Directors Zack Snyder, Duncan Jones, and Others on Superman Reboot Short List

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It sounds like Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan are getting serious about rebooting the Man of Steel. And just in the nick of time, too, since if they don’t get this thing made by 2012, they’re S.O.L., and stands to lose rights to the character. Deadline reports that the director and studio are currently in search of a director for the comic book reboot, and that names on the short list include…

Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman, Duncan Jones, and Zack Snyder.

David Goyer and Nolan came up with a new vision for Superman that the studio cottoned to, and it’s that version that the new director will be working from.

Of the names listed, Liebesman seems like a longshot, given that he’s already committed to directing Warner’s “Clash of the Titans” sequel. Duncan Jones has just finished “Source Code”, so he’s available. Matt Reeves is coming off “Let Me In”, and he’s already shown he can do big-budget spectacle with “Cloverfield”. Zack Snyder? Well, he’s Zack Snyder. You either love his visuals, or you don’t.

As for Tony Scott, there are movies that Tony Scott can direct well, and there are movies that he can’t, and an epic comic book movie is one he shouldn’t be allowed near. Can you imagine the schizo editing as Superman blasts across the screen? I’m getting a headache just trying to picture it.

So who do you think would be the best fit for the Man of Steel?

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  • Heroshinwoo

    I just want Brandon Routh back.

  • Romeo Garcia

    I choose SCOTT or SNYDER…They have a great curriculum of movies,Specially SCOTT,and SNYDER…300,WATCHMEN,SUCKER PUNCH,,,i need to say more????…I mean BRIAN SYNGER make a great movie and is still one of my favorites,,,but the script was more romance than action….So i only expect that this time the script have more action and adventure…please!!!

  • Rambley

    My choice would probably be Zack Snyder to direct this film. He’s good at detail and staying faithful to the original source material. The other directors I’m not really sure about.

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  • Rambley

    My choice would probably be Zack Snyder to direct this film. He’s good at detail and staying faithful to the original source material. The other directors I’m not really sure about.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I’d say Scott or Snyder. The thing is Snyder has already said he wouldn’t do it because he can’t really figure out a good way of doing it.That said I think he’d actually be a great choice. Tony Scott is hit or miss but he does have a good eye.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I’d say Scott or Snyder. The thing is Snyder has already said he wouldn’t do it because he can’t really figure out a good way of doing it.That said I think he’d actually be a great choice. Tony Scott is hit or miss but he does have a good eye.

  • Juggernaut

    My choices are Snyder or Reeves. I think that Snyder would not only be much truer to the source material, he would bring that, oh I can’t think of the correct word so I’ll make one up, Snyderifian flare to it. Scrap any shred of what Singer did. Lose the entire cast and look (1940′s meets 2000′s?!?!?). However I think that Routh should return for the part. He shouldn’t suffer for the sins of Singer. Oh and Romeo Garcia, if you read this, Superman Returns blows by the way.

  • Juggernaut

    My choices are Snyder or Reeves. I think that Snyder would not only be much truer to the source material, he would bring that, oh I can’t think of the correct word so I’ll make one up, Snyderifian flare to it. Scrap any shred of what Singer did. Lose the entire cast and look (1940′s meets 2000′s?!?!?). However I think that Routh should return for the part. He shouldn’t suffer for the sins of Singer. Oh and Romeo Garcia, if you read this, Superman Returns blows by the way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z7546NQ5ZXFHS6G5AVECRYREAY THE MAN

    Yeah I actually liked SUPERMAN RETURNS and they should bring back Brandon Routh, cause I think he did a good job.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      It was okay. Routh was good, Spacey wasn’t bad just a bad script. The movie was too much of an homage and not enough of an original idea. Same plot points as previous films, just updated and more grandiose. But they really needed to give some action and a real threat!

      • Juggernaut

        Why they decided to reboot the franchise by picking up where Superman II left off in the first place is beyond me. I get it Lex Luthor is Superman’s greatest foe. He can be in the movie but in the capacity that he was in “Returns”. Make him a mastermind with political intentions and have him orchestrate an attack by a big gun enemy like Braniac,Doomsday, Eradicator, Conduit or Parasite!

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          Exactly. Why do the same thing instead of something we haven’t seen, like a SUPER FIGHT! Something that pushes the man of steel to his limits and beyond. Braniac, Metallo, Parasite (done right would be AWESOME), or even Eradicator or even Doomsday done right could work.

  • http://www.chautauquacomics.com Kal-el

    You got to be kidding? Routh back as Superman? For all those who wish to have him return as superman must have never read the comic book. The last movie tanked because they had the movie backwards. When you think of Bruce Wayne you think of him as Batman first and his secret identity as Bruce Wayne. With Superman it is the other way around. He did not land on earth as an adult and because superman right of way. No, he was raised by this loving farmers in Kansas. He was raised as Clark Kent. When he thinks to him self he thinks ” Ok Clark what do we have to do” He does not say “ok Superman what do I have to do”. He is Clark first and Superman 2nd. So, when they have him tripping over himself as clark it is backwards. I know that is how they had him originally in the golden age and silver age comics but it makes more sense the way I described. Look at smallville.
    Regarding Routh as an actor I love him on chuck but as Superman? Come on. My 7th grade nephew has more muscle mass than he does and what he had was paded. Lets get someone in there that looks like he has some muscles. I don’t want an wrestler but someone who is buffed and who could take on a supervillan. And why Zod again, cant these writters look at someone else. Superman has a whole cadre of villians that they can choose from. Taking a page from the last movie what about when superman returned from trying to find Krypton he had Doomsday follow him to earth. Doomsday is from Krypton and was to have been planet hopping in the Krypton area of space. This would be a real fight.
    Time and time again they keep wanting to go back to Christopher Reeves movies. He was a great man, but lets leave it alone. It was great in their time but lets try something new.