Bryan Singer Reveals What Went Wrong on 'Superman Returns' and Shares His Thoughts on 'Man of Steel'

Bryan Singer Reveals What Went Wrong on 'Superman Returns' and Shares His Thoughts on 'Man of Steel'

Feb 03, 2014

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Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns was not the box office success executives at Warner Bros. hoped it would be, which is why the entire franchise was quickly rebooted with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. However, before that decision was made, Singer had plenty of ideas of what he wanted to do for a Superman sequel – and now the filmmaker has shared some of those ideas with the folks over at Empire.

A philosophical Singer tells the magazine that he thinks he understands where his version of Superman went wrong:

It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn't what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly.”

Singer’s right in at least one regard – the movie could have started more aggressively. Audiences have certain expectations with superhero films, and while building things up in terms of character and the like is a nice idea, most viewers are really interested in the spectacle. Superman Returns definitely needed more of that earlier in the film.

The director was also all too happy to reveal his plans for a villain in the sequel, saying he’d have gone with Darkseid. Now we can all wonder how that might have turned out…

Then, just to show there are no hard feelings, Singer reveals that he was a fan of Zack Snyder’s take on the material.

I am in awe of the world building and the scope of that picture.

It's tough for me. I'm not a critic and it starts to get into a weird thing where one director is talking about another director. I know how hard it is to make a movie, especially one of these movies and especially a Superman movie, and there was so much I was impressed with in that movie. There were things I might have done a little differently just because of the way I view the character. Don't misinterpret that as me not liking something.”

It’s always cool to see filmmakers saying genuinely positive things about each other’s work. And don’t feel too badly for Singer -- he’s rebounded pretty well, landing the job of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hopefully the lessons learned on Superman Returns will make this film even better.

[via Den of Geek]

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