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Comic-Con: Bryan Singer Talks Superman
Director announces super-sequel

22 July 2006  |  Written by   

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For a guy who didn’t like comic books growing up, Bryan Singer sure does make a lot of comic book movies. And, for that matter, he comes to Comic-Con a lot as well. Last year he flew in direct from Sydney to present some footage from Superman Returns, which nearly blew the roof off the gargantuan Hall H.

Yesterday, he returned to talk about the movie, and he did so to a hero’s welcome. And finally, he confirmed that he will be directing the sequel to Superman Returns

“I have nothing, I have only ideas,” he told Empire. “I just know that there are certain things that were established in this movie, certain aspects of the characters’ relationships and reveals and a great sense of unresolved and romantic dilemma that Superman faces, and now that the character is established, I’d like to take the opportunity to bring in a more threatening element, a more terrible, foreboding element.”

When asked if that would involve a Kryptonian villain, or possibly Brainiac, Singer replied, “Perhaps…” with a smile.

“I will probably take what I established the character as it is established in Superman Returns and move from there,” continued Singer. “This will be the starting place, kind of like in X-Men 1 I had to find a place to educate people who weren’t familiar with that universe, there’s a whole generation not familiar with Superman, and there was a value in having him return to a version of the Donner universe. It’s always a delicate balance with a character this steeped in history.”

Those who have seen Superman Returns will know – and spoilers may abound here – that it’s very open-ended, what with Lex Luthor still knocking around somewhere, Lois still together with James Marsden’s Richard White… and, most intriguingly, the revelation that Jason, Lois’s son, is also Superman’s… and he appears to possess some of Superpop’s powers.

In the hands of a lesser director, this might provide a myriad of mawkish plot possibilities in a sequel, but Singer is adamant that he’s going to try to avoid those. “I don’t know if I want to see the kid wearing a costume and running around with Superman!” he laughed.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a timeframe for Superman II (Mk II) – and yes, Singer’s not sure what to call the movie – it may arrive in cinemas in 2009, giving Singer the chance to direct a smaller movie, possibly The Mayor Of Castro Street, first.

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Your Comments

RE: Comic-Con: Superman.
I cant wait for this, as soon as I came out of the ciema from Supes Returns I was thinking god I hope he does a sequel, Im glad its still Bryan Singer doing it, I wonder if he'll do a third, lets hope so. More

Posted by Zaphod121 at 11:29 on 24 July 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Comic-Con: Superman.
omg, are you seriously that bothered about the kid? That is new information, as Singer suggests, the film follows on from S2 so the information had never been thought of before, Singer magically takes the story to a new level, comic fan. More

Posted by Mooey at 08:49 on 24 July 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Comic-Con: Superman.
This is weird because from what i read from other sites Singer said there was no official annoncement for a sequel as warners are still looking at the box office (which has been very dissapointing). their waiting to see if it makes 200 million domestics in the u.s before anything official is annonced and at the moment theres no way its going to make that in the cinemas as its lost alot of cinemas.Only way their going to make money back is from DVD but thats going to take a while as most of the More

Posted by leejames at 08:35 on 24 July 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Comic-Con: Superman.
YO SCIENTIST.... He did change the mythology.  Superman never had a kid...Singer wanted a kid....The majority of fans don't want the kid in there and if you do, you're an idiot and not a true fan.  Plus Superman's not a peeping Tom and Singer turned him into one with the scene outside Lois's house. Plus, Superman can throw a giant rock filled with Kryptonite to the sun, yet when people are beating him up, he can't throw one punch? Plus, Superman and Lois hardly talked.&n More

Posted by newbury at 01:53 on 24 July 2006 | Report This Post

Comic-Con: Superman.
L: scientist686 You're an idiot. Bryan Siner did not re-write Superman mythology. He merely gave us a different image of the same thing. I think he was the perfect choice to make this film, and he'll do great Superman films until he decides to quit. I do hope he won't leave just one film before the end of the new series of Superman films, like he did with X-Men. That was crap. sp; I know that Spacey is contracted to do three Superman films, so it would certainly be nice to see Singer comp More

