Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hollywood Kryptonite


Well, looks like that Superman Returns sequel we first talked about here and here and here, and which is has been interminably worming its way through Warners' GI tract for the past few years will never happen. The higher-ups at the WB have announced that in lieu of a SR sequel, they're going to attempt a quickie reboot a la The Incredible Hulk from earlier this year. The money quote from Warner prexy Jeff Robinov, via The Wall Street Journal:
'Superman' didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to," says Mr. 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," he adds. "But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all."
Fair enough. It's pretty hard to argue for a sequel to a mega-budget movie that didn't make its money back domestically, and two years out the many flaws in Returns become much more apparent, classifying it as more of a noble failure than a home run. So, even though I wouldn't have minded a continuation, I can see why they'd be advocating a fresh start that presumably tosses director Bryan Singer and leaves star Brandon Routh as the George Lazenby of the red-and-blue tights set. Then, a little further down in the piece comes this gem:
Mr. Robinov wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as "The Dark Knight." Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.' DC properties. "We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it," he says. That goes for the company's Superman franchise as well.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of the problems with Returns that it was too dark and brooding? Oy, here we go again...

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