24 April 2005

A Fanboy's Take: Superman Returns

Superman ReturnsThere was a nice article in Friday's USA Today revealing to the world its first look at Brandon Routh as Superman. The focus of the article is entirely on the re-visualization of the iconic costume.

Set for release in June 2006, Superman Returns has been said to follow in continuity with Superman 1 & 2, but dismisses the other two Superman films. The following is a plot summary I snatched from comingsoon.net:

"Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space."
I've never been one to regularly buy a Superman comic book. I don't know exactly why, but in the comics Superman never did anything for me. I'm a Spider-Man, Batman type of guy when it comes to the comic book capes. In my opinion, Superman is most interesting when he is interacting with other heroes in a team environment.

I've only enjoyed the character of Superman in his numerous cartoon and live action incarnations, sans the Lois and Clark show that aired on ABC years ago. My hope is that Superman Returns will be to the comic book Superman, what Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns was to the first Batman film.

As for the suit, I like the look. At first I was taken aback by the color palette, but it's already grown on me. In all likelihood, it's also an indication as to what type of characteristics we'll see from the big blue boy scout in next summer's film.

Til next time...

3 comments:

Pope Benedict XVI said...

Superman is okay. I prefer Batman.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Can't say I'm really looking forward to the Superman movie. The plot sounds weak, especially the unnecessary connection to the first two movies, and it doesn't really sound like they're going to do anything "interesting" with the character. The tweaked costume is fine, but it seems to foreshadow a rather superficial take on things. Doesn't help that Singer's cast the overrated Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, apparently hoping lightning can strike twice.

Batman Begins, on the other hand, looks like it's going to be good. Really good.

bottleHeD said...

Brian Singer on X3 would have been a lot more interesting. It would have atleast been something new, unlike this Superman movie, which just continues from S2..