cruise's career." <P> Bryan Singer: "That's a damned tall order."

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    NOT CRAZY ABOUT A TWIST OF FATE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Except for Scatman Crothers as an angel it was a pretty weak movie.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Why should we have to settle for McG?

    by Dr. Strangelove

    After seeing what an intelligent director like Christopher Nolan has done with Batman, why should anyone settle for a mediocre hack like McG for the cornerstone franchise of the DC Universe? Sure, he may be okay... at least an improvement over Singer. But really, shouldn't be aiming a bit higher here? This kind of cynical compromising is why Superman movies have sucked since Donner got fired.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns had its flaws, but

    by doubledown44

    Routh was not one of them.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    PAUL GREENGRASS SHOULD DIRECT SUPERMAN

    by BringingSexyBack

    "Look! It's Superman!" <P> *Camera shakes, then zooms in on Superman*

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    I COULD GO FOR A ZACK SNYDER SUPERMAN MOVIE

    by BringingSexyBack

    He does wonders with small sets and green screens. Imagine what he can do with big sets. And he has a real gift for getting great performances out of the actors and putting out great dialogue.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, midnight CST

    Carice is hotter than the sun, I'll give you that,

    by Dingbatty

    but Black Book is a shitty, embarrassing movie.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Ugh please Bryan. No. Enough already.

    by Se7en

    Leave Superman alone asshole.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    ZU FRUH!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    BLACK BOOK. EMBARASSING? NO.

    by BringingSexyBack

    But it was definitely shitty!!!!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    It wasn‘t just scientology

    by quintana007

    That too, but the filming location Bendlerblock is an important memorial place and some politicans just tried to protect it from being overrun by hollywoods careless mob. check wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendlerblock The Ministry tends to restrict access to the Bendlerblock due to its historical significance and lingering sensitivities about Germany's role in World War II. Filming permission was granted to a movie studio in 2003, but the Ministry of Defence was displeased with the result. The Ministry hesitated to grant permission for scenes of the Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie, about the July 20 Plot, to be filmed there. However, the permission was eventually granted, and filming for the movie (entirely photographed in and around Berlin) was allowed. Cruise led the film crew in a minute of silence before filming began in honour of those who were executed on the site in 1944."

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    PLAAAAAAAANT!!!!!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Planty McPlant.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Props for not using too much CGI

    by Xiphos_2

    Thanks, Mr. Singer, for doing actual stunts with actual physical planes and people.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Yeah, thanks.

    by Dr. Strangelove

    Too bad you couldn't do an actual coherent story with actual characters and logic.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Superman "update" + Singer =no such thing

    by Prossor

    because Singer is done, should fuck off and away, take the gimp suit from the franchise and let it run free.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Dr. Strangelove

    by Xiphos_2

    When did you see the movie?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    I Interviewed Chris MacQuarrie Once for a friend

    by Brody77

    She ran a project here in Scotland and managed to get him to agree to an email interview - he came across as one cool guy. After reading this interview I'm totally creaming my load to see Valkyrie!!!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Whoa!

    by Kevin Bosch

    This whole entire Bryan Singer Talkback and NOBODY has used the word "gay" or even "fag". Not in reference to Singer or even as a put down to something else. I am so proud of us/all of you. [There was the one guy who called him a "homo" but whatever.]

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    MR. MURDOCH

    by MonkeyManReturns

    I salute you sir. Correct...everything you said was correct!! Returns was made by someone who had no idea - NO IDEA - of what was required from a Superman movie...and what surprises me, is that WE all know what we want - but Hollywood's writers don't...crazy crazy!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST

    From James Cameron, director of ALIENS and T2...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...comes the next milestone in motion picture history: AVATAR - Fucking your eyeballs in 2009!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    His Superman response

    by masteryoda007

    .......Was fuckin retarded. Spit it out man, stop mumbling and stuttering!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Give him another chance on Superman

    by tensticks

    RETURNS was too long, but it was more right than wrong, and I loved Routhe as Clark/Supes. WB, PLEASE give Singer the chance to "go Wrath of Khan" on a followup. DO NOT REBOOT IT!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST

    I think he should do the next Superman film

    by Power_Girl

    Just look at the quality difference between X-Men and X-Men 2. Though even then I still admit that the guy is a pretty lousy action director.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST

    X-men 2

    by Power_Girl

    The great thing about that film is the way all the story threads climax together when they are all running around at the end. That film doesn't even have much action in it. So maybe him not doing another superman film is a good thing? It could go either way. On the other hand I really don't want another Superman origin story.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Tensticks: More right than wrong...?

    by MonkeyManReturns

    Were you watching the same movie as the rest of us??? It was a faulty soiled product from the first scene onwards....poor poor....

