A week ago today we read a report from Deadline Hollywood that laid out the shortlist of directors in contention to direct the upcoming rebooted Superman film franchise and today we learn which director on that list got the job. Deadline published a new report last night that claims director Zack Synder (300, The Watchmen) has been hired to helm the new Superman film which is rumored to be titled Man of Steel:
Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new installment of Superman for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. Snyder was on a short list of directors that I recently revealed met with the studio as well as producers Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas. Other choices at the time included helmers Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman, and Duncan Jones. I think Snyder is an inspired choice. He is a cornerstone filmmaker for Warner Bros., a visual stylist whose efforts for the studio include 300, Watchmen, and the upcoming Sucker Punch. Deadline revealed back on February 9 that the DC Comics stalwart Superman became a priority project when Nolan agreed to godfather it. He and David S. Goyer hatched the story and Goyer wrote the script … I just spoke with Zack Snyder, who confirms that as soon as he completes post on Sucker Punch, he’ll move right into Warner Bros’ long awaited next Man of Steel movie in development with Chris Nolan and David Goyer. “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, who directed Watchmen and 300, told me. “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.”
As you may recall, this news was supposed to be revealed in “weeks” so I’m a bit surprised we’re hearing about this so soon. You may also recall that since director Darren Aronofsky was among the shortlisted directors, actress Natalie Portman’s name was going around as a possible Lois Lane (Natalie, as you may know, stars in Aronofsky’s upcoming new film Black Swan). It remains to be seen if Portman’s name will still be attached to the new Superman film now that Zack Snyder got the directing job but I, personally, still think she’d make a great Lois. To be honest, I think I’m quite pleased that Zack Snyder got the job … sure, I was pulling for Aronofsky to get the gig but I loved Snyder’s work in both 300 and The Watchmen. I’m sure it won’t be long until we hear more about this ambitious Superman reboot.