- The film will be called Man of Steel, which I think is fucking awesome.
- No Brandon Routh, which I'm neither happy nor sad about. He was fine, if unremarkable.
- No Bryan Singer. Much as I love Singer for X-Men 1 and 2 and The Usual Suspects, I'm OK with this. Might as well start from scratch wholesale.
Now for the most important, and interesting part: It's not an origin story, which is great news, since that means it's not a reborquel™. It assumes, rightly so, that everyone knows the origin of Superman. Christ, it's been around in popular culture for nearly 80 years now. It will have Lex Luthor in it. There will be a side story about the Daily Planet and how it's struggling financially.
And, it will have Brainiac.
Fuck and yes. Brainiac is the alien android who is one of Superman's best enemies, and has all kinds of possibilities (as long as it doesn't involve that silly shrinking cities bit, because, you know, it's dumb). The films desperately need a new villain -- not necessarily instead of Luthor, but there needs to be a new antagonist. One of the things that made Superman II so great was the freshness of General Zod and company. I think that, handled properly, the addition of Brainiac is an excellent idea.
It's still verrrrrry early to get our hopes up too far. But it seems that they might be on the right track, at least conceptually. Since clearly Batman vs. Superman is never gonna happen, as much as I would absolutely destroy my pants if it did, this may well be the next best thing.
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