So far, I’ve got to say, I am in LOVE with the casting decisions made thus far by director Zack Snyder for the upcoming Superman reboot. All the roles seem to be filled with A-list celebrities, academy-award winners and just all-around good 90’s veteran stars. I mean so far we’ve got- Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Russel Crowe and rumored still are Julia Ormond for the role of Lara and Antje Traue for the role of Faora. This is the type of cast that just leaves me in pure astonishment at the amount of pure and utter TALENT in one film alone. Not only that but also for a film for my most favorite superhero of all-time SUPERMAN.
Now, I believe it was around the time that the role of Jor-El was finally filled, a report stated that Jor-El was one of the final roles to be filled.
This leads me to wonder…what is Zack Snyder planning to do about Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White?
These three characters are essential cornerstones to the Superman mythology. They’ve been a solid part of his history and removing them would only alienate fans who’ve grown up to love those characters as I’m sure many here on CBM would feel.
However you might feel about Lex Luthor…I think it can be agreed upon that he has YET to have a proper nor decent live-action portrayal in any of the Superman films thus far. So some might argue- “We’ve seen him too many times! Give him a rest already!” well yes and no. Yes we have seen him in many films but technically we never saw the REAL Lex Luthor in any of the films. In the Donner films he was a hack, hokey-jokey real-estate scammer and nothing more. In Superman Returns he was just a gold-digger- (slept with some old lady for her fortune) none of that is Lex Luthor. He is capable of sooo much more but the films never bothered to explore his character the way the comics and cartoons had.
I’m not saying they need to make Lex a major role in the film but he should rightfully have a part to play nonetheless. Give him a cameo…SOMETHING.
The only time Snyder has been asked about Luthor was in this little question-answer segment-
“Will this Superman be Luthor-Less?”
And Snyder’s response?
Zack Snyder: “I can’t answer that [laughs].”
Now I don’t know what this means…I don’t know WHY he laughed about the Lex question but as our friend “GODDAMNSUPERGUY” has stated in the past- Snyder has been trained in Nolan-speak.
Here’s to hoping…
Now on to Jimmy Olsen.
I think we can all agree a Superman film just isn’t complete without that lovable little dork Jimmy. He represents the ULTIMATE fanboy. Constantly there to snap photos of Superman, constantly there with his quirky quips and most of all he’s a character that really deserves some movie-love. He was great in the Donner films played excellently by Marc McClure. But in Superman Returns he seemed somewhat lifeless…the happy/enthusiastic/childish Jimmy we once knew was gone. Here’s to hoping we’ll at least catch a glimpse of our favorite little ‘ginger’ ;D
Perry White…what can I say. As was the case with Jimmy, I don’t feel a Superman film is complete without the gruff Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet. Of the 3 characters I’ve dedicated this editorial to, I believe Perry White has the best chance of being in this film…mainly because I’m about 90% certain there will have to be a Daily Planet in this film what with Lois being in it and all and so regardless we’ll definitely be seeing Perry White make his appearance. But with lack of news on his casting…it is causing me to worry a bit. If Perry is not added to the film…my first remark will be- GREAT CAESAR’S GHOST! Then I’ll move on with my life ;D
This editorial and everything I’ve written is of course…premature. Filming isn’t expected to begin until sometime in August. We’ve still got another whole month of casting up ahead. These are definitely 3 characters I would LOVE to see reinterpreted in the new film…but if they for some reason don’t make the cut then I’ll of course still support this movie as this has always been since its announcement…my #1 CBM of all-time. I know this will be the Superman film to end all Superman films. Snyder WON’T let us down!
But in the scenario that these 3 are not put into the film…what kind of film universe is Snyder thinking of making? What kind of world will this new Superman exist in? We haven’t heard much on the Daily Planet or LexCorp fronts…there was a rumor a while back about the skyline of some cities being used for those two buildings but it was never actually confirmed. So in the event we don’t get a Daily Planet or LexCorp…just what kind of Superman mythos can we expect to see in this new film?
Post your thoughts below! =D