Superman franchise – dead once again?

It’s been three years since the Man of Steel reboot and the word is, Bryan Singer is no longer interested to direct. Now with the time lapse, Brandon Routh’s contract has also expired.

Routh as Superman

According to this article, Routh admitted in a Portugese interview that he didn’t know what Warner Bros plans with the franchise. He blamed the failure on the lack of fight scenes, which made the indestructible Kryptonian seemed rather weak. Methinks it’s the obscure plotline of the is-he-or-isn’t-he-Supe’s kid (who has Asthma?!) and the often schmaltzy melodrama with his long lost love Lois Lane. Even with some really cool scenes—I totally dug the part when he stopped a plane crash in the middle of a baseball stadium—the dialogue was inconsistent and downright cheesy at times. I didn’t think Routh was horrible as the titular hero, but obviously lacking that ‘it’ factor that Christopher Reeve had in droves. I was a HUGE Superman fan ever since I was a wee girl, donning a Superman suit in my frontyard and wrote several letters to Chris Reeve (which got me not one but TWO autographed photos from the late actor).

I’d love to see the franchise continue, but perhaps it is in dire need of a complete overhaul. I’d start with the writers and a director with the cojones and vision like Zach Snyder. Or better yet, Christopher Nolan? Imagine what he’d do with Superman with the success of two highly successful Batman flix under his belt. I doubt he’d want to be associated with another comic superhero though. Alas, it might be a while before we get to see Supes fly again. Until then I suppose I can always re-watch the original and feel that familiar glee every time John William’s classic theme comes on.

4 thoughts on “Superman franchise – dead once again?

  1. Mike

    I agree. They’ve got to get “real” with Superman. Slick SUCKS! It would be interesting to have a more gritty version. Like Spiderman has been.

    Good story!

  2. rtm

    I think they were going to do that way back when with Nic Cage donning a cape-less costume, but who knows what happened there. I can’t ever picture him as Superman though =) I think a gritty version is overdue, after Sam Raimi’s Spidey trilogy and The Dark Knight, people expect a darker superhero, not just some feel-good fluff with special effects.

    1. rtm

      Hi Chris, thanks for visiting my blog. Well your guess would be as good as mine as at this point the whole franchise is pretty much kaput. They usually find an unknown to play Supes, as they did with Reeves and Routh, they’ll probably do the same if they reboot it. Let’s hope they find someone as charismatic as Chris Reeve!

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