Thursday, March 17, 2011

Snyder Talks Supes

Out making the promo rounds for his upcoming Sucker Punch (which, to be perfectly honest, I'm not hugely interested in based on what I've seen thus far) director Zack Snyder took some time to chat with Geoff Boucher of "Hero Complex" and talk up the highly-anticipated Superman re-revival (which recently signed Diane Lane and just added Kevin Costner as the human parents of Henry Cavill's Clark Kent). While I'd expect it to be mostly radio silence on this one until they actually start filming, Snyder does drop a few choice tidbits that help set the stage for what to expect from his take on Krypton's Last Son.

The first thing you need to know? Forget every Superman movie you've ever seen -- this one is starting fresh. After the middling-to-negative reaction to Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, I think we all pretty much knew that any new filmic entry would blaze its own trail, which is probably for the best, anyway. The Superman story has been revived, renewed, and retold for several generations now, and it's better that this generation get its own version rather than continue to toil in Christopher Reeve's considerable shadow. The one piece of unfortunate collateral damage is John Williams' indelible, iconic, insurmountable "Superman March," but c'est la vie.

Another tidbit:
“Superman is the one constant in the universe,” Snyder said. “You know that if you do Superman right — or at least if you do him with respect — you know you end up with something great. … [but] in some ways [beyond] that is virgin territory. No one knows what that is. In some ways Superman is the most recognizable superhero on the planet but also the most unknown. Just what he can be? People have preconceived ideas about him but probably all of them are wrong.”
While I'm still hoping that they avoid giving us the umpteenth reiteration of the character's origin (we get it: Krypton exploded) or the same old villains (I'm looking at you, General Zod) I have to admit that the more I hear about Snyder's approach to The Man of Steel (the likely title), the more enthused I become about its potential for success (and the more wary I become of its potential for disaster). They've definitely got a top flight team putting the thing together, which is cause for hope, but then again I thought the same about the last Super-flick, and we all know how that one ended up...

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