Rounding up some other Superman movie rumors

Now that we’ve debunked the General Zod “debunking” as the non-debunk that it was, let’s focus on a more serious batch of allegations leveled at the film by Vulture.

In an article about Darren Aronofsky being offered the directing gig for Hugh Jackman’s next Wolverine movie, Claude Brodesser-Akner writes, “Until last weekend, though, Aronofsky was far more interested in directing WB’s original take on Superman — in which Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman — than doing a sequel like Wolverine 2.”

He goes on to say that “knowledgeable insiders” tell him that David Goyer’s Superman script is “rushed” and “still a bit of a mess,” that Zack Snyder was not Warner Bros.’ first choice to direct, and that Snyder was only hired because Warner Bros. believes he can shoot the movie faster than Aronofsky could have, which is necessary because they “must have a new Superman movie in production by 2011 or they’ll be subject to potential lawsuits by the heirs of the superhero’s creators.”

First of all, that’s a lot of Superman hearsay (except for the lawsuit part at the end, which is true) to be dropping so nonchalantly in the middle of an article about Wolverine.

Secondly, Brodesser-Akner gives absolutely zero attribution for the “Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman” plot summary he presents so plainly as fact. I even asked him for some kind of attribution in the comments section below the article, but I didn’t get an answer (not that I expected to).

He quotes “knowledgeable insiders” later in the article, but doesn’t specify if the plot summary came directly from Warner Bros. (which it didn’t, because they’ve not officially commented on the plot), from another team of “knowledgeable insiders,” or from the voice of Jor-El that sometimes speaks to him while he’s flossing his teeth in the evening.

I’m sorry, but you can’t just drop a bomb like that without telling us where you got it. I didn’t even want to bring any of this up, but I also want to make sure I’ve got all the big news covered, and this article certainly made a splash when it was published last week.

My take is this:

Don’t worry about it. I sincerely doubt that’s really the movie’s plot (which sounds almost exactly like the 2003 Mark Waid/Leinil Francis Yu comic series Superman: Birthright), and I won’t believe anything about the story until we hear it from someone directly involved with the production — Snyder, Nolan, Goyer, etc.

As for the hearsay about the script not being ready, a) I doubt a David Goyer superhero script from a story he built with Christopher Nolan is a “mess,” and b) even if it still needs work, they’ve got months before the movie goes into production. I don’t know why Vulture’s so intent on making it sound as if the sky is falling, but I’m confident that Snyder, Nolan, and Goyer will have no problems making us believe once again that a man can fly.

(For more commentary on this, read the wise words of Think McFly Think’s Mitch Anderson and John Dinicola.)

In the meantime, let’s take yet another look at that AMC video where Jon Hamm talks about Breaking Bad. I really, really hope they hire this guy as Superman:

Keep watching this site for all the latest about the Man of Steel’s next cinematic adventure!