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Untitled Superman film

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Untitled Superman film
Produced by
  • J. J. Abrams
  • Hannah Minghella
Written byTa-Nehisi Coates
Based onCharacters
from DC Comics
Production
companies
  • DC Films
  • Bad Robot Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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An untitled Superman film is a planned American superhero film based on DC Comics featuring the character Superman. Produced by DC Films and Bad Robot Productions, and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be a reboot of the Superman film franchise. The film is being written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Development on a sequel to the film Man of Steel (2013) began by October 2014, with Henry Cavill expected to reprise his role as Clark Kent / Superman, but Warner Bros.' plans for the property changed after the troubled production of Justice League (2017). The Man of Steel sequel was no longer moving forward by May 2020, and Coates was hired in February 2021 to write a new Superman film starring a Black version of the character.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Warner Bros. Pictures announced release dates for a full slate of DC Comics-based films in October 2014, forming a new shared universe known as the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). At the same time, the company said that an un-dated Superman film was in development, with Henry Cavill set to reprise his role of Clark Kent / Superman from Man of Steel (2013).[1] In November 2016, Amy Adams, who portrayed Lois Lane in Man of Steel, said the studio was working on a screenplay for the sequel.[2] Matthew Vaughan was Warner Bros.' top choice to direct the film, and he had preliminary conversations about the project by March 2017.[3] Vaughan had previously pitched an idea for a new Superman trilogy with comic book writer Mark Millar, prior to the development of Man of Steel, in which the destruction of the planet Krypton would not take place until after Superman had already grown-up on the planet.[4] After the troubled production of the DCEU film Justice League (2017), Warner Bros. re-thought its approach to DC projects.[5] By the end of 2017, a Man of Steel sequel was not coming "anytime soon, if at all". Justice League producer Charles Roven said story ideas for the film had been discussed, but there was no script.[6]

Before the release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout in July 2018, director Christopher McQuarrie and Cavill (who co-stars in Fallout) pitched their take on a new Superman film, but Warner Bros. did not pursue the idea.[7] Later in 2018, the studio offered several DC properties to James Gunn for him to write and direct, including Superman, but he chose to make The Suicide Squad (2021) instead.[8] In September, negotiations for Cavill to reprise his role for a cameo appearance in Shazam! (2019) ended due to contract issues,[9] as well as a scheduling conflict with Cavill's Fallout commitments.[9][10] The actor was reported to be parting ways with the studio, with no plans for him to reprise his role in future projects,[9] but, in November 2019, Cavill said that he had not given up on the character and still wanted to do the role justice.[10] At that time, Warner Bros. was unsure which direction to take the character and was talking to "lots of high-profile talent" about the property, including J. J. Abrams—whose company Bad Robot Productions signed an overall deal with Warner Bros.' parent company WarnerMedia—and Michael B. Jordan, who pitched himself as a Black version of the character but was unwilling to commit to a future film due to his busy schedule.[11] By May 2020, Warner Bros. was no longer developing a Man of Steel sequel, but Cavill was in talks to appear in a different future DC film.[12][13]

In February 2021, Ta-Nehisi Coates was revealed to be writing a new Superman film for the DCEU that was in early development. Abrams was set as producer alongside Hannah Minghella, with no director or actors attached to the project yet.[14] The film was expected to feature a Black actor portraying Superman, with potential for Jordan to still take on the role.[15] Coates said he was looking forward to "meaningfully adding to the legacy of America's most iconic mythic hero", while Abrams said the film would tell a "new, powerful and moving Superman story".[14] This was reported by outlets as being a reboot of the franchise, but Richard Newby of The Hollywood Reporter felt the film starring a Black actor could indicate a new version of Superman that could exist alongside Cavill's portrayal within the DC Multiverse. Newby also noted that Coates' history as a non-fiction author and journalist focusing on African-American issues would give him "the insight and experience to delve further into the [Superman] mythos in a way never seen on screen".[16]

Jordan said at the end of April that suggestions he star in the film were a compliment, but he would not be signing on to the role. The studio was in the early process of finding a director for the film at that point, and had committed to hiring a Black filmmaker for the project. They had met with potential directors by early May, working from a list that included Steven Caple Jr., J.D. Dillard, Regina King, and Shaka King. Coates was not expected to deliver his script for the film until mid-December, and was believed to be introducing a new version of Kal-El / Superman in what was potentially a 20th century period piece. The film was expected to be set in a separate universe from the DCEU at that point.[17]

References[edit]

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  14. 14.0 14.1 Mangum, Trey (February 27, 2021). "Exclusive: Ta-Nehisi Coates To Write Upcoming Superman Film From DC And Warner Bros". Shadow and Act. Archived from the original on February 27, 2021. Retrieved February 27, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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