James McTeigue Talks Superman & Magneto

Published 6 years ago by , Updated October 2nd, 2009 at 8:29 am,

superman reboot with wachowskis and mcteigue James McTeigue Talks Superman & Magneto

At the end of July, Robert Sanchez at IESB broke the news that Warner Brothers were looking at James McTeigue to possibly direct a new Superman feature film that would act as a franchise reboot.

A few weeks later, McTeigue sat with MTV and while not confirming or denying any involvement, he did relay his idea of a reboot for Superman should he land the gig. His plan would take the Man of Steel in a different direction and skip through the overdone origins of Clark growing up into the hero we know him as.

Things were looking good for our favorite Kryptonian, up until Diane Nelson, the head of the newly formed DC Entertainment, explained that they do not have another Superman film as part of their current plans.

Was she just saying that just in case they don’t sort out their legal troubles with the heirs to the Superman creators and lose the rights to many of the original aspects of the character? Are they really not planning another Superman movie?

Obviously, they’re thinking about it with the production start deadline approaching in 2011. And it’s sure thing, WB will do everything in their power to get it all sorted out and regain full control of their poster boy character.

With DC Entertainment potentially set to launch an interconnected DC film universe of their own, starting with Green Lantern, to compete with that of Marvel Studios (and even of Fox’s X-Universe), they’re going to need their #1 hero.

If it does go forward, I think McTeigue and the Wachowskis (rumored to produce) would make for an interesting team to helm the project. On the topic of McTeigue and his ideas, Alex Billington at First Showing had a chance to chat with the Ninja Assassin director and they touched on the Superman project and his ideas for it.

“I think I would be interested in doing it if they let me do it the way I wanted to do it. I would say that, if you take the Richard Donner Supermans and the last Superman [from Bryan Singer], I think that Superman is probably ripe for a bit of a change up. I think society has changed around the core idea of what Superman was.”

“And I’m not saying you do the ubiquitous dark Superman, I’m not saying that… I’m just saying that I think there are some things that you could excise from the Superman mythology that people would get into it, if you took the world that he was in and changed that a bit, and maybe even project that into the future a bit. I think you don’t really have to play into the origin story anymore. I think there’s a whole bunch of things you could do to make that film more alive and exciting again.”

I’m glad he quickly tossed down this whole “dark superman” thing, as did Brandon Routh back when he was still likely to return. We don’t need that, we just need a new and fresh take on the character sans Lex Luthor and the history of the Kent family.

Click to continue reading about Superman: Man of Steel and that pesky Magneto rumor…

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  1. A McTeigue Superman flick would probably have some interesting and exciting action pieces, but between him and the Wachowskis I don’t think they have what it takes to make the “heart” of the character resonate with audiences. A lot of Supes fans like him precisely because his stories can have great depth and complexity without making him a gloomy character. I’m not sure he can do that.

    The next Superman movie needs to be like Ironman and Star Trek, something exciting and lighthearted without being stupid (Like Transformers). But what do I know, I’m one of those guys who thought Singer should have gotten a second chance.

  2. Do a Death and Return trilogy. All the characters, all the battles, all the heartache. They might have a hard time explaining Lex Luthor II and his relationship with Supergirl, but I’m sure the movie execs can spin it to make it feasible without taking a considerable amount of time to get it across.

    Movie 1 – All about setting up Doomsday and Superman’s clash in front of the Daily Planet. If you can get the Justice League in there, awesome, but if not just mentioning them in newspaper and television reports that they got their asses handed to them by the creature will suffice. We should fear this thing before we even see him fully. Have Superman be all heroic and lovable as he is, enjoying his relationship with Lois *she knows he’s Clark too* and just BUILD…IT…UP. And the fight needs to be huge. I can understand not having the mini-scuffles that Supes and Dooms had prior to their final clash, but that last one needs to be all “concrete streets being torn asunder, windows shattering from their blows, the citizens of Metropolis looking on in awe and horror as their greatest protector gives it his all and more”. The scene with the battle-worn cape blowing in the wind as Lois cradles his lifeless body is a MUST. The movie could end in a few places: either with the funeral *REALLY really sad*, or with a little add-on after the battle. Think the hospital scene in Superman Returns, but obviously more frantic.

