EDITORIAL: Directors I'd Like To See Helming Future CBMs

EDITORIAL: Directors I'd Like To See Helming Future CBMs

The director tends to be the two most influential aspects of a movie and when you're adapting a beloved character, only the best can be accepted. Hit the jump to see who I think should direct movies for popular super heroes.

When it comes to movies, directors are a make or break factor of the film. The right director can present a film to the world that nobody really thought would ever be possible. They can take the vision of a writer and make it their own and often times, that can be a pretty tremendous process. Comic book movies are no different. With the right director, any bizarre comic book adaptation can be presented to a huge audience in a way that leaves almost everybody happy. There have been a few cases like this in comic book movie history, Batman (1989), Superman, Iron man, Watchmen and Hellboy are for the most part considered the créme de la créme of the comic book movie genre, holding almost every aspect of the genre itself within those movies. However, with wat appears to be a new age of comic book movies on the way, with new agendas and new messages, new directors will have to be implicated to spur these films on. In this editorial, I'll be stating the directors I want to see behind future comic book movies and why I find that director to be a good fit. I'll be looking at characters that specifically will be getting new movies, with any hope, in the forseeable future. So, without any furhter ado, let's begin!

Batman Reboot

With the character making a brand new big screen debut in two years time, his eventual solo movie will require a director. Christopher Nolan did a tremendous job with his Batman movie trilogy and he presented Batman brilliantly. One thing most fans agree as being something they would have preferred to see more of in Nolan's trilogy is the exploration of Batman's detective skills. A hope most probably have is that this new Batman depiction will have a detective's streak to him. A director I feel could portray that more detective-y side of the caped crusader is Guy Ritchie.

Guy Ritchie is infamous for his crime-based drama films. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, RocknRolla and the Sherlock Holmes movies are all very good examples of his capacity to helm a movie with not only a dark and realistic atmosphere, but also how he handles crime and detective movies. I personally enjoyed his Sherlock Holmes movies and they are the primary reason I'd want Guy to direct a Batman film, with his gritty realistic style being a secondary factor in that. He handled the investigative angle of the Sherlock Holmes movies very well and the plot didn't get too convoluted in the end, which is always a good sign. His British sense of humour would also, in my opinion, bring the character of Alfred into a new light. Jeremy Irons is a very versatile actor and his voice alone is a very powerful thing, so if Guy were to incorporate that British style and focus it on Alfred, Irons' portrayal of the butler might even be right up there with Michael Caine's performance.

Sequel To The Incredible Hulk

A sequel to 2008's The Incredible Hulk is more than just a possibility at this point with the amount of buzz surrounding the character in regards to his development in Age of Ultron. The main issue with deciding on a director for this sequel, is the direction they go with the film. We don't know if Marvel are looking to adapt Planet Hulk or if they're going down the Joe Fixit route and making the Hulk a grey-skinned Las Vegas mob boss. If they were to go the route of Planet Hulk, with the gladiatorial deathmatches and the multitude of odd creatures in massive crowds, I would choose Hunger Games director Gary Ross to direct.

The reason I've chosen Gary Ross is because, having directed the Hunger Games, I think he'd be able to adapt Planet Hulk quite well. Planet Hulk would be a character piece, and that's what Hunger Games is at its core also. The Hunger Games had huge spectical interms of the portrayal of the dystopian world and I think it mimics the Sakaaran world in many ways, so it wouldn't be too difficult to further the idea of that and apply it to an alien world with much larger protagonists and the story is also essentially the same, it's about revolution and standing up for what's right rather than what you're told is right. From a story-telling standpoint, I think Gary Ross would be an excellent choice as a director for a Planet Hulk adaptation. On the flipside of this coin is an earhtbound Hulk film. In all honesty, I'm not all too sure on who I'd want to direct a Hulk film set on earth but if I had to choose it would prbably be David Fincher.

This is primarily for his work on Fight Club. If there's any direction I think they need to go with the character of Bruce Banner and the Hulk, it's the road of the split persoanlity and Fight Club handles that in a very intelligent and subtle way. Until of course the big revelation towards the end of the film. Fight Club was also a character piece but it too was about revolution and standing up for yourself, which seems to be the direction the MCU is now headed in terms of its storytelling.  It's for those reasons that I think David Fincher would be able to give us an entirely character driven Hulk movie based around Banner but playing off of the Hulk persona as well.

Wonder Woman

A character we've all been highly anticiapating as of late seeing as how she's set to appear in Dawn of Justice alongside Superman and Batman, the inevitablitity of a Wonder Woman film has been pretty much solidified for the fans. If I'm not mistaken, this film would be the first time a strong female character has ever taken center stage in a comic book movie. In that case, a director who can truly bring that out on screen would be needed. There are quite a few names that come to mind, but again, this film would probably be a character piece as opposed to a popcorn flick. It's for those reasons that I think Harry Potter three times director Chris Columbus should direct such a film.

