To paraphrase: a rumor can find itself halfway around the Web before the truth gets its pants on. Well, here's one that can be taken with a grain of salt. As we told you last night, Darren Aronofsky is one of many directors on the shortlist for the 'Superman' reboot gig, and if he gets it then you might see Natalie Portman playing Lois Lane, according to Moviehole.

Aronofsky would undoubtedly do a fine job with the franchise. He's obviously interested in expanding his portfolio to include larger, blockbuster-type films, having already been attached to helm a reboot of 'Robocop', as well as a 'Batman' movie based on a Frank Miller storyline. From what we know about the next 'Superman' movie, Warner Bros. will most likely take it in a darker, edgier direction, much like they've done with Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' series. Further proof of that could probably be found in the fact that they've actually brought Nolan on to sort of "grandfather" the new 'Superman' movie by helping with all facets of production, from script to casting to choosing a director (hence his meeting with Aronofsky).

However, Aronofsky's style is somewhat offbeat (very few could succeed at making a drama about a professional wrestler) so he may find doing a mainstream movie like this difficult. Then again, perhaps he's been preparing for it his whole life. Of course, the real kicker is Natalie Portman. While Lois Lane is an iconic character, Portman is already doing the "superhero love interest" thing by playing Jane Foster in the 'Thor' movie. Plus there was the whole "Princess Amidala" thing in the 'Star Wars' prequels. Still, there are worse types of characters to be typecast as.

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