Superman Future Remains Uncertain

The future of “Superman” remains undecided for now as debates within Warner Brothers continues about the direction of the franchise.

Indeed, there’s been a lot of ink put to paper in the last week about Warners and DC who continue to have issues with the feature film development of their superhero properties.

The “Batman” franchise remains safely soaring in the hands of Chris Nolan. “Batman Begins” remains the poster child for both superhero origin films and successful rebooting of a franchise, while the “Dark Knight” sequel is a film everyone wants to achieve – a gigantic success both critically and financially.

Its been such a success that it has shone a harsh light on such other projects as the long-troubled Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash films along with the beleaguered “Justice League” project.

DC creative affairs senior VP Gregory Noveck swore to Variety over the weekend that “We’re going to make a Justice League movie, whether it’s now or 10 years from now. But we’re not going to do it and Warners is not going to do it until we know it’s right.” Yet others in the studio don’t seem to be pushing hard on it, despite constant unfounded rumors that the project is not dead (it very much is for now folks).

One project that isn’t technically dead, but remains on severe life support, is the “Superman Returns” sequel.

The Bryan Singer-directed 2006 feature is generally regarded as a nobile misfire with very mixed reactions and only moderate box-office numbers. There’s always been talk of sequel, but the question has been more what form will it take.

Now, the crown queen of quality entertainment journalism, Anne Thompson, posted a piece in her On Hollywood Blog today saying that within the Warner halls “they too believe that the last movie didn’t break the mold and wound up in some kind of middle limbo.”

The result is that no writers are currently working on the project as the studio doesn’t know what they want

– either a direct sequel, or the possibility of another reboot (ala “The Incredible Hulk”).

Sources tell Thompson that “It is a priority at the studio to find the right direction and if Bryan Singer is willing to do that, fine, but if he gets in the way, he may not stay on the project….It might be better to start from scratch.”

Despite the delays, the general reasons for the delays though seem to be good – the studio is taking time to develop the properties right and is concerned more with their quality than reaching a specific date.