January 24, 2017

What’s in store for Superman?

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What’s in store for Superman?

On Wednesday. Latino Review posted the first news about a possible next installment in the long-running Superman film series. Specifically, they reported that Blade, Batman Begins and Dark Knight scribe David Goyer was hired to write a follow-up to director Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, entitled Man of Steel. According to writer Kellvin Chavez, the film will not directly follow Singer’s film, but adopt the storyline and mythology of author John Byrne’s stint on the comic book series. Further, it will not be directed by Singer, nor will it feature actor Brandon Routh.

In the late afternoon, IGN Movies confirmed the story, indicating that Goyer wasn’t alone on the project: Jonah Nolan, his co-screenwriter on The Dark Knight, is also working on the Man of Steel. Meanwhile, the site further confirmed that Christopher Nolan, whom it was announced was shepherding Superman back to the screen at the behest of distributor Warner Brothers, would indeed be executive producing the film, but was not going to be directing it, at least not as of right now.

Superman is a franchise that has always been plagued with conflicting plans, canceled ideas, and other issues, even if it features one of the all-time best comic book movies (the original Superman), and certainly one of the most underrated (Superman Returns). Cop Out director Kevin Smith was tapped to put together a franchise reboot in the late 1990s for director Tim Burton and actor Nicholas Cage, and Singer’s efforts of Superman Returns were intended to be the first part of a new trilogy.

Mixed critical reception, not to mention lackluster box office receipts and no doubt creative differences behind the scenes jeopardized the viability of these various iterations of the franchise. But what’s interesting is that longtime distributor Warner Brothers clearly recognizes the value of what is indisputably one of the most well-known and beloved superheroes of all time, all around the world, which is why the studio continues to try and find new ways to breathe life into the character and the series.

Currently it appears as if Goyer and Nolan are in the process of giving Superman another shot at big-screen success, although given the changes and reimaginings of the people involved over the years, their commitment has yet to be officially confirmed. Indeed, until filming of their version is underway, this version seems no more likely than any of the other ones. But like the rest of the world’s fans of the earlier films, it’s hard not to look forward to a new Superman film with a sense of hope, because if the character has proven nothing else, it’s that he can survive anything and still go on to greater success.

About Todd Gilchrist

Todd Gilchrist is a Los Angeles-based film critic and entertainment journalist. Over the past decade he worked at a variety of online and print publications, including the Miami New Times, Filmstew.com, SCI FI Wire, and IGN.com, where he wrote reviews, conducted interviews with actors and filmmakers, and edited Movies, DVD and Music content. He currently works for Cinematical.com among other outlets, and has been a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association since 2005.

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2 Comments

  • February 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    I loved the cartoons, this would be awesome if it came to the big screen

  • February 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    It looks like they have some serious Hollywood heavyweights behind this movie

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