Bleeding Cool have just made it known that Zack Snyder is directing the new Superman movie! This is fantastic news. Snyder is just what Superman needs. While I'm a fan of Superman Returns there's no disputing its faults. A Superman movie in the 21st Century has got to be more than just feelings and crystals. In 1978 Richard Donner made us believe a man can fly, a modern Superman film has to do more than that. Superhero movies are ten a penny these days, Superman should be taking the genre that one step further. A modern Superman film should be showing us things we've never seen before. I believe Snyder is the man to do this.
I'm basing this opinion mostly on 300 and Watchmen. Watchmen definitely has its faults, mainly a script that contains far too much exposition and a godawful sex scene! But these are balanced out with some great moments, such as the excellent opening montage and just about every scene Rorschach's in. 300 has a few morally dubious scenes, in fact it's fair to say that anyone who takes the film at anything other than face value is going straight to hell. But who cares when a film is this much fun?! Watching 300 was one of the most fun movie experiences I've ever had. Every single gory, homoerotic, over the top scene is just beautiful.
I usually refrain from using words like sumptuous to describe films for fear of sounding like a wanker, but it's a very appropriate word for Snyder's films and its exactly the quality that needs to be brought to a Superman film. When I think of Superman Returns, despite some of the beautiful sets on display in the film, all I can bring to mind are the muted, dull colours of the Fortress, the muted, dull colours of Luthor's Island and the muted, dull colours of Superman's weird burgundy cape. A Superman film needs to stand out and burn itself into your brain. Superman's world is a world of robot duplicates, gorillas with laser vision, cube shaped planets and tyrant suns. Superman has one foot in reality, the other in a '50s sci-fi wet dream. Based on the look and feel of 300 and Watchmen, I think Snyder's the man to provide us with this vision.
There is however, one more reason that I'm thrilled with the decision to let Snyder direct the film. In 1992, Zack Snyder directed the music video for Morrissey's Tomorrow. He's directed the living music god that is MORRISSEY and now he's directing Superman! Sounds good to me!
Morrissey - Tomorrow
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