Bryan Singer Supportive of Zack Snyder's Superman Reboot
11.09.10 by BJSprecher
Despite his success in bringing the comic book exploits of Marvel's merrry mutants, the X-Men, to the big screen in X-Men and X2: X-Men United, director Bryan Singer dropped the ball when it came to his adaptation of DC Comics' Superman in Superman Returns. Despite the movie receiving decent reviews and earning more than $120 million, Superman Returns was a disappointment to Warner Bros. (WB), who were expecting Batman Begins' numbers, and it was generally reviled by die-hard fans for the "Super-stalker" scenes and the inclusion of a Superman-Lois love child that never existed in the comic books. As a result, when WB decided to make another Superman movie, they abandoned Singer and his storyline in favor of rebooting the franchise with Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) at the helm of Superman: The Man of Steel. In a recent interview, Singer said that it "makes sense" to reboot the franchise and applauded WB's selection of Snyder as director.
It's a movie I would want to see. I think Zack's so talented and I applaud Warner and Legendary for choosing somebody who's a filmmaker and not necessarily just a shooter.
Singer said that he has other things to occupy him now—he is producing X-Men: First Class for Fox and will direct Jack the Giant Killer for WB—so being replaced by Snyder doesn't bother him as much as it would have in the recent past.
It's Superman, it's gonna be made over and over in one form or another, and I'm sure Zack won't be the last person to touch it either, so in a way it's not in my mind any more. It would have been two and a half years ago.
It's still very early in the development process of Superman: The Man of Steel, so little is known about the movie. The script is being written by David S. Goyer, who has had a hand in writing several successful comic book adaptations, including the Blade trilogy, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the currently-in-production
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Christopher Nolan, the director of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight is said to be guiding the production of Superman: The Man of Steel, but it's unclear exactly what input he has had or will have on the movie's development.