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Wow, his "answer" to the Superman thing...

    by Ravetin

    ...made me uncomfortable just being in the same room as the monitor displaying his words.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Quick Read 'Synopsis' Version

    by quantize

    * Slurp on Tom Cruise's dick * flog Valkyrie * completely avoid the suckfest of Superman Returns

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST

    DONT BE FOOLED!!!!!!!!!!

    by alice 13

    TOM CRUISE JUST LIKES YOU FOR YOUR GNORPHLYNCTIC SYNGYOTRLYZOR!!!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Wanting to go 'Wrath of Khan' shows he just DOESN'T GET IT.

    by Se7en

    Leave. Superman. Alone. Asshole.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Don't need another jesus with tights and cape...

    by quintana007

    pretentious and boring. There must be a good, loud and entertaining Superman story somewhere...

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    So what? I have lucnh with Hitler's bodyguards all the time.

    by ricarleite

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:05 a.m. CST

    what fuck was that about Superman?

    by Judge Briggs

    That was the most confusing fucking answer ever!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Superman Returns...

    by sonnyfern

    Routh was great. But look...Superman should know by now Luthor is going to have some kryptonite somewhere...so put a couple of cops with GUNS on your back when you go to confront him. Problem solved. The movie was directed beautifully...but ummmm the fact that Superman had a kid was perhaps THE MOST RETARDED THING EVER. Not only that...but the fact that he was so damn emo. I get what they tried to do...but who wants to see Superman like that? It's really NOT THAT HARD to make a Superman movie with heart. Just put the humans around him in peril do up some amazing effects (besides Superman lifting shit..we get it...he can lift stuff) and go and do the damn thing will you?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Brian Singer IS...

    by perromaldito

    ...chef Bobby flay´s twin brother, you know this to be true.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    my two cents worth...

    by robamenta

    if they make another Superman film,,they need to get new music..as much as i love Williams score...and it is fantastic...it is tied to the Reeves films too much, the new series needs its own identity.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    hey im kinda curious here

    by robamenta

    when i watch the original films, im not sure which i hate more superman 3 or 4..i think its 3..there is nothing more painful to watch than a comedian who is painfully NOT funny...and in 4...well the shole thing is just so strange and cheap....what do u guys think?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Valkyrie

    by Aquatarkusman

    Would it be terribly gauche if I re-titled it "The Littlest Nazi"? Oh, and I guess I should comment on the theme that is dominating 97% of the comments: DESTROY! SUPERMAN!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    THE DARK KNIGHT follow-up needs SUPERMAN

    by JDanielP

    ...if there is to be any hope of topping what Nolan has already done.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Jon Hamm Isn't Superman...

    by Sean38

    ...but he IS Jack Ryan.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Don't support Valkryie

    by scottishnutjob

    Enough with this pathetic tolerance of Scientology. Singer needs to get off Cruise's dick. 'Tom Cruise is a nice guy to all my friends'. Yeah yeah. Guess who else was a nice guy? Hitler, according to Chamberlain. I'll watch it when Tom Cruise is long dead.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I'm astonished by the rampant Routh love.

    by Mosquito March

    He was a male model doing a charmless Chris Reeve impersonation - nothing more. He was a blank, a great big zero. The only part of his performance that I semi-believed was when he was crying while getting his ass handed to him by Kevin Spacey and Kumar - and that was just wish fulfillment on my part. Singer has no idea what he's doing with Superman. They need to shit-can that guy and let somebody who's read a Superman comic at least once take a crack at it.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Sue me, I liked Superman returns

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Yes, it was basically the plot of Superman The Movie with a few new frills and better effects, and it doesn't really hold up on repeated viewings, but I enjoyed it overall. It didn't have me looking at my watch in the last 15 minutes like The Dark Knight, what can I say?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Does he ever finish a sentence?

    by DoctorWho?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I hated Superman Returns

    by Animation

    The casting was horrible. Superman is not a wooden, elfin stalker, but thanks for trying. I didn't like Lex either ... to me I just kept going "why is Kevin Spacey bald in this scene?" Blah. The thing was a travesty. Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was more entertaining, and that movie was terrible.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Where's all the Tom Cruise hate?

    by DoctorWho?

