Last week it was revealed that JJ Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates would be rebooting Superman. Abrams will be producing and Coates writing, and as you’d expect the internet is already raging over this. On one side you have fans of a certain director cursing WBs name for daring to move on from that universe, and on the other you have people making wild assumptions about what Superman will be featured just due to who’s writing the movie. But I’m not worried.
Firstly, Ta-Nehisi Coates has written both Captain America and Black Panther, and I’ve enjoyed his core Panther run and sad it’s ending. So I’m not too worried on the writing side of things. At least JJ Abrams isn’t writing the thing. That would be a problem.
Secondly, I’m not worried about Abrams this time around. He’s not writing it, and what happened the last time he did that is why I’m not worried. Confused? Well, we can look at a different Superman project for what I’m suspecting might be going on in JJ’s head with this.
Kevin Smith’s involvement with Jon Peters and Superman Lives is legendary. However some people might not remember what happened after that. Jon Peters continued to be a producer on Superman and we then got Superman Returns. Peters saw the blacklash over Superman Lives and stepped back and allowed Singer to make something that was safe at the time.
Twenty years ago JJ Abrams wrote Superman Flyby and the reaction was even worse than Superman Lives. It would’ve killed the franchise for a generation if made. Abrams received death threats over just reviews of the un-filmed script.
Because of that it’s possible that JJ Abrams might be a little apprehensive about doing anything overly controversial with Superman. Meaning that for now, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about and the internet is freaking out for no reason as they traditionally do in a case like this.
Why isn’t JJ directing it? Apparently WB wants him to direct an even bigger DC movie they’re planning.