Of course, Del Toro has already done the superhero/comic book thing quite marvelously with two 'Hellboy' movies, plus that 'Blade' sequel, and so it's hard to imagine he gave the 'Superman' reboot much thought following his departure from 'The Hobbit.' He talks about what it was like to come off that project, sharing that afterward "there were very big, lucrative, beautiful projects on the table." Some of these likely included 'The Great and Powerful Oz' and Disney's 'The Haunted Mansion' redo, which he's merely co-writing and producing.
Instead of 'Superman,' which seems too vanilla for the horror-leaning Oscar-nominee, Del Toro has chosen the darker project 'At the Mountains of Madness,' an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation he'll helm in 3-D for producer James Cameron. Now, just as it's fun to imagine what could have been had Clint Eastwood donned the cape and tights, we can now fantasize about what a Guillermo del Toro 'Superman' would have looked like. We know Warner Bros. is interested in a "dark" tone for the next installment, with 'The Dark Knight' director Christopher Nolan overseeing (and perhaps his brother Jonathan directing, as has been rumored) but would Del Toro really have been a good fit?
Who would you pick to direct the next 'Superman'?
[via Digital Spy]