My personal thoughts on Superman and his big-screen shortcomings...
Follow the jump to read my personal thoughts on Superman's MAIN problem big-screen wise...and some common misconceptions people have about me...
OK, I've noticed many people on this site have misunderstood me and my feelings about the Superman films and how boring they were.
I NEVER stated that I wanted a Superman film to be all-action and zero substance. I agree there needs to be some sort of character development in a film. But let's examine some of the more notorious Superman films shall we?
Superman: The Movie
Though good for its time period...it was a very, very BORING film. Yes I get it was an origin film, so it makes sense to focus more on character development and story but I've seen PLENTY of CBMs that are origin films and still the hero fights a villain at SOME point in the film. Looking back at 'Superman: The Movie' Superman didn't fight anyone and never threw a single [frick]ing punch.
The villain? Gene Hackman with his retarded henchman Otis (who literally had the mind of a 2 year old) and some missiles...ok...that is [frick]ing lame. I don't care how old the movie was or classic or whatever. There were still plenty of other villains in Superman comics back then in the 1970's-80's they could have used along with Luthor.
There was NO EXCUSE for this
Donner did however improve when he made "Superman II" by putting in General Zod and some real threats for Superman to face with some actual fighting...though the fights were rather cheesy and weren't impressive at all...at least he tried to put a decent fight in a Superman film. But then 20 years later...we got Superman Returns...
The movie was aimed to be a chick-flick with lots of romance and nostalgia...but see even the romance aspect of it failed. Superman had a kid with Lois then ditched for 5 years, he returned but couldn't get back with her so he stalked her at her home. That's not very romantic at all. Superman using his X-Ray vision to spy on Lois at her home was the kind of thing my friends and I always talked about back in middle school...like- "hey, if I had Superman's powers, I'd use them to spy on girls" that's all it was...Superman Returns was a film that had the mindset and immature viewpoint of a middle-schooler.
And again- NO ACTION NOT A SINGLE PUNCH WAS THROWN.
I get it...I get it...people love the classic Donner stuff. Some people even loved Superman Returns (for reasons I will never understand) but the point I'm trying to make here is that I NEVER said I only wanted ACTION in a Superman film. Since i first joined this site I've only preached that the Superman films never had any action and that is true.
Both Superman: The Movie and Superman Returns are testaments to that. It is one thing to focus on character and story development and another to just be completely IGNORANT of the action-aspects of the subject matter aka- Superman. Superman is a comicbook superhero, he DOES fight in the comics, he DOES fight in the cartoons. He is peaceful. But I heard it one time from a user on this site- "Superman is peaceful but he is not a pushover. He is more of a WARRIOR OF PEACE" and I agree with that completely. It is unfair to the character and to the fans, to continually ignore any and all action-sequences
Like I said. I'm all for character development and story. But there has gotta be a fight in the movie. Whoever said Superman films had to be "Dear John" or "The Notebook" type of films, must have been seriously high. In fact I saw "Dear John" in the theater and I felt it had more and better action than all 5 Superman films combined. That is pathetic.
I found this picture on Google images and it pretty much sums up how I've viewed Superman Returns...
Yep...Routh barely said a single word in the entire film. Spacey was a SHIT villain and Singer pretty much [frick]ed the entire thing.
One person on this site said to me and I quote word for word- "Superman Returns isn't a bad movie, you're just not a Superman fan"
LMAO. That is funny. That shouldn't really be a big surprise to anyone on this site. It's no grand secret that I always had this burning/seething hatred of "Superman Returns"...but in all honesty- I AM a Superman-fan. But see...I'm a fan of the Superman from the COMICS and the cartoons. I guess I can say in all honesty I'm not nor have I ever been a fan of the MOVIE version of Superman. He just always seemed weak to me. Also I don't think me hating "Superman Returns" makes me less of a Superman fan than those who loved it. Fact remains- Superman Returns held NO basis in the comics...it had NO backstory with the comics and Bryan Singer himself admitted he had never even READ a single Superman comic in his life.
I'm a fan of the comicbook Superman and cartoon version. I am NOT a fan of the movie version. The only thing the movie version of Superman showed us is that he knows how to lift heavy objects. He lifted many heavy objects in the Donner films AND "Superman Returns" but see...Superman can do MORE than just lift heavy things and that is something I'm really hoping Snyder will address in his film.
That should clear up a lot of the confusion people on this site seemed to have regarding my real stance on Superman. And why I really always hated the movie version. It is weak. Hopefully Zack Snyder can actually deliver. Because I am pretty sure that if the new movie tanks, Superman won't be getting another shot at the big screen.
I know I'm going to get loads of shit for this editorial by the Donner-heads and few Singer-heads on this site but I figure...[frick] it. It's MY editorial and I'll say whatever I damn well please regarding how I feel about Superman, how the films SHOULD have been and just how great they COULD be if done correctly.
Bring on the Superman reboot. Let's see Superman actually kicking some serious tail for once...
Superman's been bored for quite some time on the big screen...
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