Posted by Alistair at 00:57 on 24 July 2006 | Report This Post

You're an idiot. Bryan Siner did not re-write Superman mythology. He merely gave us a different image of the same thing. I think he was the perfect choice to make this film, and he'll do great Superman films until he decides to quit. I do hope he won't leave just one film before the end of the new series of Superman films, like he did with X-Men. That was crap. More

Posted by scientist686 at 00:38 on 24 July 2006 | Report This Post

it was an absluetely fantastic film and there are so many more layers to each character now, especially superman. A sequel is definately the way to go, especiallly if you use that nice Brandon Routh again... More

Posted by filmlover at 20:11 on 23 July 2006 | Report This Post

I think that Singer's impression of Superman is brilliant, he has master the visual effects AND action sequences whilst imputting emotion and history, a tall act to follow with a sequel. As you feel that this all-time great movie will not be beaten, and worringly hope it isn't a disaster, even with the knowledge of Mister Bryan Singer at the helm. I can wait to see it again... and then again maybe, who knows? More

Posted by Mooey at 20:03 on 23 July 2006 | Report This Post

Going to watch the first one this month, and then I will decide how excited I am about this. All I know is this much, I would much rather see an emphasis on super hero films not based on comics, and instead intelligent creative ideas that are original. More

Posted by ukedge87 at 17:53 on 23 July 2006 | Report This Post

Here's what I have to say about a Singer sequel to SR. BRING BACK RICHARD DONNER. Enough of Singer rewriting Superman Mythology.....We need Donner back to put Superman back on top. I still don't understand why WB didn't go back to him to begin with. Mr. Donner, Superman needs you....Don't be surprise to see Singer and WB come to a parting of the ways....why too much Superman backlash and only $170 million in Box office. thanks. More

Posted by newbury at 15:59 on 23 July 2006 | Report This Post

why are people expecting some mega movie full of action from the first moment!!!??? why !? as the great man said, Superman Returns was his "X-Men 1" establishing the characters, the plot, getting familiar with the myth and introducing Brandon Routh to the world, same as Hugh Jackman, please people relax, i for one have complete confidence in Bryan Singer and the way he approaches the movies and its sequels. More

Posted by charliealonso at 11:41 on 23 July 2006 | Report This Post

Look! Look up in the skies!!!! The spuerman still flies (ok he soars)!!!!! More

Posted by taz_e at 07:06 on 23 July 2006 | Report This Post

BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by CloneWarGeneral at 22:46 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by CloneWarGeneral at 22:45 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

I enjoyed this film (not as much the second time). I'll look forward to a sequel   More

Posted by 24Dan at 20:08 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

for the life of me i can't understand why Superman Returns isn't the biggest film of the past 3 years. WELL DONE IDIOTS FOR NOT GOING TO SEE IT!!! More

Posted by Hughezy at 19:56 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

Yes Singer, do the sequel then fuck off before contracting it as trilogy... & leave it to some half biscuit fuck-job like Ratner to polish it off. With TURDS!!! More

Posted by Chaos Engine at 19:53 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Comic-Con: Bryan Singer Talks Superman
I saw superman returns yesterdays some bits were good and some bits had be reaching for a bucket and some bits had me falling asleep at but i would like to see a sequel with more action in. More

Posted by zombiemaster at 18:04 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

i actually found the movie to be a bit reminiscent of an above-par tv pilot rather than an above-par movie. a very odd beast. look forward to the sequel tho. More

Posted by billythehick at 16:58 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

by Jim R
If there are to be elements that we haven't seen in a Superman film to date then I think it will be awesome. Singer is the kind of man and director never to re-hash so it bodes well. Bring it on !! More

Posted by JIm R at 16:17 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

Have Warners confirmed this? If so, I can't wait. More

Posted by Leomuse at 16:05 on 22 July 2006 | Report This Post

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