Warner Bros. Confirms Complete ‘Superman’ Reboot

The studio’s president confirms they’re moving forward and ignoring the first film.

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It was reported a few days ago that Warner Bros. was thinking of doing a complete overhaul on Superman: The Man of Steel, completely redoing the franchise. Today, the Wall Street Journal has confirmed from Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov that this is exactly the path they are taking, which could be in the vein of The Incredible Hulk that essentially ignored Ang Lee's 2003 film Hulk. Here's an excerpt from the article.

Warner Bros. also put on hold plans for another movie starring multiple superheroes -- known as "Batman vs. Superman" -- after the $215 million Superman Returns, which had disappointing box-office returns, didn't please executives. "'Superman' didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to," says Mr. Robinov. "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," he adds. "But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all."

The article went on to say that Warner will be announcing its plans for future DC Comics movies next month and Robinov said that, "we're developing every DC character that we own."

The studio is set to announce its plans for future DC movies in the next month. For now, though, it is focused on releasing four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. Movies featuring Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman are all in active development.

Given the success of The Dark Knight, Robinov also said he wants this new slate of films to be darker in tone and also said he expects at least two DC tentpole releases by 2011.

"We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it," Robinov said, while adding that this would apply to Superman: The Man of Steel as well.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on Warner's upcoming DC Comics slate as well as any and all updates regarding Superman: The Man of Steel.

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.

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  1. Sithiel

    One possible strategy to satisfy everyone is to create a crossover in a different setting. Since all of the previous settings were on earth, a new setting would make it look like a reboot. The new setting could be deep space wherein superman tries to look for the planet Krypton but instead ends up in another planet with either braniac or darkseid and a revived general zod. They should include more action and many fight scenes with alien troopers and different military starships. In the end, he finally sees the remnants of the planet Krypton and makes his way back to earth. In this way, it could still pass as a prequel of superman returns. If this film becomes successful, they could now make sequels to superman returns. One sequel could be about superman's death from the battle with doomsday. And in the end of this movie they could show the reign or rise of the supermen featuring steal, the cyborg, the eradicator, and superboy. Superboy could be superman's son from superman returns, instead of a clone from star labs. This is where they could show the supermen as angry god versions of the original. I also think that Brandon Rought should still play superman's role.

    7 years agoby @sithielFlag

  2. batman's protege

    wats up with this make everything dark sh*t, the dark knight worked because batman's character is dark and the awesomeness of chris nolan. warners should look what happened to sony when they tried to make spiderman dark. lol. make superman's villian dark not him.

    7 years agoby @movielover1994Flag

  3. erncrazy

    i remember when Nicolas Cage was guuna be Superman and Jim Carrey was gunna be Brainiac now that would of been tight instead the got Brandon Routh that looks more like a superboy

    7 years agoby @erncrazyFlag

  4. CBF

    Rhavn, you're high. Smallville doesn't have ANYTHING to do with the films. The writers don't even look at that teenage drama for inspiration. Brainiac is A MUST for the next film.

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  5. test-0001

    Lex Luthor....Vin Diesel or Jason Statham?...who would be better? Darker, but get rid of the humorous Lex altogether.
    Superman....Brandon Routhe? or some other "no name" actor.
    Lana Lang....NOOOOO!, that would make the movie suck.
    Lois Lane....Anyone, but make her childless.
    ...and add another villain into the mix (not Braniac, he's been done too much in the tv series Smallville. I think they need to do a remake of Superman 2, but make it an origin movie with Zod being the reason that Clark puts on the uniform to become Superman.

    7 years agoby @test-0001Flag

  6. Kungfusalsa

    oh and they can't do the death of superman yet, james, too soon. they've gotta milk the franchise a bit more.. too much money to be made.. but i agree, the death of superman movie would be frickin intense

    7 years agoby @dimmaknycFlag

  7. Kungfusalsa

    i still don't know what to think. from the sound of it, there's potential for this reboot to be awesome. the first one wasn't THAT bad, but in comparison to the new super-hero flicks coming out now, it really pales in comparison... so my hopes are high..

    7 years agoby @dimmaknycFlag

  8. CBF

    "We know now that the screenplay for the new movie is to be penned by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurzman who scripted last year's massive smash-hit robot movie Transformers and have written the 2009 sequel [for] Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen and the screenplay for next year's new Star Trek movie. The involvement of Singer, Orci and Kurzman in the sequel was revealed by the IESB movie site. There are likely to be supervillains and energetic action in this next Superman movie - it's a must."

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  9. Masta_Chiefed

    \/ Cosigned lecter

    7 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  10. james_lecter

    I think it would be awesome if they did a big sceen version of "The Death of Superman" The fight alone with Doomsday will be worth the price ot the ticket.

    7 years agoby @james-lecterFlag

  11. The Doctor

    Now i agree with Comic Book Fan. My idea is that Brainiax is a superb villian to fight Superman because he can fight the man of steel mentally and physically.

    7 years agoby @ghettokidFlag

  12. CBF

    I say BRAINIAC needs to be in it because he fits well into the origins and he didn't quite make the cut on 2 other Superman films. I know they considered him as the villain for Superman III (which would have been nothing short of awesome, and they should have stopped there), and abandoned projects before Superman Returns.

    The interest for Brainiac to relevantly play into the Superman story in a film is widely considered as a fan-favorite. I think the story might make sense if it is told that when the planet of Colu is destroyed, the Brain InterActive Construct travels to the nearby planet of Krypton, where it is there that Jor-El comes into contact with the being. Sensing Krypton's destruction, Brainiac attempts to steal valuable Kryptonian knowledge from the world. Jor-El is the only one that knows, and tries to plea in front of the Elders of the High Council of Krypton's inevitable destruction, but is banned. He sends Kal-El to Earth...

