During an interview with Collider, Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie discussed the conversations he’s had with Henry Cavill about a Superman film and the extent of his involvement with the Green Lantern movie.
Director Christopher McQuarrie previously revealed that he’s had conversations about a Superman film with Henry Cavill and the filmmaker has become a popular choice to helm a Man of Steel sequel since then. While McQuarrie confirmed that Henry Cavill wants to make a Superman film where the DC hero is more heroic and optimistic, he acknowledged the behind-the-scenes complexities of bringing a studio project to fruition.:
[That’s] the movie Henry wants. There’s a really, really beautiful version of that, and I honestly can’t speak for the people who are responsible for making those decisions, except to say it’s part of a giant corporate mechanism. I’m one guy. I can stand up and turn around, turn my back to you instantly, a giant corporation that’s in the middle of a merger with another giant corporation is an aircraft carrier in a broom closet being asked to turn around. Part of my job, and what’s made my being a director so much more easy in this business, was ultimately coming to terms with the fact that the people that I’m sitting across from have much bigger problems than I do. They just do. And I sympathize with those problems, ’cause before I used to just view them as incredibly obtuse, and they don’t know what movies are about. Of course they do. They all love movies…”
Despite having expressed an interest in directing a Superman film in the past, McQuarrie stated that he does not expect a call from the studio:
“So I just sit quietly off to the side, and people say, ‘Hey, would you make Superman?’ And I just keep responding, ‘Well, they know where to find me. They know where to call me,’ but I don’t expect the phone to ring. I don’t expect that to happen.”
Rumors linking McQuarrie to the Green Lantern film also circulated in the past and the director discussed the conversations he had with the studio about the project:
“[…] when I came in on Green Lantern I was like, ‘Here’s how I would do Green Lantern,’ and they were like, ‘Ah, but you know,’ and I said, ‘Well, that’s what I would do,’ and they said, ‘Well, will you direct it?’ And I said, ‘No, ’cause there’s no script.’ And they said, ‘Well you write the script,’ and I said, ‘But I may not be the guy to direct,’ like don’t make it a McQuarrie movie, make it the greatest Green Lantern you can make it. We don’t know what that is tonally. We don’t know what any of that stuff is until we get under the hood, and I may be the worst guy in the world. You may end up with Tim Burton’s Green Lantern, and I don’t have that pride of authorship. I’m not the guy who comes in and goes, ‘It’s mine, from the visionary director.’ Bullshit fuckin’ words. You’re a director! You’re a visionary, that’s your job.”
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Unfortunately, Warner Bros. and DC have made no decision on the future Superman films, though projects currently being developed include The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Birds of Prey, Black Adam, Cyborg, Supergirl, New Gods, Nightwing, a Deathstroke film, and a Joker origin movie set outside of the DCEU.
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