Superman Trilogy Coming?

Now I know that in the past I’ve mentioned that I think Bryan Singer should be allowed to continue the Superman series he started with 2006’s Superman Returns, but, the chances of that happening is looking pretty grim. Out goes Singer’s Man of Steel and in come Millar’s Superman trilogy, possibly. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for Singer continuing what he started, but if Millar were given a chance to reboot or re-invent the franchise I would be all for it. Mark Miller, just in case  you’re not familiar with him, is the man behind Wanted, you know that summer blockbuster with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. Millar actually wrote the original Wanted comics and has done a ton of work within the different comic universes, including the big guns, DC and Marvel. 

In 2003 he wrote the critically acclaimed Superman: Red Sun, the premises of which was built on the question of what would things be like if Superman were raised in the Soviet Union. I wouldn’t care to see Soviet Superman on the big screen, but I do think that Millar has the potential to bring something new to the Superman franchise and in effect re-energize it.

Having said that, MIllar has gone on record in a recent interview with G4 and has said that he already has “plans” to make a Superman trilogy, that would be shot back to back much like the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“I’ve had this plan for like 10 years for a big three-picture Superman thing, like a big Lord of the Rings epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. And hopefully release them one year after another,” continued Millar. “If it works out, we’ll have to start shooting next summer.”

Millar has even been reported as saying his vision of Superman is:

“Superman for the 21st Century, keeping everything we adore, but starting from scratch and making the kids love it as much as the 30-somethings.”

So it looks like the Superman saga continues. And let’s not forget, Mark Millar is a writer and not a movie director, so there is a possibility of Singer and Millar working together. The possibility of this happening, especially with Singer’s already existing vision, is slight to zero. But imagine for a moment what a creative combination that would make, much like the Nolan-Goyer combo they’ve got going for the Batman franchise. 

Warner Bros. Please Stick With Routh and Singer

Dear Warner Bros., please don’t do a Superman reboot. Please, stick with Bryan Singer and let him make his sequel. Brandon Routh, in my opinion, made for a great Clark Kent/Superman. You’ve invested millions of dollars in Routh, Singer and in rebooting the Superman franchise the first time around. Do you really want the hassle of doing that all over again? 

Peter Sciretta, writer over at Slashfilm mentioned an article by Variety’s Anne Thompson in which she gives the latest update to the Superman sequel saga. In the article she mentioned that one executive suggested “It might be better to start from scratch.” For goodness sake, why would you want to do this? Hollywood, please stop flip-flopping. Are you jumping on the Hulk reboot bandwagon? Superman Returns can’t even be considered in the same breath as the cinematic monstrosity that we all experienced in 2003. 

Stick with Routh, he has the look. Don’t forget, you scoured the country looking for the right Clark Kent and you found him, or you let Singer find him and you agreed with his decision. Stick with Bryan Singer, we all know that he knows how to make a good flick, especially a comic flick. Look what he did with X-Men and X-Men 2 and then compare that to X-Men 3. Plus, he gets extra kudos for that little movie, remember, The Usual Suspects. Please Warner Bros., please please please. 

And no Peter Sciretta, I don’t think that they should go with Jonathan Nolan. Nor should they hire Christopher Nolan to direct. Th one thing that these guys do pretty damn well is make a great detective flick. Jonathan helped to pen both Memento and The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan directed both Memento and The Dark Knight, as well as Insomnia. All great detective flicks. I know that Superman originated from DC Comics, or as it was previously known, Detective Comics. However, I don’t think that the Nolan style will fit with the Superman mythos. I for one thought that Bryan Singer got it right with Superman Returns, despite the decision of including the super kid, I thought the movie delivered the goods. Stick with Routh. Stick with Singer.