Saturday, August 23, 2008

Superman's Future A Little More Certain

Yeah, I was getting sick of that Freddy Krueger picture, too. In a painfully slow news week, it's finally time to talk about something other than direct-to-DVD sequels of Mean Girls.

Warner Brothers President Jeff Robinov spoke to The Wall Street Journal recently about the future of their planned DC comics films, specifically mentioning Superman.

"Superman [Returns] didn't quite work as a film in the way 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 to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all."

The reference to Batman and Superman goes back to a long-talked-about Batman Vs. Superman movie that will have to wait at least a few more years if it will ever see the inside of a theater. This quote finally ends years of speculation about the future of the Superman franchise - they are planning on a reboot of the character, similar to what happened with The Incredible Hulk earlier this year. And that's fine by me. No word yet on whether Warner Bros. is keeping Bryan Singer in the director's chair or kicking him out in favor of some new blood. I'll keep you posted.

Aside from the Man of Steel talk, Robinov also mentioned that they "have been developing every DC character that [they] own," and after the unexpectedly record-setting success of The Dark Knight, they are "going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters will allow it. Exploring the evil side to characters [is] the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros. DC properties."

Whatever, dude. If your way of cashing in on the success of TDK is making more comic book movies, then I'm all for that, too. Don't use your jargon with me. Just say you're trying to keep up with Marvel, and everyone will respect you just the same.


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