The announcement that Zack Snyder would direct the next iteration of Superman was met with much trepidation. Snyder certainly has an eye for special effects and atmosphere, but is rather hollow as a storyteller. The news that Brandon Routh likely won’t return was also a little disheartening — a lot of people agree that while Superman Returns wasn’t a great film (though I think it was certainly a good one), Routh wasn’t the problem (although now there are rumors swirling that Snyder is considering him, so who knows).
Anyway, now we’ve got the very early plot details from Snyder himself:
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.
No. No no no fucking NO.
OK, it’s a little unclear, but the idea of focusing on the “early days” is a pretty stupid one, especially if he wastes audience time with an origin story. How can there be “no links” to the other films? The first one is all about his early days?
The problem, of course, is that Bryan Singer kind of fucked future Superman films with his version. Unless you want to make a film where Superman suddenly has (spoiler!) a superpowered son with Lois Lane and she’s engaged to some other dude, you kind of have to roll the clock back a bit. Which is unfortunate, because frankly, I am fucking tapped out on superhero origin stories. Particularly ones like Superman, because somewhere in the jungles of Brazil, there’s an undiscovered tribe of indigenous people who are going “origin? who the fuck doesn’t know his origin?”
So it’s likely that he’s throwing out Superman and Superman II, considering the early days idea and General Zod as the hero (both are adequately covered in the first two films). Which is fucking stupid, and essentially makes it a reboot. A reboot of the most well-known superhero film and character in comic book history. Great. Swell.
Ideally, it’d pick up after II, ignore III and IV altogether (dear God, let’s please ignore those atrocities), and go for something that takes place in between II and Returns. But who the hell knows how Snyder’s mind works. The idea to not base it on a comic book arc is probably a good one anyway — Superman is one film series that has, for the most part, completely ignored its comic book counterpart, so why start now and confuse people.
Fuck it. I’m just going to have to content myself with DC’s animated movies.