    Gee, such tolerance on the site. Where's the Scientology rants, jumping on couch jokes and Katie Holmes comments? You punks are dropping the ball.<p> Everyone from the biggest actors/celebs to the lowliest grip says TC is a genuinely cool guy and yet paeople love to pile on because of his beliefs or whatever else. Losers.<p> I can't wait to see this and a handful of other cool movies coming out this month. Haven't been able to say that in a long time.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    John Hamm as Supes set in the 40's !

    by smddoc

    They should go old school with the next super man set in Metropolis in the 30's or 40's like the old George Reeves series and let John Ham take over the supes role.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    And his track record is good with superhero sequels.

    by Evangelion217

    He's only done ONE superhero sequel, and it wasn't that great. It was solid at best.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Lisa McPherson

    by ArcadianDS

    Shorty McMidget's goofball cult killed her before she could be examined properly by an independent physician.<p> Autopsy said she had roach bites on her face.<p> google it.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST

    There were only three things wrong with Superman Returns

    by Snookeroo

    • The story<br>• The actors<br>• The director<br><br>The title sequence was pretty cool, except Krypton's sun doesn't blow up (unless the only Superman mythology you know is Donner). Which was apparently the case.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    bring back routh and singer for superman 2!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by FleshMachine

    !!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Seriously. HANDS OFF.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Superman Returns is a master piece.

    by Smashing

    Most of the hate directed towards it seems to also not understand the film, its an classic slice of cinema, Kitty even gives us a clue at the beginning, "its freaking gone with the wind".<P>Epic.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    SUPERMAN response was HILARIOUS

    by Mullah Omar

    Least comfortable answer I have read in any interview over the past few years. Looks like a real sore spot for the guy. I think you would have gotten a more level-headed and coherent answer if you asked him if he snorted coke off gigolo dicks.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    He... you know... yeah... oh.... I can... hey.. what?

    by Damien Chowder

    So... I... I dunno... I... can't... seem... I can't seem... I can't seem to know... I mean can't seem to understand any... anything uh... that went on in that stupid interview.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Leave it to a Bryan Singer interview to bring out bitter Talback

    by Lovecraftfan

    The level of hostility is really quite funny.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    to Motoko Kusanagi

    by sherlock_junior

    I totally agree dude! Keep it up! There's plenty of folks with ya!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Bryan Singer: "I LOVE TO FUCK ENGLISH MEN"

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    There was only 1 REAL thing wrong with Superman Returns

    by SomaShine

    Everything in between the opening and closing credits. Other than that I thought it rocked

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Carla Gugino for Lois Lane role.

    by Dingbatty

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    I am_NOTREAL, my lawyer needs your address..

    by quantize

    you have no fucking taste whatsoever..

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Dingbatty

    by unionJACKass.webs.com

    I love the idea of Carla Gugino as Lois Lane. I would love the now retired Jaoquin Phoenix as Superman too.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Lex Luthor was done right?

    by AnakinsDiapers

    Who said that? Really? The swarmy real estate crook who gets his money by wedding elderly death bed women is Lex Luthor done right? Oy! Where's Clancy Brown when you need him?

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Mullah Omar, your coke-snorting line...

    by vaudeville villain

    has to be the funniest thing i've probably read on here. well played, sir.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns had a lot of problems

    by Joker Gordon Levitt

    Even if you loved the movie, you have to agree with the following mistakes. The writers/director really dropped the ball when:<br> <br> They cast Kate Bosworth as Lois. In the script, Lois has been a reporter for at least 6 years, not a freshman-year college student.<br><br> ...Superman grabs the wing of a spinning airliner to prevent it from spinning. That was dumb. Why would he do that? Was he trying to rip the wing off? Supes should be smarter.<br><br> ...what was the last one again... oh yeah.. Superman doesn't father bastards.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    unionJACKass... right about Joaquin Phoenix

    by Damien Chowder

    not as Superman though but the god damn best Lex Luthor in the multiverse!

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    BUT REMEMBER USUAL SUSPECTS!!!!

    by Timahh

    KEYSER SOSE?? Remember how good that movie was? does brian singer even remember how good that movie was? i doubt think he does.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    i dont think he does*

    by Timahh

    don't toke and talkback kids...yeah i said it...am i banned like mira?(insert winking emoticon)

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Superman no more

    by High_Plains_drifter

    Please no more superman movies unless someone,anyone can come up with a way to make him even remotely interesting,the movies suck becuase superman is the blandest of all superheros.They killed off captain america and they need to do the same with superman

