EDITORIAL: Who Should Direct The JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie?

With Warner Bros. finally moving forward with a Justice League film, I've compiled a list of talented directors who should be considered for the coveted job of helming the hugely anticipated superhero team-up movie.

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By Paul Romano - 7/14/2012


This week, it was reported that Warner Bros. may finally be releasing their much anticipated Justice League film within the next few years (possibly in 2015). We already know that the studio has hired Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall to work on the script. Also this week, The Dark Knight Rises director Chris Nolan confirmed that he won't have anything to do with Justice League (as well as any future Batman movie), so we can scratch him off the list of potential directors. So who should direct Superman, Batman, and the rest of the team in their big screen debut?

Below, I've compiled a list of nine directors who should be considered for the enormous job of bringing DC's finest heroes together on the big screen. I've selected these directors not only based on their resume with big budget epics, but also based on their abilities to tell a good story.




David Yates
Last Four Harry Potter Films



Yates has helmed four Harry Potter films for WB, the last of which was a massive success. On top of his good relationship with the studio, Yates has proven that he can properly direct an epic story, and that has him qualified to direct Justice League properly.




Peter Jackson
King Kong, Lord Of The Rings Trilogy



This would be a dream come true if Jackson was hired. If anyone knows how to direct an epic film, he surely does. A Justice League film done with a similar scope/scale to Return Of The King would be out of this world. I don't know if Jackson would be interested in a gig like this, but one can only hope.




J.J. Abrams
Star Trek, Super 8



Since Abrams has only worked on Paramount-distributed films before, I don’t know if he would direct a Warner Bros. film anytime soon. But his Star Trek reboot proves that he's very qualified to take on Justice League. Not only does he excel at CGI-heavy movies, but he also works extremely well with multiple characters and fleshing most (if not all) of them out.




Zack Snyder
Watchmen, Man Of Steel



I was hesitant about adding Snyder to the list, but I was convinced that he wouldn't be a bad choice for Justice League. His CBMs are usually very comic book-y in feel (Watchmen is commonly considered one of the best in the genre due to how faithful it was to the graphic novel), and his visual effects are usually top notch. Not to mention that he's bringing Superman back to life next year with Man Of Steel; fingers crossed that the film will be the cornerstone for the DC Movie Universe.




Darren Aronofsky
Black Swan, The Wrestler



Aronofsky has been wanting to direct a comic book movie for some time (he has previously been attached to The Wolverine and an unproduced adaptation of Batman: Year One). He's also an experienced film maker (he’ll be releasing his anticipated epic Noah in 2014), so why not give him the crown jewel of the CBM genre?




Ridley Scott
Blade Runner, Prometheus



The King of sci-fi taking on Justice League? Sounds very, very promising. Scott sure knows how to tell a CGI-heavy epic story. Even if his recent filmography hasn't been amazing, I can see him do wonders with possibly the biggest comic book movie to date.




James Cameron
Aliens, Titanic



Another great storyteller with big visuals in many of his films. Say what you will about Avatar's story, the visuals/epic scale had me floored. A Justice League movie with a similar scope (but obviously with a much better script) would be epic.




Alex Proyas
The Crow, Knowing



While not as experienced/qualified as Yates, Jackson and Cameron, Proyas wouldn't be a bad choice for Justice League. He's a good storyteller who occasionally does great visuals (as seen in Knowing; yes, I actually liked that movie). He just needs a big blockbuster or two to cement his experience. Too bad his adaptation of Paradise Lost was cancelled by Legendary Pictures earlier this year.




Guillermo del Toro
Hellboy, Blade 2



Another director experienced with CBMs, del Toro is very popular with geeks, and for good reason. He's yet another good storyteller who includes top notch visuals in his movies (next year's Pacific Rim should be amazing). Plus he understands and successfully develops many of the characters in his films.




*Honorable Mentions: Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), Alfonso Cuaron (Children Of Men), Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers), Andrew Stanton (John Carter)

Be sure to vote in the poll below to choose your favorite choice from the above. Also, feel free to add any other suggestions in the comment section.











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KingMarvel - 7/14/2012, 7:13 AM
First!!!
KingMarvel - 7/14/2012, 7:14 AM
and to answer i think Zack Snyder
for continuity reasons!!
edwardshiro - 7/14/2012, 7:15 AM
Zack Snyder
comiccow6 - 7/14/2012, 7:17 AM
Guillermo del Toro or J. J. Abrams. Either of them are a must.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/14/2012, 7:18 AM
J.J. Abrams or Peter Jackson
karloshuddos - 7/14/2012, 7:20 AM
When I heard they were doing one my first though was Zack Snyder, mainly because he's already handled a team of super heroes very well in Watchmen. That was why Joss Whedon was hired for The Avengers, because he handled a "Team" cast in Serenity and Firefly.
Tainted87 - 7/14/2012, 7:20 AM
Zach Snyder or Guillermo del Toro - man that's a hard one. One is extremely faithful to the material, the other is not.... both are capable of directing great and lackluster films.

