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In the past two weeks alone, speculation for the rumored Man of Steel 2 film has sprouted legs, evolved into a flipper wearing beast, and taken the internet by force with all of its unprecedented conjecture.

Perhaps, most intriguing among all the rumors is: who is to direct the almost inevitable Man of Steel 2? [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) director, George Miller, has been associated with the project after being sighted on set for another DC/Warner Bros. movie, Suicide Squad. So, is Warner's hottest name the man for the job, or should someone else be in the back of executives minds for film? Below, I have come up with a list of five directors that could helm the sequel, as well as reasons why it could and could not work. Take each name with a grain of salt and feel free to make your opinions/dream directors known in the comments below. Enjoy!

George Miller

Why it could work:

I figured why not get the obvious choice out of the way first, and Miller is the obvious choice - and for good reason. George Miller is one of the hottest directors right now, coming off, arguably, the summers biggest hit, Mad Max: Fury Road. Both critics and fans alike adored this film so much so that it is making a limited return to IMAX in the coming weeks. He is a Warner director and perhaps one of their more popular names at this current moment in time, and as previously mentioned, Miller was seen on set for Suicide Squad - adding yet another interesting wrinkle into the fold. Not to mention, the 70 year old filmmaker was previously slated to make a Justice League movie for Warner Bros. but the idea never quite came to fruition.

Why it might not work:

Even though Miller is probably my favorite name on this list, there are a few reasons why I feel like this may not be such a good idea. Firstly, Mad Max: Fury Road was a great film, but it was also a passion project for George Miller, almost thirty years in the making. The franchise is Miller's baby, and the latest film, although a masterpiece, ate up over 400 hours of film and took an incredibly long time, time he most certainly will not get with a Man of Steel sequel, to edit in post production. Also, all of the practical effects that viewers loved so much about the Mad Max sequel may not be able to make its way into a Superman movie - for obvious reasons. Not to say there cannot be practical effects, but a Superman film does call for a dose or two of CGI now and again.

Joon-ho Bong

Why it could work:

For those of you who do not know, Snowpiercer is a fantastic film, and if you have yet to see it, add it to your laundry list of to-do's for the weekend and thank me later. Snowpiercer may have gotten little attention upon its release a couple years ago, but it was highly praised by both critics and fans - receiving a score of 95% on rotten tomatoes. The action sequences were incredible and the story was engaging right until the credits dropped. Joon-ho Bong displayed directing chops as well as screenwriting talent in a film that left audiences guessing until the very end.

Why it might not work:

Joon-ho Bong offers a very small sample size, as Snowpiercer is the only American directorial effort for the Korean filmmaker. And as good and well received as the film is, it may be difficult to get the studio and the fans behind a relative unknown who directed a movie that did not get a lot of attention from movie goers at the time of its release.

Steven Spielberg

Why it could work:

Do I really need to say it? Steven Spielberg is a living legend, and most certainly deserves a place among the Mount Rushmore of Hollywood directors. In fifty plus years as an active filmmaker, Spielberg has given fans numerous, numerous classics, and next to no duds among all of his directorial efforts. He is one of a few directors that is a household name and has unrivaled drawing power. The name alone elevates any project.

Why it might not work:

If Spielberg's recent comments on the genre were not enough indication already, I do not think that this is the type of film that he wants to be making at this point in his career. As much fun as it would be to see Hollywood's biggest director helm a superhero film, I think fans would rather see him continue his legacy and make classics with the likes of Tom Hanks and potentially redeem the franchise with a fifth Indiana Jones.

Christopher Nolan

Why it could work:

Christopher Nolan has already given fans a few of the greatest superhero films ever made - so why not another? Nolan may not be on the level of a Spielberg quite yet, but he has proven that he can attract mass audiences - even for original screenplays such as Inception and Interstellar. The filmmaker only has one known film on the docket at the moment, and seeing how he is a Warner Bros. name that the studio loves, it makes perfect sense.

Why it may not work:

Much like Spielberg, I do not think that the comic book movie genre intrigues Nolan at this point in his career. As a writer, as well as a director, I think that Christopher Nolan would rather continue trying his hand at original ideas rather than constraining himself to make a Superman film that would have to fit into a larger DC cinematic universe. Whether you love or hate Interstellar, no one is making original films with the scope and drawing power of Nolan right now, and I think that he is good for Hollywood in the current state of his career.

Zack Snyder

Why it could work:

Snyder is kinda becoming the Kevin Feige of DC. Taking all of his comments into consideration from the most recent Comic Con, as well as the tone of the newest Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, it would appear that Snyder has a clear direction for the universe. If BvS is the hit that I am expecting it to be, then there may be no one better to take the reigns of the Man of Steel sequel.

Why it may not work:

It is no secret that the original Man of Steel was met with mixed reactions from fans and critics respectively, and I tend to count myself among those who were not all that thrilled about it. That being said, I thought that film was well directed and shot beautifully. Most of the quarrels I had with the movie fell on the writing, and while the director shoulders the blame for the outcome of a movie, I think a new writing team with Snyder at the helm could make this a standout film. All of this aside, the reason that Zack Snyder will probably not end up directing this movie is the fact he is already directing Batman v Superman, Justice League Pt. 1, and Justice League Pt. 2. Snyder might serve the universe better as a big picture, Feige like figure, rather than a hands on director for each major film of the DCCU.

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