They say you should always finish what you started. Director Darren Aronofsky seems to think otherwise. He dropped production on his planned The Fighter and handed the reigns to David O Russell – forever changing the course of Russell's career – when the [RoboCop](movie:23537) remake was on the cards. That, of course, fell through too, leading Aronofsky to make the Oscar winning Black Swan, perhaps his greatest film to date. He was originally on the books for Wolverine last year too before his current dream project Noah became an option. Now in a podcast for Happy Sad Confused, Aronofsky has admitted that, prior to Zack Snyder's appointment, the director had talked with Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. about potentially taking on last year's Superman reboot Man of Steel.
“Superman’s one of the holy grails. It’s Superman. It’s the best superhero, Batman is great, of course, but it’s Superman. He’s the same level. That possibility was great."
He then went on to give a glowing review to Snyder's divisive interpretation of Alan Moore:
"I thought Zack was a great choice, and I loved his Watchmen movie, I thought it was great. I thought that as a fan of the comic, you couldn’t hope for a better interpretation. I liked the orthodoxy of it.”
Before giving a slightly less glowing critique for that director's Man of Steel:
”It was interesting to add the pathos that they put into the character, It’s a hard one to do. You look at what Christopher Reeve did, and it was perfect, because it captured that ‘good old boy’ thing. But to try and redo that again and bring that for a modern audience is tough in a post-Batman and Wolverine world. It’s hard to do that.”
It's interesting to note his lack of enthusiasm for Snyder's Superman. Aronofsky clearly cares a great deal for the comic book world and this news will mark the third close call he's had with entering it. The closest he apparently came was back in 1999, hot on the heals of his debut film Pi, Aronofsky teamed up with Frank Miller to adapt his popular Batman: Year One comic but the project fell through because of the pitch black nature of its subject matter. What a different world we would be in. It could have been a masterpiece.
You get the feeling that, sooner or later, it's just bound to happen. But if it does which character will it be? What hero would suit his particular aesthetic? Hop on the comments and let us know.
Noah is in cinemas now, btw.