A Clue to the Direction of the Superman Reboot?

A Clue to the Direction of the Superman Reboot?

I just the got the graphic novel edition of Superman: Secret Origin, and to my surprise there's a foreward by David Goyer that hints about the storyline for the movie reboot--specifically what inspired him to write it...

Here's the excerpt...

"There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him."

'I don't want to be someone else,' says Clark. 'I don't want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent.'

[And here's the kicker...]

'I want to be your son'

"Right there in that moment, Geoff contextualized Superman in a way that I'm not sure has ever really been done before. I had an 'aha' experience when I read that. For the first time I was able to grasp how lonely Clark must have been when he was growing up. And what a sacrifice Clark must continually make by being Superman."

"As I write this, I am midway through my first draft of a new Superman screenplay. It's a task that has stymied many talented fimmakers in the years since Donner's film. And for all I know, it will end up stymying me as well."

"But I've got one advantage that the screenwriters who came before me didn't have-- and that's access to all the wonderful Superman stories written by Geoff Johns-- first and foremost being the SECRET ORIGIN issues reprinted in the very volume you are now holding.
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SHHH - 12/22/2010, 11:16 AM
Secret Origin's is direction they r goin.....
Ranger14 - 12/22/2010, 11:16 AM
GodzillaKart - 12/22/2010, 11:26 AM
Is secret origins any good?
golden123 - 12/22/2010, 11:28 AM
So The Man of Steel will be an origin story.
golden123 - 12/22/2010, 11:31 AM
It doesn't say that the movie will be influenced by Secret Origins other than how Clark is lonely when he is growing up. So all we know is it's going to be an origin story. Yay! take that origin haters.
Ranger14 - 12/22/2010, 11:43 AM
All of Snyder's comments have led one to believe it will fall along the premise of a Birthright storyline. We can just let him and Goyer duke it out.
commanderhulk - 12/22/2010, 11:48 AM
Sounds cool. I really enjoyed the direction Secret Origins took with Superman. It was fun and classic Superman. Out of all the stories, it seemed most fitting for a movie.

I hope they combine elements from Secret Origins with Earth One, and throw in some Superman for All Seasons. As well as some Man of Steel back from the 80's.
Starlight - 12/22/2010, 11:49 AM
That "scene" better be just a "flashback" or a "memory", if they go with a SENTIMENTAL crap over the movie, than this is totally SCREWED !!!
Ibz - 12/22/2010, 11:50 AM
@commanderhulk your spot on dude, they should definitely mix it up, pull bits from different stories like origins,earth one and birthright
LEEE777 - 12/22/2010, 11:52 AM

MAN OF STEEL's better though...

but then again [frick] an origin, we need it straight in the SUPERMAN ACTION!
Shaman - 12/22/2010, 11:59 AM
I hope they somewhat do go that route instead of having Clark be all perfecky kryptony, the second he acquires his fortress of solitude, as if he was [frick]ing raised on that planet when in truth, aside from his DNA, he has NOTHING in common with his home planet's culture and way of thinking/acting. I hope they even include bits of Lois & Clark's portrayal of the character and have Clark ACTUALLY BE Clark and POSE AS Superman, being the perfect image of a boyscout people can aspire to. I'd hate having to watch another Superman that stick's out like a sore thumb, especially in a society he spent his entire life in. "Country Boy" is as ALIEN as he should be to Metropolis, period.
Shaman - 12/22/2010, 12:05 PM
Superkal- My thoughts EXACTLY! :)
spiderneil - 12/22/2010, 12:08 PM
the origin...again...yay...

