The Epic Superhero Movie Showdown of Summer 2010

Published 6 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:36 am,

superman vs spider man The Epic Superhero Movie Showdown of Summer 2010Yes, I know that 2010 is still two years off, but that summer already has a few blockbuster tentpoles lined up (i.e. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Shrek Goes Fourth and Toy Story 3). And things could get pretty heated between the two comic-book tentpoles currently aiming for that summer as well: Sony’s Spider-Man 4 and Warner Brothers’ Superman: The Man of Steel.

In the case of Webhead, it’s still a mystery as to whether or not Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi return. But my shrinking gut (thanks to my diet) says they’re done. To be fair, I could see Raimi having some involvement (i.e. an “executive producer” title isn’t out of the question). However, Maguire showing back up sounds unlikely at this point. I don’t see Sony forking over the kind of paycheck he’ll demand unless he agrees to another multi-film deal and that’s what makes it even more unlikely.

So… an unknown actor could be the way to go. But I’m betting that supporting players like J.K. Simmons, Rosemary Harris and Dylan Baker will definitely return (i.e. cheap and for the sake of the movie franchise’s continuty!)


Yes, Spider-Man 3 made $900 million. But there was a lot of hatred and/or disappointment coming out of the theater from most film-goers. God knows I was one of them.

So whoever ends up helming Spider-Man 4 better seriously listen to the audience and deliver the goods. Vic said it best:

“We’ve seen ‘Peter goes through a change in his life’ for three films now. It wouldn’t hurt if this installment was more geared towards ‘A day in the life of our friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man!”

Meanwhile, Warner Brothers will give Bryan Singer’s Superman series another shot with the sequel: Man of Steel. Despite not living up to the studio’s box-office expectations, Superman Returns still managed to churn out $400 million even with the complaints of few action sequences, lack of a super-villain and heavy melodrama. And then there’s the issue of what to do with Supes and Lois’ 5 year-old kid (who will likely be recast being that the actor will probably be too old).

Singer and Warner Brothers have sworn up and down they’ll deliver an action-packed, no holds barred Superman sequel. Let’s see that they do.

If Man of Steel doesn’t match up to snuff at the box-office, Brandon Routh becomes the Timothy Dalton of Superman (a good or bad thing depending on how you see it!)

It’s also safe to assume that either Spider-Man 4 or Superman: The Man of Steel will likely aim for the July 4th weekend. Having said all of that, this is just speculation on the part of one film nerd. Both films are in the early scripting stages, and things can change.

Regardless, this should be one interesting face-off come Summer 2010.

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  1. 790, you do not have blackberry problems. Repeat after me, “Vic, when are you going to get a new server?”
    :-P

  2. Na Jim , to quote Optimus Prime,
    “My Bad”.

  3. LOL, 790! Glad that I’m not completely alone in my view! :-) Good to see ya, bud.

    I don’t see why the kid issue needs to be addressed at all. The best way to address it would be would to ignore that whole subplot completely and move on, it would be like saying “sorry, what were we thinking?” to the audience that actually came back for the “sequel”.

    And as mentioned, the kid (wonderful actor), will be MUCH older by the time MOS comes out, and we don’t even know if Bosworth will return as Lois, so they may as well ignore the afformentioned incident if they’re going to have to recast anyway.

    I say they should just do like Superman 3 did, bad as it was as a movie, it didn’t mention ANY of the events from Superman 2. It just went right into a new story, didn’t address the whole Lois/Superman affair or whether Lois remembered that Clark was Superman or not, and it didn’t have to. Same should be done with MOS, IMO.

    Here’s why the bastard kid subplot is a dumb idea:

    First of all, according to the comics, Superman, being kryptonian, is unable to reproduce with an earth person. They’re two different species. It would be like a horse and a donkey doing it.

    Secondly, according to the Richard Lester cut of Superman 2, on which Superman Returns is “loosely based”, Superman was DEPOWERED, he was turned into an ordinary man, when he and Lois had their affair, therefore Jason should/would not have ANY superpowers.

