If you believe Nikki Finke (and really, she’s right more than she’s not), then we may see a Christopher Nolan Superman film before we see a Batman 3 flick.Â Finke’s Deadline Hollywood is running a story saying that Nolan has been brought on board to resurrect the franchise that took a bit of a downturn following the Superman Returns release.Â If Finke’s inside contact it to be believed, the next Superman film won’t be a followup to Returns, but rather something completely different.
I wonder if Warner Bros. really knows what they want from a Superman film? Sure there are some fantastic stories to draw from, and with a lot of influence from the four color pages found in The Dark Knight, Nolan should be able to cobble something together that would work for Superman, too – What Ever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? anyone?
The bigger question that isn’t answered in the Finke piece is, “will Nolan direct?” At this point it doesn’t look like he will be, but throw enough money at someone, and if they have a vision that only they can carry out, I’m sure he would come on board.Â Even if Nolan doesn’t direct, there are plenty of fine directors who understand the comic book medium and how it works or doesn’t work on screen.Â Heck, I could see Kevin Smith giving a go and making it work if given the right story.
Who do you want to see direct the next Superman film?