Man of Steel (2013)


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The next movie should be "Superman & Lois", given the Warners will mine again from the Batman franchise.

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Wouldn't it have to be Superman Forever, first? :)

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: Talent agency insiders with ties to the film tell TMZ that Warner Bros. Pictures president and COO

: Alan Horn has informed agents that a sequel hinges on whether grosses of "Superman Returns"

: can crest the $200 million mark domestically.

And last weekend, it did.

Link to the thread for the previous film.

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Singer's zinger: another 'Superman'

Bryan Singer has inked a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to direct and produce a sequel to "Superman Returns," with Legendary Pictures expected to co-finance. Pic is tentatively intended for release in summer 2009, although the studio stressed that there's not even a script or budget yet.

Variety, October 30

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Well, there were three-year gaps between the X-Men movies (2000, 2003, 2006), and between the Star Wars (1977, 1980, 1983; 1999, 2002, 2005) movies too, come to that. Even the original Superman films (1978, 1980, 1983, 1987) had gaps of three or four years between them, the only exception being between the first two films, which were shot partly simultaneously. And the Batman films (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997) were also released at a pace of every three years, mostly -- except for that last one with Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Clooney, which was rushed into production after only two years, and basically killed the franchise. (Batman Begins is such a different beast that it's not really the same franchise any more.) So for a big-budgeted superhero movie that hasn't even been written yet, a three-year gap seems reasonable.

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United Artists grabs Singer thriller

United Artists toppers Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner have greenlit their second film, an original thriller that Bryan Singer will direct as his next feature. The untitled film re-teams Singer with "The Usual Suspects" screenwriter Chris McQuarrie. . . . The film will delay Warner Bros.' hope of mounting a sequel to "Superman Returns" in the near future.

Variety, March 13

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Exclusive : Superman WON'T go it alone

After the slightly . . . disappointing returns on "Superman Returns", Warner were in two minds about whether to continue the series or not -- right away, anyway. One idea that came up was to make their long-planned "Justice League" movie, and possibly just incorporate 'Superman' into that. Cut to a month or so ago, and the trades announce that the studio is in the early stages of developing a "Justice League" movie. Interestingly enough, a couple of weeks later, those some publications announce that the next "Superman" sequel could be delayed -- because director Bryan Singer has gone and got himself involved in another film; a thriller for United Artists. Interesting hey? Well, the plot thickens, I heard from a pretty reliable source this weekend -- who, has some top contacts himself -- who essentially confirmed that the WB are thinking of putting the next "Superman" movie into turnaround, and instead will just use the character in the new "Justice League" movie. (Funnily enough, Batman would not be involved in the new film -- he's too big to waste on a film like this, apparently).

Moviehole.net, March 19

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Spacey set for 'Superman' sequel

Kevin Spacey will return as Lex Luthor in "Superman: Man of Steel" and appear in "Telstar," Nick Moran's film version of Moran and James Hicks' 2005 darkly comic West End play about flamboyant '60s record mogul Joe Meek. "Superman" director Bryan Singer met with Spacey in New York while the latter was appearing on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's recently wrapped "Moon for the Misbegotten." Singer was about to pitch his "Man of Steel" sequel to Warner Bros.; "Superman Returns" scripter Michael Dougherty is now writing the screenplay. After Singer completes "Valkyrie" and "The Mayor of Castro Street," he plans to start production on "Man of Steel" next year for a 2009 release. . . .

Variety, July 10

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So the Superman franchise is going with naming schemes similar to the new Batman franchise? Interesting.

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Spacey set for 'Superman' sequel

Kevin Spacey will return as Lex Luthor in "Superman: Man of Steel" and appear in "Telstar," Nick Moran's film version of Moran and James Hicks' 2005 darkly comic West End play about flamboyant '60s record mogul Joe Meek. "Superman" director Bryan Singer met with Spacey in New York while the latter was appearing on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's recently wrapped "Moon for the Misbegotten." Singer was about to pitch his "Man of Steel" sequel to Warner Bros.; "Superman Returns" scripter Michael Dougherty is now writing the screenplay. After Singer completes "Valkyrie" and "The Mayor of Castro Street," he plans to start production on "Man of Steel" next year for a 2009 release. . . .

Variety, July 10

I thought Kevin Spacey had retired from film acting....

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: So the Superman franchise is going with naming schemes similar to the new Batman franchise? Interesting.

Yeah, I figured that was the scheme back when Begins and Returns came out. Can't say I like the way they're perpetuating that, myself. The two franchises are very different (not least because Begins was a full-fledged re-boot, whereas Returns is essentially an alternate sequel to earlier sequels in the existing franchise), and deserve to be kept so.

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: I thought Kevin Spacey had retired from film acting....

He addresses -- or, rather, rebutts -- those rumours in the linked article.

The bigger concern for me is that the first semi-definite word about the Superman sequel is about Spacey at ALL -- partly because it's somewhat worrying that the villain should still matter more than the hero (has anyone talked to Brandon Routh re: whether HE will be in the sequel?), and partly because I don't see why Lex Luthor has to be in every single cotton-pickin' Superman film (the only one he WASN'T in was Superman III, where the lead villain was basically a movie-only imitation of Luthor; why can't these films use any of the OTHER supervillains from the comic books, the way the Batman films have always done!?).

