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George Miller discusses what he would have done with Superman

10.07.2015

Although the rumours of George Miller directing MAN OF STEEL 2 turned out to be false (George did admit to having a meeting with Warner Bros.), it wasn't the first time that the MAD MAX: FURY ROAD director's name had been attached to a Superman film. Back in 2009, his JUSTICE LEAGUE movie was almost ready to go before production was halted and the project was shelved. George Miller chatted with IGN recently and revealed what his plans for Superman would have been:

I think it’s been said many times before: he’s potentially a very boring character because he has no faults, so you really have to find his demons really to get an internal conflict going. You’ve really got to do that. Whether that’s by an external agency or something deep inside himself. You need that conflicted character. That’s what made the Greek gods so great. I mean they were jealous, vengeful, hubristic. They had all these things going for them. I think that’s why Batman’s such an interesting character because he’s human, so he’s just like us. He’s relatable, rather than someone who’s just perfect.

It's hard to agrue with that, especially as it seems like Batman will be taking up a lot of the screentime in the upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Miller did admit that the idea of directing MAN OF STEEL 2 was tempting, but that he would still have to turn down the offer should one be made:

I’ll basically say no. Sorry again, not trying to be coy about it. You have so many things lined up. You just don’t know which one’s going to break [...] the next film I want to do won’t be a Mad Max film. It’ll be a small film. I just want to get away from big action films for a while. But I just can’t help myself. I like to do things which are technically not challenging but technically interesting.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE opens on March 25, 2016.

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8:12AM on 10/10/2015
Miller just pretty much expressed what I've thought about Superman all along and what I currently think about Captain America over at Marvel. Keep your happy boy-scout, been there done that, (the Donner films) time to make things a little more interesting. People can point out the various flaws in Man of Steel, but one thing I don't agree with is that the film was flawed for trying to depict Superman as a flawed character with internal struggles. People who wine about that sort of thing must of
Miller just pretty much expressed what I've thought about Superman all along and what I currently think about Captain America over at Marvel. Keep your happy boy-scout, been there done that, (the Donner films) time to make things a little more interesting. People can point out the various flaws in Man of Steel, but one thing I don't agree with is that the film was flawed for trying to depict Superman as a flawed character with internal struggles. People who wine about that sort of thing must of skipped out on English and literature classes a lot in their youth because that's what tends to make characters more interesting and multi-dimensional. I personally don't give a damn about what the hardcore fans of the comics think because the comics they refer to didn't become popular because they exemplified good fiction. They were meant to capture the imagination of children. In the world of movies, specifically comic adaptions, if you seek to expand the appeal of a character beyond the kid demographic, you should probably start with trying to expand the depth of the character. Man of Steel is not guilty for trying this, although you can certainly argue how successful it was in attempting it.
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3:59PM on 10/08/2015
Superman III? which is Superman Vs Superman
Superman III? which is Superman Vs Superman
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1:59PM on 10/08/2015
That's a load of BS. I think we're all pretty tired of the hero struggling with his inner self. We don't love Batman because he's had a sad childhood or whatever, we love him because unlike Superman, he's got a bad ass suit, a wicked car, he picks up chicks and goes against villains just as equally cool. Basically Batman is bad ass whereas Superman just feels like a boyscott from outerspace.
That's a load of BS. I think we're all pretty tired of the hero struggling with his inner self. We don't love Batman because he's had a sad childhood or whatever, we love him because unlike Superman, he's got a bad ass suit, a wicked car, he picks up chicks and goes against villains just as equally cool. Basically Batman is bad ass whereas Superman just feels like a boyscott from outerspace.
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1:37PM on 10/08/2015
But Richard Donner already tackled Supermans faults in the first two movies. Essentially that he will never be human although he yearns for it. He yearns for love but really can never have it. He wasn't meant to have a chip on his shoulder and mope about on oil rigs.
Sorry Zack but I think it was your worst film to date.
But Richard Donner already tackled Supermans faults in the first two movies. Essentially that he will never be human although he yearns for it. He yearns for love but really can never have it. He wasn't meant to have a chip on his shoulder and mope about on oil rigs.
Sorry Zack but I think it was your worst film to date.
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9:49AM on 10/08/2015
He pretty much described what zack snyder is currently doing with superman...but of course people will disagree with me because everyone's sucking george miller cock right now.
He pretty much described what zack snyder is currently doing with superman...but of course people will disagree with me because everyone's sucking george miller cock right now.
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8:45AM on 10/08/2015
Damn you Miller, stop teasing us with your ideas.
Damn you Miller, stop teasing us with your ideas.
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1:37AM on 10/08/2015
I think Superman can be not boring if he's allowed to have some fun being a superhero. So he can fly, he's super strong, and virtually unbeatable. That doesn't mean he must be conflicted and edgy all the time, does it? Heck, I would love to see a Superman movie that is mostly about Clark Kent, who actually enjoys being Superman not because he has to, but just because he can. That's the kind of guy I could root for.
I think Superman can be not boring if he's allowed to have some fun being a superhero. So he can fly, he's super strong, and virtually unbeatable. That doesn't mean he must be conflicted and edgy all the time, does it? Heck, I would love to see a Superman movie that is mostly about Clark Kent, who actually enjoys being Superman not because he has to, but just because he can. That's the kind of guy I could root for.
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10:10PM on 10/07/2015
Superman isn't boring. It's just that until Man of Steel, no one really knew how to give the character that jolt of energy that he needed to be just as popular and entertaining as the recent Batman films. I think watching a hero who is considered to be perfect in an inperfect and flawed world is just as satisfying as watching any other hero in a comic book film.
Superman isn't boring. It's just that until Man of Steel, no one really knew how to give the character that jolt of energy that he needed to be just as popular and entertaining as the recent Batman films. I think watching a hero who is considered to be perfect in an inperfect and flawed world is just as satisfying as watching any other hero in a comic book film.
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1:40PM on 10/08/2015
Entertaining! Really it was the most boring version to date. I think it proved that even with the abundance of action a movie can still be boring.

