JJ Abrams weighed in on whether he’d be open to direct future DC films that he’s working on through Bad Robot Productions.
It’s an exciting time to be a DC fan since there’s so many exciting movies in the pipeline from the studio including the likes of The Flash and Black Adam, while The Suicide Squad is only mere months from release. But some of the most interesting projects is being worked on by fan-favorite director JJ Abrams. As many already know, Abrams is working on a Superman reboot alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates, but the Star Trek and Star Wars director recently opened up to Collider about working on future DC movies as well as whether he’d be open to directing any of them.
“Well, I’ll say that the opportunity to get to work on any pre-existing franchise is definitely a double-edged sword. And while I’m incredibly grateful and proud to have been involved in the projects, of course, all I see is what things could have been and what we might have done. The importance of it is not lost on me, as temporary custodians of any ideas, whether they pre-exist us or not, which is to say I think that even with an original idea, somehow I still don’t quite understand where that creative impulse comes from and how the experience of writing something really is yours. I feel like we’re all just channeling something that we’re trying to serve, as opposed to something that we are doing and that is our work.”
JJ Abrams continued to explain that he’s missed working on a project of his own making (like Super 8) rather than constantly reworking classic franchises and ideas for a new generation. So although he’ll have a hand in ushering new DC projects like Justice League Dark into the world, the director is more keen to helm things “that didn’t pre-exist me necessarily.” Take a look at JJ Abrams’ comments below.
“I know that Hollywood is a place where it used to be that people would be inspired by something that they would see or an old film or a show or something and think, ‘Oh, here’s my response to that. Here’s a version of that that.’ It’s become a place where, more often than not, you see something and people get inspired by it and go, ‘Let’s redo that exact thing.’ I feel like, as someone who started writing in television and telling original stories on film and in TV, it is something that I really do miss. The few things that I’m working on now, as a writer, are original ideas. I just feel, as a director, I really would love to have my next projects be things that didn’t pre-exist me necessarily.”
What do you make of JJ Abrams’ words? Are you excited to see what his Superman reboot with Ta-Nehisi Coates? Sound-off in the comments below!
Superman will next be seen in Justice League, here is the synopsis:
“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
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