Christopher Nolan: How To "Address Superman In A Modern Context"

In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Christopher Nolan discussed his latest project Inception, the future of the Batman franchise, and his mentoring role in the Superman reboot expected to hit theaters sometime in 2012. Perhaps most interesting were his comments about writer/producer David Goyer’s take on the Man of Steel.

“..What it is, while David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago, you know thrashing out where we might move on from the Dark Knight, we got stuck. We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said ”by the way, I think know how you approach Superman”.. and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that.”

Fans of old-school Superman will be pleased to hear that Nolan and Goyer seem eager to bring the character back to its roots and take a back-to-basics approach to story telling. Still, this does raise some questions about what a new Superflick will bring us. Will we see the destruction of Krypton again? Will the Last Son of Krypton be fighting one of Lex Luthor’s evil schemes, or will he return to the old days of fighting giant dinosaurs and rescuing the oppressed from tenements? Only time will tell, but if treated properly, a throwback to simpler times mixed with modern elements could redefine Superman for a new generation of moviegoers and bring about a rebirth of the beloved character’s popularity among the general public.

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