Will We See Another Superman Movie Anytime Soon?

Forbes.com has published an article updating us on the slate of comic book movies coming out of Warner Bros. Studios over the next few years, explaining where things stand with Superman at the moment.

There are no plans in place for a new Superman movie starring Henry Cavill (and contrary to rumors he did not film a secret cameo for “Shazam!”), as Warner Bros. (according to Forbes) wants Supergirl to step into the limelight and carry the Kryptonian banner for a little while on the big screen.

And for what it’s worth, my understanding is that the rumors of Superman being actively shopped around are exaggerations (like most rumors floating around right now).

It seems the reports about James Gunn being “offered” Superman were misunderstood by a lot of folks, and that Superman is one of many characters technically “on the table” for filmmakers to pick from when they are negotiating with Warner about potential projects. If a filmmaker actively chose Superman and made a pitch the studio liked, then of course that would be a different situation, but it’s not accurate to portray it as if the studio are actively shopping around a Superman project to try to get a director attached.

Read the complete article at Forbes.com.

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Chiptooth
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Chiptooth

Yeah, that sounds about the way I figured. WB’s not going to push for another Superman movie unless someone bankable comes to them who not only actually wants to make it, but is willing to make it in a way that’s satisfactory for the studio (meaning, not likely to split its audience down the middle and thus jeopardize its brand prospects). And after however many years it’s going to take for that to happen, I wouldn’t be holding my breath expecting Cavill to still be the one in the cape when it does, either (and I like Cavill; I think… Read more »

afriend
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afriend

I’d have thought they were pivoting Superman back to TV post-Elseworlds. But that doesn’t seem to be in the cards either.
Oh well, off to put the Extended Cut of Superman the Movie in the BluRay player again…

BMoore25
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Well that sucks, I almost feel like directors are terrified of making Superman film, which is truly a shame

Superman2878
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Superman2878

I don’t know. I’ve heard various different rumors about this. At this point I don’t know what rumor to believe or who to believe. I’ve heard some say yes, and others say no. But as far as I know, it’s still up in the air. I guess it’s a wait and see what’s what at this point.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

Sounds like they’re shying away because they don’t think the character will bring in money in addition to having no faith in him. The reality of the situation is that the poor writing and directing is what’s truly to blame. Not Superman. Get a GOOD writer and proven director who actually understands Superman or is willing to do some actual research and the people will come. No more Goyer and other sub par writers. Quality Directors have expressed interest, but WB/DC just continues to buy into the idiotic notion that the Superman doesn’t work anymore… the captain America movies prove… Read more »

NeoRanger
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NeoRanger

I actually think it’s the opposite of that, which, in a twisted way, is somewhat encouraging. Meaning, I think WB absolutely expects Superman to bring in a lot of money. I don’t think they think he doesn’t work, they outright won’t risk a Superman movie that won’t bring in a bil, because it’s Superman and he’s one of their heaviest hitters. They did the same with Wonder Woman, they’d been working on that project for years and wouldn’t allow it to get off the ground, until they were certain it would be a success. Ultimately, they want to make money… Read more »

Superman555
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Superman555

I believe you are spot on in your assessment. What they need is a good comic book writer to do the script. A real Superman fan like Mark Waid ,Marv Wolfman, or even Roger Stearn , who shined in “The Death and Life of Superman” novel.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

All due respect to those writers, but I don’t think a writer that specializes in comics necessarily shines in another medium. I think it would be better to have a comic writer or someone with knowledge to be a consultant or at most contribute to the script and leave the bulk of writing to the more seasoned screenwriter. Kind of like Goyer helped guide the Nolan’s in the right direction with the Dark Knight movies. Goyer left to his own devices is limited in capabilities, but the Nolan’s (especially Jonathan) are better suited to write for the screen. I would… Read more »

liheibao
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liheibao

That article was a painful read.

cpm72586
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cpm72586

Sort of good news, bad news with this article. Starting with the bad news is the Supergirl rumors keep persisting. No offense to fans of the character, but other then here origin she’s just a gender swap. It would be ridiculous if the first time we see a villain like Brainiac, or any villains we haven’t seen yet on the big screen would be in a Supergirl movie. It would absolutely make any future Superman movies that much more difficult to make because they would have already shot their wad by including prominent villains in any Supergirl films. They need… Read more »

redcape
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redcape

Well I hope everyone has read the full article. It comes across as the most comprehensive, “so far.” But it was nice to see the financial end of things when put in order. It certainly appears the WB/DC bank didn’t do so bad after all. And that includes the JL that people have trounced on many levels. So it sure looks like they’ve got a full plate in the works with everyone except of course, Superman. Do I want a Supergirl movie in the mean time? That would be,…..HELL NO! Obviously Henry’s not the problem nor are by the articles… Read more »

Superman555
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Superman555

I do agree,but their most popular character unfortunately is Batman,who is great on his own but when they have to weaken or demean Superman to put them in a movie together suffers.

redcape
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redcape

I did not interpret him as being demeaned. But as in all movies we can all come up with different variations of plot events. How ever in saying that, none of it, by this article, had anything to do with decisions from the top.

