It was announced this weekend that British actor Henry Cavill has been chosen for the role of Superman in Superman:The Man of Steel, which is now scheduled for a December 2012 release.
Cavill joins fellow Brit Andrew Garfield (Spider Man 4) as the latest actors chosen to revive their respective franchises sagging fortunes.
I was actually part of the select group who didn’t mind Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. Maybe because it wiped the horrific taste of Superman IV out of my mouth. Superman Returns isn't horrific by any means, but the film is not looked upon fondly by Superman fans, it didn't generate the revenue it hoped for Warner Bros., and now a new crew is at the helm for the sequel. This includes director Zack Snyder, and Batman Begins and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan as the film’s producer.
Sounds like a winning team. However, people seem to be ignoring the elephant in the room when there might be a more important issue here.
Is Superman a failing franchise because of the quality of the last movie? Or is his message and what he stands for even relevant anymore?
Seriously, did Superman Returns leave THAT much to be desired? Was Brandon Routh THAT uncharasmatic? Yes, no matter how great Kevin Spacey was, you can only use one particular villiain SO many times before you milk it to death. The fact is, EVERY Superman movie with the exception of the hilarious Superman III (and it wasn’t supposed to be hilarious) featured Superman’s arch nemesis and his quests for world domination. But I digress.
The fact of the matter is, there are people losing family members in Iraq for the last nine years, people are losing their jobs, unemployment is running rampant, and there are more questions than answers as far as the future of our country is concerned.
Then you see a costumed character flying around who stands for truth, justice, and the American way.
See where I’m going with this.
Who knows? Maybe Superman simply hasn’t held up as well as Spiderman or Batman. Or maybe people have just come to the realization that this bill of goods our country has sold us for years through fictional characters like Superman may very well be a complete and utter load of crap.
Truth? Yeah, try getting THAT out of anybody in our government. Justice? Are you serious? The American Way? What exactly IS that nowadays? Fictional or not, Americans always looked at Superman as a symbol of what was right with America. Only problem now is there so many questions and very little answers with our country. People are scared. There is no Superman to help them.
I can almost guarantee you that I’ll go to see the new Superman movie when it comes out. I’m adult enough to differentiate between make believe and reality.
But maybe that’s the problem.
Henry Cavill photo: CTV News
Brandon Routh photo: nonsensefilm.com