Zack Snyder took a lot of flack for depicting mass deaths and the destruction of Metropolis in last summer’s “Man of Steel.” As he gears up to shoot the pic’s sequel, the still-untitled “Batman-Superman” movie, the director told Forbes that he’s merely depicting the “real world we live in.” Snyder said that fans are clinging…
No, you idiot. It’s that the Christopher Reeve movies captured the essence of who Superman is and what he stands for.
Are the original movies dated now? Yes, very much so.
How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version, but more the movie version.
It’s clear that Zak Snyder has never read a Superman comic.
good to know that the people making the superman movies don’t know superman
DC stay losing.
Call up Bruce Timm and just let the rest of the animated DC movie folks do the live action ones…because this has to stop.
Would someone like to remind me how many Superman movies Christopher Reeve did? It was 4 right? The latter 2 most people disregard when talking about what a great Superman Christopher Reevs was. No one points to Superman III or IV The Quest for Peace as positive depictions of the character. It’s always Superman (1978) and Superman II.
In 2006 Bryan Singer attempt to recapture the magic of the Reeve Era Superman with Superman Returns. It ticked all the boxes and reused themes and images from the 1978 film, but ultimately went no where. Bryan Singer had previously directed and produced X1, and X2. He was the executive producer for X-Men First Class, and is the director for X-Men Days of Future’s Past. The writers of Returns were the same writing and production staff from the first two X-Men films. There fanfic, love letter to the Donner Films received lukewarm response and didn’t inspire a sequel. The lesson of Superman Returns was; people don’t want another Donner Superman film. No matter how much you dress it up and cast actors who look similar to the original ones.
Man of Steel was the 4th highest grossing film of 2013, and yet critics and cynics keep touting this notion that it was somehow a failure. Considering MOS 2 was green lit weeks after the first one debutted in theaters. We can surmise that WB/DC was highly satisfied with the response MOS received. 2013 was Superman’s 75th Anniversary. In 75 years there have been hundreds of different writers and scores of different interpretations. If you’re a fan of the Richard Donner version, I can respect that. I realize that Superman means different things to different people. However there is no definitve version of the character. Only different adaptations which are subjective to the writer’s opinions of what the character should be like. If you were to trace the history of the character you would find (as some writers have noted) a lot of contradicting material. Look up 10 different interpretations of Superman and you will walk away with 10 different outlooks of the character.
The Christoper Reeve Superman (1979-1987) Movies
The George Reeves (1950’s) The Adventures of Superman TV series
Curt Swan’s (1960’s-1986) Superman artist
Sigel and Shuster’s Superman (1930-1940’s) Creators
John Byrne (1986-1988) “Man of Steel”
Dan Jurgens (1991-1993) “Death and Return of Superman”
J. Michael Straczynski (2011-Present) “Superman Earth One”
Mark Waid (1996) “Kingdom Come” and 2003-2004) “Birthright”
Brian Azzerello (2005) “Superman For Tomorrow”
Grant Morrison (2006-2008) “All Star Superman”, and 2011-present “Action Comics Superman”.
Other notable writers are Mark Millar, Alan Moore, Kurt Buisek, Jeph Loeb, Jerry Ordway and Elliot S. Maggin.
There is no common consensus on what Superman is to any of these writers.
With regards to MOS, some writers (Waid) were dissatisfied with the movie. Others (Morrison) found it to be “adequate”. Jurgens, Byrne and Miller all rated it positive. So it depends on what your tastes are. The great thing about MOS is that it will be continued with MOS 2 featuring Batman and WW, a JLA film and a WW film.