It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Zack Snyder and he’s going to direct SUPERMAN!

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
October 4th, 2010

No stranger to comic book adaptations, 300 director Zack Snyder has been hired by Warner Bros. to direct the next installment in the line of SUPERMAN films, joining the ranks of Bryan Singer, Richard Donner, Richard Lester, and Sidney J. Furie. Snyder will direct a script from a few guys who know a thing or two about comics themselves including David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT) with BATMAN director Christopher Nolan serving as a producer.

Snyder has in fact confirmed that he will polish The Man of Steel as soon as he’s done working on his next film, SUCKER PUNCH. Here’s what he had to tell Deadline:

“I’ve been a big fan of the character for a long time, he’s definitely the king of all superheroes, he’s the one,” Snyder said. “It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I’ve always felt he was kind of awesome. I’ll finish SUCKER PUNCH and get right at it.”

Read on for more!

Snyder, who’s largely known for his unique visual style and ability to blend large action set pieces with genre-based narratives, has a large task at hand in making Supes fly on the big screen. The character has been involved in legal battle after legal battle almost since his comic book creation in 1932 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, which has carried over into his modern day movie franchise. Singer was the last director to give him flight in 2006, basking him in a much more humanistic and dramatic light with considerably less action – one of the film’s main critiques from fans (myself not included – I loved RETURNS). 

WB’s choice of Snyder is an obvious move towards a more action-filled film in order to restore faith in the franchise, not to mention he is likely to appease Hollywood’s desire that every comic book film be “darker.” And to be honest, I’m excited about the selection of Snyder and the new direction that he, the Nolans, and Goyer are to take the character. Snyder’s one of the most visionary director’s of this generation and I imagine that he, along with his more than capable colleagues, will be able to leap the big challenges they face in a single bound.

Now the question is will star Brandon Routh, whose contract with the property has since expired, return to don the S on his chest or will Synder & Co. recast the role?

What do you think? Are you happy with Synder at the helm of SUPERMAN? Do you want to see Routh in front of the camera? Or would you rather see someone new in the red and blue?

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  • AaronC

    I really want to see Routh reprise his roll! But I fear they will go for a more “gritty” looking chap with Snyder at the helm. I’m sure it’ll be cool either way. I am excited for DC and WB to start forming a JLA movie.

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