How to Make Superman Movies Fly Again
Over at MTV’s new comics blog Splash Page, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, Brad Meltzer and other comic professionals have provided some thoughts on how they think the Superman film franchise should be handled. For some, it’s simply a matter of treaing Superman Returns like Ang Lee’s Hulk opus and moving on to the next reboot.
According to the article, Morrison and another creator well-known for his Superman savvy, Geoff Johns, have already pitched DC/Warner Bros. on how to get the franchise up, up and away:
“I told them, it’s not that bad,” Morrison said. “Just treat ‘Superman Returns’ as the Ang Lee ‘Hulk.’”
“‘The Hulk’ has proven the audience will forgive you and let you redo the franchise,” Waid said. “You can reboot from scratch.”
Morrison’s idea was a more “tight and concise” take on his “All-Star Superman,” so you’d see Superman address his mortality.
My favorite part of the article, however, had to Morrison’s take on why Superman Returns failed to make the franchise, well… return.
“The idea was to make an American Christ figure, but what they centered on was his weakness,” Morrison said. “They made him more a lamb of God, rather than give us a real powerful Superman. They had too many scenes where he’s being kicked to the floor, and that’s not Superman. Superman would get up and fight.”
Head over to Splash Page for more thoughts from Morrison, Waid, Meltzer and other creators on the best way to get ol’ spitcurl back on the big screen.