As you learned in our most recent article about “Superman Returns,” CBR News/Comic Reel visited the set of the aforementioned film last summer. With excitement growing over the film, as the June 30th release date nears, Warner Bros has granted CBR permission to run choice quotes from a few of the people we spoke to during our roundtable interviews. Stay tuned to CBR News for even more coverage of the biggest superhero movie of the decade.
Brandon Routh, starring as Clark Kent/Superman
Press: I think most people can relate to Clark on some level. What are you doing to make Superman relatable to an audience, to people?
Brandon: Very good question. I think what’s interesting about this film, and the script, is when Clark – and I think you’ll see a lot of that at the farm when I’m Kal-El – because… He comes from this journey… He comes back. He’s learned things about the world that have changed. And he’s not found what he went after, and all these things. And he feels alone. And he’s not sure if he wants to use his powers even. It’s at that point that he really tries to connect with the world, with humanity, with his humanity. I mean he’s an alien but he’s human. He live here. He wants to be part of that world. I think I would. So he uses shovels, he uses human instruments/tools instead of doing things he could do easily on his own, to feel that connection with the world. It’s about his humanity. The whole movie’s about his humanity. He’s only alien because he [came from a different planet], I guess it doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s not human. I mean I don’t know the science behind that. But he can still be pretty much like us, except he has these other powers of course. But I think the love story is very relatable to everyone. You lose love. You get it back. The journey you take to get the person you love back. Giving up things. Finding the positives in the negatives. All these are human things. I trust that’s evident in the film, in my portrayal. That even though he exudes this confidence, that it doesn’t seem too far away as a possibility for all humanity to be like Superman. I mean I think we are able to obtain close to that level of clarity of mind. He’s very clear in almost all his thoughts. That’s why it’s easy for him to do things. He doesn’t worry over saving things. The one worry that he has is his love of Lois, because it’s something that he doesn’t understand, and it’s hard for him because that’s a very strong emotion, and it’s the first person, the only person he’s every truly loved in that way.
Bryan Singer, Director
Press: We’ve got Superman fans who are 8 years old up all the way up to 80 years old. Are you trying to make this movie something with broad appeal, something family friendly?
Singer: Yes. Absolutely. It will not lack in intensity, it’ll probably be PG 13 but at the same time, unlike “X-Men 2,” which had issues like Lady Deathstrike carving into Wolverine, things like – in this movie there will be no lack of intensity but at the same time the violence, the tone of it will be much broader. This will be something older people will be able to visit and people will be able to take their kids too but at the same time I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all in the level of intensity. It won’t be a soft Superman but it will be a much broader- it’ll be the broadest, most romantic and funny movie I’ve ever been involved with.
Louise Migenbach, Costumer
Press: How are you dealing with The Super-Crotch?
Louise: Yeah, well it’s all about containment and control.
Press: Christopher Reeve had to wear a cup. That was pretty slammin’. (Laughs)
Louise: There were more questions about the crotch than probably anything else.
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