Darren Aronofsky officially rumored for Superman

09.28.10 8 years ago 16 Comments

With Dark Knight‘s Chris Nolan on to produce and David S. Goyer writing the script, WB is making a new Superman movie with plans to release in 2012.  The other day I reported on the shortlist of possible directors, which included five names.  Apparently someone out there doesn’t know what a shortlist is, because now there’s one more: Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky.  …Sort of.

Now there’s talk that he could make his studio debut with a different classic property: Superman.  Christopher Nolan has had discussions with Aronofsky about the job, sources say. …the idea would be to bring Aronofsky’s auteur sensibility to the comic book mythology.

You hear that?  There’s talk.  Hypothetical talk.  This is truly exciting news.

This isn’t the first comic book property that Aronofsky has been rumored for, as the filmmaker is reportedly one of 20th Century Fox’s first choices to direct the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” When MTV News asked Aronofsky about the rumor at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, the director played coy.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said about possibly directing the “Wolverine” sequel. “There are a lot of projects out there and I haven’t really focused on anything yet.”
While none of us knew about the “Superman” rumors at the time, Aronofsky nonetheless revealed that he’s familiar with the character and would be interested in getting on board a comic book adaptation at some point in the future.
“Of course, I grew up with Batman and Superman and Spider-Man a little bit, but I’m not the biggest comic book fan, even though I’ve been attached to a lot of them,” he said. “It would be fun to do one, [but] it’s just finding the right situation, the right project.” [MTV]

Darren Aronofsky has heard of Superman?  Oh my gosh, this is fantastic news.  Who knows what dreams may become reality now that this important discovery has come to light.  You know people on the internet are nerds when a guy makes a movie where Natalie Portman masturbates on a bed in the trailer and all people ask him about are comic books.

More awesome title: Wrestler director or wrestler/director?  Discuss.

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