Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Can Christopher Nolan Save the "Superman" Franchise?

From Deadline Hollywood EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is trying to ready its DC Comics stalwart Superman to soar again on the Big Screen, and the studio has turned to Chris Nolan to mentor development of the movie. Our insiders say that the brains behind rebooted Batman has been asked to play a "godfather" role and ensure The Man Of Steel gets off the ground after a 3 1/2-year hiatus. Nolan's leadership of the project can set it in the right direction with the critics and the fans, not to mention at the box office. Besides, Nolan is considered something of a god at Warner Bros and has a strong relationship with the studio after the success of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Though he wasn’t obligated to do so, he gave the studio first crack at his spec script Inception, and Warner Bros was able to buy it before other studios even got a sniff. While Nolan completes that Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer for a July 16th release, he's also hatched an idea for Warner Bros' third Batman installment. Now his brother and frequent collaborator Jonah Nolan, and David Goyer who co-wrote Batman Begins and penned the story for The Dark Knight, are off scripting it. (See 'FlashForward' Showrunner Exits For Features). Let us emphasize that Superman 3.0 is in the early stages of development. And we doubt Nolan would direct. This wouldn't be a sequel to Superman Returns but a completely fresh franchise. As one of our insiders reassures: “It would definitely not be a followup to Superman Returns." Nolan coming on board follows a hiatus period for Superman after that 2006 reboot as the studio tried to figure out whether or not to make a sequel to that version starring Brandon Routh directed by Bryan Singer. As recently as this summer, Warner Bros was still contemplating how to proceed. We were told that "Bryan or Brandon 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." Another insider explained to us, "We know what we don't want to do. But we don't know what we want to do. We learned a lot from the last movie, and we want to get it right this time." Read the rest of the article HERE I got really excited when I first saw this article, then I realized that Nolan is going to "mentor" the film, not direct. What does that mean exactly? I LOVE Christopher Nolan. I think his retread of Batman is nothing shy of genius. So, in my perfect world, I'd have him directing the newest attempt to bring back Superman. I mean, does this mean he'll have input, but there's still the possibility that we could see someone like McG (shudder) helm this thing? I could weep at the thought. Please tell me that "mentoring" means he'll eventually sign on to direct. Anyone?

5 comments:

furiousBall said...

hmm, yeah i'm curious about "mentoring" too. it kind of smacks of an ex coach serving as a consultant to a pro sports team

Scott Marlowe said...

yet another reboot... Though if Nolan comes on board in a more significant role sign me up to see it.

Charles Gramlich said...

I have to say that the Superman thing has just lost me. I wasn't much interested in the original movies and now I just can't work up any enthusiasm at all.

Stewart Sternberg said...

I don't want to see another Superman, not unless they are willing to do the reboot as DC did the reboot, making him more vulnerable and dealing with him in a more serious manner. It's a fine line to walk. One can't do the same sort of angst one can do in Batman or in Spiderman. Superman is a farmboy, homespun, naive, innocent...etc. I think the path to go might be to do the film they've been talking about forever..the Batman/Superman team up. Call it "World's Finest"

SQT said...

Stu-- I totally agree. I was wondering if they (meaning the $$ behind the whole thing) were thinking to cash in on the "dark" trend that was started with the Batman reboot. But Superman isn't like Batman at all and trying to use the same mood with the character would be stupid. I'm hoping that Nolan is enough of a purist that he'll go back and look at the Superman mythology and stay true to the character.

I have some hope that he will. From what I've read, he's not like Tim Burton, where everything he does has the same kind of feel. That when he did Batman, he went back to the beginning and tried to get back to what Batman was supposed to be. I hope he does the same with Superman.