Christopher Nolan Meets with Puzzling Short List of Potential Superman Directors
Christopher Nolan, who will produce yet another reboot of the Superman franchise that might or might not star John Hamm, is now meeting with a short list of potential directors for the film. The list makes you wonder: Does Nolan have any idea what direction to take this project yet? We've got two directors with distinct, completely opposing styles, two who haven't established any distinct style, and one intriguing wild card. Check out Movieline's breakdown of the list and chime in with your thoughts after the jump.
1. Tony Scott
If Scott did this, I'm hoping he'd bring the insanity of his recent efforts like Man on Fire and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Regardless though, expect a grittier take on the series with tons of cuts, over-the-top action, and Denzel Washington in some sort of role.
2. Zack Snyder
Or hey, what if the entire movie unfolded in slow motion in front of green screens? To be fair, Snyder played it relatively straight for Dawn of the Dead, but the trailer for Sucker Punch suggests that he's crossed some point of no return since then.
3. Jonathan Liebesman
Huh? The guy who directed the sequel to the remake of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre? I missed that one, but I did somehow see his earlier effort, Darkness Falls where an evil demon version of The Tooth Fairy terrorized a small town. It sadly did not live up to the ludicrous premise. Maybe Nolan has seen some of Liebesman's upcoming alien invasion movie Battle: Los Angeles and knows something we don't.
4. Matt Reeves
Tough call. Based on Cloverfield and the trailer for the apparently very good Let Me In, it seems like Reeves is indeed talented and able to adjust his style to what a film calls for. But with only these two very different films under his belt, it's anyone's guess as to how he'd handle the man of steel.
5. Duncan Jones
Interesting choice, and probably my favorite. Comic book movies have had good luck bringing in directors of small indie films, and Moon showed that Jones has enough visual panache, intelligence and storytelling skills to keep an audience engaged through a one man sci-fi show. Maybe his dad, David Bowie, could write a song for the end credits?