Originally Posted by duke fleed
TonyB79, Well, Singer may have tried to emulate Donner, but he...Failed miserably. Singer's casting was off. The...One actress in Superman Returns, that could have been as dynamic as Lois Lane as Margot Kidder was...Parker Posey! She would have been...Perfect. If there is none of Donner's Superman, in Man Of Steel, that is fine as Superman has been around for numerous decades. To me, Richard Donner understood Superman, and delivered the...Best version. The Fleischer Bros, delivered the best animated version, while George Reeves Adventures Of Superman was quite fun as well. I hope Zack Snyder delivers as great a Superman Film as he did with...Watchmen!
You make strong points, Duke. Superman Returns attempted, and failed, to emulate Donner's style. Singer was definitely going for the Donner characterization and picking up story threads from those movies. Unfortunately he stretched it in all the wrong ways, and was not able to replicate the tone. Dogs eating dogs is not my idea of fun.
The aesthetic, the 1930s art deco look, is the only unique thing Singer brought to the table. Although that could be derivative of the old Fleischer cartoons.
I'm curious as to how Metropolis Clark Kent will be portrayed. We've have bumbling Christopher Reeves and yuppie 80s Clark (best portrayed by Dean Cain, for better or worse, on Lois & Clark) duking it out for dominance for 25 years now, depending on the author. Birthright portrays Clark as more of a shy outcast than an oaf.
What I appreciate about pre-Metropolis Clark in Birthright is that, for the first time, I'm convinced that Clark is a strong reporter. Most versions don't even give him a journalism degree and little experience. A Clark that travels the world writing about African dictators, from the front lines, is my kind of reporter.