Superman to be Rebooted by WB


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This just in from the Wall Street Journal! Warner Bros to reboot Superman for the big screen. Look for Brian Singer to not be involved with this new take on the Man of Steel as the bad taste that was 2006's Superman Return's is still lingering in the water.

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Aug 22, 2008 10:03PM EDT

I hope, I hope, I hope they don't go overboard with the darker edge for Superman, but I think it could turn out well with the right angle.

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Aug 22, 2008 11:08PM EDT

I think they should bulk Tom Welling up and give him an adult script and tell him to act like a really pissed off Superman. This way we can get our moneys worth from smallville and at the same time reboot a movie franchise with a character that people actually like.
Wonder though which skinny Metro sexual they'll get to play him this time.

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Aug 23, 2008 1:59AM EDT

Its good news. Will Be waiting for more info and man of steel.

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Aug 23, 2008 8:39AM EDT

Right on 'roboticeye' , Tom Welling is perfect for the part. Not to mention he's been playing it already for like 7 or 8 years now. He's got the chops , if only he had the writers & director to showcase it.
The last Superman wasn't super and barely a man.

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Aug 23, 2008 10:44PM EDT

hmmm the fact that there's rumors that Frank Miller is involved gives me hope, but doing Superman in a darker light will be hard. You can't pull a "batman" and just make the character edgier and more ruthless, because the character of superman is known for his upstanding behavior and high set of morals. So I'm interested to see this.RE: Tom Welling, I think he'd be perfect as superman, and as this season of Smallville is predicted to be it's last, a movie involving certain cast members of Smallville would be a neat way to end it in my opinion.

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Aug 24, 2008 2:35PM EDT

Brandon Routh was an okay Superman, but I agree with most you guys on the fact that Tom Welling would be awesome in the movie role.

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Aug 24, 2008 6:10PM EDT

I just couldn't see Brandon Routh fighting a real super villain. He was ok to be fighting Lex "brains" luthor but if he were given a real action fight scene it would seem fully unbelievable.

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Aug 25, 2008 11:20AM EDT

Mark MILLAR not Frank Miller is the comic writer who is mentioned in the article, some of you are familiar with him, unfortunately, by a basterdized version of his graphic novel WANTED. The good news if anyone is familiar with Millar is that the scottish writer is a genius, and has more love for the character Superman than any other writer alive today. If your wondering how well he knows the character and what kind of writing chops he has I would highly suggest Superman: Red Son. The only other thing I can add is that Superman is never meant to be dark that is Batman, Wolverine, X Men........pretty much everything else in comics these days. Superman is now and forever should be an over grown boy scout. If you think its impossible to write a script taking advantage of that then you might also look up this gem created by Kevin Smith (yeah the clerks guy)

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Aug 29, 2008 9:31PM EDT

I liked what they did with superman with Justice league unlimited. They made superman basically a honest politician.If they wanted to take the franchise in a different direction, they should seriously consider the Superman kills Lex( the president) storyline. The alternate superman that crosses into the good superman's dimension with the Justice Lords.

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Jan 28, 2009 4:58PM EST

i do agree that tom welling would make a great superman and that a dark superman would be wrong unless they brought in black kryptonite i believe it was and split him in 2. heres the info i found on the reboot of superman. also i think it was a lot less extreme tan the first superman movie lex trie to destroy california in that one. if you want to see the page it tells you what ideas they had and were going to do for other superman movies but never were able to get them up and running.

