Chronicle writer reveals his '@#$!-ing weird' Superman pitch

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Dec 17, 2012

With a Superman reboot already in the pipe in Man of Steel, Chronicle writer Max Landis has chimed in to reveal what he'd like to do if DC ever hired him to take on the Caped Crusader. His idea? Focus on the "normal guy," as opposed to the Kryptonian demigod. Hey, it worked for Chronicle.

He explained his personal philosophy on Superman during an interview over at Comic Book Resources, and said he'd tackle the origin tale as the story of an everyday guy who suddenly realizes he's an alien. He pitches it as a comic arc, but it sounds like it'd make a pretty cool movie, too:

"In as much [as], we don't go too cartoon-y, we don't go too far into the idea that he's an alien. We just focus on how @#$!-ing weird it would be to be Superman.

I would love to write a Superman comic, a series or an arc, which is about how bizarre it is that he's this guy who grew up in Kansas and he finds out that he's an alien. They sort of brush that over constantly, but this is a guy who... grew up watching Alien, E.T. and Independence Day. And then he finds out, 'Oh, that's me? I'm from space. I don't feel like I'm from space'. That's what's so special for me. He's not a billionaire. He's not a @#$!-ing Amazonian princess... He's just a dude.

I feel like he should be a way-in for readers, which is a way that he really hasn't been used as. That's what I'd do with him."

It's definitely an interesting angle, and as often as Supes gets rebooted these days, you never know—he could get a shot in a few years if Man of Steel fails to impress.

Landis' buddy Josh Trank, who directed Chronicle, is already playing around in the superhero big leagues with his Fantastic Four reboot—but we'd love to see Landis also get a shot at tackling a DC or Marvel property someday.

What do you think? Would you like to see Landis' Superman tale play out in comics or film?

(Via Digital Spy)

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