Exclusive: DC Comics President Gives Superman Update
By Kellvin Chavez on October 9, 2008
The only thing better than living in New York, is being at a party in New York. I was out on the town this past Monday night with my partners in crime El Mayimbe and Ron Henriques at the special WATCHMEN presentation that was scheduled for a hand full of media outlets. The footage we watched to me was very good. It had its moments. I definitely believe just like SIN CITY, you will either love it or hate it. I loved the opening sequence explaining the creation and the rise of the Minutemen, which quite frankly blew me away! It was that good. And honestly while I’ve never read the book, I must say I was inspired to immediately go out and buy one just so I am up to speed.
Anyhow, the real action didn’t happen inside the screening, but rather outside of it. While mingling around with guest and watching my partner in crime sneak food into his Latin pockets, I saw the one and only Paul Levitz, the President of DC Comics. I walked over to him and had a moment to hang out and chat with him briefly. I could not keep my mouth shut and had to ask the questions that Latino readers are asking. So I went in straight for the kill.
“So Paul, what the fuck is happening with Superman?” Well not in those words actually. Paul looked over both shoulders like he was about to score some basura and said that things are still brewing.
In fact, he told me that “Last week Brandon Routh has come around the offices in New York and Los Angeles as of late to talk about Superman and what we want to do”……blah blah blah!
At first I thought it was the Apple Martini I was drinking but I soon realized that I just heard a bombshell go off in my brain! Brandon? He did say Brandon Routh was coming around talking about Superman! Why the hell would they be talking to Brandon if he was not going to be part of the reboot? Because he’s still in the mix!!!
The truth of the matter is that the way Mr. Levitz made it seem is that they love Brandon as Clark Kent and that he’s just a great guy, which I agree. I mean remember we at Latino Review told EVERYONE he was going to be the next Superman.
At that point my instincts kicked in and I continued with the questions. “What about Batman 3? You guys must be going crazy over the success of that film.” Paul pulls the cocktail shrimp from his mouth just enough to see him smile. I asked when were they going to get this Superman reboot done and he gave me a look like he was about to tell me the answers to the mysteries of the world. “Everyone is waiting for Nolan to sign on for another Batman, once that happens, the release date for Superman and all other future projects will follow.”
I could not believe my ears! Not only did my partner in crime blast wind next to me, but basically Superman’s future hangs in the balance until we have a concrete signature on the Batman contracts! The party was getting good, and the drinks were flowing making this just as easy as prom night picking. So I pressed with my questions. “What about Green Lantern and Supermax? How is that moving along?” Paul continued that Green Lantern was actually moving faster than Supermax, which to me makes sense because the Green Lantern script was badass!! If you do not remember the review we did, here it is again. The party went into the night, and the drinks continued to flow, finally I knew I had to leave as soon as my partner in crime started to stumble all over the place, looking kind of green in the face.
As of now just a few moments ago another inside source confirmed that yes they are waiting for Chris Nolan to sign the deal with the next Batman, and that they want him to commit to a July 2011 release. If that happens then the following superhero films will be released.
Green Lantern Summer 2010 Batman 3 Summer 2011 New Superman reboot Summer 2012
Please, Brett, see a psychiatrist before it's too late! Kate Bosworth was a HORRIBLE bitchy and neurotic Lois! If Warner had any sense, they should have gotten Jennifer Connelly to play the role! SHE, at least, might have had some decent chemistry with Routh's Superman.
A truly heart and souless thing for Warner's and DC to do would be to reboot SUPES. OK, so RETURNS wasn't the action extravaganza that most had hoped for. They were taking a film franchise that had been under a rock for almost 20 years and giving it a fresh polish while paying homage to the original series and re-establishing the characters for a new generation. That's alot of responsibility as a filmmaker and I believe Singer and crew pulled it off. Give that fucker back to Singer and crew and let them have another crack at it. Singer even said it himself that he would make the follow up punchier and more action oriented.
And why wait for a 3rd. BATMAN to schedule the others? Because they want to "keep the dark tone" and follow Nolan's lead? What fucking garbage. All I gotta say is that these two companies are really dragging ass and making big mistakes. Wake up!!
I want Warner to have little to do with anything to do with Superman Returns.Such a very lame movie.Poor chemistry between protagonists,and no real threat.They fight over real estate.Come on!
Nothing new nor fresh and lacking vision.Over 250 million us to hack a film form the 70-ties.No wonder world wide it was not received too enthusiastically.My concern is if they keep Routh who is a very so-so Superman,when the JLA film comes on stream we know who will steal the show!!!Yep you got it.Batman.Bale is such a good actor and Routh is just bland in front of him.Get a guy who actually oozes charisma.There will only ever be ONE Chris Reeve and it is time to stop getting people who are poor replicas of him.Get someone with a new look who can redefine Superman for this generation.
yea thats sik! imagine how uch more money the ext batman film wil make?? and yea they need donner bak and good action scens in the enst supes film. ilt make more money than dark knight if it comes out a month erlier than dark kngiht did.... and sumone email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Who the fuck cares about Green Lantern and the Flash? A guy that can run fast. Oooh, wow. That is great. W/O BM and Supes, DC would have nothing to get excoted about."
dude, green lantern fucking rules.
