I am afraid about getting into yet another
never-ending debate about the box office of Superman Returns
, but I believe the production budget was around $185 million, and totaled around $200 million (disregarding all of the previous production costs slapped onto Returns
for no apparent reason).
The film was a decent success, and not the rousing success that WB might have wanted, but I believe it was the lukewarm-to-negative response from fans and the decent box office returns that made WB hesitant about going forward with a sequel. Even if it made more than Batman Begins
on a worldwide level (domestically, both films are about even) Begins
was considerably better received by both fans and critics, and that probably weighed into WB's decision-making process.
I still think had he been given the chance, Singer and Co. could have been a fantastic, fun, and adventurous Superman Returns
sequel. This is after all the man that gave us one of the best superhero sequels of all time, X2.
I think Singer realized the lukewarm reception to Returns
, based on his comments, and it was clear how he planned to go "all Wrath of Khan
on [the sequel]" that he was going to amp up the stakes and the action.
Clearly, though, that's not what is going to happen, which is a shame since I really would have liked to have seen Singer's sequel, but oh, well. I'm honestly more interested in seeing him direct a future X-Men