EDITORIAL: Six Directors Who Should Be Considered For DOCTOR STRANGE

With Marvel Studios potentially bringing Doctor Stephen Strange to the big screen within the next few years, I've compiled a list of directors who I think are suited for the job of properly adapting the Sorcerer Supreme in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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By Paul Romano - 9/8/2012


One of the projects that Marvel Studios have been developing for some time is Doctor Strange, which would explore the magical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last year, we heard that screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (who previously scripted the horrid 2011 remake of Conan The Barbarian) turned in a draft for the film adaptation, and Marvel were putting together a directors short list. However, we haven't heard any potential candidates beyond Hellboy's Guillermo del Toro (it's unlikely that he'll direct the project, at least any time soon). It's assumed that the Sorcerer Supreme will be getting his own film in Marvel's Phase Three, which will follow 2015's The Avengers 2. And just yesterday, we heard a rumor suggesting that Stephen Strange will make an appearance in next year's Thor: The Dark World.

To bring Dr. Strange to the big screen in style, Marvel should hire a director who not only can direct a visually appealing fantasy film, but also develop the movie's characters properly. Below, I've listed six directors who I think can do just that.




Alex Proyas
The Crow



I previously had Proyas on my directors list for Warner Bros.' Justice League movie, but after some consideration, I figure that he would be a much better fit for a smaller project like Doctor Strange. The director is no stranger to stylized science fiction/fantasy movies (I, Robot, Knowing), and also has some experience in the comic book movie genre after helming the critically acclaimed adaptation The Crow. Proyas' directorial style could fit very well with Dr. Strange. It's a shame that his planned take on Paradise Lost has been scrapped.




Gary Ross
The Hunger Games



After watching the surprisingly solid adaptation of The Hunger Games, I knew that Ross had to direct a CBM in the near future. He was actually once attached to helm Sony Pictures' planned Venom spin-off (Chronicle's Josh Trank was recently reported to be in talks for that gig), but I think he'd be a better fit for the Sorcerer Supreme. In addition to his character development, Ross can also direct CGI-heavy films quite easily. He'll soon direct the fantasy film Peter And The Starcatchers, which will probably even further qualify him for Dr. Strange.




Kenneth Branagh
Thor



Yes, he already directed Marvel's Thor, but I wouldn't mind seeing Branagh take on another one of the studio's mystical characters. Despite not being able to helm Thor: The Dark World, he seemingly still has a good relationship with Marvel. So if they wanted to work with the actor/director (who's currently filming Paramount's Jack Ryan reboot) again in the future, Branagh would be an excellent fit for Dr. Strange. He can direct visuals wonderfully, and doesn't shy away from making the viewers feel for the characters.




Alfonso Cuaron
Children Of Men



Cuaron is pretty much an ideal choice to helm Dr. Strange. While accustomed to directing darker movies, he also has experience with fantasy films with Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, commonly considered one of the better installments in the highly successful series. If Cuaron can make Doctor Strange with a similar scale, then I'm certain that people will rush to see it like they did with the Harry Potter movies. The director will release his anticipated science fiction movie Gravity early next year.




Robert Zemeckis
Back To The Future Trilogy



I would be very surprised if Zemeckis directs a comic book movie in the near future (let alone for a smaller character like Dr. Strange), but I can't help but feel that he would be an inspired choice for Stephen Strange's first movie. Recently working with motion capture animated films, I'm one of those who thinks that his Beowulf adaptation was underrated. If Zemeckis can provide a similar scale for The Sorcerer Supreme's movie, it could be really epic. Zemeckis will be returning to live action later this year with the much anticipated Flight, starring Denzel Washington.




Brian Kirk
Game Of Thrones



Kirk was recently considered for the directing gig for Thor: The Dark World after Kenneth Branagh dropped out, but was replaced by Patty Jenkins (who was in turn replaced by Alan Taylor). I can see Marvel still being interested in hiring Kirk for one of their future films, especially if they want to make more Games Of Thrones-inspired movies after Thor 2. So why not another fantasy movie? Also, Marvel appear to like hiring television directors for some of their films (such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and even The Avengers).




Well, that's my list for who I think Marvel Studios should consider for their Doctor Strange movie when they decide to move forward with it. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments and to vote on the poll below.



Prior Installments In My "Directors" Editorial:
Nine Directors Who Should Be Considered For JUSTICE LEAGUE
Six Directors Who Should Be Considered For WONDER WOMAN
Six Directors Who Should Be Considered For THE FLASH
Six Directors Who Should Be Considered For The Next GREEN LANTERN Movie









