Scooper ‘Tim of LUZER’ was present at last night’s Bryan Singer lecture for “Princeton Library’s Christopher Reeve Lecture Series” where he, joined by executive producer Chris Lee, showed the Comic-Con footage and spoke in great depth about Superman Returns (among other topics), with Chris Reeve’s mom also in attendance. Here are some of the highlights from the evening:
* When a gentleman asked if the goofy aspect that he loved about the old Superman flicks would be in Returns, Bryan answered that he is trying to steer clear of “goofy” but it is definitely the most romantic and humorous film he has done to date.
* There is no truth to the rumor that there is a clause in Brandon Routh’s contract to do a Superman/Batman crossover flick, only a standard Warner Brothers multi-picture deal. Although I was later told that even though it most likely will never be seen in the movie, the set was so detailed that the Daily Planet newspapers were all filled with stories, including a “Bat Creature” being spotted in Metropolis with a picture of a shadowy Batman jumping off of a building with Jimmy Olsen photo credits. Very cool. Bryan also mentioned that the only time he ever considered a Batman/Superman movie was when Wolfgang Peterson was attached, and just thought how he would do it. “Who would be the bad guy? It’d have to be Batman. But he can’t be that bad…he’s Batman!” He said tonight was the first time he had thought about it since then.
* As confirmed already Noel Neill (The Adventures Of Superman’s Lois Lane and Lois Lane’s mother in Donner’s ’78 film) will be making a cameo, which Bryan described as a important one, in addition to Jack Larson’s cameo featured on Bryan’s Video Journal #25 and in the Comic-Con footage.
* When asked about Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of Lex Luthor (whether he was a scientist, billionaire, etc.), Bryan said that Lex is “fresh out of jail” and that his history with Superman and/or Clark doesn’t tread one way or another over the groundwork left by Smallville. Only that the two characters have some kind of history as we join them in the movie.
* Bryan agreed with someone in the audience that the biggest change to the Superman mythos he made was giving Lois a kid with James Marsden’s character (not a raised S logo). He thought this was something that you’ve never seen Superman deal with before that his version brought to the table. You’ve seen Superman save every disaster, but how would he deal with this? The world has moved on a bit, but it seems Lois has completely moved on.
* To keep Clark’s disappearance under wraps, Martha Kent sent postcards to Lois during his Daily Planet hiatus. In the Comic-Con footage Martha asks Clark “What about that nice girl you used to talk about? The one you had me send post cards to?” or something to that effect.
* There’s roughly 1,400 effects shots to be completed to the movie, and although obviously an expensive movie, the budget has been exaggerated a bit on the net, and is still roughly under 200 million.
* The opening credits will feature John Williams classic Superman march, with a new score by editor/composer John Ottman integrating old and new themes. I believe I also caught a mention that the opening credits will feature some of Superman: The Movie.
* There’s a huge plane action scene, briefly seen in the Comic-Con footage, that may run 20-25 minutes and is going to be BREATHTAKING and UNBELIEVABLE.
* A huge amount of time and effort went into fighting gravity so there wouldn’t be any “droop-age” when Superman flies, including clever camera maneuvers and several green covered men puppeteering the cape at any given time.
* Superman being able to breathe in space (and underwater) is addressed in the movie, and yes he has to breathe in Bryan’s Super-World. He is “too logical” in his thinking to let these things fall under the suspension of disbelief category.
* The raised S under the suit is addressed, as is the costume’s origin in some way.
* The sets are incredibly detailed, down to the stack of business cards on Perry White’s desk, and some of the props have already gone on sale at the prop department for cheap as heck. (Someone has already snagged Lex Luthor’s smoking jacket for twenty bucks.)
You can read the full account at LUZERonline.com.
Source: Tim of LUZER