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…