Well, Bryan Singer confirmed the long suspected and pretty much believed rumors that a sequel to Superman Returns will happen.
And from the sounds of things, it could be one of the rare occasions where a sequel outdoes the original. From the story on Empire:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe first one was a romantic film and a nostalgic film,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? he says. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll be the first person to own up to that without making any apologies for it. I knew it was going to be that from the outset. And now that the characters are established, thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s really an opportunity to up the threat levels…Clearly thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll be a body count [laughs]. From frame one, it will be unrelenting terror! All those teenage girls who found the movie and mooned over James Marsden or Brandon? Well, IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m going to wake them up!ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? He may be joking about the unrelenting terror.
That’s pretty much how I felt about it. I wanted to like it, but I left the theater feeling lukewarm, probably for the reasons above: a romantic and nostalgic Superman wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.
There are also rumors, unconfirmed as of yet, that the writing team from Transformers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will replace Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty in developing the new script.
He also added this, on the subject of it being a flop:
“That movie made $400 million!” Singer says incredulously. “I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know what constitutes under-performing these days…Look, I can understand, I suppose, what some people mean. Perhaps some people went in with the expectation of it being like an X-Men film, and Superman is a tougher character than that. Especially bringing him back. It really goes back to the fact that you can only please some of the people some of the time. But, yes, IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m just getting back with writers after the strike. WeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re just in the development phase. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m starting to develop a sequel…with the intention of directing it.”
I for one love the Superman franchise, the character, everything about it, so I’m really pulling for this sequel to be a success.
Let’s just hope it’s not called Superman Salvation: The Rise of the Luthor, or Superman: The Return Return of Superman. Sorry, I’m now paranoid about movie titles.