Thoughts On The Superman Re-Boot

by Armand Vaquer


It will be interesting to see how Brit Henry Cavill (above) fills Superman's red boots in the upcoming Superman re-boot movie.

Will he be able to suppress his British accent enough to convincingly convey that he was raised in the midwestern section of the United States? ("I say, old chap, I'm fighting the never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American Way!")



To me, for a super-hero movie to work is that the actor has to look and act as if the comic book character stepped out of the pages of the comic and onto the silver screen. In the post-Kirk Alyn era, only George Reeves (left) and Christopher Reeve (below, right) had that quality (although I despise Reeve's Clark Kent portrayal). None of the other Supermen had this quality. Dean Cain didn't look at all like Superman and his costume was wrong (especially the buckle and boots).






Brandon Routh did not convince me that he was Superman (Superboy, maybe). Cavill looks more mature and more like Superman than does Routh in my opinion. How he handles the role is an open question. We will have to wait and see.

Another thing that would have to happen for me to be convinced that I am watching Superman on screen in the new movie: jettison the Routh Superman costume with that awful collar, dark coloring and those awful Speedo trunks! The costume would have to look more like Christopher Reeve's costume with its bright colors.

Above, Brandon Routh in his awful costume from "Superman Returns."

Will the producers take note? Again we'll have to wait and see.

Comments

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with nearly everything you said Armand. I've never been a Superman fan per se, although I'm well aquainted with him through numerous team-up and Justice League stories, but I think that the only actor who truely ever captured the character was George Reeves. He had a commanding, confident presence as Superman. And he portrayed Clark Kent with equal confidence and like a man who enjoyed having his secret.

    But, for me, Christopher Reeve's portrayal of Clark Kent was more entertaining than his Superman. Christopher Reeve completely failed to capture Superman's inspiring presence the way that George Reeves had, opting instead to emphasize the "big blue schoolboy" aspect of his personality instead.

    And don't even get me started on the whole "Can You Read My Mind?" monologue. :-D

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  2. LET'S FACE IT--THERE'S ONLY ONE REAL SUPERMAN--AND THAT PERSON IS: "GEORGE REEVES"! HIS PORTRAYAL AS SUPERMAN AND CLARK KENT IS BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL! HE IS "SUPERMAN"!!!!!

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