Is the world ready for "Dude, Where's My Cape?"
"Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner is bringing Superman back to the big screen, and he's talked to Jude Law ("A.I."), Josh Hartnett ("Pearl Harbor") and Ashton Kutcher ("Dude, Where's My Car?") about playing the lead role. At this point it's just as likely that he'll cast an unknown actor, according to a spokesperson for the "Red Dragon" director, but those three are in the running.
Ratner is working from a script penned by J.J. Abrams, creator of TV's "Alias" and "Felicity," and if all goes well he intends to make the new "Superman" flick the first part of a trilogy (see " 'Rush Hour 2' Director To Helm New 'Superman' Movie"). Ratner replaced director McG on the project, who was busy with "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (see "Blood Oath Brings Charlie's Angels Together For 'Intense' Sequel").
The picture will be the first Superman film since 1987's "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," the last in a series of films to star Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. "Batman" director Tim Burton attempted to revive the Kryptonian hero with Nicolas Cage and a script by "Clerks" filmmaker Kevin Smith, but the project stalled. Next came "Batman vs. Superman," which was moving ahead until director Wolfgang Petersen became more interested in the Trojan War epic "Troy" (see "Batman And Superman Have To Wait In Line Behind Greek, Trojan Warriors").
Hartnett will next turn up in "Wicker Park" with Matthew Lillard and "Hollywood Homicide" alongside Harrison Ford. Law will star opposite Nicole Kidman in the Civil War drama "Cold Mountain." Kutcher's last picture, "Just Married," topped the box office its opening weekend (see "'Just Married' Knocks Down 'Two Towers'").