Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Man of Steel update

The long awaited (maybe?) Superman Returns sequel, Superman: The Man of Steel has gone back into development. Slow but steady... I wonder if maybe ShoWest got a bit crazy for the reporters out there, because there seems to be some snarky fighting over minced words and unsubstantiated rumors has been brewing online over this.

First IESB reported that Bryan Singer has resolved the speculation, and claimed that he is 100% on board for the film, and intends to direct it himself. Well, that part seems like it may be true, but the contention comes here. As we know the writers from Returns have moved onto other projects; so who would be left with the task of penning a new Superman story? Well IESB reported that it was to be Transformers writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman. However, this may or may not be the case. CHUD reports that IESB has bad information and that there is absolutely zero truth to the rumor... While there probably are new writers on board at this point, it has definitely not been revealed who they are.

Meanwhile in totally credible news, Empire Online managed to get a few words in with Singer at ShoWest regarding the upcoming film. He confirms that work is underway, that he intends to direct, and that he's been meeting with writers since the end of the strike to work on the details. I think, very candidly he also explains how he understands some fans weren't happy with Superman Returns. But the reports that the film was a failure are ridiculously far from true. Saying: "That movie made $400 million! I don’t know what constitutes under-performing these days..." He also mentioned how he plans to include a more action heavy script than Returns had, which was probably the main gripe I heard from critics and fans alike. Check out the entire interview here.

With older reports that Brainiac is planned to be the main villain in the film I think The Man of Steel could be a really great film. Look, we all know Superman is a great character. But like the continuing Star Wars franchise, we've all got these unrealistic preconceptions as to what the film should be. I respect that someone like Singer is trying his hardest to make the best movie possible. I say more power to him. Hopefully this comes together and we actually get a Superman: Man of Steel film, and hopefully it will rock. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what else develops.

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