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST

    High_Plains_drifter

    by MR. MURDOCH

    They already killed Superman -- where were you in 1992? In fact, Tim "I'm Helena's bitch" Burton nearly adapted that story for a WB production in the late 1990s. I wonder if it would have been worse than Singer's movie. That should be a rhetorical question, but it's not. Well, that's ok, because Singer's movie might have effectively "killed" Superman on its own, for a long while... What do you want DC to do -- "shoot" Superman like they did Cap? A fat lot of good "Death" does to stop a comic book character -- see you in 2010 for Captain America on the big screen. Superman is wildly interesting in so many ways; other people have explained it all much better than I. He just needs the right STORY. Why is it so hard to modernize this character? Well, *someone's* doing it -- on television -- despite it receiving just as much split-vote attention as the recent "movie", the show -whether you love it or hate it- has lasted 8 years(!) on a mediocre network, sells millions in DVDs worldwide, and has an international fanbase that rivals and exceeds many current "troubled" shows such as Heroes. Seems to me like a perfect synergistic franchise material, but what do I know? I think that ship passed a while ago... They need a clean start, no Donner, no CW-influenced style, no glasses-wearing when you're still a teenager in Smallville, no Williams, and most of all, no NOSTALGIA, and no ICE CRYSTALS. START OVER, as you should have done in 2004.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Sorry, monkeyman & other SR bashers...

    by tensticks

    But I liked Superman Returns in SPITE of its flaws (which I fully acknowledge, and most of which have been brought up here). Hey, we disagree. Sue me. But I think the "wrath of khan" approach is heartening if you look at SR as TREK I--boring, slow and stilted despite its virtues--and then Khan comes along and knocks it out of the park. I have enough faith in Singer, and--sorry again!--one of the things I LIKED about SR is that it existed within the Donner mythology. Because Donners film(s), whatever its/their flaws, got FAR more right than wrong, and I just can't see anyone improving on it. Sorry, Smallville fans. (Great on TV but it just wouldn't work for me as a movie, anymore than Lois & Clark would...) But...we'll see. The fact that Singer can even give THIS kind of a response when we'd all been led to believe he was off the project and WB was going for a total reboot gives me hope that he'll get another chance. I believe in you, Bryan! (And Brandon!)

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    This from tensticks :

    by Se7en

    "I believe in you, Bryan! (And Brandon!)" I rest my case.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Thanks Quint

    by Marker in the Sand

    that was a good interview

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is positively fabulous.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Did Singer put "that medicine for my sinuses" in his nostrils often during the interview?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Hey Quantize

    by I am_NOTREAL

    It's 123 Up Yours Street, You're an Idiot, OK 45678.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST

    jeepers....

    by dingleberryjerry

    I'm glad I didn't listen to this is "Sound-0-Text" otherwise I..would...have to..listen ..to..someone..speak.. like..this..all..day..long..

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Until Cruise stops funding the Scientology CULT I will continue

    by workshed

    in my outright condemnation of the nutter. This kind of arse-licking and side-stepping around the issue (that a nutter controls a major studio) is what let's Quint down time and again. Shit, the REAL Quint would have kick his ass and used him for shark-bait for taking his name in vain. And why didn't he question Singer about how he fumbled the ball on Supes Return..? Spineless.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Superman, Captain America, Cyclops, etc.

    by AnakinsDiapers

    Are "white bread" characters to those who don't really follow the characters and/or are hack writers. Angst ridden anti heroes like Wolverine are easy to write. It takes skill to write for a character who on the surface, is a clean cut squeky clean type of persona. You have to dig deep to find the complexities. And they do have complexities, the lot of them. On another note, if anyone believes Steve Rogers was killed with no plans of him ever returning, i have a bridge to sale them.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Returns was great, but not for the ADD generation

    by Mr. Moe

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Singer and Superman? Not again, please

    by CeeWulf

    Seriously, do we really need another Singer Superman flick?

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    this looks good

    by Genre_Baby

    I hope to see Valkyrie in the cinema. Great interview Quint.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Cyclops

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Is the best X-Men character, by far. If you disagree and prefer Wolverine, then I'd argue it's a substance versus style difference.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Routh must be Superman again

    by pumaman

    and holy fuck ,if Stamp was onboard for a sequel it would be amazing.

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Superman... oh poor Superman...

    by Oldnewbie

    We'll be talking about this for another 20 years, when finally WB will again RE-MAKE the Chris Reeves movie and then wonder why it didn't live up to expectations. Just make a good old action picture with Superman Vs a serious adversary (no more Luthor) and be done with it!!

  • Dec. 13, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Routh was ok - as Clarke Kent

    by Maniaq

    in fact, in terms of going for the Reeve/Donner manifestation, he NAILED it! <p> ...only problem was, when he was Superman, he still had the whiny nasally voice - no doubt Routh's ACTUAL voice? <p> THAT was my biggest problem with the kid - I totally bought him as a geek, but a superhero - not so much...

