Lex Luthor and Bryan SingerBad News: It looks like Bryan Singer will be filming The Mayor of Castro Street before the Superman Returns sequel after all.

Good News: This morning it was announced that Kevin Spacey has signed on to return as Lex Luthor in Superman: Man of Steel.

Spacey hopes to shoot his part during a six-week block, as he did on the first film, after he completes his run in David Mamet’s “Speed the Plow” in April. Variety confirms that Singer will direct Castro next before going into production on Man of Steel early next year. A June 2009 release date had been previously announced, but who knows if they will be able to meet that now. I’m just glad they are making a sequel to Superman Returns as it wasn’t as financially successful as they would have hoped. I was in the faction that loved the film. Did it need more action? Sure. But this was not that type of story. But don’t worry, Singer has promised to go all “Wrath of Khan” in the sequel.

Superman ReturnsLast week producers of Bryan Singer’s Harvey Milk biopic, The Mayor of Castro Street, were claiming that would be Singer’s next project following Valkyrie. Of course, the Superman Returns sequel Superman: The Man of Steel was scheduled for a June 2009 release. But the Castro producers claimed that “The next Superman, that’s a ways off. Don’t worry about it. Trust me. We may even start preproduction on Harvey Milk while he’s on post production on the Tom Cruise movie.”

IESB caught up with someone in Singer’s camp who says there is no truth the the previous statement.

“That’s total horse shit, I would say the same thing if I was producing that film but don’t you realize that most of the Superman producers are working with Bryan on Valkyrie? Gil Adler and Chris Lee both are in Germany with Bryan and I can guarantee you that there is some work being done with Superman right now.”

Now the question is, what side to believe?

Superman ReturnsBryan Singer has been telling everyone that he will begin work on the Superman Returns sequel Superman: The Man of Steel after production wraps on Valkyrie. And with a tentatively announced release date of June 2009, production will need to start in early 2008. But Singer’s producers are saying differently. The Mayor of Castro Street producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan claim that Singer will start production on his Harvey Milk biopic within the next year.

“The next Superman, that’s a ways off,” claimed Meron to RT. Zadan added: “Don’t worry about it. Trust me. We may even start preproduction on Harvey Milk while he’s on post production on the Tom Cruise movie.”

I’m sure we’ll find out the truth sooner rather than later.