There has been a lot of news surrounding the Man of Steel, and not much of it is good. This article here deals the heaviest blow. It explains why, not only might there not be a Superman movie, the character might be completely removed from DC comics and their entire universe. In 2013, the entire intellectual property returns to the heirs of Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster, who first created the character. At first this seemed like a great prompt to get a Superman movie jump started, but it seems Warner Brothers has no plans for that at the moment (more on that later). But it now seems like DC comics might lose their flagship character completely, and that he could be sold to a competing studio. Neither DC nor WB can make anything Superman related without permission (read: payment) to the heirs.
Now, I have suspicions that they aren’t going to let it go so easily. He’s their flagship character, along with Batman, and the two of them have been leading their logo for decades now. I think (and hope) there will be deals made and contracts signed by 2013. But for the moment the lawsuit is proving to be the Kryptonite to the Superman name. And for the moment, WB is preparing for the possibility of a World Without Superman. But the catch is that WB and DC would STILL have the rights to release Superman internationally, meaning if the Siegels decided to go to any other company they’d cause some of the most ridiculous bureaucratic logistical problems they’d ever seen, and I know they don’t want that. Ah, the silver lining. WB is looking to strike a deal, but only one that they believe is economically viable.
If DC loses Superman, do I want to see him with another company? I don’t think he’ll work in any other universe, he’s too established. I don’t want to see him fly with the X-men, he doesn’t work there. Fortunately, I don’t think I’ll have to.
Meanwhile, they’re doing exactly what they should be doing with ever character in their arsenal: making shit tons of movies. An article written at the hollywoodreporter shows how the DC movie-verse is on the verge of a storm. Not only is the highly anticipated Green Lantern starting filming soon, but they’re planning a slew of projects with other characters. These include The Flash, Captain Marvel, Green Arrow, numerous graphic novels, a Bizarro Superman, a-
Hold up. They’re making a Bizarro Superman film???
Let me explain to you laymen what “Bizarro Superman” is. Bizarro is an imperfect clone of Superman, with deformities including white skin, backwards thinking, and dumb language. He’s convinced he is Superman, and will say such brilliant lines as “You am no Superman, ME am Superman!” Before punching a hole in a woman’s head. Basically, he’s a mentally handicapped person with Superman’s powers. Why are they making a movie with this guy? This means one of three things.
1. It’s code for a “Superman movie.” This is not uncommon. Superman returns went under the code name “Red Sun” for a while. But this seems like a strange code name.
2. It’s a Superman movie with Bizarro as a villain. This is a terrible idea. Out of all the villains Superman has, they go with the literally retarded one? Now it might be a little different, many incarnations of Bizarro have him being evil rather than dumb, but there’s still so many better villains to use. But since WB has said they’re still stalling on Superman this doesn’t seem right.
3. They’re actually making a movie that stars Bizarro. I don’t know HOW this would go down, he’s never been a starring character. Are they trying to make a comedy? Do they really think this is a good idea? Why do are they afraid to make a Superman movie but they’re willing to make the worst comic book film since Batman and Robin? This could kill the Superman franchise forever… If it isn’t dead already.
In April, WB president Alan Horn said, “Our hope is to develop a Superman property and to try again. What hurt us is that the reviews and so on for the Superman movie did not get the kind of critical acclaim that Batman got, and we have other issues with Superman that concern us.”
This is your reason for stalling? What issues do you have, and why aren’t they present for Bizarro?! They’re making this infinitely more difficult than it needs to be, and making gross missteps. Get your other flagship character off the benches. People will go see him. I don’t know why they think he won’t. Show him punching somebody through a building in a high stakes brawl-comic book movie gold. Superman Returns made 400 million dollars, and received fairly strong reviews. It wasn’t stellar, and it wasn’t perfect, but it showed people still want to see the character.
So they need to work out this lawsuit and get a Superman film underway. He’s an American icon, one of the most recognized characters in history. The Siegels need to realize that and quit playing for greed, and WB needs to realize that and stop stalling.