J.J. Abrams Responds to Superman Movie Speculation

Two years ago we saw Superman return from the dead in the film “Justice League”. With poor box office takings, poor critical reviews, Ben Affleck’s retirement from the Batman role, and speculation that Warner Bros. were done with Henry Cavill’s version of Superman, speculation has been running wild about where things would go (if anywhere) for the Man of Steel on the big screen.

With J.J. Abrams having recently signed a massive production deal with Warner Bros., many have been speculating as to whether the filmmaker is next in line to take on a Superman film.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Abrams, who has a number of Superman toys among the collection in his Bad Robot production office, was asked if a Superman film was in his immediate future.

“We haven’t had those discussions yet,” Abrams says, not quite convincingly.

Long-time Superman fans will recall that Abrams once delivered a script for a Superman film titled “Superman: Flyby” back in 2002. With Brett Ratner hired as director, the film was eventually cancelled, reworked, with Bryan Singer coming on board to film “Superman Returns” instead.

The script for the un-made “Superman: Flyby” film by J.J. Abrams is available for download (4.6mb PDF).

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Superman2878
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Superman2878

I find it interesting that he said “yet”. Maybe they are planning on having discussions at some point?

micah
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He could have written a script and is waiting for them to green light moving forward with superman where he walks in and slaps a complete superman script down on the table.
Or this could all just be being taken way out of context.

Clark_Jo
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Clark_Jo

Go to variety’s website. They are reporting that Superman talks are happening with Micheal B Jordan.

svillar13
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svillar13

I’m really starting to dislike that guy….

afriend
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afriend

Just as long as it is not a revamp of the “Flyby” story…

MattComics
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MattComics

From what I recall wasn’t that the script that had Alien Luthor, a organic costume that pops out of a can (which I think is also where his powers came from) and Krypton not exploded? The kind of thing where if you’re gonna change that much just have the guts to make a new character because you’re clearly just not actually that interested in doing Superman. You just wanna slap the \S/ on it.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

That’s ultimately what my main issue with man of steel was. They made the most generic version of Superman possible… yes they technically hit all the boxes, krypton, Smallville etc… but they stripped the personality down so much that I felt he had more in common with Neo than Clark Kent. He had no personal agency through out the whole movie and I feel that it was a conscious effort on the creators because they subscribe to the idiotic notion that Superman is unrelateable. They wanted a new character, but they wanted the marketability the S brings

afriend
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afriend

That’s the one. On the whole, while I can certainly be nitpicky, I mostly like what Abrams did with Star Trek (Into Darkness was a little too “wink at the audience” with its gags . We get it: there are tribbles!) And I liked the Force Awakens okay.
So if J.J. Abrams were given the keys to Superman, and he was absolutely forbidden from just doing the Flyby script, I’d be cautiously optimistic.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

No no no no no no no… it would be snyder2.0

lcmcbain
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lcmcbain

seconded !! Please stay away and for the love of all that is holy, get your act together WB/DC regarding Superman.

Superman2878
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Superman2878

I know that it’s been a week since the news of Cavill saying he’s still playing Superman was released, but I have to ask, does anyone know how long his contract is good for? When does it expire? Because if they have something planned, then they would announce a new movie soon I’d imagine. If not, then I’m getting the impression that those in charge are waiting for his contract to expire before moving on with another actor. So how long does Cavill have the role for before it’s expiration date?

Stefan-El
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Stefan-El

When Cavill says he is not yet done with Superman, I can imagine that he has already signed a new contract with WB. Not sure if such contracts have an “expiry date” or if they are concluded for a certain number of possible movies. But nothing is ever set in stone. Everything can be changed and at the end of the day it is all just a matter of money.

Superman2878
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Superman2878

True. Nothing is set in stone. I was just thinking of when Routh was Superman for his movie, and I remember hearing that he had a contract for more films, but his contract expired. He was ready for more films but WB didn’t go through with any sequels. Eventually it led to the recasting of the role to Cavill. So I was wondering if there is one, how long does Henry have until it expires? Could his saying he is still in the role be his way of reminding WB of his contract? Saying he is still in the role… Read more »

afriend
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afriend

Routh’s contract expired in 2009. If there is any continuity between them, we can expect Cavill’s to come to an end in 2020 (three years after the last film). However, as much as I’m sure the studios would like cookie-cutter, one size fits all, contracts; it’s entirely possible that Cavill, with comparatively more experience under his belt, negotiated a harder bargain. If WB are committed to a clean break, they might just have to pony up the cash and exercise the (very likely) buyout option. The closest analogs I can think of were John Gavin was cast as James Bond… Read more »

Superman2878
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Superman2878

You bring up good points afriend.

Clark_Jo
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Clark_Jo

Variety is reporting that Micheal B Jordan is in talks for a Superman reboot, to happen sometime after 2023.

MattComics
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MattComics

I don’t really see him as Clark Kent or Calvin Ellis. He might make a good Val-Zod though. Ideally I would want a solid movie series with Clark Kent before getting into the alternate Earth versions.

Superman2878
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Superman2878

If what Variety is reporting is true, then what version of Superman would he play? Another Clark Kent? Calvin Ellis? Val-Zod? Or Maybe a version that hasn’t been done in comics before? I really liked the Val-Zod Superman from earth 2. That would be an interesting take I’d like to see. But I’d like to see Routh’s Kingdom Come Superman get at least a movie trilogy before moving on to Jordan.
He’s looking amazing as Kingdom Come Superman. 😀
Give Routh a Kingdom Come Superman trilogy WB. Make it happen!
😀

sman1938
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sman1938

B.Jordan stated in an interview that when they talked at WB he said he would want to play the Calvin Ellis Superman. He did not want to be Clark Kent because of all the backlash he would definitely get.

Superman2878
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Superman2878

I remember reading that article. I don’t remember where I read it though.

redcape
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redcape

There was more to this article in it’s entirety regarding WB/DC’s direction from here on out. And yes, if they got with it now it would be 2023 until we might see something. Regarding Henry’s future. I would say that’s up in the air with his Witcher series on Netflicks starting next month. But supposedly Netflicks has so much confidence in this series they’ve already sighed him up for a second season. And here we go again with the time frames. MoS came out in 2013 and 2023 will make 10 years. Can’t believe that much time has gone by.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

I can’t believe it either. We’re going to have had almost 3 Batman’s in that time. It’s ridiculous in my opinion. I just want one quality Henry Cavill stand alone movie. Lower the budget and lower the stakes and a have a more personal story…. hire a quality writer and director as well. I don’t understand why this is so hard to figure out. It doesn’t need an astronomical budget.

Superman2878
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Superman2878

To all my fellow Superman fans who are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wish you a Happy and safe Thanksgiving. And good luck on the Black Friday sales. 🙂

sundevil82
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sundevil82

You too, Spidey

Superman2878
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Superman2878

Thanks sundevil82. 🙂
Have a good one.

MattComics
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MattComics

Have a good turkey day Spidey!

Superman2878
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Superman2878

You too MattComics! Enjoy your Thanksgiving and your weekend!
🙂