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    Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

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    Warners finally gets it right! SUPERMAN RETURNS! The Confirmed Details Spill To Earth!

    Hey folks, Harry here... it is with a great deal of relief, joy and happiness that I can lay out what is happening with the Man of Steel.

    As of Today, the deals for Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris have been closed to helm & write from scratch the new SUPERMAN film.

    This is the X2 team. The team that made, arguably the best of the Marvel Films (arguable only because Raimi nailed the hell out of SPIDER-MAN 2).

    The J.J. Abrams script has been completely tossed out. Not of shred of it will remain. That McG ordered SUPERMAN cybersuit (Brilliant Ideas From Mr Hot Wheels, eh?) that Stan Winston's brilliant craftsmen were paid zillions to create is GONE! Today, long time sources like Frosty Skywalker, Sir Etch-A-Sketch and Sir Magnadoodle... those last two have been in the hallways of Warners for the better part of the past decade... and have access to every room.

    Frosty wrote to tell me that Bryan was signed, and that LOGAN'S RUN and X3 were now dead. While the first part of that is true... LOGAN'S RUN and X3 are not dead. The word from the halls of Warner Bros is that LOGAN'S RUN will be the film that Bryan Singer will make immediately after the Man Of Steel lands in theaters near us all. HOWEVER - if you begin talking to spies at Fox in Tom Rothman's offices and adjoining offices... X3 will be made after SUPERMAN by Singer, or Fox will leave him behind and continue forward with a new director.

    It'll be interesting to see how the cast will take to that... I know they all love Rothman so. He's a really cute dude, very lovable snugglebunny and obviously the reason that series has been the success that it has been. No, no, really. Ok, maybe that's a fib.

    Details on SUPERMAN RETURNS, which is what Team Singer and WB seem to be calling it, are few and far between. But one source, that proved to me today to be quite close to some Warner exec that strikes an amazing resemblence to Lex Luthor himself, hinted to me that this film does not throw the Donner films away and allegedly somehow has something to do with their timeline and history!!!

    So... from the title, all we're left with is... he must have left, and now he's back. Does that refer to the child of Krypton's absence from theaters, Metropolis, our Planet or what? Will 3 & 4 be canon or merely tragedies? If he's returning, one can assume that he went somewhere, and now feels the need to be back... but why? Where'd he go? Why's he back? I can say though... SUPERMAN RETURNS will not be an Origin Story. We're not going to walk through all that molasses for the umpteenth time, waiting for Kal-El to do something or become Superman again!

    The confirmed details are: Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris are on board. It will not be an origin story. And something regarding the Christopher Reeve films and that universe has something to do with this. (though that last one is a shady detail... My source heard that, but when they did... there was no elaboration for the how, what, when, where or why of it.) I assure you... I'm on this case like Comet, the super-horse! That's right, I'm your super-stud!

    While Warners continues to be the craziest most bi-polar studio on planet Earth... It seems they're nailing BATMAN BEGINS... and they finally have a team that I can get enthusiastically pumped up about. Now if only GREEN LANTERN was being done justice the way New Line proposed to Warners in a faithful 3 film Green Lantern Corps super epic. But, a comedic riff by Jack Black... that's just as good right? Sigh. No matter, the team behind X2 will once again have all of us believing that a man can fly!
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    Bryan Singer Confirmed for Superman! Source: Variety Monday, July 19, 2004

    Both good news and bad news. Variety has just confirmed that "X-Men" series director Bryan Singer signed a deal Friday to develop and direct Warner Bros.' Superman. The bad? He will not be doing X-Men 3. Here are highlights from the article, we'll link to the full article if/when it becomes available...

    -Singer, who helmed "The X-Men" comicbook adaptations for Fox, is expected to work with "X-2" scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris to draft a tentpole that starts production late this year in Australia.

    -A tug-of-war over Singer's next project had been going on for weeks, with Fox's third "X-Men" installment competing with Warner's remake of "Logan's Run" to land the helmer. It now looks likely that Singer will not do the third "X-Men," even though he has an overall deal with Fox.

    -Besides the recent exit of helmer McG from the "Superman" project, producers Neal Moritz and Gilbert Adler have apparently disappeared from the scene as well. The fate of Jon Peters also is up in the air.