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise knows

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Tom-Fu<br> Cross him and you will fall forever

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Please, no more Routh, Singer, or anyone

    by Dingbatty

    else from Returns on the next Supes flick.

  • Or I'll put my god damn foot up his ass!! But he might want that to happen?! But seriously fuck this guy and that peice of shit he made. I got banned from talkback for speaking my mind about the abomination that was SR. That was the absolute height of arogance as a film maker to basically ignore the source material (i.e. the comics) and make up his own horrendous story line, with supes "son". Just a horrific polt black hole. I think a total reboot is necessary. Not a Dark Supes (i suspect Singer if given that mandate by WB would do emo gay supes) but a Superman set in the real world where the villians are formidable and intelligent. The tone of the movie will be different to Bats simply through the persona of Supes and the persona of Metropolis as a city. It is crucial they play it straight. Jon Favreau did a good job with Iron Man and Louis Letterier was not terrible with Hulk. They got the tone right and were talented enough to pull it off. the pallet of the movie should be different from bats, brighter with metropolic being a city of light as opposed to the the dark of Gotham. I actually liked Routh and thought he was the only bit of inspired casting and maybe spacey woulda been good if Luthor was a serious character. But routh needs to hit the goddamn gym ala Bale in Batman and BUlk way up. But otherwise a reboot. NO SINGER!!!! YOU GOT THAT!!!!!!! DONT DO IT!!!!!!!! PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOOD NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS. Xmen movies were overrated

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Mr Murdoch: "no Williams"

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Mr Murdoch, you said: "They need a clean start, no Donner, no CW-influenced style, no glasses-wearing when you're still a teenager in Smallville, no Williams, and most of all, no NOSTALGIA, and no ICE CRYSTALS. START OVER, as you should have done in 2004."<p>Hey, say what you will about SUPERMAN RETURNS or how a future movie should be done, but the ONE thing you should keep is the John Williams main theme. Why? How about because it's the single greatest fucking superhero theme ever composed, THAT'S WHY!!!

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Well Se7en

    by tensticks

    I *don't* believe in you. So let's agree to disagree....

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    SINGER = SCIENTOLOGIST.

    by dr.bulber

    its really wonderful and thrilling and awesome. and thrilling.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Two things...

    by UltimaRex

    One: Superman left earth before (exile) and two: Superman will have kids (any Superman story that gets that far). READ. THE. COMICS. BEFORE. SAYING. SOMEONE. ELSE. DOESN"T.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    after Returns, The Williams theme is totally unnecessary.

    by Se7en

    Total Reboot. Jump right in. The whole world knows his origin. Tell his origin through the opening credits (ala Superman 2, but with fresh new ideas and footage). Start with a fantastic opening scene, a conflict where Superman really shows who he is and where he stands.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Superman reboot: Set it in the 1930's

    by uberman

    Use the old Max Fliesher cartoons as your template. Lazer guns. Giant robots. Mafia goons. Dont even bother with the origins crap. Get a man-a square chin, broad shouldered, old hollywood style dude to play the part-not a GQ young 20 something. Get a guy in his 30's or early 40's. And BTW: Singers Supes was the ONLY supes that depicted the powers of Supes in a believable way, i.e. the flying, the bullet in the eye. I love the old Superman II but by and large Donners superman movie was Boooorrrriiiing. And lame. Supes is not a goody two shoes. He's an old soul thats an battle axe.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Cruise kills Valkyrie

    by Time Duncan

    Every time Cruise opens his mouth, it takes me out of the film. Just really wrong-headed casting. <p>Look at this latest trailer and see if you agree: http://tinyurl.com/6k6vfy

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    A different take on Superman

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Set in the early 1900's<br> And far less powerfull<p> http://tinyurl.com/62waja

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Supermans Powers...

    by uberman

    I agree with Melvin_Pelvis that you need to set a limit on what he can/cannot do. If I recall, he can LEAP a building-not fly over one. If he is basically indestructable save for kryptonite, then whats the point? He should always be the 'Man of Steel', but not able to do anything. He has superpowers, but he's not God.

  • Dec. 14, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    It's Superman!

    by sanzaru

    Tom De Haven's novel needs to be filmed. He fleshes out all the classic Superman elements in a way that's both plausible and fun. Uberman up there has got it right on the casting, the time period and the tone. Hopefully somebody will make this happen...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    SINGER STAY AWAY FROM SUPERMAN!

    by ThaJackaL

    If you know whats good for your career! You are the wrong person to direct SUPERMAN!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Singer already knows

    by wash

    that there's no way he's going to do another Superman. It's pretty obvious from reading his response.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Wait he had Terance Stamp and didn't cast him as Magneto?

    by chien_sale

    What a douche!