the G-man wrote:
They generally just jump on trends and if something works once especially in their superhero properties they just keep doing it over and over again even if it's not right for a particular character.
Exactly. Attaching Nolan to the new Superman film's development is the hard evidence of that songleminded approach.
In fact, now that I think about it, even the first Reeve Superman movie was an example of their history of repeating themselves and trend jumping (fortunately, this time for the better).
Originally, the plan for the Superman movie was a relatively low budget, campy, film
Fortunately, however, "Star Wars" happened and WB decided they had better up their ante.