Bryan Singer Admits Regrets with Superman Returns, But Ruins Things By Praising Man of Steel
You know what’s something that I generally love about Man of Steel? It made me appreciate Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns much more than I did initially. Don’t get me wrong—I still don’t think that’s a very good movie, and has a lot of flaws that overall kept it from being a good film. But at least it has a pulse, and a heart. Man of Steel has none of those things, and since it doesn’t have Kevin Spacey hamming it up, I automatically have to give the win to Superman Returns for this one. But after giving it some though, I’ve come to a realization that I think fits both films—at the end of the day, the big issue with the two film is tone. Man of Steel is too dreary and moody to be a fun Superman movie, and though the reverence and patriotism in Superman Returns certainly matches the character, it doesn’t make for the most entertaining of films.
So why compare the two films in the first place? Well, Superman Returns director Bryan Singer spoke to Coming Soon (via /Film) earlier this week about both Returns and MoS, and said some (not so surprisingly) nice things about the latter:
I am in awe of the world building and the scope of that picture. It’s tough for me. I’m not a critic and it starts to get into a weird thing where one director is talking about another director. I know how hard it is to make a movie, especially one of these movies and especially a Superman movie, and there was so much I was impressed with in that movie. There were things I might have done a little differently just because of the way I view the character. Don’t misinterpret that as me not liking something.
So he hates Man of Steel then? GOT IT.
Anywho, I think the most interesting piece of this interview is the part where Singer talks about Superman Returns, and where he thinks the negative backlash for the film came from:
Half of that I understand and half of it I never will. It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn’t what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don’t know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could go again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it.
Well I wouldn’t necessarily agree with his doing an origin thing, it’s nice to see that Singer himself can admit where he went wrong with the film. Pacing was a huge issue, and the film was pretty empty when it came to action for a superhero summer blockbuster. That plane sequence was pretty cool though. Either way, good on Bryan Singer for admitting the faults of Superman Returns, and doing it in a down to earth and casual manner. I have some huge problems with the guy’s recent filmography, but he seems like a rather well put together guy. And hopefully with X-Men: Days of Future Past, some of that good ol’ Bryan Singer greatness can once again come to light. We’ll see in May.
Until then, here’s a Sophie’s Choice of mediocrity: Superman Returns, or Man of Steel? Let us know which one you prefer (or hate less) in the comments.