Bryan Singer, director of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as 2006′s Superman Returns, recently spoke with Empire about Man of Steel. While the director called it a tough subject, he spoke highly of the film.
“I am in awe of the world building and the scope of that picture,” Singer said. “It’s tough for me. I’m not a critic and it starts to get into a weird thing where one director is talking about another director. I know how hard it is to make a movie, especially one of these movies and especially a Superman movie, and there was so much I was impressed with in that movie. There were things I might have done a little differently just because of the way I view the character. Don’t misinterpret that as me not liking something.”
Singer also talked about Henry Cavill, and the reason he cast Brandon Routh over him in Superman Returns.
“I think Henry Cavill is great,” he said. “I knew Henry. He and I were friends years ago. Oddly enough, the reason I didn’t cast him was because I was making a sequel to Christopher Reeve and I wanted somebody who embodied Reeve more.”
Obviously, Man of Steel was made because Superman Returns failed to jumpstart the Superman franchise. Singer told Empire, were he to be given a chance to do the film over, he’d have done an origin story/reboot.
“Half of [the audience reactions] I understand and half of it I never will,” Singer said. It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn’t what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don’t know what would have helped.”
Oddly enough, Singer said Man of Steel was a title he considered using for a sequel to Superman Returns. The villain in such a sequel would have been Darkseid.
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