Originally Posted by El Payaso
He never said "Audiences didn't get the movie." He said that the target audience for his Superman movie wasn't the right one for a Superman/action/summer blockbuster movie.
He even says that he should have thought about it but that "when you're making a movie, you're not thinking about that stuff." That is where he puts the blame on himself. He favored his approach over the target audience for a summer blockbuster movie. And that's the mistake he admits.
And yet he says at the end, that he's proud of the movie, and would only like to tighten the first act...
When your making a movie, OF COURSE your thinking about that stuff... ESPECIALLY when your making a summer blockbuster superhero movie!
And beyond that point, it's still him blaming the audience he aimed it at...
He's saying he was aiming it at women, as well as saying he was aiming it at Superman: The Movie nostalgia fans.
I'm a woman, and I didn't like the movie. I know plenty of people who loved Superman: The Movie and it's sequels, and find Superman Returns an awful attempt at following it. So IMO he failed to even achieve what he was aiming for.
The movie failed because it was a bad storyline, with badly written dialogue, terrible casting and a lack of charecterisation IMO.
Not because it was aimed at women, or because it was released in summer and everyone expected a blockbuster.
'Why do I find all of this so horrible to explore?
Sure, they are interesting questions that I don't mind seeing in an elseworlds GN. But as a theme for the film that is kicking off the tone of the whole JL, and in a film that is presenting Superman to the general audience in a way that current generations will remember him?
I just don't like it. It's dark, it's depressing and it's not how I like the tone of Superman films to be.'