Saturday, October 14, 2006

Was the Singerman video game purposefully distanced from the film?

Recently Electronic Arts, who you may know as the video game company that ruined the Golden Eye franchise and who produces countless repetitive Madden NFL Football sequels, held a media day for the upcoming video game based on Singerman. Although the decision to release the game almost 5 months after the film it's allegedley based on unspooled seems a bit weird at first. But after reading a few of the reports on the game from a few of the different gaming sites, this may have been done somewhat intentionally, as it appears the release dates weren't the only things distanced from one another with these two entities.

According to GameZone, it seems that certain things that were problematic about the film were intentionally left out of the game, and things the movie lacked were added in, as EA seems to have taken a few creative liberties with the license in order to beef up the content.
"First off, EA is not using the John Ottman’s score or John Williams’ theme from the film. What a travesty! EA has all this money and can’t dish out the dough for integral parts to keep it authentic to the video game. Wait a minute, maybe this isn’t a bad thing after all. Tiburon can continue to distance themselves from the movie with not using licensed music, which will be a good thing when everything is said and done. Tiburon knows that the movie wasn’t action oriented and was geared more towards Clark Kent stalking Lois Lane like a maniac."
That's interesting to say the least. How many times have you played a licensed game that doesn't use the film's score? Can't say I can think of many. Looks like EA agrees with us that Ottman's score was lame, and Singerman hanging outside of Lois' house spying on her was downright creepy.
"Now that we know that Tiburon is moving away from the drama and inserting the action, what else could they have done to boost the game in a whole new direction? It’s easy to see, just from screenshots of Metallo – Tiburon is putting forth new villains and telling new stories the movie never did. One example would be before the movie, when Superman went to search for Krypton, he was on his way back when Mongul warps him to his WarWorld. Mongul puts Superman through a series of battles with his greatest gladiators until you finally meet up with him to battle."
That actually sounds somewhat interesting. Singer can't be happy with this at all. He's probably furious there's no "stalker mode," "emo-level meter," or final battle with a large, rocky land mass.

CBR also sheds some light on who's really responsible for scheming out the game:
"But while Singer & Co. were involved in the development of the game, another very special writing force was behind much of the game's story and underlining philosophy. "We worked very closely with Marv Wolfman," said Associate Producer Sergio Bustamente.

The results of this synthesis of projects and collaborators are most impressive. While the game's Superman, Lois, Jimmy, Lex and Kitty are modeled after and voiced by their film counterparts, the game plays and feels like that of a very original experience, one that invokes the core mythology of Superman without confining players to the film's vision."
Well now, that sure explains why the game sounds somewhat interesting to me. Marv Wolfman's work on Crisis of Infinite Earths was probably some of the best I've read. He knows far more about the character than what came out of the Richard Donner films. I'm glad to hear the game isn't confined to the film's "vision" or lack thereof, and from what I read it sounds like other than the voice actors the 2 properties don't have much else in common. Though I'm sure Bosworth will still suck virtually.

Some gaming sites claim that Singerman doesn't even look like Brandon Routh, and is more of a cell-shaded cartoon.

I may actually have to give this a rental once I've beaten Justice League Heroes.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

You mean Superman won't be a FAG in the video game like he was in the movie? The apologists will be in an uproar.

Anonymous said...

Will the final boss battle be Superman vs a huge rock like it was in the movie?

Anonymous said...

I hope we get to play as superboy and throw pianos at lex luthor!! ha ha ha. No, that'd be lame. What am I thinking... oh and burn in hell, Jason.

Anonymous said...

"there's no "stalker mode," "emo-level meter," or final battle with a large, rocky land mass."

Funniest thing I've read today. Singerman Peeps gets OWNED AGAIN by this blog.

Anonymous said...

Ummm no we don't Singerman...ummm I mean Superman Returns was the end all be all of movies. It even had Jesus in it, or was that supeman. This movie will rule when DVD sell. It will make 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.00 I will buy all the copies if i have to. And then you will see you will see. I love brandons boyish looks it makes me so hot so ummm....well Lois Lane was a bitch like most women are. Men have to be sensative like brandon...mmmm brandon...anyway. The new Box Office are in and it made 800Million, because movie theaters decided to give WB money since they loved the movie so much. All HAIL SINGER I LOVE HIM AND HIS GAY BUTT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why didn't Singer get Marv Wolfman to write the screenplay instead of Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris? I guess it's because Marv actually knows the characters and doesn't pack fudge like Mike and Dan.

