Affleck Out, Aronofsky In “Superman” Shuffle

The online film world has gone insane over the past 24 hours with all sorts of talk, most of which being bullshit, about the potential candidates to direct Warners’ upcoming reboot of the “Superman” franchise which Chris Nolan (“Batman Begins”) will produce.

First came a Deadline report late last week that Tony Scott, Jonathan Liebesman, Duncan Jones, Matt Reeves and Zack Snyder had all made the shortlist.

Soon after doing press for “Let Me In”, Reeves told JoBlo he was surprised as anyone to hear the rumor that he’s a candidate, saying “I really have no idea if any of that is true.”

Then came talk via The L.A. Times that Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Fountain”) had been in discussions. Soon after Moviehole added to the report saying Aronofsky has been in talks about the project for a while and the studio is keen on his “Black Swan” star Natalie Portman to play Lois Lane.

Also emerging today at Heat Vision was talk that actor-turned-filmmaker Ben Affleck, riding high on the critical and box-office success of “The Town”, met on the project last week about potentially helming it but ultimately turned it down.

So what does it all mean? Nothing for the moment. Early talks are likely underway with every major director available who has an interest and it’s likely no-one will be settled on for a while yet.