Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven DeKnight has stated on social media that he would be very interested in directing a movie in the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe franchise. The sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim is due to hit theaters shortly and since the first installment was directed by Guillermo del Toro, DeKnight certainly has considerable shoes to fill for the sequel. Initial reviews of Uprising have been a mixed bag thus far, but the performance of John Boyega and the Kaiju vs. Jaeger action sequences have both been singled out for praise.
DeKnight is a name that will be very familiar to fans of both television and film. A frequent collaborator with Joss Whedon, DeKnight has worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse and acted as executive producer of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix. Pacific Rim Uprising marks DeKnight's cinematic, feature-length directing debut but there has already been talk of him as a potential name to helm the mooted Man of Steel 2. The director responded to these suggestions by stating that his preference would be for Man of Steel director Zack Snyder to take charge of the sequel.
However, that seemingly doesn't mean that DeKnight is ruling out an adventure with the DCEU as a whole. The director was recently asked by a fan on Twitter if he would be open to directing a DCEU film, to which DeKnight wholeheartedly replied "Hell yes!" While he failed to be drawn on exactly which DCEU movie he would be most interested in working on, DeKnight did express a fondness for Lobo in response to another fan inquiry.
Interestingly, this news comes in the wake of reports that for future installments, DCEU movies will take a more varied approach with their creative teams, rather than having a singular direction that dictates the tone and feel for all movies in the series. As such, the chances of Warner Bros. hiring DeKnight are looking distinctly plausible, despite his relative inexperience in directing for the big screen.
In terms of which DCEU ventures DeKnight would be most suited for, there are a number of potential options. A Lobo movie has been in development since around 2009 but currently sits firmly on the DC back-burner. Michael Bay was a reported front-runner to direct and if a man widely known for shooting large-scale, ambitious robot battles is what Warner Bros. are after, DeKnight's work on Pacific Rim: Uprising and his obvious familiarity with the character make him a strong alternative. Another option could be the Justice League Dark movie, which is in need of a director after Doug Liman left the project. Initial script-writing duties on the project were handled by none other than Guillermo del Toro and DeKnight is obviously already familiar with putting his own spin on del Toro's work.
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