Christopher Nolan has become the go to guy to restore comic book franchises. Over at Deadline Hollywood, they’re reporting that the director has been tapped to mentor the upcoming Superman reboot. The last film in the series was Superman Returns, which was released in 2006 and helmed by Bryan Singer. Warner Bros have enlisted Nolan to work his magic and bring Supe back to his former glory.
According to Nikki Finke’s sources, Nolan has been asked to play “godfather” to the Superman reboot for Warner Bros to ensure it gets off the ground after a 3 1/2 year hiatus. The director has become a trusted collaborator at the studio and they think he can set it on the right path. The details regarding the new Superman are heavily guarded, but we do know it’s in early development. The latest film will be an entirely new franchise unlike Singer’s Returns, which was supposed to take place between the second and the third films from the eighties.
Even though Singer and Superman star Brandon Routh were received with lukewarm enthusiasm from fans, don’t count them out just yet.
“Bryan or Brandon are not completely out of it yet. But Warner Bros doesn’t have a handle yet on it, either. [Producer] Jon Peters is trying to make something happen since he stands to benefit financially. But they [the studio] need to hear a great story that makes sense.”
The big question here is whether or not they’ll force the “darker” Superman down our throats. Batman’s origins are naturally that way so there’s a reason Nolan’s vision worked on him, but Supe is a different case. After the success of The Dark Knight Warner Bros mogul Jeff Robinov stated “we have to look at how to make these movies edgier,” but one of Finke’s insiders stress that he meant “more sophisticated.” We hope that’s what he meant.
What do you think of Nolan taking on the Superman franchise? Is it a good move by the studio?