Zack Snyder will mold the Man of Steel [updated]
The director of "300" and the current "Legend of the Guardians" is in negotiations to take the reins of the Christopher Nolan-mentored, David Goyer-penned project. A number of intriguing candidates had revealed themselves over the last few weeks for the Superman gig, including "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky and "Let Me In" helmer Matt Reeves.
Snyder had remained a lead contender throughout, though, in part because he was known as a man who can direct physical action, a staple of the new version about the flying crusader. Snyder of course also took on superheroes, though of a darker variety, in last year's comic-book adaptation "Watchmen."
Some less experienced directors had also surfaced in connection with "Superman," but with Nolan said to be immersed in his new Batman movie, it's believed that he and Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures wanted a veteran director who needed less day-to-day guidance. The production time line remains a question; Snyder is still in postproduction on his upcoming femme-centric action film "Sucker Punch."
More from Snyder via our caped colleague Geoff Boucher shortly.
[Update, 3:42 p.m.]: Snyder tells Boucher at our sister blog Hero Complex that the movie will target a holiday 2012 release. He didn't offer much in the way of story detail, but acknowledged that the character, who historically is less flawed than Spider-Man or Batman, poses its challenges. "Chris and David have given this the shape with a great story," he said. "It is a hard character to crack."]
Photo: Zack Snyder at Comic-Con 2010. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images