Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Update on the Superman Copyright Legal Battle

Superman Court Case The Hollywood Reporter has published an article which brings us up to date on where the legal battle over the rights to Superman is currently at. Seems that Warner Bros. filed a stack of legal papers yesterday to persuade a judge to keep alive its claim against the Siegel's lawyer Marc Toberoff.

    A hearing date in the case is set for Oct. 18, although there's a chance the court could be so overwhelmed by the legal paperwork that there will be a delay. Depositions, including those of the Siegels, Shusters and Toberoff himself, are scheduled to begin in mid-November. The future of the "Superman" empire, hundreds of millions of dollars, and perhaps even the future of power in Hollywood will be at stake.
You can read the complete report at the Hollywood Reporter website.

Ben Affleck WAS In The Running To Direct Superman

More reboot news. Or none news as the case may be. But it seems Affleck(riding high on the success of The Town) was in line to tackle The Man Of Steel next..
According to Heatvision..

Word began to leak last week of directors who were meeting or will meet with Nolan and Warner brass for the relaunch of one of Hollywood's biggest franchises. Duncan Jones (“Moon”), Jonathan Liebesman ("Battle: Los Angeles"), Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” this Friday’s “Let Me In”), Tony Scott and Zack Snyder are on the list.

And so was Affleck, who is extremely popular at Warners after making “The Town,” a critical and box-office hit. But according to insiders, the actor-director -- who, ironically, once portrayed the actor who played Superman on TV in "Hollywoodland" -- met about "Superman" last week but is no longer pursuing it.

That sounds like he passed on it to me. Affleck doesn't have too much in the works right now(that we know about) so maybe he wasn't crazy about the script/plot? Who knows. Anyway, I know like me you must be a bit sick of hearing who might/may have directed it and just want to know who will. But I found this interesting. Affleck is the 7th director(if the short list is accurate of course) to be mentioned in connection with this. Are WB and Chris Nolan just going down a list of who had a hit recently? Granted the names are all pretty good to great talents, but I hope they are more concerned with who is best suited to this particular character than who they think can deliver a box office draw.

So who's going to direct the new Superman Reboot?

Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas are moving forward with upcoming reboot for Superman, with Deadline reporting that they've begun meeting with the following directors to helm the 2012 reboot for The Man Of Steel.

"Nolan has starting meeting candidates Tony Scott(Unstoppable), Matt Reeves(Let Me In), Jonathan Liebesman(Battle: Los Angeles), Duncan Jones(Source Code), Zack Snyder(Sucker Punch), this week and will submit his choice to the studio within the next few weeks."

While the the film is expected to hit theaters winter 2012 and many of the directors have commitments, which one do you think could adapt the last son of krypton to the silver-screen the right way, in script written by David S. Goyer?

Another name thrown into the mix now were hearing that the WB is also looking at "Darren Aronofsky" as
It looks like Fox and WB are playing pass the director!

As Aronofsky, previously linked to Wolverine 2, is the latest name to be thrown into the expanding short list of directors for the Superman reboot..

Zack Snyder is my personal favorite right now to direct this movie, and hope he gets it.

At this point, 3 directors have been mentioned in connection with both Fox's Wolverine 2 and WB's Superman reboot. Tony Scott, Matt Reeves and now Darren Aronofsky.

The LA Times report..

As he intensifies his search for a director on the Warner Bros. reboot, Christopher Nolan, who's godfathering the new Superman and producing the David Goyer script, has had discussions with Aronofsky about the job, sources say.

Aronofsky's latest, Black Swan, is gaining huge plaudits and is set to become a big art house hit. While he would seem a left field choice for something like Superman he is also just the type of director someone like Chris Nolan would go for in my opinion. Both made their names with tiny budget indie films and have since gone on to make some much bigger, successful, but never particularly commercial or "studio friendly" movies. The big difference between them is that Aronofsky has yet to make anything as big as Nolan's Batman films. But, he was all set to do the Robocop reboot for WB until it fell through. Maybe he will cut his blockbuster teeth with The Man Of Steel instead.

Does the WB Want Natalie Portman For Lois Lane In Their Superman Reboot?

It was only a matter of time before this rumor popped up, but here is the first(of many I'm sure!). Apparently WB are not only keen on Darren Aronofsky to helm their new Superman, but to get his Black Swan star Natalie Portman on board as Lois Lane..
An update on the Aronofsky story over at Moviehole not only suggests that WB are looking for Portman to play Lois in this next Superman movie, but that she was their first choice last time around too!..

A friend that worked on "Black Swan" with Mr Aronofsky tells us that the filmmaker has actually "been talking about this for a while" and that they don't think talks have "progressed beyond the suggestion of having Nat[alie Portman] be Lois. They wanted her first time around, this time they can get her - with Darren. But who knows where that's at now...nothing on paper yet. Don't add his name to the IMDB director listing on the film's page yet", she adds.

The idea of Aronofsky as a potential director for Superman has certainly been met with approval from most fans on CBM.

I loved Miss Portman in the Star Wars prequels, and she was awesome in
V For Vendetta but!

This is a big one here.... I don't know what to think of her as Lois Lane... Certainly this would move away from using the Smallville cast which I absolutely love!

Honestly Erica Durance is a much better choice, and she's completely owned the role since she's taken over the role on Smallville.

Portman is no stranger to Comic Book Movies, having already played Evey Hammond in V For Vendetta and will soon grace our screens as Jane Foster in Thor. IF Aronofsky does end up behind the camera, I wouldn't be surprised if she did follow. Of course its all just speculation for now.

And again I'm still holding out hope that The WB and the players involved with making this movie doesn't screw it up, and make the same mistakes made in Singerman Returns.

I think Portman much like
Kate Bosworth looks way to young for this role, and honestly that was a major issue with Singerman Returns.

Kate looked like she was just out of highschool, and so does Portman! Not trying to hate they are both very pretty hot ladies but neither of them look old enough or look like seasoned reporters.

Erica Durance on the other hand...