In the movie business, DC Comics only has Batman to counter the Marvel film franchise.
Superman doesn’t need yet another origin story as portrayed in Smallville and every other Superman film.
The franchise needs to be put on the back burner until visual effects have progressed to a point lacking criticism. Movies with a phenomenal story can generally offset the dire CGI exploits of a modern era in cinema, but when the narrative is terrible and/or lacks originality, the skillset of technicians working to a rushed schedule often surfaces quickly.
This happens to the point you’re able to rapidly discern a difference between the movie being watched as it transitions from a perfectly acceptable portent of real-world acting to a CGI-ridden action scene so bad, you wonder whether you fell asleep and woke to the next presentation – a Pixar animation. But wait, it’s the same Superman movie, courtesy of a greedy corporate boardroom who have given the ok for this mockery of visual effects to occur.
James Gunn announces new Superman: Legacy movie
Gunn posted on Twitter to announce his excitement to be in charge of production for the upcoming DC film titled “Superman: Legacy”. The synopsis on IMDB tells us that it “follows Superman as he reconciles his heritage with his human upbringing“. Already a huge slappy facepalm reddens my face. It continues “He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way in a world that views kindness as old-fashioned.” Yes because what we need, is more American fetishism in a world that generally cannot relate or care.
On Twitter, the director said “Yes, I’m directing Superman: Legacy to be released on July 11, 2025. My brother Matt told me when he saw the release date he started to cry. I asked him why. He said, “Dude, it’s Dad’s birthday.” I hadn’t realized.”
Superman is a fantastic story, though it has rarely been executed well. The best adaptation aside from the comicbooks, is the animation. They are generally true to the story, the ambience and Clarke Kent’s character. This is what happens when anticipation is lower and millions are not poured into a production heightened by stiff investors breathing down your neck.
It seems that the higher the cost, the more terrible the outcome. In a nutshell, Superman is not ready for a feature presentation. The mechanics for pulling off such a project are simply not available to us, or perhaps they are, and greed is the main cause of the film’s falter.
Despite that, even if Superman: Legacy can carry off spectacular fantasy imagery, it cannot escape the fact that the DC franchise is a rehashed mess of unoriginality propping up the childhood aspirations of directors either uninterested in using the proper tools or can’t admit they don’t exist.