Superman Begins? I Smell Another Unnecessary Reboot

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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • kingofthe world

    I thought I was the only one that liked superman returns it was a great movie I could watch it over and over. But to make a superman begins come one now. Leave it as it is. And let’s wait for the man of steel movie.

  • kingofthe world

    I thought I was the only one that liked superman returns it was a great movie I could watch it over and over. But to make a superman begins come one now. Leave it as it is. And let’s wait for the man of steel movie.

  • kingofthe world

    I thought I was the only one that liked superman returns it was a great movie I could watch it over and over. But to make a superman begins come one now. Leave it as it is. And let’s wait for the man of steel movie.

  • Ciarán

    The franchise doesn’t need a reboot in the way Batman did; there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the style of the Superman films or the way they tell them. What I think they do need to do is re-adjust the stories they’re telling.

    After The Dark Knight (and soon Watchmen, hopefully) people are going to demand more from comic book films than just beating generic bad guys up ala Spiderman and Superman. Some serious character development is needed. In the comics Superman ends up working for a corrupt, criminal U.S. government and ends up fighting for them. That’d be interesting to watch. How does Superman fall? They seem to be getting into it from what I’ve heard about Man of Steel.

  • Ciarán

    The franchise doesn’t need a reboot in the way Batman did; there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the style of the Superman films or the way they tell them. What I think they do need to do is re-adjust the stories they’re telling.

    After The Dark Knight (and soon Watchmen, hopefully) people are going to demand more from comic book films than just beating generic bad guys up ala Spiderman and Superman. Some serious character development is needed. In the comics Superman ends up working for a corrupt, criminal U.S. government and ends up fighting for them. That’d be interesting to watch. How does Superman fall? They seem to be getting into it from what I’ve heard about Man of Steel.

  • Ciarán

    The franchise doesn’t need a reboot in the way Batman did; there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the style of the Superman films or the way they tell them. What I think they do need to do is re-adjust the stories they’re telling.

    After The Dark Knight (and soon Watchmen, hopefully) people are going to demand more from comic book films than just beating generic bad guys up ala Spiderman and Superman. Some serious character development is needed. In the comics Superman ends up working for a corrupt, criminal U.S. government and ends up fighting for them. That’d be interesting to watch. How does Superman fall? They seem to be getting into it from what I’ve heard about Man of Steel.

  • Becca

    Personally, I loved this movie. I watched ‘Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman’ and think that Lois Lane and Clark Kent should end up together, so I love the love story and I love that they had a kid! It makes a great connection to Superman II (where they sleep together). The characters were great, superman had great angst moments, and Lex Luthor played a great bad guy (although, personally, I’d love to see a fresh bad guy for Man of Steel). Don’t revamp. If they want to bring in a new director and a new edgy story, great, but don’t act like that movie never happened!

  • Becca

    Personally, I loved this movie. I watched ‘Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman’ and think that Lois Lane and Clark Kent should end up together, so I love the love story and I love that they had a kid! It makes a great connection to Superman II (where they sleep together). The characters were great, superman had great angst moments, and Lex Luthor played a great bad guy (although, personally, I’d love to see a fresh bad guy for Man of Steel). Don’t revamp. If they want to bring in a new director and a new edgy story, great, but don’t act like that movie never happened!