In an interview with GQ.com, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn explains how his upcoming film “Superman: Legacy” draws inspiration from Christopher Reeve’s take on Superman.
Gunn recalls how seeing “Superman: The Movie” was a magical moment for him when he was young.
“I remember when I was a child, I had seen Star Wars, and that was like such a big magical moment for me, and this [seeing “Superman: The Movie”] was the next big magical movie.”
With Gunn currently deep in casting the lead roles for “Superman: Legacy” he explains how important it is to find the right actor to play the Man of Steel.
“You know, at the time, they did exactly what we’re doing now. They’re going through tons and tons of actors to see who captures that spirit. The thing they don’t talk about much when they talk about Christopher Reeve, they talk about his pureness, his hope, his goodness. They talk about, you know, the way that he plays Clark as being so different from the way he plays Superman, and how he can turn that on in an instant. But there’s this playfulness about Superman, when he’s saving a cat, he’s got that wry smile. And that is one of the best parts of the movie is the playfulness of Superman. He enjoys what he’s doing. He likes helping human beings and he likes saving them.”
As for this thoughts on the Superman costume, again Gunn looks to the 1978 film.
“They just did the costume from the comics and they did it very simply, and it works really well. The colors work well. I just got a bunch of pictures from Warner Brothers’ vaults of the actual original costumes. I think the costume works really good and it’s just without frills, which was easier back then than today, because today people have seen a lot of different superhero costumes.”
As for how Gunn will tackle the Superman costume in his film…
“I think that, you know, what we’re doing is different. It’s its own thing. But I’m definitely influenced by what Donner did with Superman, and what Christopher Reeve did with Superman, and Margot Kidder, who’s fantastic in the movie. She’s really the heart of it in a lot of ways.”
You can read the full transcript of the interview at GQ.com.