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Zack Snyder Directing Superman
Warners stays in house for the hero

05 October 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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And then there was one: In a move that won’t really surprise anyone considering how close he is to Warner Bros., Zack Snyder, the man behind Watchmen, 300 and the new owl ‘toon Legends of the Guardians, has been chosen to direct the studio’s latest attempt at bringing Superman back to the silver screen.

Deadline was first to break the news that Snyder was in the middle of forging a deal to make the movie with Chris Nolan executive producing. David Goyer cracked the concept and has written the script, which he'll work on with Snyder and the rest to refine before the director gets to work shooting.

But since that initial announcement, Snyder’s been chatting to all sorts of sources with the puppy dog enthusiasm he seems to have in deep supply. If you’re not a fan of people who use the word “awesome” a lot, be warned…

“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,” Snyder tells Deadline. That’s one for the awesometer.

“I feel awesome,” he gushes to the LA Times. “I feel super awesome.” Ding! Ding! We’re up to three.

“In the initial meetings, he’s been super amazingly smart and also amazingly kind, filmmaker-to-filmmaker,” he tells the Heat Vision blog about his discussions with Nolan, in which he apparently didn’t put on a big show to win the job, but did express how close he is to the character. “I have great respect for him. The process has been amazing so far, and it looks like nothing but pluses.” Huh… Guess he’d used up his allotment of awesome for the day, there.

Snyder’s hiring caps a search that seems to have gone a lot quicker than some other recent superhero-related jobs, but has still taken in big names such as Ben Affleck, Robert Zemeckis and Tony Scott. Now of course we’re going to be thrown into the hunt for a man to fill the tights and cape, which we bet will lead to someone making the Snyder-Sucker Punch-Jon Hamm connection, despite the fact that the Mad Men star has laughed off the idea that he’d be Supes since he considers himself too old.

And finding a Man of Steel will probably be easier than balancing the movie’s tone, which suffers from the fact that it’s so hard to make Superman correctly when he’s such a heroic character lacking the shades of a Batman. Still, Goyer and Nolan seem convinced they’ve cracked it, so perhaps working with Snyder, they can come up with something cool.

Rumours have been flying with regards to possible plotlines, but the biggest hit on the story seems to revolve around the return of the beloved General “kneel before” Zod. If that pans out, we fear for whoever has to step into the black pantsuit made famous by Terence Stamp.

Warners will be feeling some relief, since it really needs to get the film moving to capitalise on the time it has left to exploit the character before some of the copyrights revert back to the original creators’ estates, and has a Christmas 2012 release schedule on its wish list. But what do you think? Are you happy with the choice? Judging by the results of our reader poll last week, this was your choice. Do you worry he’ll bring a little too much of his visual style (read: slow motion) to Supes? Or does he have the chops to pull off something dazzling. Sorry… something awesome. Zack would probably prefer that.


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RE: Superman
L: The Hooded Man Matthew Bomer. He's already played Superman in adverts for Toyota Prius on US telly. uh?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDfTTO9Z2rU&NR=1 More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 13:28 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Tentatively Intrigued...
Well said More

Posted by gazpop at 11:07 on 16 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Tentatively Intrigued...
L: ashkam @Emyr Why do we need a Director with an eye for character development. Even the most devoted Superman fan will tell you that the character is one-dimensional and morally unambiguous. We don't need major character development and we don't need an oscar worthy actor. Some films should be 80% style and 20% substance and this is one of them. I'm excited, Snyder is the best option. s I've said elsewhere there's a fair bit of tragedy to Superman, as he is the last son of Kry More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 18:07 on 15 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Superman
I suspect Henry Cavill may well get his shot at the role this time. More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 17:40 on 14 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Superman
Matthew Bomer. He's already played Superman in adverts for Toyota Prius on US telly. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 17:09 on 14 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Superman
Zac Effron. In nhs specs? on Kutchner? In skater garb? ously though, it's such an iconic role I think they should go for an unknown. It's not like there's no talent out there is it? More

Posted by gazpop at 16:16 on 14 October 2010 | Report This Post

Superman
I think that this new Superman film is going to be one of the most difficult casting decisions in years. Singer needed to find someone similar to Reeve, and got him. He was very fortunate. Routh did a fine job. But, Snyder has to find a new Superman that embodies all of what Superman is and needs to be, while also bringing a slightly new approach to the table. The actor s be able to act (obviously), s have the right 'look', s have the right build (or a strict training programme!) and s to More

