In December of 2012, comic book geeks (of whom I am the king) will be treated to the long awaited follow up to 2006’s Superman Returns. More precisely, we are going to be treated to a brand new interpretation of the Superman legend in cinematic form. Ok, Superman Returns is a throw-away, I can accept that, even if I don’t necessarily like it. Why don’t I like it? Because rebooting a franchise after a less than acceptable installment is for all intents and purposes a cheat, and I find that insulting. But it isn’t my decision, so in 2012 Superman starts anew. But what should this Superman reboot be?
We already know that Superman is going to be played by British actor Henry Cavill. I’m not going to get uptight like most fanboys at the fact that Superman is going to be played by a Brit. I don’t care. He’s obviously going to play it as an American, accent and all, and that’s what really matters, at least to me. We also know that the main villain is going to be General Zod and his Kryptonian/Phantom Zone cohorts. Strangely enough, General Zod, who has always been played by British actors in the past (Terrance Stamp and Callum Blue most prominently with Simon Templeman portraying the Zod wannabe Lord Nor on Lois and Clark), the current Zod is being played by American actor Michael Shannon. Again, this doesn’t bother me but I do hope he will be using a British accent as the character. We also know that the Kents, Jonathan and Martha, will be played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, respectively.
Alright, now that we’re done with the “What we knosws”, on to the “What we expects”. First of all, this needs to be, first and foremost, a kick ass action flick. Superman needs to be throwing cars and bitch slapping Kryptonian villains all day long. This Superman, in contrast to Bryan Singer’s version, needs to have a pair of balls made of brass and he needs to show the world that he does indeed deserve the name Superman. Also, this film is being produced by Christopher Nolan, who directed superbly the last two entries in the Batman franchise, but Mr. Nolan needs to understand that Superman and Batman are not the same thing and can not be handled the same way. Psychological thriller works great for Batman, it wouldn’t work as well for Superman and Mr. Nolan needs to know that or the entire thing falls apart. Also, if you’re going to show Krypton, and if you’re not going to do it the way Richard Donner did it, then please at least just do it imaginitively. Show us an epic Krypton we’ve never seen before.
One last thing gnawing at me that I need to get out there. This is not at all a requirement, but I would love to see the actual war that brings about the destruction of Krypton. The thing that leads to Zod being sent to the Phantom Zone in the first place. This is one of those things where we are told it happened, but we’ve never seen it. I actually think this would make a great movie in and of itself, but we’re never going to see it in its own film, so please show us at least some of it.
Man of Steel is set for release in December 2012.