Warner Bros. Wants Christopher Nolan to Help Them out with Superman. Pretty Please?

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Nolan + Superman = fanboys ruin pants. Could it be true? Could Christopher Nolan, the man who resurrected Batman from the ashes of rubber nipples and cheesy villains actually be involved in developing a “Superman” reboot for Warner Bros.? Yes, it could be, at least according to Deadline. According to the site, the WB has asked Nolan to “mentor” the development of a new “Superman” franchise for them.

This won’t be a sequel to Bryan Singer’s 2006 “Superman Returns”, but rather a completely new take on the franchise. Basically, a reboot. While it’s doubtful Nolan would also direct (again, the site mentions that the WB is looking for Nolan’s help to “mentor” the picture, which I assume means developing and then producing, so the WB can then later proclaim in the ads, “From the makers of ‘Batman Begins’…” i.e. Nolan), there is no word on Bryan Singer returning, or star Brandon Routh slipping on the tights again, though both are possibilities. At this point, the WB hasn’t ruled anything out.

Here’s the deal: I think this would be a bad idea. Superman is not Batman. You can’t “gritty up” Superman. That’s just not who he is. He can fly and deflect bullets off his eyeballs, for God’s sake. He doesn’t have a whole lot of limitations. If you don’t like Superman the way he is — the squeaky clean boy scout God-like figure that he has been portrayed in the films — then you just don’t like Superman. Which is why I don’t particularly care for the character, but even I know there’s just no way to “dirty” him up into a flying version of Batman. They tried that in “Superman 3″, remember?

Still, the idea of someone like Nolan taking a shot at Superman is intriguing…

He's a big boy scout. Deal with it.

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  • Third Voice

    Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: Quest for peace, Superman Returns, Smallville, Lois and Clarke: The New Adventures of superman and that doesn’t even cover all of it!!!

    Superman has been done to death! And I believe these days his character just doesn’t translate to the big screen. The same could be said for his rather pathetic arch enemy Lex Luther and fellow hero Wonder Woman. If you had to make yet another Superman film, you would have to, like many others have said, give him a bad guy worth fighting. I personally felt that they should of made a new superman film with an old Superman (around 60). Have his powers fading as he ages and make him bitter and angry due to the death of so many friends over the years. That would give his character the grit it needs!

  • Third Voice

    Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: Quest for peace, Superman Returns, Smallville, Lois and Clarke: The New Adventures of superman and that doesn’t even cover all of it!!!

    Superman has been done to death! And I believe these days his character just doesn’t translate to the big screen. The same could be said for his rather pathetic arch enemy Lex Luther and fellow hero Wonder Woman. If you had to make yet another Superman film, you would have to, like many others have said, give him a bad guy worth fighting. I personally felt that they should of made a new superman film with an old Superman (around 60). Have his powers fading as he ages and make him bitter and angry due to the death of so many friends over the years. That would give his character the grit it needs!

  • justaguy

    Supermans best weakness to exploit is his mind (kryptonite aside). He can get angry and he does have a physical equal (superior?) in Darkseid (pronounced dark side) all it would take is some emotional manipulation and bam angry supes. Angry supes + Darkseid = action that the fanboys deserve and people of all walks of life can enjoy = $$$$. and really in the end as far as the people who make the films are concerned money is all that really matters.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I AGREE Darkseid would be great. Supes best fights in Superman:TAS and JL/JLU were against Darkseid. AND Mongul. Mongul would actually be another one worth doing. Have the film start on Earth and have Superman abducted to Warworld. Or have Mongul trying to turn Earth into a NEW Warworld.

  • justaguy

    Supermans best weakness to exploit is his mind (kryptonite aside). He can get angry and he does have a physical equal (superior?) in Darkseid (pronounced dark side) all it would take is some emotional manipulation and bam angry supes. Angry supes + Darkseid = action that the fanboys deserve and people of all walks of life can enjoy = $$$$. and really in the end as far as the people who make the films are concerned money is all that really matters.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com Dedpool

      I AGREE Darkseid would be great. Supes best fights in Superman:TAS and JL/JLU were against Darkseid. AND Mongul. Mongul would actually be another one worth doing. Have the film start on Earth and have Superman abducted to Warworld. Or have Mongul trying to turn Earth into a NEW Warworld.

  • jeffrey jose

    brandon routh is still the best to play superman, the prolem is not brandon it is bryan singer he did not workhard to the film

  • http://jeffcobaine@yahoo.com jeffrey jose

    brandon routh is still the best to play superman, the prolem is not brandon it is bryan singer he did not workhard to the film