When the head of Warner Bros' newly formed DC Entertainment, Diane Nelson, spoke with MTV last week to discuss how the recent changes in and around Warner Brothers will affect DC's stable of characters in comics, movies and various other media, she dropped some puzzling news concerning one of their most iconic characters, Superman.
With the recent legal decision regarding the iconic character-- giving Siegal's heirs ownership of Superman's origin story with DC still holding on to other elements like Superman’s ability to fly, the term kryptonite, the Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen characters, Superman’s powers and expanded origins-- DC has a small window to start on a new Superman film, or they risk losing the rights completely by 2013.
When asked if that and the new environment made a Superman movie more or less likely in the near future, Nelson said:
We actually don't have any current plans for Superman.
What??? If a Superman movie isn't production by 2011, we may not see the Man of Steel fly for a long long time. Even without the legal matters, you'd think with WB's more movie-friendly arrangement regarding DC, that this would be a property that would be on their priority list.
Nelson acknowledged Superman's importance in the DC universe, but reiterated that they have no big screen plans:
We've obviously done a lot of great things behind the property in our history, and it's a key part of the family, but we don't have current plans behind Superman.
V For Vendetta and Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue, who has been rumored to be taking the helm of the next Superman film, recently offered his own origin-free reboot idea for the Man of Steel if given the chance. But with Nelson's comments, unless she's playing it coy, or unless someone at Warner rallies to get things going soon... It could be years, decades even-- with all of the legal tie ups-- before we see Superman take flight on the big-screen.
So what do you think of DC Entertainment not having any plans for a new Superman movie?