Update! A friend that worked on “Black Swan” with Mr Aronofsky tells us that the filmmaker has actually “been talking about this for a while” and that they don’t think talks have “progressed beyond the suggestion of having Nat[alie Portman] be Lois. They wanted her first time around, this time they can get her – with Darren. But who knows where that’s at now” Now that’s cool! And I assume they’re referring to the studio being keen on Ms Portman for “Superman Returns”. “…nothing on paper yet. Don’t add his name to the IMDB director listing on the film’s page yet”, she adds.
He mightn’t be known for directing commercial blockbusters, but that doesn’t mean Darren Aronofsky hasn’t flirted with the odd Superhero movie or tentpole xerox.
The “Fountain” and “Wrestler” helmer was of course attached to the “RoboCop” remake at MGM (on hold because of the studio’s recent troubles), and you’ll recall he was circling “Wolverine” there for a while. Most famously, Aronofsky had committed to directing “Batman Year One”, a prequel to the Burton-directed 1989 film, years before – think it was about 2001 when Aronofsky signed on – Christopher Nolan handshaked to bring “Batman Begins” to the big screen. Aronofsky, said to be quite the fan of the Caped Crusader, worked on the script with famed comic writer Frank Miller. Alas, the project fell apart and both Aronofsky and Miller went on to work on other projects.
News today from The LA Times is that Aronofsky is talking to producer Christopher Nolan about directing Warner’s big-budget “Superman” reboot. The filmmaker is merely one of a handful of filmmakers being considered for the job, but with the buzz on the forthcoming “Black Swan” and Warner’s solid working relationship with Aronofsky, he’d assumingly be atop of the list.
I’m sure Aronofsky’s “Superman” would be quite the picture… but you have to wonder just how drastically different it might be to the Superman movies we know and love. After all, the filmmaker’s “Batman” was going to be very, very different from the original films and comics – hell, the eventual pic would’ve had some fans up in arms!
“Batman Year One” was going to be a ‘real world’ version of “Batman” (even more so than Nolan’s films) : Alfred was going to be an African-American junkyard owner named ‘Big Al’, Selina Kyle would work in an underground prostitute hub across the street from the junkyard (where Bruce Wayne would later work), Bruce’s costume would be no more than a ‘hockey mask’ and self-made ‘cape’, and, for the majority of the movie, the son of slaughtered billionaires would have no clue that he’s ‘in the money’.
So what would an Aronofsky-directed “Superman” be like? Would Superman only possess the ability to run fast when strapped to motorized roller skates? Would Lois Lane be having an affair with Perry White? Would Jimmy be a street punk that Clark attempts to save – ultimately losing him to Metropolis’ shonky car-dealer king, Lex ‘The Loon’ Luthor!?
Guess we’ll find out. Or not.