[Blasts Zod into the Phantom Zone with heat vision]. Wesley Strick and Dan Gilroy wrote the screenplays that were nearly filmed. Clark then dives from the ship as the portal collapses, but it then begins to plummet straight towards Earth. They spot what appears to be a meteorite nearby and go to investigate, only to find that it is actually Kal's craft. When Jon Kent is kidnapped and Clark and Lois start to lose their memories of him, Superman must find out who’s behind their memory loss! Superman Reborn (1993): In various versions of this script, Brainiac creates Doomsday, who kills Superman, but not before Superman puts his "life force" into Lois Lane, who gives birth to a baby that grows up in weeks to become the resurrected Superman and save the world. She was successful in landing the role and played the part in 2014's Wonder Woman. Clark is scared and confused, and Johnathan convinces him not to use his powers in public so as to keep his identity a secret. Burton scripts (the story that was actually going to be filmed). He then meets Jor-El again, who tells Clark about a portal into the Phantom Zone which could be the key to defeating Zod. Clark is thrown out of the car but manages to pull Martha out with him, saving her. Clark returns to Earth and changes into the Kryptonian suit. Matthew Vaughn was chosen to be the director based on his work on films such as Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. Zod also tells Clark that he is planning to colonize Earth and terraform it into a new Krypton. Lexiac creates the creature Doomsday to attack Superman. The film ends with Clark calling Martha from a payphone, where suddenly control of a construction crane is lost by it's operator. Superman, with the flirtatious assistance of Lois, defeats Lexiac (destroying the "Brainiac" element) with exactly one second left on the nuclear clock. Zod: Mine! Peters would go on to produce the also cancelled Superman: Flyby. Kevin Smith has always been happy to discuss his time on the scrapped Superman Lives film. However, his plan is thwarted by the rogue government agency. Over the next few years, Clark continues to struggle with his identity and what to do with his abilities. Superman is reborn, as acclaimed creators Peter J. Tomasi (SUPER SONS), Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN), Patrick Gleason (BATMAN AND ROBIN) and Doug Mahnke (SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN) present the first major Superman crossover of the DC Rebirth era in SUPERMAN REBORN. Zod: I'm only doing what I should have done years ago. Below is the list of all Superman movies ordered by release date. The Superman film, later confirmed to be titled Superman Reborn, would be the first in this series of films. He also bounces from job to job, eventually winding up on an oil rig. The following morning, during breakfast, the house is visited by a man wearing Kryptonian armour, who takes Clark up to his spaceship. In some fan circles, people were unaware that it was a joke and serious backlash ensued. Armie Hammer - Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman. Nicolas Cage was officially announced to play Superman. The screenplay, written by Demolition Man writer, Jonathan Lemkin, was an interesting one. the most crucial detail was the design of superman's suit, it was decided early on that it would be bright but yet it would also be practical in fights, it was debated wheather or not to keep the red "underwear" untill it was desided that it would be included but in a unique design giving it a plausible look. With only hours left, Jor-El decides to ignore Brainiac's advice and tries to warn the Kryptonian High Council. Clark goes on to grow up in a small Kansas town named Smallville. Superman returns to Metropolis and is restored his powers by "K", which is revealed to be the remaining "life essence" of his deceased biological parents. Others reportedly considered for the role were Joaquin Phoenix, James Franco and Mark Hamill. He begins assembling an arsenal of nuclear warheads to be detonated on all the world's top cities. As he drifts through space, Clark passes by the sun, and is given a power boost by it's rays. However, Clark doesn't fit in at school and finds that he possesses various superhuman abilities, such a speed, strength and heightened senses among other things. Clark learns about a job opening at the paper and decides to take it up, winning the job after an awkward interview with White. Before the failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Cannon Films considered producing a fifth film with Albert Pyun as director. Security, but Clark rescues her and takes her back to the camp. Superman: Reborn Aftermath. He also meets Jimmy Olsen, a teenage photographer who is usually at Lois' side. There were rumours that Michael Biehn had been cast as Jor-El, further fueled by Biehn himself made on comment during an