The Tweedlers present a great guest post today, asking whether a re-imagined Superman will really give audiences what they’re wanting?
Man of Steel – Will we finally get the Superman movie we have all been waiting for?
Next year will see the arrival of the re-imagined Superman. Although recent films of the popular superhero have stayed true to the all-American, Boy Scout caricature of Superman, this translated into film is yet to be well received by recent audiences.
Comic book fans remain sceptical over the new release of yet another Superman film after so many have gone before. However, the exciting collaboration between Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder has created new hope that a broody and raw Superman will be created. With the success of Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Snyder’s well received The Watchman (although critics did not respond well to it), Superman fans are intrigued to see what the production team have created with one of the hardest superheroes to portray in film.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is one of the most recognised and celebrated superheroes in comic book history and with his pure motives and incredible speed and powers, it can be said that these are the reasons behind why he is a particularly hard character to portray. To sell a character in film and to a critical audience, flaws must be shown – this enables viewers to connect and relate to the character, but with Superman being an alien that looks remarkably like a human it’s hard to find something that people can respond to.
Talking to Total Film, Zach Snyder said: “We decided to act as if no ‘Superman’ film had been made – even though we love the films that have been made … We had to say this is a ‘Superman’ movie for the first time and you can’t then go ‘Oh, now let’s steal a little music.’ So, yes it’s awesome music but Hans Zimmer is going to do something awesome.”
Hans Zimmer, the composer behind Nolan’s Batman trilogy is returning with yet another superhero film. It is a brave move to scrap the well known score, but as the production crew and studio are throwing out most of the characteristics of Superman, why not the score to boot?
We don’t need to go too deeply into the plot, we are all aware of the adventures Superman embarks on. Instead we will concentrate on the expectations of Superman fans. Since the release of the teaser trailer there have been mixed reviews, but most of them have been positive with many stating their confidence in the Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan team. Script writing by David S. Goyer has also come under fire and we agree, before The Dark Knight he hasn’t produced anything that felt transcendental and penning his exciting and thought provoking ideas has not been a strong point (Ghost Rider is one example), but with Nolan by his side this could make for a very interesting re-envisioned plot.
We are going to remain positive, having faith in the talents of Nolan and Snyder and hope that the official trailer gives us a more in-depth insight into what the film will give us.