Superman franchise dead?
Well in the superhero feature I did predict that it needed a bit of a rest and it looks like the new DC Entertainment are going to be doing that as they reveal there are no plans to bring Superman back to the fore.
Which really is no surprise considering what the studio accountants thought of the modern sequel Superman Returns (Filmstalker review) and how they have now lost all the rights to the original creator's estate.
No, that doesn't mean he made off with the rights documents in the bag of a big booted vehicle, no it means that the estate of the creator of Superman has finally wrestled the rights away from the people making everything they can out of him, including that complete rewrite of all Superman's history in a formulaic television show, Smallville.
The new head of DC Entertainment reveals that there's no plans to resurrect the character on to the big screen.
”We actually don't have any current plans for Superman.”
See, I told you she said it. That comes from Diane Nelson through The Playlist.
Considering that DC have lost a huge amount of rights over the character as has everyone else, I'm not surprised that they aren't keen to return to the series, for them that's another expense and worry, and with the way that Superman Returns turned out for their budget sheets, I think they are concerned about money.
Personally I'm glad too. If they try a film now, not only will they have the hassle of trying to iron out the working arrangement between the estate and the studio, they'll also be competing with removing the stigma associated with Superman Returns.
Now I don't think that's a great deal, but it is enough to have to help some audience members shake off the offensive memories.
Do you want Superman dead?