Rumored ‘Superman’ Director James McTeigue Would Do ‘Complete Reboot’

'I think if you do something with Superman, I think people would probably like something a little darker,' director says.

The Man of Steel has been gone for far too long. When will Superman return to the big screen after the middling effort of [movie id="266061"]“Superman Returns”[/movie] in 2006? There have been rumors, lawsuits and more rumors, but still no movie. But recently the director rumor mill has started to churn with the distinct chance that [movie id="268983"]“V For Vendetta”[/movie] and the upcoming [movie id="381175"]“Ninja Assassin”[/movie] helmer James McTeigue–long a possibility–might in fact guide our fave hero in underpants and a red cape back to the silver screen.

When McTeigue stopped by the MTV News offices to chat about “Assassin,” we of course needed to know if all this speculation had a basis in reality, or at least in Metropolis.

“I’ll take the Fifth for the moment,” he said with a smile. “I guess it’s out there. I can’t confirm or deny for the moment.”

What McTeigue could do was delve into detail about how he might approach the superhero if he — wink, wink — one day has the chance. In short, he’d start the franchise from scratch, avoid an origin backstory and make the new story dark, dark, dark.

“I think if I ever was going to go near ‘Superman,’ I would do a complete and utter reboot — take it in a direction that you would absolutely not expect,” he said, citing other cinematic iterations that have come before him, as well as comics and cartoons. “That would be my thinking on it if I were ever going to go near ‘Superman.’ ”

Sounds like the director has been doing a bit more than idle thinking about Supes. He’s also been paying attention to the .

“There was a court case where basically if you make another ‘Superman’ movie, you can’t touch Superman growing up,” McTeigue said. “That’s part of the story that you can’t touch anymore, and that wouldn’t be a bad thing. I think everybody’s a bit sick of seeing the origin stories.”

It’s not just the examples of recent origin-story reboots like “Batman Begins” and “Star Trek” that have McTeigue thinking he would take “Superman” in an unexpected direction. He also pointed out that much has changed in the world since the superhero first appeared in the late 1930s.

“The culture has changed a little as well around Superman,” he said. “I think if you do something with Superman, I think people would probably like something a little darker. I know that sounds like a bit of a cliché. But you need to take it and retool it — make it something that appeals to audiences now a little more.”