Now, the superhero movie-themed directorial rumor mill may have been in full force lately, with a whole host of Marvel and DC properties still in need of someone to helm them, but none have generated quite so much fan excitement as the potential attachment of George Miller - fresh from the critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road - to Man of Steel 2.
After all, not only was Fury Road one of the highlights of the cinematic year, but Miller has long since proven himself both an action visionary (with the original Mad Max trilogy) and a capable studio storyteller (with the Happy Feet series) - making his prospective arrival in the DC Cinematic Universe an entirely enticing prospect.
It Now Sounds Very Much as Though Miller WON'T Be Directing Man of Steel 2
Speaking to Digital Spy for Mad Max: Fury Road's release on Blu-ray, Miller revealed that...
"I hope the next film I make is a very small film without any special effects and not many stunts."
Which, when pressed, he confirmed to mean that he likely wouldn't be taking on Man of Steel 2...
"There's been some of that in the mix, but I'd say probably not true. "
Which...is a real, honest-to-goodness shame - since a Miller-directed Superman movie could have been something really quite special. With a Mad Max sequel on the horizon, though, it's perhaps not too much of a surprise that Miller doesn't want to commit himself to a major franchise that could conflict with his own brainchild.
As it turns out, though, there might still be a little hope...
Could We Still See Miller Direct a Superhero Movie?
Well, it might not be anytime soon - but from Miller's follow up comments, there might just still be a small sliver of hope for superhero movie fans everywhere. As he put it:
"I was going to make a Justice League movie that fell through in 2009...But I've always been interested--basically I work in mythology, and the superhero movies are basically new incarnations of the Greek and Roman mythologies, so that's always something I'm interested in."
Were the right project to arise, could we see Miller step up to the plate?
Captain Marvel, for instance, could be a great fit seeing as Miller rocks cinematic feminism better than most directors out there. Marvel Studios could, perhaps, persuade him to co-direct alongside a young up-and-coming female director, giving him the free time he needs to develop the next Mad Max movie, while still bringing a solid dose of his inimitable cinematic style to the MCU.
What do you reckon, though?
via Digital Spy