Current DC situation puts Singer on the hot seat…
After the current set of events, DC comics is going to try and make a move towards creating a DC universe of their own. Thats no secret. There is too much money involved for them not to make a run at their own set of projects like justice league where a set of established movie franchises are put together for one major movie.
Which brings us to the point of Superman: What happens now with the sequel (Man of Steel)? Which way does this go? It all starts and ends at the head where Singer currently sits. If there was an opportunity for WB to make a move it would be now that they can claim to be attempting a move towards a common factor “real universe”. DC Movies.
Plot problems can also be used in reasoning to do a reboot. Superman’s Super-son plot shouldn’t have been done at all. That sets precedent for there to be a reason to do a reboot to an extent.
Looking at the claims that Millar made of how much the franchise has lost, it cant be all put on Singer. Plenty of bad decisions have been made along the way. I would suggest to do the project like this:
A. Theme: The Donner + Singer version. Its nice but it can also be approached through some other more modern theme and style. The Donner version played a lot with the Imigrant theme in my opinion, and Singer did some interesting Messiah sybolism through Superman Returns. I would do a man with a responsability angle or a saviour from above to a slight degree. Brand new score as well please.
B. Story-line. There are many different interpretations (even the literally alien Superman that Tim Burton was after) Superman Birthright can be looked at for inspiration, but it could be made to look a bit more epic on the screen. Lose young Luthor. Get someone that really cares for the Character to write it and bring an action director for the big scenes. Bring someone big to fight…Mongul or Metallo. No son of Superman, Overpowered Superman and please no peeping tom Superman!
You could go different ways but save The Death of Superman for much later on. That could be another big one down the road.
C. Look: Superman has to be a little more muscular. Bring someone new in. The S has to be much bigger. Maybe not shoulder to shoulder but make it big across the chest. New cast completely. Selma Blair for Lois Lane. Use the same capes as they were used in 300.
Anyways, just some ideas of what could be acomplished. Id say let Singer go and give Millar a try. I know Singer can do a decent action movie and being more action consious now it is for certain that his follow up would be better. However, seeing how the guy likes the idea and hes written a decent Superman story before, I say go ahead.
July 12, 2008 - Posted by urbaneblog | Comics, Movies | 300, Batman, Bryan Singer, Comic Books, Comics, Dc Comics, Death of Superman, Donner, Justice League, Metallo, Mike Millar, Mongul, Movies, Selma Blair, Superman, Superman Birthright, Superman Returns, Tim Burton, Wanted
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