Superman Begins? I Smell Another Unnecessary Reboot

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As was the case with Ang Lee’s “The Hulk”, I must be the only movie blogger who thought Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” was pretty good stuff, and is not in need of a superfluous “reboot”. Granted, I railed against the obscene cartoonish nature of Kevin Spacey’s villainous Lex Luthor, and how it just didn’t seem to “fit” with the “human melodrama” that Singer was trying to create with his Supes movie. Yes, I realize complaining about a character’s “cartoonish” nature in a movie about an alien God is ridiculous, but nevertheless, I still believe “Superman Returns” was a mature, and very human superhero movie that could have been really good if they hadn’t gone the Lex Luthor route. But hey, that’s just me, and I’m heavily outnumbered. Well screw all of you!

Ahem. Where was I? Oh right, Warner Bros. is now pondering a complete “Superman Begins” type of movie — that is, a reboot of the franchise similar to what Christopher Nolan did with “Batman Begins”.

Variety‘s movie blogger Anne Thompson had this:

Fans have been clamoring all over the web–and on this blog–for a complete reboot. And within the halls of Warner Bros. the same debate rages on. They too believe that the last movie didn’t break the mold and wound up in some kind of middle limbo. 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. There are no writers working on a Superman script now. The studio wants to figure it out. “It might be better to start from scratch,” one exec admitted.

So who are these dorks “clamoring all over the web” for a complete reboot? I’m definitely not one of them. Why don’t they just continue with Singer’s vision? He’s already promised that a “Superman Returns 2″ (aka “The Man of Steel”) will be heavy on the action and less melodramatic than its predecessor.

But then again, this is Warner Bros. we’re talking about. Sure, they hit it big with “Batman Begins”, but they’re also the same doofuses trying to shove a crappy Justice League of America movie down our throats…

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  • Dustin

    Basing your facts on the internet is kinda like trying to paint a picture with one color. Sure you have the opinions of shut-in, uber obsessed fan boys and mal-contents but what about the other 3/4 of the population who can’t be bothered to login and defend a movie they loved to strangers? You know…People with a life.

    Fan boys aren’t exactly known to be the most mentally creative or understanding. The reality is Superman Returns made a lot of money, recieved alot of glowing reviews,and made alot of people very happy.

  • Dustin

    Basing your facts on the internet is kinda like trying to paint a picture with one color. Sure you have the opinions of shut-in, uber obsessed fan boys and mal-contents but what about the other 3/4 of the population who can’t be bothered to login and defend a movie they loved to strangers? You know…People with a life.

    Fan boys aren’t exactly known to be the most mentally creative or understanding. The reality is Superman Returns made a lot of money, recieved alot of glowing reviews,and made alot of people very happy.

  • Dustin

    Basing your facts on the internet is kinda like trying to paint a picture with one color. Sure you have the opinions of shut-in, uber obsessed fan boys and mal-contents but what about the other 3/4 of the population who can’t be bothered to login and defend a movie they loved to strangers? You know…People with a life.

    Fan boys aren’t exactly known to be the most mentally creative or understanding. The reality is Superman Returns made a lot of money, recieved alot of glowing reviews,and made alot of people very happy.

  • Adam Becvar (aka Luigi Bastard

    Wow, someone else liked “Superman Returns” aside from me. Amazing.

  • Adam Becvar (aka Luigi Bastard

    Wow, someone else liked “Superman Returns” aside from me. Amazing.

  • Adam Becvar (aka Luigi Bastardo)

    Wow, someone else liked “Superman Returns” aside from me. Amazing.

  • SeeL

    Sorry to disagree..but i really did not liked it at all.

    Lex Luthor–> Seen and experienced before, and better than Kevin Spacey.
    Kate Bosworth –> Looked like a teenager for the role of Lois Lane.
    Kid of Supes –> Kind a liked it.little originality.
    Story itself –> No single punch to nobody. Thats not the way how action movies or comic based movies work.

    Supes like Jesus– Oh dear God, we are trully sorry for this blasphemy of this “Freak” Brian Singer.

    Finall opinion..Maybe no reboot (Dont want to wait 5-7 years for another Supes Movie) but definitely without Brian Singer. I heard Milles Millar have some good ideas.

    And for the record..really have a normal life without any geekness.

  • SeeL

    Sorry to disagree..but i really did not liked it at all.

    Lex Luthor–> Seen and experienced before, and better than Kevin Spacey.
    Kate Bosworth –> Looked like a teenager for the role of Lois Lane.
    Kid of Supes –> Kind a liked it.little originality.
    Story itself –> No single punch to nobody. Thats not the way how action movies or comic based movies work.

    Supes like Jesus– Oh dear God, we are trully sorry for this blasphemy of this “Freak” Brian Singer.

    Finall opinion..Maybe no reboot (Dont want to wait 5-7 years for another Supes Movie) but definitely without Brian Singer. I heard Milles Millar have some good ideas.

    And for the record..really have a normal life without any geekness.

  • SeeL

    Sorry to disagree..but i really did not liked it at all.

    Lex Luthor–> Seen and experienced before, and better than Kevin Spacey.
    Kate Bosworth –> Looked like a teenager for the role of Lois Lane.
    Kid of Supes –> Kind a liked it.little originality.
    Story itself –> No single punch to nobody. Thats not the way how action movies or comic based movies work.

    Supes like Jesus– Oh dear God, we are trully sorry for this blasphemy of this “Freak” Brian Singer.

    Finall opinion..Maybe no reboot (Dont want to wait 5-7 years for another Supes Movie) but definitely without Brian Singer. I heard Milles Millar have some good ideas.

    And for the record..really have a normal life without any geekness.

  • Ciarán

    I enjoyed Superman Returns immensely. I’m too young to have seen the original Superman films when they came out but I watched the first two afterwards and I preferred Returns. I thought it was great. It was the first film where you got to really see what Superman can do and he looked great and I thought that some of the characters were played better (Jimmy for one).

    When I hear about reboots all I can think is that companies are just trying to copy Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and make it ‘dark’. Superman Returns is still in the public consciousness and I don’t think the majority of the cinema-goers will accept a reboot with new cast, new origin, except the idiot fan boys will accept it (Fan boys anger me). Man of Steel really needs something like Doomsday or Darkseid, not a reboot.