misc I would love to write a Superman trilogy (or quadrology).

Given current events, I'm escaping into fantasy - and delusional one at that.

I'm a fan of the first two Superman movies with Richard Donner, but, after that, another team took over, so the franchise went downhill. I understand Superman 1 was the first major motion picture to take the genre seriously, focusing on dramatic story-telling instead of camp. That is now, of course, the norm.

I'd like to write a trilogy of Superman movies, all tied into one another and the larger DC canon as well. How about this

Kal-El One - the baby , Kal-El, flees Krypton, and, when he grows up, he faces Lex Luthor and, of course, beats him, sending him to jail.

Kal-El Two - General Zod escapes from the Phantom Zone and takes on Kal-El. Because Zod is a solder, he is more than a match for Kal-El. Meanwhile, Lex escapes, and, because Zod is the greater threat, he teams up with Kal-El to send Zod back to the Phantom Zone. Lex escapes,

Kal-El Three - Brainiac discovers Earth, and confronts Kal-El. Lex is now on a sidelines, brooding and biding his time. Kal-El faces Brainiac and is outgunned by superior technology, so he goes to his Fortress of Solitude and uses Kryptonian technology to win the day.

Kal-El Four - this could be his historic meeting with Batman.

Hovering in the background, as per DC canon, are the Guardians of the Universe, who created Green Lantern and who are watching events develop with the last Kryptonian.

This will be a serious treatment, with no super dog, super cat, super monkey, or campy villians (Mr. Mxyzptlk).

What do ya think? :)
 
The creative urge. I am already writing my own story (or stories), but, again, that urge, suppressed for so long during my career, is coming out. This is not my profession (yet), as you know, and I've been told to write out whatever I want to write, then distill it. This can, of course, also be a first draft of my own superhero franchise.

Last, but certainly not least, if I do make it in film, Warner Bros may consider my pitch seriously.
 

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Given current events, I'm escaping into fantasy - and delusional one at that.
The creative urge.
Sounds like it could be cathartic for you while gaining some experience through practice. Best of luck. One problem that may arise is, with these films there is not a lot of backstory because they feature recurring characters. So you may want to hone your backstory skills by starting fresh with the first film, pretending NOBODY knows who superman is, EVEN from the comic world. This exercise could also turn out to be very entertaining.
 
Thanks. And writing, of course, changes you, just as you change your writing. My first paragraphs (no compete story yet) had Kal-El's ship, with its AI, noting the planet's destruction, then zooming off to the planet around the yellow sun. Now, I think the AI will also communicate with a computerized simulation of Jor-El, reporting the current situation and seeking instructions from the artificial simulation of its creator.

I have my other writing projects too, but, to me, writing is the skill set for me, not directing or acting. I now realize this, thanks to all of you, so thanks for helping me on my journey.
 

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Normal man. At the store? Open your phone's notepad and write that line of dialogue you might forget. At your your desk? Write on that old phone bill envelope lol. You do what works for you. Pen and paper, typewriter, FD. You just get it down. FD (or your screenwriting software) is the assembly process. You may not feel comfortable writing directly in it. Or you may. But you should "assemble" sooner than later just to get it all in one place in proper format to see how it is coming along.
 

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For me it's like this. I will write on anything. I will assemble in FD but while I am assembling I find myself writing as well. So it will take over in FD for awhile. But then I will drift to writing on anything again, then assemble, etc.
 

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I am only comfortable writing on a computer - preferably my laptop but we also have a desktop, and I will use my phone for notes in a pinch.

But this is largely because my handwriting is so atrocious - always has been - that I learned to type at a VERY early age to avoid getting marked down by teachers 'cause they couldn't read my reporters.

I totally agree - write things down wherever you are on whatever you have.
 
I think as long as you know this is practice... An exercise in improving your storytelling skills... Go for it. Just please understand that you can't even really copyright the work since you don't own the rights to the franchise. But if something like THIS gets you WRITING?

Write.

You never know... If and when you do have a career some day? You just might be able to PITCH these already written gems to a studio.

Good luck!
 
I think as long as you know this is practice... An exercise in improving your storytelling skills... Go for it. Just please understand that you can't even really copyright the work since you don't own the rights to the franchise. But if something like THIS gets you WRITING?

Write.

You never know... If and when you do have a career some day? You just might be able to PITCH these already written gems to a studio.

Good luck!

Exactly! I'm writing the scene where the Kents find Kal-El, and, of course, writing the scene is more involved than what's in your head. But it suddenly occurred to me ... what if he had been found by the couple in the 1960's series, Green Acres? It's set in the same place as Petticoat Junction, so Kal-El would have lots of loving care. 😁

Anyway, thanks for your encouragement - it's early morning now, and your support is much appreciated.
 
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