Superman Returns

What The Dark Knight Has Done: A New Direction at WB

In 2005 and 2006, after a long hiatus with their superhero franchises, Warner Bros. put their two most iconic heroes in the hands of two up-and-coming directors. Since then, the two franchises have gone in different directions, a fact that is finally teaching WB some hard lessons.

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Superman Returns

It is clear that Warner Bros., the keymasters to the DC Universe, are looking to bring Supes back to the big screen, but to what effect?

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Superman

Bryan Singer is bringing back the Man of Steel…

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The absolute why of this is unknown, though it may be related to relatively disappointing box office returns or the fact that Brandon Routh was terrible as Superman.

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Superman Returns Movie Poster

What defines a great superhero movie? Of course this is a topic that would spark a very heated and potentially violent debate if brought up in any comic book shop across America. It is also something that is very subjective, but there are a few things that very successful and beloved superhero films of the past have in common. In fact, I have narrowed it down to three specific elements that I believe to be necessary in making a great superhero flick. The first is that the film must have great action. Not good action, not lukewarm action, but GREAT action. It must contain the kind of action sequences that cause your back to stick the seat because you are sweating (and the sweating can not be related to any pre-existing conditions, a la obesity). A great superhero movie must also have performances by their lead actors that make us believe that these characters whom we loved so much in print are really coming to life. We cannot survive on actors who just look like our favorite heroes, they must also be able to walk in their shoes. And lastly these successful superhero films must have a story that keeps us yearning for more. We have read every comic, seen every animated episode, and we even have the bootlegged director’s cut of the 1970′s serial edition; we need more than just a rehashing of yesterday’s saga. All of these elements are absolutely necessary in making a superhero movie that will […]

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