5 Great Directors and the Comic Adaptations They Should Helm

5 Great Directors and the Comic Adaptations They Should Helm

Comic-books have a bright future in film, but which directors should help in kick-starting these characters careers?


This is by far my favourite selection.

This guy (Brad Bird, of course) is one of my all-time favourite directors, making three of my all-time favourite films: Ratatouille, The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. But of course, it's also worth noting that he helped re-ignite the Mission: Impossible franchise with the latest film in the series, Ghost Protocol (which was great), and it was also his first feature-length, live-action outing as a director. With a great track record like that, I can only hope that DC finds him before Marvel does. The Flash (mainly Barry Allen) is one of my favourite comic-book characters and of all the films I'd imagine Brad Bird helming in the comic-book universe, this just has his name written all over it. If the front-page on this site ever reads "BRAD BIRD DIRECTING THE FLASH FOR WARNER BROS.", that would make my year because that would be awesome news (and a sign that DC is finally taking their characters more seriously).

However, Brad Bird's track record leans more towards Disney than it does Warner Bros (and we all know who owns part of the film rights to Marvel). The Iron Giant flopped due to poor marketing on the part of WB, whereas Ratatouille and The Incredibles are two of Pixar and Disney's highest grossing films. If this was a perfect world, Marvel Studios and Disney would own full rights to Spidey and there would be a six film franchise with Brad Bird at the helm of it all (it would be the Harry Potter saga... but for Spidey fans). He's perfect when it comes to directing smart and witty dialogue, which would make him a perfect choice for directing Peter Parker's on-screen adventures. But, in the real-world, maybe Black Panther should be a consideration... possibly a Hawkeye movie, at least with that character in a supporting role since Bird has experience working with Jeremy Renner.


Possibly a controversial pick, because he doesn't have too many films under his belt, but I think that this director would be great at making an action film with a superhero in the lead. Deadpool would be a great pick-up for him. Plus, if he's still on-board, the man's got a solid lead actor in Ryan Reynolds to help lead the charge. Where he was misdirected in Green Lantern, here's a chance for him to really shine in a really funny, kick-ass movie. The style and wit of Zombieland is enough to sell me on this director being a good fit for a crazy character like Deadpool.


An interesting choice because he's just beginning to make a name for himself but, after a film as awesome and intelligent as Source Code, I think that he'd do just fine with The Caped Crusader next on-screen adventure(s). He has a very strong, respectable background in the science-fiction genre, with both Moon and Source Code, but the way he handles the sci-fi elements of the films he has made is so naturalistic and smooth-flowing that it makes you forget that you're watching a sci-fi genre flick every now-and-then. That ability alone, to make coherent and interesting stories based out of wild and crazy science-fiction ideas, would make him an excellent choice for Batman. As a director, he has the goods to know how to make a truly great film and his interpretation of Batman would be nothing short of greatness. Guaranteed.


Drive was one of my favourite films to come out last year. A film where the villains do horrible things that have a lasting effect on the main character, The Driver (played by Ryan Gosling), throughout the course of the film. It's gritty filmmaking at it's finest. Who better to have directing a Daredevil movie then a guy who knows how to make Albert Brooks look like the most intimidating man in the world? Another thing to consider, maybe Ryan Gosling as Matt Murdock. If this actually happened, and it was R-rated, this could have the potential to be the best comic-book adaptation ever. Make it so.


As great as it would be to have Brad Bird direct a Black Panther movie, Gavin O'Connor would be my ultimate pick if it came right down to it. Having directed two great sports films previously, Miracle and (my favourite sports film of all-time) Warrior, this guy knows how to make you care about a character. With a character as obscure as Black Panther, I have yet to meet a single person who knows who this character is, let's get a director who really knows how to make you cheer for a great character and push some outstanding action scenes as well. With Warrior especially, he proved to have a strong grasp on how to make highly impactful action sequences that would make anyone sit on the edge of their seats in seconds. Hopefully, if he does directs a comic-book film in his future, he can bring that same level of excitement and energy to a superhero like Black Panther (he wouldn't be a bad choice for Batman or the Fantastic Four reboot as well).
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thejon93rd - 10/18/2012, 12:22 PM
With a well-established cast and a solid script, I think he'd do fine with the Justice League movie.
jessepostal - 10/18/2012, 12:52 PM
Glad to see you didn't go with the usual directors who's names get thrown around on this site with articles like this! Good choices!
Hellsing - 10/18/2012, 1:24 PM
Ruben Fleischer has Zombieland under his belt thats the only movie he needs man, awesome choice for Deadpool. And TBH I'd rather see a Brad Bird directed Batman movie, who else to take Batman in a slightly different direction,make it a bit more adventurous, but still contain that gritty tone.
TheMadman - 10/18/2012, 1:41 PM
That's... huh, there's a movie director named Gavin O'Connor?
I gotta ask my cousin what the hell he does in his spare time.
DukeAcureds - 10/18/2012, 2:05 PM
I don't know Gavin O'Connor, but I agree with all the rest. Although a Duncan Jones Batman would have to be completely sparse. That's not a bad thing, but I don't think the general audience would allow a sparse but good Batman film. They'd demand more and hate on it until it was universally ridiculed. But I do agree.
CaptainDC - 10/18/2012, 3:52 PM
Cool article and great choices! Love all 5, keep it up!
TheLokey1 - 10/18/2012, 4:18 PM
Love this post, seems like a fun game! However I think some of your director/characters are mismatched.

