If you've been following the trials and tribulations of Warner Bros and Superman, then you know the Last Son of Krypton has been shelved for the time being. Anne Thompson reiterated that last week, noting that the studio is using the legal woes as an excuse to stave off development, though the truth is that no one really knows what to do with the character. Do they reboot, as they breathlessly announced they would last summer? Do they invite Bryan Singer back? Or do they just avoid looking at the property for another five or ten years before reinventing it all over again?

It really is a dilemma, and one we've discussed quite often on Cinematical. No matter where you stand on superheroes and their adaptations, I think we all agree there seems to be something criminal in keeping him shelved when all his compatriots are flying free on the silver screen. Superman is an icon whose reach extends beyond the comic page. His shield is tattooed on many a bicep, and you can't go anywhere without running into Superman merchandise. You could probably go to the frostiest point of the Arctic Circle and find a Superman t-shirt for sale next to the reindeer fat and snowshoes. Yet he's too problematic to make into a movie. Why is this?

The answers are pretty battered from the repetition. He's boring. He's too perfect. He doesn't work in an era of dark and gritty superheroes. Bryan Singer mucked up his mythology. It's impossible to put him in conflict. Yet readers continue to flock to his "boring" adventures on the page week after week, month after month, and they tune into his Smallville adventures. Superman has never gone out of print or popularity, and yet he's proving more impossible to adapt than Watchmen.
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