Tuesday Discussion: Where Do You Want to See Superman Go?
Instead of just reporting this news today, I thought I'd open it up to some discussion, since that seems the logical conclusion anyway. Warner Brothers and DC Comics have encountered a dilemma with Superman. Christopher Nolan took DC's other popular character, Batman, and turned him into a huge success, as well all know. But in 2006, right after Batman Begins the year before, Bryan Singer's Superman Returns not only didn't perform as well as they had hoped it would, but most didn't like what Singer did with the character and the story. That left them in a tough spot - continue with Singer or dump his series and start from scratch. Most people are crying out for another Superman, but they're not sure what to do. We've provided numerous updates on the Superman situation, but Anne Thompson from Variety has the latest.
She reports in a brief update that Warner Brothers is stuck as well. "Today I was told that it is a priority at the studio to find the right direction and if Bryan Singer is willing to do that, fine, but if he gets in the way, he may not stay on the project." She goes on to say that the are no writers and there is no script in development, but that they really want to figure it out. "It might be better to start from scratch," is what one studio exec told her. That's unfortunately all they've got - they don't even know what to do, which is why I want to ask the fans who know the character the best. Like our contest for the Dark Knight sequel, I want to hear your thoughts on what kind of Superman we should see and where he should go.
If only Christopher Nolan could do the same for Superman that he did for Batman, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Prominent comic book writer Mark Millar has been campaigning for a Superman idea that he believes would be incredible. Back in July his update received quite a bit of buzz because he said he was working with a big producer and big director and writing his own Superman script. "This has to be Superman for the 21st Century, keeping everything we adore, but starting from scratch and making the kids love it as much as the 30-somethings." I have a feeling Millar's idea for the Superman reboot would be amazing, possibly just want Warner Brothers would want to see for this character. He just needs to finish it up and make sure it gets into the right hands with plenty of encouragement behind it.
So we've got Mark Millar's "21st Century Superman" as well as a continuation of Bryan Singer's Superman Returns story on the table so far. What else is there? Is there some gem of a Superman story hidden amongst the character's 70 year history? Or is there some writer who can come up with something new and refreshing on his own inspired by some of the best comic book stories (like David S. Goyer and Jonah Nolan did for Batman)? What would you want to see Warner Brothers do with Superman?