Today has been a tumultuous day of news for comic book fans—in addition to finding out that Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot will ignore the cinematic mythos and aesthetic of the Richard Donner version, Darren Aronofsky announced that he has backed out of directing The Wolverine, the sequel to 2009’s X-men Origins: Wolverine.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aronofsky said that it all came down to family:

“As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year… I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won’t be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again.”

Well, that’s a pretty good reason—dude’s got to be there for his family.  But one must also wonder if he backed out of directing the sequel to X-men Origins: Wolverine… because it’s the freaking sequel to X-men Origins: Wolverine.  After directing Black Swan and The Wrestler, I’m willing to wager Aronofsky can aim a little higher (for instance, my script for Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper: A TGIF Movie! is still out there, Darren!).

Fox has also released a comment on the matter:

“While we are of course disappointed that Darren can’t do The Wolverine, we also understand and respect his reasons.  Having done both The Wrestler and Black Swan with Darren, we know he is an extraordinary talent and we look forward to working with him on other projects in the future. Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making The Wolverine.  We will regroup and move forward aggressively.”

What do you think Aronofsky will do next?