interview about working on the Superman film. Script Review by Chad Farr. Black costume concept by Sylvain Despretz, Brainiac's giant battle suit by Rolf Mohr, A fan made facsimile of a "teaser poster" that was on display at Toyfare '97. Here's the first official look of my upcoming "Spider-Man: Reborn" animation film!Click here to become a MEMBER and help us get better! DC Rebirth Mini-Checkup: Superman- Reborn Aftermath & Flash #21 – The Button part 2. That night, while Martha is asleep, Clark wakes up to find that Lois cannot sleep, and she explains that she now wonders about what else is out there in the universe. One draft of the Superman III script used the character but Brainiac was ultimately cut out. Other actresses considered Anne Hathaway, Stana Katic, Emmy Rossum and Liv Tyler. The two briefly fight, but Clark is easily overwhelmed and imprisoned. The rig finally explodes and Clark falls into the ocean, being presumed dead by his workmates. Even though he knows that he can easily escape, he wishes to avoid further confrontation and willingly goes with them. Resurrected, but powerless, The Man of Steel travels to Metropolis to fight Brainiac with the aid of Cadmus. Through the sheer force of his own will, Superman regains his powers and defeats Brainiac, giving him a sense of closure and security in the world. There are four movies in the Original film series (1978–1987) starring Christopher Reeve. He also spends a great amount of timing attempting (unsuccessfully) to woo a grieving Lois Lane. Scrapped movies like Superman Reborn, Superman Lives, and Superman: The Man of Steel all planned on using him. It was the first major Superman story arc in the DC Rebirth event. Zod: You would betray your own people for humanity!?! It was told in the Superman (Rebirth) and Action Comics books, with Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason and Dan Jurgens as the writers. You can't stop me from doing what I must, but you can save yourself. In the script, Brainiac was responsible for the destruction of, On Earth, Clark Kent is on the verge of a nervous breakdown as he is unable to cope with his dual-identity as reporter and superhero. Several details of the script are unknown, but what has been confirmed is that it was loosely based on "The Death of Superman" story. All versions of the movie were loosely based on "The Death of Superman" storyline from the comics. A reboot of the Superman film series was announced in late 2010, and with it came the announcement that Warner Bros. and DC wuld be creating a cinematic universe based on their characters which would lead up to a Justice League film. Now, he says he'd like to see a Superman Lives animated movie. Superwoman was also involved in the story. In 2009, images of Cage wearing Superman costumes for screen tests began to surface. 2 Bizarro. The pair are tasked with travelling to the Arctic, where the US Army have uncovered a mysterious alien spaceship. In 2010, director Christopher Nolan stated that he will produce th… the general asthetic for krypton was very much inspired by the old comics from the golden and silver age with modern sci-fi touches, "we esentially said imagine what it would look like if those classic comic illustrations were real" this goes for kryptonian clothing, buildings, flora, fauna, and ship designs. On May 1st of 2015, a crowd funded, feature length documentary titled The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? Superman Reborn is a 2012 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Superman. Clark flies straight back into the ship and attacks Zod. Clark kindly buys a paper to help him out. Now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all." I believe this was intended to be the … Unknown to them, they accidentally activate a Kryptonian distress signal in the pod, which emits into deep space, where it is received by the unseen crew of a spaceship. However, Zod gains the upper hand and throws Clark out of the ship. All versions of the movie were loosely based on \"The Death of Superman\" storyline from the comics. Superman Wiki is a FANDOM Comics Community. Superman Reborn had two direct sequels in Superman II: The Man of Steel and Superman Doomsday. The following morning, Lois finds that Clark is missing, and becomes worried. Zod reveals to Clark that he wants him to suffer slowly, and will torture him using a mysterious element he refers to as Kryptonite. It is a reboot of the Superman film series and stars Armie Hammer in the lead role alongside Cobie Smulders as Lois Lane and Bendict Cumberbatch as the villain General Zod, with Jon Hamm, Harrison Ford and Meryl Streep appearing in supporting roles. Clark has in the mean time returned to the ship, where Jor-El and Lara give him a suit of Kryptonian origin and teach him how to use his powers. However, his plea is interrupted by rogue military commander General Zod and his army, who are