James McTeigue: Superman in “Weird Place at the Moment”

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superman reboot with wachowskis and mcteigue James McTeigue: Superman in Weird Place at the Moment

A few months back, our resident comic book movie expert (and newly crowned Game Rant editor), Rob Keyes put together an excellent report on the future of the Superman film franchise, confirming rumors that The Wachowski Brothers’ protegé, James McTeigue, was in talks to helm a reboot. Then, in August, with McTeigue still denying any firm involvement in the movie, we learned the director’s dark vision for the film.

Despite the fact that McTeigue hadn’t officially joined the film, it was beginning to feel inevitable that Superman would enter production relatively soon. Then, faster than a speeding bullet, we found out that DC Entertainment didn’t even have plans for a Superman reboot, in part due to complicated legal disputes over the franchise. Now, we have even more confirmation that Superman has stalled out thanks to an interview James McTeigue gave to MTV.

While promoting his upcoming action flick, Ninja Assassin, McTeigue talked about Superman‘s progress, saying:

“It’s in a weird place at the moment…They’re trying to work out what they’re doing. Warner Brothers is trying to figure out their next move on it. There’s some things you can do with the ‘Superman’ franchise, there’s other things you can’t do. So it hasn’t gone anywhere.”

Despite the movie’s current situation, McTeigue reiterated his desire to be involved, saying:

“I think it’s ripe for a retooling…I would love to — if it happened, I would at least start a conversation about it.”

If you’re interested, here are those excerpts in video form from the man himself:

To me, this isn’t a huge disappointment. I’m not the biggest Superman fan in the world anyway, and I’m actually more interested in seeing other DC characters – like Jonah Hex and Green Lantern – hit the big screen. Still, I know that the Man of Steel has a fairly loyal fanbase, so allow me to propose this question: What do YOU think of this news? Are you bummed that Superman won’t be hitting the big screen anytime soon?

Source: MTV

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  1. DC and Warner’s have no idea what to do with Superman, and the answer is painfully simple. There is one person to blame and it is Chris Nolan.

    His dark and ultimately too depressing Batman films have made so much money, that the bosses simply do not think the brightness and hope Superman represents will make them any money.

  2. I always felt GL could easily slap Supes around a bit…see, all he needs to do is learn the specific radioactive “signature” of Green Kryptonite and use his ring to duplicate it; anyone know if that was ever done in the comics?

  3. I love The Dark Knight and Noloan, so don’t get me wrong. But the mega-success of it has convinced WB that superheroes must now be DARK. That won’t work for Superman. In fact Superman Returns was plenty dark and depressing, with a broken up Lois and Clark, and a child being raised by another man. How’s that for dark? Even the movie’s color palate was dark, and with seemingly every scene shot at night. A big part of Superman Returns’ problem is that it WAS DARK, both figuratively and literally.
    ~~~
    A Superman film should be closer in tone to Iron Man or Indiana Jones. It should have moments of humor, a tiny bit of romance, and some small successes along the way to the big fight. And most of the scenes should be shot during the daytime, with bright blue skies. IF there is a Lex Luthor, he should be either President of the US or an evil George Soros puppet-master.

  4. I would like to see a retooling as well, and agree that DARK has got to go. I would like to see some other villan than Lex Luthor though. That has been done to death in every movie. Superman has a plethora of other villans to contend with.

  5. it will end after season 10 that is the word like i said before my people know there s*** so i trust them season 10 is the end with t leading to a movie in 2012. lex might be in it but only if they can michael back if that doesn’t happen expect to see 2 neew villans from the comics. none for this is set in stone but i would say it’ss a better then 50/50 chance.

  6. You know who should direct the next Superman film? John Milius. Yes, he of Conan the Barbarian and Rome fame. He can do iconic imagery like nobody else. Superman is in a bit of a rut and Milius could really shake the dust off. The movie would be insane. But in a good way. Hopefully.

  7. Yes Kolchak why not Milius or here’s a shock for some, what about Emmerich? That is if he can spare the time from his ongoing work of destroying the world…

  8. There’s been virtually nothing new developed by any Superman film since Superman 2, and other interesting characters have languished. So, I would love to see Supes put on the shelf for a while and other films developed.

  9. That's a great plot idea.
    (I have no idea how it plays into the timeframes and storylines of those characters' history, but I do like it)

  10. And on top of what you have already pointed out, Erica Durance if the hottest looking version of Lois Lane ever. Heck she's as hot as many of the comic book versions whcih are always drawn in a voluptious manner.

  11. That's a great plot idea.
    (I have no idea how it plays into the timeframes and storylines of those characters' history, but I do like it)

  12. And on top of what you have already pointed out, Erica Durance if the hottest looking version of Lois Lane ever. Heck she's as hot as many of the comic book versions whcih are always drawn in a voluptious manner.

  13. And on top of what you have already pointed out, Erica Durance if the hottest looking version of Lois Lane ever. Heck she's as hot as many of the comic book versions whcih are always drawn in a voluptious manner.

  14. You mean the studios are 2 dimensional, one track minded, all-think-alikeasurases who cant do something different? Say it isnt so! ;)

    I personally feel that the contrast between batman's dark nature and superman's all-American goodness would contrast nicely, especially when it comes time for a justice league movie.

  15. That's a great plot idea.
    (I have no idea how it plays into the timeframes and storylines of those characters' history, but I do like it)