Richard Donner‘s world of Superman set the bar for film adaptations of the Man of Steel and even if they’re a little laughable today they’ll always play an important role in film and the character’s history. But that doesn’t mean we need to constantly revisit his vision. Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns was very much a movie paying homage to those films of the 70s and 80s. And it hurt the film because audiences wanted something fresh.
Now, Zack Snyder is all about fresh, game-changing films; 300, Watchmen, the yet to be released but looks freakin’ incredible, Suckerpunch. This is the man to breathe some new life into the mild-mannered Daily Planet reporter. /Film is reporting from an interview Snyder gave to the L.A. Times,
Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies. If you look at ‘Batman Begins,’ there’s that structure, there’s the canon that we know about and respect but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.
What Christopher Nolan brought to his Batman movies was a concise vision that blended what we know about Batman and what Nolan wanted us to learn about Batman. If Snyder brings this approach to Superman I think we’ll have a new iconic image of the Big Blue Boy Scout. I only hope he doesn’t aim to make Superman dark and gritty. He’s the antithesis of gritty, Superman’s world is shining and full of possibility.
For now, we wait to hear what more little tid-bits of news continue to trickle out about Snyder’s Superman. I know I’m most excited to see a picture of Henry Cavill in those tights? Anyone else or is it just the geeky girl in me?