Warner Bros. is currently planning to reboot the film series. With the financial and critical success of The Dark Knight, Warners said of the reboot Superman film, "We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the character allows it."[59] Legendary Pictures president Thomas Tull said "Superman needs a powerful antagonist, a worthy opponent".[60] Tull also wants to evoke Superman as an "angry God".[61]
[edit] Production
[edit] Man of Steel
In February 2006, four months prior to the release of Superman Returns, Warner Bros. announced a mid-2009 theatrical release date for a sequel, with Bryan Singer reprising his directing duties.[62] Gilbert Adler,[63] Jon Peters,[64] and Singer[65] were set as producers with Chris Lee to executive produce.[66] There were to be multiple villains,[63] with Brainiac and Bizarro under consideration to be used.[67] Singer planned to have more action sequences, with the "New Krypton" landmass that was floating in space at the end of Superman Returns to be part of the storyline.[68] Superman was also going to fight "an enemy with real physical power".[69]
Singer expressed interest filming some scenes in 3-D film,[68] with post-production to take place in Hawaii.[66] Man of Steel would have continued to use same musical themes established by John Williams in Superman.[70] Brandon Routh was planning to return and improve his muscular physique once more.[71] while Kate Bosworth was enthusiastic to return as Lois Lane.[72] Kevin Spacey was set to portray Lex Luthor, and hoped to complete all of his scenes in a six-week schedule, as was done for Superman Returns.[73] Sam Huntington and Frank Langella were to reprise Jimmy Olsen and Perry White because they were contracted for two sequels.[74][75] Tristan Lake Leabu was also to return as Jason White.[67]
Singer dropped out of directing films such as Logan's Run and Milk in favor of Man of Steel.[76] Warners and Legendary Pictures were disappointed by Superman Returns' theatrical box office, and were looking forward to a far lower budget for the sequel.[56] Warner Bros. Pictures President Alan F. Horn explained, "I thought it was a very successful movie, but I think it should have done $500 million worldwide. We should have had perhaps a little more action to satisfy the young male crowd."[77] $175 million was the maximum budget the studio was projecting.[78]
In November 2006, work on the storyline was starting, with an eye to start filming in mid-2007.[66] In March 2007, Singer halted Man of Steel in favor of Valkyrie.[79] Filming was then set to begin in March 2008,[80] while in April 2007, Singer, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris were still working on the story, and Peters hoped to have a script by the end of the year. Peters planned pre-production to start in January —February 2008.[64] Singer then announced filming would begin in mid-2008,[63] while in October 2007, writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris left in favor of other career opportunities.[81] The release date was then moved to 2010 because of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[82] In March 2008, Singer said the film was in early development.[83] Routh expected filming to begin in early 2009 for a 2010 release.[84]
Reboot
In June 2008, Mark Millar claimed to have approached Warner Bros. on restarting the franchise, hoping for a 2011 release. A very well-known American action director asked Millar to "team up with he and his producer to make a pitch." However, Millar later clarified his comments: "[...] you have to wait and see if Bryan [Singer] is going to do any more. You can’t just go in there and nick a project off a guy. If Bryan ends up standing back and goes to move on and do something else, we’ll be in there like a shot."[85] His idea is to have an epic 8-hour Superman trilogy, each released a year apart, similar to the Lord of the Rings. Millar compared it to the Godfather trilogy, in which it will chronicle the entire life of Superman, from the early days of Krypton to the finale where Superman loses his powers as the sun starts to supernova.[86]
In July 2008, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. were listening to various screenwriters to pitch their solutions for a second installment. Singer was still attached, while busy with post-production on Valkyrie.[60] Comic book writers Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid and Brad Meltzer also pitched their ideas for a reboot. Morrison stated, "I told them, it’s not that bad. Just treat Superman Returns as the Ang Lee Hulk." Waid said "The Incredible Hulk has proven the audience will forgive you and let you redo the franchise."[87] Morrison's idea was similar to his work on All Star Superman, while Waid's was akin to Superman: Birthright.[87]
In August 2008, Warner Bros. officially decided to reboot the film series. Studio executive Jeff Robinov plans to have the film released either by 2010 or 2011, explaining "Superman Returns didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to. 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. Now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all."[59] Paul Levitz says that Brandon Routh is still set to return as Superman.[88]
Paul Levitz stated in a interview that Batman holds the key to the Superman reboot. He explained "Everyone is waiting for Nolan to sign on for another Batman, once that happens, the release date for Superman and all other future projects will follow."[89]

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