Philvis, are you the same person as this?
Good news Thu Oct 09 at 22:19 EST
Routh was the one good thing I took out of that pile of crap movie. As a guy that pretty much hated SR, I say bring him back in the reboot. Face it, the guy is Superman.
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There is a reason SR is in the bargain bin! Fri Oct 10 at 17:07 EST
Plain and simple, SR was a boring homage to Donner's universe that utterly failed. Between the lack of chemistry with EVERY character and the poor storyline and writing, a reboot like Robinov mentioned is the only way to save the Superman franchise. Routh will NOT be in the reboot, and I hate to break the news to the Singerman's out there about that. If a reboot is done, which Robinov confirmed, they are not going to start fresh with the star of the previously failed "revival" film.
Routh is not Superman. He does a decent Reeve Clark impression, but that is all. He lacks the size and presence that Superman requires of an actor. Let him stick to dress up at Halloween parties, because he is not going to be making any other Superman films. The closest he will get is if they interview him for a documentary of some sort. Long live a new Superman that starts fresh. If you can get my email address to Brandon Routh, please let him know I have some yard work and deck repairs I need done and I pay a fair rate.
A Superman Reboot is not really that needed. Just becasue WB didn't recieve a lage amount of box office money, they automatically think its sucks, then you have individuals who just agree with whatever they see or hear. How many years was it when they made another Sups movie? From what i recall, its been like 20 years, yea it didn't make a large amount of money but look at batman begins. It was 8 years before they made another Batman movie, and Begins made (in world wide box office) LESS than Superman Returns!!!!! God! Common ppl. Brian Singer is a director and he didn't write the scrip, so if you have a problem with the scrip don't sit there and blame Singer on it! Brian Singer- X Men, X Men 2, they were great!!! No Brian Singer for X-Men 3 and owch, that movie i thought was gone with the wind. Disappointment. No Reboot. Sorry for the length of this. Yea i really liked Superman Returns.
Best Lois Lane on film. Ever. If you're going to bring back Routh, bring back Bosworth. Ignore everything else that occurred in "Superman Returns."
Though, if you do decide to reboot with a different cast, I'm not going to lose sleep over it. Brandon Routh played Superman in one movie; he's not the "defining" Superman for a generation. Neither is Tom Welling - he plays a rather wussy Clark on Smallville, and while I like the show, I like it because it's not Superman and this guy would never become Superman. Something drastic will have to happen to him either at the end of the series or after the series to make him the Superman we all know and love.
In Superman Returns Routh looked really young. He didn't look young in just everyday photos I seen of him, but for some reason in the film he did. By 2012 I believe that he would have a much more matured look about him, and fit the role of Supes even better! I'm excited.
Hopefully they release it before December 2012 though, that way in case all the bs about the end of the world happens to be true at least we can see another Superman movie.
There has been a lot of talk about a Superman Reboot and quite frankly I couldn't agree more. The only thing good about Superman Returns was that it honored the Christopher Reeve films,,,,thats it!! Everything else stunk...the costume looked like shite, the plot line with the kid was a terrible idea and enough with the saviour shots! I just wanted to see Superman PUNCH something!! Bring in Tom Welling to play the part, be honest to who the character is and bring on the action.
SR2 should follow suit with SR, but not with the slow pacing. It was necessary to reestablish some of the background in SR, but we got it... I think Singer knows that and has some good things in store for SR2, like Superman's son getting killed and much more action. He deserves the chance to get more out of his vision. Superman is not something that we just say "reboot" to on a whim.
Before Superman Returns, I could hardly consider myself a Superman fan. SR is what gave me my current obsessive love for the Superman character along with the mythos. Brandon Routh is the defining Superman of out generation and I couldn't picture anyone else in those tights. SR was just an establishment into the Superman universe, and the sequel could put all these characters into the wildest situations that are possibly imaginable. We don't want to see Superman reboot, we want to see it continue.
"SR" Sucked sooo badly! So speaking for myself, & all other true Superman fans...PLEASE reboot this franchise! Roth was ok as Supes..., but buff him up a bit, give him the modern day comics Superman look...instead of trying to make a Christopher Reeve(RIP) look a like And PLEASE change the costume!! Also.., the kid has got to go!! Also, they should introduce Darkseid, Doomsday, or another supervillian that he can trade punches with to the big screen.
It's just that the people who hated SR have been more vocal than people who liked it, as it's always the case with anything else. Complainers tend to have louder voice. If you look at the reviews by professional film critics, the laaaaaaaaaaarge majority of them were very positive about SR.
WB shouldn't ignore this fact.
