Man of Steel Meets The Man of Action...
Michael Bay Now Controls Superman's Destiny...Or
toss the confetti. McG is indeed no longer involved with
the new Superman movie. Instead, Michael Bay has apparently
confirmed on his
website that he will now helm the latest bigscreen adventure
of the Man of Steel. The logo at right appeared on Bay's
site, with no other information, but the internet has been
buzzing for at least a week that the king of big empty (but
admittedly satisfying) action movies had stepped up to the
had all gone down after long-time producer Jon Peters seemed
to be shoved off to the side in favor of Neal H. Moritz
and his team. Moritz has a long and, to Warner Brothers,
favorably recent string of hits, including The
Fast and The Furious and XXX.
presence of Moritz, too, lends credence but
not confirmation to the rumor that Vin Diesel
is being actively sought for the role of Lex Luthor. As
much as Diesel's participation might fill some with disgust,
he was excellently shifty in Boiler Room. If we
get that actor, and not the talking monkey of The
Chronicles of Riddick, it could be a good thing.
Because let's face it, no matter how much we fans might
want it, Warner Brothers is just not going to wait around
for the cast of Smallville to grow up -- though
Michael Rosenbaum leaves awfully big shoes for whoever ends
up being Luthor.
my hope: Michael Bay wants to be taken a bit more seriously.
We know he can handle big action, but has often seemed awkward
if not downright uninterested in smaller moments. Directing
Superman could offer him the bridge to a career
as a more serious artist. Maybe I'm fooling myself, but
let me live in that fantasy world for just a little while
longer. I'm so tired of having dry heaves every time somebody
from WB makes an announcement about this project.
care to talk about it in the
7/2/04: Bay has taken the silver S logo off
of his website. Once again, we're back to square one with
their being no truth about this project, only rumors.
7/6/04: Now The Hollywood Reporter has run
a story claiming that the Bay site is run by a fan, and
that Michael Bay has nothing to do with the Superman movie.
There's also the requisite poo-pooing of the internet having
run wild with the story. Well, we did. And if Michael Bay
has no idea what's going on with MichaelBay.com, we'll sit
through an Ashley Judd film festival.
Bay is involved, then Warner Brothers doesn't want the news
leaked, because, after all, the fans might have something
to say about it, and if there's one thing Warner Brothers
knows about its fans, it's that they should be milked, not