Six Directors Who Should Be Considered For The BATMAN Reboot

Another reboot of the Batman film franchise is all but inevitable, with the success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Hit the jump to check out my list of directors who I think should be considered by Warner Bros. for the Caped Crusader's next big screen outing.

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By Paul Romano - 9/29/2012


With Christopher Nolan's remarkable Dark Knight trilogy ending this summer, Warner Bros. won't wait too long to bring the Caped Crusader back to the big screen. Another reboot of the Batman franchise has been rumored/discussed for some time, and it appears that the Dark Knight will get his next solo film after the next cinematic incarnation of the character appears in the proposed Justice League movie (reportedly eying a 2015 release). Warner Bros. will have to hire a really good director who can at least try to fill Nolan's enormous shoes, and create a new vision for the next series of Batman films.

As much as I love Nolan's take on Batman, I really want to see a film series that depicts a much more comic book oriented Dark Knight (a la Arkham City and The Animated Series). Below, I've listed six directors who I think can deliver both the gritty atmosphere of the Caped Crusader's next film and more of a fantasy/comic book foundation.




Rian Johnson
Looper



Recently, Johnson's highly anticipated science fiction thriller Looper (starring The Dark Knight Rises' Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was released to very positive word of mouth. The director has also mentioned that he would be open to helming a comic book movie at some point in the future, so why not the next movie starring the Caped Crusader? Looper's tone would work very well for a Batman film series, especially if it was inspired by the Arkham Asylum/City video game series. And after the critical success of Looper, I wouldn't be surprised if Johnson becomes the next Christopher Nolan.




Doug Liman
The Bourne Identity



After helming the fantastic first Bourne movie (still my favorite in the trilogy) several years ago, Liman proved that he can direct an action thriller very successfully. Some of the fighting scenes in Bourne would be an excellent fit for a Batman movie, and Liman also properly develops a movie's characters. Plus, Liman is set to direct Warner Bros.' adaptation of the sci-fi graphic novel All You Need Is Kill, which will begin production this fall. So if that film is successful, then WB would be foolish not to consider Liman for one of their bigger properties.




Ben Affleck
The Town



After releasing The Town a couple years of ago, and with Argo garnering critical praise, Warner Bros. are obviously very proud of the actor/director. Recently, Affleck was rumored to be considered to helm WB's planned Justice League movie, but the former Daredevil confirmed that he isn't involved with the superhero ensemble. However, I think he would be an excellent choice to helm a Batman film. Batman would be a much better fit for Affleck than Justice League, as the director is accustomed to filming dark action movies. Also, his directing Batman would increase the possibility of his Argo co-star Bryan Cranston playing Jim Gordon.




Darren Aronofsky
Black Swan



This is a choice that I'm cautiously optimistic about, but there's no denying that a Batman film would be a good fit for Aronofsky's usual directorial style. He was actually attached to helm an adaptation of Year One several years ago, but the script was too far from the source material and was rated R (something that Warner Bros. didn't like). Aronofsky was more recently attached to 20th Century Fox's The Wolverine before eventually departing that project. So clearly, he's interested in directing a superhero film at some point in his career. As I said before, Batman would work well for Aronofsky's usual style. Plus, having an Oscar-nominated director helm your movie is rarely a bad idea.




Sam Mendes
Skyfall



A Batman movie needs to have a director who is very well experienced in shooting big action set pieces, as well as a good story. If the fantastic trailers for Skyfall (James Bond 23) suggest anything, it's that Mendes can do just that. He already helmed a crime thriller in the form of the graphic novel adaptation Road To Perdition, and a Batman movie should usually have some sort of crime thriller influence (depending on the movie's story, of course). If Skyfall is a big success, then I'm sure that Mendes will be wanted for more big movies.




David Fincher
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo



A typical choice, I know, but a solid one. Like Aronofsky, Fincher tends to have a distinct, stylized dark tone to his movies, which could work very well for a Batman flick. Also like Aronofsky, there's the concern of Fincher directing a comic book movie like Batman without being true to the source material (his vision for a Spider-Man movie was very different from what Sam Raimi did). However, there's no denying that Fincher is a very talented director who could do wonders with the Dark Knight. Just stay true to the source material, and you can have an awesome Batman film from David Fincher.




Well, there's my list of directors who I think Warner Bros. should consider for the next Batman movie. Feel free to vote in the poll below, and add any other suggestions/thoughts in the comments below.



Prior Installments In My "Directors" Editorial Series:
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
Six Directors Who Should Be Considered For DOCTOR STRANGE
Six Directors Who Should Be Considered For The Next TRANSFORMERS Movie









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Jolt17 - 9/29/2012, 6:34 AM
I've got my three words: Sherlock's Paul McGuigan.

