Zack Snyder will direct Warner Bros.’ reboot of Superman.
Snyder, who whelmed fan boy favorites 300 and Watchmen, has been chosen by Warner Bros. after a lengthy search for a director. Other directors that were being considered for the project included Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler,) Ben Affleck (The Town,) Tony Scott (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) and Matt Reeves (Cloverfield.)
“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 said of the DC Comics’ icon to Deadline.
Warner Bros. has a long history of producing Snyder’s films. Together, they have brought to moviegoers 300, Watchmen, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and the upcoming Sucker Punch.
Christopher Nolan, the director behind the Batman franchise, and partner and wife Emma Thomas are also producing the reboot. David S. Goyer, a screenwriter of Batman Begins, is writing a script based on a story he and Nolan created.
“It’s very exciting; we have a fantastic story,” Nolan said of the reboot to the Los Angeles Times in March. “And we feel we can do it right. We know the milieu, if you will, we know the genre and how to get it done right.”
Although Superman Returns flew into theaters in 2006 and grossed $391 million worldwide, many critics considered it a lackluster interpretation of the Man of Steel.
Snyder will begin working on the much-anticipated reboot once he completes Sucker Punch. Warner Bros. and DC Comics are hoping for the reboot to have a December 2012 release date.
Considering Snyder and Nolan’s respective successes, the Superman reboot should remove the bad aftertaste of Superman Returns and be another classic in the superhero genre.