Zack Snyder doesn’t need to pay homage to the classic Richard Donner Superman movies in his new reboot. He made a little Academy Award winning movie called Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, which bought him a lifetime supply of credibility at Credibility Depot.
All goofarounds aside, director Bryan Singer was probably way too reverent to 70s Superman in his recent take on the flying man in spandex who’s afraid of green rocks. He also could have had Superman throw the occassional punch. Reboot director Snyder will take a thankfully bizarro approach to Singer’s. Here’s what he said in a recent interview with the LA 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.
Our Superman, he’s got things to figure out but he’s a physical cat.
So, you heard Snyder. Everybody: start to think about what you just read.
Batman Begins is certainly a good template for any superhero film, or Blade Runner-y film even. It’s good that Snyder won’t stay too close to that source material, because god knows we don’t need another Watchman. Luckily, collaborator Christopher Nolan is watching the watchman, who in this case is Snyder. (/Film)