BigG - 12/22/2010, 12:13 PM
i think this is great news, hopefully a mix of birthright and secret origin
Ranger14 - 12/22/2010, 12:15 PM
I never did care much for Reeve as Superman, but I also didn't care for Cain as Superman. Dean was pretty cheesy as well, plus he was just too wimpy looking for the Man of Steel for me. I hate to say it, but the one thing I do like about Welling is he does play the farm boy Clark Kent very well.
LEEE777 - 12/22/2010, 12:25 PM
WTF anyone that didn't like REEVES as SUPERMAN needs to stay the [frick] away from Superman 4ever lol!!!! : P

One of... if not the best cbm ever made!

imnotwearinghockeypants - 12/22/2010, 12:25 PM
Wait, what's this?!?! Superman is the last remaining survivor of a doomed alien race? When did this happen?!?
MassExecutions - 12/22/2010, 12:26 PM
What? This flies in the face of David Caradene's tirade in Kill Bill 2! It does, however, kind of improve the character, in my opinion.
ThaMessenger07 - 12/22/2010, 12:28 PM
@ Superkal: All your Douchebaggery was worth this article! Nice Find and just messing with you lol

I feel it may just be a portion of the film that is a flashback.

& @ Superkal & Shaman: I will 3rd that motion and I loved that Show! lol

@ LEE I Enjoyed Reeves but felt he took liberties in the performance and maid him goofy, Clark is generally Introvert and soft spoken but not Nerdy.
Shaman - 12/22/2010, 12:29 PM
Ranger14- But you're thinking of Cain's Superman. Cain's Clark was actually very "farm guy in a big city" too. He might have "acted" a tad more whimpy than what you would have prefered as Superman but he was still a "man". Welling hasn't even shown us he could be manly yet. He's gonna look like superboy whenever he gets to put on the cape. But they are both on par with each other at being the "earthern farm boy that doesn't act like a kryptonian" persona, as i prefer it in my book.
HarrisonBergeron - 12/22/2010, 12:32 PM
Another origin is boring, trying to put a spin on it when you know full well that it could just kill franchise if not accepted is a huge risk. If they are considering all this inner turmoil stuff then it makes it a safe bet that the origin is not just going to be a a flash back, but an actual real time part of the movie.

I have faith in a Geoff Johns story, but this is a poor idea for a reboot, just give us an adult Superman fighting a super villain, play it safe so we don't have to wait another ten years for another failed reboot.
padrejeff - 12/22/2010, 12:35 PM
Please...not another orgins stuff. Let's have, for once, a great action Superman movie with a foe worthy of his powers. Enough of the wah, wah, wah stuff.
Ranger14 - 12/22/2010, 12:44 PM
Shaman@ It's all good. We generally see things the same way, but not in this case. I didn't care for Cain and by wimpy I mean in his size and overall persona. He acted Superman okay enough, but I thought he was too small to be believable as the Man of Steel. I think Welling looks more macho than both Reeve and Routh. I just don't know how he can do as Superman as we haven't seen him act the part of Superman yet. The whole Smallville premise is his coming to grips and accepting his role as the Man of Steel so he is not supposed to have the confidence and persona of Superman yet. We have to keep that in mind. There is a reason Routh made the cover of Advocate Magazine and Reeve's feminine side came out too much for my taste when he was Clark Kent. In Superman mode he was okay. I want a manly Superman this time around, whether he is in Clark mode or not.

padrejeff@ My sentiments exactly.
padrejeff - 12/22/2010, 12:48 PM
Who reads the superman comics for the emotional satisfaction? We read it so as see Superman in the great action sequences as the Powerhouse kicking some royal arse against a foe his equal or superior that needs some kicking.
padrejeff - 12/22/2010, 12:49 PM
Where's Grif when we need a reality check?
Dusk - 12/22/2010, 12:50 PM
Speaking of Superman, did anyone see Tim Tebow play Sunday? He got a 100.5 passer rating in his first game as a starter! AND he ran for a 40 yard TD! Longest EVER by a Denver Broncos QB!
FoxForce5 - 12/22/2010, 12:52 PM
I don't mind a little origin stuff as long as it's either a flashback or a prolouge -type of thing. apAnd with Snyder, I have confidence that we'll finally get the movie that we've all (or, at least, most of us have) been waiting for. That is, lots of action being held together with the story, characters & emotion; a-la, "300"!
comicb00kguy - 12/22/2010, 1:07 PM
Leee: For my money, the original Superman (1978) is still the gold standard for comic book movies. This masterpiece is a primer for all who follow on how to do the superhero movie right.

FoxForce: If Snyder did the origin for Superman under the opening credits, like how he did Watchmen, that might work for the handful of moviegoers who don't know it.

