A couple years ago a documentary by Jon Schnepp on the film re-ignited the story of this legend. From it many things are being learned. It’s been assisted with crowd-funding and should be ready for public consumption soon.
To make this documentary exciting it preys on controversy within the trailer. And it works.
The biggest takeaway is that old Hollywood, or perhaps Hollywood in general has never respected super heroes. Marvel Studios finally broke the cycle of Hollywood stepping all over superhero canon and providing people with the most accurate representation of superheroes.
The re-imagining, re-inventing and idealistic interpretations by wacky directors is coming to and end, for now.
Look at Ant-Man and Wonder Woman. In this last year alone both directors left those film projects because they butted heads with the studios controlling the projects due to creative differences. The film studios now are connected to the comic book publishers. They are putting their foot down finally – stopping directors from drastically impacting characters.
Why is this important? Who really cares? It’s important because superheroes in Marvel and DC have epic interrelated story lines. Canon and continuity matter.
When Marvel changed Nick Fury from white to black, they understood that change would not impact the previous back story to the character or other stories. In short, it improved the character.
Fox studios made Johnny story black and his sister white. Some argue this screws up canon. It’ doesn’t. Fox is outside of Marvel’s proper universe and they explain their difference in race as one is adopted. That’s acceptable, but it also proves the point that Hollywood does what it want’s to superhero character with no attention to canon. The Fantastic Four movie is Fox’s final chance to hang on to that Franchise before Marvel recaptures it. If Fox fails, it will be for the same reason The Death of Superman film failed.
The Death of Superman will be a great documentary to absorb and be entertained by if you love comic book super heroes. The one quote that stands out, in the trailer is: “For anyone who thinks I’m insulting their Superman, let me tell you something: He doesn’t belong to you.”
Do you agree? Is Superman yours or Hollywoods’?
The real question that why did DC and Marvel ever allow Hollywood to become the caretakers of iconic characters?