Four days after the disappointing news that Darren Aronofsky was ditching 'The Wolverine,' everyone is wondering who will replace him. Though no word has hit on potential replacements, Deadline is looking to the director who once battled the 'Black Swan' helmer for the top spot -- David Slade.

The director, who got a taste of studio tentpole pics with 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' had moved on from visions of the Adamantium Man. He lost out on 'The Hunger Games' before hopping onto a reboot of another superhero flick, 'Daredevil.' However, as the site points out, he's an obvious candidate. Both pictures are at 20th Century Fox, and even after the soul-crushing first spin-off, Wolverine has a higher priority than 'Daredevil.'

It's important to note that as of now, Slade has taken to his Twitter to say there are currently no 'Wolverine' discussions underway.
But scheduling and locale must also come under consideration. According to Aronofsky, he left the production because it was going to film in Japan for a year, and he didn't want to spend that much time away from his family. The reason sounded more like a paltry excuse than real rationale, as if he had never realized that filming a superhero flick overseas would require a large chunk of time.

And that's to say nothing of the myriad concerns over filming in Japan. The country is still struggling after being hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami. There are nuclear meltdowns and radiation issues; entire cities have been wiped out. Though a pricey production would surely help the struggling country monetarily, Fox must determine whether it's realistic to film in Japan next spring. As it stands, 'The Wolverine' may be delayed till 2013 while they figure it all out.

Since the shooting location might change entirely, it seems rash for Aronofsky to have decided this now, and definitely suggests that he was tiring of Fox's notoriously troublesome hands-on approach. As for Slade, if he begins to circle the production again, it will mean a very different change in tone, from the cerebral, inner-workings of Aronofsky's directorial eye to the creepy, action-driven world of Slade.

Is Slade the right choice for 'The Wolverine'?
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