Posted by Alistair at 15:57 on 13 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
L: oui3d Oh yes, and if Nolan starts turning it into the Insurance Salesman of Steel use him as a Toast Rack. ?? More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 21:47 on 12 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
L: gazpop Maybe throw some ecological thing in; how we're messing up our world and maybe he can help? eah! It could be a story about the madness of nuclear weapons, and have an actual bad guy made out of a combination of Superman's DNA and nuclear waste. Wait a second... More

Posted by Fuzzbap at 21:41 on 12 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
According to of the info out there it looks like they brought Snyder in because he can get it done on deadline which is fine for the studios, if a little worrying for people who write slowly. Notes would be: More emotionally driven action. A punch to stop a bad guy is great, A punch to save a life is involving. A Lois Lane that looks like a woman - I thought social services would have taken Lois's kid away, She looks 15! And an APB out for the father! An antagonist with a face. No More

Posted by oui3d at 11:46 on 09 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
Some great points. You're gonna need to cast this one real well. If he goes down the Lois and Clark route that's 2 fekkin important leads needed right there. He's gonna need to make us believe in him. And in his ability to fly. That was one of the many great things from the first movie. Without great special effects, we believed it was happening. I must confess to not having seen Superman Returns. A lot of comment put me off it but I obviously need to see it. Singer seems to divide people r More

Posted by gazpop at 11:34 on 09 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
L: ehowarth There's two things I love about the Reeve movies, and only one of them I can explain. The one I can explain is the chemistry between  Reeve and Kidder. The one I can't is that feeling I get whenever I see Reeve take flight. Seriously, I become about six again! I don't think it's an understatement that Reeve made a bunch of us believe a man can fly. But, after swatting away all this childhood mist that's suddenly rolled into my office, I think casting is going to be insanely More

Posted by jobloffski at 11:03 on 09 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Tentatively Intrigued...
L: haranjen "because he slavishly adapted 'the Watchmen' graphic novel"... I wish this was the case. He destroyed Watchmen by leaving out the very narrative elements that made the comic so brilliant.ot sure you can blame Snyder for that - he didn't write the screenplay. Snyder's visuals were hella accurate to the graphic novel. More

Posted by Histeria at 15:23 on 08 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Tentatively Intrigued...
"because he slavishly adapted 'the Watchmen' graphic novel"... I wish this was the case. He destroyed Watchmen by leaving out the very narrative elements that made the comic so brilliant. I love Superman as a character and agree that a slightly more thoughtful director would have been a better choice. I just hope Snyder doesn't manage to add some god awful sex scene into the franchise. More

Posted by haranjen at 21:32 on 07 October 2010 | Report This Post

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Sounds good to me! I think Watchmen was okay and I am comforted by Nolans presence! I don't think letting someone like Duncan Jones direct something so big after something so small would be right. Maybe he could direct one of the lesser known superhero films to prove he can do it before moving on to bigger names! More

Posted by Andybee76 at 09:04 on 07 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Tentatively Intrigued...
L: ashkam @Emyr Why do we need a Director with an eye for character development. Even the most devoted Superman fan will tell you that the character is one-dimensional and morally unambiguous. We don't need major character development and we don't need an oscar worthy actor. Some films should be 80% style and 20% substance and this is one of them. I'm excited, Snyder is the best option. absolutely agree with this, providing the film isn't two and a half hours More

Posted by UTB at 20:26 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
As long as he doesnt have a script in-put...all he has to do is shoot Goyer's/Nolan's script, blow some shit up, make it look pretty and it'll basically finish itself off nicely. More

Posted by kenada_woo at 20:07 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
There's two things I love about the Reeve movies, and only one of them I can explain. The one I can explain is the chemistry between  Reeve and Kidder. The one I can't is that feeling I get whenever I see Reeve take flight. Seriously, I become about six again! I don't think it's an understatement that Reeve made a bunch of us believe a man can fly. But, after swatting away all this childhood mist that's suddenly rolled into my office, I think casting is going to be insanely important, here More

