Christopher Nolan Brought on to Mentor New ‘Superman’ Reboot?

Warner Bros. has apparently brought the ‘Dark Knight’ director aboard to figure out how to proceed with the franchise.

Christopher Nolan overseeing Superman for Warner Bros.
Christopher Nolan overseeing Superman for Warner Bros.
A new breaking story seems to indicate that director Christopher Nolan is at the forefront of yet another superhero franchise at Warner Bros. Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that Warner Bros. has brought on Christopher Nolan as a "mentor" a new Superman film.

It was said that Nolan's strong ties to the studio were among the top reasons they brought him on board, and they want Nolan to, "ensure The Man Of Steel gets off the ground after a 3 1/2-year hiatus." It was also reported that this new film would not be a sequel to the 2006 film Superman Returns and will be a brand new take on the character. However, it was said that both Superman Returns director Bryan Singer and star Brandon Routh were not totally out of the running concerning the reboot.

We were told that "Bryan or Brandon are not completely out of it yet. But Warner Bros doesn't have a handle yet on it, either. [Producer] Jon Peters is trying to make something happen since he stands to benefit financially. But they [the studio] need to hear a great story that makes sense." Another insider explained to us, "We know what we don't want to do. But we don't know what we want to do. We learned a lot from the last movie, and we want to get it right this time."

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Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Superman Returns was released June 28th, 2006 and stars Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington, Eva Marie Saint. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.

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  1. that-kid

    "Reboot" is a way overused word, anyway. It's not like the other Superman movies were canon for the character. They're all adaptations. If people make a film adaptation that isn't related to previous attempts, they're not rebooting the franchise. They're just making their own version.

    5 years agoby @that-kidFlag

  2. Josh

    They shouldn't even be calling it a "reboot" because WB don't have the rights to make an origin story.

    5 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. Chad Vital

    Yeah Superman should be ok now lol.

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  4. WongFu

    There is more than enough material to last over twenty films, instead of making sh*t up along the way.
    It's a pain in the ass and I'm sure Nolan will be able to use something to continue the story arc or have a new take on the big blue. We as the audience are too picky, I would like to see Millers trilogy, but then again it might not happen at all.
    If Nolan does decide to direct, then we won't be seeing Batman any time soon unless he asks his brother to finish it off.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  5. TheMime

    All in all, the movie will rock. Probably 100 times better then that last failure they like to call "Superman Returns."

    5 years agoby @themimeFlag

  6. Remy72883

    what im saying nathan_lease is it really doesn't matter to me, personally i liked superman returns just thought it good have use a little bit more ump and story and i got to say after watching the interview Fallen gave me the link for and looking into it either way as far as im concerned as a fan im gonna win, if they go ahead and decide not to reboot Nolan is gonna give the film a kick ass point of veiw and if they reboot the franchise and go with what miller wants to do then hell yeah. i agree with you that Death of Superman, The Reign of the Supermen, and The Return of Superman would defiantly make a good trilogy but the way miller is talking is pretty much a lord of the rings kinda thing 1 story over 3 films epic and everything else. it could work and sounds interesting

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  7. nathan_lease

    Fallen and Remy? Are you guys wanting this to be a reboot. I'm not really interested in rebooting the character. I was just saying the Death of Superman, The Reign of the Supermen, and The Return of Superman. It could be turned into a trilogy.

    5 years agoby @nathan-leaseFlag

  8. Sebastiankillz is Christopher Nolan gonna direct the movie or wat?!

    5 years agoby @sebastiankillzFlag

  9. Remy72883

    so true, I will salute her any day of the week lol

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  10. the Narrator

    Lol. Dito man. Haha. Some people don't believe there's a God. That chick said otherwise for fanboys. :)

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  11. Remy72883

    thx Fallen it was a god interview alot of info so i am looking forward to this hopefully getting done, plus i thought the wanna be army chick in the back round was smokin hot.

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  12. the Narrator

    No problem man. Script, I have no idea is its even been completed. Its not confirmed if the studio wants it (but they should) so I'd say a script might not even be made. Probably just a treatment. However here you get to see Miller's proposal/ideas and more in this interview. Watch it.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. Remy72883

    well to be honest with you The Fallen ive personally wanted to see the entire series redone, and i was always curious about him not aging, well slowly very slowly aging, what would happen, so this is something i will enjoy to finally see, if you can show me a link where i can read up more on the script

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  14. the Narrator

    Guys.. if this is a REBOOT, there can't possible be a "Death of Superman" story for at least 3, most likely 4 entries to establish the character.

    Also, it wouldn't be a good story. I mean the fact he battles doomsday and him dying and destruction chaos and everything, yes. That would be cool.

    But obviously you guys have not heard of Miller's script. He has a epic, and I mean epic trilogy for Supe's, that begins with him crashing here, and ends with him alone and aged, staring softly at the sun. Seriously look it up and you can see the outline of what he planned for the Man of Steel. And you know what. Your doomsday is in it. Whoopie. Everyone wins.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  15. Remy72883

    i also would like to see the death of superman story happen but after you do something like that then where do you go, i mean a battle like that takes like hours of beating the sh*t out of each other, after something like that the fans are drooling just watching what happens, after something that big where would you go afterwords you know, that's the only problem i see with it, i wanna see it but afterwords if they decided to do another where would you go with it? i mean you got Darkside, and dozens of others to bring it, you kinda wanna build the fans up over time and leave of with a big bang, personally i would like to see some villain like Brainiac, someone who knows his heritage and everything else kinda educates him on his home planet and then boom the double cross and a big ass battle, i just dont wanna see another superman film done and then have to wait 5 to 19 years for another remake, i would want a traditional sequel or several, hollywood is pissing me off seeing how they do these films, they screw them up and just to shut everyone up says were doing a reboot, i say get is done right the first time.

