Similar to the post I made about how a Green Lantern sequel could have worked, I’ve often thought about what a sequel to Superman Returns would have been like. While not confirmed, I think the general consensus was Brainiac would’ve been the villain. I didn’t have an extensive plot thought up like I did with the Green Lantern post, I just always imagined what the opening would’ve been like if the story involved Brainiac:
We would’ve opened with clips from the last movie of Superman lifting the New Krypton island, hurling it away from Earth. We see the island floating in space when a ship approaches it. Tiny probes launch, analyzing the island. The console goes crazy with readings. While the island is almost identical to the long dead planet of Krypton, it looks to have been recently created. There are also remains found of a species with similar to Kryptonians but different (Lex’s henchman that were crushed at the end of the last movie)
The person working the console comes into view. It’s Brainiac. He’s intrigued how this is possible and where the remains of this new species came from. He follows the radiation trail back to it’s source…Earth
If I had to ball park a plot I’d say Brainiac comes to Earth and finds a Kryptonian living among them. He see’s the effect it’s yellow sun has on him and wants to study it. He also finds that this Kryptonian has a son. Given that there are no other Kryptonians on the planet, he wants to study Jason and his unique half-human/half-Kryptonian biology.
Not as nuanced as my last Green Lantern post, but this is direction I would’ve imagined as a sequel. We don’t discard the last movie, but rather build upon it.
What are your thoughts? How would YOU have done a Superman Returns sequel? I’d love to hear it.