For the longest while, Darren Aronofsky had been attached to a remake of 'Robocop', a project that would've marked a considerable shift for the director behind 'Pi', 'Requiem for a Dream' and 'The Wrestler'. However, in the wake of MGM's financial meltdown, that project stalled; now, Aronofsky's in the running for a far more notable follow-up to this winter's psychological thriller, 'Black Swan'.
According to the LA Times, his name has joined the short list of candidates for Warner Brothers' big fat 'Superman' reboot. The studio's Batman savior, Christopher Nolan, and wife/partner Emma Thomas are producing David Goyer's script, and Aronofsky is in their sights alongside Zack Snyder (Watchmen), Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and others.
It would quite the project with which the auteur could make his mainstream mark. Then again, after two big, brooding Batman pictures and (in this writer's humble opinion) a perfectly decent 'Superman' update over the past decade, are fans eager to see their all-American superhero transformed into a similarly super-serious crime-fighter? Can the distinct mentalities of both Nolan and Aronofsky mesh well in the service of such a massively popular property?