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How about the return of Zod?

Played by...

oh...

would you be okay with...

TERRENCE STAMP??

Might happen.

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I think it's a bad idea. The homages of "Superman Returns" veered to close to ripoff. Having Stamp as Zod would make the next film more of that lineage.

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'Superman' writers won't return

Superman needs some ideas for what his next adventure might be. "Superman Returns" scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris have opted not to come back and pen a sequel to the 2006 summer pic that would have reunited them with helmer Bryan Singer. The three also worked together on "X2: X-Men United."

Variety, October 21

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Cape fear: Superman still grounded

Could the WGA strike prove Kryptonite to the Man of Steel?

With the work stoppage playing havoc with studio slates, Warner's planned sequel to Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" could be locked up in the Fortress of Solitude for some time. . . .

Before Singer started production on UA's "Valkyrie," WB and co-financier Legendary Pictures closed a deal for him to produce and direct "Superman: Man of Steel."

According to a spokesman for the director's reps at William Morris, "'Superman' is moving forward with Bryan Singer attached." But inside the studio, "Superman" is not on any fast track, and word is that Singer may wind up not directing it. . . .

Variety, January 11

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All I can say is, this does nothing to move me - and I'm a Superman fan from waaaaaay back. Singer's Superman Returns hardened me, jaded me. It tried so hard and fell short of greatness, and I no longer have faith that Singer can pull it off. I'd rather Singer have another go than Ratner, McG, or Burton get their crack at it, but I'd MUCH rather see another director, a fresh director, take the reins. I want to believe that a man can not only fly - but can be truly good and noble and self-sacrificing that he inspires ME to be a hero. I don't think Singer has that in him.

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Singer Talks Superman Returns Sequel

Earlier today, IESB reported that rumours were flying that Bryan Singer was working on a sequel to Superman Returns. Well, we've spoken to Singer and he's confirmed that work's under way on the film that some said would never happen because the first was perceived as a flop. . . . " . . . I'm just getting back with writers after the strike. We're just in the development phase. I'm starting to develop a sequel...with the intention of directing it."

Empire Online, March 11

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I'm more than happy to see Singer try again. I was unmoved and disappointed with his first attempt, but he's still 2-1 when it comes to superhero films.

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Burton, Denes?!? BURTON?

Yes, I'd rather Singer than Burton. That surprises you?

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Warner vexed by legal Man of Steel

He's a superhero to rights holders -- but Kryptonite to studios.

Last week, attorney Marc Toberoff won a potentially costly "Superman" victory against Warner Bros. for co-creator Jerome Siegel's heirs. The federal ruling, which gives the heirs a stake in rights sold 71 years ago, could put a serious crimp on future plans for one of the studio's most enduring -- and lucrative -- franchises, especially if co-creator Joe Shuster's heirs follow suit in five years, when they are eligible to do so.

As it is, the studio has at least two Superman projects in development -- a follow-up to Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" and "Justice League" -- and it may end up paying tens of millions from the domestic haul of "Superman Returns" to Siegel's heirs under the ruling, which applies to domestic monies for Superman projects since 1999.

The case is Toberoff's latest -- and potentially most damaging -- claim against the studio. The dedicated copyright crusader has pursued claims involving "Wild Wild West," "Dukes of Hazzard," "Smallville" and the upcoming "Get Smart."

He has gone after other studios, including Sony, but his most high-profile cases -- and victories -- have involved Warners. The studio paid "Moonrunners" producer Robert B. Clark a $17.5 million settlement in a case about similarities between that 1974 movie and the bigscreen "The Dukes of Hazzard." And a federal judge ruled earlier in the Siegels' favor over "Smallville," although that was challenged and the case still being resolved. . . .

Variety, March 30

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Thomas Tull '92 Discusses His Journey From Hamilton to Hollywood

Legendary's roster of upcoming films includes a wide variety of properties, including Watchmen (from the renowned graphic novel), Akira (a remake of the popular Japanese anime film), a Superman sequel (in Which Tull hopes to invoke more of the image of "an angry god"), Clash of the Titans, Where the Wild Things Are and a film of Paradise Lost (Tull is particularly interested in the "[story] arc of Lucifer").

Hamilton College, April 21

Routh Returns for Lie to Me & Talks Superman

CS: What sides of Superman and Clark Kent are you excited about exploring in the sequel?

Routh: Well, I think that something that audiences are looking for

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Anne Thompson: "Today I was told that it is a priority at the studio to find the right direction and if Bryan Singer is willing to do that, fine, but if he gets in the way, he may not stay on the project."

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Warner Brothers Confirms Superman re-boot

Like the recent Batman sequel -- which has become the highest-grossing film of the year thus far -- Mr. Robinov wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as "The Dark Knight." Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.' DC properties. "We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it," he says. That goes for the company's Superman franchise as well.

Here's the original article.

::cheers:: for reboot; :scratchchin: for "darker." I'm not sure how that would play out....

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