By: Kryptonian Detective
The director short list for the Christopher Nolan Superman film The Man of Steel seems to be getting longer. Recently, the Hollywood Reporter has said that Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) is in “active but early talks” to direct the film.
The website Moviehole added to the report by suggesting that their sources indicate that Aronofsky has even suggested Natalie Portman as a potential Lois Lane candidate. Not even a full 48 hours later, Deadline Hollywood chimed in saying that director Robert Zemeckis is returning to live action filmmaking, and has “lately been rumoured to be kicking the tires on such live action projects as Superman.”
Every name that pops up on this list seems to get me more excited about who will eventually get the job. Most intriguing is Darren Aronofsky, given the parallels to Christopher Nolan. Before directing Batman Begins, Nolan’s resume included independent films such as The Following, and Memento. They were critical successes and quality films, but they were nowhere near the tentpole box office smash hits typical of the superhero genre. Similarly, Aronofsky has yet to direct a big tentpole studio film, but has garnered much critical praise for films such as, Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Fountain, The Wrestler and his latest unreleased film Black Swan. If Aronofsky were to direct the film, would Warner Brothers strike lightening in a bottle again, like they did with Christopher Nolan and the Batman franchise? As for Robert Zemeckis, it’s hard to argue with his resume. Films ranging from the Back to the Future trilogy, Contact, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, The Polar Express, and Beowulf showcase the filmmaker’s ability to handle character driven films, action adventure films, CGI film, science fiction films, and all the while make films that are accessible to all audiences. This is exactly the criteria needed to make a successful Superman film. The more I think about it, Zemeckis and Superman are a perfect match. Eventually, a director will be chosen. Hopefully, he can make a film worthy of the world’s greatest superhero.