Chronicle's Max Landis Gives Passionate Pitch for a Dream Man of Steel Sequel

Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 2:42PM
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Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 2:42PM
Chronicle's Max Landis Gives Passionate Pitch for a Dream Man of Steel Sequel
Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis is known for his passionate fanboying, and there's nothing he's more passionate about than Superman. In a fan's dream come true, he has his own Superman comic called Superman: American Alien coming out in November, but until then, he's content to describe a dream sequel to the disappointing Man of Steel in painstaking detail:

Opening quote
"In the wake of the destruction of over half of Metropolis in Man of Steel, Superman is a universally reviled figure. Clark Kent, a small-town boy who had never even been in a fistfight before being attacked by a military man and forced to decimate the city he loves, has terrible PTSD and has given up being Superman... It's 9/11. It's ten 9/11's.

Clark moves home, but has to do one last assignment before he leaves his job at the Daily Planet... He has to interview this billionaire investor, Lex Luthor... [who is] basically an evil Elon Musk."
Closing quote


He even goes so far as to give his own fanboy casting: instead of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, he casts Tom Hanks, so it makes sense for Clark to trust him at first. Lex immediately knows Clark's secret identity, and claims that they both have an "image problem" and need to "rebrand." He offers to keep his corporation's Big Brother eyes and ears open for Clark, so he can conveniently know exactly where heroic deeds are needed, in exchange for a few ominously vague "favors." As a result, we get to see "everything we didn't see in Man of Steel," ie Superman actually saving people. 

Then the bulk of the movie is spent with Lex Luthor forcing Superman to track down and capture the "out-of-control vigilantes" of the Justice League. Then, once he's caught them, Luthor finally tells him that it's all part of a nefarious plan to take over the world using the powers of the metahumans, and orders him to kill Batman. Instead, Superman frees the metahumans, defeats the Luthor droids, and forms the Justice League.

And it's all "beautifully, beautifully directed by James Cameron." Because of course it is.

This seems like a lot to fit into one movie, but it also has a relatively elegant structure, so it's possible it could work. Plus, it's so much fan service, we would scarcely be able to handle it, in a good way.

Listen to the full, impassioned pitch below:

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