Padrejeff: That's what I want to see! A foe worthy of Superman, like Brainiac or Darkseid, and lots of action. No chick-flick soap opera nonsense.
Ranger14 - 12/22/2010, 1:12 PM
BaneKill77@ I didn't imply Routh is gay. I know Routh isn't gay, but it does help substantiate the fact he isn't the most masculine guy and I prefer a more masculine Superman. So I will imply he isn't as macho looking as I prefer for the part. I have a number of friends who are gay who feel the same way and they would get a good laugh out of you insinuating I am bashing gay people by my comment. Gay people are the first to admit what guys are feminine in nature and look and which ones aren't. If you don't like that...so be it. I have brought up the cover maybe once or twice here over the past year, so I wouldn't say I have brought it up over and over again. If someone brings up the topic of "manliness" it definitely holds some relevance to the discussion.

There are some actors who are good at covering up their feminine side on screen and some aren't. There are a few very big name actors over the last few decades who are gay but don't appear to be gay unless you know them and see them off screen or camera. In some interviews it is even very obvious. They are married so the average person wouldn't even suspect it. Makes no difference to me as long as they can play their part well.
Amazo - 12/22/2010, 1:31 PM
He doesn't say he's writing an origin story,only that he likes Geoff Johns take on Superman.That he see's it as a duty to be Supes but underneath he is and craves to be plain old Clark Kent.Learn to read English people,jeez!
Fracture - 12/22/2010, 1:34 PM

Superman: Dark of the Emo
padrejeff - 12/22/2010, 1:42 PM
Right on! CaptianProg.
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 12/22/2010, 1:45 PM
Christopher Reeve:

Clark = too goofy.
Superman = too cocky and smug.

Dean Cain:

Clark = a completely believable and relatable character.
Superman = a true beacon of hope with real compassion for human life.
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 12/22/2010, 1:45 PM
Christopher Reeve:

Clark = too goofy.
Superman = too cocky and smug.

Dean Cain:

Clark = a completely believable and relatable character.
Superman = a true beacon of hope with real compassion for human life.
marvelguy - 12/22/2010, 1:48 PM
That's a nice guess. You have to be realistic and realize they are going to do whatever they want and more than likely not clue us in before it's shot.
SkaarJones - 12/22/2010, 1:54 PM
@BaneKill77 - I'll say it. A gay guy should not play Superman. Plenty of roles they can play, but not Superman. Sometimes it's just hard to see a person you know is gay in an iconic role that is not. Iconic characters like Superman should be somewhat believable looking at the actors that portray them. People should look at the actor on the street and say, "Hey, that's Superman" like they did for Chris Reeve.
dickmastaflex - 12/22/2010, 2:12 PM
nolen wont make it without a origin
JonF - 12/22/2010, 2:39 PM
@Shaman, TheMessenger07, LEEE777, Ranger14 and anyone else interested - You guys are missing the point! Christopher Reeve made the perfect SUPERMAN; his excessive goofiness as Clark Kent was addressed, if not resolved in Superman II!

Remember when Lois realized that Clark was Superman and stopped buying his act? That was the first time that we got to see the REAL Clark Kent! Mot the perfect samaritan from another planet nor the bumbling nerd with limited social skills, just Clark without any airs about him!

I've always felt that that moment was a major triumph in the eyes of the fans -- finally we weren't being patronized! Donner clearly demonstrated that after 40 years, it was time for Superman to grow with his audience! SMII gave the mythos an aura of sophistication for the first time and wasn't afraid to follow a train of thought through to its logical conclusion! While the first film deftly established the status quo in Superman's world, the second effectively shook that status quo to its foundation!

While I also liked Dean Cain's interpretation of Clark much better, Reeve played that aspect of the character as he was directed to by Donner so as to further dramatize the contrast between Kal-El's civilian identity and his noble alter-ego.
UncleDrew - 12/22/2010, 2:46 PM
LP4 - 12/22/2010, 2:56 PM
@Shaman- RIGHT ON BROTHA! Dean Cain ALL THE WAY!!!!!

@SkaarJones- I totally agree dude!

@BorntoRon- Agreed man!!!
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