Oh, Prof. X: there is talk even of ending “Smallville” early - since the series puts a dent into the story of “Superman 5”. And I LOVE “Smallville”. Great show. But, before you can say, “wha…the f^%k?” Here’s that synopsis:
First of all, the blame begins with "Spider-Man". Due to the unbelievable amount of cash this movie has wrought - worldwide - studio executives brains started to tingle with ideas of ANOTHER superhero franchise to begin or resurrect. Since Warner Bros. owns DC Comics, they have a huge opportunity here to bring the following to the big screen: Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Batman and Superman.
SO, the project that began a year ago and was unceremoniously dumped, Batman vs. Superman was brought back into action. Wolfgang Peterson was signed as director and "voilah" - things started happening.
Or so we thought. JJ Abrams submitted his script for Superman Lives(aka, Superman 5). And WB execs gathered to discuss: "Which has MORE franchise potential?" Their inevitable answer? Give Wolfgang the boot and director's duty for "Troy" and move on with Superman 5.
Ah, but then Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the studio's president of worldwide production announced his decision to leave WB. Due to inside creative conflicts. And this JUST keeps getting better!
A power play began with WB execs to gain Lorenzo's recently vacated position. This power struggle is going on even as I write this. And is the primary cause of so many conflicting reports regarding Abram's script (as in negative reviews), to who's going to don the red and blue suit.
McG had already been tied as director to Superman. However his duties with Charlie's Angel 2 wouldn't allow him to commit fully. SO, Michael Bay was thrown a "feeler" - like a "read this script, what do you think? Wanna direct?". And he has worked with Abrams before: on Armegeddon. Bay passed.
Even M. Night Shyamalan approached WB to wanting to discuss HIM directing Superman. And Joel Silver (one of H-Town's more powerful producers), got wind of this project and wanted to be involved. Which is where the Keanu Reeves as Superman rumor came from. You can't blame Silver, he produced two of WB's most successful franshices: Lethal Weapon and The Matrix (which starred Reeves). Why not get a piece of the pie from the strong possibility of a Superman success?
OH! But here is the GOOD one about "Smallville." The series (NOW beginning it's second season on WB) based on Clark Kent's humble beginnings in the small town of which the series' is named. A great show, indeed. Despite the critical and ratings success, it "violates the continuity" established in the movie and there is now talk of ending this show prematurely. To end this show, it would leave the field wide open for Superman 5's success at the box office (this is the thinking of the WB execs).
Here are three things listed by an "inside source" of what is definitely known about the Abrams Superman script:
* Abrams script infringes on Superman's comic book origins;
* Abrams script has Superman fight "his cousin", and Lex Luthor is an alien;
* Novelist/screenwriter Michael Chabon is currently rewriting Abrams script.
I have since read that Chabon has denied that last tidbit. Oh, the crazy web that H-Town LOVES to weave!