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  16. nathan_lease

    Everyone knows who he is. People want to see action with this kind of character. Basically kicking the crap out of guys. You seem to have an issue with the Death of Superman story Illuminati? I don't see why it wouldn't make a good story in the first place? The pulled The Long Halloween for The Dark Knight, and you see how well that turned out. With Nolan at the helm. With his imagination, he could probably make that work as well.

    5 years agoby @nathan-leaseFlag

  17. Chad Vital

    I said that part of Hanc*ck was awesome, cause he was an *sshole, and he could do whatever he wanted since he was very much like Superman power wise. They did the same thing with Mr. Mahattan in Watchmen. Why should he care about people when he's not one of us type of thing...that's all I was sayin. I like the idea of Superman figuring out who he is as somebody "different" and trying to deal with that whole speal. I mean, it could be kinda like how they view homosexuality, Superman being hated because he's different, not "normal". No one wants a guy who can't be stopped running around or flying around if you will, so that's also part of Hanc*ck that was interesting. I liked Hanc*ck, it was a good film, not the almight of films, but it was good. If you didn't like it, I feel bad for you because you missed the whole point of the film. I got it, and it seems to be disliked on the internet for some reason, and I don't even know why. Regardless, I just hope the growing up on a farm part of the film doesn't take up half the film, most people know how he came about, they should do it in like 20 minutes or less, no reason to burn screen time with him as a teenager and such. Maybe some ideals his "father" teaches him that he remembers later in the film, but that's about it.

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  18. that-kid

    What does "mentor" even mean? It's so vague. Is Nolan producing, writing, greenlighting scripts, or what? Are they giving him final say over all development decisions? It's hard to comment meaningfully without some clarity about what his actual job is.

    But, maybe WB is concerned that the world hasn't been given a sweeping, thematically deep cinematic presentation of the Superman mythos. That's legit. I hope that's what they take from Batman's success, not just the need to be "dark and edgy." Getting Nolan involved shows that maybe their heads are in the right place. Maybe.

    I have not seen Superman Returns, though.

    5 years agoby @that-kidFlag

  19. Remy72883

    i like matt bomer and he does have the look but my only problem is superman is supposed to be this tall built up guy and Marr Bomer just is not that, personally i thought Dean Caine had the right build for it,

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  20. TheMime

    Yeah.....It fits...but will it work?.....I just don't want to see that same disappointment as last time.

    5 years agoby @themimeFlag

  21. the Narrator

    I just read comrades casting comment... agreed! Bomer (white collar) is a good actor and fits the part. I say go for it!

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  22. the Narrator

    Well if he is a executive producer AND a co writer (although Millers script would be best) I am all for it. And don't worry. They won't make it "dark" or anything. Lmao.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  23. Remy72883

    hey thanks for the heads up Rufio

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  24. Illuminati

    nathan- i agree the fight sequences could be amazing. I don't even mind DOOMSDAY being a sub-character. But THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN 'story'? that doesn't leave much room for character development.

    it was the same case with the comic. No character development, it was just fights from one panel to another. It was a good experiement on paper, but not on film.

    Rufio- good looking out :)

    5 years agoby @illuminatiFlag

  25. Splatter2010

    Thanks for the heads up on the Nolan article Rufio! Hopefully Movieweb gets the lowdown soon.

    5 years agoby @mindscapeFlag

  26. nathan_lease

    Now how is that a horrible idea Illuminati? I was just talking about his battle with Doomsday. If you thought I was talking about The Reign of the Supermen which their are four guys who claim to be Superman. Then their is The Return of Superman. That would be a bit much for just one movie. They could make it into a trilogy. That's your opinion if you think it was just an average story, but I bet you that it would do well in theaters.

    5 years agoby @nathan-leaseFlag

  27. Rufio

    SEQUEL TO DARK KNIGHT IN WORKS ACCORDING TO NY TIMES (not sure how/why movieweb missed this):
    it's a great article about Warner Bros changing the way they do business, and in it there is a tiny line from Nolan (speaking of WB head Robinov) that states: ""He is trying not to cling to the things that have worked in the past," said Christopher Nolan, who directed "The Dark Knight" and is working on another Batman sequel."
    i know it is not a ton of info, but to my knowledge the first published report that TDK sequel is officially underway.

    5 years agoby @rufioFlag

  28. Illuminati

    JOSH was spot on; they 'christ like' impression of Superman was something they should have explored more. They only touched on in RETURNS and then went haywire.

    nathan_lease-horrible idea bro! How the hell could they do the film of this? the robots/clones and the fake death? it would be a mess.
    the only reason DEATH OF SUPERMAN was the best selling was because of it's title concept, but it was an average story at best.

    Chad- did you say HANC*CK was awesome? lol wow bro. that was such a forgettable movie.

    5 years agoby @illuminatiFlag

  29. Avrahama

    Brandon Routh is more suited to this than Tom Welling that's for sure. But if you can at all help it, for god sake, make him more manly - Superman needs to be taller and more sqaure jawed.. He should look slim but strong. Not like a boytoy.

    5 years agoby @avrahamaFlag

  30. -comrade-

    Tom Welling is not suited for this.

    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

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