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tadrob - 9/8/2012, 9:22 AM
I am just glad you didn't include Tim Burton. I like Branagh, he did a great job on Thor.
Jolt17 - 9/8/2012, 9:24 AM
I'd go with Alfonso Cuarón.
JatevinM - 9/8/2012, 9:24 AM
Why is David Yates not on this list? What he did in the Harry Potter series makes the perfect candidate to direct
GodzillaKart - 9/8/2012, 9:25 AM
[frick] that Gary Ross guy, he uses shaky-cam like a crutch.
iuhgluiblbjjkhkjhkljh - 9/8/2012, 9:26 AM
No one should make a Doctor Strange movie. It lessens the chance of there ever being a Doctor Fate movie.
thewonderer - 9/8/2012, 9:30 AM
Cuaron
GOTG - 9/8/2012, 9:30 AM
^good doctor fate is a cheap rip off anyway just like all of DC
Hellsing - 9/8/2012, 9:33 AM
Cuaron hands down mother[frick]ers
PaulRom - 9/8/2012, 9:33 AM
Actually, Dr. Fate was created in 1940, while Strange was created in 1963. So I wouldn't say that Fate is a rip off.
Hellsing - 9/8/2012, 9:34 AM
Sorry to break the bad news to you but WB can't even sort out JLA movie so your Doctor Fate movie aint happening any time soon.
JoeyFixit - 9/8/2012, 9:34 AM
My vote goes to Proyas, hands down. Go rewatch Dark City.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/8/2012, 9:35 AM
Doctor Fate was created in 1940..... Strange was 1963.
TheRaven20 - 9/8/2012, 9:35 AM
Proyas wold be good, but how bout Del Toro???
iuhgluiblbjjkhkjhkljh - 9/8/2012, 9:35 AM
A fanboy can dream, can't he?
JokerFan21 - 9/8/2012, 9:36 AM
They should make a Doctor Who movie. I know it has nothing to do with this but i'd much rather see that than this.
iuhgluiblbjjkhkjhkljh - 9/8/2012, 9:36 AM
Del Toro would be the best choice for either of the Doctors.
hayyam - 9/8/2012, 9:41 AM
Marvel finds cheap ass name for this too.
marvel72 - 9/8/2012, 9:43 AM
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban,is that the one with the time travel scene.

if yes that's my favorite potter film so i'll go with alfonso cuaron.

alex proyas would be my second choice,the crow & dark city are very good movies.
Jolt17 - 9/8/2012, 9:45 AM
marvel72: Yes, it's the one with the time travel.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/8/2012, 9:45 AM
^ yea it is
jimpinto24 - 9/8/2012, 9:48 AM
Brian Kirk, and Gary Ross are good choice to direct Dr. Strange. Even Kenneth Branagh.
marvel72 - 9/8/2012, 9:48 AM
@ jolt17
@ thedarkknight1939

cheers,yeah definetly him then.
Jolt17 - 9/8/2012, 9:53 AM
Actually, I can care less about the director, if the Doctor is...

GodzillaKart - 9/8/2012, 9:53 AM
Yeah, but the difference between Dr. Stange and Dr. Fate is that Dr. Stange is cool.
GodzillaKart - 9/8/2012, 9:54 AM
@Jolt17: Correct!
GizmoEl - 9/8/2012, 9:56 AM
Gary Ross's direction for Hunger Games was the worst part of the movie. There were some great scenes, but all of the fight scenes were shaky. My head was spinning by the end of the movie because it would always focus SO close to the character at the worst times. He needs to learn how to pull back and shoot some scenes that aren't 8 inches from the actors' faces.
Triptheorist - 9/8/2012, 10:04 AM
Alex Proyas hasnt made a decent movie in 14 years.. I'd go with Del Toro, but I guarentee his schedule is locked down for years. So, I'm going with Cuaron.
Zordan - 9/8/2012, 10:08 AM
who to play this guy? even if i dont know who the hell is dr strange
HavocPrime - 9/8/2012, 10:17 AM
Del Toro would be awesome for Strange.
AnonymousGuy - 9/8/2012, 10:18 AM
del Toro?
GodzillaKart - 9/8/2012, 10:19 AM
@GizmoEl: I agree.

@Zordan: You seem lost. This is a website for comic book fans.

@HavocPrime: Yes.
HellsHammer - 9/8/2012, 10:22 AM
@dead pool
Just like all of dc?
Jolt17 - 9/8/2012, 10:28 AM
Ouch, the above image's mysteriously gone...



But; yes, if Benedict Cumberbatch gets the role...anyone can direct it, and I'll still go to see it.
Kayo - 9/8/2012, 10:30 AM
Cuaron or del Toro
Luigi - 9/8/2012, 10:35 AM
Good list, I'd probably be fine with any of these people
parkerray - 9/8/2012, 10:41 AM
As Romano touched on, Branagh is the most likely to build a movie around the character, rather than visual spectacle.
HULK2099 - 9/8/2012, 10:41 AM
Kenneth Branagh Definetly, he did a great job at balancing all the mystical stuff of Asgard, I can see him doing the same for strange
parkerray - 9/8/2012, 10:43 AM
@Jolt 17, Nice pic! Perfect.
NBAfanaddict - 9/8/2012, 10:44 AM
First off.... PRAISE BE TO YOU, FOR NOT PUTTING TIM BURTON ON THIS LIST!!!!! Half the reason i'm hesitant about Depp playing Dr. Strange (despite the fact i loved him in Pirates) is because i'm afraid he bring Burton with him. Tim doesn't need to be within ten feet of Dr. Strange.,,,ok now that the rant is over...

I think Kenneth would be a solid choice. Stay with the whole quasi-magic theme.
jessepostal - 9/8/2012, 10:48 AM
Marvel won't pick any of them, it's their vision and their movie they will pick someone who knows how to listen and make their movie
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