October 22, 2016
        Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for October                Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Naomie Harris, Lily Collins get Honors at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                "Manchester by the Sea" leads the Gotham Award nominations                Tom Ford, Marc Platt and Kenneth Lonergan to be Honored at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Tom Cruise is in his action hero comfort zone with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"                "Moonlight" could be A24's big Oscar horse this year                Ewan McGregor steps behind the camera with "American Pastoral"                Hollywood Contenders: A second crack at Golden Globe predictions for 2016                "The Accountant" seeks to help give Ben Affleck another blockbuster                85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars                Tom Hanks to receive Hollywood Actor Award for "Sully" @ Hollywood Film Awards                "Certain Women" showcases Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams                Ben Affleck is perhaps Hollywood's biggest and most diverse superstar                "The Birth of a Nation" looks to survive controversy and contend for awards                "The Girl on the Train" hopes to transport Emily Blunt to the Oscar race        

Aronofsky added to “Superman” list as Affleck bows out

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The list of directors in the running to direct the planned “Superman” reboot lost a key name but picked up another.

Ben Affleck, currently receiving kudos for his second directorial effort “The Town,” has taken his name out of contention, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The article notes that Warner – which backed “Town” and is supporting Christopher Nolan’s “Superman” effort” – is high on Affleck but that he “is no longer pursuing it.”

That’s a good choice by Affleck, who has excelled so far with smaller, intimate and gritty dramas but might be reaching a bit with a big-budget, effects-driven “Superman” film. In fact, attaching himself to a potential blockbuster sort of flies in the face of everything Affleck has said in interviews about his own career resuscitation – that he wants to avoid the attention-grabbing projects that tripped up his momentum in the past and focus on smaller, but well-made, films.

That’s also the M.O. of Darren Aronofsky, yet the Reporter story says the director of “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan” is “still in active talks” with producer Nolan and the Warner team. He’s not alone. The list of potential “Superman” directors also includes Duncan Jones (“Moon”), Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles”), Matt Reeves (“Let Me In”), Tony Scott (“The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”) and Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”).

Off that list, I’d go with Snyder, Reeves or Jones. But what do I know? I loved Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns.”

“Superman: Man of Steel” currently is slated to be in theaters in 2012.

Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.

Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News

Photo courtesy of PRPhotos.com.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

Follow us

Breaking Hollywood News   


Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.