Christopher McQuarrie
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Are you a fan of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies?  Would you like to see what their director, Christopher McQuarrie could do with the DC superhero films?  Well, tough.  It seems that McQuarrie and Warner Brothers have had talks about some ideas he had for Henry Cavill‘s Superman, but WB wasn’t interested.  McQuarrie also revealed that he came up with plans for ‘Green Lantern’, but didn’t get so far as to pitch them.  According to McQuarrie (via Twitter), the studio was interested in his help in correcting the course of its superhero brand when it was going down in flames, circa ‘Justice League’, but they didn’t want to give him the freedom to tell the story he wanted to tell.

(McQuarrie seems to have deleted the tweets, but this was the content:)

Too complicated to explain. It tied into the Superman movie that Cavill and I were proposing. No takers.

The studios have never cared for my original ideas. They prefer that I fix their broken ones.

— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) July 5, 2019

Green Lantern was a written proposal. Superman was a pitch.

— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) July 5, 2019

Henry Cavill as Superman, Warner Bros.

McQuarrie and Henry Cavill worked together on ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, and it seems that during that process, they came up with a way to approach the cinematic version of Superman, who’d been kind of faltering in the recent movies, but WB wasn’t receptive.

Cavill was filming ‘Fallout’, in which he sported a mustache when he was called back for reshoots on ‘Justice League’, leading to the much-maligned decision to edit his ‘stache out with CGI.

The ‘Green Lantern’ concept was apparently just an idea that McQuarrie had written out, but he didn’t get so far as to pitch, although it was reported last year that WB was “eyeing” him to direct.

WB has had a ‘Green Lantern Corps’ movie on the books since the launch of their shared universe DC films, which would reportedly include both Hal Jordan and John Stewart.  Comic book writer Geoff Johns is reportedly working on the script for ‘Green Lantern Corps’.

Interestingly, last year it was rumored that Tom Cruise, who fronts McQuarrie’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ films, was mentioned as WB’s desired choice to play Hal Jordan.  In addition to the last two ‘M:I’ flicks, McQuarrie directed Cruise in 2012’s ‘Jack Reacher’, and has co-written Cruise’s projects ‘Valkyrie’, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, and ‘The Mummy’, and the upcoming ‘Top Gun: Maverick’.  McQuarrie is also writing and will direct a seventh and eighth ‘Mission: Impossible’, which are scheduled for release in 2021 and 2022.  While it isn’t officially in the works, McQuarrie also hopes to return with an ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ sequel.

As for Superman, it appears that the character has been put on ice in the WB films, with a ‘Supergirl’ movie filling his void.  Superman(‘s torso) made a cameo in ‘Shazam!’, but it wasn’t Cavill in the suit.  WB reportedly offered James Gunn the chance to reboot ‘Superman’, but he passed, opting instead to direct ‘The Suicide Squad’.  (Gunn also produced the Superman-like horror movie ‘Brightburn’.)

What would you like to see done with ‘Superman’ and ‘Green Lantern Corps’ in the movies?


Source: Cinema Blend