Director Guillermo Del Toro has gotten in on the comic book genre with his solid Hellboy flicks, but it turns out he almost tackled two more classic superheroes—Wolverine and Thor.
In an interview with Collider, Del Toro revealed that he met the Marvel before Thor came together and considered directing the film, and also met with Hugh Jackman when the upcoming Wolverine sequel was coming together.
So what drew him to Thor? The chance to play with Norse mythology. But he didn't like it enough to lock himself in for a long-term commitment:
"Over the years, when Avi Arad was in charge of Marvel, I often had the discussions with him. I came very close to doing Thor because I really wanted to bring the Norse mythology... It's something I'm very attracted to. Create the giants and create the more fantastical version of that. But it's not like I have many meetings with studios discussing superhero movies. They come to me. Normally I pass, respectfully or not. They like it, that we have a very quick response. I was very attracted to doing The Wolverine in Japan, because that's my favorite chapter in the story of Wolverine. But I'm not a superhero guy. It's very hard for me to... It's one thing to like something and another to marry it for two, three years."As for Wolverine, Del Toro said he geeked out when he heard the new film would follow the story of Logan in Japan. But, again, he decided that just because he's a fan, it didn't mean he was the man to bring it to the big screen:
"I spoke to [Fox executive] Jim Gianopulos a while ago. I thought about it. I actually met with Hugh Jackman. But it's one thing to say... You have to differentiate between loving it as a fan, which is almost like dating, and creating it from scratch, which takes two to three years of your life, which is like a marriage."Do you think Del Toro would've done a good job with these two franchises?