    Thirdly, the whole idea of Superman having an affair with Lois and then making her forget it ever happened is RIDICULOUS and COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER. What, he has sex with her, makes her forget about it, leaves, comes back, finds out she had a kid that throws pianos and then doesn’t say anything about it?? WTF? How could he even approach her about that anyway? She’d be like “when did you and I…?” and how bad would Superman look? It’s almost like rape if you think about it. Can you see this winning a pulitzer prize: “Superman scews people and then brain washes them, it could happen to YOU by Lois Lane”? The whole idea is ridiculous, and whoever concieved it needs to be FIRED or have their head examined.

    That’s why the best thing to do short of a reboot would be to just MOVE ON and ignore that BS. I honestly feel sorry for Routh, I think he deserves a second chance, it wasn’t his fault the script had that crap in it. He was the best thing about SR, IMHO. If they ignore those events and move on with more action and Routh then they’ll have one helluva movie.

  4. None of the superhero movies have been bad lately, hyped up,too long,too many characters mabey, but not bad!
    I still thought X-men 3 was very very good.
    FF2 tried hard but was a bit too camp, still enjoyed it though.
    Transformers was a great way to show how you can make a great movie out of a silly subject,that’s how to make superhero movies.

  5. Transformers’ hurry-blurry rendering left me thinking, “That’s two and a half hours of my life that I can never get back.”

    CGI has become a crutch, and crass & camp are a lowest common denominator to attract the repeat-ticket junior high crowd.

    Graham, I was impressed (and shaken) with the limited robotics of The Borg in “Q Who?” 20 years ago. But then, I cared about those characters.

  6. Spidey rules! I’d hell of rather see a movie with him than a movie with Super Man. Spidey’s tied with Iron Man for my favorite super hero.

  7. lol neither movie is coming out for summer 2010.

  8. lol neither movie is coming out for summer 2010.

  9. I don't suppose you noticed this article was written way back in 2008…

  10. lol neither movie is coming out for summer 2010.

  11. lol neither movie is coming out for summer 2010.

  12. I don't suppose you noticed this article was written way back in 2008…

  13. me neither lol neither movie is coming out for summer 2010.

  14. don’t see why the kid issue needs to be addressed at all. The best way to address it would be would to ignore that whole subplot completely and move on, it would be like saying “sorry, what were we thinking?” to the audience that actually came back for the “sequel”.

    And as mentioned, the kid (wonderful actor), will be MUCH older by the time MOS comes out, and we don’t even know if Bosworth will return as Lois, so they may as well ignore the afformentioned incident if they’re going to have to recast anyway.

    I say they should just do like Superman 3 did, bad as it was as a movie, it didn’t mention ANY of the events from Superman 2. It just went right into a new story, didn’t address the whole Lois/Superman affair or whether Lois remembered that Clark was Superman or not, and it didn’t have to. Same should be done with MOS, IMO.

    Here’s why the bastard kid subplot is a dumb idea:

    First of all, according to the comics, Superman, being kryptonian, is unable to reproduce with an earth person. They’re two different species. It would be like a horse and a donkey doing it.

    Secondly, according to the Richard Lester cut of Superman 2, on which Superman Returns is “loosely based”, Superman was DEPOWERED, he was turned into an ordinary man, when he and Lois had their affair, therefore Jason should/would not have ANY superpowers.

    Thirdly, the whole idea of Superman having an affair with Lois and then making her forget it ever happened is RIDICULOUS and COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER. What, he has sex with her, makes her forget about it, leaves, comes back, finds out she had a kid that throws pianos and then doesn’t say anything about it?? WTF? How could he even approach her about that anyway? She’d be like “when did you and I…?” and how bad would Superman look? It’s almost like rape if you think about it. Can you see this winning a pulitzer prize: “Superman scews people and then brain washes them, it could happen to YOU by Lois Lane”? The whole idea is ridiculous, and whoever concieved it needs to be FIRED or have their head examined.

    That’s why the best thing to do short of a reboot would be to just MOVE ON and ignore that BS. I honestly feel sorry for Routh, I think he deserves a second chance, it wasn’t his fault the script had that crap in it. He was the best thing about SR, IMHO. If they ignore those events and move on with more action and Routh then they’ll have one helluva movie

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