    -The studio apparently scrapped a J.J. Abrams script that WB once was high on.

    -The studio tapped Australia as a reasonably priced shooting location, with a budget said to be around $200 million, and wanted to put the franchise in the hands of Adler and Moritz. But Moritz's deal was never made and it's uncertain whether Adler, who did have a deal, will remain involved.

    -The WMA-repped Singer also is said to have a new take on the pic. Before his involvement, it was to revolve around Superman's battle with Lex Luthor and a mysterious figure from Krypton who has come to hunt down the Man of Steel.

    -"My interest in Superman dates back many, many years," Singer said. "In fact, it was the Richard Donner classic film that was my day-to-day inspiration in shaping the X-Men universe for the screen. I feel that Superman has been late in his return and it is time for him to fly again."

    We hear that Singer's vision of Superman is to ground his world in reality but keep the fantastical elements of the character alive. A major part of Donner's vision was to convince the audience that a man could fly and Singer will go down a similar route. A source close to Singer said that he wants to pose the question "What would happen and how would we react if tomorrow a flying guy dressed in primary colors appeared on the news saving people's lives?" So don't expect a macabre Burton style hero, or a Raimi hyper-real approach, or even the Nolan approach. Singer's take will be unique, with an eye on the real world and the human element of the story.
    Yeah, I know that we have a Superman thread already. And that this probably should have been contained with that. But it didn't feel right, since there's some actual positive momentum on the film that's been started and stopped so many times. So I felt that a fresh and positive thread was in order. Since so much of the old thread was dedicated to the complaining about the terrible ideas that were circulating for the man of steel.

    But again, it's official. After heavy negotiations between Singer, Singer had decided to opt out of helming X-Men 3 in exchange for doing Superman. And not only that, he's bringing his X-Men writing team with him to do it. Also pretty much confirmed, this will not be an origin story. It's believed they are respecting the Chris Reeves Superman I (and maybe II), as the ultimate Origin story. A good choice for pacing reasons, in my opinion.

    It's sort of a shame, really. I really like Bryan Singer and his writing team's work on X-Men. And hopefully whoever they hire to take up the mantle will respect the first two films, as well as the original comics. Though who knows how hyped many of the actors will be to return to X-Men, without the director that they all spoke quite highly about. In the end, it's good news for Superman and troubling news for the X-Men franchise.

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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    dammit all to hell!! Who really gives a rats arse about Superman?!?! I sure as hell don't. I think Singer is a dumba-- for ditching the X-Men films to bring superman back to life. He already had great ideas for X3 and now those are more than likely thrown out the door to revive the dead Superman franchise.

    This is horrible news and i hope this movie flops big time. It would serve Singer right to ditch the X-Men franchise he created and go for the Man of Steel. Meh!!!
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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    Sadly, I somewhat agree with you JMG. I'm glad they got someone with half a brain for Superman. But I worry for X-3, if Singer isn't on board. Especially since the rumored plans for X-3 might not come to pass now. And the fact that many of the actors who like Singer, might feel betrayed and not come back. Not to mention, I wonder where this leaves Singer and his writing team's run on Ultimate X-Men, which was supposed to be his chance to write characters to get a feel for them before he did X-3.

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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    So is this Superman V, or a new Superman Franchise?

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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    Unknown at the moment. It's current title is 'Superman Returns', and there are rumors that it will respect Superman I and II. So consider it a new Superman III, if things go that direction. If not, I guess we'll see.

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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    I have an idea for a good director for Superman. RICHARD DONNER. And it would really drive the Salkinds nuts, if they are still around.
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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    I think they should fire Singer off this project so he'll go back to X3. Then they should look back at the failed Superman film plans of the past decade and pull out the good folks:

    Superman Returns
    Starring Nicholas Cage as Superman!
    Directed by Timothy Burton!
    Written by Kevin Smith!
    Original score by Danny Elfman!
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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    i'm glad he's on this project. i'm no x-man comic fan, but he did a real nice job with x-men 1 and 2. i'm confident he'll do wonders for superman, the best superhero ever!!!. i just hope they can cast someone who lives up to the high level christopher reeve set for the role. i'm also glad they're not going to re-imagine his origins. just tell all the young kids to watch superman 1 and 2 before seeing this new one.

