There have been unforgettable movie moments since the advent of motion pictures, timeless scenes and visuals that leave indelible impression on the public.
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
Rocky climbing the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art after failing to do so every time before.
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
There is another film on the horizon, one which has the potential to yield cinematic moments on par with these aforementioned classics.
That movie is “Man of Steel,” Warner Brothers’ newest attempt at re-branding their classic tent-pole character Superman for the 21st century. With their last effort, the often maligned Bryan Singer-directed “Superman Returns,” the WB attempted to re-establish their franchise by making the 2006 film a pseudo-sequel to the 1970’s Donner classics. Singer’s take failed to live up to expectations, though it did have an amazing mid-air rescue of a malfunctioning jumbo jet.
Singer has since moved on (in fact, some may say he moved backwards in a way by returning to the X-Men franchise he is credited for successfully creating) and Zack Snyder, mastermind behind “300”, “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch,” has since taken over the directorial and story-telling duties — a task I believe he was born for taking into account his superhero-themed resume.
Check out the latest teaser for “Man of Steel” below:
At first glance, it seems Snyder is relying on the trade paperback Superman: Birthright (SPOILERS ABOUND. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED) for inspiration, which is an exceptional book to use as a dramatic foundation. If this is true, it will be the Superman story both die-hard fans and laymen alike will praise and enjoy many times over.
With his version, Richard Donner made the world believe a man could fly. Although I’ve only seen 3 minutes of his interpretation, I firmly believe that Zack Snyder will convince the world on June 14th that his Superman is the one that can save us all.