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Man of Steel. Nolan Superman Reboot.:

 451 Known Unknown, Fri, 7th Dec '12 1:44:33 PM from Here. There. Everywhere.
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There are other ways people typically make Superman "serious" - saying they're not giving him the Dark Knight treatment doesn't really say much, since an overly dark/serious (which in Superman's cases tends to equate to "jaded" and "cynical") portrayal of the Superman mythos wouldn't look similar to The Dark Knight anyway.
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 452 Tech Powah, Fri, 7th Dec '12 4:48:45 PM from the room down the hall Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
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I know it would probably be a no, but I still wanna ask: What about Bizzaro in/for a movie?

edited 7th Dec '12 4:49:16 PM by TechPowah

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If they're trying to do a more serious, realistic take on Superman I'm not sure I could see it working. Or if they did they might have to ditch the more comedic aspects.
 
Bizarro would work fine, as long as its played for creepiness. An imperfect clone slowly breaking apart who has the power of a demigod but an insane child's understanding of themselves and the world? That's a horror premise, not something to laugh at.
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 455 johnnyfog, Fri, 7th Dec '12 8:55:10 PM from NYC Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
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Bizarro would be akin to the Lizard in the Amazing Spider-Man. Serviceable but not much of a foe. After all, he's a degraded version of Zod.

IMO, they ought to just invent a new villain then go back to the well.
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 456 Known Unknown, Fri, 7th Dec '12 9:14:32 PM from Here. There. Everywhere.
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Bizarro would be great for a sequel: he's one of those villains who works with an already established Superman, like Metallo.

Granted he needs someone to hold his leash, at least until he inevitably loses whatever little sanity he has and goes rogue.

edited 7th Dec '12 9:16:16 PM by KnownUnknown

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The issue is that it's sort of a tough balance to reach since he's become sort of a joke villain in recent years. The writers seem really fond of playing the "Superman if he were mentally deficient" thing for laughs, so that could descend into camp real quick. But if you did him right he could be terrifying.

I'd go with the imperfect clone version rather than the Multiverse origin though, but that's just me.
 
Rob Pratt portrayed Bizarro in one of his experimental Superman Classic shorts, and he got a really neat effect by having John Haymes Newton (the actor providing the voice of Superman and Bizarro) read Bizarro's lines backwards, which the sound editor then played backwards (backwards + backwards + forwards, don'tcha know) to get some surprisingly understandable, though downright freaky-sounding, dialogue.
 
 459 Kostya, Sat, 8th Dec '12 6:08:22 AM from Everywhere
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I could see Bizarro being an underling of some other villain (probably Luthor) but I have a feeling they'd play it safe and do Zod->Luthor->Brainiac for the main antagonists. Those last two can be switched by the way.

Is Brainiac that safe a villain?

Considering most Super movies go for a more humanoid set of rogues, Superman vs a technological horror is pretty out there.

And I'd really love to see it happen in live action.

 461 johnnyfog, Sat, 8th Dec '12 8:53:15 AM from NYC Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
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I'm a little surprised at the push for Bizarro. Was he ever terrifying? Seems he was a joke villain from the start. Solomon Grundy is closer to what you're describing.
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 462 Kostya, Sat, 8th Dec '12 9:01:58 AM from Everywhere
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[up][up]Well he's fairly well known and one of the more well known villains that's not too comedic.

[up]Grundy is an idea but I feel like he would be better as the villain of a Justice League movie.

[up][up][up] He's not humanoid but he's certainly not campy or silly. Depending on the artist and writer he can basically be a horrible alien Eldritch Abomination.
 
Brainiac usually has a humanoid appearance, even though his physical body isn't usually that important to his survival.

 465 maxwellelvis, Sat, 8th Dec '12 12:06:50 PM from undisclosed location Relationship Status: In my bunk
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[up]I think they wanted to do Brainiac in Superman 3, but I think the Salkinds killed that push.
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 466 kalel 94, Sat, 8th Dec '12 12:16:15 PM from Dragonstone
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I think Superman should fight a giant spider.
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 467 maxwellelvis, Sat, 8th Dec '12 12:19:16 PM from undisclosed location Relationship Status: In my bunk
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[up]It is the deadliest killer in the insect kingdom.
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You know what I'd love to see? A Superman movie with Mxyzptlk.

 469 kalel 94, Sat, 8th Dec '12 1:01:14 PM from Dragonstone
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[up] That could be a good way to kill the Superman franchise for a while.
The last hurrah? Nah, I'd do it again.
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[up] Or rejuvenate it. Mxy could easily work, it's a question of just writing a tone that works with him. Something along the lines of the Fleischers' Superman.

 471 Kostya, Sat, 8th Dec '12 2:33:13 PM from Everywhere
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Myx would be tough to do without making the movie come across as childish. That's why I left him out when I suggested villains. Tricksters can be hard to take seriously, at least in my opinion.

 472 Tobias Drake, Sat, 8th Dec '12 2:41:43 PM from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: Married to my murderer
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Especially tricksters that can only be defeated by being tricked into pronouncing his own name. Mxy would make a great episode of a cartoon series, but a terrible Big Bad for a live-action film.
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I think Mxy could work if a director had the guts to make it an action-comedy, with high stakes. Something along the lines of Emperor Joker.

 474 Kostya, Sat, 8th Dec '12 2:52:44 PM from Everywhere
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I suppose he could work if you played him up as a very dangerous reality warper. The entire movie would probably be full of nightmare fuel and acid trips though which could swing things too far in the other direction.

edit: There's also the potential fridge logic of "Well if Myx can do pretty much anything why doesn't he just kill Superman?"

Brainiac, Bizarro, etc. are incredibly powerful but they still have limits. A physical god that can alter reality at will is a little hard to do without making the victory seem like an asspull. Superman might be nigh invulnerable but in pretty much every incarnation he's vulnerable to magic.

edited 8th Dec '12 2:54:39 PM by Kostya

Myxy would be a very risky proposition. Even the Marvel movies, which get lauded for "Not being afraid to be comic booky" or whatever cut down on the campiness to a major degree. I'm really not sure I can see him working outside a cartoon.
 
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