No Superman Movie Plans For DC Entertainment

Published 4 years ago by

superman and american flag No Superman Movie Plans For DC Entertainment

MTV recently spoke to Diane Nelson, the newly-anointed head of Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment Inc., and picked her brain about how the new venture will affect the DC films already in the pipeline and which heroes we can expect to see onscreen in the near future. In the midst of all this talk, Nelson let a quiet bomb (no, not that kind) drop: DC Entertainment has no current plans in the works for another Superman movie.

Why is this news such a big deal? It’s a bit of a convoluted story but luckily your friend Outlaw has been keeping his eye on Superman for a minute now. Keep reading to see what Nelson’s words may mean for the cinematic future of the Man of Steel and WB/DCE.

If you haven’t been following, the rights to Superman are currently in dispute. On one side of the courtroom are DC Comics and Warner Bros. – on the other side, the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The legal conflict started back in 1999, when the heirs of Jerry Siegel launched a lawsuit against DC/WB, claiming that they hadn’t been paid enough in licensing fees for the development of Superman TV shows (Smallville) and movies (Superman Returns). Later the heirs of Joe Shuster joined in the fight and as of this summer, WB has lost the right to use Superman’s origin story in any films or TV shows, and a judge has already ruled that unless the studio gets another Supes film into development by 2011, they will not be able to do so without first having getting the approval of the Shuster/Siegel heirs, who will own the rights to the character (his initial incarnation, at least) come 2013.

That’s a lot to follow, but if you get the jiist of it, then you understand how wild it is to hear that WB/DCE apparently has NO PLANS in the works for the next Superman film! Here’s the quote from Nelson:

“We actually don’t have any current plans for Superman…We’ve obviously done a lot of great things behind the property in our history, and it’s a key part of the family, but we don’t have current plans behind Superman…”

superman banner No Superman Movie Plans For DC Entertainment

Well, 2009 is almost done and one year is a hell of a short time to get a massive tentpole like a Superman movie underway, so Unless the studio has a rabbit hidden under its hat, it looks like the chances of us seeing another Supes flick in the works before the legal deadline are pretty slim.

But does that mean we won’t EVER see another WB/DCE Superman movie?

I was toying with that very notion recently, when I suggested that the newly-formed Disney/Marvel team could concievably buy Superman – that is, purchase the rights from the Siegel/Shuster heirs in 2013. As was pointed out in our discussion threads, only those aspects of Superman originally created by Siegel and Shuster are being handed over, and at best, Disney/Marvel would own a severely limited version of the character. Now that Warner Bros. has created DCE (partly in order to keep pace with Disney/Marvel, no doubt), it’s looking more and more likely that the studio will invest heavily in their top player and throw the necessary zeroes onto the check they cut for the Siegel/Shuster heirs, in order to keep Superman in-house. Once that legal quagmire has been cleared, I suspect a new Supes film won’t be far behind.

dian nelson dc ent No Superman Movie Plans For DC Entertainment

For the meantime, let’s remember that the goal of DCE is to maximize the profitability of the ENTIRE DC brand – not just trying to find new ways of cashing in on the same sacred cow. The studio already has Jonah Hex, Green Lantern, Deadman, The Losers and Lobo – all lesser-known DC heroes – headed to the movies, so why not continue to focus efforts on turning no-names into show-names? Superman will always be king, whenever he should choose to return to the big screen.

However, I’m sure Nelson and DCE are all too aware of this. As I’ve stated: they’ll likely clear up all the legal woes (quietly), secure their hold on Superman, and worry about shelling-out big bucks for another movie later. We’ll keep you posted, though, just in case I’m wrong (gasp!).

Source: MTV News

TAGS: superman, superman man of steel, superman returns, superman unleashed

16 Comments

Post a Comment

  1. I agree with your assessment.
    Siegel/Shuster gain little holding on
    to partial rights and DC gains little waiting.

    It is in the interest of all parties
    in this case to settle and I
    suspect they will sooner
    rather than later.

    The meaning of “current”
    is far from permanent.