Anonymous said...

"I guess it's because Marv actually knows the characters and doesn't pack fudge like Mike and Dan."

I love all these juvenile references to Singer being GAY and the movie being gay. If Superman had a porn scene with Lois in the flick XXX style you people would still be saying the movie is GAY.

Anonymous said...

"I love all these juvenile references to Singer being GAY and the movie being gay. If Superman had a porn scene with Lois in the flick XXX style you people would still be saying the movie is GAY."

and if you like the movie...tadaaaaa...you are GAY too...

man...admited that movie SUCKS BIG TIME....(like singerman...GAY).

Anonymous said...

"and if you like the movie...tadaaaaa...you are GAY too..."

Saying SR is gay makes so little sense it is not even funny. Obviously for those who say SR is gay, can't seem to let go of the fact that Singer is gay and want to lump the two together. When you ask how the film is gay? The haters have no answer whatsoever. Superman is in love with Lois but he is gay. Superman has a child with Lois but he is gay. How about you guys stick to the facts of the film and not focus on the made up stuff.

Anonymous said...

Well i wouldnt say Superman Returns is gay. But it dose feature a wimpy Superman. This isnt the Christopher Reeve's Superman or even George Reeves Superman. Superman is suspose to be noble and he trys to do whats right. I really dont believe that spying on your ex is all that noble. Overall Returns trys to copy the original and add nothing but crappy romance, Jesus, and a wimpy sappy Superman. I would rather see a reboot with writer who knows the character & a director who knows what hes doing or nothing at all.

Anonymous said...

you know what's really gay? GAY BASHING... Jesus, some of you are just being worthless dumbasses. I thought superman returns wasn't even worth being on the lifetime movie channel though it might fit right in there, but it wasn't because Singer is gay. I could care less about that. And just because you're anonymous (actually this place probably logs you Ip address anyway) doesn't make it EVER ok to bash gays. Bash their films because they suck and stick to that. Also I hope to god you're just a bunch of dumbass kids trying to be 'cool' and not adults with no brains. Get educated, kids. It's good for you.

Anonymous said...

Hey SR lovers. Do you know what initially started all these SR-gay connections? The Advocate, the leading gay publication in America. Who would know more about gayness than them? They saw the gayness of SR from the start. So when you call the people who acknowledge the homosexuality of SR homophobic, you might as well call The Advocate homophobes.

Anonymous said...

"Hey SR lovers. Do you know what initially started all these SR-gay connections? The Advocate, the leading gay publication in America. Who would know more about gayness than them? They saw the gayness of SR from the start. So when you call the people who acknowledge the homosexuality of SR homophobic, you might as well call The Advocate homophobes."

Woah, woah, woah. Don't be hitting these Apologists with some truth now.

See, they are the core audience for a metro, wimpy Singerman. They sit around thinking about feelings, and finding ways to scope out what all the girls and/or guys who rejected them are doing, in the privacy of their own homes no less. Not easy to do without X-ray vision and Super Hearing.

Anonymous said...

That advocate article also touched on the overall homosexual undertones of the character and comics in general. It really wasn't about SR, but about Superman. It's just that SR had a gay director so the story took on a whole new meaning.

Anonymous said...

"SR had a gay director so the story took on a whole new meaning."

You got that right.

The meaning it took on? Suckage.

Anonymous said...

Ok my personal favorite is "X-MEN 3 will suck dick, and Superman returns will destroy this movie" X-men, Fox, and Bret Rat are laugh all the way to the bank as Singer can not admit his own failure. Just for his sheer arogance he should be tortured like George Lucas.

Anonymous said...

The game does look really good, the graphics and gameplay seem like it may the best Superhero game ever. I don't care if it more closely follows the movie or went in a whole new direction, as long as it is a great Superman game.

NEWAGE said...

Guys you all NEED to check this out. Remember the guys that did that very popular Singerman was crap Talkback video on youtube last year?

Well one of them wrote a script for a new Superman REBOOT movie called SUPERMAN: APOKOLIPS.

You can get it for free on their website www.talkbackworld.net

Once inside it is the tab on the top right.

Here is a video on youtube of the guy talking about the script.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=qm-0oAR_jGQ