DC Entertainment Has No Current Plans for Superman?
Comic book movies and their companies have been at the forefront of industry talk over the past two weeks. First there was Disney's huge $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, and then Warner Bros. joined forces with DC Comics to form DC Entertainment to counter the Mouse Power House. But now that the industry is sifting through the red tape and the ink is drying on these new contracts, we're finally getting to some project specifics. MTV caught up with Diane Nelson, head of the recently formed DC Entertainment where she offered information on one of DC Comic's most iconic properties and it's not exactly good news.
Here's what Ms. Nelson told MTV:
"We've obviously done a lot of great things behind the property in our history, and it's a key part of the family, but we don't have current plans behind Superman."
Talk about a Debbie Downer. Honestly, I can't imagine why Warner Bros. and DC wouldn't want to do everything they could to bring back Superman in the way that Bryan Singer's Superman Returns was supposed to. While I didn't hate Superman Returns, I wholeheartedly agree with the masses that it was a lackluster return for Krypton's last son, and Superman deserves a more thrilling contemporary adaptation. My favorite one-line review of Singer's attempt from an excerpt written by Alexandra Du Pont at Ain't It Cool really sums it all up: "I believe a man can fly, but I also believe he can spend two-and-a-half hours doing more than moving around large chunks of real estate." Superman needs something to do other than fly and stop things from falling, but is this really a hard problem to rectify?
It's not as if there's a drought of ideas for a new Superman iteration with everything we keep hearing here and there so what's the hold-up? If WB has the competence to work with producer Charles Roven to bring together such an amazing team to bring Batman back in a huge way, then why not Superman? Are they still reeling from Joss Whedon's succinct and wholly accurate criticism of why DC Comic's movies can't seem to cut it? I'm hoping that DC Entertainment is simply taking a big breath before they make their next move, and that Superman won't be on the backburner for much longer. Who's ready to bring this guy back?