Superman directing rumours, who next?
These rumours of who could be up for directing Superman seem to be completely crazy, and they've just gotten even stranger. Just a few days ago we were hearing that the list of potential directors ranged from the unusual choice of Tony Scott to Zack Snyder, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman and Duncan Jones.
Now a story reveals that Ben Affleck was up for directing the film, but he's no longer in the running, and now its Darren Aronofsky who is looking at the project.
How strange is that though, Ben Affleck to direct Superman: Man of Steel? There's no information on why he didn't accept the job, or perhaps if the offer was pulled, either way we don't know what the actual story was.
What I like to think is that the executives were looking at his last film, something called The Town (Filmstalker review), they really didn't know what it was about after all they leave that to the audiences, and they saw that the spreadsheet colour was black, they checked the figures and said lets offer the job to the guy who did that one.
However it doesn't seem like that's the way it's going with Superman, Christopher Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas are mentoring this and looking for someone who will work collaboratively on the project, after all it is Nolan's idea, just a different writer and director, but they all need to work together. So he's looking for the right one.
After what Nolan did with The Dark Knight (Filmstalker review) you could see the appeal of Affleck, he's directed a strong, dark thriller that concentrates on the character, now add in the superhero aspect and you could have a film like Dark Knight.
Interestingly Aronofsky was once connected to a Batman film quite some time ago, but could he do a Superman film? As someone mentioned on Twitter the other day, Superman is a very different beast, I really don't know if Aronofsky could make the transition from the darkness and depth of his films to Superman: Man of Steel? Or is Superman headed that way? You might certainly think that considering that Nolan turned around Batman.
What do you think of Aronofsky?