Sunday, August 24, 2008

Superman: Reboot & Restart! [news]

Good news to Superman fans (well, the true Superman fans anyway) We'll all be rid of Bryan Singer's lousy soap opera Superman after all because the next Superman movie will be a semi-reboot a la Louis Leterrier's Incredible Hulk. The bosses at Warner Brothers have finally expressed that the Superman franchise indeed needed to be refreshed and needed to stray away from Bryan Singer's hard-on for the 1980's Superman, which was (in my opinion) corny to begin with. After the mess Singer made by making Superman not only a pathetic lovestricken emo kid, but also an illegitimate father as well, I think there is obviously no choice; either to continue on some dumb continuity or reboot the whole thing entirely and have a fresh start the way Batman Begins did. Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov has told The Wall Street Journal that the studio is going to be reintroducing Superman. We assume this will be similar to how Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk was a reboot of Ang Lee's Hulk. Here is what the article says:

Warner Bros. also put on hold plans for another movie starring multiple superheroes -- known as "Batman vs. Superman" -- after the $215 million "Superman Returns," which had disappointing box-office returns, didn't please executives. "'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."

The article also talks about Warner Bros. adapting other DC properties over the new few years. "By 2011, Mr. Robinov plans for DC Comics to supply the material for up to two of the six to eight tent-pole films he hopes Warner Bros. will have in the pipeline by then," it says. Those projects will likely be about single characters at first, and will be darker much like The Dark Knight:

With "Batman vs. Superman" and "Justice League" stalled, Warner Bros. has quietly adopted Marvel's model of releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film. "Along those lines, we have been developing every DC character that we own," Mr. Robinov says.

Like the recent Batman sequel -- which has become the highest-grossing film of the year thus far -- Mr. Robinov wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as "The Dark Knight." Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.' DC properties. "We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it," he says. That goes for the company's Superman franchise as well.

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.
Read the article here

This is all good news... but..."We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it" ---ha? ok, it should be cleared that there really are certain superhero characters that NEEDED to have that dark factor (like Batman, Green Lantern and maybe Wonder Woman) but characters like The Flash & Superman; it doesn't have to be "dark" in order for it to be good; it just needs to be action-packed. Superman is known best as the "boyscout" of all superheroes, we just need to see him in all-out, letzgocrazy supertapungulay action... we don't need to see him copy Batman. But as I said, this is all good news, at least we'll be rid of the lovestory-Superman, the illegitimate "Superkid", and the non-corporate Luthor. I'm hoping they take notes from SUPERMAN: THE LAST SON OF KRYPTON, it's the pilot feature of the Superman: The Animated Series which, for me, is THE BEST interpretation of the Superman origin, one wherein they could easily throw in Brainiac as the main villain.

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