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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    Well being more of a fan of the X-Men than Superman I can't say this news really excites me. The fact that they won't be doing an origin story is a relief because I have no interest in sitting through another one of those but if I had to choose between X3 and a new Superman X3 wins hands down. Lets hope Singer can fit both into his busy schedule.

    I also hope WB doesn't feel the need to attach a big name star to the title role. Tom Welling would be my choice as a big screen Kal-El mainly due to the fantastic job he's done on Smallville but I doubt he'll get the part.
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    Re: Official: Bryan "X-Men" Singer on Superman!!!

    Saw this posted on E-Online, thought it was cute and decided to pass it along. Enjoy.

    Superman Steals X-Man Singer - "Wolverine" speaks out!!
    Dear Superman,

    I thought we were friends. Or at least professional colleagues with a healthy respect of each other's powers--and boundaries.

    Imagine my shock then when I cracked opened the Hollywood trades Monday morning here at Xavier Mansion, and read that my director--my director--had become your director.

    "Supe's on with 'X' Man," Variety said. "Singer Gives Superman 'X'-Ray Vision," the Hollywood Reporter countered.

    So, you've stolen Bryan Singer. You know at least when Mystique tries to stab me in the back she jumps up in the air first and does a couple of fancy somersaults so I have time to prepare my claws.

    But you--you conniving Kryptonian--you pretend you're all about truth, justice and the American way, when all you're really about is getting back on the big screen anyway, anyhow.

    The papers say Singer inked the deal with Warner Bros. on Friday. Variety says he'll probably bring screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris along, too.

    (Oh, did I say "screenwriters"? I meant "my screenwriters." Mike and Dan helped write X2--maybe you caught that flick while you were busy not getting your stupid movie made.)

    With Singer committing to you, the Reporter says his planned Logan's Run remake is now in "a gray zone"--big deal. And Variety says he probably won't have time for X-Men 3--very, very big deal, dude.

    Fox has penciled in May 5, 2006, as the release date for X-Men 3. I know you're unfamiliar with the concept, but a release date is WHEN YOUR MOVIE'S SUPPOSED TO COME OUT!

    How is my movie supposed to come out without a director? Oh, sure, Fox'll find somebody else. But somebody else won't be Bryan Singer. The man who plotted out and directed our first two movies (combined domestic gross: $372.2 million). The man who recognized a hero with furry sideburns could too be a leading man. The man who knows who Keyser Soze is.

    In a way, I don't know why I'm getting all worked up.

    So, Bryan's hooking up with you. So, he claims his "interest in [you] dates back many, many years." So, he professes to love the original Richard Donner Superman movie. So, he says, "it is time for [you] to fly again."

    So, what?

    Superman, you are like the messed-up hot chick who can't keep a guy.

    Sure, Bryan's enamored with you--now. At one time, so was McG. So was Brett Ratner. So was Tim Burton. Even Michael Bay was rumored to have given you a look.

    Got quite a collection of ex-suitors there, don't you? (Say, do you keep their pictures on a wall in the Fortress of Solitude--maybe next to your Lois Lane shrine?--you nutball stalker.)

    Oh, I know, poor Kal-Hell, it's not your fault. It's Warners'. It was the studio that pulled the plug on Burton. It was the studio that wouldn't okay Ratner's choice to play you (then soap star Matthew Bomer). And it was the studio that insisted on shooting in Australia when McG wanted to shoot in New York.

    Boo-hoo. Somebody get me a Kleenex.

    But what I'll really be bawling about is how people fall for your woe-is-me, I'm-a-cursed-superhero act.

    I don't care if BatBale gets more press. I don't care if Halle Berry's Catwoman getup gets more downloads. I don't care if you don't have a locked-in producer, a locked-in star or a locked-in screenplay. We should all be cursed with a $200 million budget and a road-tested comic-book director.

    I hear Warners is still going to try to get your tired buns of steel off the ground for a shoot late this year. Might want to renew your Crunch membership, friend. By my tally, you haven't been out of the Barcalounger in 17 years.

    Gee, I realize now this letter may be sounding a tad bitter. Forgive me. I was going for really, really bitter.

    Give my regards to Bryan. If you ever actually meet him.

    [Expletive deleted] you,


    P.S.: Superman III sucked.

    P.P.S.: Superman IV sucked worse.,...0.html?eol.tkr

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