Superman was a part of everybody’s childhood. Whether you grew up with the Justice League cartoon, or 1978’s Superman; the character was always there for you. Since the character’s big screen debut in 1978, many directors have tried to bring the character back to the big screen. Some have failed (Tim Burton), while others have succeeded (Zack Snyder). The most recent incarnation of Superman is currently deceased. Following a climatic battle with Doomsday, Henry Cavill’s Superman was brutally murdered in last year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Of course, the character is scheduled to make his return in November’s Justice League, again, portrayed by Cavill.
While Snyder may be directing Superman at the moment, rumours are flying about the future of the character. A Man of Steel sequel is currently in development, but Warner Bros. have yet to confirm Snyder’s return to the director’s chair. If this were to happen, it would be Snyder’s 4th film in the DCEU. However, Snyder is not the only director in Hollywood who wants to tackle this iconic individual.
In a new AMA on Reddit, A Monster Calls and The Impossible director Juan Antonia Bayona revealed his love for the character. Bayona will direct the next Jurassic World film, taking over from Colin Trevorrow, who is a little busy tackling an indie film called Star Wars. Bayona revealed that 1978’s Superman was the first film he ever saw, and is the reason he decided to tackle filmmaking. You can read his answer below:
“The first movie I saw in my life was Superman. I was three years old. The first memory I had was Christopher Reeve flying in the suit. Directing a Superman film would be great. I always wanted to be Superman. That’s the film that made me want to become a director.”
Now, I have yet to see A Monster Calls, but Bayona’s The Impossible is one of the best movies of the last ten years, so him tackling Superman would be fantastic. Of course, we have no idea what is happening with the Man of Steel sequel, but how would you guys feel about Bayona taking the helm? I would love to see how Bayona would tackle a Superman movie, especially in this established DC universe.
You can check out Superman’s return in Justice League when it hits theatres on November 11, 2017.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.