borghe said:edit - I also believe the success of Spider-Man and X-Men also swayed Warner's thinkings.
End of story. Semi-faithful fan-friendly comics flicks do incredible business, DC/Warner wants in on the action.
Anything else is details. I don't buy for a second that AICN and fan reaction got them to reverse direction on Superman after more than a decade of ignoring the fans and being intent on a new version. Spider-Man sets box-office records, *that* gets people's attention.