Friday, June 12, 2009
Cool Superman Movie Expose: KEVIN SMITH
For all you Comix fans out there, here's Kevin Smith doing a hilarious and scathing critique of Hollywood foolishness regarding Superman movies.
The backstory is that in the 1990s Superman was a hot property because he had 'died' in the comics. Batman films producer Jon Peters wanted to milk this mania. Despite themselves, Warner Brothers lucked into getting Kevin as a scriptwriter, who's love and knowledge of comics is deep.
It was a disaster of creativity meeting the clueless. Kevin's rap about it at this convention appearance is a stand-up routine easily as funny and biting as his films.
Kevin Smith talks about "Superman Lives"
-Tim Burton came in, threw away the script, cast Nicolas Cage, and insisted the costume be all black (?!).
-WB ended up losing around 50 Million dollars paying various directors and stars who were never used, based on dumb contract deals.
-Bryan Singer finally came in and forced the vision back on track with the majesterial SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006).
-SUPERMAN RETURNS actually made more money than BATMAN BEGINS (2005), the other brilliant reboot. Since THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) was then propelled to insane profits by that launch, you would think WB would let Singer make them a lot more money.
-Current WB head Jeff Robinov misread the success of THE DARK KNIGHT as being a cue to make Superman 'darker'. Hence the disaster of MAN OF KILL (2013).
Note to Jeff: you don't make Superman darker, you make the villains tougher.
Like Kevin says, "In Hollywood you just kind of fail upwards."
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