|Director Darren Aronofsky is out as|
director of The Wolverine.
Admittedly, this is not the usual "wait, what?" WTF fare; it’s more of a WTF: Why God? Why!?!?
Wolverine is one of the most popular comic icons in the industry today, and he's arguably at the top of Marvel Comic's cadre of costumed characters. Aronofsky taking the lead was supposed to do for this franchise what Christopher Nolan did for Batman: give it new life, with a darker edge that stays true to the essence of the character. Fanboys across the globe had faith that the Black Swan director would be able to keep his unique vision intact by standing up against the incessantly greedy, evil-hearted BIG STUDIO SCUM (cue dramatic and over-the-top villainous music) who rip the soul from every film they produce.
According to Deadline, it was nothing more than time that conspired against the project, as Aronofsky did not want to spend close to a year away from his family with the film scheduled to shoot in Japan.
This will go down as one of the greater "What If's" in film and comic fans' memory.