Chris Nolan to Assist Superman Reboot
According to sources at Deadline Hollywood, Chris Nolan, director of Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight, has been tapped by Warner Brothers to “Godfather” the reboot of the Superman franchise. While it’s known now that Nolan, his brother Jonah, and David Goyer are presently working on the script for their next Batman film… Warner Brothers appears to want Nolan to help guide the next Superman film for the studio, to help bring back the fans that exited after Bryan Singer’s Donner-esque Superman Returns. Nolan is thought to be able to help give birth to a darker (“more mature”) version to DC’s flagship character for the big screen.
Warner Brothers wants a fresh take on the Kryptonian super star, hopefully shedding the production nightmares attached like a yoke on the neck of the franchise as a whole. Lest us nerds forget Kevin Smith’s penned draft featuring giant spiders, and a Jay and Silent Bob cameo… to the countless other scripts that turned up on the internet prior to Singer’s Returns, which ranged from the insanely bad to completely ludicrous. It’s hoped that Nolan, who brought the Bat-franchise out of the land of nipples and neon, can lend his hand to crafting a Superman movie that draws from the comics in the same way his Batman did from books like Frank Miller’s Year One, and Alan Moore’s Killing Joke.
But, is all this movement for nothing? According to attorney Marc Toberoff (representing the families of Superman’s creators Siegel and Schuster) the rights to Big Blue will come back to the families in 2013. This puts a stigma on DC and the WB to get production moving by 2011, or they may be forced to come crawling to the families to get the license back. And with Nolan currently putting the finishing touches on his newest non-comic flick, Inception, and the aforementioned third Batman film to be directed…it seems like his dance card is filling up fast.
So, let’s turn it out towards you Comicmix fans. What do you want to see in a Superman movie reboot? What books should Nolan be using for inspiration? Is it time for a new franchise villain to debut? Let us know what you think below!