It’s official, there won’t be a sequel to Superman Returns … instead, it’ll be a reboot.
Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov spoke to WSJ about where the studio is going, where they want to be in a few years, and what their plans are for their DC Comics properties, such as the caped man in the spandex going darker on us right along with other heroes.
“‘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, but now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman… We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it.
Now, judging by how incredibly well The Dark Knight has done, this seems like simple logic — hell, I could run a studio if decisions were this easily laid out — but when you look closer, it might not be as easy as that. TDK is about as good as it gets, so that’s the way to start it off; and next up they have Watchmen, which had it’s dark tones already laid out for it. If after that they decide to do this re-boot of Superman, will it work?
I personally think Supe’s costume alone makes it really difficult to go dark and we all know there’s no one anywhere that could make Superman as good as The Dark Knight was; but there were rumors of the sequel looking at Superman more like an “angry god” and if they keep that with the re-boot, it has a lot of potential. Then comes some other characters such as Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman — maybe two of those having potential for the “darker” treatment.
Actually, come to think of it, Wonder Woman shouldn’t even be made at this point; it’s been thrown around from director to writer to director to star to star to coffee boy. It’s jut a dirty property now and no one is even that excited about it. Move on. You had your Joss Whedon and you blew it.
Now, the big question is, were the comments that Mark Millar made a while back about wanting to re-invent Superman for the 21st century as absolutely insane as we once thought they were?
Maybe he knew something we did not.