Superman Returns director Bryan Singer is aware that the film's date-movie ambitions struck many people as less than super. And he promises the sequel will be more action packed, saying: "The first one was a romantic film and a nostalgic film... And now that the characters are established, there's really an opportunity to up the threat levels." Contrary to reports, Singer still plans to direct the sequel, which may be scripted by Star Trek/Transformers scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman instead. [The Movie Blog]
@jenndavo: I think he kind of did. He needed an entire movie to say, "Okay, here's where this franchise stands in relationship to the 60 years of comic books, movies, etc, etc." He's under pressure from producers, from fans, he's got to make something that answers Richard Donner's start, and also will eventually give him room to go where he wants.
Like I said, I like Bryan Singer. I want to believe that he's thinking ahead—that his plan wasn't to try and take the series in the direction he wants all in one movie, but is giving himself room to change it.