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Zoom Super Powers

Published August 6, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Columbia Pictures.
Tim Allen takes superheroes very seriously. A self-professed comic book geek, he collaborated on the script to Zoom trying to make a parody of his favorite comics, for a family audience. Some of Allen’s specific observations couldn’t make the PG cut.

Tim Allen on Zoom


“The movie would have been actually getting into that suit,” Allen said. “The superhero movie should be watching guys get in superhero suits because it took two guys literally moving my privates around, going 'Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow!' This was set up to be a parody of that because putting the suits on and then you'd have a trailer like Batman would have, 'Oh, look at Batman's trailer, he's got a huge semi and six people.' You'd actually dress in that stuff then go fight and get out of it. 'Batman's got to hydrate. Bring him back in.' And, 'God, I'm so hot. I didn't realize the Flash was so strong.'”

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The Flash was Allen’s favorite as a child, so when Zoom’s super power turned out to be super speed, he thought of all the room for exploration in super speed mythology. “They never really examined how fast he could go. And that's where Matt Carol and I designed the back story of Zoom, is that there really is no end to how fast he can go. The balance of this skewed a little younger because the real sci-fi had to have a lot of pipe laid and the studio said it would just get too long. But the idea is that Zoom, if he starts running, he really doesn't know how to stop. And that's how the original problem arose because he sent the guy into another dimension because he could barely stop himself. He scared himself so when you do something terrible, you put a limit on yourself and you don't want to go back again.”

When Zoom finally comes back to hero work, he wears a new, modern suit. Allen imagined anyone who ran that fast would have wardrobe concerns. “If you ran that fast, the chafing, your ass would explode. So I wanted to avoid that scene, which I'd love to do personally.”

To Allen, super speed would be the coolest superpower because it had no drawbacks like many of the popular characters. “Superman was a little creepy because of the kryptonite thing, because he could be brought down by a frickin' green rock. Horrible. That Lex Luthor already seemed to have an endless supply of, so you always bring out that. Spider-Man's cool. That swinging through New York City is cool but Spider-Man can get hurt, you know? He's not superhuman.”

Zoom opens to theatres on August 11th.

For the trailer, movie stills and more movie info, go to the Zoom Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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