Posted by Mark Bridge On August - 21 - 2012 0 Comment

CBM Spoke with Len Wiseman at the UK premiere of Total Recall and revealed that he was asked to helm the 2008 hit Iron Man which launched Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Of coarse Marvel Studios eventually went with Jon Favreau to direct the film.

Wiseman stated that Studio got nervous about him making the film cause he was considered too dark a filmmaker coming of Underworld 1 and 2.  What’s interesting is that since the release of Live Free or Die hard (Die Hard 4.0) which had a lighter tone than his previous releases, Wiseman stated that Marvel had contacted him once again.  Here is what he had to say to CBM:

“Oh man, superheroes… You know, I think a lot of the superheroes that I would be interested in, a lot of them have been done. I was involved with Iron Man for about seven months after Underworld 2. I was involved with Marvel and Iron Man, and I was really excited about that one and honestly, I think at that time, there was a concern that I was too dark of a director because I had only directed a few movies, and at that time, I’d only directed Underworld and Underworld 2. And Underworld 2 was very violent, very gory, very dark and I think it freaked them out a little bit that I was too dark of a director. It wasn’t until after Die Hard 4.0 came out, which is a much lighter tone, much more fun, that Marvel called me up again…”

What I want to know is which other film did Marvel contact him for and will he eventually helm a film for them in this phase or the next?  With James Gunn in talks to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, the only film left in Phase Two without a director, Phase Three seems like the logical choice.

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