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.