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Multiple Superman reboots in development?

SupermanRedSon.jpgI didn’t actually think that Mark Millar was really going to be working on a new Superman film, I had thought that despite all the negativity in the media that Bryan Singer would get the sequel, but talk is that there are actually four different pitches being developed for the next Superman film, and all from different teams.

One is Bryan Singer, another is the team Mark Millar is on, and the other two remain secret. It seems that Mark Millar’s project has a really good chance of actually making it.

We’ve heard Mark Millar’s negative comments about Superman Returns (Filmstalker review) and the whole Superman brand already, and that he’s apparently working on a project to restart the Superman franchise yet again. However we also heard that Bryan Singer is too, so what’s really going on?

According to an excellent article over at The Geek Files, both of them are working on the next Superman film and Warner Bros. are going to chose the script and pitch they like the best for the next film.

Not only that but they have an inside source – yeah one of them again – that claims there are actually four pitches being worked on at the same time.

“Since I was a kid I've always wanted to reinvent Superman for the 21st century. I've been planning this my entire life. I've got my director and producer set up, and it'll be 2011…

…The Superman brand is toxic after that last movie lost $200million, but in 2011 we're hoping to restart it. Sadly I can't say who the director is, but we may make it official by Christmas. But fingers crossed it could work out, that would be my lifetime's dream.”

What’s interesting are his observations on the failure of the Superman brand:

“Today, though, I can just see kids' eyes glazing over when they look at Superman. There's nothing there except nostalgia.…I was in Tesco with my family one day and all the kids were playing with these Pirates Of The Caribbean toys. Nobody was even looking at the Superman stuff. Even that costume seems to belong to another era. That was when it really struck me that Superman's time has passed.”

So I disagree with the last Superman film. For someone who grew up with Superman, that last film was a damn good move towards the old feel of the character, that opening action sequence was stunning and had me right back in the day. There was a great new Lex Luthor, and some superb moments between the two, however there were flaws with the son and the love story was a little too much. Still, it was a great tribute to the past film.

I do agree with his assessment of the Superman brand though, and for someone who didn’t follow the original films this new Superman could be seen as a bit of a boring superhero when up against the other competition. Then there's the mess that is Smallville which is rapidly rewriting everything that happened in the past of Superman, the older Superman films might prove to be rather confusing to those only brought up on the television show.

So is it time for Superman to undergo a major redesign? Seems Warner Bros. think so anyway.

Although Millar is hoping that his project comes together…

“…a very well-known American action director heard about my love of Superman, approached me and asked me to team up with him and his producer to make a pitch for this…We've been talking for several weeks now and, if this is going to happen, we'll know by Christmas. He has huge pull at Warner Bros so fingers crossed. But this is nothing more than a huge US name pulling me into his fold and making me part of a package…”

…and that is worth noting that he’s being brought into an existing pitch, it seems that there are other projects they are pitching against, not least Singer’s project, Man of Steel.

According to an online source through the site, there are at least four projects working to pitch another Superman film to Warner Bros.:

“I'm on the writing team of one [pitch] and was informed of competition just before Millar made his announcement. Subsequent phone calls revealed a current total of four pending pitches and possibly more. It seems Warner Bros is actively looking for a reboot now which we didn't expect, but they aren't commenting making it more frustrating. We thought it was just us vs Singer but were wrong. Singer is done already and is looking for a way to save face.”

Well it certainly sounds plausible, and you could imagine that they would pitch a radically new vision of Superman against a straight franchise sequel, but which would win?

It does seem that the traditional sequel would be Bryan Singer’s and that the new version would be Mark Millar’s, so I wonder where the others, if they exist, are heading?

Personally I think a straight, traditional sequel could work if they ironed out the problems from the first, and I believe that Singer could still make it work.

However there is a lot in that idea of Millar’s new vision of a Superman too.

Which would you have?



I must say that I thought Superman Returns was really good. Maybe it's not one of the most exciting, but defiantly one of the better superhero movies out there. I think Returns just lacked an interesting and menacing villain. I'm all for Singer and his team to come back so I hope he gets the job. Miller might sound passionate about the project, but so was Mark Steven Johnson when talking about Daredevil and Ghost Rider, and look how they turned out.

Excellent points Billy, and I'm glad I wasn't alone in liking Superman Returns.

I think they might be wrong to try and restart it before another traditional Superman film.

The 'inside source' is a fool, plain and straight-forward. It isn't 'toxic', and there's no need for 're-invention'; that last always leads to complete and utter disaster, like Silver's infamous Superman Returns ideas where he'd have no costume and no powers.

Miller needs to play in his own sandbox and no continually look to break other people's toys just because he's made a little bit of money and thinks he's invulnerable to someone slapping the back of his hand with a ruler.

Do not let Mark Millar near Superman!!!! Put a restraining order on him! Gag him! Launch him to the moon until after the release date.

That's like giving someone a kitten knowing that they're going to torture it.


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