James Gunn Is Re-Reading ALL-STAR SUPERMAN - Will The Acclaimed Comic Inspire The New Movie?

James Gunn Is Re-Reading ALL-STAR SUPERMAN - Will The Acclaimed Comic Inspire The New Movie? James Gunn Is Re-Reading ALL-STAR SUPERMAN - Will The Acclaimed Comic Inspire The New Movie?

This may mean very little in the grand scheme, but DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has shared a photo to social media that has sent Superman reboot speculation into overdrive...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 17, 2023 03:01 PM EST
Filed Under: Superman

Recently-appointed DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has confirmed that multiple big and small screen DCU projects are in the works, but fans are arguably most interested to learn what's in store for the Man of Steel.

When Henry Cavill exited the role, Gunn revealed that he's planning a full reboot with a younger take on Superman, which would focus on his early days as a Daily Planet reporter/Metropolis' resident superhero.

A few unsubstantiated rumors aside, we haven't really had much more to go on, but Gunn has now sent speculation into overdrive with his latest social media post.

"The secret to happiness is starting the morning with coffee and comic books," Tweeted the filmmaker, along with a photo of himself reading the Deluxe Edition of All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Jamie Grant.

When a follower wondered if this was his first time experiencing the acclaimed tale, Gunn replied that he's read it "many, many times."

The Eisner Award-winning comic book hit shelves in 2005, and is still widely viewed as one of the best Superman stories ever told. It's entirely possible that Gunn will take some inspiration for his new take on the Last Son of Krypton... then again, he may simply enjoy some quality reading material with his morning coffee! 

Gunn has promised some official announcements regarding the Man of Steel will be coming soon, but casting will not be among them.

What do you guys make of the All-Star Superman Tweet? Drop us a comment down below.

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tmp3
tmp3 - 1/17/2023, 3:38 PM
no, lmao. he's doing young superman, which is pretty antithetical to all-star. still not sold on him writing (and probably directing) superman, but the fact that a new superman movie is in development at all is a minor miracle knowing wb.
Reeds2Much
Reeds2Much - 1/17/2023, 3:49 PM
@tmp3 - He could be reading it to pin down a tone for characterization. As far as personality and credo and such All Star is the gold standard.
tmp3
tmp3 - 1/17/2023, 3:50 PM
@Reeds2Much - yeah, i think morrison's handling of superman in general is pretty solid. was a fan of his new 52 run on action comics too.
Origame
Origame - 1/17/2023, 4:04 PM
@tmp3 - I'm skeptical of him writing it. He can do great serious work with his writing. But just last year he was against the idea of making a superman movie. Yet now he's going beyond his duties as the head of dc studios to actually write one?
bcom
bcom - 1/17/2023, 4:36 PM
@Reeds2Much - Agreed. This story doesn't need to be adapted into a movie, but it is a great example of who Superman is as a character. When I first read it, it almost felt like it was a character study of sorts.

If someone came to me and asked me "What's a good Superman comic to read if I've never read one before?" I'd tell them to go with this one as it gives you a really good basis of who Superman is and what he's about.
DTor91
DTor91 - 1/17/2023, 3:38 PM
One of the best Superman stories ever. While the main plot focuses around the character’s mortality, it gets deeply into the heart of the character, and there’s where I’m sure Gunn will be drawing much inspiration from.
FilmGuy7878
FilmGuy7878 - 1/17/2023, 3:40 PM
This. This is good shit.

We know James is a comic lover at heart and him reading one of the most critically acclaimed Superman comic of all time is a telltale sign that he's not gonna mess this up.

Which gives me even more hope for Gunn's take on characters like Batman and the big inclusions of properties like Animal Man and the Doom Patrol considering Grant Morrison wrote for all four of these things.
tmp3
tmp3 - 1/17/2023, 3:41 PM
@FilmGuy7878 - having another doom patrol so soon after the tv show seems a little weird, especially since it tackled so much of morrison's run. an hbo animal man show would go hard though.
FilmGuy7878
FilmGuy7878 - 1/17/2023, 3:47 PM
@tmp3 - Yeah I think they should wait to introduce the Doom Patrol until like Phase Two to make them the DCU's Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of style and tone.

Animal Man is a character I've been waiting for quite a while and he would be right up Gunn's alley.

If they eventually did the Doom Patrol, I hope that it will be a 60s set, more sci-fi oriented film similar to the My Greatest Adventure comics or the 70s DP comics. Have Robotman, the Chief, Elasti-Girl, Negative Woman, Mento, and Beast Boy go against the Brain and the Brotherhood of Evil, imo the Brotherhood were sorta wasted in the series so yeah.
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