Superman

December 14, 2002: WB President Talks Superman Movies

The Hollywood Reporter conducted an interview with Warner Bros. president Alan Horn recently, and amongst many things, spoke to him about the new "Superman" movie and "Batman vs Superman" possibly still going ahead. Here's an excerpt from the interview...

Q: Speaking of the Web, some of the fan sites gave you a lot of grief over the early draft of "Superman" that you are developing. How annoying or frustrating did that get?

Horn: I think it's very interesting. I don't think it's annoying. I find it annoying if an embryonic draft of a screenplay gets printed on the Web that only reflects the beginning part of a process. Dealing with the response to that, a lot of the letters and e-mails, is frustrating because I know that's not the movie we're making. In many cases, the very things that the letter writers were objecting to or concerned about were the very same things that we're concerned about. We don't think Lex Luthor should be an alien, either. And my answer is -- and it's all over the Web -- we agree with you. He won't be. But I have to shake my head in wonderment that the fan base for these properties is so very large that people take the time to send a six-page e-mail on "Superman." That means to me only good things. I can't imagine that the person who sends the six-page e-mail won't go to see the movie.

Q: What is your game plan for the various "Superman" and "Batman" scripts you're developing?

Horn: We're planning to do the J.J. Abrams screenplay for "Superman," which is an origins story. We feel it's fresh even though it covers ground that was originally covered by the Dick Donner movie -- that was 20-some-odd years ago. We feel that this is fresh, hip, contemporary, moving, funny and loaded with action. Brett Ratner is extremely well-qualified to handle the movie -- not only did he handle the lightness and fun of "Rush Hour" but also the drama and tension of "Red Dragon." He comes to "Superman" with this very strong filmography. We had a competing script, "Batman vs. Superman." It's very, very good, written by Akiva Goldsman, and we will do it. But I prefer we start with "Superman," the early years, and complement that with a Batman origins movie. And I'd like to think that each character will evolve so that when we have "Batman vs. Superman," the meeting of the two will feel more organic.

Read the complete interview at the Hollywood Reporter website.



2002 Movie News

Listed below are all the Movie News items archived for 2002 organized into 4 categories:

“Superman” and “Batman vs Superman” Movie News:

  • January 6, 2002: New Superman Movie News!
  • February 12, 2002: Superman Movies on WB's 2003 Schedule
  • February 15, 2002: Variety Confirms McG as Superman Movie Director
  • February 25, 2002: Superman Movie Petition
  • March 13, 2002: Will an Angel Become the Next Superman?
  • March 24, 2002: J.J. Abrams Talks New Superman Movie
  • April 4, 2002: Entertainment Weekly on New Superman Movie
  • April 17, 2002: J.J. Abrams Talks New Superman Movie
  • April 18, 2002: Brendan Fraser as Superman?
  • April 27, 2002: Comic Book Movies Article in USA Today
  • May 9, 2002: Superman to Return to Pinewood Studios?
  • May 19, 2002: TIME Magazine on Super-Heroes
  • June 25, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Rumor
  • July 2, 2002: “Superman and Batman” Movie Coming 2004?
  • July 9, 2002: Details on “Batman vs Superman” Movie
  • July 9, 2002: More on the “Batman vs Superman” Movie
  • July 13, 2002: Peterson's Hints on “Batman vs Superman”
  • July 24, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Movie Castings???
  • July 25, 2002: Warner Bros. Shoots Down Casting Rumors
  • July 31, 2002: TVGuide Poll: Superman vs Batman - RESULTS!
  • August 6, 2002: Casting and Timing Rumors on Superman Movies
  • August 13, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Movie On Hold!
  • August 19, 2002: JJ Abrams “Superman” Script... Really Good!
  • August 19, 2002: The Death of the Super-Hero Film Franchise ... Again!
  • August 26, 2002: Latest Superman Movie Rumors
  • September 2, 2002: Information on the New Superman Movie Script
  • September 12, 2002: McG Talks Superman Movie
  • September 14, 2002: Confusion Over Director of New Superman Movie!
  • September 14, 2002: Keanu Reeves as Superman?
  • September 18, 2002: Brett Ratner Talks Superman Movie
  • September 23, 2002: A Review of the New Superman Movie Script ???
  • September 24, 2002: Superman Movie-Making Fiasco
  • September 26, 2002: Superman Movie Press Release
  • September 28, 2002: Superman Script Review Has Warner Bros. Fuming
  • September 29, 2002: JJ Abrams on AICN “Superman” Script Review
  • September 30, 2002: Hopkins Talks Superman Movie
  • October 5, 2002: More From Brett Ratner on Superman
  • October 10, 2002: EW's Selections for Superman
  • October 21, 2002: Brett Ratner Talks More on Superman
  • October 22, 2002: Ratner Discusses Plans for “Superman”
  • October 22, 2002: Ratner and Hopkins Talk Superman
  • October 24, 2002: Crew Rumors on New Superman Movie
  • October 27, 2002: Dini Denies “Superman” Movie Involvement
  • November 8, 2002: Comic Creators on new Superman Movie
  • November 11, 2002: Another Superman Movie Review
  • December 5, 2002: Spinotti - Director of Photography on Superman
  • December 10, 2002: Charlie Sheen as Lex Luthor?
  • December 14, 2002: WB President Talks Superman Movies
  • December 14, 2002: Charlie Sheen Rumor Shot Down
  • December 31, 2002: British Actor as Superman?

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