Superman: Man of Steel directors rumoured
According to the studio themselves, or at least "insiders" from the studio, we're waiting for some big news from Warner Brothers and DC Comics in the next few weeks, news on some of the biggest characters that the studio have, and that includes the next attempt at the Superman restart.
Christopher Nolan is part of the puzzle, and now that the script is ready, they're getting ready to look for directors to make the next version of Superman, currently said to be title Man of Steel, and rumours of those directors have arrived.
Christopher Nolan is acting as a guide for this next restart of Superman, currently running as Superman: Man of Steel, he apparently had a great idea which he mentored through to the writer David Goyer who we hear has just delivered the script and the next task is finding the director.
I don't know about you but that list has a couple of interesting names in it and is split somewhere between experience and new talent.
Tony Scott is the most experienced of the group and packs a huge list of films on his directorial slate, but if I'm being honest his recent career is filled with films that are more style than substance, I would have to go back to Crimson Tide in 1995 for something that had much more character work on it, although I have enjoyed Enemy of the State, Man on Fire (Filmstalker review), Déjà Vu (Filmstalker review) and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Filmstalker review), some more than others saw the style take over the film a little more and I felt the strong characters and relationships and the story itself suffer.
Is he the right man for Superman: Man of Steel? Well we'll see a stylistic, tense, action based thriller with plenty of sequences that are going to build suspense and get you on the edge of your seat. Is that Superman though? I don't think so. Superman needs a lot of heart and a lot more on the characters and relationships than some might realise, or care to admit.
Zack Snyder is another outsider for me, albeit a more attractive choice than Scott. He has 300 (Filmstalker review), Watchmen (Filmstalker review) and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, to consider, in effect all covering superhero territory, or definitely adaptations of popular characters and material that could go for him in the decision. Actually the more I think about it the more that I think he could actually direct it, but I wonder if it would be a film he wanted to direct? Maybe he's had enough of superhero films?
Snyder would be a director that would add his own stamp to the film but I think he would be more open to working with Nolan as a mentor, pushing through his main idea in the Goyer script. Plus he can make a superhero film and still keep us focussed on the characters and the heart of the story. Am I talking myself into Snyder directing?
Matt Reeves is a chance and a half. For his directing work we can skip over all the television directing and look at his feature work, currently Cloverfield (Filmstalker review) and Let Me In. Now Cloverfield was good, and he's been mentored with that film, so I that might be an appealing quality for the studio. Something else he did with that film, which to be fair was all through the script, was focus it on the people while there was a huge disaster happening around them, an aspect that would be ideal for Superman.
Word is that Let Me In is looking fantastic and could be one of those rare great remakes, and that it really does build on the characters and relationships, again another film that tackles a fantasy subject and focuses us on the story and characters.
While you might have thought that Matt Reeves was the outside choice, I consider it to be Jonathan Liebesman who has Darkness Falls, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and The Killing Room to his career so far and up until that point you'd be wondering what he was doing on this list, let me tell you, Battle: Los Angeles.
Now I've not seen the film and I'm still unsure of how it's going to feel, but there's a big event, a big scope, and again it seems to narrow in and concentrate on a number of key characters, that could be seen as a quality for Superman, as I've said there are huge events and action sequences with the core not a cartoon superhero but an extraordinary man in amazing circumstances.
Duncan Jones I've left until last, and not because he's got the least chance, far from it I think Moon (Filmstalker review) has shown that he's one of the better choices, if indeed these are the choices for the Superman director. Moon has that same idea of a huge story looked at from a clever angle to produce a much smaller film with some big questions and issues to be had, but what's particularly exciting about the film is how it concentrates on the one character and makes such a compelling and driven story. It's clear that Jones is a great director and his next film Source Code is perhaps showing the studio there's a lot more of that to come.
I would say my personal choice is Duncan Jones, but I think it could well be between Zack Snyder, Matt Reeves and Jones with Jones perhaps being looked at as the outside choice since he has the least amount of films under his belt, although considering the quality of one alone I think he's right in the running.
Who would you back? Who do you think can direct Superman, and is it none of these rumoured choices?