Between being part of the U.S. Military Navy Police and spending the previous 15 years concerned with video manufacturing, Andrew Checklist has taken his lifelong reference to the character of Superman and expressed his views on him within the new impartial movie, Superman: Photo voltaic, which, following an Indiegogo marketing campaign, went into manufacturing in 2022 and might be launched this 12 months.
“I’ve been interested in the character since I used to be a child,” explains Checklist. “I might watch the flicks again and again and continued to love him as a I grew up, however for various causes. As a child, it’s thrilling to see a man remodel into this unbelievable being, however as I bought older, it was his humanity that saved drawing me again to him. He’s this man who, if he needed to, might be an Omni-Man, Homelander or ‘Superman: Crimson Son.’ He might be a tyrant and pressure individuals to do his bidding, however he chooses to dwell amongst us. He chooses to be caught in visitors. He chooses to have an everyday job. He chooses to narrate to all this stuff that make us human, so he understands all of our human issues and pertains to them so deeply.”
This he credit to the best way Clark Kent was raised by the Kents in Smallville, the place he discovered what it was to work onerous, care about individuals and all the small, however vital, issues in life. “That’s what’s all the time been Superman’s best factor to me,” he notes. “As people, we frequently will have a look at a scenario and say, ‘Not my drawback.’ However Superman by no means has that outlook and it’s one thing that I believe we are able to all try to attempt to be higher at. It’s a tough customary, clearly, however he’s somebody who will struggle off aliens, land after which say, ‘Hey, there’s a man with a flat tire. Let me assist him change that actual fast.’”
Whereas he’s not providing up a lot in the best way of particulars concerning Superman: Photo voltaic, he does level out that it’s taken inspiration from All-Star Superman and Superman: Grounded, however, most significantly, from issues within the character’s historical past that he’s all the time needed to see introduced into dwell motion. Serving to him to take action might be Glenn Kiil within the twin position of Clark Kent and Superman, the 2 of them having met one another once they served within the U.S. Military.
In talking with Checklist, one can’t assist however sense how he’s been touched by the optimism and hope that Superman represents, but it surely additionally raises the query of what, in these extra cynical and divided occasions, the Man of Metal can characterize for the twenty first century.
“This,” he gives, “very particularly might be touched on within the movie. There’s a degree the place he tells Lois Lane that he’s right here to do what’s proper, to which she asks who decides what’s proper? He says, ‘Nicely, I do, Ms. Lane,’ which leads her to ask him if which means he’s going to by a tyrant. He replies, ‘No, however I would like my choices to be my very own. If I make the improper ones, I’m the one which’s going to be accountable for that. I don’t need somebody telling me what to do and I don’t need any individual else making these choices for me.’ Clearly I’m paraphrasing, however the concept is that everyone’s entitled to their opinion, however they’re not entitled to violence. Not everyone will love Superman, as a result of that’s the fact of this point in time, however that doesn’t ever sway Superman himself. What makes him Superman to me is that no matter whether or not or not individuals are saying, ‘I don’t like this man doing what he is doing,’ he’s nonetheless there to say, ‘I’m right here to do what’s proper. I’m nonetheless right here to assist any individual get a cat out of a tree and I’m nonetheless right here to cease that asteroid from hanging Earth.”