From the blog Michael Sragow Gets Reel:
Although the Internet was abuzz with rumors that
, director of "The Wrestler" and "The Black Swan," would direct the forthcoming "
: Man of Steel," I'm more concerned about the concept and the script.
is producing the film and sharing a story credit for the screenplay.
Is he trying to apply the same dark palette to the Man of Tomorrow that Nolan did to the Caped Crusader in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight?" (Is Nolan hoping to make some future "World's Finest" team-up more feasible?)
If so, I'm not sanguine about the prospects.
Wasn't part of the problem with "Superman Returns" that it was so self-serious -- The Passion of the Christ from Krypton?
If you want to talk directors: For my money, "Superman: Man of Steel" could use the guiding intelligence of a filmmaker who can blend fantasy and comedy and give it a visceral edge, like
in the best parts of the "Gremlins" films (I think "Gremlins 2" is a comic masterpiece). And it could use the kind of seriocomic writing delivered to Dante's terrific political zombie movie, "Homecoming," by Sam Hamm. Of course, Hamm also wrote