Terminator 5 And The Real Reason McG Quit Superman
The fourth Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation isnít even finished and theyíre already planning the fifth. Salvation director McG made the announcement at the Dubai Film Festival according to Variety.
But since thereís nothing more to the announcement than simply that itís happening, this isnít really the biggest news to come out of Dubai. I think this is bigger. Remember when McG was supposed to be the one doing a Superman movie, based on that horrible script floating around in which Jimmy Olsen was gay and Krypton was never destroyed and all manner of un-Superman, awful things were written down for filming? Ever wonder why he didnít do it? Well Variety says he passed on it because he was afraid of flying.
Thatís right, we were saved from a McG Superman movie by his fear of heights. The movie was being shot in Australi, McG would have had to hop a plane to get there, and he couldnít get up the nerve to do it. Maybe this is old news, but itís the first Iíve heard of it. Iím afraid of heights (though not of flying), but this is the first time Iíve ever actually been thankful for that particular phobia.
When McG backed out of the project, he blamed the whole thing on his undying love of New York City, babbling on about patriotism. Warners wanted it shot in Australia, he wanted New York. While talking to the press about his reasons for exiting the project McG back then said, ďIt was clear to me that this was Metropolis. As a filmmaker, I felt it was inappropriate to try to capture the heart of America on another continent. I look at Superman as a character that embodies all that is beautiful about America.Ē According to Variety, that was all BS and he was simply afraid to hop on a jet.
My inbox and the comments section below will now, as it always does, fill up with people screaming about how awful Superman Returns was and pretending as if everyone hated it even though at the time most people seemed to like it. Have at it. I donít care what revisionist hate labels you want to fling at Superman Returns, Singerís version has to be better than the kung-fu, Matrix-knockoff version McG was planning.
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