Bryan Singer Will Return for Superman: Man of Steel
At this point, status updates on Superman: Man of Steel are almost not worth mentioning. Just after the New Year arrived in January, we posted a rumor that filmmaker Bryan Singer might get cut from the upcoming Superman Returns sequel - there seemed to be some inside talk that Singer might be replaced in order to keep the sequel on track. Empire (and IESB) confirm today that Singer is indeed still attached, but the project is still quite a ways out. In fact, it doesn't even have a script yet (still), so as I said at the start, this really isn't going anywhere.
The rumor speculated that the sequel was in such a point of development hell that Singer mind end up just focusing on his other two projects, Valkyrie and The Mayor of Castro Street, instead, and in a desperate attempt to get a sequel made, Warner Brothers would push the project forward without Singer. However, Singer comes in and debunks that rumor straight up, at least as far as we know.
"Look, I can understand, I suppose, what some people mean. Perhaps some people went in with the expectation of it being like an X-Men film, and Superman is a tougher character than that. Especially bringing him back. It really goes back to the fact that you can only please some of the people some of the time. But, yes, I'm just getting back with writers after the strike. We're just in the development phase. I'm starting to develop a sequel…with the intention of directing it."
Singer also goes on to tell Empire that the first movie was "a romantic film and a nostalgic film" and that he would "be the first person to own up to that without making any apologies for it." Wow, awfully brash there Mr. Singer! At least he goes on to say that this next one may be a bit more threatening. "I knew it was going to be that from the outset. And now that the characters are established, there's really an opportunity to up the threat levels…Clearly there'll be a body count [laughs]. From frame one, it will be unrelenting terror!"
As we all know, unless a movie is shooting at this very moment, everything in regards to a project is usually all up in the air. As much as Bryan Singer says that he's directing and that a script will be put together sometime soon, it doesn't mean any of that will all happen as planned. We know all too well that Hollywood is an unpredictable place!
Instead of trying to debate whether Singer is really back on or decipher inside buzz to determine what the heck is happening with this project, I'm just going to pose a question. Do you even want Bryan Singer to return to make Superman: Man of Steel?