Saturday, August 1, 2009

What's Next for 'Superman'?

Robert Sanchez at IESB has the scoop on the latest details leaking out of the Warner Brothers camp for the Superman franchise.

According to Robert and his search for information on the Man of Steel, WB is treating Bryan Singer’s "Superman Returns" as a sort of conclusion to the film franchise as it was before, and are heading in new direction with new people.

We knew this already with Brandon Routh’s and Bryan Singer’s contracts expiring, but Robert now has some clues as to who may be involved with the franchise’s future.

And from the recent lawsuit we all know that the new Superman film must be in production by 2011 and IESB has learned that it has indeed been put on the proverbial "fast track".

There is one thing we know for sure, there is currently a very short list of potential directors to bring Supes back to the big screen. Who are the frontrunners?

James McTeigue and the Wachowski brothers!
From what he’s gathered, it sounds like the Wachowskis may produce with McTeigue at the helm, in the same way they’ve been working on the action-packed "Ninja Assassin" movie.

There are several obvious factors making this a believable possibility: the history of the Wachowskis working with WB in the past ("Matrix" movies, "Speed Racer"), McTeigue’s relationship with the brothers and the court hearings that are forcing WB to get this movie fast-tracked for a 2011 start at the latest.

This court decision stated that WB needs another Superman film in production by 2011, or they’d be subject to potential lawsuits from the heirs of the Superman creators.

The information on the next Superman film has always been consistent on at least one important aspect of the movie: its action. The one absolute mandate WB and DC have for the new Superman film is for it to be action packed, something "Superman Returns" was sorely lacking. With the Wachowskis and McTiegue potentially taking command of the project after doing "Ninja Assassin," and with their history of incredible fight sequences in the "Matrix" trilogy, we’re certain to get plenty of that.

What do you think of the latest on Superman and where would you like to see the future Warner Brothers DC movies go?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, IESB

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