We recently learned that he will not be leading the new Ta-Nehisi Coates-written Superman film, and it doesn’t seem like he has much of an interest in getting behind the camera for Justice League Dark, Zattana, or any other project that does not stem from an original idea.
“Well, I’ll say the opportunity to work on any pre-existing franchise is definitely a double-edged sword,” Abrams said when asked about the possibility of directing and producing one of the DC Comics properties he’s involved with during an interview with Collider. “And while I’m incredibly grateful and proud to have been involved in the projects, of course all I see is what things could have been and what we could have done. “
The filmmaker goes on to speak of the responsibility that comes with being “the temporary custodian of a project,” and while he’s not outright saying he doesn’t intend to direct a DC Comics adaptation, he suggests that his next gig as a director will be an original PI.
“The few things I’m currently working on, as a writer, are original ideas. I just feel that as a director, I would really like my next projects to be things that didn’t necessarily exist for me.
Abrams wrote the next HBO original series Demimonde, but there’s no word on what his next big-screen directorial adventure could be. Are you disappointed that he probably won’t be directing any of the DC Comics movies produced by Bad Robot? Let us know in the comments.