Warner Bets on Fewer, Bigger Movies - WSJ.com
I think the WSJ article above is somewhat encouraging to me, as both a movie fan and a comic fan on a number of levels:
- I think we can all finally agree that "Superman Returns" was a failure.
- I think we can all finally agree that a "JLA" movie as a spin-off spaminator is a bad idea.
- I think we're all starting to agree that comic book movies do not have to be aimed at small children, since comic books themselves stopped being aimed at them at least 20 years ago.
But Superman is different.
And, frankly, all this talk about how Superman is no longer relevant in today's world is a bunch of B.S. In fact, I think Superman is even MORE relevant than ever.
What most don't seem to get is that the best Superman stories are, essentially, morality plays. When you can do ANYTHING, it's not the physical obstacles that are the challenges, it's the CHOICES you must make.
Moreover, Superman's purpose is not just to save us physically, but to save our spirits by inspiring us to be better.
Honestly, in my dream version of "Superman Returns", he comes back and finds that the Earth has turned into....
naw. Can't give that one away. I may still get the call. :-)
Point being, you don't hire Paul Greengrass to direct a Superman movie. With the right script, I actually really like the idea of Tim Burton - the Tim Burton who did "Big Fish" and "Mars Attacks", not "Nightmare Before Christmas" Burton - making it into a sort of modern fairytale.
On second thought, the guy who could REALLY do it right would have been Luc Besson from about 10 years ago - Leelo Dallas was basically a female version of Superman.
In short, I'm cautiously optimistic. I'll relax when I see someone with real DC Comic street cred step up to be the Warner's equivalent of Avi Arad.