Is The Idea Of A ‘Realistic’ Superman A Bit Oxymoronic?
October 1, 2012
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Zach Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” (and it isn’t an accident that it’s called that, as opposed to ‘Superman’ because I suspect that his humanity will be emphasized more than his virtual godhood, until things need to be blowed up good! Real good!) is supposedly going to be more “realistic” than past interpretations, though the only way that I can see that being possible is for the emotional side of things to be emphasized.
Because I suspect that the film makers understand that when you have a guy that’s almost invulnerable, can fly, and is from a planet named Krypton, then you have already thrown realism out the window (something Christopher Nolan and David Goyer seem to forget when making “The Dark Knight Rises.”)
The weakest links in this equation appear to be Snyder himself, who is a director not exactly known for subtlety; and David Goyer, whom seems to have reached the pinnacle of his career due mainly to connections, as opposed to the quality of his writing (if in doubt, check out Blade a bit before the climatic battle between Blade (Wesley Snipes) and Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) and a similar point in “The Crow: City Of Angels.”)
Notice how similar the two scenes are? I am willing to be that there’s even another scene just like it in another Goyer-written film.
By the way, why would anyone consider Goyer to direct “Hellboy?” Didn’t the producers see “Blade: Trinity” or “The Unborn?”