Apparently, not everyone was as impressed with Superman Returns as I was. I think Brian Singer did a fantastic job bringing the same wonder and awe of the Man of Steel that we remember from the Christopher Reeves series and the Max Fleischer cartoons.
But The Wall Street Journal just posted an article about how Warner Brothers is doing fewer movies based on DC comics (nothing new) and how disappointed they were with the profits from Superman Returns. Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov officially revealed that every fanboyÂ’s wet dream of a Batman vs. Superman movie just isnÂ’t going to happen anytime soon (insert genuinely frowning emoticon). He also dropped hints of a future Superman movie that would reintroduce the character as much darker (insert angry emoticon).
Screw you, Robinov! We donÂ’t need a darker Superman. Sure, Big Blue has his share of problems, but coming to terms with seeing his parents gunned down in front of him isnÂ’t one of them. And reintroducing the franchise? With a detailed back story? Unnecessary. For crying out loud, even my mom knows the origin of Superman. All you really need to do, Mr. Robinov, if that is your real name, is introduce a villain who isnÂ’t Lex Luthor. ItÂ’s not that hard. Really. We have Darkseid, and Metallo, and Brainiac, and Bizarro Superman, and. . . hell. . . even Mr. Mxyzptlk could be interesting.
WeÂ’ll have to wait until next month when the studio shares it plans for upcoming films based on Batman and Superman, as well as (cross your fingers now) the Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern (yeah!), and Wonder Woman (wonderful!). Meanwhile, Universal has just started a film based on the wildly popular Marvel character Ant-Man.