"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
Comic Books, Film
The best interviews are always, always the candid ones. It’s rare that you see it in the celebrity world, but sit down and pay attention when it does … because you’re going to learn something.
Bryan Singer recently sat down with VoicesFromKrypton to give a master class in being candid, discussing the cold, hard truths relating to his work on Superman Returns, which is arguably — arguably, commenters — the least of the films in that franchise. It’s not a terribly lengthy interview, but the filmmaker packs quite a lot into it.
“I think that Superman Returns was a bit nostalgic and romantic, and I don’t think that was what people were expecting, especially in the summer,” he said. He also noted that he’d spotted plenty of women in line for The Devil Wears Prada, but very few for comic book movies. “I really do think I was making the film for that Devil Wears Prada audience of women who wouldn’t normally come to a superhero film.”
Ouch. That’s probably going to come back to haunt him at some point. If you’re the one doing the haunting, just remember that he’s the one who admitted it when most would have simply just not spoken up at all.
Singer also adds that his love for the original Superman movie may have been too great, which in turn cast Returns as too much of an homage. “I embraced the comic-ness and made this alternate, bucolic Metropolis. Then there was the music and the whole thing,” he said.
“But I am very much in love with the Donner picture, and for me the journey was exciting because I got the chance to reprise those images and explore it. When you’re fascinated by something and you love it, part of making the movie is trying to please everyone and make a successful movie, but part of it is an experimental kind of thing.”