Nolan talks Superman
Christopher Nolan, as we know, has taken on the huge task of bringing Superman back to film...again, and making everyone happy this time round. Mind you, so far let's remember that he's not directing nor is he writing, he's mentoring the project.
As he talks about the film he does what Nolan does best, reveal next to nothing. However he does give us some feel for what the film will and won't be, and how it came to happen in the first place.
Speaking about the conception of the idea from David S. Goyer, he says:
”He basically told me, 'I have this thought about how you would approach Superman'...I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting..”
Christopher Nolan was talking to the L.A. Times about the film, and others that he has on his slate, but more of them later, let's get back to what he's saying about Superman, for we all want to hear more about that, except he's not giving much away.
What he is saying is that the casting is going to be important. He's going to cast big and he's going to make sure that there are some iconic casting there too:
”I went to the studio with the analogy of ‘I want to cast the way they did in 1978 with 'Superman,”’ where they had [Marlon] Brando and Glenn Ford and Ned Beatty and all these fantastic actors in even small parts, which was an exotic idea for a superhero movie at the time. It really paid off too. As a kid watching ‘Superman,’ it seemed enormous and I realized later by looking at it that a lot of that was actually the casting, just having these incredibly talented people and these characterizations. And Marlon Brando is the first guy up playing Superman’s dad. It’s incredible.”
Indeed it was, but was that all that made the film? Absolutely not, but it was a big part of it. The story is the key part, and it seems that Nolan is confident that Goyer is set to deliver.
“It’s very exciting; we have a fantastic story...And we feel we can do it right. We know the milieu, if you will, we know the genre and how to get it done right.”
However I think the biggest clue as to the direction of the film is where he mentions that they are going to do what they do best in this genre:
”A lot of people have approached Superman in a lot of different ways. I only know the way that has worked for us that’s what I know how to do.”
Now read something into that and I think you're looking at how Batman has moved from the previous outings to the Batman we all know now. Think of that and then think of the Superman we've known and what he could be, what are the key ingredients of this new Batman?
I'm staying away from some of the obvious, but humanity and reality does pop in. These new films are a thriller first, building characters and relationships before bringing in the superhero element, and that could be the same for Superman. If that's the case then it would tie nicely in with the previous rumours that suggest this new Superman could be going back to the one before the films, the one that saw a Superman that was more man than super, that had limitations to his powers and much more flaws and faults than our all blue superhero.
He does say something, referring to Batman and not Superman, seemingly backs up what I was just saying. Is the trick about making him more real, more human?
”...it harkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”
What do you think he's going to bring to the character?