Get Andrew Scott as the Riddler.

Doug Liman could be good, too.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 9/29/2012, 6:38 AM
Guillermo Del Toro
marvel72 - 9/29/2012, 6:41 AM
david fincher
darren aronofsky
rian johnson
SageMode - 9/29/2012, 6:44 AM
Concerned of Fincher not sticking to the source material? Sounds extremely familiar. Ahem ahem ahem ahem.
Temple - 9/29/2012, 6:48 AM
Could have sworn there was a post like this already.....anyway, Darren Aronofsky would be a perfect fit.
Tainted87 - 9/29/2012, 6:49 AM
Next Batman is going to be a spin-off of the one present in Justice League. The director of that spin-off should reflect that version.

With that in mind, it's hard to say.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 9/29/2012, 6:52 AM
Sagemode, I know right..... [frick]ing Michael Schumacher!!!!
Tanngnjostr - 9/29/2012, 6:53 AM
Dc universe is full of beautiful characters, give Bats and Supes a break, please.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/29/2012, 6:55 AM
None of those directors will touch Batman after Nolan.
StrangerX - 9/29/2012, 7:01 AM
David Fincher would be a cool choice
mctrinket - 9/29/2012, 7:06 AM
Definitely need a more true-to-the-books take on Bats. I don't think Nolan's work will hold up in the long run. It's overdone, he can't shoot fight sequences, and despite using top-notch actors the performances are lackluster with the exception of the late Ledger.

A new director adaption Arkham work, the recent Court of Owls storyline, or even a live action version of The Dark Knight Returns would be awesome.

No more origin stories, please, for Bats.
thalidomide - 9/29/2012, 7:07 AM
and after another three Batflicks they're going to reboot it again.. GO DC GO!!!
Preston - 9/29/2012, 7:07 AM

Guillermo Del Toro


SageMode - 9/29/2012, 7:09 AM
EQUINOX

Oh im not talkin about Schumacher or Burton
Supes17 - 9/29/2012, 7:09 AM


David Fincher:P
sameoldthing - 9/29/2012, 7:22 AM
Next BATMAN series of films need to translate what we get from the comics..Nolan films were good an all but they need to give viewers the whole Batman world.

A world with Clayface,Killer Croc & other outlandish characters as well as the big bads like The Joker & The Riddler.
WB needs to recognize what Marvel Studios is doing & see how Marvel embraces all facets of the Marvel Universe.

Don't shun the wild stories & characters to make it "realistic"..it's based on COMIC BOOKS!!
In comics some people can fly,shoot lazers out of body parts & a myriad of other wild stuff.
Don't limit Batman because he himself is just a man..He's the worlds greatest detective,Gotham City's Dark Knight,all around badass muthaf--ka!

jessepostal - 9/29/2012, 7:34 AM
Ha its always the same picks. Its always fincher, arnofsky, and whoever else has a movie coming out or just released. There are soo many directors out there, think outside your typical " directors of recent movies you like" :)
jessepostal - 9/29/2012, 7:35 AM
Haha @ckal, glad we're on the same page
Preston - 9/29/2012, 7:36 AM
Here are 5 Directors:

1).Guillermo Del Toro



2). Alex Proyas (Dark City, Crow)

3). Tim Burton (been there done that)

4). Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series)

5). Shane Acker - (9 [2009]) - He is an up-and-comer with an eye for the 'Gothic'.


^^^ pick a director with 'Gothic' sensibilities. Nolan or Nolan-light directors need to GTFO.
UltimaRex - 9/29/2012, 7:39 AM
Rian Johnson

YES

Doug Liman

NO

Ben Affleck

MAYBE

Darren Aronofsky

NO (does anyone remember what he wanted to do to Batman before Nolan showed up?)

Sam Mendes

YES

David Fincher

NO (will not work with Jeff Robinov)

SomTingWong - 9/29/2012, 7:50 AM
it should start like 3 years after he became batman and have the rise of the super villans.
SomTingWong - 9/29/2012, 7:53 AM
http://cdn.cnet.com.au/story_media/339315804/bac_10.jpg
CaptainObvious - 9/29/2012, 7:55 AM
@SageMode- You know, if I wanted something to be exactly like a comic book, I would stay home and read a comic book. I don't have to go to the movies.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/29/2012, 7:58 AM
Have Snyder direct all the DC movies LOL Imagine.
Falsworth - 9/29/2012, 8:01 AM
Fincher as director and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) in the leading role.

