Superman Reboot Being Supervised by Christopher Nolan?

The Superman movie franchise is headed for another reboot and rumor has it that Chris Nolan will be supervising Big Blue’s return to the silver screen. Deadline Hollywood has reported:

The studio has turned to Chris Nolan to mentor development of the movie. Our insiders say that the brains behind rebooted Batman has been asked to play a “godfather” role and ensure The Man Of Steel gets off the ground after a 3 1/2-year hiatus. Nolan’s leadership of the project can set it in the right direction with the critics and the fans, not to mention at the box office. Besides, Nolan is considered something of a god at Warner Bros and has a strong relationship with the studio after the success of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

I’ve enjoyed loads of Superman comics over the years and I loved the first two Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve. The problem with Superman is that it’s hard to make him interesting and vulnerable in a two-hour film. His weaknesses include kryptonite, magic, and bossy newspaper reporters. Kryptonite is too easy and has been done to death. Magic seems silly to most mainstream moviegoers (though Superman vs. Voldemort would be funny). Superman II worked because he faced off against three people with the same powers and General Zod was frickin’ awesome. How do you top that?

I’d love to see a Kingdom Come movie, but that would be too confusing for casual fans and it would be too expensive to make.¬†What do you think the ingredients are to a good Superman movie?

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8 thoughts on “Superman Reboot Being Supervised by Christopher Nolan?”

  1. I've said it once, I'll say it again; Doomsday storyline.

    Well, in all honesty, I think that Smallville was onto something when they tried to make the Superman mythos "dramatic" and "realistic"… which is the problem with Superman to begin with. It's way too "cartoony" to make it into a serious dramatic film in the vein of "The Dark Knight Returns" and "Batman Begins". Superman should be light, fun, and full of intentional cheese that the original comics were known for. A serious Superman film should just have a guy in pants and a red jacket (a-la Smallville Clark) go around trying to use his powers covertly to help people and give him a situation where he can't help everyone all at the same time and then the big dramatic hook will be who will he choose to save and who will he let die … or some other crappy overly-treaded plot like that.

    Here's another idea: Have the entire movie be about the final days of Krypton. The last scene will be Jor-El jettisoning his son off the doomed planet and Brainiac (or some version of him/it) could be the main villain.

    -M

  2. Flying through lots of rings for half of the movie.

    His vulnerability is his emotion. The fact that he cares so much and has the opportunity to totally get with Lois yet he has the dual identities to balance.

  3. It would be nice to see a Captain Marvel/Superman movie. It just gives Superman someone on the same level as him.

  4. I don't know if it can be done. I see WB's reasoning for attaching Chris Nolan in name to the Superman Reboot, but the character concepts are completely different between Batman and the Boy Scout.

    Superman's Power has always been his greatest weakness in story telling. Trying to make a man that at the height of his power could destroy a star and move a planet seem vulnerable enough to be both relatable and in danger is next to impossible.

    If I were doing it, I would not have Superman as the focus. I would do the story from the perspective of a new journalist at the Daily Planet. I would get a "Gerard Butler" like actor for the part; a force of personality to completely over shadow the "Clark Kent" of the movie, especially in Lois's eyes. Being new, he would naturally stumble upon the makings of a huge conspiracy/cover-up, as well as vye for Lois's affections. He ends up coming face to face with the villain, and then a huge Metropolis chase ensues as he tries to escape whatever situation it is with Lois, while Clark is forced to leave the two of them and face the danger as Superman. Superman has to have a hard time with this decision, he has to know that this would force the two of them into each other's arms, but the danger to both Lois and the city is to great for him to ignore. You have to make the audience care about the new guy so that Superman's choice really matters, otherwise the whole things is a wash.

    @Kingdom Come – It would be awesome, but it would be way to expensive to do as anything other then a cartoon/animated movie. Would be great to see though.

  5. hmm interesting topic i've missed. I think you'd have to take a page from the Smallville series playbook and focus on Superman's human side. They make is humanity a pretty good weakness. His emotions should enable the writers to make it a better storyline besides the usual weakness of kryptonite that's been used in movies over and over again.

    @ anyone else that watches Smallville, I really liked the two hour JSA episode they had on Smallville on Friday. I don't want to see this show end but i know it's coming soon.

  6. I've never really liked Superman. I'm sure whatever they do will be cool for the first 10 minutes or so. Then we'll ab be reminded that it's Superman, he's invulnerable, can't possibly lose and thus the movie will have no drama in it at all. I wish they'd kinda let this one go and focus on something that will be cool after the first 10 minutes.

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