attempting to depose the council in a coup d'etat. Hoping to capitalize on this, Warner Bros. decided on a new Superman movie and hired Batman producer Jon Peters to work on the new project. Lara, the wife of scientist Jor-El, gives birth to a son; Kal-El. Michelle Monaghan was also considered, but dropped out when she learned that a Wonder Woman film was also going to be made and she was more interested in the lead role in that film. In a mid-credits scene, a Brainiac symbol can be seen lighting up in a red glow. Armie Hammer also reprised the role in films such as World's Finest, appearing opposite Eric Bana as Batman, and Justice League. However, it is isn't long before Zod figures out that Clark is the son of his jailer, Jor-El, and wants revenge. One day, Johnathan brings Clark into the barn, where he reveals the space craft to him and explains that Clark is an alien from an unknown world. Following the film series hiatus after Superman Returns, a court ruling was held with Jerry Siegel's family wanting to regain the rights to Superman's origins and stating that they will sue Warner Bros. for lost revenue if a film is not made by 2011. The title of the new Superman film became 'Superman: The New Movie', scheduled for release in Christmas 1991. Clark then secretly dumps the ship in the Laurentian Abyss to prevent the military from weaponizing it. As Clark prepares to escape, Zod reappears and pleads with Clark, asking him if he would turn his back on his own people. Clark is ready to save him, but Johnathan sees him and waves him off, knowing that the world isn't ready to learn about what he can do. Kal-El's AI guardian K becomes a temporary costume while he regenerates. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. 1986 – Modern Age Comics; 1987 – ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’ Movie; 1988 – Ruby Spears ‘Superman’ Cartoons; 1988 – ‘Superboy’ TV Series Zod: Stand down. The project was, however, scrapped. As Jor-El and, The story then moves to modern day Metropolis where we see the now-adult Superman stop a bank robbery. I will not let you do this Zod. The two watch him depart moments before Krytpon explodes, killing everyone on the planet. In the aftermath, Clark is now a global hero, but his true identity remains unknown to the public. Brainiac comes to Earth and encounters Luthor. Lois begins to investigate Clark's history and travels to all the places he had been before coming to Metropolis, learning about things such as the oil rig incident, and eventually traces him back to Smallville. Clark returns to the scout ship found in the Arctic, where Jor-El and Lara transforms it into the Fortress of Solitude, where Clark can train and hone his skills, while storing their consciousness as computer programs for the fortress. the design landed the design team an academy award nomination for best production design and visual effects. The body is revived (powerless) by a mysterious Kryptonian force known only as "K". During this time, Lexiac--an advanced alien force with the resources of a multi-national conglomerate at its disposal--plans to destroy Earth just as he did Krypton. It’s a total fabrication designed to solve the self-made problem of an increasingly convoluted and metafictional continuity, but at least Rebirth itself is explained through Superman… Cotrona, James Marsden, Josh Pence and Joe Magnellio to play Superman. Clark races after it and manages to prevent it from crashing into the White House, saving the US President and others. Jax-Ur: Your son may be a man, but soon we shall be gods. Superman and "K" leave the fortress and trek back to Metropolis. Clark is visited by his parents, who frees him and tells him that he must stop Zod. However, it was ultimately Canadian actress Cobie Smulders who was cast. The confirmed details of Smith's script can be seen in detail at the. Jor-El fights Zod off however and imprisons him and his followers in the Phantom Zone, an inter dimensional prison. Back on Zod's ship, Jax-Ur encounters Jor-El and the two argue back and forth about the nature of Zod's plan, as Jor-El believes that there is still good in his old friend. Clark realizes where Zod is headed and flies there to stop him. Cotrona said that he would have liked to have the chance to finally play the role, but was too busy with other commitments to take on the role. Magnellio would later go on to portray Hawkman in Justice League: The Brave and the Bold. That evening, he meets Lois Lane at the. Originally, Jennifer Connelly was considered for Lois Lane, but was deemed "too old" by the studio. Zod, weakened yet enraged, stabs Jax-Ur to death with the Kryptonite shard. In DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, the enigmatic Mr. Oz told this Superman, “You and your family are not what you believe you are. The main villain was the alien supercomputer, Brainiac, and he had a plot to kill Superman