While the recent reports have mentioned Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight) “overseeing” the reboot for the Superman franchise. Early speculation was that Nolan’s brother Jonathan, who also co-wrote the script with the The Dark Knight scribe David Goyer, would direct the film.
Now it sounds like Chris Columbus, director of the first two Harry Potter films, has received an offer to direct the franchise. Columbus’ most recent film was Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which leaves some worry in my book.
The good news from the early reports of the Nolan brothers being so involved with the project led me to believe that the franchise would take the most realistic perspective possible with the source material. No Superman genes from Superman Returns and no extreme camp from the original films. With Columbus involved (based strictly on his past efforts), I fear that the film will be come more fantasy, which is something that the franchise deeply needs to stay away from.
While I have never been a fan of Superman (the whole fact that anybody who’s anybody can get their hands on Kryptonite is just ridiculous), I think that in these hands, it could be steered in the right direction. I also don’t want this to screw up Christopher Nolan’s perfect record if he signs on as a producer. Only time will tell as the film is expected to be released in December of 2012.