In the days before superhero movies became a mainstream phenomenon, the man behind the Man of Steel trilogy had a more direct impact on the genre.
In the 1960s, George Reeves was a director of photography at Universal Studios, and he was a close friend of director J.J. Abrams.
Abrams and Reeves shared a vision for a superhero movie that would tell a story in which the hero, Superman, would be able to fight against a massive alien invasion and save the Earth from a deadly threat.
This vision would be based on Reeves’ own experiences with the military in World War II.
As the first film’s story unfolded, Reeves became the driving force behind it.
“I loved the idea of an American soldier fighting on behalf of a world that was in crisis,” he said.
Reeves and Abrams collaborated on Superman Returns, a film that became the best-selling comic book of all time.
Reeves also wrote the screenplay for Superman: The Movie, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.
But the next step for Reeves was Superman: Doomsday.
In a 2003 interview with the Guardian, he talked about what it was like to shoot the first Doomsday film and how the studio wanted the film to look like a military action movie.
“You go into a shoot, you’re like, ‘OK, what’s this?’
They’re not shooting a lot of action scenes, because you want them to feel like they’re on a battlefield.
But I do get asked the question a lot.
I have a hard time answering it because I’m in this business,” he recalled.
“So I just tell them, ‘Well, what are you going to shoot?’
They say, ‘We want to shoot a nuclear strike.'”
Reeves agreed to shoot Doomsday, but it was a risky shoot because of the scale of the invasion.
“They wanted to do something that’s going to be the most massive war that we’ve ever had, so they’re shooting nuclear weapons and it’s going be huge,” he explained.
“There’s going’t be a lot going on, and it just got really scary.”
After shooting Doomsday, the studio decided to put the movie on hold.
“The decision was made, ‘Oh, we’re done,'” Reeves said.
“It’s really important to remember that there’s still going to a lot more to do, and we have to put that out there.”
Reeves and Warner Bros. eventually wrapped up Superman Returns with a sequel, Superman: Superman Returns.
The studio also tried to get a Superman film made for the big screen in the mid-2000s, but the project never made it past the script stage.
“We thought we had a good script,” Reeves said at the time.
“But it’s just not there.
And I thought, ‘God, I wish we could have done it.
“That’s because Superman Returns was very much a story about Superman coming back from the brink of death. “
And we wanted to have a Superman that was just coming back to life.” “
That’s because Superman Returns was very much a story about Superman coming back from the brink of death.
And we wanted to have a Superman that was just coming back to life.”
A Superman film is unlikely to come to fruition anytime soon, but Reeves’ experience with Doomsday gives a glimpse into what a military-driven superhero movie could look like.
Superman: A film about Superman returning to life is a bold move for Warner Bros., and Reeves’ influence on the studio makes it all the more important.
The Superman franchise is known for its comic book origins, but what Reeves was able to bring to the film has never been seen before.