It’s turning out to be a day for speculating about the payroll on big, tentpole superhero movies.*
There must be a lot-of-behind the scenes activity at DC Entertainment right now, and not just the packing of desk calendars and executive toys into cardboard boxes. We’re hearing from all over the place that a big announcement, or announcements, are coming in the next month or so, and that we’ll therein learn just where big-screen DC is going.
But why wait for the press release? Deadline might have grabbed hold of a lead that could help pre-empt one of the big reveals. They’ve managed to secure, in their wiley way, a list of directors in consideration for the next Superman picture. They’re setting it up as Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas’ wishlist, the talent that the production duo have been meeting to discuss the project with. Here are the names:
- Tony Scott
- Matt Reeves
- Jonathan Liebesman
- Duncan Jones
- Zack Snyder
Well, there’s two of those names that I really don’t care for, I have to say. You can probably guess which.
As we told you (first), Tony Scott is at work developing the big screen version of Millar and Niven’s Nemesis, so this would make back-to-back comicbook movies for him. Here’s hoping that fact bumps him out of the running. And doesn’t Jonathan Liebesman have to wash his hair or something? Really. Any reason will do. Can’t somebody exercise a Darkness Falls sequel clause or something?
Snyder and Jones are particularly interesting choices to me because they’re definitely directors with a style and flavour of their own, and it’s not anything like Chris Nolan’s style either. Also, neither of them seems to have a “next project” ready to go for when their current films are finished. They’d be my personal preferences, particularly Jones.
But still… I’ve got a hunch that this is Reeves’ gig to lose…