[Movies] Bryan Singer Shares His Thoughts on Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, the Superman Returns Sequel He Never Got to Make, and More
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.02.2014
Singer reveals why he didnít cast Henry Cavill for Superman ReturnsÖ
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via CBM), director Bryan Singer talked about Man of Steel and gave some of his thoughts on the project as well as the fallout of Superman Returns and some ideas that were made for a potential sequel. Below are some highlights:
Singer's thoughts on Man of Steel: "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."
Singer on Henry Cavill as Superman and why he wasn't cast in Superman Returns: "I think Henry Cavill is great. I knew Henry. He and I were friends years ago. Oddly enough, the reason I didn't cast him was because I was making a sequel to Christopher Reeve and I wanted somebody who embodied Reeve more."
Singer reflecting on Superman Returns and what he might have done differently: "Half of that I understand and half of it I never will. 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. I don't know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could go again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it."
Singer on Man of Steel being the title for his prospective Superman sequel and who the villain would've been: "That was the title. Actually, my buddy, one of my two best friends, came up with that...We did explore it a little. Just hammering out ideas. I think Darkseid was going to be the villain. It was pretty world-destroying, actually."
Singer on why he never got to do a Superman sequel: "I ended up having the opportunity to go and make Valkyrie, and I think the studio lost interest at that point. I can't say it was all the studio's fault and I can't say it was all my fault. It just fizzled out."