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Nolan the last hope of SUPERMAN

DARK KNIGHT director to shepherd the Man of Steel back to greatness

By Rob M .Worley     February 09, 2010
Source: broke some major news this morning with a report that places Christopher Nolan, superstar director of 'The Dark Knight', in charge of rebooting and revitalizing Warner Bros. moribund 'Superman' franchise.

Nolan is most likely not directing the movie, but has been appointed the "godfather" of the franchise and will work behind the scenes to develop the story and get the character flying on the big screen once more. The movie would not be continuation of the Donner and Singer films, but rather a fresh start a la 'Batman Begins'.

DC Entertainment topper Diane Nelson has reportedly made it her mission to see the character back on the big screen with a story that is worthy of the franchise. There's a time pressure as well with the current legal wrangling over rights to the character which potentially will see the heirs of Jerome Siegel and the estate of co-creator Joe Shuster reclaiming in 2013 the rights to the character they created. Warner has time to get one or possibly two movies out while their ownership is of Superman is uncontested.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you excited to see what a Nolan-driven Superman movie will look like? Post your comments below...

Thanks to CaptainSigma, Phetus, lusiphur and fft5305 for the submission.


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fallensbane 2/9/2010 11:44:45 AM

Will his voice sound like he smokes 12 packs a day?

axia777 2/9/2010 11:47:56 AM

Zach Snyder needs to direct Superman with Nolan as the producer. The trilogy needs to be a series with Lex Luthor, then Braniac and lastly DarkSeid as the main villian of the series. The final battle of Superman VS Darksied would KICK ASS on screen. We could finally see Superman boxing someone with the idea that he could actually LOSE. It would be epic.

Graebeard 2/9/2010 11:52:49 AM

Could we possibly see Bruce Wayne?

Be nice to have this as a prelude to the a World Finest movie with Brainiac and Hugo Strange? 

pilgram 2/9/2010 11:59:21 AM

I always wanted a scene where Bruce was being interviewed by Clark for the planet. Just that would be cool enough for me.

krayzeman 2/9/2010 11:59:26 AM

One word: CROSSOVER!  If there is anytime that Batman can crossover with Superman its right now if their considering Nolan to supervise it.  If they dont I bet they'll be more keen to do it if The Avengers thing is succesful with Marvel...

evilbeagle 2/9/2010 12:00:26 PM

NO MORE LEX LUTHOR!  If you want to have him as the brains of the operation-fine, but he cannot be the primary villan!!!  Stupid!  And, it's been done too many times on the big screen already.

Take care of the origin in the same way they did in the Incredible Hulk reboot, and get down to business.

Wiseguy 2/9/2010 12:02:48 PM

I remember WB/DC a while back said they wanted a darker Superman, well Nolan is the guy then. I hate the ultra-realism Nolan has brought Batman in, basically a world where Superman can't exist nor the rest of the DC universe. Now I'm worried that WB has no intentions of uniting all these characters in the end unless Nolan makes a complete left turn with Batman.

monkeyfoot 2/9/2010 12:14:54 PM

Crossover is the one thing I still think will be difficult with Supes and Bats if Nolan is in charge. He has repeatedly said his Batman exists in a world where no other costumed heroes and no superpowered beings exist. How would he reconcile his close-to-reality Bats with an alien being who lifts mountains and flies through the air in a bright blue and red costume?

The only way I would see it is if he applied his realistic view onto Superman, which I might not like. The Son Of Krypton deals with superbeings on his power level, alien invasions and Luthor looking for real estate on a destructively vast scale. A realistic Superman actually wouldn't have those bigger than life adventures. It would only be saving people from natural disasters and getting involved with real wars. This would be an intersting story but it wouldn't be the comic book fun of Superman that fans have been aching to see on the biog screen.

Guess we'll see what he has in mind.. 

ElBaz13 2/9/2010 12:29:01 PM

No thanks.

This is not the right guy for it. Superman is a comicbook superhero. Nolan has not proven he could do this. His version of Batman was more like a realistic crime drama with a guy dressing up like a bat. It did not feel like a DC universe movie. I'm afraid he would do the same with Supes.

Plus, no matter how they want to sell Superman, unfortunately, he is no longer a draw and just a dinosaur character. A man in blue tights that has every super power  can't compete with more "modern" or "cool" superheroes like Wolverine, Spidey, Batman and Iron Man.

I like Smallville but cringe every time he is taken out by kryptonite because that's his only weakness. Sorry. No matter who plays Supes and who directs him, he will never be the draw he use to be.


wessmith1966 2/9/2010 12:30:49 PM

I don't know if this is a good fit. Nolan's Batman was more grounded in "reality" (as much as a super hero can be, of course), but Superman is different. Superman needs to be in the hands of Michael Bay, or better yet, James Cameron. Why? Michael Bay is great with special effects and iconic imagery. His stories don't have a whole lot of depth, but after the last emo Superman movie, I'm ready to see Superman cut loose. And, of course, James Cameron is king of the world, so back up a Brinks truck to his house and drop a ton of money on his doorstep.

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