Bryan Singer Looks Back on Superman Returns

Posted by David Konow

Decades after the Christopher Reeve classic became the big hit of 1978, Hollywood is still trying to get Superman right for the big screen. While Christopher Nolan successfully reinvented Batman, at least for two movies, the consensus is that Bryan Singer pretty much blew it with Superman Returns, and unfortunately Man of Steel didn’t help matters much either. 

While Singer couldn’t make superhero magic with Superman, we are hoping it will return with X-Men Days of Future Past this summer. Recently, he reflected on Superman Returns with Empire and Collider, saying, “It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn’t what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively, and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly.”
Singer added that if he had a second chance with Superman, he would do a reboot and make it an origin story. Funny enough, when he was plotting a Superman sequel, he was going to call it Man of Steel as well, and Darkseid was one possible villain idea being tossed around. 
Of course, as we keep reporting on TGD, Batman Vs Superman is coming in 2016, which will probably end up setting both characters back years, and this is a shame because Batman finally got out of the toilet with Christopher Nolan’s help, why put him back in? Not to mention Superman’s too iconic of a character not to get a good movie in this day and age.