It’s hard to disagree with anyone who says modern cinema is almost solely comprised of superhero films and reboots. Although there is an argument to be made that studios will stop making them the day we stop watching (meaning never). Hedging their bets on a relatively safe gamble, Warner Bros. and DC are now reportedly working on a Superman reboot with some much-needed help from 10th dan black belt of refreshing franchises, J.J. Abrams.
Deadline has confirmed that Abrams will serve as a producer under his Bad Robot label alongside Hannah Minghella, while noted author Ta-Nehisi Coates will pen the screenplay. So far, no details regarding the plot, overall direction, or even casting have been announced. But it’s pretty safe to assume we won’t be seeing Henry Cavill reprise his role as the Man of Steel after the highly-anticipated Zack Snyder cut of Justice League due for release later this month – despite having stated he’d be open to donning the spandex and red cape if the opportunity were to arise.
“I’ve not given up the role,” The Witcher star told Men’s Health.
“There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into.”
“I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman.”
So the question remains: who will be the next actor to take on the storied role of Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman in this upcoming reboot? Many believe Michael B. Jordan is the frontrunner given the industry chatter. Incidentally, Coates is currently working on the drama film Wrong Answer starring Michael B. Jordan, in addition to being directed by Jordan’s longtime collaborator, Ryan Coogler.
Jordan and Coogler, of course, have delivered such films as Fruitvale Station, Creed, and Black Panther in tandem; the former even having once pitched a version of Coming 2 America starring the latter directly to Eddie Murphy. A slightly more suspicious mind would point out this is no mere coincidence…
Whatever the outcome, there certainly won’t be a shortage of superhero movie content in the next
few years decade. And for those of you who are staunchly in Camp Cavill, never fear… the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League has a staggering four-hour duration. That’s more than enough time for you to bid the big fella farewell.