Originally Posted by dynamotv
The teaser looked like a perfume commercial and it still managed to make me more excited for it than Superman Returns. Looks like we're finally out of the Donnerverse....
I'm curious as to what exactly makes you say that, because so far this seems very much grounded in the whole overly self-important Space Messiah thing just like Donner's version. The obsession with Jor-El is a bit of a giveaway; I realize he's a big part of the origin, but the movies (and Smallville) have always put him front and center in a way that the comics didn't. Because they had him played by Brando, obviously. The recent batch of Chris Sims articles about the Donner films definitely made me more aware of some of their flaws, the fact that Superman needs to get Jor-El's advice all the time being a big one.
That's not to say I'm not oddly interested in this. Superman definitely needs a jolt of adrenaline as a franchise. The key thing is if they remember that he's not supposed to be, dare I say, a dick. As much as everyone is apparently too cool for Superman these days, if you get the characters' boundless compassion and optimism right people WILL respond to him. I'd argue Captain America, which had a similar note of ultra-heroism going on, proved that. Snyder's the guy who thought zombies had to run, and who thinks Rorschach is a badass, so I'm not really able to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to making Superman a boy scout type (he's already got Hip Young Superman, a trope I kind of loathe) but it's so essential to the character that hopefully even Snyder won't be able to screw it up.
My biggest problem with Snyder remains the fact that he's too obsessed with making his movies feel like comics. The speed-ramping and weirdly stiff performances seem to be part of a desire to "bring panels to life" which I think is misbegotten, like he's too hung up on Sin City. Ironically, since as far as I know this isn't based on a particular comic, this may not be an issue this time around.