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.
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.