Warner Bros has reportedly tapped filmmaker and producer Christopher Nolan to mentor development on the studio’s next Superman movie. Nolan is not expected to actually direct the film, but will instead serve as the ‘mentor’ behind the project.

Christopher Nolan (Photo: Zoso Jade - Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Christopher Nolan (Photo: Zoso Jade - Source: Wikimedia Commons)

According to Deadline.com, Warner Bros hopes Chris Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) will be able to steer the new Superman movie into the kind of box office success enjoyed by his Batman franchise films.

Warner Bros. is reportedly still trying to find a clear direction for the film after the studio’s previous Superman remake, Superman Returns, failed to make much of a splash. An unidentified insider reportedly told Deadline.com the new film will “not be a follow-up” to Warner Bros. previous Superman attempt, which makes it likely the new Superman movie will go in an entirely new direction. Word is so far that Brandon Routh may or may not be showing up in the next film. We hope it’s not, because frankly he was such a generic guy that he bored us to tears. We don’t need Christopher Reeves light, we need a new, darker, tougher kind of Superman.

Considering Christopher Nolan managed to make the Batman franchise into a huge success at the box office and his fondness for the whole ‘dark, tough’ vibe, we’re excited to see what he can do with Superman in a ‘mentoring’ capacity. We’d rather see him actually directing the new film, but we’ll take Nolan any way we can get him when it comes to making awesome movies inspired by legendary comic book characters.

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