    Brainiac has been in at least 3 drafts for Superman movies, and at one point, was to follow The Death of Superman storyline for V by introducing Doomsday. My idea is rough, and just meant to tie Brainiac into the Krypton origin as the comic book does. I am not pitching a script here, I am simply giving an idea as to how this could be done. Another thing I will say is that if Kevin Spacey is to return as Lex Luthor, if the reboot is legit news, than a new take on his character would be fresh and more true to his comic counterpart. Where Lex is starting LexCorp, Brainiac could be the ultimate asset for him. And, if Supes defeats him once, Lex could rebuild him like in the comics and DCAU, making him bigger and stronger, and more of the machine he is.

    BTW, here is the link to the original pitched idea of Superman III written by Ilya Salkind, with characters Brainiac, Mr. Mxyzptlk, and Supergirl:


    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

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    7 years agoby @flrep07Flag

  14. Chad Vital

    They should just go all out and have like 5 villians.
    lmao that would be so chaotic. They could even do cameos with other "smaller" heros like Green Arrow or Flash (bigger than Green Arrow but he still kinda unknown to the general public)...so those characters can get their own major blockbuster films one day...that won't suck or go straight to dvd lol.

    (If you name drop Spiderman 3 I will bitch slap you...the only reason that movie didn't work was because Venom was gay...if he would have been bad ass, the 3 villians thing would have worked out just fine so I don't wanna hear anything about it)

    But anyway...
    just put them all in it. Darkseid, Bizarro, Brainiac, & Doomsday. Wow. Superman would have his hands full. But then again, he is Superman. He needs to live up to his name. Give him a very overwhelming challenge.

    (btw this is totally ridiculous and would never happen in a movie due because people bitch about how a movie should always be in some type of movie structure that's cliche beyond reason and must have a happy ending- which is all bullsh*t if you ask me). Kill the Superman haha.

    7 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  15. Chad Vital

    That would be nuts, if they Killed Superman. Using Doomsday of course. The way he dies also kills Doomsday so they die at the same time...but a couple minutes later near the end of the film...Supe gets up or raises his arm from the concrete of destruction or wherever the hell they are lol.

    7 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  16. evilwarrior31

    I dont think they a complete reboot just stop using lex as the villain,having bloody lovey flying scenes with lois and for the next film they him in space for five years going to kryton he could have come across anyone Darkseid,Doomsdays,Mongel and Brainiac.

    7 years agoby @evilwarrior31Flag

  17. Drewski37

    If they evan show lex in the movie it should just be a cameo of him in a high security prison, or starting his company business....

    7 years agoby @drewski37Flag

  18. Drewski37

    How about the silver banshee, angaline joliee is scary enough for that part..:), if she would gain about 20 pounds maybe she would be hot again.....

    7 years agoby @drewski37Flag

  19. erncrazy

    Bring on the Doomsday kill off the Superman

    7 years agoby @erncrazyFlag

  20. knobie09

    4,actualy! part 3 had robert vaughn playing the bad guy.

    7 years agoby @knobie09Flag

  21. CBF

    The Doctor is right. No more Lex Luthor as the main villain. We have FIVE films now with Luthor as the antagonist, I think we've seen enough of his plot schemes.

    About Superman being "dark," he was dark when he was exposed to Red Kryptonite. Other than that, yes, he stood for everything good and true and therefore was not a dark character like Bats.

    The movie needs to tell the story of Brainiac as well as Superman's origin / Krypton's destruction. Well, it doesn't HAVE to, but Brainiac should definitely be in there. I say 3rd time's the charm, time to ACTUALLY put him into a movie rather that just considering him. LexCorp would be cool to see, too.

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  22. knobie09

    to therealcaptain:kudos on that "superman-is-not-a-dark-character" comment. by the way... you forgot intergang!

    7 years agoby @knobie09Flag

  23. knobie09

    what? "smallville" on the big screen?

    7 years agoby @knobie09Flag

  24. Portfan

    I feel because Michael Rosenbaum is associated with a modern day Lex Luthor so much, And Tom Welling with Clark Kent, any Superman movie would have to have at least one, or for maximum effect both as their respective characters. Any reboot now will do just as bad as Superman Returns. The only chance they have of saving the franchise with the current cast is a JLA movie, or bring in Doomsday, the only real nemesis for Superman.

    7 years agoby @portfanFlag

  25. swiper

    thank you man of steel and itchy balls

    7 years agoby @swiperFlag

  26. They call me ITCHY BALLS

    "I wouldn't mind if they said, "This is my idea for a plot" instead of "That's my opinion." An opinion is a stance on a single idea. I like to hear people's ideas, but they shouldn't be chickensh*t about them."

    Here's my idea....

    ComradHenson gets bent over by Bryan Singer and poked in the butt by his tiny dick.

    7 years agoby @danbrchFlag

  27. Saquin Turok 'X'

    Drop Supe's son, give him a supervillain to fight, and all will be well in the world of Metropolis once again.

    7 years agoby @teesterxFlag

  28. RingWraither

    Well hopefully they find someone with more emotion to the character

    7 years agoby @ringwraitherFlag

  29. The Doctor

    And no more Lex Luther as the main villian.

    7 years agoby @ghettokidFlag

  30. The Doctor

    Once a good villian in the film, i will be happy.

    7 years agoby @ghettokidFlag

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