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Zack Snyder will mold the Man of Steel [updated]

October 4, 2010 |  3:30 pm

What was starting to feel like a lingering parlor game ended abruptly Monday, as Zack Snyder was confirmed as the director who will bring Superman into a new decade.

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."]

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Zack Snyder at Comic-Con 2010. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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If Nolan signed off on this, it's only because he knows an overgrown frat-boy hack like Snyder could never remotely top his Batman reboot. And if it's received well, Nolan will get as much or more credit than Snyder.

On the bright side, at least ZS will have nothing to do with the script, and it's Superman, so it'll make a ton of money no matter who directs it. But my enthusiasm for the reboot just dropped tenfold.

Just because it's Superman doesn't mean it's guaranteed to make a ton of money. Case in point, Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns and we all know what a spectacular box office disappointment that film was.

Snyder can do big action, which is what Superman needs now. I wish the internet fanboys would quit dumping on him. We weren't going to get James Cameron. Snyder was the best of what was available.

I hope Snyder is bold and casts Jon Hamm or Tom Welling. Maybe even Colin Farrell. No baby faces under 30. Singer's movie was a real horror show in the casting department.

:Superman Returns" made over $390,000,000 worldwide. That's not a "spectacular box office disappointment." I had no idea that Christopher Nolan was the petty megalomaniac that Jean Q. Publique makes him out to be; I guess I've been reading the wrong interviews of him and articles about him. I also didn't know that Zack Snyder had such a horrible track record as a screenwriter, with only one movie under his belt with a screenplay credit that anybody's seen ("300"). On the other hand, he's directed well-received films such as "Dawn of the Dead," "300," "Watchmen," and "Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole," so maybe, just maybe, he'll make a good director for "Man of Steel."

They better not include Lex Luthor or General Zod in the new Superman movie or any Superman movies for a while. There are many Superman villains that have not been used in the movies but have been used on Smallville such as Bizarro, Brainiac, Doomsday, Metallo, Toyman and shortly, Darkseid. Other villains that they can use include Atomic Skull, Bloodsport, Bruno Mannheim, Conduit, Cyborg Superman, Faora, Gog, Imperiex, Intergang, Jax-Ur, Kryptonite Man, Livewire, Mala, Mercy Graves, Mongul, Morgan Edge, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Parasite, Prankster, Sam Lane, Silver Banshee, Solaris, Superboy-Prime, Superman Revenge Squad, Terra-Man, Titano, Ultra-Humanite, Ultraman.

I agree with Jean Q. Publique and Mr. Know-It-All. Zack Snyder is going down the path of Brett Ratner (shudder). And Bryan Singer, whom I respect greatly, missed with Superman Returns. So this is all about Christopher Nolan. It's obvious he's been tapped to resuscitate Superman by Warner.

Superman never held much appeal for me. I'm more of a Batman and Spiderman fan, who are much more interesting characters.

Superman Returns was one of the worst movies ever made. Anything will be an improvement.

Yeah, as long as Zod or Luthor aren't the villain in this one. What I like best about Snyder as the choice for this project is his directing of action in his films. Superman Returns was action-lacking...

Brian Singer did a "marvelous" job directing Superman Returns, I thought it was the best Superman movie to date. Actually if i may be so blount as to suggest that had the movie shown some return financially he'd already be in the pre-production phase of the much anticipated follow up, however since the movie failed to so much as break even somebody had to take the fall. While i do love Snyders' work very much and, if anyone is going to do this movie other than Brian Singer Zack Snyder would be my first choice. Plus with Mr. Nolan in on the creative process it puts my anxiety at ease, in short Brian Singer is a fine movie maker, the financial failure that is Superman Returns is not his fault, but Zack Snyder has the potential if anyone does to actually make a better movie if that is possible.


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