The Wachowskis to Reboot Superman?

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Only in Hollywood would the idea of “rebooting” a franchise that was already rebooted just a few years ago pass the smell test. If you even considered this idea in the real world, people would laugh at you, call you a money wasting fool, and then probably toss you out on your ass. But in Hollywood, rebooting the Superman franchise, which was just rebooted in 2006, is not only acceptable, but makes perfect sense. So what’s the big news on a proposed reboot of Superman? How about handing the reins over to the Wachowski brothers, of “Matrix” fame and “Speed Racer” infamy? That’s the word on the street, as the kids would say.

The news actually comes from the mouth of director James McTeigue (pictured, right), the director of “Ninja Assassin”, a Wachowski-produced movie, who has worked closely with the brothers in the past. McTeigue apparently told the TV station RTL1 during an interview (via AICN):

- He stated the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to re-boot the franchise as a trilogy and they are currently reviewing their options as its like being asked to take the final play in a superbowl final. Says if they do agree, he will likely either succumb to providing second unit support on the movie or will champion the directorship of Plastic Man – He started to giggle as he stated its like a young child for the Brothers and they wont give that up easily.

– Says, the very thought of the brothers making a superman movie is unbelievable as they have grown up in the world of comic books and they would be ideal for the project.

Now I don’t know what RTL1 is, I don’t know if James McTeigue really did this interview, and I don’t know what this city called Berlin is that the scooper speaks off, but there you have it. Take it for what you will. Are these the rumblings of a madman, or a director who didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to talk about something? You decide.

Below: When informed of a possible reboot of his previous reboot, Superman excused himself and tried to commit suicide by flying into outer space, only to realize he apparently didn’t need to breathe in space.

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  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    I don’t consider “Superman Returns” a reboot. If anything, it’s a semi-sequel to “Superman: The Movie” and “Superman 2.” Hell, it’s kinda of a remake of “S:TM,” as well!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      My definition of a reboot is pretty narrow, I’ll grant you, but it’s this: once the lead character remains the same, but the actor playing him is new and younger, it’s a reboot.

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    I don’t consider “Superman Returns” a reboot. If anything, it’s a semi-sequel to “Superman: The Movie” and “Superman 2.” Hell, it’s kinda of a remake of “S:TM,” as well!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

      My definition of a reboot is pretty narrow, I’ll grant you, but it’s this: once the lead character remains the same, but the actor playing him is new and younger, it’s a reboot.

  • joni

    Superman definitely a reboot, because superman returns sucks…SUCKS BIG TIME!!!

    but am not sure about these brothers, they already make/have they superman=neo, think it’ll be better to find other director for this reboot.

  • joni

    Superman definitely a reboot, because superman returns sucks…SUCKS BIG TIME!!!

    but am not sure about these brothers, they already make/have they superman=neo, think it’ll be better to find other director for this reboot.

  • xericho

    perfect choice, a couple of nerds to direct a comic book movie.

    nerds and comic books go so well together.

  • xericho

    perfect choice, a couple of nerds to direct a comic book movie.

    nerds and comic books go so well together.

  • Abby

    This seems like a good match between directors and material. Just please get a better actor as Supes next time and not just someone that resembles Christopher Reeve!

  • Abby

    This seems like a good match between directors and material. Just please get a better actor as Supes next time and not just someone that resembles Christopher Reeve!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Carlos

    The actors of Superman returns were well chosen. I definitely think they could’ve done a better job with the story. they could’ve developed a more mean and menace villain. Remember superman 2 with Christopher Reeves. This movie was very successful because of the action packed that it contained. Maybe they could pick up some ideas from this movie to make the next Superman movie more apealing. Looking forward to see the next one. Oh! Brandon Routh must remain in the following movie. I think he does an excellent job as Superman.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Carlos

    The actors of Superman returns were well chosen. I definitely think they could’ve done a better job with the story. they could’ve developed a more mean and menace villain. Remember superman 2 with Christopher Reeves. This movie was very successful because of the action packed that it contained. Maybe they could pick up some ideas from this movie to make the next Superman movie more apealing. Looking forward to see the next one. Oh! Brandon Routh must remain in the following movie. I think he does an excellent job as Superman.