Just a reminder that recent citizenship plot turn in the Superman comics has nothing to do with the Snyder movie.
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4/29/11 at 3:28pm
Why do we need a reboot of Sup's origin story again can't they just start the action in some new and exciting way.
Director Zack Snyder confirmed the rumors that this focuses on Superman's early days, although don't expect it to follow the story beats of any of the fifty different origin stories for the Man of Steel:
"As I have already explained, the film will focus on early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films. This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still can not talk about the script, I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular."
I'll comment on these two in particular:
The Origin of the Mild-Mannered Reporter
Some fans and pundits have been arguing that Nolan and Snyder should skip the "origin" all together. That the death of Krypton story is so well ingrained into the public conscious that it should simply be recapped during the opening credits or even skipped entirely. (Though with Russell Crowe recently signing on as Jor-El, the latter seems like a remote possibility at this stage.)
We'll get to an aspect of that argument later on, but one origin that would be worth telling is the one of Clark Kent becoming a reporter for the Daily Planet.
In 1978's Superman: The Movie, that part of Superman's 'origin' is treated simply as a story beat that had to be hit. And hit it was ... minimally.
After Clark spends his late-teen/early 20s in the Fortress learning from Jor-El's crystals and then flying away as an adult wearing the costume, the film jumps to Clark in Perry White's office just having been hired as a new reporter, with his typing prowess cited as his main qualification.
So familiar is the mythos, the story beat was just accepted at face value with no even attempt at color or explanation.
There is rich storytelling potential in why Superman chooses to become a newspaper reporter of all things (particularly in 2012), and why he chooses the Planet.
Why not tell it ... for the first time on film?
I think establishing Clark as some kind of writer while growing up would naturally lead him to Journalism. Perhaps he keeps a journal of his travels, perhaps he's a writer for the Smallville high school monthly paper. Maybe he comes to the conclusion that working for a newspaper is the best way to 'stay in the know' to assist him in his Superman duties. But whatever the reason there needs to be something that we, as the audience, can logically identify with as to why he would choose to be a news reporter ( Let's face it, this is a guy that for all purposes, can do anything he wants).
John Williams' Theme Music Retired
Yeah, even that too. We're going there.
Understand there is a part of us tempted to hold onto this. Williams' iconic theme music (which may, in fact, be aging even better than his original Star Wars theme) is maybe pitch perfect. Perhaps no string of musical notes has ever better captured the essence of a familiar character than this one did.
And we'll even take it one step further -- whomever tries to write a new Superman theme for Man of Steel, be it James Newton Howard and/or Hans Zimmer, won't be as successful.
It will not be as good, or as memorable.
But perhaps of all sensory sensations, music has the power to evoke memories and place the listener in a specific time and place. And while William's theme may be the best contribution to the Superman mythos ever made outside of a comic book page, this is the very same reason why The Man of Steel must forge ahead without it.
Agree here. The classic theme has to go. This is the only way the audience can accept a new Superman. Who will certainly be compared to Chris Reeve's modern definitive version, but the filmmakers need to avoid any ties to the original films. The music would be one such tie. And while it's quite a tall order to follow Williams' piece, I'm sure someone like Danny Elfman or Zimmer could cook up something memorable. The main thing, Superman's music needs to have a noble, majestic quality to it.
There are literally a million different things I'd like to see in a movie about an alien with godlike powers on earth, that decides to protect earth and all of its inhabitants even in the face of death, than how he became a reporter and why.
I would also love to hear a new theme for Superman. I'd of course want ther to be nods to the original theme, within the movie, but a new, sweeping, majestic theme would be a lot better than reusing the old one.
|As Snyder continues to search for his Clark Kent, one aspect of the production has finally been solidified. Any debate over Hans Zimmer's involvement can now be put to rest - he will score The Man of Steel. More details can be found in our full article on the topic. As they say, with each door that closes a window opens. Zimmer is a great addition to the minds behind the reboot. The only remaining stage is to properly cast the main players.|