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Warner Announces a Superman Reboot

August 24, 2008

So much for Warner Bros has decided what to do with the Man of Steel! Group President Jeff Robinov confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that they plan on rebooting the franchise, a’la The Incredible Hulk. Superman [Returns] didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned. Had Superman worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009. But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”

The studio is set to announce its plans for future DC movies in the next month. For now, though, it is focused on releasing four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. Movies featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman are all in active development.

Robinov also confirmed that Warner Bros plans to adopt the Marvel route of a single film for each character, and then building on those origin films to create crossover stories, rather than just jumping into the deep end of the Justice League pool. The only worrying part about Warner Bros new plan is that they are still drunk on The Dark Knight, and want their superhero films to follow that mold. Robinov feels that “exploring the evil side to characters” is the way to approach all the DC characters. “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it.” Including Superman.

Superman is the good old boy, an American icon, the complete opposite of Batman. He’s also, arguably, one of the easiest characters to make into a family friendly comic book film. Superman is ideal for kids because he lacks the moral gray areas Batman revels in — or should. I’m glad they’re rebooting, but I’m wary of the dark direction they plan on taking.

Via: Cinamatical and Superhero Hype

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