Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Nolan to "Mentor" Superman

According to Deadline Hollywood, Warner Bros. has hired Christopher Nolan to oversee a new Superman film. By "oversee" it's not meant that he will write or direct, but rather develop the project, mentoring the process along. The new film will have nothing to do with Bryan Singer's 2006 film Superman Returns, but instead will be a reboot of the franchise. As you might guess, the project is only in the early stages of development and will probably stay that way for awhile since Nolan's still finishing up work on his latest film, Inception.

I'm not quite sure what to make of this news. Does the character of Superman really fit with Nolan's style? I doesn't seem like it. He tends to go for dark and brooding instead of fantastical, but that might not factor into the final product much, anyway. Whatever the outcome, this seems like an interesting idea to place Nolan in this position. The more important question to ask would be: do we really need another reboot of Superman? Smells like a cash-grab to me, especially since the rights to the character will return to the creator's families in the near future. Oh well, the studios have to make money somehow, I guess. I just wish they would take a few more chances on some new properties.

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