I can watch bad action movies and still have more entertainment.
Entertaining! Really it was the most boring version to date. I think it proved that even with the abundance of action a movie can still be boring.

I can watch bad action movies and still have more entertainment.
5:03PM on 10/09/2015
What Superman are you talking about because it can't be Man of Steel.
What Superman are you talking about because it can't be Man of Steel.
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8:22PM on 10/07/2015

I don't know why people get this so wrong.....

Superman isn't "perfect." He has to struggle with life among humans who are unbelievably fragile compared to him. He has to save people, but deal with his inability to save everyone. He has to deal with suspicious governments and super-villain threats. Just imagine him apprehending a child killer a little too late, but struggling with the knowledge that the man may get off and return to kill again. He (all of us) would be tempted to take the law into his own hands. If he accidentally
Superman isn't "perfect." He has to struggle with life among humans who are unbelievably fragile compared to him. He has to save people, but deal with his inability to save everyone. He has to deal with suspicious governments and super-villain threats. Just imagine him apprehending a child killer a little too late, but struggling with the knowledge that the man may get off and return to kill again. He (all of us) would be tempted to take the law into his own hands. If he accidentally killed (or seriously injured) a criminal while apprehending him, part of society could turn on him. If he was the material witness to a crime, he couldn't testify in court because he couldn't establish his identity, so the criminal would always get away with it.

You also have him susceptible to various forms of radiation that change his personality (imagine him trying to explain that to a skeptical public). So there are many ways to make a story complete with internal struggle. There are also great ways to show him in epic battles against seemingly insurmountable foes (assuming they get away from telling Lex Luthor real estate transactions).

Just because he refrains from corruption doesn't mean he's not tempted, and it doesn't make him "perfect". Batman is interesting because of his villains, not because he's so interesting as a character. The only Batman film so far that has been a great film was Dark Knight because of Heath Ledger's excellent portrayal of The Joker. I don't remember anyone talking about how epic #1 or #3 of Nolan's trilogy were, or how awesome Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney were. All of it was pretty good until Leger came along (that's 6 of the 7 films).
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9:44PM on 10/07/2015
That was......actually very well written
That was......actually very well written
7:58AM on 10/10/2015
You couldn't be more wrong about Batman. He's not interesting because of his villains, (who I will agree are interesting themselves) he's interesting because of everything he goes through internally and externally, his struggles so to speak. He had to build/grow into this alter ego over a period of several years, and that took the incredibly difficult task of finding himself and overcoming his unbearable rage and guilt over his parent's death. The villains in his stories tend to bring out the
You couldn't be more wrong about Batman. He's not interesting because of his villains, (who I will agree are interesting themselves) he's interesting because of everything he goes through internally and externally, his struggles so to speak. He had to build/grow into this alter ego over a period of several years, and that took the incredibly difficult task of finding himself and overcoming his unbearable rage and guilt over his parent's death. The villains in his stories tend to bring out the most interesting parts of his character as an established hero, i.e. can the Joker push Batman over the edge and have him sacrifice his morality?
9:45AM on 10/11/2015
I would watch a Superman film you wrote.
I would watch a Superman film you wrote.
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