J.J. Abrams working on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is interesting since this will be his last Disney project for a while, signing an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. recently. The director has expressed excitement in working for the company, though he didn’t say what properties he will be working on, with many hoping he’ll be picking up a DC movie. Rumors have been floating around about him directing a Superman film but he told Rolling Stone that won’t be happening…
Abrams specifically stated that “We haven’t had those discussions yet,” though the interviewer didn’t seem to believe him. Not helping was the number of Superman memorabilia around his office, though he could just be a geek like us. I mean, he’s directed two Star Wars and Star Trek movies so if he isn’t a geek, the man is a pretty decent filmmaker.
The last proper Superman film released, not counting entries in the DC animated universe, was Man of Steel. You could argue that Batman V Superman counts but that was a crossover and a bad one at that. Despite the critical reception of both movies, fans have been wanting to see a new Superman movie with Henry Cavill and they would be even more interested if Abrams directed it.
Right now, nothing official has been stated, though it would be great if he directed a new Superman movie that will pay tribute to the older films while carving out its own identity. That’s basically every J.J. Abrams film that’s part of an established franchise so he would do the Man of Steel justice.
Man of Steel is now available on Blu-ray and probably DC Universe. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes out on December 20.