According to an interview at the Wall Street Journal, the Superman franchise is going to get a complete reboot ala Ang Lee’s Hulk movie.Â But this time Warner Bros. is actually taking something away from the big summit it had with DC and some of its creators and the recent success Marvel has had with its properties.
According to the interview with Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros. plans on releasing at least two tent-pole films a year based on DC characters.
“‘Superman [Returns]’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Mr. Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned.” “Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009,” he adds. “But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”
The company plans to focus on individual characters at first, then work its way up to the Justice League of America movie ala Marvel’s Avengers.Â While some people might be saying, “WB is copy catting Marvel’s success,” I will say use the whatever works philosophy.Â I would much rather see a slew of well produced DC and Marvel flicks, than hacked together, rushed to the box office, fail misserably films that will ruin comic-based movies forever.
While Superman may be the biggest DC superhero, I really hope they don’t push this one into development first. Wonder Woman, Flash, and even that Green Arrow flick might make for a better kick off film.