Superhero blockbusters always dance a fine line between the need to be unique and fresh, while also sticking to a formula that delivers big box office bucks. That is a tightrope that some studios have mastered better than others, but there is clearly an opportunity for Man of Steel 2 to try something truly bold.
That would come courtesy of Darren Aronofsky, a filmmaker who wears the "weird and unusual" tag like a badge of honor around Hollywood circles. As Kingsman: The Golden Circle's own Matthew Vaughn explicitly expressed his own interest in the project, the 48-year old seemed to throw his hat into the ring this week.
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Missing out on 2013's The Wolverine, Aronofsky would remain on the outer for a superhero installment. Speaking with CinePOP when talk progressed beyond his 2017 thriller Mother!, he kept the door ajar to a major comic book adaptation.
"I would always hope to do something unique," he explained. "That is kind of my goal. I think with those kinds of films you have to be very careful because they are about communicating with as big an audience as you possibly can. Audiences that go to see those films expect to see a certain type of movie."
What property would take his fancy though, if he had to pick one?
"A lot of the great superhero titles are done," he replied. "People have used them up. So now it's characters that aren't as interesting. But you never know. We'll see what comes my way. ... I mean, Superman would always be interesting. But they're already deep into reinventing him, so that's not going to happen for a long time."
This comment would come shortly after his revelation that a Joaquin Phoenix-led Batman title was in the works. Taking cues from a movie like Taxi Driver, this was a gritty DC feature that was intended to break the mold.
"I think we were ahead of our time," he said earlier this month. "And I was always like; why can't we make a more lower-budget rated-R (movie)? Just like in comics you have different brands but and now they're finally doing that. They're doing the spinoffs, which is great. This is an exciting time because they'll be able to take more risks and we won't be seeing the same superhero movie over and over again. You'll get things like Deadpool, which was a relief as compared to seeing the same film over and over again."
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Celebrating Batman Day the only way he knew how, Zack Snyder took to his official Vevo account to cast his vote for his favorite of all time. There is clearly an element of bias on his part, but he was unashamedly on team Affleck for this one.
"Happy Batman day #batfleck is the best Batman ever," he posted.
The director returned to Justice League to oversee the completion of that installment, seeing Joss Whedon fill the breach after he took personal leave. From what the early screenings have indicated, Affleck and co. appear to have impressed.
But Affleck for G.O.T.? That is one premature call.