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    “Man of Steel” Next Superman?

    By kyle | February 25, 2010

    I’m not sure David S. Goyer is the right guy to hand the reins of the Superman franchise to. Sure, he cowrote one of my favorite films of the decade, “Batman Begins.” But…the guy has done some mediocre work. “The Invisible”? The script to “Jumper”? Warners would be better off sticking with Bryan Singer, not that “Superman Returns” worked. Warners is under the gun as they must get another Superman movie re, er, booted by 2011 if they don’t want to pay a hefty penalty.

    Topics: Comic Books, Movies | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to ““Man of Steel” Next Superman?”

    1. Robert P. Says:
      February 25th, 2010 at 10:42 am

      I didn’t enjoy Superman Returns either. What would you say they did wrong?

    2. Christian Toto Says:
      February 25th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      I thought “Superman Returns” came close to the mark. Routh looked eerily like Reeve and captured his aw shucks zeal. But the final half hour of the movie left me flat.

    3. Kyle Says:
      February 25th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      I thought “Superman Returns” wasn’t bad, but it was slow, the two lead actors were bland (that may be why we haven’t seen a lot of them since), and the whole thing had a somber, hushed tone.

    4. Peter T Chattaway Says:
      February 25th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      The fact that Brandon Routh looked eerily like Christopher Reeve was actually part of the problem with that film. For one thing, Routh was 26 when the film came out (and Kate Bosworth, who played Lois Lane, was 23), yet the film was supposedly set a decade or so after the events of Superman II, which came out when Reeve was 28 (and Margot Kidder was 32). Perhaps Superman is an immortal and never ages, I dunno, but Clark Kent should at least try to look a little older — and how did Lois Lane get so much younger, and with a kid in tow, to boot?

    5. CenturionTerminator Says:
      February 26th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

      Why not make Tom Welling the next Superman? A Smallville movie would be great!