The Super Random Rant
Just another random rant from me!
This random rant looks at the idea of a new superman movie and what there is that can be done to make it a success. The last movie we saw was nothing special, and crushed most superman fans expectations. So if a new movie is on the cards, what’s up for it? Rumors have been circulating that Nolan who made a tired out batman film franchise something fresh and enjoyable, would have an adviser role in the superman film but this rumor was ended by the newly formed DC Entertainment.
So if Batman (Darknight, Begins) was such a success shouldn’t they do that to superman?
WHY DON’T YOU JUST BURY THE GUY IN KRYPTONITE AND SAY RIP?
Personally, I feel Batman can be “dark” a lot of people argue that he is a darker comic character but they forget that actually he wore grey and blue and ran about with the boy wonder in a pair of tights! Yeah very dark, so why did it work? It worked because Nolan made it work. He looked at the character and saw that a movie is not all about action but about character, Rob zombies Halloween however crude, and unnecessarily sexually graphic may have touched upon this, developing a plain character that kills into someone worthy of sympathy. While no one who sees Halloween is going to do a “Michael” we do see why he does what he does, and while we know it is wrong we can also see that he is not purely evil, we get to learn how he works and why.
Superman needs this development of character. I’m not saying make superman dark or evil, just make him a character who we can understand, sure keep some mystery it adds the interest, but don’t make a substandard character out of a comic Icon that is all action but no substance.
If I go to see a superman movie (and hey this movie would need an incredibly good trailer to draw me in) I would want to see superman fight a worthy opponent, who is fresh and new, equal to superman, but to see superman fight the choices in life we all make.
Should it be an origin move? Yes, and No. I’m all up for an origin movie if its done right but its been done so many times why not start a little further in? We know his beginning, hey I can watch Smallville re-runs for that. What I want to see is superman.
My suggestion would be that, we meet Mr. Kent, in a New York just like today’s. I would even stretch so far as to show several people at the start of the film, have the audience guess who he is. Make Kent as ordinary as possible, not the mis-fit that spidey is, not the billionaire that Wayne is but just a guy, a guy who does what he can to get by in a troubled world. Have superman already out there but not big, amazing superman a more grounded, less super superman. Let him earn his super abilities. Give him small challenges, fighting backstreet fights, against low merit criminals, he can take, make him popular with the people but not so popular with the law. Superman can take anything but the people are never going to hate him, hes too pure.
My next idea would for superman to not have his costume, not for the film, not until the very end. Where would he get a blue tight suit with a cape? Unless he makes it himself, which is pretty unlikely, he’s sure to get noticed buying it right? Superman’s loved by the people show that, towards the end, have him be given the suit by someone who believes in him (he already uses the superman logo though) and maybe even have him toss it aside as a ridiculous fancy dress costume. Then as his character develops have him wear the suit for the final battle in the film because here he comes to realize he is superman, and its not his powers that makes him super, but the people behind him. He wears the suit to show that the people believe in him and there is hope even in the darkness.
This to me is a powerful idea. I would have superman perhaps tired at the start, a little unhappy. He is superman he can do anything, yet he can’t. He can fight any opponent he has met and win, but he can’t make a difference to his own life. He cant be himself, he has to live a lie and hide who he is. He isn’t human and doesn’t belong and wants to be able to fit in, or be himself, he wants his home planet his home people. He can come to feel at home, realizing that he is the same as everyone else.
I would leave aspects in Kents life that suggests he is a little less than ordinary, perhaps he saves a persons life as Kent without thinking at the start, and the person thanks him, remarking “You’re a regular superman arent you?”. His reply? “I try to be”. Perhaps superman is expected too much off? I’d consider having Kent write negative articles about superman, and be one of those that “believe he does more bad than good”.
As for his image, I don’t want to see an unbelievably muscular man, make him look more believable, remember he needs to hide his muscles as Kent. Lex as his opponent? No way. Im tired of that, hey I’d consider giving Kryptonite a break tbh, he needs a fresh new enemy whose character we also learn. Besides if lex is surely his biggest opponent then save the best for a potential sequel. Using him later on will be more acceptable, and perhaps kryptonite can be introduced in this film, superman can discover it as his weakness, (as he starts off thinking he has none) but its not going to be heavily used, perhaps the main villain does not realize its importance.
I would give superman a villain that causes him to change how he thinks, who he is. He is used to chasing bad guys and catching them not facing an opponent with bigger plans who is equal to him, superman has to change to stand a hope of defeating him.
I personally would go for the idea suggested by screen rant on how to reboot superman and stage an invasion. Have destruction, chaos in New York, let him think that its regular stuff and find out its something more, New York is being prepared to be invaded, but the invaders, once stopped are not responsible, let it be the work of someone else, another being like superman perhaps? Braniac? Give him someone stronger and more intelligent than he is. This could give superman the moral issue of doing what is right (saving NY) or fighting one of his own people, (possibly having to kill him as the only way forward) something which will be hard for superman if done right.
So picture massive destruction in New york, aliens invading, no one understands, terror, suspense where is superman? No one understands how this is happening. Total chaos.
I would then if I planned to introduce Lex Luther quite simply give him a lesser role in the film, (though keep who he is a secret) giving at the end of the film the suggestion of who he is by having a bar of Kryptonite role to his, feet and he pick it up saying something and gazing at superman.
Picture, the streets, cars ablaze, storm stricken skies, and Superman emerging, a crowd of people around him, all this in the distance with someone watching, a bar of Kryptonite rolling towards his feet, a gloved hand picks it up (maybe superman even from this distance expresses a sign of pain, as if he is having a migraine or something) and then the man whispers “well what do you know Superman” and perhaps a low chuckle. Its Luther, he’s been involved in the whole business all the time (but not as a villain, more a side guy, assistant that we didn’t know about) and his presence at the end gives him the potential to feature in the next film either as a main villain or sub character to then appear as the main villain in the third?
A sequel could pick up where this leaves off. I could spend hours listing ideas tbh.