I’m all Man of Steel-ed out at the moment, though I’ve loved discussing the movie with you all the past week or so. I am however, finding myself thinking about the future of superhero films now, as they obviously aren’t going away any time soon.
Perhaps this is fantasy daydreaming, but I sat down and thought about what heroes I’d like to see onscreen, and which director I’d like supporting them. Some are obvious longshots, others could be slightly more plausible, but I’m not holding my breath for any.
Check out the list below, and feel free to post your own in the comments.
Once upon a time, I had high hopes for this summer’s Wolverine, back when it was being directed by Darren Aronofsky. But now with his departure? I’m much less enthused, as I’m worried about a repeat of the bloodless, awful Origins movie that came a few years earlier.
I understand that superhero movies are supposed to appeal to all audiences. I know that they desperately crave that PG-13 rating that will net them 30-40% extra cash. But a movie starring a man with ginsu knives on his hands simply cannot work within that framework.
This is why my ultimate dream would be turning Wolverine over to the ultimate champion of excess blood and gore, Quentin Tarantino. He’s a master storyteller, but more importantly would finally let Wolverine LOOSE in a way we just haven’t seen across five separate films now. A Wolverine movie needs blood like a Nicholas Sparks adaptation needs kissing in the rain.
Is it too cliché to ask for another Nolan Batman movie? Perhaps, but I’m going to do it anyway.
I love all of the original films, and weren’t dissatisfied by his villain choices for any of them. That said, when Rises was still just a loose collection of rumors, I was secretly hoping that we would get to see what Nolan’s version of The Riddler might look like, and my heart actually leapt when I thought the casting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt might actually lead to that.
Bane, Catwoman and company were fine, but after the dust settles, I still deeply wish that we could have seen what a master Riddler scheme from Nolan could have looked like. The director is known for his extremely complex and layered plots, and no villain would benefit from that more than the Riddler, in my estimation. He doesn’t need to be all bad puns and green suits, and I’d love to see him brought to life in Nolan’s world.
Whedon’s Wonder Woman
Perhaps it’s blasphemy to request that Whedon jump universes from Marvel to DC for a movie like this, but if Abrams is doing it going from Star Trek to Star Wars, I guess anything is possible.
WE NEED A GOOD GODDAMN SUPERHEROINE MOVIE. The ones we have so far are an embarrassment, Catwoman, Elektra and such, and those attached to existing superheroes, Black Widow and Hathaway Catwoman, are just supporting characters.
Whedon is well known for his fantastic ability to write for female characters, which is why putting him on a Wonder Woman movie is in everyone’s best interest. I get that she’s a hard character to work with because of the goofy shit attached to her like American flag spandex, invisible planes and golden lassos, but there’s way to make it work, and I’d put my faith in Whedon to make it so. This may be why out of all of these theoretical proposals, this one has the most potential to come true.
I know it stands to reason that between Batman and Superman, either Nolan or Zack Snyder should be put in charge of helming the eventual JLA movie. But I just can’t shake the feeling that Sam Raimi could put something truly great together.
A JLA movie needs to take itself as seriously as The Avengers, which is to say, not at all. Raimi is great with that as evidenced by his (first two) Spider-man movies. I say we can keep Cavill’s Superman, but Nolan’s Batverse can’t exist here, and Wayne can be recast. Other than that, you’d have Whedon’s Wonder Woman, who would fit, then a bunch of crazies like Flash, Aquaman and Green Arrow. The tone of such a film should be fun, not somber.
I have no problem with Nolan’s grittiness or Snyder taking Superman rather seriously in Man of Steel, but with JLA, you’re going to have to loosen up a bit to make it work, and Raimi would be the guy for that.
Wachowski’s Batman Beyond
To this day, Batman Beyond stands as one of my favorite Batman related….things, in pop culture history. The animated show was brilliant when it aired, and equally so when I went back and rewatched it as an adult.
Obviously a potential film would be separate from all other universes, and that shouldn’t be a problem. But I would relish the opportunity to send in masters of the future, the Wachowskis as the team to handle such an endeavor.
Visually, they’d make the film stunning and would be fantastic choices to direct (so long as someone else handles the script). The tech and landscape of future Gotham is right up their alley, and I think they could work wonders with the concept.