Chris Columbus is most celebrated for his work on the Harry Potter franchise having directed the first three films of the series, as well as having directed such character masterpieces as the Bicentennial Man. In those two things alone, he has shown that he is quite capable of making not only a fantastical film but also a strong character piece. The Harry Potter films certainly have their fair share of both of those elements, but Bicentennial Man was a true character piece that revolved a round a robot, so it also took from the fantastical. Bicentennial Man and the Harry Potter films work well as fish out of water stores, and I think that's what a Wonder Woman standalone film should be, a story centering around Diana and her struggle to find an identity in the rest of the world after the events of Dawn of Justice.

As noteworthy mentions, I think Josh Trank would direct a pretty good Runaways movie, which is something we've heard Marvel Studios have had in the pipleine for a while now and I think Josh's style of film making would certainly suit a Runaways film perfectly.I think Guillermo Del Toro might make a pretty good director for the Flash/Green Lantern rumoured team up movie we're supposedly getting at some point in the future. My main reasom for thinking that is because of Pacific Rim, which I disliked but he's had a good track record with other films, plus he managed to make the dynamic between several duos quite special in that movie.
What directors would you like to see take on a comic book film? Be sure to let me know down in the comments section below. As always, till next time, CBM!
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Niklander - 7/14/2014, 2:15 PM
Chris Colombus for Wonder Woman?!That was it you lost me man.Kathryn Bigelow should direct Wonder Woman only a woman can handle a woman
Abary - 7/14/2014, 2:20 PM
I'd like to see David Fincher do Hulk 2, that was a great suggestion. But what I would LOVE is to see The Shawshank Redemption's Frank Darabont handle a Marvel movie. How about.... DAREDEVIL.
DeusExSponge - 7/14/2014, 2:29 PM
Chris Colombus butchered the Percy Jackson series, a series that was heavily based on Greek mythology. I don't want him to do the same thing with Wonder Woman.
Kong - 7/14/2014, 2:33 PM
If you're going to use a Hunger Games director use Francis Lawrence. He'd be a much better fit for Planet Hulk and in fact isn't the best choice. I'd love to see Ridley Scott do Planet Hulk. He's had his hands in Sci-Fi and Gladiator films which together equals Planet Hulk in a sense.

I've always thought Guy Ritchie would do a good Batman film. If not that then Daredevil or Wolverine.

Quentin Tarantino doing Punisher would be awesome too.
MightOfMagneto - 7/14/2014, 2:37 PM
Paul Greengrass for Daredevil Movie or for the Batman reboot.
MightOfMagneto - 7/14/2014, 2:40 PM
and Micheal Bay for Avengers 3.
Doopie - 7/14/2014, 2:45 PM
I'd love Fincher to do a CBM - I love his movies - but I'm not sure he would ever consider it. I'm not a huge fan of Ritchie for Batman. Whilst he can do intricate plots and is decent with action, I'm don't know if he'd handle the tone correctly. I wouldn't mind Paul Greengrass giving it a shot. DD is a good suggestion for him too.
DrunkenNukem - 7/14/2014, 2:56 PM
"only a woman can handle a woman"

MrSotoMan - 7/14/2014, 3:18 PM
I've always thought Ritchie would be perfect for Batman. Not because of how he envisions Sherlock Holmes, but his style says it all.

For example the fight scene in a 360 degree angle in Game of Shadows between Moriarty & Holmes shows you everything in that whole fight, I also like how Holmes deduced how to win in a combat situation showing and narrating what he could do in that certain situation as a simulation (Batman Arkham Origins Detective Mode)

It all depends visually how Ritchie would envision the setting to be, it could be a dark noir with the same type of action as Sherlock Holmes, after all it also depends on which work of Batman he will choose to inspire from or take basis of and spin off into his own version.
AntMan - 7/14/2014, 3:19 PM
Batman comics do not play out like Sherlock Holme movies, and the Sherlock Holme movies, in my opinion, are a bad example of how the detective work should be handled in Batman movie.
MrSotoMan - 7/14/2014, 3:29 PM
I really do not know how much more we can dwell into the whole split/personality idea much longer for Hulk, it is an idea that was explored in Incredible Hulk and the first Ang Lee Hulk movie which, very debatable is either strong or weak to the point where it already has been discussed about for several comic book adaptations.

The movies

How much more can we dwell on the same subject with The Hulk over and over again, and with the inclusion of Incredible Hulk, it seems more than likely he is comfortable with who he is, but still fears the others around him, which again, is another idea played with in Avengers.