Save Brad Bird for Justice League, he already showed with the incredible a that he can direct fantastic team action

Gavin O'Connor should direct the Flash as he is experienced with sports movies and would be a natural fit for the worlds greatest sprinter

David Fincher for Batman, he's ready nailed the twisted crime thriller tone that would work perfect in Batmans world with films like Zodiac and Seven. He will probably never do a super hero film but Batman is the biggest draw of the bunch.

Refn for Wonder Woman, think Valhalla Rising with an all female amazon setting; EPIC!

The Wachowski Bros for Green Lantern 2, that should make for a fun scifi flick. Makes a lot more sense than Martin Campbell anyway.

Del Toro of Dr. Strange, his creature designs would go a long way towards making his enemies really feel like they are coming from different dimensions

And lastly, RZA for Black Panther? I am still undecided if that's actually a good choice or not considering the man with the iron fists still hasn't come out. Considering he has been tutored by the great Tarantino himself, I can imagine RZA giving BP a certain swagger that could be really fun. At the very least it would have an awesome sound track!
DukeAcureds - 10/18/2012, 4:26 PM
TheLokey@ You mean the Wachowskis.
TheLokey1 - 10/18/2012, 4:55 PM
Lol @ DukeAcureds

No, I mean the Wahowski Bros. A dude can mangle his penis all he wants but he's still a dude
Niuhll - 10/18/2012, 5:12 PM
Didn't the writers of Zombieland pen the Deadpool script? At least, the copy of it i have has them on it.
marvel72 - 10/18/2012, 5:30 PM
Nicolas winding refn for daredevil is a fantastic idea,i would to see tarantino,scorcese or mann do a punisher movie.

@ Niuhll

yup they did,i've got a copy as well. :)
Tainted87 - 10/18/2012, 6:26 PM
Mel Brooks. Rob Reiner. Have a stuntman play Deadpool. Have a voice actor (POSSIBLY Ryan Reynolds, but you know...) do Wade's voice. You don't need to see what's under the mask. I mean sure, it's gonna happen briefly, but when it does, there will be so much makeup over his face you won't really be able to tell.

Deadpool should break the 4th wall in mostly subtle ways, but there should be a lot of lampshading as well. Let's say Spaceballs, where stunt doubles are literally captured, or when Dark Helmet accidentally slices a lighting guy (cue Wilhelm scream).

It'll be a stupid movie that will either have the audience laughing, or walking out.
thejon93rd - 10/18/2012, 6:27 PM
Thanks for the feedback, guys. Brad Bird for Justice League would be awesome, TheLokey1. Same goes for del Toro directing Dr. Strange, that would be perfect for the man. Also, to DukeAcureds, I don't exactly see what you mean by sparse Batman film. Maybe you mean with the budget and all, but, if that's correct, WB wouldn't allow the budget for another Batman flick to be under $100 million. It's one of their hottest properties and I don't think that they'd dumb it down just because Jones is used to working with tighter budgets.
blite32 - 10/18/2012, 7:27 PM
These are probably the best picks I've seen for these movies. Also, good job with article quality. A lot of them have been slacking while this one looks like youve put good work in it
SageMode - 10/19/2012, 12:07 AM
Cool choices.
Personally, I think Drew Goddard would make an awesome Daredevil movie. And he even expressed interest in the idea of helming it if the situation arises.
marvel72 - 10/19/2012, 6:49 AM
@ SotoJuiceMan

i can see why you think like that but deadpool is more popular than judge dredd & i think that would be enough to see fox move forward with a deadpool movie.

but saying that i would rather not see a deadpool movie made by fox,i just know they'll end up f*ckin it up.
kong - 10/19/2012, 6:14 PM
I agree with all of these, but I think that Phil Lord (21 Jump Street) would be good for Deadpool also
thejon93rd - 10/19/2012, 11:30 PM
Spidey should involve teenagers, not 20-somethings trying to be teenagers. The new movie was terrible, the weakest of the Spider-Man films so far. The only faithful adaptation of Spidey that I've seen so far is the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series (which was cancelled WAY too earlier in order to make way for this new, horrible one they have now). I respect Raimi's trilogy though. Spider-Man 2 was actually my least favourite because of how it rapidly switches tones and makes Mary Jane out to be somewhat of a nut, but I still found that to be more effective than watching Gwen and Peter puppy-eyeing each other in The Amazing Spider-Man (especially when a generic Coldplay song is playing in the background).

Something about the way they handled the humour in the film felt phony to me. Garfield sounds sarcastic in almost every scene, plus he's a stalker, plus he's a jerk too. The Peter Parker that I remember from the comics was a very intelligent young kid, whereas the one from The Amazing Spider-Man is more a product of Oscorp. This new movie meandered a lot over stuff that we really didn't need to know, or see, or care about to begin with. The action was good, but the ending was disappointing and the runtime dragged because of lame musical cues, dry performances (Rhys Ifans made me yawn with his portrayal of Dr. Connors, which made me miss Dylan Baker even more) and the failure to really explore new territory with the character to begin with (as was promised COUNTLESSLY by the marketing).
RobGrizzly - 10/22/2012, 4:39 PM
The Flash and Daredevil suggestions are the strongest.
I didn't love Source Code, so I'm not really with that choice for Batman

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