A lot of people seem surprised that Warner Bros. is apparently turning to Christopher Nolan to “godfather” the “Superman” series (as reported in this Deadline Hollywood story). However, it really shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.
When the company looked to return the Man of Steel to the screen post-Christopher Reeve, they first looked to Tim Burton, who had successfully brought Batman to life with the 1989 movie. When that move didn’t pan out, they went to Bryan Singer, who successfully transitioned the X-Men into live action. And recent rumors even had Sam Raimi (of the the successful “Spider-Man” series) taking on Superman.
As a writer, I hate using the same word repeatedly, but the word “successful” is important here and the trend is obvious. Warner Bros. wants a proven successful commodity to guide Superman’s flight path. And who is the most successful current helmer of superhero fare? It just so happens to be Warner Bros.’s current golden boy Christopher Nolan, who made the critically-acclaimed box office smash “Batman Begins” and the even better and far more lucrative “The Dark Knight.”
Now, I’m not going to rehash the Deadline Hollywood story here. Read it if you haven’t gotten a chance yet.
However, I do want to point out one part of the story worth mentioning. In the story, Deadline Hollywood reports: We were told that “Bryan [Singer] or Brandon [Routh] are not completely out of it yet. But Warner Bros doesn’t have a handle yet on it, either. [Producer] Jon Peters is trying to make something happen since he stands to benefit financially. But they [the studio] need to hear a great story that makes sense.”
I think we can all agree that Singer is very unlikely to play any meaningful part in the further adventures of Superman, but it it nice to hear that Routh is still involved. Anyone who has seen Routh lately (especially in his excellent turn as Shaw on NBC’s brilliant show “Chuck”), knows how much more he looks like Superman now than he did just four years ago. Routh is the one element truly worth bringing forward into the next chapter of the Superman saga.
More Superman stories are sure to follow, and as soon as we hear more we will pass it along.
Superman art by Sebastian Colombo
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