Superman2878
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Superman2878

I can see where you’re coming from with demeaning Superman. I didn’t like the whole Kryptonite spear scene at the end of Superman and Batman’s fight. Superman should have neutralized the Kryptonite with his heat vision. Superman should have won that fight.

car2nst
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car2nst

Meh, just another rumor without official proof. Movie dates & development /slates change all the time. (Even F&F9 & Bond 25 have just been delayed)

The solution to the problem has never been addressed or fixed…the WB execs all need to step down….also give DC their OWN STUDIO with mostly free reign, like Marvel Studios. This is Why MCU is successful

Superman555
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Superman555

Right on Bro.

sundevil82
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sundevil82

The only problem is that their is nobody to run the studio or the movies… the more this genre progresses, the more I realize that Kevin feige is the exception and not the rule. They’ve tried and tried to get someone in that position including Geoff Johns, and none of them have the knowledge or know how to create their own shared universe or even what direction to take it. Hamada specialized(if you can call it that) in horro, anything that wasn’t directed by james wan in the conjuring universe has been sub par at best. All he’s really doing… Read more »

redcape
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redcape

Maybe but then again as far as I’m concerned, when you look at what box office amounts they DID bring in I wouldn’t say that all decisions were entirely bad. The blunders revolved around no MOS sequel first and the re-shooting of JL. But I sure don’t want them going Marvel on us as far as movie content and direction goes.

Lana2k5
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Lana2k5

Wait a sec…did I log in to this page and time-travel back to 2009 or something? Something about a movie studio uncertain as to how to proceed with a possible sequel to a popular character?

Kal-Ed
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Kal-Ed

Right now…Not so sure if there are any plans to bring Superman again back to the screen if there is nothing official going on much less any announcements regarding a new cinematic adventure. I guess we gotta wait a few more years…Until someone suitable for the job arrives and delivers his/her take.

redcape
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redcape

Did U click the link to Forbes and read the entire article? It was a pretty good article but not so good for us. Not sure why their being coy or evasive with Superman. However I for one don’t think there’s a multitude if reasons. I think they don’t want to commit to a “Super-MAN” in this laughable time frame of all woman. As if we don’t have enough of that as it is. But I guess they(WB) don’t think so.

Kal-Ed
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Kal-Ed

No I did not read the article. I was offering my two cents on the matter. But I’ll check it out.

Enigma2099
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Enigma2099

This is so unfair to Cavil. He deserves a GOOD Superman movie, or at least better than Man of Steel.

redcape
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redcape

MoS was supposed to be a re-boot of sorts. I for one liked it as it moved on from the ChrisR era. Yes ..there were a few things I DIDN’T like but all and all I though it was done pretty well. A direct sequel to MoS would have been a better decision. If we go by what the past has indicated then Henry will probably be retired and at some time we’ll have to sit through another re-boot. I would prefer Henry at this point as I don’t want them to take Superman into what’s driving this day and… Read more »

sundevil82
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sundevil82

I completely agree that there should have been a direct sequel to MOS. I too had issues with it, but felt it was a solid starting point. I love the Reeve era, but I was glad to move away from that as I’ve always been a fan of Post-crisis Superman. I loved that they set in a realistic world as well. We were even promised a more upbeat, (happy, humorous… whatever people want to Call it) Superman by the end of the movie when he was talking with swanwick. When they forced Batman in the next movie it setback his… Read more »

redcape
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redcape

I think your spot on about the future. If Henry’s out we’ll probably not see Superman for a while. It took 7 long years between SR and MoS. We’re already going on 6 years from MoS! Isn’t that time frame amazing? I liked BvS to an extent but even before it was released Henry himself had said it was more of an intro to Batman than a direct sequel to MoS. Can’t argue with that. So lets re-cap. They gave us Superman Returns. A direct parallel to the Donner/STM era. Didn’t work so a re-boot was ordered and we got… Read more »

sundevil82
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sundevil82

I think the only thing we haven’t seen yet is Superman in the twilight of his career! I wouldn’t put it past them to give us that.