Robert Sanchez at IESB has the scoop on the latest details leaking out of the Warner Brothers camp for the Superman franchise. According to Robert and his search for information on the Man of Steel, WB is treating Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns as a sort of conclusion to the film franchise as it was before, and are heading in new direction with new people.
We knew this already with Brandon Routh’s and Bryan Singer’s contracts expiring, but Robert now has some clues as to who may be involved with the franchise’s future: James McTeigue and the Wachowski brothers!
From what he's gathered, it sounds like the Wachowskis may produce with McTeigue at the helm, in the same way they’ve been working on the action-packed Ninja Assassin movie.
I guess our reports back in February on the rumors about the Wachowskis being looked at to create a new Superman trilogy weren’t so far off after all. What’s even more interesting is that those Wachowski rumors from the beginning of the year originated from an interview with James McTeigue himself! Now it’s all starting to come together…
There are several obvious factors making this a believable possibility: the history of the Wachowskis working with WB in the past (Matrix movies, Speed Racer), McTeigue’s relationship with the brothers, and the court hearings that are forcing WB to get this movie fast-tracked for a 2011 start at the latest.
A few weeks ago, Screen Rant Editor Kofi Outlaw wrote about the recent ruling by a U.S. District Court Judge on the ever-lasting legal feud between DC/Warner Bros. and the estate of late Superman co-creator, Jerry Siegel.
This court decision stated that WB needs another Superman film in production by 2011, or they’d be subject to potential lawsuits from the heirs of the Superman creators.
The timing of all of this is very intriguing to me and since we know the movie must be in production by 2011 in order for WB to avoid more issues, this may have interesting implications on the WB/DC film franchise as a whole.
As our boy Kofi points out, these legal issues may also have an effect on the Green Lantern film that’s scheduled for a summer 2011 release. Their have been reports and script reviews for ages now saying that Clark Kent would appear in that film, giving birth to a possible shared continuity in the DC film universe, similar to what Marvel Studios is currently doing leading up to their Avengers team-up film.
With Superman on the fast track, could it start soon and be released that year along with Green Lantern? I’d go as far as to say that if a live-action Superman movie gets fast-tracked for a 2011 or 2012 release, it’s a sure thing we’ll see at least one cross-over cameo between the two movies. Now, if we could only get Batman involved…
The information on the next Superman film has always been consistent on at least one important aspect of the movie: its action. With the Wachowskis and McTiegue potentially taking command of the project after doing Ninja Assassin, and with their history of incredible fight sequences in the Matrix trilogy, we’re certain to get plenty of that.
Bridging more old rumors together, this latest update also builds on the other reports from back in February on the idea of Superman Unleashed (a title they wont use), which, at the time, was supposedly a sequel to Superman Returns (which we know it wont be) that would have been loaded with action.
Expect more news on this soon if Warner Bros. wants a live-action film out in conjunction with the court rulings. Green Lantern has already come out with a big start announcing Ryan Reynolds as their lead man and if this movie is to come out around the same time or not long after, there will be some big decisions made soon.
Imagine a summer of Superheroes with Green Lantern, Superman, Spider-Man 4, Thor and Captain America!
What do you think of the latest on Superman and where would you like to see the future Warner Brothers DC movies go?