Darren Aronofsky has come close to directing some of the biggest comic book movies around. For one reason or another he always seems to back out at the last second.
Well, now Aronofsky has gone on record about some of his near misses.
For The Wolverine:
“I loved the script and I thought the film came out great. I just had … it was a hard time in my life,” Aronofsky told MTV’s Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “It was complicated. I couldn’t leave New York for that long an amount of time. And, to be honest, the possibility of NOAH had started to emerge, and here was something I’d been thinking about for years. I was really excited by that.”
And Man of Steel:
“Superman’s one of the holy grails. It’s Superman. It’s the best superhero,” he said. “Batman is great, of course, but it’s Superman. He’s the same level. That possibility was great. I thought Zack was a great choice, and I loved his WATCHMEN movie,” said Aronofsky. “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 [in MAN OF STEEL]. 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.”
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