Darren Aronofsky Was Runner-Up to Direct Man of Steel


imagesIn just a few days, one of the most crucial comic book movies in the last few years will finally be flying into theaters. Man of Steel has a lot riding on it for many reasons, including the future of a Justice League films. Along with that, it could finally be the movie that proves Batman isn’t the only DC hero that can hold a franchise. Word on the street is that the film is a relatively successful one and, as we learned not long ago, Warner Brothers has already given the green light for a Man of Steel sequel, with both Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer set to return in their respective roles. So far, so good.

Let’s rewind a bit to when WB was on the hunt for a director. Naturally, there were a lot of names being tossed around, with many fans of the Batman films wanting Christopher Nolan to jump from the Dark Knight over to Big Blue. We know now, obviously, that 300 and Watchmen director landed the job. What we didn’t know was that acclaimed director of Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, lost the job to Snyder by a fairly narrow margin. According to THR, what it came down to was WB Studio chief Jeff Robinov’s loyalty to Snyder because of past projects.

The relationship dates to the 2007 hit 300, even though Snyder’s three subsequent Warners films — Watchmen, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Sucker Punch — disappointed. However, while giving him Man of Steel (over the other finalist, Darren Aronofsky), Robinov took out insurance with producer Christopher Nolan, the studio’s most important filmmaker (Batman, Inception). “Chris had the confidence in Zack, and based on the movie I’ve seen, Chris was spot-on,” says Warners president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman.

It looks as though WB and DC may have a winner on their hands with Man of Steel, which will hopefully lead to them exploring more characters, as they’ve promised in the past, such as Wonder Woman, The Flash and a bit of a re-working on the already established Green Lantern. It’s likely that should WB move forward with more DC character solo films, Aronofsky will be at the top of their list to helm one of those. Am I the only one who thinks he’d take Wonder Woman to a whole new level of awesome? You’ll remember that Aronofsky was attached to direct The Wolverine for some time, but was forced to drop out ofr personal reasons. James Mangold was brought in to replace him.

Aronofsky is currently working on his next film, Noah, which stars Man of Steel’s Russell Crowe, as well as Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone. That film is slated for a March 2014 release.

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Source : THR