"I'm not a superhero type of guy."
I quoted Darren Aronofsky saying that almost eight years ago during an event promoting The Fountain. He had been attached to a Batman reboot before making that pet project, and before Christopher Nolan took over that franchise, but he implied that he was never intent on actually doing anything with the Caped Crusader. "It was kind of like a strategic move," he said at the time about the dodged gig. "But I wasn't really into it."
That whole confession was the reason I was totally surprised when he reportedly signed on to do The Wolverine following the success of both The Wrestler and then Black Swan. But then I wasn't at all shocked when he left the film. He probably, again, had no intention of doing it in the first place. Maybe he just wanted to maintain relevancy until he could get Noah off the ground. The same might be the case for why he also toyed with doing RoboCop, Watchmen and, as we now hear via Cinema Blend, Man of Steel.
Interestingly enough, in revealing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that he'd been in talks for that Superman reboot, he name dropped two other characters he'd passed on: "You look at what Christopher Reeve did, and it was perfect, because it captured that 'good old boy' thing," Aronofsky is quoted as saying. "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."
Now that he's seeing another success with Noah, particularly with the worldwide box office in consideration, chances are he can continue doing what he wants. But it may not be as big a gamble as the new Bible epic has been. For something of that measure he will likely have to pretend to do another superhero movie -- or, if Hollywood finally wises up about his ploys, he might actually have to go through with one. Which one will then be the question.
Since he's proven he can take a figure from religious text and make some alterations for an entertaining blockbuster, maybe a Thor movie is well-suited for Aronofsky. Or he can add a Black Widow next to the Black Swan on his resume. With one wrestling picture already behind him, perhaps he could remake the 1954 Mexican lucha libre superhero movie The Man in the Silver Mask. Or, of course, he could do something we wouldn't see coming, like a Howard the Duck reboot.
Basically, anything he'd do in that genre could be terrific. It could also be terrible, but his track record weighs more on the high expectation side. After seeing what he can do with a great amount of water, I'll take an Aquaman movie from him, please. What I won't accept, though, is yet another tease.
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