by simultaneously blocking out the sun and unleashing Doomsday on Metropolis. Clark and Zod then do battle throughout the ship, while Jor-El tries one last time to convince Jax-Ur to switch sides. Cage wearing a costume sculpted by Jose Fernandez. They decide to adopt and raise him as their own son, giving him the name Clark. Battle for the Universe (The Ultimate Crossover), https://fanon.fandom.com/wiki/Superman_Reborn?oldid=294168. Zod explains to Clark that when Krypton exploded, shock waves hit the Phantom Zone and released him and his followers. Unknown to Clark, Lois witnesses this and follows him. With Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Townsend Coleman, Kevin Conroy. The story … However, it was then announced that Jon Hamm would be playing Jor-El, causing much confusion amongst fans, although they welcomed the decision to cast Hamm. Superman Lives (previously titled Superman Reborn) is the title for a canceled Superman movie intended for production during the 1990s. The two devise a plan to destroy Superman. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? Later in the movie, he is resurrected by K, who acts as his temporary costume, and artificially produces all of his powers. The universe would begin with the Superman film, and the second film announced to be a part of the universe was a Batman reboot. Looking to extend his life even further, Ra's Al Ghul steals a Native American Shaman's staff and kidnaps Superman. was released. Smith threw out the idea of getting Tim Burton to direct. Zod's forces retreat, while the US military surround Clark. Clark, determined to save Earth, decides to return to Zod's ship and face him. Lois had been planning to write an expose, but after hearing his story, decides not to. "The Demon Reborn" is the first episode of the fourth season of Superman: The Animated Series, and the 52nd of the overall series. It depicts the coming of Ra's al Ghul to Metropolis and the last team up of Superman and Batman in this series. Available from April 12th. The plot works, and Superman is killed.Later in the movie, he is resurrected by K, who acts as his temporary costume, and artificially produces all of his powers. Cannon's bankruptcy resulted in the film rights reverting to Ilya and Alexander Salkind. When the two arrive, Clark recognizes the ship's design as it is similar to the pod that brought him to Earth. On April Fools Day, Matthew Vaughn jokingly tweeted that Hammer had been fired from the role and replaced by Will Smith, and also "announced" that Zod would be played by David Hasselhoff. Connelly was chosen to play Lara Vor-An, Superman's birth mother. Superman Reborn is a four issue series that bounces back and forth between Superman #18-19 and Superman Action Comics #975-976. Superman and Doomsday battle to the death, after which time (and a public funeral) the Man of Steel's body is transported to the Fortress of Solitude. The man reveals himself to be Jax-Ur, one of those who serve General Zod. The story had Superman dying and resurrecting in the shrunken, bottled Krypton city of Kandor. Clark takes Lois to the Johnathan's grave and explains his history to her. Soon enough, they realised their mistake and settled back down. As he moves into position in Earth's atmosphere, Zod sees Clark flying straight for them. The story ends with Lois in Superman's arms, where she reveals that she is pregnant with his child. “SUPERMAN REBORN” part one! Of course, the final moments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice leave some wiggle room about the permanence of the eponymous aliens' fate -- specifically with a few specs of dirt. It used a logo concept by. Lois writes a different article about the mysterious alien hero and dubs him Superman. As we've mentioned already, there were a few different versions of the costumes that would be seen throughout the film,… Vaughn and his frequent collaborator Jane Goldman wrote the script together, and stated that they were delighted to have been tasked with reinventing Superman in a modern age while paying tribute to the various versions of the character. Superman #20 Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Jor-El: My son is twice the man you are. A desperate Ra's Al Ghul comes to Metropolis with designs on Superman and only Batman can help. Superman Reborn is an arbitrary mystery with an unguessable “whodunnit,” yet it captivates in its oddity and otherworldliness. Jor-El then returns to his wife's side and convinces her to place Kal in the escape pod and launch him into space to save him. The idea removing the red briefs from the costume would carry over to many other Superman projects. It was released on March 12, 1997 and introduced Superman's (in)famous "electric blue" costume. A battle ensues between Zod's henchman, Jax-Ur, Non and Faora, and Clark in the street in front of the Daily Planet building. According to Vaughn, Smulders