Bryan Singer, director of Superman Returns has confirmed that his proposed sequel (currently titled Superman: Man of Steel) is a go.
Empire sat down with the director, who not only confirmed his intent to direct, but also defended Superman Returns:
“That movie made $400 million!” Singer says incredulously. “I don’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, I’m just getting back with writers after the strike. We’re just in the development phase. I’m starting to develop a sequel…with the intention of directing it.”
Singer also spoke about the negative reaction the film had due to its focus on story/romance, at the expense of action, saying he plans to address that in the sequel.
“The first one was a romantic film and a nostalgic film,” he says. “I’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, there’s really an opportunity to up the threat levels…Clearly there’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, I’m going to wake them up!” He may be joking about the unrelenting terror.
I’m all for Singer getting another go at Superman. I’m a big fan of ‘Returns’, and really feel like he would do an incredible job on its sequel.
Source: Empire Online