Goodbye, Brian Singer’s Superman, and good riddance. The best riddance, in fact.
There’s going to be another Superman movie.
And it’s going to be a reboot.
Which is awesome news for me, because I think that Superman Returns is not just the worst Superman movie ever, but one of the worst films of ANY kind ever.
You can review my review here.
Here’s the article bearing the good news:
First relevant passage:
“‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Mr. Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned.” “Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009,” he adds. “But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”
(Mr. Rubinov is Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov.)
Second relevant passage:
The studio is set to announce its plans for future DC movies in the next month. For now, though, it is focused on releasing four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. Movies featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman are all in active development.
Life is very, very good.
I do, however, feel bad for poor Brandon Routh, who went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver the best Superman he possibly could given the film’s despicable script and pathetic story.
Brandon recalled all the best elements of Christopher Reeve’s Superman while giving it his own spin.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to be heroic when your direction is like this:
“Okay, Brandon, in this scene, you’re trying to seduce Lois on the roof of the Daily Planet because you ran away from Earth for five years without telling anybody, to find the planet that you knew was gone anyway, and you didn’t just buy a telescope, and you didn’t tell Lois goodbye because you thought it would be too hard to say goodbye, which was selfish because look what it did to Lois, but that doesn’t matter to you, and you know she’s engaged, and that she has a kid who’s exactly old enough to be yours from before you left, and it is your kid, but you don’t care about that, and you don’t care about the good man she’s engaged to who thinks the kid is his, because she’s a lying whore who’s allowed him to believe that, and you just want to get into her sexy, sexy pants, and don’t exert yourself too much in this scene because later we have to film the part where you’re a creepy weirdo who talks to the kid while he’s sleeping, and … ACTION!”
See what I mean?
Brandon, you were an awesome Superman and you did the best you could given the circumstances. Thank you for the hard work you did.
It’s time to cast Jim Caviezel as Superman.
Superman should be a man, not a teenager. If you want to see a young, inexperienced Superman, that’s what Smallville is for.
I want to see a Superman movie where SuperMAN is doing SuperMAN things.
Get Carla Gugino as Lois Lane, Clive Owen as General Zod, Carrie Anne Moss as Ursa, and Michael Clarke Duncan as Non, and then have Geoff Johns write a new take on his Superman: Last Son story that just came out in a lovely hardcover edition.
As long as it’s a good story.
The real trick is going to be making a movie that’s infinitely better than Returns, rather than just crapping out another one that’s just as bad in a different kind of way.
They need to find writers and a director who will respect and understand Superman as deeply, as completely and as capably as Christopher Nolan respects and understands Batman.
Bring it on.