Other then that, Fincher IMO would be horrible for Hulk, Ross on the other hand has a better hand at grasping the core of characters like you have mentioned, specifically the movie Pleasentville which was a comedy/drama centered on moments in our life that aren't so black and white, a lot of subliminal messages are touched on through the movie. Love, hate, sex, war, violence, everything due to unsettling the prospect notion of who we are and what it does to us as a human race, but what it does that makes us come together.

Hunger Games is a good example since you mentioned Planet Hulk, but is the exact story that we do want to tell?

I would like for Hulk to you know....speak, I mean they're comic scans of him speaking other than Planet Hulk, or hell Mr. Fix-It, Devil Hulk, characters like that would be interesting to see. What would a Hulk think like, how would he talk? What would be the all around conversation between the beast in anger?

As for Wonder Woman, the whole a woman can handle a woman better I don't know is sexist or right, but having a woman direct woman does not mean we are guaranteed automatic success.

For the character of Wonder Woman, 3 things we need to see that are actually apparent in Katniss as a character

1. Conflict
2. Bravery
3. Kick-Ass heroine

As long as those 3 types are added into Wonder Woman, the character could come across as a game changer for superhero movies to inject more female added heroes. Instead of Lucy where she really wasn't the brightest crayon in the box or sharpest knife in the drawer, she was given these abilities on accident, same with Black Widow who has been trained to be this way, even though she injects witty humor and banter that help comfort with the audience, Wonder Woman is totally different then that.

I would say Gary Ross, instead of Chris Columbus. Only cause he actually knows how to direct a woman, but Kathryn Bigalow would be cool too I guess. Maybe she would know what to do with the character better than a male director. Though we shouldn't be looking at who is a male or female, we should be looking at who can deliver the skills.
MrSotoMan - 7/14/2014, 3:31 PM
@BatManiac- Batman comics have ranged from different variations throughout the years though.

I never said it should be like the Sherlock Holmes movies, but the style is there for a Batman movie to work. A directing style doesn't necessarily have to have the same dialogue or same type of writing as his previous movies, it could be different and range accordingly with a character like Batman.
AntMan - 7/14/2014, 3:54 PM
Guy Ritchie's specialises in British Crime movies, which I love, but that's not Batman. Sherlock Holmes, while great too, was handled in a way that felt nothing like a Batman comic.

The best Batman arcs, for the most part, are psychological thrillers with film noir influences, and while there wasn't an abundance of detective work in Nolan's trilogy, the detective work in Nolan's trilogy is A LOT closer to Batman's style of work than the Sherlock Holmes movie.
Doopie - 7/14/2014, 4:00 PM
Ritchie does 'caper' type films mostly. That's why I don't think a Batman movie would suit him. He could do a take on Batman in that style but it's not a Batman movie I'd personally like to see and don't think it'd fit in with the direction of the DCCU.
Having said that RocknRolla is a bit more serious and if he went for something more like that it might work
NovaCorpsFan - 7/14/2014, 4:15 PM
I did consider using him, to be honest I doubt their films would differ in any major way.
SonOfOdor - 7/14/2014, 4:45 PM
Guys...they're professional Directors. Top of their craft. The reason that their previous movies weren't in the vein of Batman comics was because....they weren't Batman movies. I see no reason why Ritchie couldn't take some of what he did in the Sherlock films and incorporate it into a more fitting Batman film. Just because his last films, which had nothing to do with Batman, weren't like a Batman comic doesn't mean he hasn't shown that he has the skill to make a good Batman film...
GliderMan - 7/14/2014, 5:13 PM
I feel like we've been through this before.
Snotzo - 7/14/2014, 5:46 PM
No, maybe, an heck NO.
MightyZeus - 7/14/2014, 7:53 PM
I actually thought you hated the Harry Potter franchise and that you hate the new film set in the Harry Potter universe called "Fantastic Beasts and where to find them."

I like your choice for the Batman reboot, same goes for The Incredible Hulk sequel and i'm fine with the choice of director for a Wonder Woman film. I don't blame Christopher Colombus for butchering the Greek Mythology in The Percy Jackson films mostly because those films are based on books.

I would love it if Alfons Cuaron(Director of Gravity) where to helm a Moon Knight film or a Daredevil film. Clint Eastwood should direct an Old Man Logan film and David Fincher should direct an X-force film.
dethpillow - 7/14/2014, 8:28 PM
great article. sensible picks too, i think.

Ritchie would do a really interesting Batman. it'd be different from what we've seen before, and it'd have a lot of energy for sure.

if i was working for any american TV network, in charge of programming, first thing i would do is go out to England and meet all these British people doing shows on BBC. and just offer them a ton of money to do stuff out in America.
and it's not even a "cuz they're better" thing, it's partly that, and it's also just that it would feel fresh and hit people really weird.

i'm actually basing this entirely on watching Misfits. but my god, that was great shit, and if people saw something like that, they would feel weird about it, but they would love it. and i don't mean a remake but exactly the same.

