Grossing almost $400 million at the worldwide box office is rarely considered a failure. Unless, of course, you’re talking about a Superman movie. Bryan Singer‘s 2006 Superman Returns was meant to reboot the Man of Steel much like Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins did for the Caped Crusader. However, with its lack of action and unusual tweaking of the Superman mythology, the film was largely dismissed by its core fan base and ended up struggling to make $200 million domestically. Warner Bros. is now rebooting the franchise again with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and that’s as a good a reason as any for Singer to come out and finally admit his take on the material had some major issues. Read what he had to say after the jump. Read More »

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A couple weeks ago UK listings for a Blu-ray anthology of all five existing Superman films were found, and we started to get info about what might be in the box set.

Now Warner Bros. has confirmed the set for US release. Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology will be released on June 7, 2011 in an eight-disc set that contains all five films (Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, and Superman Returns) as well as alternate versions of the first two movies and a wealth of special features. A trailer for the release and all relevant details follow. Read More »

We’ve got quite a few little updates on comic book related projects today — enough that DC Comics characters get their own post. First up is a possible logo for Wonder Woman, seen above. This was snapped on set, but that doesn’t mean it is final. It will, however, give you a general idea of the design for the new David E. Kelley produced show, which stars Adrianne Palicki as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Cary Elwes, Tracie Thoms, Pedro Pascal and Elizabeth Hurley. [WonderWomanTV]

After the break, Diane Lane talks about her role in Zack Snyder’s Superman, and the existing Superman films get one big blu-ray release. Read More »

One of the first pieces of online film journalism to truly legitimize the profession was Drew McWeeny’s September 2002 evisceration of a J.J. Abrams script for a film eventually referred to as Superman: Flyby. McWeeny, then working for Ain’t It Cool News under the name “Moriarty,” ripped apart Abrams’ script so completely, and in such a public forum, that he is widely credited for killing the film. To this day, the piece is a fantastic read.

This was before Superman returned and before Batman began. At the time, Warner Brothers was hoping to reinvent their superhero franchises with filmmakers like McG and Brett Ratner. They couldn’t know that the man who would eventually revitalize Batman was already working for them or that their Superman screenwriter would do the same for Paramount and Star Trek years later. This wasn’t the J.J. Abrams of Mission: Impossible or Lost. This was the Alias and Felicity J.J. Abrams.

Years later, we’ve got a tiny glimpse at what might have been if Abrams’ script got made, as well as another huge “almost” in Superman movie lore. Special effects guru Steve Johnson, who was responsible for revealing the Tim Burton costume tests for a failed late Nineties Superman reboot, posted a gallery on his Facebook with concept art for different Superman costumes as well as some sketches of Doomsday, who apparently was being considered as a villain if director Bryan Singer got a second crack at the Man of Steel after Superman Returns. Check them out and more after the break. Read More »

VOTD: A Tribute to DC Comics Movie Adaptations

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Marvel seems to be getting all the attention as of late, but what about the DC Comics film adaptations? Where’s the love?! With the recent buzz ramping up for the now-in-production big screen adaptation of Green Lantern, I thought this video might be in order. Videoprototype has created a eight and a half minute video tribute to the movies which have been produced from DC Comics/Vertigo Comics, which includes everything from V for Vendetta to Catwoman, Watchmen to Constantine and Superman Returns to The Dark Knight.

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Superman Returns is not a film known for being butchered at the hands of the studio. Indeed, to the best of my knowledge, the theatrical release actually was a Bryan Singer-approved cut and absolutely free of any controversy (well, this kind of controversy at least). This hasn’t stopped some dedicated fans from launching a campaign to get a new cut of the film released on DVD and Blu-ray.

They’ve even gone so far as to cut a trailer for this non-existent release, which you can see embedded below the break, as well as dream up a whole set of special features they’d like to see on the disc.

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Yet another rusty nail has been driven into my hopes and dreams the coffin of a potential Brian Singer Superman Returns sequel. Talking to Omelete during a Scott Pilgrim set visit, Brandon Routh has admitted that his multi-movie contract with Warners Superman franchise has lapsed. Their original story is in Portuguese, but my IT-abetted attempt at a translation will follow after the break… with a little bonus ‘good news’ about Routh’s upcoming picture Dead of Night.

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/Film reader Alex Litel just sent me a link to a password protected page from the official Legendary Pictures website that lists “Superman Unleashed” as one of their upcoming films in development. The temporary plot synopsis included follows:

“Ramping up the action of its esteemed predecessor, the sequel to ‘Superman Returns’ promises to raise the stakes and take the audience to heights of action that no other superhero movie can achieve.”

So there you have it… Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros and DC are still working on a Superman Returns sequel, and not a complete reboot. The film will not be titled The Man of Steel, but instead Superman Unleashed.

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