Darren Aronofsky Reflects On Almost Directing MAN OF STEEL

Darren Aronofsky Reflects On Almost Directing MAN OF STEEL

Noah director Darren Aronofsky came close to helming The Wolverine, but did you know that he was also in talks to take the reigns of Man of Steel for Warner Bros.? Hit the jump to hear the critically acclaimed filmmaker's thoughts on all that and more...

In an interview with MTV News while promoting Noah, Darren Aronofsky was asked to reflect on very nearly directing The Wolverine, reiterating that he loved both the script and James Mangold's take on the sequel. However, it was simply the cirumstances in his life at the time and the chance to make his latest movie which saw him walk away from the project. You may be surprised to learn (depending on how good your memory is) that he also came close to helming Man of Steel, telling the site that he absolutely" would have taken that job under the right circumstances. "Superman's one of the holy grails," he added. "It's Superman. It's the best superhero," he said. "Batman is great, of course, but it's Superman. He's the same level. That possibility was great." 

However, it appears that he didn't turn Warner Bros. down, as after having a "a few conversations" with Christopher Nolan and the studio, the job ended up going to Zack Snyder. "I thought Zack was a great choice, and I loved his 'Watchmen' movie," said Aronofsky. "I thought it was great. I thought that as a fan of the comic, you couldn't hope for a better interpretation. I liked the orthodoxy of it. It was interesting to add the pathos that they put into the character. It's a hard one to do. You look at what Christopher Reeve did, and it was perfect, because it captured that 'good old boy' thing. But to try and redo that again and bring that for a modern audience is tough in a post-'Batman' and 'Wolverine' world. It's hard to do that." 

Would you like to see Aronofsky finally helm a comic book movie? 

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Filed Under "Superman" 3/31/2014 Source: MTV News
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Doopie - 3/31/2014, 6:06 AM
i look forward to Noah but you've got to wonder what The Wolverine and MOS would have come out like under Aronofsky's direction
SuperCat - 3/31/2014, 6:06 AM
He's a good director but glad we got Snyder.
MexicanSuperman - 3/31/2014, 6:07 AM
I have been meaning to check out this guy's films. I will soon.
Brainiac13 - 3/31/2014, 6:11 AM
I'm sure he'll direct a superhero movie in the future.......hopefully a DC one.
MrReese - 3/31/2014, 6:13 AM
Still haven't been able 2 catch Noah.I heard it was great.

@TheMexicanSupermansMacaqueIsHairy have u not watched Requiem for a Dream?

MrSotoMan - 3/31/2014, 6:15 AM
Well damn, I don't remember that. Well, at least he thought it was good, like 50% of us agree it was.

Unlike the other 50%
TheHitchhikingGhost - 3/31/2014, 6:17 AM
Let's not forget before Nolan got the job for 'Begins', Aronofsky was all but signed to do Batman: Year One.
LEOSTRATOR - 3/31/2014, 6:19 AM
I'll pass.
MrSotoMan - 3/31/2014, 6:23 AM
Honestly it sucks how this movie has such a giant divider down the middle for this movie. You either love it, or just down right hate it and it's often others have so many different interpretations on how they felt about this movie.

I thought it was great, no doubt the Superman movie I really wanted to see since Matrix Revolution had their Superman battle.
MexicanSuperman - 3/31/2014, 6:27 AM
@MrReese, I have been meaning too. I think I have to be in the right mood to watch that film.
feedonatreefrog - 3/31/2014, 6:27 AM
He can take over after Snyder.
MexicanSuperman - 3/31/2014, 6:28 AM
@SotoJuiceMan, don't you mean Dragon Ball Z battle?
MercwithMouth - 3/31/2014, 6:32 AM
Requiem is an incredible movie. I would've loved to see his take on Wolverine(although it would be almost impossible to better Mangold's film), and maybe he could've done more for Superman than Snyder. Although I'm not a good critic for Superman, because I hate the character. Maybe someday a director will be able to breathe life into the character and make me care... Aronofsky could maybe be that guy.
MrSotoMan - 3/31/2014, 6:33 AM
@TheMexicanSupermans- Nope. I loved Dragon Ball Z, but that was a cartoon where a Superman cartoon already had that level of battle. Unlike Neo vs. Smith, where it was literally the closest me and my brother at the time thought to a Superman fight scene or final battle. Snyder, bought our dreams to the big screen and amplified by ten fold.
MercwithMouth - 3/31/2014, 6:33 AM

