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Old 12-07-2012, 06:32 AM   #32
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SUPERMAN: JJ Abrams Talks the Man of Steel – From the Archives
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Both Superman and JJ Abrams are in the news for, respectively, Man of Steel and Star Trek Into Darkness, so it somehow seemed appropriate to dip into the archives and retrieve this interview conducted by MGN editor Ed Gross. Taking place while Abrams’ Alias was in production, the subject is his screenplay for Superman, which was going to be directed by McG and star anyone from Matthew Bomer to Brendan Fraser to Henry Cavill. No great reveals here – even back then Abrams was very much into secrecy mode – but it does convey his hopes for the character and the film, which ultimately fell apart before Bryan Singer took over with 2006′s Superman Returns.

MEDIA GEEK NETWORK: The real question, of course, is how you came to be signed on as the writer of the new Superman film.

ABRAMS: Pretty simple, really. They approached me about doing the movie. I took a meeting. For me, I miss doing movies. I love doing TV, but I wanted to do another film. What’s been nice is working with producers with incredible records, like Jerry Bruckheimer and my idols. What’s wonderful about working on Superman is that as a kid I was the biggest fan. My three and a half year old son goes to bed almost every night wearing a Superman shirt. I couldn’t pass it up.

MEDIA GEEK NETWORK: What’s the approach to the material?

ABRAMS:
What’s nice is that after a lot of years of trying to get this going and not succeeding, everyone’s coming at it with a very fresh, open mind. What’s exciting for me is that we’ve got some incredible, really big ideas that go beyond just the one story we’re telling. Alias has actually been an amazing training ground for me. In this Superman we’re talking a lot about where he’s come from and where he’s going. I can’t talk about specifics, but I can tell you that there are a lot of exciting, big ideas. I think it’s Superman for everyone and not just for people who already know the character. It’s for the uninitiated.

MEDIA GEEK NETWORK: Do you feel the first two Christopher Reeve films are a tremendous shadow to overcome, or do you basically just ignore them?

ABRAMS:
I think it’s really a question of embracing what has come before it. This, in many ways, is a retelling of Superman. They did four of those movies, then they did Supergirl — you have to start fresh. I don’t think this should be looked at as the fifth sequel.

MEDIA GEEK NETWORK: From what I’ve gathered from people I’ve spoken to in the past, producer Jon Peters isn’t much of a fan of the Superman costume or the image of Superman flying. This, of course, begs the question: why bother making a Superman movie?

ABRAMS: It’s safe to say that if Superman doesn’t fly, it would be a disappointment. I do think that we’re approaching this in a very fresh way, but there are certain things that people have come to realize are important. You have to have the costume and you want to do a Superman movie that will be so satisfying. I’m so sick of going to big blockbuster movies and leaving feeling like I died a little bit, like, “Oh my God, how disappointing was that?” What’s so exciting for us is that we’re approaching this thing knowing and feeling the kind of movie that as kids we used to see. I feel that we’re going to try as hard as we can to make this a satisfying experience.

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