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Bizzaro Superman moving forward?

July 22, 2009
By Anthony J.Lucas

And they say a new “Superman” movie isn’t in the works…..

“Bizzaro Superman”, a script by Robert Gordon, in which the Man of Steel goes up against an alien clone, received rave reviews when it was [conveniently] leaked earlier this year. It apparently scored some suit-and-tie wearing fans too - ones specifically in Burbank. At the time though, the script was merely done on spec… no studio had it, wanted it, or was actively involved in pushing the print to the pictures.

Nothing like a little publicity to stir up some interest!

Today, The Hollywood Reporter says the film is "moving forward" at Warner, with "Galaxy Quest" team Dean Parisot and Robert Gordon captaining the tug.

What's strange though is that WB still claim they don't have a "Superman" movie in the works.

I mean, is that not Superman in this script? Is that not the bulky boy in blue?! It might be a rather radical approach to the character – in fact, we know it is – but it’s still the son of Krypton… …. Well, it is at the moment. Hopefully Warner don’t decide to order a rewrite that ditches Superman in favour of a fictional superhero. And I hope I didn't just give uncle Alan an idea.

Latino Review ran a script review of "Bizzaro Superman" earlier this year, describing the titular character as having features that are “dramatically incorrect and insanely opposite of what he means. He believes himself to be Superman and possesses distorted versions of his memories. And he’s angry… he goes after Superman, who he sees as an impostor and a threat. An epic battle ensues between Superman and Bizzaro which spans the entire Galaxy.”

We then flash-forward ten years into the future. General Zod is in search of Bizzaro’s body – seemingly destroyed by Superman some time ago. “Zod needs Bizzaro in order to recover their last powers. Retrieving him from his watery grave, Bizzaro is set loose to wreck havoc on the world.”

The site describes the story as somewhat of a Frankenstein movie, with Bizzaro as the monster. “He’s not evil. His intentions are usually good. He doesn’t know his own strength and ends up destroying things and hurting people. The leaders of the world come to see Bizzaro as a threat that must be stopped.”

WB’s Alan Horn, either obviously not that interested in pushing “Bizzaro Superman” forward just yet, or oblivious to the link between it and the comics, says “Our hope is to develop a Superman property and to try again. What hurt us is that the reviews and so on for the Superman movie did not get the kind of critical acclaim that Batman got, and we have other issues with Superman that concern us."

The trade also says a sequel to "Constantine," with Goldsman and Erwin Stoff producing; two concurrent Green Arrow projects, an origin story and a prison-set one titled "Super Max"; and "Shazam," which was set up at New Line but has moved to Warners, with Pete Segal attached to direct, are also in the works at Warner.

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