The new issue of Total Film has some Oh Don Piano nonsense with Bryan Singer, who is talking to the magazine to promote Valkyrie. They ask him if he’d like to do Superman or The X-Men again and ‘surprisingly’ he says… yes. Of course he says yes. Singer isn’t set up enough to turn down jobs in public before they’re offered to him.
His words about another Superman film are… interesting:
I don’t know, I don’t know. There are still issues. I just don’t know. I don’t necessarily…I don’t know. It’s one of those things where…It’s so weird talking about stuff unless I’m about to ramp up and shoot it.
Brendan Connolly at Slashfilm makes some weird assumptions based on that string of vagaries, but I can say that I’ve heard from some very good sources that the likelihood of Bryan Singer directing another Superman film is slim, approaching nil. What I think Singer is doing in that quote is giving a non-answer to save face, and hoping that eventually people will stop asking him this question.
In fact, I think it’s quite possible that Warner Bros is putting Superman back on the shelf for the time being. I know they’ve toyed with new ideas on how to do the character – some of which are simply nutso – but it seems that they’ve decided to let this field lay fallow for a little while, at least until someone comes along with a stellar new pitch.