Choosing A Director for “Justice League”


Much like I mused around a month ago about who could direct the sequel to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ if Marc Webb doesn’t wind up returning, I’m back again discussing potential directors for a superhero project…this time, the open slot for the ‘Justice League’ film. This is a much different project, and obviously Warner Brothers is so far looking at the A-list for their filmmaker. Christopher Nolan distanced himself from the project pretty much as soon as asked during his publicity for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and I’d expect any day now to hear an official no from Ben Affleck’s camp after the studio set their sights on him. There are certainly plenty of interesting filmmakers who could do a great job with the gig and after the jump I’ll get into the names who might be in contention, along with who I’d like to see get the job.  But this is mostly about seeing who you’d like to see sign on. That’s what I’m most interested in, but we’ll get the conversation started with my take on things below.

I think it’s safe to assume that Warner will be calling some of the other top-notch talents that they have good working relationships with, and that includes the likes of Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and David Yates. I think Cuarón is an absolute pipe dream, but who knows for sure. As for del Toro and Yates, I think both are possibilities but the former would certainly be a bigger “get” than the latter, though it’s possible that Yates could wind up fitting in best with a potential DC Universe then del Toro if that’s what begins to formulate in the coming years. It’s also possible that other big name directors like Darren Aronofsky, Kathryn Bigelow, and maybe even Peter Jackson could get offers, but I wouldn’t bet on any of them considering the job with any seriousness. As for who I’d personally like to see tackle the job, well…I want someone along the lines of a Joss Whedon. Not him specifically, but a talented filmmaker who can combine his or her vision with what would actually make a ‘Justice League’ movie work and be quality cinema. My ideal pick is J.J. Abrams, but he’s likely too busy with his own doings to take the job, so there’s a lot possibilities for who the right candidate for the job is. Could that wind up being an up and comer like Joe Cornish or Matt Reeves (the latter of which was in on the ‘Man of Steel’ discussions)? Maybe WB is so pleased with Zack Snyder that he earns the job? Who knows…but I’d bank somewhat higher on a younger name like the aforementioned Cornish than a for hire veteran like a Peter Berg or Joe Carnahan, etc. The exception would have been Affleck, but don’t hold your breath for that one.

More importantly than my theories, I’m curious what you all think. Were they on the money right off the bat with Affleck/Nolan and can’t match that going forward? Would you prefer someone I didn’t mention? I’m all eyes/ears, so let me know!

Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!