How does a guy who just premiered a movie, Black Swan, which is being regarded as a surefire Oscar contender, follow that up? Hell if I know, but everybody and the guy who’s schtupping his mother have linked him to something. He was at one point linked to Man of Steel, which was also offered to Ben Affleck, but Affleck turned it down because he’s got a lick of sense and doesn’t want to spoil his Oscar goodliness. Then he was linked to Preacher, the adaptation of the graphic novel that Sam Mendes has apparently bolted. And he’s also linked to Tales from the Gangster Squad, a 40’s cops and robbers film, and another project that Ben Affleck reportedly turned down. How’s it feel to be rumored to be offered Ben Affleck’s sloppy seconds, Aronofsky? Some of us were the bomb in Phantoms, and some of us weren’t. Those that were get fruit cup. Those that weren’t eat the leftover crumbs.
And now … and now … and now … Aronofsky’s being rumored to direct Wolverine 2, which was not offered to Ben Affleck, though it has been offered to nearly every other director in Hollywood, including Matt Reeves and Tony Scott and a cashier at an LA Ralph’s.
Folks, despite what Deadline might have you believe, Aronofsky is not going to direct Wolverine 2. And I’ll tell you why. It’s simple: Aronofsky makes good movies (OK, there may be some debate about The Fountain, but still). Aronofsky is not going to pull a Ratner and take a sequel to a shitty spin-off movie. He’s got more sense than that. He took six years off between Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. The man has patience, and he knows that Black Swan is going to fetch him much better offers than Woflman Jackman in Japan.
So, if you’ve read headlines suggesting that Aronofky is going to direct Wolverine 2, don’t worry about it. And keep in mind that Aronofsky didn’t even know what a Wolverine was until recently. That might make him a better candidate to take over the series from a viewer standpoint, but it doesn’t make sense for the director.