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Superman Reboot: Where do we go from here?

Now that it is official that the Superman franchise will go with a much needed reboot, the talk of the town for about another year will be the approach of the movie. The only details we have is that the franchise will take a much darker tone in tune with what the dark knight achieved. With this new set of rules the powers that be at WB have let the cat out the bag and admitted that they have to deliver harder hitting modern heroes to maintain the success of The Dark Knight and create a possible crossover in the future. DC comics relies on its fans too much, and hardcore fans do not welcome changes to the character very well. In a way, it is the fans fault that some characters cannot move on with the times. The movie scene may set the trend and allow a much more natural and accepted take on the characters. Here is a list of things the movie could carry:

Story: The character has to be re-introduced in a more modern setting. Anything from the Donner-Singer-verse is out the window. Krypton will benefit from being presented as a different society from the Donner movies. You can incorporate android-like Brainiac to make him  in the movie a threat to the world. An alien technology based kryptonian being designed to run krypton to finalize their dreams of Utopia (Jor-El  would be the one opposed to this type of Alien AI that would ultimately be the cause of Krypton’s demise). He can find Kal-el and proceed with a plan to colonize Earth to keep the Kryptonian legacy alive. Superman can see it as his responsibility to stop him in order to protect his new home and as a curse of the Kryptonian legacy. Plus, they can both go at it for a nice action fight sequence. Lex Luthor should not be in this movie, but in pure joker fashion, he can be mentioned for a future film setup. How about the mention of the incredible stock rise of LexCorp in this movie to introduce Lex later on? The only thing I can mention is that the people involved in this project should be professionals that are fans of the character. The success Nolan had with the Hardcore fans was because he did deliver a real Batman that was still Batman.

Tone: That has been set from WB’s comments. It will be Darker. Doubtful that it can go all the way to where The Dark Knight went, but a modernized Superman is a must so a more gritty Superman story has to come to effect.

Look: The director will have full freedom to use his visual style in order to distance themselves from the previous template. The character designs should reflect the current times. Not the daily planet of the 1930s.

Costume: This needs a nice big redesign. The cape should remain(look at 300 for nice cape ideas), and a big S would be nice. Not a traditional one though. Do away with the red underwear. Get rid of the yellow. Maybe even combine or use one of these two:

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https://i1.wp.com/www.esmas.com/galeria/fotos/2007/12/2007281757421198886262.jpgCast: Big name actors have to be used. An up and coming star should be considered for Superman. Louis Lane has to be a sassy reporter with spunk. Someone that looks nice and classy like Paola Turbay would be nice.

Score: BRAND NEW!!!

Movie franchise Setup: The idea is to establish a franchise that can go on a long run. The possibilities are limitless and seeing a Death of Superman saga as a trilogy later on would be incredibly interesting.

The limits on this do not exist. Many ways to go around but I think we all agree that the best way to approach this is to deliver a modernized Superman and not a hero archetype of ages ago.

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August 24, 2008 Posted by | Comics, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Current DC situation puts Singer on the hot seat…

https://i2.wp.com/www.supermantv.net/superman/comicbooks/new/superman-flying.jpgAfter 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 https://i0.wp.com/www.thatvideogameblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/dc_comics_logo.jpgshouldn’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 lookhttps://i1.wp.com/www.starstore.com/acatalog/superman_birthright.jpg 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 | Comics, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments