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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 

The newest Superman movie may not work well at all

Big Hollywood points to an interview with actor Dylan Sprayberry on ClevverTV talking about his role in the upcoming Superman movie, and it confirms any worries Superfans might have that the studio's contributors didn't learn any lessons, instead choosing to misinterpret what people think of the Dark Knight trilogy as what they want even from a movie with the Man of Steel. First, there's this little inaccuracy:
So this is the first time they’re using a teenager to portray the young version of Clark Kent in a Superman movie. How does that feel? It was really great. I didn’t even really notice how big it was until I finished shooting. It was so overwhelming that it was crazy, I was like “I can’t believe I just did all that.” In the moment, I was really focused on the work and the acting.
Now wait a sec, didn't the original Superman movie from 1978 feature Superman as a teenager, during the time he was coming of age (and seen kicking a football a long distance in one scene), and Jon Kent - played then by Glenn Ford - passed away? Boy, what a loss of memory the site's staff has, and if the actor failed to correct them, then he clearly doesn't know much about past pop culture either (and Glee, the TV series in which he stars, is a terrible show, from what I know).

Now, here's the other part that's really off-putting:
What will people really love about Man of Steel? When Zack [Snyder] and I were talking about it the first time, he was saying how Superman, they want to give it a more edgy feel like The Dark Knight but also make it more realistic and emotional so it’s not just the all-american superhero that saves everyone. He has dilemmas and love and struggles throughout the whole movie, especially when he’s a kid.
I'm not sure what's more dismaying here - that they're going to go the cliched road of darkness or that they might depict Supes as less a life-saver and more of a hand-wringer. Good grief. And to think I thought it was foolish enough that they were taking some of the red color out of his costume!

So again, here's another film project I wish I could anticipate with excitement, but am left once again to worry if it's being overtaken by political correctness, which is almost scary when I think about it. What it shows is that Time Warner is simply out of control, and the right hand doesn't know where the left hand is going.

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The filmmakers must've liked Grant Morrison's New 52 nonsense about Superman being a socialist superhero or something. I think the actor who plays Superman, Henry Cavill, said as much in a recent interview. I definitely won't be seeing this movie if they continue to make the same kind of mistakes that 2006's "Superman Returns" made with that "Truth, Justice and all that stuff" crap, completely omitting the "American way" part which is essential to the character.

Carl

Oh gee, look -- someone must have alerted them to their teen Superman error 'cuz they've since edited the offending question. It now reads:

"How does it feel to be portraying the young 'Clark Kent' in Man of Steel? It’s a very highly anticipated movie."

I also think they're making a mistake by darkening Superman. This dark and gritty nonsense has quickly become a cliche in today's Hollywood and also in the comic book world. Why can't they have an optimstic Man of Steel who is reverred by everyone and isn't ashamed to have been born in America? That's what I'd like to know. It wouldn't suit their PC idea of how the character would be. Even more disconcerting is the fact that the movie is being written by David S. Goyer, who also wrote that awful story where Supes gives up his citizenship.

Carl

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