Chances are that by the time you read this, an official announcement will be made as to whether or not indie genius Darren Aronofsky will be directing the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Either way, here are the Top 10 reasons the director should choose the “Wolverine” franchise as his first foray into big budget filmmaking.
10. The story of “Wolverine 2,” which is being scripted by Christopher McQuarrie who also wrote the mind-bogglingly good “The Usual Suspects,” will involve Logan/Wolverine travelling to Japan to study the way of the samurai. Assumedly, this story will be much more meditative and calm than the nonstop explosion extravaganza that was “Wolverine.” One needs look no further than Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” to know that the director has a keen eye for beautifully staging quiet, reflective moments that require little or no dialogue.
9. Aronofsky, unlike many directors, is not known for collaborating with the same actors, except Ellen Burstyn. However, if there was ever a time to break that habit, “Wolverine” would be the time to do it. In “The Fountain,” Aronofsky drew from Hugh Jackman the most intense and moving performance of his career. Though critics and audiences split on whether the film was brilliant or self-indulgent, most agreed that Jackman’s performance was one of the best parts of the film.
8. With any luck, if Aronofsky decides to direct “Wolverine,” he will do for the franchise what Christopher Nolan did for the “Batman” films. Aronofsky’s films have an overarching theme of darkness and pain, but never just for the sake of being morose (unlike Tim Burton, for example). Logan/Wolverine’s back story is one of the deepest and most painful out of any comic book ever written and Aronofsky would be the perfect person to tap into the darker side of Logan’s psyche and history.
7. Though “The Wrestler” and his new film “Black Swan” have little to no special effects, Aronofsky proved in “The Fountain” that he can use CGI without letting it distract or detract from the film. One of the biggest problems with the first “Wolverine” movie was the special effects were so over-the-top and ridiculous that audiences were too busy watching the spectacles to pay attention to the movie (not that they really had to). Aronofsky could easily remedy this mistake through his gift for subtle yet effective images that don’t require an explosion to have weight.
6. With both “The Wrestler” and his new film “Black Swan,” Aronofsky clearly understands the limits the body can be stretched to. If Logan is learning about how to become a samurai or a special type of martial arts, Aronofsky will be able to capture the poetry and beauty of the movements unlike any other director.
5. There is no way Aronofsky’s film could be any worse than the original. With the bar set so low, the director will have few expectations placed upon him.
4. Though Hugh Jackman has been a huge movie star since he stepped into the role of Wolverine in “X-Men” back in 2000, he has yet to deliver performances of the caliber of which he is capable. By collaborating with Jackman again, Aronofsky may be able to give the actor a second chance for a respectable acting career.
3. If Aronofsky takes over the franchise, fans of mainstream Hollywood fare may be prompted to familiarize themselves with some of the director’s other works. True film fans and critics have appreciated Aronofsky since “Pi” was released in 1998, but he has had little exposure in popular culture.
2. With Zack Snyder now in the director’s chair of the new “Superman” reboot, which is a DC Comics franchise, Marvel needs to step up with a director capable of keeping its brand at the forefront of comic book adaptations.
1. Aronofsky should make the film because the Wolverine character deserves to have at least one good movie made about him.