'Man of Steel' Logline Revealed, But Production is Very Rushed
We've just learned that Darren Aronofsky has been offered Wolverine 2 after being informed that the newest take on Superman, The Man of Steel, was being handed to Zack Snyder. However, in that same article is some simultaneously interesting and troubling information that doesn't bode too well for this seemingly promising take on the Big Blue Boy Scout. First, Vulture reveals the film will follow Clark Kent as a journalist traveling the world “trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman.” Sounds like an original take on the hero, but there's also some distressing news behind the hiring of Snyder as director. Read on!
First, let's talk a bit more about that logline. SlashFilm points out that the brief hint of a story for the Superman reboot mirrors that of a story arc from a twelve-issue comic book limited series called Superman: Birthright. In that comic series, apparently Clark Kent is a freelance reporter in his early 20's, traveling all around the world covering various news stories. However, Kent is forced to fly back into action to attain a fleeing assassin instead of covering an ethnic conflict (not a real one) between the Ghuri and Turaaba clans (also not real) in West Africa. Upon his return to form, Kent returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and become the hero he was born to be. You can read more about Superman: Birthright right here.
Now back to the worrisome news. Apparently the reason behind Snyder's hiring over Aronofsky is, "the script by David Goyer was rushed, is still a bit of a mess, and that Warner Bros. needs someone who won't spend months or even years trying to get it just right." Well, that doesn't sound good. This attitude stems from the threat (which we've pointed out previously) that if Warner Bros. doesn't have a new Superman film in production by 2011 (for release in 2012), they'll be subject some unfriendly lawsuits (which could result in losing the character rights to the heirs of Superman creator Jerry Siegel).
Sadly, WB and Legendary Pictures are so desperate to get the project off the ground that they hired Snyder even though he wasn't the top choice for the job. Essentially, Snyder got the job because the studio thinks he can get Superman to fly much faster than Aronofsky could. Even more worrisome is the fact that Snyder has apparently confirmed the aforementioned script troubles (in private) to certain agency sources. Perhaps Goyer was right when he previously mentioned why he didn't think he'd be good to write Superman.
Honestly, this is all hearsay at this point, but if it's true, this isn't a good start to what originally sounded like an amazing prospect. It's no wonder why WB wanted someone like Christopher Nolan shepherding the project. While I trust Nolan implicitly with a project like this, if production really is being rushed for all the wrong reasons, then that's just bad news bears. I just hope that all the king's horses and all the kings men can put Superman back together again. Anyone else worried?