Day Forty – Bringing Back Superman

9 02 2010

Why is Superman such a hard character for screenwriters to grasp?

Word today that Christopher Nolan would be “Godfather-ing” the newest installment is a good sign that Warner Brothers is serious about putting the right team together to build a franchise out of the Man of Steel.

And the WB needs it. Harry Potter is coming to an end real soon. Nolan has yet to sit down and write the next Batman installment, though the other Nolan and David Goyer may be getting started. Green Lantern is still a toss up on how successful it will be. This is an important time in the viability of the studio, and putting their golden boy behind what should have been a huge franchise by now is a great strategy.

It's about time for a good Superman movie.

How is it possible that DC Comics has managed to tell great Superman stories for over 70 years, yet there has only been one on the silver screen, considering that Superman: The Movie and Superman II were one long story?  The TV series Smallville managed to tell a great Superman story for their first three years, before it became a showcase of delaying the inevitable. Even Superman: The Animated Series managed to tell an interesting Superman story every week.

It makes me think about something Jason Reitman said in a bunch of interviews for Up in the Air. When a friend of his told him to watch 24, he didn’t think he’d like it. When they went through their marathon, he loved it, even though he has no interest in solving terrorist plots or the real-time element. His friend told him, it’s not about that. What the core of the show is about is Jack Bauer trying to hold his family together.

That’s the kind of thinking that is needed to make a good Superman movie. It’s not about a guy with limitless power. It’s about a guy, who as popular as he is and as powerful as he is, can never really fit in. Superman will always be an outsider on the inside. Smallville got that concept. The multiple comic books got that concept. It’s about time that Hollywood gets a grasp of that concept as well.

I think Nolan is the right guy – to find the guy or girl – to do it.





Day Twenty-Seven – Movies I’m Looking Forward To Seeing

27 01 2010

If there’s one good thing about the January lull in the movie theatre, it’s that it gives me time to catch up on Oscar-bait such as Up in the Air and Precious. Though we are far from the summer when there’s a new movie for everyone every weekend, there are a handful of pictures coming up that have caught my eye. Some embarrassing, some just look good, but I’ll probably end up seeing them all.

February has one movie I’m excited to see and it’s probably not the one most film buffs are looking forward to most. Read on.

February 5, 2010

Dear John

I didn’t like The Notebook. I thought the story between the young Ryan Gosling and Rachael McAdams was great, but there was way too much of a disconnect when they returned to their old versions of themselves. For whatever reason, I’m sold on Dear John. It might be that I like Amanda Seyfried or it might be that I’m a softy. Either way, I’ll probably end up watching this flick, with or without the girlfriend.

February 19, 2010

Shutter Island

I’m not one of those film students who obsesses over Marty Scorsese. He’s a good director, great even, but he doesn’t get a free pass with me. There are movies of his that I’m not always interested in. That said, I really enjoyed the trailer for Shutter Island. It looks like an interesting psychological thriller that probably could have got some Oscar buzz if it came out when it was originally scheduled.

February 26, 2010

Cop Out

This is the movie I’m most looking forward to this February. I’m a big fan of Kevin Smith and it’s great to see him get a studio picture with Bruce Willis. Tracy Morgan is one of the best parts of 30 Rock and with Smith’s words in his mouth, it should be a good fit. Though Smith didn’t write this movie, I’d be shocked if he didn’t influence the dialogue. I’m hoping the trailer doesn’t do it justice. I’m assuming Warner Brothers isn’t sure how to market Kevin Smith to a mass audience, but I’ll be there nonetheless.

March looks a little more dense. The spring will bring packed with films, and the end of March looks like the ramp up towards it. It begins with the what will surely take the highest opening of the year so far, that is until the summer blockbusters roll out.

March 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

I’ve never loved Tim Burton. His style rubs me the wrong way. So many unnecessary swirls and overall creepiness. Yet, if there was ever a story that Burton was most suited for, it would be Alice in Wonderland. For once, his style will make sense within the narrative, rather than detracting from it like it did in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

March 12, 2010

Green Zone

Green Zone looks like the unofficial Bourne 4. I’m completely okay with that. I don’t need to see another Bourne. Let the series remain as it is, but I’m happy to see Matt Damon in a familiar situation. I’m really looking forward to this movie.

March 26, 2010

Chloe

Chalk it up to my aforementioned kind eye for Amanda Seyfried or the buzz that Chloe got at the Toronto International Film Festival, but I’ll be watching this film. It seems like it belongs in the award season line-up, but instead it comes out in between action flicks and a 3D childrens movie. One of many3D movies. This will be one of the last smart, challenging pictures I see before the summer popcorn movies begin to sprout up.

How to Train Your Dragon

This movie reminds me a lot of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as far as my interest in seeing it goes. I’m always up for a good animated movie, but if I don’t make it to the theaters to see How to Train Your Dragon, I won’t be too upset. It looks good enough, but not something I’d put at the top of my list. It’ll be a good exercise in shutting my brain off to get ready for the onslaught of summer blockbusters.

The spring and summer will definitely be a lot more busy with new releases. There are still a handful of potential Oscar contenders I have to get out to see. By the end of the winter, I’ll probably have seen about 10 or so new releases.

I’ll have my MovieWatcher card handy.