simply gave the best performance during her audition. I can't believe how far you've fallen. Superman #123 featured a story titled "Superman...Reborn!" These comics spin out of the Superman: Reborn with a group of stories branded Superman: Reborn Aftermanth. One day, a fire breaks out mysteriously, and the other workers escape while Clark holds the rig together to prevent collapse. Directed by Dan Riba. Clark tells Martha that he has to go and opens his shirt to reveal the famous S logo. The planet Krypton is in danger of destruction due to it's unstable core and pressure rising beneath the surface. https://superman.fandom.com/wiki/Superman_Lives?oldid=31386, The story opens in flashback with Krypton on the verge of explosion. Lethal Weapon 4 and The Devil’s Advocate writer Jonathan Lemkin penned a script titled Superman Reborn, Wolfgang Petersen was hired to direct Batman vs. Superman … He eventually decides to take up a nomadic lifestyle and travels, hoping to find a meaning to his life. In 2007, Hammer was set to play Batman in the cancelled film Justice League: Mortal in which Superman was to be played by D.J. Jax-Ur introduces Clark to Zod, who tells him that he is overjoyed to have found that there are more Kryptonians in the universe. His casting was announced alongside the Benedict Cumberbatch as Zod. Clark is left in a slump of depression and sits in the barn, finicking with the pod which brought him to Earth and pondering what to do. My first thoughts upon reading this script were that it was very ambitious for the time in which it was written. It probably would have featured the same elements as the 'Superman V' Cary Bates script, including a parallel universe, the shrunken Kryptonian city of Kandor, and Superman's battle against Brainiac! The story would feature Brainiac, Lex Luthor and Doomsday as villains. He visits a psychoanalyst to discuss these feelings, as well as those he has for Lois Lane. Lois is then attacked by the ship's A.I. The premise of Superman's death and rebirth coincidentally predated "The Death of Superman" Clark infiltrates the ship and does battle with the other Kryptonians. The next Superman movie that was released (after several such scripts being written and then aborted) was Superman Returns. They begin by merging into a single cyborg entity known as "Lexiac". The film was to be directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters. Clark states that he will only talk to Lois, so she too is brought in, and Clark explains to her what is happening with Zod. Jor-El: You've turned on your own people in an act of madness, a mad grab for power. Ironically this would cause Smith to be booted from the project after Burton was actually hired, as Burton strongly disliked his script. Superman: Reborn is a four-issue Superman family crossover story arc that was published in 2017. Clark is then introduced to Lois Lane, a beautiful reporter with whom he is smitten. Clark replies that mankind are his people and blasts Zod with his heat vision, causing Zod to fly into the Phantom Zone. Zod once again gets the chance to finish Clark, preparing to stab him with a chunk of Kryptonite, when Jax-Ur strikes him with a large piece of Kryptonite. If you plan to watch every Superman movie, this article is for you. Action Comics #977 Written by Dan Jurgens. Armie Hammer was chosen from a range of actors such as Matt Bomer, Michael Trucco, D.J. to which it won the award for visual effects, similarly to the original 1978 film. Superman is reborn, as acclaimed creators Peter J. Tomasi (SUPER SONS), Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN), Patrick Gleason (BATMAN AND ROBIN) and Doug Mahnke (SUPERMAN… Though, this has not been confirmed. Biehn was subsequently revealed to be playing Jax-Ur. On Earth, farmer Johnathan Kent and his wife Martha are driving home from the hospital, where they have been told that Martha cannot conceive children. ... Every DC Comics Movie, Ranked When the Superman reboot was announced in late 2010, Warner Bros. and DC confirmed that they would be creating a cinematic universe based on their characters in hopes of creating a Justice League movie. Back in the early ‘90s after The Death of Superman comic book crossover event made waves, Warner Bros was shopping for … For years after this Kevin Smith would delight audiences by telling humorous anecdotes lampooning many involved with this failed project.. Clark makes his way to Metropolis, surprised to find that the Daily Planet is now a huge national paper run by Perry White. On the drive back to Smallville, a highway accident occurs. When Zod learns that Clark escaped, he traces Lois, who he senses that Clark loves, back to Metropolis and pursues her. [Shoots and kills Ro-Zar] The rest of you will be tried for your crimes and punished accordingly. The plot works, and Superman is killed. 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