Superman Lives (spoiler: not really)
« Thread started on: Aug 1st, 2014, 12:38pm »
Despite the Jon Peters stuff we've all heard (right?), I still wish this had been made. The casting of Cage is more interesting by default: it's an actor playing a character rather than a male model and a mannequin posing for a sex crazed, drug addled Bryan Singer or, even worse, Zack Snyder. Just...Zack Snyder. It's a film that looks more interesting than anything Tim Burton has made since; and it would have come before he became a more pedestrian, near-studio hack that allows for rewritten, safe scripts that are literalized into prosaic mush. It would have come during a time when a Tim Burton Film was more akin to Fellini or Ken Russell.
The conceptualisation of it is plainly more exciting than a half baked update that's barely more than Chris Reeve Cosplay in Singer's case. Or Zack Snyder thinking that being the Comic Book Annie Lebovitz meant brain dead shoots/editing rather than still photography.
Even if it was a disaster, you can see where it would have been a boon for Warners longterm. Then suddenly a vanilla Superman retread would not be seen as a vanilla Superman retread, but rather a "return to form". And if it had taken off? Far more potential than vanilla Superman because it's not vanilla Superman.
People, especially fanboys, immediately howl about this project whenever it's mentioned. Either in defense of Kevin Smith -- the other day I saw a comment from a guy that said Affleck would be great as Batman, just because Kevin said so (much like he said Affleck's turn in Daredevil would be better than anything in Raimi's Spider-Man) -- or simply because of how startlingly different it is. But the property has become so stagnant, especially onscreen, that I can't agree that different is a synonym for "terrible".
To be honest, the test footage for this is more exciting than the ComicCon clip of BvS. But then, that was little more than a Frank Miller fanservice. Zack Snyder at his best: obvious, pandering, completely derivative and mercifully short.