Such is the ever-growing allure and success of comic book films (and fleet of dump trucks of money that studios are willing to haul out) that we have entered an era in which more and more prestige directors are agreeing to helm films about people in capes and tights. Case in point: remember when Black Swan and Noah director Darren Aronofsky was set to direct The Wolverine?
The better-than-expected sequel (hey, at least it wasn’t X-Men Origins: Wolverine) was eventually directed by James Mangold, but, for a time, Aronofsky was set to bring brutal and surrealistic style to a comic book movie about an indestructible mutant with wacky hair and adamantium claws. Further, he was rumored to be the director that would take the reins of the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman. So, what happened?
As far as The Wolverine goes, Aronofsky had to abscond due to his divorce from actress Rachel Weisz, as well as the fact that the long-gestating Noah was finally coming together:
“I loved the script and I thought the film came out great. I just had… it was a hard time in my life…It was complicated. I couldn’t leave New York for that long an amount of time. And, to be honest, the possibility of Noah had started to emerge, and here was something I’d been thinking about for years. I was really excited by that.”
While Aronofsky wouldn’t confirm or deny whether or not he was in serious talks to direct Batman Vs. Superman before Zack Snyder came aboard, he did have the following to say about the project:
“Superman’s one of the holy grails. It’s Superman. It’s the best superhero. Batman is great, of course, but it’s Superman. He’s the same level. That possibility was great…I thought Zack was a great choice and I loved his Watchmen movie. I thought it was great. I thought that as a fan of the comic, you couldn’t hope for a better interpretation. I liked the orthodoxy of it.”
What superhero franchise would you like to see Aronofsky tackle?
Source: Total Film