I think Superman has had the disservice of having films directed/produced by people who either want to try people who want to turn the character into a farce (Richard Lester, the Salkinds, Cannon Group), try too hard to emulate Richard Donner (Bryan Singer), or force the religious symbolism down your throat (Zack Snyder). Donner had such a reverent, humble way of approaching the character, which was perfect. Their Superman felt like a human being and that's often something that is lost in translation. Yeah, he's an alien, but he's also alien that was raised to be human.
Jonathan Nolan: He [Batman] has this one rule, as the Joker says in The Dark Knight. But he does wind up breaking it. Does he break it in the third film?Christopher Nolan: He breaks it in...Jonathan Nolan: ...the first two.Source: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=uwV8rddtKRgC&pg=PR8&dq=But+he+does+wind+up+breaking+it.&hl=en&sa=X&ei
Superman II and, to a greater extent, Superman III are very Bronze Age Superman types of stories. I'm at a tremendous loss to think of anything from Superman III, in particular, that couldn't be found in hundreds of Bronze Age Superman comics. The comedic guest star driving the subplots, Superman visiting Smallville, romantic tension with Lana, a showdown with a giant robot (of sorts), it's all there. It's a little sad to me that Superman III may go down in history as one of the least comic book-faithful movies in history when, in fact, it's probably one of the most faithful.Overall, the only Superman movies I truly loathe are Superman II and Superman Returns. The latter in particular is to me what The Phantom Menace is to a lot of Star Wars fans.
I think we should all remember that there were religious analogies in Donner's take as well.I don't consider myself a huge fan of SII either nowadays, but I gotta admit colors, I'm a little surprised that it has fallen that FAR in your estimation. It's definitely the most overrated out of the Reeve films, but do you think the overlooked flaws - some of which people have condemned Snyder's take for having - have taken its toll?
The comedic guest star driving the subplots,
Superman's motivations through the entire film are pretty selfish. In the end, he only makes the right decision because he has to. It's almost an issue of guilt for him. Except Superman's defining trait is altruism so guilt doesn't play as well there.
A lot of Donnerphiles resent comparing Superman killing Zod in Superman II (which is what he did) and Superman killing Zod in MOS.
And their counter-argument to that is actually really persuasive and articulate. "Shut up."
The hostility towards fans of Donnerís Superman and Nolanís Batman in general is growing tiresome. Not everyone who likes those films is a mindless sheep who gets their opinions from Rotten Tomatoes or is incapable of independent thought. Iím happy to respect the views of people who prefer Snyderís interpretation, and I have no desire to insult, belittle or devalue their opinions with ad hominem insults. It would be nice if Snyder fans could return the courtesy. And if they've encountered Donner or Nolan fans who treated their views disrespectfully, then thatís equally wrong and I don't for one second condone it. The best response to fanboy immaturity is to ignore it, not stoop to that same level. There are things in life worth fighting over Ė superhero films arenít amongst them.