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Superman needs to be more physical, Zack Snyder admits

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: One of the major complaints leveled at Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” – and there were several – was that Brandon Routh’s Man of Steel never actually hit anyone. Oh, he picked up plenty of heavy objects, and even caught that airplane in mid-flight. Impressive. But fans are kind of itching for Supes to hit somebody. Like the way Christopher Reeve went toe-to-toe with General Zod in “Superman 2.” You know, an actual fight.

Zack Snyder understands. He’s preparing to helm a Superman reboot, and he knows that this film will live underneath a microscope until its finally released. And the first message he seems to be leaking to the press is that he wants his Superman to be more physical.

When talking to the L.A. Times about his favorite Superman artists, Snyder mentioned the artists Jim Lee and Curt Swan. “My taste level goes to the more, I guess, muscular Superman. The bigger, more muscular Superman, the way Jim draws him. Those tend to be the artists I like in comics,” Snyder said.

And while he’s unable to reveal details (he’s under lock and key, for sure), Snyder continues to push that message to his fanboys. Talking to SFX Magazine, Snyder says, “I think Superman needs to be physical.”

“My feeling about Superman is that I’ve been a fan of the character for a long time. But the question for me was always, ‘What can you do with Superman in a modern world?’ And I think the amazing thing that Chris [Nolan] and David [Goyer] have created, that I’m working on now, and the reason why I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that,’ was that they found that in him. They found the why in him. That’s the exciting part for me,” Snyder explained.

Oddly enough, that’s kind of what Singer tried to do, finding a place for Superman in a modern world. I’m beyond interested finding out what concept Nolan and Goyer have conceived for the Man of Steel. And while it would be nice to see Supes battle someone, I think we all just want a script that works. Bring it on.

“Superman” will be in theaters December 2012.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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