Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Zack Synder Directing New Superman Movie

It's official...Zack Synder (300, Watchmen) will be directing the new Superman movie.

THR reports:

Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new Superman movie, which Christopher Nolan is producing for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Negotiations began earlier today.

Snyder, who directed “300″ and “Watchmen,” had been on the list of helmers ensconced in meetings with Nolan and Warners execs, who in recent weeks have talked to Darren Aronofsky, Ben Affleck, Matt Reeves and Tony Scott.

Nolan, who revived Batman, teamed up with David Goyer for a new a way to revive the last son of Krypton. Goyer is writing the script, which is rumored to have, like “Superman Returns,” a Richard Donner Superman connection. In the movie’s case, it’s a villain connection: General Zod.

Nolan is producing with his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, along with Charles Roven, and Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder’s wife and partner.

Because Nolan was godfathering “Superman,” it initially was though that any filmmaker coming on baord would be someone who would be more of a mentee in a mentor-style relationship. Snyder, however, brings not only box-office clout but also, like Nolan, a reputation for being a visionary.

Snyder, who told Heat Vision that he was “psyched” about the gig, played down potential class differences.

“In the initial meetings, he’s been super amzaingly smart and also amazingly kind, filmmaker-to-filmmaker,” he said of Nolan. “I have great respect for him. The process has been amazing so far, and it looks like nothing but pluses.”

Snyder first met with Nolan about a month ago, and while he didn’t do any dog-and-pony show, “I definitely expressed my love for the character and interest in seeing him treated right.”

Added Snyder: “The character deserves to be loved. It’s his time”

The director said he and the movie’s makers would work on the script a little bit before jumping to the next stage.

“We’re moving quick,” he said.

I'm really excited about this. Synder is a great director and has experience with comic book movies. His style is typically a bit darker than other directors so I'm interested to see how he'll incorporate that into the Man of Steel. Obviously, Superman isn't a dark character in any way but I think he's been missing some touches of darkness all these years. When I say darkness what I really mean is going all out in a fight, holding nothing back, and revealing some emotions. As a true Superman fan that's what I need to see. This is going to be awesome!


  1. Seeing as how I loved "Watchmen," I couldn't be more excited for this now.

  2. I think this is an awesome decision. Snyder is a great director for action, and Superman needs that. The last Superman movie fell short on that I think. With Nolan Producing, Goyer Writing, and Snyder Directing, this is going to be huge. I can't wait!

  3. A great director for this character and with Nolan backing, its sure to be a huge hit. Besides General Zod, it's time to bring some apocalyptic characters up against the world's modern day Jesus Christ figure. I am thinking along the lines of Darkseid and all of Apokolips, Brainiac, and of course Superman's ultimate end, Doomsday. The Last Son of Krypton is now entering a generation where CGI can do about anything for this character. No more strings...its time for flying at the speed of sound, freezing entire oceans with a large breath, moving structures like they were Legos etc. The inner trials of the character will surely be brought out now with his ultimate downfall: His pride, his constant feel for the need to save EVERYONE, which any real life hero knows is ultimately impossible.

    Another question...do you bring back Routhe or do we look to another Man of Steel to dawn the red and blue? Personally, I am a fan of the TV show, Smallville. I think this series was an interesting and new way to look at the character. And with that, I have to say Tom Welling should be thrown into the mix. The man has been playing this character for 10 years now. And with the show concluding at the end of this season, it seems like the ultimate opportunity to take the torch Mr. Reeves left for him. If you have seen the Episode entitled Rosetta, you will know Christopher Reeves was a major guest character on the show and it gave some kind of "passing the torch" kind of feel.