All morning I’ve been researching, trying to find the latest scoop with regards to the Zack Snyder ‘Superman: Man of Steel’ project. Of course, the only thing I could discern for certain is that Natalie Portman’s rumored involvement is just that, rumors.
I’m more than willing to admit that perhaps my new found obsession with the long running TV series ‘Smallville’ has got something to do with my renewed interest in the Man of Steel. I have always been a huge fan of the sexy man in the blue spandex.
I was addicted to the post-crisis Superman comics, and balled my eyes out when Doomsday killed my fave hero.
I had the biggest crush on Christopher Reeve when he donned the super-suit, and was terribly saddened by both his accident, and later his death.
So my experience with the mythos of Kryptonian born Kal-El is quite extensive… especially for a chick.
And that brings us to the task at hand… What will come of Snyder’s ‘Superman: Man of Steel’?
Well, let us first consider that many other Superman feature films never made it into the theaters. Like the one that was to be directed by Tim Burton, with a script from Kevin Smith (Clerks) and starring, GET THIS, Nicolas Cage (and his lousy toupee) as Clark/Kal-El/Superman.
Side note- Hey Nick, just cuz you’re a huge Super-Fan-Boy, does not mean that you’d be a good choice for the role, balding and oldness aside.
So although many scripts have made it to the pre-production stages of development, only one has managed to break through and make it to the silver screen. The one with Christopher Reeve’s clone Brandon Routh.
While uber cute, and a deadpan knockoff of Reeve physically, the boy could not act. Ok, that’s not really fair… but he certainly didn’t fit the suit. Although Superman Returns grossed nearly $400 million at the box office, it was deemed a failure both by the studio (Warner Bros.) and by comic fans alike.
With all the bad luck, and the supposed ‘Superman Curse’ surrounding the films, it’s no wonder no one has gotten the series right since Reeve’s time.
So what’s the current situation concerning ‘Man of Steel’? Well, they are currently seeking out an unknown, or little known actor to don the cape and tights. In theory this is a perfect idea.
My opinion? No, no, and HELLLLLLS no.
The studio should remove their collective heads from their asses, and realize that they have had the perfect actor on staff for the last 10 freaking years!
Dear Warner Brothers Execs, USE TOM WELLING YOU FOOLS! Thanks.
If you want to argue this with me, go ahead and do so in the comment section, however please note that prior to my new found obsession with Smallville, I avoided the show purely on my dislike of the choice of Welling to play Clark Kent.
It took me till midway through it’s final season – in other words about a week ago – to realize that not only does he make a great young Clark Kent, but that he would make a superb Superman.
Watch the show, but make sure you get past the ‘freak of the week’ early episodes and then decide.
I am almost at the point where if they don’t cast sexy-as-hell Welling in the film, I might consider boycotting.
Enough of my ranting, let the conversation begin!
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