Gonna go with the safe answer: Rob Reiner.
SuperDude001 - 7/14/2012, 7:20 AM
I said JJAbrams. I just never found Snyder any good but I could be wrong once MOS is out.
Tbh though I hope Justice League gets a more unknown director who is also a fan of the comics.
JM4Superman - 7/14/2012, 7:22 AM
Snyder, Jackson, Yates, and Toro. Tough choice.
AutobotCommander84 - 7/14/2012, 7:23 AM
If Man of Steel is good, then Snyder could be my top choice. But personally, I'd like to see David Yates direct this.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 7/14/2012, 7:23 AM
UWE BOLL.
DukeAcureds - 7/14/2012, 7:23 AM
They're all good choices, except for Aronofsky, Del oro and Proyas. Don't get me wrong,they're all in my top 5 directors, I jus don't think tey'd suit a movie, like this.
My personal suggestion would be Louis Letterrier. I think he could pull this together pretty well, do it justice (no pun intended) and not lt his ego get in the way (this movie would already have too many).
jessepostal - 7/14/2012, 7:24 AM
Before I looked at the list of directors I guessed all but one haha. Too predictable. I'd say go with someone fresh!
DukeAcureds - 7/14/2012, 7:24 AM
They can't chose Snyder, because he'd be naturally biased. This definitelty neds it's own director.
DukeAcureds - 7/14/2012, 7:25 AM
jesse@ All but David Yates?
CaptainObvious - 7/14/2012, 7:26 AM
Drew Goddard.
AtomicChipmunk - 7/14/2012, 7:26 AM
no idea
Jolt17 - 7/14/2012, 7:27 AM
WERES MICHAEL BAAAYYY!??
Tainted87 - 7/14/2012, 7:27 AM
Robert Rodriguez
R888 - 7/14/2012, 7:29 AM
I go with Zack Snyder because he done some awesome films, I like suckerpunch, watchmen, dawn of the dead
Jolt17 - 7/14/2012, 7:30 AM
Just kidding with the above comment (of course if you didn't notice that). My top pick is David Yates. I mean, he's been rumored to handle the movie before, and while his Harry Potter movies were extremely slow, his directing style is undeniably cool. I'd love to see his take on Justice League, of course, with a better script, perhaps. And again, he's perhaps the most likely to get the job, since he's been rumored, he's worked with Warner Bros. before, and the rest of the candidate are all too big names.

Okay, anyone other than the previously-rumored Jonathan Liebesman.
Jolt17 - 7/14/2012, 7:31 AM
I'll be OK if Zack gets the job but if so...I'll have to know who writes the script first.
xfan320 - 7/14/2012, 7:32 AM
I think Abrams, Snyder, or Brad Bird. anyone else listed probably wouldn't work...

or maybe Proyas if it was mainly dark visuals and 90% in space...

or hell, George Miller again, he's got style AND epic scope...
AutobotCommander84 - 7/14/2012, 7:34 AM
@DukeAcureds I think The Incredible Hulk was great. And while I loved The Avengers, I wish I could've seen what he would have done with it had Whedon not gotten the job. So you know what, I have to agree with you there.
TheDesertGorilla - 7/14/2012, 7:35 AM
PETER BERG!
xfan320 - 7/14/2012, 7:35 AM
@jolt- Actually if Bay had a talented co-director or someone to reel him in, he is really not an AWFUL choice lol...just real hit or miss.
P862010 - 7/14/2012, 7:36 AM
a guy who you did'nt even name

BRAD BIRD(The Incredibles,MI:Ghost Protocol)
jessepostal - 7/14/2012, 7:37 AM
@duke, make that 2, Yates and proyas, who's your pick?
QuietStorm - 7/14/2012, 7:37 AM
Which of these directors will have the free time to devote themselves around 2014-2015? They're coming off heavily touted franchises or will be promoting their own at the time. I dunno. But my wish list goes Jackson, Aronofsky, Cameron (only because he'll bring in more money I think) the Harry Potter guy, Abrams. I don't want Snyder. Let him handle MOS and a sequel or two.

Oh and the Nolam crew to godfather a script xD
Superpotts - 7/14/2012, 7:37 AM
Abrams, Toro or Jackson.

Please not Yates.

Squarian - 7/14/2012, 7:38 AM
I know I meant get demolished for this but want about Guy Richie? Let's be honest, no of those directors will get JL. Maybe Yates because of his history with WB. Guy Richie has worked with WB on Sherlock Holmes and was even set to direct Lobo for them. Yes the Sherlock movies weren't the best damn movies but they were entertaining too most. I think with the right script given to him he could do it. His has a good visual sense. His fight scenes in Sherlock were great.

I like Drew Goddard too.
whoa123 - 7/14/2012, 7:39 AM
Snyder or Abrams.
jessepostal - 7/14/2012, 7:40 AM
Just saw your post, I dig it. I think he would be good. He needs a big project to shine on
FireKnightRises - 7/14/2012, 7:44 AM
zack Snyder or abrams
jazzman - 7/14/2012, 7:46 AM
why all are big name directors wheres up and coming.
LordThanos231 - 7/14/2012, 7:49 AM
Peter Jackson or Cameron should direct JGL!
SuperDan89 - 7/14/2012, 8:05 AM
Why not Joss Whedon? He proved a hit with The Avengers so has experience of balancing a big ensemble. Plus this man really wanted to make a WW film for years, it's time WB gave him his wish, tenfold.
ComicsCommando - 7/14/2012, 8:06 AM
Brad Bird.
superotherside - 7/14/2012, 8:08 AM
Peter Jackson. Nuff said.
R888 - 7/14/2012, 8:11 AM
@ilovesuperman

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