Aronofsky On Almost Directing “Man of Steel”

“Noah” filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has twice come close to directing a superhero movie. First it was an ambitious hard-R interpretation of Frank Miller’s “Batman: Year One,” an idea rejected with the studio which ultimately opted instead for the now legendary Chris Nolan Batman trilogy.

Then it was the more recent “The Wolverine,” a job that Aronofsky dropped out of with filmmaker James Mangold filling his shoes. Yet did you know there was potentially another one he could have been a part of – Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”.

Speaking with MTV, Aronofsky revealed that he had “a few conversations” with both producer Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers about the film but was ultimately happy with Snyder’s selection and approach:

“I thought Zack was a great choice, and I loved his ‘Watchmen’ movie. 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.”

Aronofsky did go on to say he would have “absolutely” taken the job under the right circumstances.