— by NOAH VOGT —
Boy, Superman film news is like one big rollercoaster ride at Six Flags, filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, only it’s not quite as fun a ride and it leaves you feeling just as sick.
After months of speculation from the fans about when Warner Bros. was going to get started on a new Superman film, we finally got our answer … and it’s not anytime soon.
According to a recent interview with MTV, the head of the newly-formed DC Entertainment, Diane Nelson, stated that there were no “current plans for Superman.”
So much for hoping the “2011 or else” court ruling and starting up DC Entertainment would light a fire under WB to make a Superman film ASAP.
Then again, I should have remembered, this is WB we’re talking about.
I’ve had a couple of days to digest this news now and two words have been running through my head the entire time: development hell.
Face it, that’s what Superman is in, AGAIN! I’ve always tried to remain an optimist when it comes to the development of Superman, thinking we are bound to a get a Superman film sooner rather than later. But it’s been a string of back and forth news, on again, off again, in regards to the Big Blue Boy Scout.
In the end, the result is always the same; I’m sitting in front of my computer complaining about not getting a Superman film. Recently, some fans thought there might be light at end of the tunnel. Just a couple of months ago, IESB reported WB was fast-tracking a Superman film, with possible names like James McTeigue and The Wachowski Brothers being attached.
To go along with this news, a court ruling demanded WB must have a Superman film in production by 2011 or else pay additional money to the Siegel/Shuster families.
Heck, even Brandon Routh (the actor who player Superman in “Superman Returns”) made a comment at Comic Con that he heard new developments were taking place.
However, the new statement by Nelson has seemingly trumped all of it and it appears it will be a long while before we see the Man of Steel on the big screen again.
Sure, it’s possible that things can change tomorrow. We all know WB’s tendency to change their plans on a whim and Superman could suddenly be hot for them again. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on it. If history has shown us anything, it’s that the suits at WB are plagued by indecisiveness.
After years of multiple directors, bad scripts and questionable casting (Nic Cage), WB finally nailed down a director with a script and vision in Bryan Singer and after 20 years, released another Superman film with “Superman Returns.”
Sure it wasn’t the film some were hoping it would be — both financially and creatively — but it was a solid outing nonetheless. And much like “Batman Begins,” it was a franchise that could have been built upon.
Yet here we are, more than three years later, with no new Superman film on the horizon and WB still doesn’t seem to know what to do with this franchise.
It absolutely boggles my mind that WB can start a separate branch for their comic film properties in DC Entertainment, and not have Superman at the top of their priority list.
Superman is the face of DC Comics and he arguably is the character fans are most interested in seeing on film again. Yeah, I know there is all the lawsuit stuff going on with the Siegel/Shuster families, but c’mon, it’s all about money and WB could settle this lawsuit today with a big fat check (and let’s face the facts, they can afford it). In the end, we all know both parties will settle, so let’s just get it over with.
Some have argued that WB wants Superman, but doesn’t need him. I don’t like this argument. The same could be said for many of their projects, and I’m sorry, the majority of WB’s films in development don’t have anywhere near the potential a Superman film does.
In the meantime, all we can do is wait and hope Warner Bros. and DC get their heads together to help Superman take flight on the big screen sometime soon.
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