  2. Those no-names are going to bomb miserably…Lobo,the Loosers, Deadman? C’mon! That’s not better than The Spirit or Constantine! It’s less than nothing…Jonah Hex might work…but up against The Avengers, Spidey, X-Men???

    DC/WB are screwed if they lose their grip on Supes…Batman will be done after the third outing and then?

    I want Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern joining Supes and Batman in a life-action Justice League…anything below that goes below my and most people’s radar!

  3. I thought they had the rights to the “origin” of Kal-El only…. If so than WB/DCE could conceivably do a superman film whenever they like.

    I grow tired of his beginnings anyway…everyone knows how he came to Earth… let’s just pic up with him defeating General Zod, Ursa and Non (epic beginning) and go from there.

  4. Zod returns for revenge
    Bay directs
    Moutnains shatter when they throw a punch
    Cities shake
    How friggen simple and amazingly cool a good Supes film could be!
    Imagine the now somewhat hokey (but still effective because of the actors) In supes II with the CGI they could do today. ZOd pulling buildings down on Superman’s noggin. Supes picking up busses and beating Zod with them like a warclub

  5. @ Lord Garth

    Didn’t we already see that with The Incredible Hulk..at least with a cop car anyways…

  6. Kazuya says: “I thought they had the rights to the “origin” of Kal-El only…. If so than WB/DCE could conceivably do a superman film whenever they like”

    Its entirely possible that moral rights could allow Siegel and Shuster to block such an effort. Conventional wisdom says that WB/DC will settle with Siegel and Shuster. I wonder if they’ll really profit all that much though? Definitely some bad blood there in the past.

    On another level their is the question of culture. Since Corporations are counted as legal persons, it’s possible that culture is hamstrung or stifled. Because corporations will almost always have the upper hand at owning something like Superman, that means that it will never become public domain; Where its cultural ID and myth can grow. Our culture then becomes stifled by the system that the public has counted on. Does our culture have the right to grow beyond limits set by big money, or governmental powers?

  7. SR failed like TDK and Batman Begins. Hope this movie is better. If Warner Bros. still owns Superman then i hope they make a better improved version of Superman unlike the poor scrutiny that Superman returns was. And if they still own Batman then i hope they make the next Batman and Superman films better, because seriously, i`ve never seen one great action film delivered by DC/Warner Bros.

  8. i hope they DC holds on to Superman he belongs with them and i hope to see another Superman Film soon i hope that against all odds DC settles the lawsuit so they they can begin another film since they are working better now with all comic book properties we should see an improved Superman more action and hopefully great villains like Zod and braniac , darkseid ,doomsday but i wonder if they are gonna use Brandon Routh if not who will be the next Superman???

  9. I hope too, that they have another version for SUPERMAN movie, I love superman I’ve watch it since the original version, please…

  10. I would like to see Marvel/Disney get the Siegel and Shuster version of superman to make a movie. Superman always had a problem of being to powerful. I would like to see a original reboot using the powers he had from the original comic. More powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet(not speed of sound or light), can leap tall building in a single bound. I would like to see it made like in the 30s or 40s not 2010. Where he fought mad scientist with giant robots like in the old 1941 classic cartoon, “The Mechanical Monsters”. Dont make Clark the bumbling geek Christopher Reeves version(respect to it cause i grew up with this version)but the cool George Reeves version. I wouldn't mind the movie having the same look they used in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Imagine Supes fighting those giant robots they had in the movie with his power less than they give him now. It would be awesome.

  11. I would like to see Marvel/Disney get the Siegel and Shuster version of superman to make a movie. Superman always had a problem of being to powerful. I would like to see a original reboot using the powers he had from the original comic. More powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet(not speed of sound or light), can leap tall building in a single bound. I would like to see it made like in the 30s or 40s not 2010. Where he fought mad scientist with giant robots like in the old 1941 classic cartoon, “The Mechanical Monsters”. Dont make Clark the bumbling geek Christopher Reeves version(respect to it cause i grew up with this version)but the cool George Reeves version. I wouldn't mind the movie having the same look they used in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Imagine Supes fighting those giant robots they had in the movie with his power less than they give him now. It would be awesome.

Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.


If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it.

Be Social, Follow Us!!