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Superman Might Actually Be Dead

By TK Burton | Industry | September 16, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Industry | September 16, 2009 |

I’m a freak.

Why, you ask? Because I love Superman. I do, I can’t help it. I’ve always loved the comic book, though I’ve certainly lost track of it in recent years. I’m a huge fan of the first two Donner films (I don’t care for Superman III, and I try to pretend that IV is just a fever dream). The John Williams score still gives me chills. I even kind of like Superman Returns, despite all of it’s flaws. I maintain that the plane scene is still pretty damn thrilling, and Spacey’s turn as Lex Luthor is outstanding. I know it’s not a good movie, but I’m still strangely enamored of it.

Superman ideas have been kicking around for forever — at one point, there was even a rumored Superman Vs. Batman project to be directed by Wolfgang Peterson (which ended up being mostly nonsense). Anyway, all of that said, it doesn’t look like we’re going to be seeing much of Superman on the big screen any time soon. Diane Nelson, the head of the newly created DC Entertainment (owned by Warner Brothers) had the following to say:

“We actually don’t have any current plans for Superman. We’ve obviously done a lot of great things behind the property in our history, and it’s a key part of the family, but we don’t have current plans behind Superman”

The property is in the midst of a bit of a legal mess right now anyway — Warner Brothers would basically have to make a new film by 2013, or they’ll lose the exclusive rights to Superman. Whether or not they’ll just let the rights lapse remains to be seen, but clearly it’s not something high on their list. Hopefully, if it does lapse, whoever picks it up will do the Man of Steel the justice he deserves. Meaning, any studio that isn’t Fox, who I will never trust with a superhero property ever again. Bastards.

In the meantime, all we’re left with is the wretchedly dumb “Smallville,” which continues to fuck up the comic book storyline with reckless abandon, and use more and more wooden actors that the CW seems to have an endless supply of.


TK Burton is an Editorial Consultant. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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