Cheers.
thewonderer - 9/29/2012, 8:15 AM
Can't have a Batman article without someone insulting Nolan right
Armyshot - 9/29/2012, 8:15 AM
Or have Joel Schumaker do one called "The Redemption of Batman"... I kid I kid, couldn't say who i'd want to be the next director of Batman, frankly I think it's too soon. Yes the spinoff of Batman will happen, AFTER Justice League, which is only in planning stages right now, so we're YEARS off, and I GUARANTEE there will be other "up and comer" directors that will come outta the blue within that time who will have genius creations and be in the running then. So give it time... THEN do the poll....
phendry - 9/29/2012, 8:27 AM


GUILLERMO DEL TORO!!!!
catman - 9/29/2012, 8:32 AM
Please Warner..Make movies of other DC characters not Batman..look at where Marvel are and what they are doing..that could be you too :) I would love to see all these guys work on a DC movie and Darren Aronofsky might be a good fit for Lobo.. and one of these guys might be good for JL as well...
ComicBookGoth - 9/29/2012, 8:46 AM
A Fincher batman movie would suffice.

I'm a whore for del toro, but the main plus of him doing it would be that its a pretty sure bet that he'd use Man-Bat or Killer Croc.
and it would look pretty awesome.

if affleck did it, i don't think he'd get far away from the nolan-verse.
Don't get me wrong affleck can direct, but his DareDevil ButtHurt flouting around his head would handicap him from getting to Fantastical.
That plus his general reluctance to SuperHeroFlicks doesn't give me allot of confidence




I've yet to see looper, looks interesting enough though.


LordThanos231 - 9/29/2012, 8:52 AM
Why not let Brad Bird get the chance to make his second live action movie?
amxt - 9/29/2012, 8:52 AM
Gareth Edwards
GuardianAngel - 9/29/2012, 8:57 AM
Have Rian Johnson direct a new trilogy with Joseph Gordon Levitt as Batman!
lokibane2012 - 9/29/2012, 9:03 AM
I'd like to see a Batman film series where Bruce is older and the rest of the Bat-family is fully and properly explored. Particularly Robin.

Even comic book writers sometimes can't stop themselves from adding homoerotic, or pedophile undertones to it, just to look clever.

(sarcastic monotone) Wow, they are exploring Batman and Robin's relationship in "new", "intelligent" ways.

[frick] that gay, pseudo-clever bullshit.

Mentor-protege/quasi-father-son relationships aren't that hard to pull off. It's been done millions of times before. Heck, even Karate Kid is an example. All we need to do it properly on film, is a director that's actually passionate about the characters and the Batman mythos.

Not faggots like Burton, Schumacher, or Nolan who could give two shits about any of it.
Ha1frican - 9/29/2012, 9:05 AM
I say no reboot everyone knows his origins by now and he works better as a mysterious character i think. Have him appear at the end of any Justice League tie ins Coulson-style and warn of a coming threat ad introduce him properly in JL after tha just go Arkham aslum style with him already established as a hero. And please o th lov of [frick]ing gos dont continue from TDKR shitty ending
GuardianAngel - 9/29/2012, 9:09 AM
@lokibane2012 As important as Robin is to Batman, it would be extremely difficult to take him serious. You have a dark character like Batman who is known to be a loner and strike fear in the hearts of criminals, but then you throw in a teenage kid dressed in red and green and expect people to respect them as the Dynamic Duo.

I wouldn't be able to sit through the movie without ignoring the fact that Bruce created Batman for two reasons, to strike fear in the hearts of criminals, and to protect those he cares about; but Robin ruins both of those things. Why the hell would Bruce put a teenage kid in harms way like that? No matter how trained he is, he is still a kid! I'm surprised Alfred or Gordon are even okay with this.

As important as Robin is in the comics, putting him in a movie would just be silly fan service.
DioFoRio - 9/29/2012, 9:09 AM
@Sameold- Word

@Tea- Lol

@amxt- dude I was thinking the same thing. I know he's gonna get pigeonholed as a monster movie guy but for some reason I could see him doing it. Maybe because even with the outlandish setting of his first movie it had real world heart.

@Wonderer- you should be every Virgins first lay, because you are the most sensitive vagina I have ever seen.
DioFoRio - 9/29/2012, 9:11 AM
@GaurdianAngel....Robin is a character that is going to be taken as he is written. They could do a good robin story. The tragedy is all there. Maybe bruce does start a boys home for troubled kids and Orphans and that's where he cherry pics his protege's.
DioFoRio - 9/29/2012, 9:12 AM
anyone see looper yet?
DioFoRio - 9/29/2012, 9:39 AM
Just saw Dredd...Karl Urban for Batman. Dude would kill it.
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