The man in red and blue

May 3, 2006 by Tim

So I watched the new Superman Returns trailer. I dunno, I’ve got mixed feelings here. On the one hand, I like Brandon Routh’s look as the Man of Steel (even if he reminds me of Jason Schwartzman for some reason), the flying looks great. Kevin Spacey as Lex had me jumping for joy (especially that “Go on, let me hear you say it, just once” part). I have confidence that it will be an entertaining movie.

However I’m not 100% excited about the storyline they’ve chosen. From what I’ve heard (and I’m willing to have my inbox flooded to set me straight, so go ahead and fire up that email program), the movie picks up after Superman 1, maybe even 2. Superman 3 and 4 never happened. Superman was in space (for some reason unknown to me) and now returns to earth.

I think where what is most rubbing me the wrong way is picking up on the old Superman movies. I think I was hoping that they’d just sort of do their own thing, like Batman Begins did. We already had a Superman saga with Christopher Reeves playing the part. They did their thing, some of it was great, some of it was bad. But I’m not seeing anyone following Christopher Reeve as that Supes. Maybe it’s just me.

Kind of like when you watch a TV series, and one of the actors quits, or leaves the show, and they get a new actor to play the same character, and everything keeps moving without skipping a beat but there’s that period of uneasiness where you’re thinking “this isn’t the character…”.

They didn’t ask us to believe that Christian Bale was the same Bruce Wayne as Michael Keaton (like they had done with Val Kilmer and George Clooney). They said “ok, clean slate, new actors, now this is how we see Batman”. And it worked.

Anyway, I’m just rambling for the sake of rambling. I’m sure the movie will be good regardless.

Also, there’s a Warhammer Online trailer up.


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