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Singer Talks So Much Superman Returns

Published June 7, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage
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With Superman Returns under the one - month - to - go mark, everybody has began to crave and dissect the big S. Hell, there are even some begging for Superman to come out of the closet. Well, though we don't have much of a say on that, it is always good to hear from director Bryan Singer.

Bryan Singer Talks Superman Returns


THR recently caught up with Bryan Singer and discussed just about everything behind Superman Returns including the first time Singer pitched the idea to Richard Donner.


For some insights into how "Superman Returns" reached the screen after many years in development, I recently spoke to Singer, who characterized his film as being "a mixture of a unique take and a nostalgic take. Like my treatment of the 'X-Men' but with, perhaps, even a larger sensitivity because of the wider and longer history of 'Superman' I felt an obligation to maintain certain things that would stimulate our collective memory of who that character is.

"In other words, looking at some of the architecture from the '40s for the design, even though it's a contemporary film, as a nod to the comic book and looking very much at Richard Donner's 1978 film ('Superman,' starring Marlon Brando and Christopher Reeve, which grossed over $300 million worldwide) as a springboard and, most importantly, maintaining the character of Superman as a virtuous, idealistic character. The modern aspect, the unique aspect, is the world that he returns to -- Lois Lane is engaged to another person (and) has a child with this other person -- and with his feelings still intact for Lois Lane how he navigates through this almost insurmountable set of circumstances."



Singer also mentions that there were some scenes cut from Superman Returns that we can expect to see on the DVD.

"My hope is that people experience the movie first and then go back and do this not do (it first). I don't know about the first release of the DVD, but there's a sequence I cut from the movie, a pretty significant sequence, and that sequence will appear at some point on (a DVD edition of the movie). It's kind of a fun look into Superman's journey off the Earth (into space that) I didn't use it in the movie. It might be on the DVD. I haven't decided yet."


I found it interesting that the article points out that Warner Bros pushed forward the release of Superman Returns in order to avoid the 4th of July. Though I completely understand their reasoning, aren't they a little more afraid of a little thing called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest?

If you want a month's worth fix of Superman Returns production details, head on over to THR.

Superman Returns will fly into theatres on June 30, 2006.

For movie clips, movie stills, trailers, movie posters, movie info and synopsis, go to the Superman Returns Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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