If Warner Brothers has any hope of competing with Marvel at the movies, the studio is going to need to get Superman up and running before it can concentrate on its smaller properties. Behind Batman, Superman is DC’s most well-known character, and he has the potential to bring in just as much money as the Caped Crusader at the box office. And next summer, director Zack Snyder will attempt to modernize Supes in the highly-anticipated reboot, Man of Steel, with Henry Cavill taking on the iconic role.
In order to give this character the movie he deserves, it looks like the producers and writers are taking the complete opposite direction from its previous incarnations by presenting Superman in the same realistic light as Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Recently, Collider grabbed some quotes (via Bad Taste) that Man of Steel and Dark Knight writer David Goyer gave about the direction of the film.
What Christopher Nolan and I have done with Superman is try to bring the same naturalistic approach that we adopted for the Batman trilogy. We always had a naturalistic approach, we want our stories to be rooted in reality, like they could happen in the same world we live in. It’s not that easy with Superman, and actually this doesn’t necessarily mean we will make a dark movie. But working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this one actually happened. How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman in the real world have? What I really like to do is write "genre" stories without a cartoonish element. I did the same with Da Vinci’s Demons, and I’ll do the same with Man of Steel.
The first Terrence Malick-esque teaser for the movie certainly illustrated this natural approach for the character, but it remains to be seen if that style can work throughout an entire film. We’ll have to wait until Man of Steel gets released on June 14, 2013 to see if Superman will get new life at the movies.
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