Superman will once again take flight on the big screen! A new film is in preparation, produced by JJ Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, who has notably worked on comic books around Black Panther.
It’s a bird ? Is it a plane? No, he’s the next Superman! Deadline announces that a new film is in preparation under the leadership of JJ Abrams, who will produce it via his company Bad Robot. Which is no more surprising than that for those who follow the news a little, because it is whispered since the end of 2019 and the start of his contract with WarnerMedia, which the director of episodes VII and IX of Star Wars and the Man of Steel revolve around. We must therefore believe that the rumor was true, and this new opus will be written by the American author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is no stranger to the world of comic books since we owe him the mini-series “World of Wakanda” around Black Panther, winner at San Diego Comic-Con in 2018.
At the moment, two major unknowns arise: will it be a new reboot, eight years after the one orchestrated by Zack Snyder with Man of Steel? And, above all, will Henry Cavill be there? At the end of 2019, when the rumors around JJ Abrams started, it was rumored that the actor was on the departure and that the director was looking for a younger successor for him. The main interested party has since expressed his desire to find the famous red cape of the hero, even if no concrete project existed at that time. So the upcoming release of Justice League’s Snyder Cut might be a great time to clear things up.
In the meantime, there’s something pretty funny about seeing JJ Abrams come face to face with Superman, since he had previously worked on a reboot in the early 2000s: titled Flyby, the feature film written by him contained elements that will be found later in the following feature films devoted to the Man of Steel (Superman Returns, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman therefore). Even more than with Zack Snyder, the functioning of Krypton was shown to us in detail … but the planet never exploded, and the hero had to face an invasion of Earth by his own people, at the end of which he would die (as in Dawn of Justice) then resurrected to triumph. Note also that the DC icon was to prevent the crash of Air Force One (scene that will be found in Bryan Singer’s opus, without the presidential plane), that his glasses as Clark Kent were to serve him to control all of his powers and that Lex Luthor was a CIA agent.
If JJ Abrams expressed his interest in making what was to be the starting point of a trilogy, Flyby would never see the light of day, especially for money issues, since the estimated budget was too high. This did not prevent some actors from auditioning, starting with a young 20-year-old Angais: a certain Henry Cavill, who tested in costume before being rejected. But it was only a postponement, and who says that, two decades after this first missed date, the hour of his collaboration with the dad of Alias has not finally come?
Next meeting with Superman: March 18 in the United States and April 22 in France