Has Superman Found a Director? And is his Name Zack Snyder?

Yes, says Deadline, who classifies the news as “breaking”, which means details will be forthcoming later in the day.

Previous reports already had Snyder, along with fellow directors Tony Scott, Duncan Jones, and Matt Reeves on the short list to direct the reboot, so it’s not like Snyder’s name is showing up out of the blue. Even “Black Swan’s” Darren Aronofsky was on the list, though for whatever reason, I can’t fathom — why Aronofsky would want to direct a big-budget superhero movie, and why the studio would think he could. I suppose all that’s a moot point now.

Snyder (left) directing the reboot certainly makes sense. He’s a big-time director, he’s already done a superhero movie (“Watchmen”), which has undoubtedly prepared him for something as large scale and epic as a “Superman” movie. (It’s hard to get bigger or more epic than “Watchmen”.) Plus, he’s a fanboy favorite, despite his propensity for extreme slow-mo at every turn; perhaps Christopher Nolan can beat that out of him, one can only hope.

Written by David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, with more than cursory input from Christopher Nolan, the “Superman” reboot will be produced by the elder Nolan, who is said will be taking up a “Godfather” role on the project.

Warner Bros. has “Superman” scheduled to take flight once again in 2012. Now all they have to do is cast it…

Updated: Deadline has indeed confirmed with Snyder himself that he will, in fact, direct “Superman” as soon as he finishes his duties on “Sucker Punch”.

Says Snyder:

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. 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.

So there you have it, kids. Zack Snyder will direct the Christopher Nolan-produced “Superman” reboot for Warner Bros.

Happy? Excited? Concerned? Bleh?