EXCLUSIVE: Rumored 'Superman' Director Thinks Character Needs To Go 'Darker'

When news of a "Superman" reboot first hit the internet, the word tossed in connection to the project was "darker," a tone that one would more readily attribute to Batman rather than the comparatively sunnier Man of Steel himself. But "Ninja Assassin" director James McTeigue, who is the subject of some interesting rumors about helming a "Superman" movie, told MTV News that a new film centering on the Last Son of Krypton should go down a darker route than its Bryan Singer-directed predecessor.

"I think that the culture has sort of changed a little bit around Superman," McTeigue suggested regarding a "Superman Returns" follow-up. "If you're going to do something with Superman, I think people would probably like something a little darker."

McTeigue's comments echo his previously stated take on Superman. The director, who won't confirm nor deny his potential involvement, said that the character needs to be taken in an unexpected direction—which means no Krypton, thanks to a recent legal ruling.

"I think it's good that they just had a court case where, basically, if you make another Superman movie, you can't touch Superman growing up—that's part of the story that you can't touch any more," he previously said. "That wouldn't be a bad thing. I think everybody's a bit sick of seeing the origin story."

Without the aid of an origin story and with an eye towards a darker film, what kind of story would McTeigue tell in a "Superman" movie? The filmmaker was understandably light on the details, but he did offer a suggestion on how to approach Kal-El's next adventure.

"You need to take it and retool it," he said. "Make it something that appeals to audiences now a little more.

What do you think of McTeigue's thoughts on a new "Superman" movie? Do you think he's just an outside observer playing coy, or is there some truth to his potential involvement in the Man of Steel's next film outing? Let us know what you think in the comments section!