27 People Who Could (or Should) Direct ‘The Batman’

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Gareth Evans

Look, someone in Hollywood is eventually going to realize that Gareth Evans is one of the best action directors of all time. When that happens, we’re going to get something spectacular. If The Raid and The Raid 2 are what we get when Evans is working on the fringes, imagine what we could get if he’s given the resources of a major studio? If he’s given the necessary free rein, a Gareth Evans-directed Batman movie could be the superhero action movie you’ve always envisioned when reading an actual comic book.

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Lesli Linka Glatter

Even if you don’t know her name, you probably know Lesli Linka Glatter’s work. While she’s directed a handful of feature films and was nominated for an Academy Award for her 1995 short Tales of Meeting and Parting, she has become one of the great modern television directors. Her small screen credits stretch back to the late ’80s and early ’90s with episodes of Amazing Stories and Twin Peaks, but they only grow most astonishing as you go on. A quick sampler: NYPD Blue, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, E.R., The Good Wife, True Blood, Justified, The Leftovers, and Homeland. If you want an experienced storyteller behind the camera, you really can’t do better than offering Glatter a pass out of television and into the comic book movie world.

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Debra Granik

Despite directing the critically lauded Best Picture nominee Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik has yet to ascend to the list of in-demand directors. Despite being nominated for an Academy Award for writing that brilliant 2010 noir, she has only made one other movie, the documentary Stray Dog, in the past seven years. Despite being the filmmaker who discovered Jennifer Lawrence, she’s had to stand by and watch less talented directors botch giant movies. You know what? If Warner Bros. was willing to let first-time director Seth Grahame-Smith direct The Flash at one point, they should be willing to let Debra Granik direct The Batman.

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Karyn Kusama

After breaking on to the scene with 2000’s Girlfight, Karyn Kusama found herself in director’s jail after helming the 2005 bomb Aeon Flux. And while director’s jail is easy to escape if you’re a man, it’s harder if you’re a woman trying to make it in the film industry. So yeah, it’s time that we started taking notice of Kusama again, especially since she has also directed the cheeky horror comedy Jennifer’s Body and the exceptional thriller The Invitation, which showcases a filmmaker in total control of her craft. The Karyn Kusama train is rolling again – Warner Bros. would be wise to hop on.

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Miguel Sapochnik

Look, no one’s going to look at Miguel Sapochnik’s sole feature film, 2010’s Repo Men, and decide that he’s the man for The Batman. However, they will look at his Game of Thrones episodes, particularly “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” and note that he has an eye for scale and horror and tension that should be utilized early and often by studios needing a more-than-competent action filmmaker.

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Jeremy Saulnier

If this was a ranked list, Jeremy Saulnier would be sitting at the very top. It’s nothing short of astounding that no major studio has thrown open their doors for this guy – did they actually watch Murder Party, Blue Ruin, and Green Room? There’s a David Fincher quality to Saulnier’s work – precise, grimy, gritty, and unbearably intense – that makes you wonder what he could do with a proper budget. Part of me doesn’t want to wish the Hollywood machine on a talent as bright and special as Saulnier. What would happen to his grim sense of humor? His attention to bizarre, human detail? And at the same time…goddamn, do I want to see the director of Green Room make The Batman.

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Dan Trachtenberg

Unlike many of the directors on this list, Dan Trachtenberg is a bonafide nerd and the kind of guy who may very well leap at the idea of making a Batman movie. And if the excellent 10 Cloverfield Lane is any indication, he’d be perfectly comfortable in the comic book waters. While grounded in well-drawn characters, that film has a nerdy streak a mile wide culminating in a third act that makes it perfectly clear Trachtenberg is ready to handle something enormous.

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