How much does Superman really talk in the movies? There have been
First, the title to what was supposed to be a Man of Steel sequel was named Batman v Superman. Then, Zack Snyder said the movie isn’t a “direct” sequel to MoS. Finally, a rumor by Heroic Hollywood said that Warner Bros rewrote the film to put in more Batman and less Superman. Whether that rumor turned out to be true or not there is an awful lot of Batman in the flick.
One Reddit user wrote down all of Superman’s lines in the movie and came up with a surprisingly small number of lines. 43 lines of dialogue in all of Batman v Superman? Seems like a pretty small number for a two and a half-hour movie. Like a lot of people, I wondered how it compares with other Superman movies. If the average movie has 40 lines then WB actually improved on it. Did Zack Snyder give him more or fewer lines in Man of Steel? What about Christopher Reeve?
So I set out to find out. I went through every theatrical release of a Superman movie and counted the lines.
How I Counted the LinesSo it’s one thing to say “he has 100 lines of dialogue”, but what does that mean? Do you count all the sentences, words or what? I decided to use the typical screenplay format. Every time the character speaks uninterrupted that’s a line. So if Superman (or Clark Kent) says, “Hi!” or “Hello from the last Son of Krypton, champion of the oppressed and doer of good across the galaxy!” I count them the same. If he’s in the middle of a speech and someone interrupts him that counts as two lines.
What I didn’t count, and coolerthanabagofice did, is noises he makes. So if Superman only says “Hmmm” or screams I don’t count that. For consistency, I’ve dropped the number of lines from the Reddit list by one since it's just a scream.
How Often Does Superman Talk?Something I thought about putting in, but left out, is the ratio of lines to minutes in the film. Sure Superman talks a lot in Superman II, but is it really more often than in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)? So here are the ratio of lines per minute of film.
Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
0.6 minutes per line
1.3 minutes per line
Superman II (1980)
0.9 minutes per line
Superman III (1983)
0.8 minutes per line
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
0.7 minutes per line
Superman Returns (2006)
1.8 minutes per line
Man of Steel (2013)
1.5 minutes per line
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
3.6 minutes per line
The main reason I didn't put it in the graphic is because all of the films except Batman v Superman give Superman about a line a minute.
What do you think of the infographic? Does it say anything about the Superman movies?
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