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Darren Aronofsky Rumored to Direct The ‘Superman’ Reboot

by Cas Ruffin on Sep 28th, 2010
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Darren Aronofsky, Hollywood’s mainstreamiest art-house auteur, is in talks to direct the Chistopher Nolan-produced, David Goyer-scripted Superman reboot. We’re taking bets on whether Aronofsky will amputate Superman’s arm at the end of the film.

Aronofsky, most recently known for Black Swan, is being added to a shortlist of directors that Nolan has already expressed interest in. To add my two cents and give this situation a simplistic high school setting, Zac Snyder (300, Watchmen) would be your typical pyromaniac; Duncan Jones (Moon) is the dude who you’re not sure still goes to the school; and Darren Aronofsky would be the goth.

It all depends on what Nolan wants his film to be. Does he want it action-packed filled with stylization? Or does he want it chock-full of depressing emotion?

Superman that ho, LA Times

As he intensifies his search for a director on the Warner Bros. reboot, Christopher Nolan, who’s godfathering the new Superman and producing the David Goyer script, has had discussions with Aronofsky about the job, sources say.

Aronfosky’s latest, “Black Swan,” the hybrid dramatic thriller with Natalie Portman, looks on track to become an art-house hit, if not more, and the idea would be to bring Aronofsky’s auteur sensibility to the comic book mythology (much as Nolan has done with Batman).

Of course, Aronofsky is just one name among many. Nolan and producing partner Emma Thomas are casting a net wider than Krypton for the job, with Zack Snyder (a man known for action scenes and physical movement), Matt Reeves (getting heat off this Friday’s “Let Me In”) and a number of veteran filmmakers also reportedly in the running.

Whoever Nolan chooses, his list makes it clear that he wants this reboot more than your typical do-no-wrong Superman film. If Aronofsky is chosen, I’m praying for a lesbian scene sprinkled in there somewhere.

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