Will The Superman Reboot Work as Well as Batman?
Remember back in 2005 when the reboot of the Batman franchise came out? We all know now that it was a huge success and its sequel, The Dark Knight in 2008 was even bigger. But what many don’t remember is that this was looked at as a bad idea when it was first announced.
No one liked the casting of Christian Bale as the enigmatic Bruce Wayne. No one liked the newly designed batmobile or even the film’s villain, Ra’s ah Guhl. Also, lots of negativity surfaced amongst fanboys over the choice of then little-known director Christopher Nolan. A director who at the time had only a small cult following for his work on the 2000 film Memento. Now, fanboys around the world hail Nolan as “The Next Spielberg.” And it all started with his reboot of the Caped Crusader.
Now, with talks heating up about the reboot treatment that Superman is going to get in The Man of Steel in 2012, I have noticed a lot of trends are the same. Hardly anyone likes the casting of popular British actor Henry Cavill as Supes or Amy Adams as Lois Lane, which blows my mind personally because I think Adams is perfect… and smokin’.
But the only thing that doesn’t have the naysayers in an uproar is that the aforementioned Christopher Nolan is the lead producer on the project. He is teaming up with Zack Snyder and David Goyer who are all working on how to translate the film into a modern context.
Unfortunately, not much about the plot is known yet. We still have no ideas on who the main villain or villainess may be and any supporting players. All that is known is Cavill and Adams will play the leads while Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will portray Jonathan and Martha Kent.
I was one of the people who felt that the 2006 adaptation of Superman Returns was awful. I hated the cast (outside of Kevin Spacey) and I hated the story. So, while I am a bit skeptical, I won’t lie and say I’m not excited about a new approach to my personal favorite superhero of all time.