Monday, December 30, 2013

Hijacking a Classic

A side-by-side image comparison of the opening Krypton sequences from Richard Donner's Superman (1978) and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (2013). What struck me the most, despite the obvious deviations (flying creatures, skull-shaped genetic codex flash-drives and rocket-powered dildos) and the reorder of certain details, Man of Steel presents us with a thoroughly hijacked series of images. Zack Snyder had this to say about his film:

"...we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies. If you look at ‘Batman Begins’, there’s that structure, there’s the canon that we know about and respect but on the other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies.  In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the [previous] movies."

In hindsight, the name of Christopher Nolan's production company (a fusion of the words "synthetic" and "copy") which adorns the screen before Man of Steel begins took on a whole new meaning for me.

Images from Superman (1978) on the left and Man of Steel (2013) on the right

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