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With the recent announcement that both Catwoman and Bane have been confirmed as the villains for next year’s The Dark Knight Rises, all my fears of seeing The Riddler or The Penguin in the next installment were erased and replaced by renewed and strengthened faith in director Christopher Nolan. Also, it got me thinking as to what other superhero films would be suitable for the man to direct. Here they are.
Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns was NOT the Superman movie this generation deserved. Personally, I thought it was a really bad decision to make it a sequel to Superman ll instead of an origin story. That, however, was the least of the film’s problems. But I won’t get into that right now. Superman needs to be recreated in film for the new millennium, and what better man for the job than Nolan! True, the man of steel isn’t nearly as dark of a character as the other superheroes listed here, but who says he has to limit himself to antiheroes? Another point, he recreated Batman’s arch-nemesis The Joker in a fantastic, brilliant way, and I’m very curious indeed to see if he can do the same with Superman’s, Lex Luthor.
Even if we can get the man onto the director’s chair, obviously it won’t be for awhile. In the meantime, though, I take comfort in the fact that he’s at least producing the upcoming *shudder* Zack Snyder Superman film.
I’m probably one of the very few people on Spill, and the planet, who really loved 2003’s DareDevil. As corny, overblown, and downright dumb as it was, there hadn’t been many superhero movies at the time and my dumbass 12-year-old ‘mind’ was blown away. Now, however, I’m older, slightly smarter, and realize that DareDevil is waaaaaaay too cool of a superhero to have such a silly little movie (I still like the movie, though. See what I mean by slightly smarter?)
A DareDevil sequel or reboot would be right up Nolan’s alley: he’s got a murdered father, a stoic demeanor, an old-man-confidant, and a talented, psychotic villain, Bullseye. Marvel’s had quite a few success stories over the years with its movies, but if it wants to achieve Dark Knight status with any one superhero, the man without fear is the one to go with.
As much as I love Wolverine and Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of him, the X-Men movies were always frustratingly over-saturated with other less interesting mutants, the same exact problem the TV shows had. That was a problem I thought would be rectified with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Finally, a movie just about Wolverine and his mysterious origin but without having to see a bunch of lame-ass mutants with lame-ass powers. Cue laugh track.
In Nolan’s hands, though, I’m sure it would be something else entirely. We’ve already seen how well the actor and director worked together on The Prestige, and Nolan obviously has ways of making the most outlandish of characters come to life realistically. Put those two elements together and what’ve you got? Hopefully, a film that no one in their right mind would ever put on a Bottom Five List. Aronofsky: EPIC FAIL!!
Finally, we have Alan Moore’s graphic novel masterpiece Watchmen. Could there be a more perfect comic-book-to-silver-screen adaptation for Nolan to tackle? And I’m sorry, but I have to aggressively, no, violently, disagree with anyone who was satisfied with the 2009 film. The only good thing about Snyder’s version was seeing Malin Akerman in her pseudo-dominatrix outfit. At least my eyes were happy.
All the elements and themes that attracted fans to The Dark Knight are present here: insanity, complex morality issues, the taking of an ideal to an extreme level and the destruction of that ideal through a painful but necessary compromise. And you wouldn’t even need slo-mo. Who watches the Watchmen? Me, if Nolan’s behind it. Or if you can put Akerman in even less clothing. Just sayin’…