I don’t know about you but I could live without an origin reference in a Superman movie (I’ve had 6 of them), so I’m thinking this is a pretty decent deal. DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson was asked about the progress of a new Superman film. Her response was, “We actually don’t have any current plans for Superman…We’ve obviously done a lot of great things behind the property in our history, and it’s a key part of the family, but we don’t have current plans behind Superman.”
This begs the question: Why? Their window of opportunity for this film is very narrow, and if they miss it they have to pay out the family big time for the rights.
Don’t get me wrong DC has done some things right, like their direct to DVD animated movies. Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Nights, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, and most recently Public Enemies. These are stellar movies, following the comics closely in all their gritty detail. They were very bold with these films and not afraid to take chances with it, pushing the envelope. Decidedly these are not “kiddy” cartoons, but mostly appeal to the more adult fanboys. With the forthcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (following the awesome Crisis comic story line) DC doesn’t look to be pulling any punches any time soon either.
So why can’t they transfer that scriptwriting and storytelling talent into a live-action production? Batman has obviously found plenty of success under the direction of Christopher Nolan, but he’s not going to make Batman movies forever (he’s been reluctant to even come on for the third movie) and once the main players leave, the license will need to end. So that leaves…hmm…not much.
I guess Green Lantern is coming up with Ryan Reynolds, and I don’t think anyone knows what the state of the Green Arrow film Super Max is (I hear David Goyer’s directing and the title will change). From all I’ve heard the JL movie is dead and not likely to be resurrected soon (writer’s guild strike killed it). So that’s your line-up DC?
I know people weren’t thrilled with Superman Returns, but it still made money and there are people clamoring for an awesome sequel. The demand for another Superman is out there and the license still has plenty of life left in it.
With Marvel Entertainment pumping out a steady flow of excellent live-action adaptations, it makes one wonder why DC can’t keep up. By all means keep the animated movies flowing, but let’s devote some of that energy into the broader theatrical area.