A week ago we learned that Superman Returns star Brandon Routh’s contract to play the Man of Steel had expired and that even he knows nothing about plans for a sequel.
Today a little extra news has surfaced and it could be considered good news, depending upon how you look at it.
It seems Warner Bros. may be under legal pressure to reboot the Superman franchise sooner rather than later.
Recently Warner Bros. and DC Comics won a favorable ruling in a lawsuit filed by the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerome Siegel. Although it ruled in their favor, the court also ruled that if Warner Bros. fails to begin production on a new Superman film by 2011 the Siegels would be entitled to sue for damages.
During the court case Warner Bros president Alan Horn validated rumors that Warner Bros. did not have a new Superman film in development, adding that neither did a script exist. However despite this news the ruling may now force Warner Bros into action on the sequel (or reboot, depending on which direction they take) within two years.
The upshot is if they don’t want to be sued then Warner Bros. will most certainly be turning the wheels on a new Superman film any day now and, if true, then fans can probably expect the new film to hit theaters within 3 years.
Source: Sci Fi Squad