Darren Aronofsky is one of the last of the old-school maverick directors, who emerged from the indie-crazed '90s with his masterful black-and-white thriller, Pi.
From that auspicious starting point he went on to conjure up the nightmares of drug addiction in Requiem for a Dream, explore the existential odyssey of transcendent love across the centuries in The Fountain, and visit the disturbing realm of professional ballet dancers in Black Swan. He even turned Noah into a hunky action hero via Russell Crowe!
His controversial new biblical allegory, Mother!, is riling up audiences across the country right now, and many opinionated cinephiles have offered up Aronofsky's name whenever the subject of engaging directors for future superhero projects has come up.
Now in a recent chat with CinePOP during his press rounds, Aronofsky admitted that he wouldn't mind playing in the Man of Steel's cinematic sandbox as long as it wasn't within the established DCEU.
Here are his hypothetical comments on the notion:
“A lot of the great superhero titles are done. People have used them up. So now it’s characters that aren’t as interesting. But you never know. I mean, Superman would always be interesting. But they’re already deep into reinventing him, so that’s not going to happen for a long time.”
Aronofsky is no stranger when it comes to flirting with studio superhero projects, as he was linked to a Batman movie back in 1999 that would have followed Frank Miller's Batman: Year One path, injecting it with a gritty dose of reality, and was also circling The Wolverine in 2011, declining before James Mangold came on board.
With Superman's saga tied up in the upcoming Justice League film and possibly a Man of Steel 2 or other solo Supes flick planned down the line, the opportunity for a unique, spiritually charged savior script from Aronofsky seems highly unlikely, but it definitely would be an interesting, artful attempt.
Are you pleased with Warner Bros.' chosen direction for Superman, or would you welcome a radical makeover from someone like Aronofsky?
(Via Screen Rant)