  3. @supes

    Have you ever read The Death of Superman? It is just an awful, awful story. It’s just one long fight with the dumbest (figuratively and literally) villian in comics. Doomsday’s motivation/goals? SMASH! His personality? SMASH! Etc. Also, there is no humour, no way to lighten the mood; it’s just this EPIC FIGHT!!!11!!1 The only power the story has is in its concept, which only worked at the time (insofar as it was a stunt meant to boost sales, and it did) because the target audience was already invested in the character. Given SR’s box office, I wouldn’t count on general audiences making the same mistake comic fans did in 1993.

  4. Ditch Lex Luthor for the villian.

  5. There was nothing wrong with Superman Returns!!!!!!!! Get Singer and Routh back now, get a decent sequel with Braniac on the go, and still have Lex Luthor in the background, set up for a doomsday sequel after that. Simples

  6. @DrSamBeckett,

    Sorry man, they’re gone – contracts expired. They want to restart the franchise in line with their other properties (ie. Green Lantern).

  7. I know, i know its just depressingly stupid, when they had a perfectly usable franchise and now they have to start from the ground up. Again!

  8. Drsambeckett

    there was alot wrong with SR. Let’s start with it was just boring. And I love superman movies.

  9. Going to be contreversial. Superman cannot be allowed to fizzle out.

    Clark Kent/Superman- David Boreanaz.

    Lois Lane- Kate Beckinsale.

    Brainiac- Michael C Hall.

    Lex Luthor- Kevin Spacey.

    Perry White- Sam Neill.

    Jimmy Olsen- Justin Long.

  10. They just need to do a Superman and Batman Bromance Buddy Comedy.

  11. @Chad:

    I’d watch that.

  12. JJ

    I read that story. It wasn’t good but it wasn’t horrible. They could work something out for the script I’m sure if they spent enough time and resources on it.

  13. I’ve never liked Superman, I couldn’t care less if he lives or dies.

  14. good discussion on this topic – singer paid too much homage to the originals which was fine to a certain extent, but the whole luthor/land grab bs has been overdone and it really dumbed down the character. also the kid was a stupid idea. and to whoever thought this – it was a really BORING movie. with all the effects that could have been done – we have to watch the story line of supes lifting half a mountain into space? seems like there would be more evil shiiiit going on knowing that supes was gone for 5 years. i bought and watched supes/batman public enemies and thought that was really excellent. now if they could only do a live action version with similar exciting elements. but who am i – just a lowly comic sci fi geek whose written words will fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.

  15. I’d like to see McTeigue on Superman. But I want it to be the Post Crisis, almost TAS style Supes. I want the businessman Lex (as a subcharacter, not the main villain of course, but he has to be there, IMO), with hints of All Star Superman in there. And Brainiac as the BIG bad. And good ol’ Lois and Clark, NO Jason, NO Richard. Please. And lotsa action. there ya go, that’s the movie. :-D

  16. if there`s someone who looks very much like Superman then i guess we still se the same Superman in front of us. And i`d hate to sound this part, but isn`t bale getting a little old in his role as Batman?

  17. gunsmith,
    if they don`t want bale too get too old they better film the rest of the batman films simoutaneously, i really don`t see why they`re waiting till next year to film Batman 3 like Spidey 4, Batman doesn`t to go to deep into off-the-edge plans, they should start filming now. And i liked routh but if they do a reboot he might get too old too i hate saying that they`re too old when they look right for their roles it stinks how every superhero must come to a problem where there`s no right player to stok their franchise, i guess the Reeve super franchise is the only franchise were he hasn`t got too old

  18. I remember the stories that circulated about a Superman movie a few years back that sounded absolutely nothing like Superman, except for the name. What McTeigue says scares the pants off of me. I’m one of the few “I thought Singer’s Superman was great” people, but I can at least see the points of people that didn’t like it. That said, and as someone before me posted, something along the lines of the Iron Man/Spiderman movies – that sticks to the heart of Superman while making it fun – would be perfect.

    I read McTiegue’s interview and I see visions of some no name actor in a totally unrecognizable suit doing things that have absolutely no relationship to the comic – like the “Catwoman” movie only with better writing and production quality. It may be a romp, but it won’t be Superman.


  20. i neglected to point out in my previous comment he lifted the rock with great risk for his life to save untold lives.

  21. i neglected to point out in my previous comment he lifted the rock with great risk for his life to save untold lives.

  22. I think it makes no difference anyone who act the role of Superman, as long as he really loves the character.