I would love to see the Wachowski's do a love action DBZ!!! Or James Gunn!
MrReese - 3/31/2014, 6:34 AM
@TheMexicanSupermansMacaqueIsHairy Yeah u do lol.That movie was my introduction 2 Darren.Crazy crazy movie.
MercwithMouth - 3/31/2014, 6:34 AM
Live action***
Doopie - 3/31/2014, 6:36 AM
i've been trying to think of who he could do and Moon Knight is a really good shout
MexicanSuperman - 3/31/2014, 6:42 AM
@MercwithMouth, if there is ever going to be Dragon Ball reboot, I wouldn't want the Wachowski's to do it depending on how Jupiter Ascending turns out. Why don't you like Superman? I remember you said you liked Man of Steel but you ranked it low because it is about Superman.
DaVinci31 - 3/31/2014, 6:46 AM
I don't think his style would have blended well with Superman, although I can't say it would've looked much different as MOS was bit gloomy at times. However Snyder creates better productions and environments (imo), and I love his storytelling abilities so I'm glad the DCCU has him down for story in BvS. No worries for how it will look either as he has Fong to collab with him once more.
feedonatreefrog - 3/31/2014, 6:46 AM

Noah had a ton of CGI.

And I don't think Snyder has a problem directing actors at all. My biggest problem with Snyder is his sense of pacing and tonal balance.

But yes, Aronofsky is a truly fantastic director. He would great for Moon Knight or Batman.
MexicanSuperman - 3/31/2014, 6:48 AM
@SotoJuiceMan, I don't think the level of action in the Superman cartoon was near DBZ. I recently watched Matrix Revolution for the first time and I thought of DBZ. One reason I really love Man of Steel is that it is the only DBZ film we are ever going to get. The action in Man of Steel made feel like a kid again.
Atumbem - 3/31/2014, 6:50 AM
Forget making Superman for audiences today. Heroes shouldn't change to reflect the world, the world should change to reflect the heroes, end of story. That's why MOS was bland,boring and uninspiring.
DaVinci31 - 3/31/2014, 6:51 AM

I wanted to love this movie so much, but I just couldn't. Hopefully Tsujihara changes the direction of the DCCU for the better.
MercwithMouth - 3/31/2014, 6:53 AM

I definitely didn't like MoS. I do concede that it was a well made film. I do like Snyder's work. I though Goyer's script was terrible though. Completely lacking in character development.

And the simple reason that I don't like Superman, is because he is what he is. The Big Blue Boy Scout. I find the character EXTREMELY boring. And very much overpowered. I challenge ANY director to make me care about Superman, to liven the character up, to simply make him interesting. That's my goal for a Superman movie.
MrSotoMan - 3/31/2014, 6:53 AM
@TheMexicanSuperman- Well, the reason why I don't cite DBZ is because for most of the time, it's the heroes standing around and thinking in their thoughts about their next move, while the enemy either complains or mocks how he can easily defeat the hero, then do 2 minutes of fighting that is them teleporting around with fast fury punches, then with the supporting cast talking again in their thoughts figuring out whether or not the hero or enemy would win or Vegeta saying he would be the true victor or better yet, my favorite

WE NEED GOKU, YET HE IS ALWAYS SOMEWHERE FAR OFF AS AN EXCUSE FOR WHY OTHER PEOPLE ARE TERRIBLY INJURED OR KILLED BY THE VILLAIN. Or my other favorite is how it takes literally 30 episodes to finish one fight, or better yet how it took 3 sagas to finish Frieza.

