Rumor Debunked: Director Chris Columbus NOT Offered Next Superman Movie

     July 9, 2010

Contrary to yesterday’s online rumor, trusted sources have told us that Chris Columbus has NOT been offered the chance to helm the next Superman movie.  Yesterday’s rumor was just one of those cases of a titillating story catching fire and igniting intense speculation.  And it wasn’t the craziest rumor ever.  Columbus is known for putting together big franchise pictures (the first two Harry Potter movies; Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief).  But Columbus hasn’t been offered the opportunity to put together Superman’s next adventure on the big screen.

The new Superman movie, tentatively titled The Man of Steel, is being written by David Goyer (Batman Begins) with Christopher Nolan producing.  Hit the jump to learn more about where the film movie currently stands.

At the beginning of June, Nolan said that Goyer had finally cracked the script:

“It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that.”

We also know that Warner Bros. is shooting for a release date sometime between summer 2012 and summer 2013.  It would be interesting if they shot for summer 2012 because that would mean the movie would be released around the same time as Batman 3 (which is currently slated for July 20, 2012).

In any event, Warner Bros. has not offered Columbus the directing gig for the movie.  I’m relieved to learn that because I think a new Superman movie requires a director with more spark and imagination in order to make Supes fly into a rejuvenated franchise.

What are your thoughts on Columbus not getting offered the job?  Do you have a particular director you think would be ideal to helm the project?  Sound off in the comments section.

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  • clawcarver

    the Nolan's should direct.. Not the irish all girl singing troup from the eighties though

  • Robert

    Brad Bird would be solid choice for superman.Incredibles was great,so it wouldnt be much of a stretch for him.

  • Dylan

    Nolan is my first choice, but probably impossible considering both the new Superman film and Batman 3 are coming out in the same year. I think my next choice would be JJ Abrams.

  • Tankerbelle

    yay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tankerbelle

    no ! no JJ Abrams either !!!!!!!

  • Baba

    Yes, Peter Georgiou and Jamie Williams told you this scoop, just like they told everyone on two days ago. Credit where credit is due.

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  • Superseanski

    I don't care who directs as long as Superman has someone powerful to fight. I'm sick of Lex Luthor being in every movie “Ooh, I'm so smart and I have this green rock.” Even in that one Superman movie (part 4 I think, with the blond haired nuclear guy) the supervillan still had the voice of Lex. If they have to put Luthor in only have him in the background pulling the strings.

  • Brandan

    David Yates!

  • ozziememz

    praise the lord!!!!

  • Huy2814

    My shortlist:

    David Yates
    Brad Bird
    Sam Mendes

  • VALENTINEproductions

    sam worthington as superman, billy zane as lex luthor, johnathan nolan directing

  • sense11

    See these images of Superman in the article, that would be awesome to see on screen. Not all this Superboy business Hollywood has been feeding us with Superman Returns and Smallville (sorry fans I know you love that show)

  • sense11

    Your a correct sir, I dont even want him in this movie. The perfect example is the last movie Superman Returns, Lex Luthor had this rtarded real estate scam BS thing going on.

    Is that really what we want to see, Superman vs Century 21

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  • junierizzle

    Well, it was the same plan from the original SUPERMAN. But yes, for the love of god no LEX LUTHOR!! How about the 3 Villains from SUPERMAN 2?

  • junierizzle

    I don't think they would give Jonathan Nolan this franchise as his first film.

    How about Alex PRoyas?

  • Dfsprod

    How could anyone possibly think that 2 people like Nolan and Columbus would collaborate on a movie such as this? They have completely different styles and goals.

  • alejandro

    this debunking is bullshit collider ur full of shit!

  • Darren_gracie

    Batman has become my favourite franchise thanks to Nolan.

    My top three would be;

    Christopher Nolan
    John Favreau
    James Cameron

  • Darren_gracie

    I agree, any superman film has the potential to be massive. They really need to bring on board a real heavy hitter instead of some fraudster with a wig and a green rock.

    We need someone who will push superman to his limits and get him to use all of his powers in an epic battle tearing up the earth as they go. No more Kryptonite or opponents with similar powers to Superman, let's see something completely different. Just to get it started, how about Doomsday or Darkseid?

    Or maybe just for the opening scene, Lex approaches Doomsday after seeing him destroy something grandiose. Lex offers to work with him to take down Superman, Doomsday mashes him into pulp without even batting a bony eyelid.

  • Connor_reeves

    the person below my comment is an asshole. hahahaha!

  • Connor_reeves

    Clawcarver?? sounds like a dicklover or cumlover to me! nice try bro! but very gay!

  • Dave91

    What does Bryan Singer think of all this?

  • Jklockers

    How cares what Bryan Singer thinks!

  • dntwrryboutit

    James Cameron

  • Jklockers

    I meant Who.

  • Hohman_20

    So my friend said the dude playing in smallville was suppose to play in the new movie has their been any others rumored to play the part?

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  • Raine

    If it's a great script, I think maybe, MAYBE Michael Bay. I know I know he is a tool, but he can do action, and Superman needs action.

    This is if everyone else turns it down though :)

  • Becky

    Other rumors are the caveman looking guy from Twilight or the caveman looking guy from Supernatural. The common thread here is that one of the producers must be a moron who thinks Superman looks like a caveman.

    Maybe I'm just being a girl here, but Superman should be a good looking handsome guy, not a caveman. I think some producer got confused. He heard the criticism of the last lame film and decided everyone must want all out action (which we do) and some ugly troll to bring it (which we don't). Handsome guys can bring action. They don't have to look like brutish cavemen to do it.

  • Becky


    Tom Welling would be fine by me and he has the look producers should be going for. Very tall and strongly muscled, BUT with refined classical facial features. He built his bod over the course of many years the old fashioned way, so his face still looks refined. Lots of Hollywood guys are getting muscles through growth hormone and steroids and it is giving them caveman face. It is very noticeable. There is lots of discussion about this by the ladies on the celeb gossip sites (don't judge me). The ladies are all crying about how the Supernatural guy ruined his looks and is just plain ugly now. Do guys really not notice caveman face? There is so much convo about this among the ladies.

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  • tbone

    There is nothing that will beat the superman that Donner directed in 78.

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