Last week, DC Entertainment locked down the publishing side of their multimedia equation, and while congratulations and questions were passed around in equal number, one area that remained up in the air from an official standpoint was the status of the company’s marquee superhero Superman when it came to film development. Across the web, the new DC executive team from President Diane Nelson to new Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns noted that early rumors of “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan’s involvement with the semi-dormant franchise were just that. However today, the vast web of insidery rumor reporters that populate some of the movie biz’s biggest sites have struck on a new possibility for the franchises future: a script by writer David S. Goyer.
First word of the “Batman Begins” co-writer’s supposed involvement came from Latio Review where tipster “Pinche Taco” claimed that Legendary Pictures (co-financier’s of Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns”) head Thomas Tull had hired Goyer to draft a new screen story for a project that will be called “The Man of Steel.” According to that report, Goyer’s script would draw its tone from the more down to earth version of the character created by John Byrne in the 1980s and focus on Kryptonian mythology via an attack by Lex Luthor and Brainiac rather than another origin tale. Pinche Taco also claimed that actor Brandon Routh was out of the running to return as Superman.
Later in the day, HitFix blogger Drew McWeeny countered with word that both the Latino Review report and the original report by Deadline Hollywood’s Nikki Finke about Nolan’s involvement were wrong. According to McWeeny, Nolan is still wrapped up in finishing his next film “Inception,” and Goyer simply isn’t on tap for a Superman project just yet.
Either way, the constant string of rumors and reactions around another big budget Superman movie seems to indicate that despite the lower than expected return Warner Brothers got on “Superman Returns” box office, the very first superhero is still primed to catch interest on the big screen.
Check back to CBR for any official word on the Superman franchise as it is made.