After a lot of debate over whether or not Bryan Singer should be allowed to continue his soap opera saga of the Man of Steel, it appears that Warner Brothers has finally made a decision on the future of the Superman franchise. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, WB prez Jeff Robinov revealed that they are planning to reboot the series once again, in a way that will allow them to build up to the Justice League or some other form of team-up movie.
“Superman [Returns] didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to… It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned. Had Superman worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009, but now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman.”
He also confirmed that the success of The Dark Knight has proven to them that darker is better, even for Superman. “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it.”
Over the next three years, Warner Brothers hopes to crank out a sequel to The Dark Knight, a new Superman flick, and two other movies focusing on either Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow or Wonder Woman. I’m glad to hear that they’re not continuing with Superman Returns, because if you ask me, there is nowhere they could possibly go with that damn kid in the mix. As for “darker is better”… uh, yeah it works for Batman, but I’m not sure it makes sense for all the other characters.