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A good example would be New York City being used as Metropolis in StM. It's obviously New York, so it didn't have the same feel as what we've seen in other media. Even the show Smallville did a good job of making it feel like Metropolis to me.
Actually, from what I know, Smallville utilized mostly Vancouver (obviously) and Chicago for its Metropolis. Early on in the show, possibly as early as season 1, they used nighttime aerials of the Chicago Loop as establishing shots for Metropolis. Later, when they started doing daytime composite skylines, Chicago always had a presence. This is most apparent in a shot that debuted in the season 9 finale and saw a lot of use through the end of the show. It's clearly a shot from the North end of the Chicago Loop, looking South, with Metropolis landmarks digitally inserted in place of Chicago ones. I'd prefer they do something like this for MOS. Nolan's ultra-real approach took me out of the films often (in TDK & TDKR) when establishing shots showed explicitly Chicago or Manhattan structures.

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Well, I just hope that Metropolis doesn’t come off in the way that SR’s one did. Even though I knew that it was filmed in Australia, from what I saw, Metropolis in SR just didn’t feel like the city itself, let alone a city in the US for some reason. It was about as generic as a city could get within a CBM. Granted, while I do hope that they add touches that make Metropolis stands out, I wouldn’t want to go as far as what Burton or Joel did with their Gotham Cities, especially the latter ones. I want to feel like Metropolis could actually exist within our own world without being a total carbon copy of Chicago or New York City.

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The trailers we've seen of MOS so far have me convinced of the opposite. It looks to me like MOS will be tonally more like BB, i.e. fairly serious and introspective. I hope not as I found BB boring as hell and loved IM, but I do feel that's what we're getting.
I think Nolan has learned from doing TDK, Inception, and TDKR and knows that he needs to make a less "boring" attention getting film that provides a good story and action early on while at the same time fitting in as much backstory as possible. I doubt this will be a BB carbon copy and use the same formula. It will be similar just because it's an origin story, but I doubt it will be like BB and more like IM....

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I think Nolan has learned from doing TDK, Inception, and TDKR and knows that he needs to make a less "boring" attention getting film that provides a good story and action early on while at the same time fitting in as much backstory as possible. I doubt this will be a BB carbon copy and use the same formula. It will be similar just because it's an origin story, but I doubt it will be like BB and more like IM....

....at least I hope.
Nolan didn't write MOS. Goyer, who also wrote BB, did. Since BB was both critically and publicly well received, I would be surprised if he didn't try to duplicate his success with Superman.

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but I doubt it will be like BB and more like IM....

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But BB pwns IM.

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Pretty sure we'll be getting something like this for superman's first lift off.


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Pretty sure we'll be getting something like this for superman's first lift off.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure what they showed us in the trailer was only a snippet of the liftoff scene. Really seems like there will be more to it.

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I've been thinking about how to go about a sequel. I know everyone here wants Brainiac, so I've been thinking about what that might look like. My conclusions: the same imagery we've seen from too many films so far. A ship hovering over a city shooting down an energy beam to destroy it (or bottle it in Brainiacs case). We saw that in Star Trek over San Fran (an energy beam drilling down into the Earth); in the Avengers over New York (a blue energy beam opening a portal for an army); and we'll see it in… Man of Steel over Chicago/Metropolis (a blue anti-gravity beam sending everything on the surface upwards). It makes me think everyone wants Brainiac because it's easy to picture, but that's because we've seen it enough times before! It's why the thought of Brainiac in a sequel doesn't excite me at all.

So I've been thinking about what is a natural progression of the story that is worthy of Nolan and Goyer again. This is what I'd like to see…

The continuation and introspection of Superman on Earth. People won't automatically accept and trust Superman just because he stopped Black Zero and Zod. I'd like to see Superman learn his limits in intervening in our affairs. Position Superman as more of a global protector. Have him try and tackle foreign disputes. What we know of MOS, is there will be a strong military presence, but I think the narrative will keep all the focus tight on Zod and not on international conflicts. Here's some imagery that I'd love to see them adapt. It has that same mature, real-world look and relevance to our own economic climate that I can guarantee the Marvel films would never touch. Whilst the Marvel films are great, they are pure fluff.







(Lois getting shot whilst working as a war reporter overseas is a striking image)

Who would be the villain of this sequel then? Who else but Superman's greatest adversary. The one man who will never accept Superman, only hate him to his very core: Luthor. Another take on the 'most powerful man in the world' who will use his influence and power to stop at nothing to reveal Superman as the alien devil he knows he is. Someone who can strategically place Superman into impossible moral propositions and courses of action. Shock Superman to his core. Make him question his very mission and purpose. That excites me far more than Brainiac ever could.



In terms of a 3rd film to conclude the trilogy (all fingers crossed). Think of how Nolan and Goyer approached it with Batman. They took a villain byproduct of the 90s (Bane) and really made it work. For this same reason I really could see them re-think Doomsday the same way (consider too that WB has expressed interest in doing this in the past). Make him a Kryptonian genetically mutated abomination that cannot be killed. My main reason for suggesting this though is this: since they are trying to make the world in these films as close to ours as possible it's just too much that we would make contact with more than one alien species inside a timeframe (thus Darkseid, Mongul, etc.). Just like TDKR came full circle by going back to the League of Shadows, Doomsday could do the same by tying back into Kryptonian lore. It keeps the trilogy tight and self-contained and wraps it in a nice bow. Hopefully something that we can be as proud of as batfans are of the TDK trilogy.

