It doesn’t matter whether you’ve read a single comic in your life, there are just certain things that everyone seems to know, particularly when it comes to the biggest names in the genre. We all know that Bruce Wayne became Batman after the death of his parents; we all know that Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider; and we all know that Superman was sent to Earth as a baby after the destruction of his home planet. Well, turns out that at least one executive at Warner Bros. isn’t up on basic comic knowledge.
One note I got was on Man of Steel, where the ending involves Superman utilizing the pod that he arrived in as a child in order to bring down General Zod’s ship. The note we got from the studio said, “You have to change that.” We asked why. They said, “Because if Superman uses that pod and it’s destroyed while saving the city, how is he ever going to get back home to Krypton?” There was just this long pause and we said, “Krypton blew up. You saw 30 minutes of it!”
I suppose it’s possible to forgive that the studio had forgotten about the destruction of Krypton in the comics, but when the first part of the movie exclusively deals with its destruction… you’ve got to wonder if anyone was really paying attention; Not to mention that Superman doesn’t actually need a ship in order to get around. David S. Goyer’s next project is a series adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series for Apple TV+. The series chronicles “the thousand year saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it” and is set to premiere on September 24, 2021.