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?



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  • Juggernaut

    I hope this is true. Snyder was my pick for the gig. I just hope that the script and cast are on par with Snyder’s style.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Yup. Updated the article with the confirmation.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    very good news !! i loved 300 and watchmen i bet xerxes will be great also — now lets do some justice here and either bring back brandon routh or give tom welling the part –

  • Anonymous

    Good news for sure. Of all the names on the short lists that were circulating, he’s probably the best and most logical choice. Plus I’m sure being a Warner Bros companyman didn’t hurt.

  • Fng5

    I hope the informartion would be true. Snyder as director and Nolan as Producer are a good combination and perhaps the man of steel fly again on the big screen.

    But once again, who will play superman?? I saw a fan-picture of Joe Manganiello (the shirtless werewolf from True Blood) with the superman costume, not so bad, but again, pure muscle and no acting skills.. remember Brandon Routh??

    Sadly, all depends of the leading man of the movie.

  • Romeo Garcia

    COOL!!!!! Snyder is one of the top 10 directors right now…..he’s gonna give to SUPERMAN a new vision,a new direction,a new action….Very but very good of WARNER Bros. to choose SNYDER….i cant wait!!!!!

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

    Definitely a good choice. He has an eye for comicbook films. I think the combination of Goyer’s script, Nolan Producing, and SNyder directing will bring us the SUperman we’ve all been waiting for. At least we know the action will be spectacular. I think this will be a pretty good flick.

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

    Definitely a good choice. He has an eye for comicbook films. I think the combination of Goyer’s script, Nolan Producing, and SNyder directing will bring us the SUperman we’ve all been waiting for. At least we know the action will be spectacular. I think this will be a pretty good flick.

  • Lexavi80

    COLOR ME WAAAAAAYYYYY EXITED!!!!!!.
    I mean, c’mon!!!. Goyer/Nolan story with Snyder visuals???.
    I really hope this come to past.

  • Jeff_cobaine77

    Brandon Routh is stil looks like superman just like in comiks,and i hope he will play role in 2012 superman because he is superman