I say bring back Singer, bring back Routh, and do a kick-ass sequel. SR was excellent, and I still don't understand all the hate it receives. It may not have had wall to wall action, but it was top notch and it established the characters so now a more action focused sequel can follow...I really hope they stick with the creative team they assembled for he first one.
Please Don't Bring Routh Back! Fri Oct 10 at 09:31 EST
I agree with G. Why would they bring Brandon back as Clark/Superman if this is going to be a reboot? I don't get it. If this is going to be a reboot like the WB said, then the entire cast should be different. If Routh is coming back to the reboot as Superman, that is a very stupid idea. I for one hated Superman Returns. It was a ridiculous movie. The addition of the kid, the costume, Kate Botsworth portrayal of Lois, etc. were awful. They were absolutely awful. I was initially pleased to hear that they were going to be rebooting Superman, seeing how poor Superman Returns was done by Bryan Singer. I always said (and will continue to say) that if Superman were done correctly it would have taken the number one spot away from Titanic. However, Returns had a combined 25 minutes of action in a 2 and a half hour long movie. It was so slow and boring at times. I hope they don't bring back Routh, he was just to stiff as both Clark and Superman. Christopher Reeves Clark was extremely clumsy and silly acting, Brandon's was not. WB, if you are reading this; please don't bring back Routh. If this is going to be a reboot (which I hope it is) bring on a whole new cast. Also, please don't bring back Singer as director. He was terrible.
Reboot or Slick Continuation? Fri Oct 10 at 09:30 EST
My idea would be to open the new film with flash scenes from Superman Returns, then fade out and fade back in to Superman's face under the influence of the Black Mercy; its tentacles deep into SM's subconscious creating that imperfect world in his mind. Pan out to view Superman standing in place with the Black Mercy on him in the center of a large chamber and Brainiac sitting behind him in a techno-like throne, grinning.
Then the film goes back maybe a week or two and we see how Superman got into this predicament and how Brainiac got onto the scene.
What do you all think?
I don't care if it's a reboot or just a sequal as long as Routh is brought back, and they dump Bosworth for someone else more spunky, sexy and with a few pounds on her to play Lois Lane. Plus, it MUST have someone other than Luthor as the villian and needs much more action. I say bring on Braniac. If they want an overall darker film that's fine as long as they don't darken Superman's character. Give him more confidence & optimism than in 'SM Returns'. I just don't know how you handle the Superkid without a reboot. I hated that plot line. However they handle it, I'll be there opening weekend.
"No!" to reboot! "YES!" to Routh! Fri Oct 10 at 05:24 EST
Routh got enthusiastic approval from most of people who saw SR, including long-time Superman fans and the most critical critics. It'll be such a waste if he won't be able to come back as THE Superman of 21st century.
And I don't see why WB has to reboot the film which wasn't a 'big failure'. it might have not made as much money as they had hoped, but it still did achieved the respectable box office performance and definitely did made a strong impression on people as "Return of Superman' after 20 years, even to people who did not see the film.
Their idea of making a Batman-like Superman only because Batman franchise was more successful doesn't sound very clever and downright risky.
It would make much more sense to make a sequel with some improvement of some factors that some fans weren't very happy about in SR.
Bring Routh Back.!!
.....and NO REBOOT!!!
It's like Judi Dench still playing M in the new Daniel Craig Bond universe. It makes no sense - the series gets a massive reboot, Bond goes back to his younger days, reality becomes more gritty and realistic, and M ages more than a decade and remains the same character from the Brosnan universe, but no one blinks. It'd be like just like getting Alan Napier to play Alfred alongside Christian Bale.
is this going to be a sequel with everyone but Routh changed out so it seems like a reboot and everyone acts like Superman Returns didn't happen or it just going to be a sequel that takes Superman in a new direction and is darker with more action?
Yay!! I Soo Hope this is true! I LOVE Brandon Routh as Superman/Clark, I REALLY want him to return to reprise the role of Supes in the next movie. Singer definitely found the right guy for the job. Routh is IT. If he doesn't return, I won't pay to watch the next S movie, as simple as that. I soo wish they made a sequel, cuz I LOVED Superman Returns, but I could live with a reboot, reimagining, or whatever, IF Routh returns.
I liked that movie.. and my girlfriend loved it. It maybe wasn't the best movie ever made... but it seemed better than the majority of superhero movies.. and it got generally favorable reviews. Was it a big flop then?
I wish they' have kept going with it in parallel to batman... leading to a Dark Knight Returns style crossover.
Who hated Sin City, exactly? And why do I have to read these lame "Watchman will be a movie you either love or hate" predictions from everyone. That isn't exactly going out on a limb - it's a known fact that people tend to either love or hate most films without much middle ground. Please come up with something original and/or actually insightful from time to time.
It could actually be like Wrath of Kahn, where they have the same main actors, but a completely different storyline, like as if the first movie never happened. Though, I doubt Bosworth and the others will return. And why not have Routh back? The general public will be confused anyway with a new Superman reboot movie coming out only a few years after SR? So what do they have to lose by having him return?
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