Whoa! Darren Aronofsky almost directed Man of Steel?

Say what you will about director Zack Snyder, but his Man of Steel is likely headed to box-office glory (while scoring some good-but-not-great reviews along the way) this weekend. But want to know who almost took the reins for Superman’s rebirth?

It seems Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain, Black Swan) was the other finalist for the job, but was beat out by Snyder (Watchmen), a Hollywood Reporter piece has revealed. Aronofsky is best known for his extremely smart, artsy style — and he was also attached to direct The Wolverine before dropping out and opening the door for James Mangold.

Apparently, it sounds like Aronofsky has been flirting very, very hard with the genre in recent years. Here’s the excerpt, which casually drops in that Aronofsky was the other finalist considered for the gig:

Over at Warner Bros., studio chief Jeff Robinov’s fierce loyalty to director Zack Snyder is being tested June 14 with the $225 million Man of Steel. The relationship dates to the 2007 hit 300, even though Snyder’s three subsequent Warners films – Watchmen, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Sucker Punch – disappointed. However, while giving him Man of Steel (over the other finalist, Darren Aronofsky), Robinov took out insurance with producer Christopher Nolan, the studio’s most important filmmaker (Batman, Inception). “Chris had the confidence in Zack, and based on the movie I’ve seen, Chris was spot-on,” says Warners president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman.

The stars haven’t aligned just yet for Aronofsky to take on a comic-based flick, but it looks like it’s only a matter of time. Think he might be the man to finally get Justice League figured out?

(/Film via The Hollywood Reporter)

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