Max Landis may be off the Chronicle sequel, but he’s not done telling superpowered stories. The writer, who’s also known for his 2011 short The Death and Return of Superman, has indicated that he’d love to see a new version of Green Lantern — and that he actually plans to pitch another concept for Wonder Woman. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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At this point, there’s no doubt that Joss Whedon has done really, really, really well for himself with The Avengers. As of today, opening day, the film has a domestic opening weekend estimate of $172.5 million and an impressive 93% Rotten Tomatoes score, making it a smash hit both critically and commercially. But before he was Team Marvel, Whedon was very nearly a DC man. I’m not just talking about that failed Wonder Woman film — once upon a time, before Christopher Nolan ever got his hands on the franchise, Whedon also pitched a Batman movie that never got off the ground.

Like Nolan’s Batman Begins, Whedon’s version would have focused heavily on the origins of the Caped Crusader. However, Whedon was more interested in following Bruce Wayne’s time as “a morbid, death-obsessed kid.” After the jump, read Whedon’s description of one key scene from his would-be Batman movie, as well as an accounting of just how badly that pitch meeting went.

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When it was announced last week that Christopher Meloni, formerly of Law & Order: SVU and Wet Hot American Summer, had signed on for the cast of Zack Snyder‘s Superman flick Man of Steel, Russ couldn’t help speculating what this might mean for the movie — and wondering whether Meloni might be filling the role of Daily Planet editor Perry White. Now it seems we have our answer: No. Sorry, Russ. Find out what Meloni will be doing after the jump.

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Superman Action Comics

With Warner Bros. restructuring DC into a new corporate entity called DC Entertainment, you’d think that one of the venerable comic book publisher’s two signature superheros would be first in line (or near the head of the queue) for another movie treatment. Given that there’s a ticking clock hanging over that same character’s film future at Warner Bros., one would expect even more urgent movement. Not so, says DCE president Diane Nelson. Read More »