Christopher Nolan Put in Charge of Superman Reboot

February 9, 2010

Warner Bros. has finally figured out what to do with Superman: give it to Christopher Nolan! The writer/director did wonders in his resuscitation of the Batman franchise, and now Warner Bros. is hoping he can do something similar for Superman.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Christopher Nolan is becoming the "godfather" of the Superman reboot, whatever that means. It seems to mean he's going to oversee the development of the project and, most of all, the story, which seems to mean Superman is going to go in a much grittier direction than it's gone before:

Let us emphasize that Superman 3.0 is in the early stages of development. And we doubt Nolan would direct. This wouldn't be a sequel to Superman Returns but a completely fresh franchise. As one of our insiders reassures: “It would definitely not be a followup to Superman Returns."...Another insider explained to us, "We know what we don't want to do. But we don't know what we want to do. We learned a lot from the last movie, and we want to get it right this time."

This is serious business. For so long the thought of another Superman movie was a less-than-inspiring idea to fans and movie buffs alike. But with Nolan heading up the new story, and possibly production, this is a whole new ball game.

It sounds as if Bryan Singer is definitely out, as he's back in the mix at Fox working on X-Men: First Class.      

Which means it's Nolan's time to shine. Again. Is it possible he can do for Superman what he did for Batman? And if so, does that mean everyone from the 2006 film is out?

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