Matrix Revolutions final battle look like what I would imagine a Superman live-action battle.
ComicsBornAndBred - 3/31/2014, 6:54 AM
I think Aronofsky would have given MOS a unique and never before seen take. Would've been interesting. HisWveine concept and ideas were great as well. I read that he really wanted no mutants but wolverine and he wante to heavily display ninjas and samurai culture and have Logan train as a samurai which would be faithful to the comic arc. I'm happy with what THE WOLVERINE brought but this would've been cool too
DaVinci31 - 3/31/2014, 6:54 AM

It was bland, boring and uninspiring because Goyer wrote Superman with Batman in mind.
ComicsBornAndBred - 3/31/2014, 6:55 AM
@Davinci31 you telling the truth. True shit about Goyer and MOS
ClarkFarley2012 - 3/31/2014, 6:57 AM
Going to see Noah this morning!
MrSotoMan - 3/31/2014, 6:59 AM
Well MOS was better than Iron Man 3 & Thor The Dark World, that's for sure.
MercwithMouth - 3/31/2014, 7:01 AM

LOL!!! I love DBZ, favorite TV show ever. But yeah, ridiculous pacing to it. Did you know that the Frieza battle on Namek holds the record for the longest fight ever shown on television?
113 - 3/31/2014, 7:02 AM
Maybe he does Justice League? Although, I'm actually hoping for the rumor of them filming BvS and JL at the same time to be true.

And I'd imagine Affleck is going to direct the solo Batman films; so maybe give Aronofsky Wonder Woman or GL reboot.
Niklander - 3/31/2014, 7:03 AM
@Davinci31 Sorry dude but I saw Superman in MOS not Batman.Why do people keep saying that same bullshit!?Isn't Superman supposed to be a conflicted character because I saw that in MOS.Sure there were simillarities with Batman Begins but MOS and Batman Begins are totally different towards each other
MrSotoMan - 3/31/2014, 7:05 AM
@MercwithMouth- I'm sure it does, it's just ridiculous! Not to mention when Gohan was stuck firing his Kamehameha at Cell and they were stuck in a stand still, I think it was like literally 2 or 3 episodes of Gohan just standing there where Goku AGAIN needs to help with the final fight. I can't even count Gohan as the true victor of that fight since he needed the help of a spirit to defeat him. Cause any villain in DBZ is just too much for everyone I see, except for Goku
pickleweasel2 - 3/31/2014, 7:06 AM

That is one of the dumber things I have ever heard. You're telling me we should still have golden age batman and superman running around? Good God just stop, stuff changes get over it.
MrSotoMan - 3/31/2014, 7:08 AM
@pickleweasel2- It's simple. The hate from MOS stands from the fact that 1 year before MOS was a movie that gave you a level of humor, action, entertainment and no somberness. Not to mention it followed with Iron Man 3, so when people saw MOS, they walked out feeling unfulfilled because it did not have the level of entertainment to audiences as that movie suddenly did.

I mean the punchlines in that movie are all over the place, every 5-10 minutes there is a smart remark thrown in.
MrSotoMan - 3/31/2014, 7:10 AM
@MrBlackJack- That's [frick]ing right!
MexicanSuperman - 3/31/2014, 7:12 AM
@SotoJuiceMan, you should watch Dragon Ball Z Kai. It takes out a bunch of filler. The show goes all the way to the end of the Cell saga (the Buu saga will come out this or next year) at 98 episodes. The original anime is close to 300 episodes.
Nomis1800 - 3/31/2014, 7:13 AM
I hope Aronofsky will once make a DC film. Batman would be really cool but I think Affleck might very well directed a Batman film himself. Which I'd also like of course.
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