Posted by ehowarth at 19:42 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Tentatively Intrigued...
L: ashkam Why do we need a Director with an eye for character development. Even the most devoted Superman fan will tell you that the character is one-dimensional and morally unambiguous. We don't need major character development and we don't need an oscar worthy actor. Some films should be 80% style and 20% substance and this is one of them. I'm excited, Snyder is the best option. retty much my thoughts exactly. This is right up Snyder's alley and he was my preferred choice by More

Posted by captainrentboy at 18:55 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
L: Dirty Hartigan L: paul.mccluskey I take it Brandon Routh isn't going to be Superman? He was perfectly cast in Returns in my opinion, he was the spitting image of Christopher Reeve. nyder has apparently said Routh is not likely to play Superman again - which is a great shame albeit an understandable decision. It does suggest that they shall be trying to to create something fresher and do not want to hark back to previous films. The only thing is oh Zod not again. More

Posted by sanchia at 18:24 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Zack Snyder Directing Superman
L: paul.mccluskey I take it Brandon Routh isn't going to be Superman? He was perfectly cast in Returns in my opinion, he was the spitting image of Christopher Reeve. nyder has apparently said Routh is not likely to play Superman again - which is a great shame albeit an understandable decision. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 18:22 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Think About It.
Ultimately I guess, if it's written well enough and cast right, all Snyder is providing is his visual style to what is Nolan/Goyer's project. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 17:26 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Tentatively Intrigued...
@Emyr Why do we need a Director with an eye for character development. Even the most devoted Superman fan will tell you that the character is one-dimensional and morally unambiguous. We don't need major character development and we don't need an oscar worthy actor. Some films should be 80% style and 20% substance and this is one of them. I'm excited, Snyder is the best option. More

Posted by ashkam at 16:28 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
Another reboot? on Draper for Superman! More

Posted by James2183 at 13:59 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Bring back Brandon Routh!
L: Wild about Wilder I know nobody will agree with this but I like Tom Welling from Smallville. sp; ly ever dipped into Smallville but he’s perfectly fine in it I think. But that’s TV. I just can’t imagine him as a top billing actor carrying such a huge character on film though. More

Posted by pete_traynor at 13:44 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Bring back Brandon Routh!
I know nobody will agree with this but I like Tom Welling from Smallville. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:06 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Bring back Brandon Routh!
What a choice. Not too thrilled about another Zod though, no need to re-run that story. New villian please, Metallo, Braniac, Darkseid, theres so many new avenues to go down. Cant wait to see what he comes up with. More

Posted by kumar at 13:06 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Jeffrey Dean Morgan as General Zod anyone?
I'm looking forward to seeing what Snyder can do with this, but don't get the love for David Goyer. The Batman films are the exception to the rule of his CV, with the amount of crap in there (Ghost Rider, the Hasselhoff Nick Fury movie, Blade 3) overshadowing the few good films (Dark City, Blade 2). Its clear that his work is only really any good when in the right hands, and I'm not sure whether I would class Zack "Visionary" Snyder in the same league as Del Toro or Nolan. Nolan's involvement h More

Posted by adambatman82 at 10:20 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: ALSO...
I think it's a great choice, personally. More

Posted by UTB at 09:50 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

Superman!
This is great news. Snyder is the kind of visionary director that this character needs. And this will certainly take Superman into a new direction.   While I'm not the biggest fan of Watchmen, it is, visually, pretty incredible and very well made.   More

Posted by Alistair at 09:00 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Disappointing
L: The Todge So Hack Snyder's directing Superman? So ends my interest. As Above. More

Posted by impqueen at 03:27 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Tentatively Intrigued...
I think they've hired the man due to his 'visual flair' and perhaps because he slavishly adapted 'Watchmenraphic novel they'll opt to adapt a Superman graphic novel with Snyder's eye for a faithful translation. I'm disappointed a little. I hoped they would've chosen a director in the vein of Duncan Jones. Someone who hasn't filmed a superhero film before with an eye for character development. Goyer is writing the script and Nolan is the executive producer. Hopeless? More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 03:25 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Disappointing
So Hack Snyder's directing Superman? So ends my interest. More

Posted by The Todge at 02:46 on 05 October 2010 | Report This Post

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