David S. Goyer Discusses His Approach To Superman For MAN OF STEEL!!
The Kidd here...
I'm going to wait to reserve judgment on MAN OF STEEL until I get a chance to see it in its entirety. Am I hopeful with the creative forces involved that we won't get another disappointing Superman film? Yes, I am. I don't want bad Superman on the books. I want a MAN OF STEEL that excites fans once more... something we really haven't since Terrence Stamp's turn as Zod, which makes it all the more fitting that we'll be getting Michael Shannon's take on the character this time around. I don't get the unnecessary hatred that seems to be getting piled onto Zack Snyder these days. Oh, sure... SUCKER PUNCH may be arguably the most beautiful-looking piece of shit I've ever seen, but one film does not define his entire directorial career. I don't remember so much bitching going on when 300 was playing in theatres to our riled-up cheers.
If there is one concern about MAN OF STEEL that is warranted, it's about the tone, which, in many ways, doesn't feel like Superman at all. There is nothing superheroic about what we've seen so far, and I totally get the worry that an alien from Krypton who can fly, among his other superpowers, and is virtually unstoppable at fighting for truth, justice and the American way may not exactly fit into this more grounded universe that appears to be the foundation for this new direction of Superman. I know THE DARK KNIGHT made a shit ton of money... but so did THE AVENGERS... proving that not all superhero flicks are created equal. Some can be dark and gritty... but that doesn't mean they all should - much like some can be epic and fun, but that doesn't mean they should all follow that exact model.
I share such concerns about whether this approach to MAN OF STEEL can work. I think some of the character introspection will be rather interesting to explore... but for those hoping for a tried and true Superman comic book movie, you may not like what David S. Goyer had to say to Empire about the type of Superman film we're getting in July.
"We're approaching Superman as if it weren't a comic book movie as if it were real.... I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them. It just struck me that there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today's audience. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all this story would be a story about first contact. He's an alien. You can easily imagine a scenario in which we'd be doing a film like E.T., as opposed to him running around in tights. If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history."
Remember though... just because it's different doesn't automatically make it bad. I'm very curious to see a realistic Superman as it looks like they're certainly swinging for the fences with such a change. It could also fail miserably, but we won't know for sure until July.
"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"
Follow me on Twitter.
Like me on Facebook.
Readers Talkbackcomments powered by Disqus
- BARBIE. The Movie. -- 148 total posts 18 posts
- There Will Soon Be No More Orci / Kurtzman Movies!?!? + One Of Them Is Pushing To Direct The Third JJVerse STAR TREK Film!! -- 352 total posts 15 posts
- The First Official BTS Shots From JURASSIC WORLD Are Here!! -- 82 total posts 14 posts
- They're going to have to look for another MIDNIGHT RIDER, because after that tragedy, William Hurt ain't stickin' around! -- 42 total posts 13 posts
- UPDATED (21:55): Trailer taken down by IFC! The trailer for BOYHOOD takes us through a decade-plus of the life of young lead actor Ellan Coltrane! -- 20 total posts 12 posts
- Tom Hardy (as twins) and Emily Browning to star in Brian Helgeland's gangster flick, LEGEND! -- 19 total posts 10 posts
- Robert Downey Jr. seems to be tweeting a picture a day from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron... -- 111 total posts 10 posts
- "Where do you stand on Michael Buble?" "His windpipe?" Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have more celebrity impressions up their sleeves in THE TRIP TO ITALY trailer! -- 30 total posts 8 posts
- Director Colin Trevorrow Talks The Bigger Picture Of JURASSIC WORLD!! -- 71 total posts 7 posts
- Check Out the Trailer for EJECTA - From PONTYPOOL Scribe Tony Burgess! -- 13 total posts 6 posts