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I think the last time I really got excited about a new director was after watching Duncan Jones sci-fi masterpiece MOON. I hadn’t seen anything like it. It was almost like watching a Kubrick film.
It also garnered Jones a lot of well-deserved recognition (albeit without much for Sam Rockwell, sadly). Jones has a great gift of interpreting very complex stories which would be a perfect match for the conflicts that lead to the becoming of Batman. His career is very similar to Nolan in that regard.
Jones’ other project, the sci-fi thriller SOURCE CODE with Jake Gyllenhaal, was a 50/50 measure among critics who thought the execution was terrific, but the story was lacking. (note: the screenplay was written by Ben Ripley, not Jones) Hopefully, if Warner Bros. is serious about rebooting the Batman franchise, they’ll give this talented gentleman a look. He is certainly a contender.
Fincher is a given. Within the movie-going community lies a deeply loyal base of fans who worship this man, and it’s easy to see why.
Fincher has built a career out of very dark and original subject matter, and his style is instantly recognizable. Between FIGHT CLUB, SEVEN, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE SOCIAL NETWORK and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Fincher has clinched the title of prolific auteur. Every conversation regarding who could take Batman to the next step involves Fincher. He seems to have his finger on the pulse of what works and what doesn’t.
He hasn’t handled a superhero film yet, but it’s likely that he would be up to the challenge. Can you imagine what the Joker would look like through Fincher’s lense? The possibilities are endless. Special mention goes to his criminally underrated masterpiece ZODIAC. Watch it.. now!
Come on, you knew this was coming. I would go so far as to say that Warner Brothers has probably already discussed a reboot with Aronofsky already.
As you may recall, THE WOLVERINE was to be directed by Aronofsky. He had to leave the project to tend to his family, and didn’t feel comfortable shooting in Japan for an extended period of time. In the time that he was attached to the project, his descriptions of what kind of scope he saw this film in had us fanboys salivating.
After all, he is a high profile director with big time credentials handling one of the most beloved and cherished comic book heroes of all time, but I digress… For proof of his skill, you need look no further than his brief filmography (PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE FOUNTAIN, THE WRESTLER, BLACK SWAN). At one point early on his career, Aronofsky was approached by DC to reboot Batman.
Aronofsky reportedly used Frank Miller’s BATMAN: YEAR ONE as his inspiration for the story, which would have seen major changes in the characters we now know so well today. But who knows… Maybe now that he’s tested the waters, Aronofsky may be the man for the job…
So there you have it. Those are my picks. What are yours?