Guy Ritchie would do a great Batman, i think. and it would thematically be an entirely different take on Nolan's. and i get the feeling that underneath it all Snyder's Batman is really Nolan's Batman but in a different universe. which doesn't mean anything bad, but it just seems more tame than what Ritchie would do.

he'd do like Batman [frick]ing Unleashed. haha. it'd be interesting.

and Trank on Runaways is also a great one. that's really a good one. my pet director for Runaways has been Sofia Coppola, which I think would be absolutely amazing. she could also do Hawkeye tho. (based on Fraction's current run).
and that'd actually be maybe even a better match.

so Trank on Runaways is something i dig a lot. good one.
Guillermo Del Toro is Thor to me. but doubt he's into that, and if not that, i want him on Animal Man. he might be good on Green Lantern or he might not too.

Favreau for Marvel Studio's FF tho. for sure.
and maybe Ridley Scott or Duncan Jones for Inhumans. i don't know. just made that up now.
Beaner8127 - 7/14/2014, 8:29 PM
Steven Speilburg for X-Men
dethpillow - 7/14/2014, 8:31 PM
@MightyZeus - great picks also. would love to see Cuaron do Moon Knight. wow, that's a good one.
Hellboy6666 - 7/14/2014, 8:38 PM
None of these.
dethpillow - 7/14/2014, 8:42 PM
into the realm of the fantastic...

1984 David Lynch - X-Men (team is Scott, Jean, Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Kitty and Angel vs The Hellfire Club/Dark Phoenix)

1997 David Lynch - Wolverine

Patty Jenkins - X-Men Dark Phoenix (2movies)

Alfred Hitchcock - Batman

Stanley Kubrick - Iron Man (either Tony Stark vs Obadiah Stane or Tony Stark vs Morgan Le Fey)

Werner Herzog - Incredible Hulk (earth based)

Martin Scorsese - Captain America

Truffault - Black Widow

Fellini - Inhumans

matthuliz - 7/14/2014, 8:45 PM
Quentin Tarantino for Punisher or Spawn.

Sam Mendes for Batman.

JJ Abrams for Justice League or X-Men or Avengers.

matthuliz - 7/14/2014, 8:49 PM
Matthew Vaughn for Wonder Woman.

Dandy - 7/14/2014, 9:17 PM
Why not Ben Affleck for the Batman reboot, after all that the whole reason he was cast in the role, and with films like Gone Baby Gone and The Town, he'd be a great choice.

Plus, the only person who knows how to direct and write for Ben Affleck is Ben Affleck.
Ramiel - 7/14/2014, 9:40 PM
I'd love to see either Peter Jackson or Guillermo del Toro direct Thor 3.
Wolf38 - 7/14/2014, 10:03 PM
Joseph Koskinski for Green Lantern (that may actually be a rumored thing).

Darren Aronofsky for Superman, Man of Tomorrow maybe, in the "still might work" category.

James Mangold for something with Black Widow.

AztecaAguilar04 - 7/14/2014, 10:26 PM
David Fincher for The Punisher reboot!
ice132412 - 7/14/2014, 10:42 PM
Guillermo Del Toro or James Wan for Ghost Rider, David Fincher or Frank Darabont for Punisher,James Gunn for Adam Strange,Edgar Wright for Plastic Man, and maybe Guy Ritchie for Daredevil
Mike89 - 7/14/2014, 10:47 PM
Ben Affleck should be Directing and starring in his own Batman movie. Theres more to his casting than just playing the role.

...also Brad Bird for a Flash movie.
Mike89 - 7/14/2014, 10:51 PM
David Fincher is better off doing street level type of comic book characters. Daredevil or Punisher directed by Fincher would work.
giannis - 7/14/2014, 11:40 PM
Peter Jackson for Thor 3

Matthew Vaughn for Spidey

Luc Besson for Wonder Woman
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/15/2014, 12:08 AM
Rian Johnson- Batman

David Fincher- daredevil

Sam mendes- WW
Battabing - 7/15/2014, 12:09 AM
That's funny, but I thought Chris Columbus was dead.

Anyway, Brad Bird for Wonder Woman.
MrChuff - 7/15/2014, 12:16 AM
Awful (and hilarious) suggestions
Fincher directing a Hulk movie?
Never going to happen.

Much better suggestions here in the comments section alone.
MrChuff - 7/15/2014, 12:22 AM
Tarantino for Punisher?
I always saw Castle as a man of few words and not one to hold a gun to a guys head while he has a lengthy monologue about his favorite breakfast cereal from the 70's and how they don't make it anymore or changed the taste or....some stupid shit like that.
Triptheorist - 7/15/2014, 1:24 AM
Brad Bird for a Marvel Studios' version of Fantastic Four.

Guillermo Del Toro for Doctor Strange

Kong - 7/15/2014, 4:35 AM

Best list EVER
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