In Depth: Christopher Nolan Overseeing Superman Reboot

February 9, 2010

Deadline Hollywood is currently reporting that Christopher Nolan has been tapped by Warner Bros. to oversee the development of a new Superman film, one that will reboot the 32 year old franchise.

Now the fact that Christopher Nolan is overseeing the project could be seen as both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, Nolan very successfully restarted the Batman franchise with Batman Begins and then created the best superhero film of all time, The Dark Knight.

And his involvement could also mean that a DC shared film universe, much like the one Marvel is currently attempting to make, which could lead to the long over due Justice League film.

But this could be a very, very horrible thing for good ol’ Supes. Back in 2008, when Warner Bros.  announced their attempts to expand their catalogue of DC Comics films, it was said that they wanted “to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it.”  Now Superman is not a dark character, he doesn’t inspire fear like Batman. Superman is a character that inspires hope.

Now that doesn’t mean he has to be the “Big Blue Boy Scout” that everyone believes him to be, Superman just can’t be lurking in the shadows and talk with the gravely voice. He has to be out in the day light, talking normally.  He has to trust the people of Metropolis and they have to trust him.

The villain on the other hand could be taken dark. You could have a truly sadistic Lex Luthor, who will stop at nothing to be the best. A deranged Bizarro, who attemps to infiltrate and take over Supes’ life, or even the unstoppable Doomsday. The villain is where the darkness must lie in a Superman film, not the hero.

No matter what the movie holds the first Superhero, one fact remains true, production must start before 2011. Warner Bros was ordered by a court awhile ago, that they must have a new Superman film in production by 2011 or pay the heirs of Siegel, one of the creators of Superman, for losses on the potential film.

The plot, cast and director have not been decided on yet, but I would assume that they would all be announced within the year to avoid paying the Siegels.

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