2002 Movie News Archives

Batman vs Superman

August 13, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Movie On Hold!

Seems like we'll have to wait even longer for a new Superman movie... *sigh*

Entertainment Weekly reports today that Wolfgang Peters plans to direct a new movie called "Troy" before he takes on "Batman vs Superman". Here's an excerpt from the EW report...

Even as buzz continues over the mother of all franchise matchups, "Batman vs. Superman," director Wolfgang Petersen has announced he's putting the project on hold. Before his superheroes put on their rubber suits, the "Perfect Storm" filmmaker is going to put on his Trojans. He's announced that his next project will be "Troy," an adaptation of Homer's Iliad.

"Of these two projects I have developed at Warner Bros., I had hoped to make 'Troy' first and am pleased that the scheduling worked out that way," Petersen told Variety. "I'm looking forward to directing 'Batman vs. Superman' in the future."

Adapted by screenwriter David Benioff (who wrote the upcoming Spike Lee drama "The 25th Hour"), "Troy" is expected to focus on the rivalry between Greek warrior Achilles and Trojan defender Hector. The film is one of several ancient Greek sagas in development, along with several movies about Alexander the Great and two dramas about the Battle of Thermopylae. Petersen says he expects to start shooting "Troy" in early 2003, which means production on "Batman vs. Superman" probably won't start until 2004.

Still, speculation continues as to who might play the two superheroes, with such names as Colin Farrell ("Minority Report") rumored for Batman and Jude Law ("Road to Perdition") for Superman. The latest rumor has Josh Hartnett as a possible Man of Steel. Back in February, however, Hartnett told EW.com, "I've turned down every superhero I've been offered.... The superhero stuff was never really my thing. But if the right thing comes along, maybe -- I never say never." Meantime, maybe the "Black Hawk Down" star should start polishing his shield and breastplate.

Read the complete report at the EW 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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