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I think a good combination of both Lex and Brainiac would be a great way to go about the sequel.

If Zod is to represent the worst that Krypton had to offer, then Lex should be a representation of the worst that humanity has to offer; trying to cause an upheaval by breeding distrust towards Superman on the portions of the populace that are easily influenced and manipulated.

Brainiac could capitalize on how Superman's private war with Lex is causing disunity on Earth, with one group siding on Superman's side, while everyone else siding with Lex.

Now assuming if this isn't done with Zod at first in MOS, Brainiac could come with the promise of helping humanity as Superman did, but shows his true nature, thus making more people think that Superman is just as capable of turning on them like how Brainiac did.

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Brainiac a retread? Come on now. Just pick up the first handful of Morrison's Action Comics to show exactly how to introduce Braniac into the cinematic universe (hell, the animated series did it great, too). I mean, I can't remember the last time I saw an alien computer come to Earth with the sole intention of bottling a major city, then destroying what's left. Plus that story would potentially introduce the bottled city of Kandor, which was add some cool "I'm not alone...but they're TINY" conflict to Superman.

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I think WB has wanted to use Braniac for a long time. We'll probably see Lex and Braniac in the sequel/s. Which is more or less how it should be.

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I'm here for Brainiac as a villain in a future sequel.

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No Parasite/Metallooo please(I always come back to this). Not unless you want a situational episode of smallville with a powerless superman due to "meteor rocks" or a power swap/drain. I personally just can't stand it.

What TDK did was interesting but the execution dropped the ball at the end. Where they had the classic batman premise of two well known villains, however they kept one very much on his/our side and in his pre-turn state for 2 thirds. Whist the other one didn't even have an orgin.
If superman could do that sort of thing with Lex and the Superman seemingly working as partners(Lex being a brilliant scientist/industrialist for man and such), only to join Brainiac, (then turn on him only to have Brainiac conquer them both, only to have Superman...etc) midway through the second act, that would work. Especially if he still came out the hero and only superman knew and hated the truth(cue final scene outside of lex's office window).

I like it because like superman, the fresh audience is introduced to a benign Lex. And also, for the non fresh audience, it's not simply another Lex movie but it uses Superman's most pivotal enemy. Brainiac is technically Superman's worst threat and can fuel an avengers battle himself, plus with him he brings the truth, or more truth's about krypton with is good for Superman's journey(maybe doomsday should be the final).

Also, the cinematic world doesn't know who Brainiac is, so it's new. And they do know who Lex is so you got that great trailer mentioning a huge villain's name post a successful reboot.

Brainiac and Lex is a good combination.

Darkseid is taken(by that rushed JLA movie).

Doomsday, requires a somewhat seasoned superman in the world(for the impact)

Parasite/Metallo, no thanks.

Would love to see the elite storyline with a Nolan/Goyer twist.


The only thing I would demand is that Brainiac uses/takes the form of his own creator to do battle against Kal.

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As brilliant and flawless as All-Star is, I wouldn't want that ending for these films. TDKR was fine with a "definitive" end, but I'd much rather see a cinematic universe that could potentially continue for years, like the Bond franchise.

Having said that, Doomsday as the "ultimate" villain (assuming of course that Darkseid really is taken by JL) to close a trilogy would be great. Especially if the movie has a great end of the second act Luthor twist that shows us just how brilliant and sadistic he really is. A genius power play that truly defines his and Supes' relationship, and demonstrates exactly why Luthor is one of the all-time great villains.

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I feel Brainiac should be the villain for #3 but don't know who should be the villain for the second movie.

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I'd like to see what the writing powers that be cook up for Metallo or Parasite. But yeah, I want Brainiac and Lex next.

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I think there is plenty enough that is unique about Brainiac that the filmmakers could come up with a creative, original story. Smallville 13 says "oh, no Brainiac because the ship hovering over a city thing has been done before" and because of that one small thing we throw out one of Supes greatest villains?

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I think there is plenty enough that is unique about Brainiac that the filmmakers could come up with a creative, original story. Smallville 13 says "oh, no Brainiac because the ship hovering over a city thing has been done before" and because of that one small thing we throw out one of Supes greatest villains?
I agree. What kind of Brainiac do we want though? Colu Collector or Kryptonian AI? And what kind of story would we want? He'll have a ship that he'll use to attack Metropolis and perhaps a robot army? It's just it could be very samey to what even MOS is doing. I'm not saying it can't be done.

I was hoping my post would incite some discussion regarding Superman's role in conflict overseas, not a Brainiac debate. But like I said most people here really want Brainiac for MOS2.

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I'm all for going against the traditional sequel formula and having actually 3 villains for the second movie.

For the sequel I would like to see Lex come at Supes via the media and not directly as his "villain" but setup for what will come in a third film. I want Lex to somehow come across Brainiac and together they build Metallo as a prototype body for a damaged Brainiac. Metallo is a combination of a human brain/synaps and brainiac kryptonian technology. Metallo is controlled by Lex and Brainiac.

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