If you're pining for an angst ridden comic book movie about superheroes with first world problems, Mumblecore darlings Jay and Mark Duplass would seem like the perfect people to make that movie. Sadly, they're not interested in making that movie and it's not just because Marvel's target audience has no idea who these two hacks are; It's because they're the ones who turned Marvel down.
According to Los Angeles Magazine (link below), The Duplass Brothers—whose only watchable movie is the John C. Reilly-starring Cyrus—aren't interested in directing a comic book movie because they're artists, damn it!
Last night's moderator asked the Duplasses what they would do if they were approached by Marvel or DC to make a film. "We have been," Mark answered. "We said no. The thing that happens when you sign on to a $180 million movie is that the movie is not a movie. It's a commodity. We're not in that business."
"It's very easy to blow people's minds in Hollywood," added Jay. "Just say no. Now, if it were Batman and Robin as a 98 percent relationship drama in the Bat Cave...I would bet that's 12,000 people's favorite movie."
I think they might have added an extra zero onto that figure by mistake. I suppose it's possible they were approached by Marvel or DC, but it seems highly unlikely. Which film were they going to direct? The one where Superman moves back in with Ma Kent after getting dumped by Lois Lane and he mopes around Smallville for 85 minutes? Maybe Joe Swanberg can direct a movie where Batman and Superman spend 80 minutes convincing Wonder Woman to have a threesome.
Frankly, the only director from this band of filmmakers that could pull off a comic book movie would be Adam Wingard. If you've seen You're Next or The Guest, you can see that he's not only a far more savvy filmmaker than his contemporaries, he does a better job of bending genre rules to his own unique sensibilities. This, of course, is why he'll never direct a Marvel or DC movie. If, however, you want to see what a mumblecore comic book movie might look like, I present the great Sam Rockwell as Batman in Robin's Big Date.