Since he didn’t get the “Superman” job, Darren Aronofsky is now in line to direct “Wolverine 2,” reports Vulture. Yes, the fact that he could direct the first sequel to a prequel while a different prequel in the same franchise is filming is…less than inspiring, considering Aronofsky’s talent, that’s actually not the most interesting thing in that story. According to Vulture’s sources, the new “Superman” script is not that tremendous, and they mostly went with Zack Snyder because he would get it done in time (whereas Aronofsky would want to spend time massaging the material and getting it right, which is a trait you never want in a director of a movie).
The main reason for the time crunch, of course, is that Warner Bros. has to get the new movie filming by 2011 or they lose the rights to the “Superman” movie franchise.
Also! The “Superman” script reportedly deals with Clark Kent traveling around the world as a journalist, deciding if he wants to become Superman. That is in no way similar to “Batman Begins,” which featured an extended stretch where Bruce Wayne traveled the world, learning how to become Batman. If the “Superman” movie has Kent go to Bhutan and run into General Zod, only Zod is pretending to be somebody else, and Zod trains him and then turns out to be the villain, it might appear Chris Nolan and David Goyer are taking their “let’s reboot it like ‘Batman Begins’” mandate a little too seriously.
Anyway, Darren Aronofsky is a great director who is right now about to release a film heavy with Oscar buzz (“Black Swan”), but he might direct Hugh Jackman’s muttonchops next year. Now you know.