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Filmmakers Respond to "Superman" Reboot

Posted: August 28th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Last week, Warner Bros announced that they would be interested in rebooting the "Superman" franchise in favor of making it a bit more like "The Dark Knight." The idea is to make the next Superman movie more dark and gritty.

Many fans immediately pleaded their cases, but so did the filmmakers. MTV News caught up with writer Christopher Golden (Hellboy, Buffy) and writer/director Kevin Smith on some of their insights.

"How stupid is that?" exclaimed Golden. "That announcement made my head spin. 'Iron Man' isn't dark. 'Iron Man' worked because Favreau brought in all the best Iron Man creators and had them read the script and asked them, 'Tell me what we did wrong?' and it worked because it had all the best things about Iron Man boiled down into the best movie they could make. 'The Dark Knight' was really good because it had all the best things about 'Batman' boiled down into the best movie they could make. Making a dark and gritty Superman movie because Dark Knight made a ton of money is incredibly stupid."

Smith is always great for an interesting take or an intelligent analysis. "You always have to always keep Superman very distinct from Batman," he explained. "Batman can be brooding and bleak and dark but Superman if you want to take a realistic approach to him that's fine, but I don't think you can turn him into an angry character. Superman is about the hope in people, the good in people, whereas Batman is about the more driven, hungry for justice angry side of us. [So] I don't know if doing a dark Superman is the approach, but I'm all for a reboot."

But it was writer Steven T. Seagle who said it best. "'Dark?' 'Light?' Whatever. 'Good' is the main thing we're looking for when we plunk down our ten bucks."

Click here to read more about "Superman: The Man of Steel."

Source: MTV News


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i3u7n5 writes:
on August 28th, 2008 at 8:00:40 PM

Yeah dark and gritty really worked out well for Spiderman III...right? Seriously, how hard is it to make a decent superhero movie? The studios only have years and years worth of material compiled by some amazing writers and artists at their disposal to draw from yet they're still totally oblivious to what makes a character and a film work. Pray John Peters isn't still connected to the Superman franchise.
Sinestro writes:
on August 29th, 2008 at 1:22:02 AM

I think people are taking this a little too literally. Maybe they mean dark by comparison. Superman Returns was very cheesy and couldn't connect with an audience because it felt like a movie not of this time. It was an anachronism. If you are reading Action Comics or Superman, the stuff going on is a lot bleaker and a lot darker than the Singer movie, but it is still Superman. Death of Superman was dark and gritty and people ate it up, but it was still Superman. To the very end.

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