‘Superman’ to Be Directed by Zack Snyder

The ‘Watchmen’ director has been confirmed by Warner Bros. for producer Christopher Nolan’s long-anticipated reboot.

Superman finds a director in Zack Snyder
Superman finds a director in Zack Snyder
UPDATE: 10/4/10 5:30 PM PST Both Heat Vision Blog and Deadline New York had a chance to speak with Zack Snyder following the news. Here's what he told Deadline New York about the project, saying he'll start work on the movie right after he finishes post-production on his upcoming movie Sucker Punch:

"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 Christopher Nolan 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."

Here's what he told Heat Vision Blog, saying they will work on the script some more before moving forward:

"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 defintely 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"

Original Story: Filmmaker Zack Snyder has been confirmed as the director of Warner Bros.' new Superman movie, according to Heat Vision Blog.

Negotiations between the studio and Zack Snyder started today. Snyder was one of the directors reported to be on the studio's short list of potential candidates. Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman, Duncan Jones and Darren Aronofsky were the other directors wanted by Warner Bros. for the project.

It wasn't clear when production would begin on the movie, although it is noted that Warner Bros. does need to get started by 2011, or else some of the rights to Superman would revert back to the estates of creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.

David S. Goyer wrote the script which Zack Snyder will direct from. It is rumored that General Zod will be the villain of this new movie.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. Newtron

    @The Narrator: Yeah, that is another interesting idea. I think that, as long as the efforts for this film are in the vein of breaking away from the Richard Donner universe, then that'll be refreshing all in itself, and will help produce a successful reboot. I think that's what I'm most excited about with this film, starting something new.

    4 years agoby @newtronFlag

  2. TheMime

    The Mime is willing to bet 1/2 my paycheck and say that "when this movie comes out, all of those who thinks, or believe that this movie will come out suck a$$ will end up sucking their own a$$es and regretting what they said because what they once tried to put down is now their #1 effin movie of all effin time."

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  3. the Narrator

    @James, I am sure they can sum up the entire origin story in flashbacks or in the first 10 minutes, similar to how the Star Trek reboot was presented, with Kirks dad dying in the first few minutes, the two leads as children, then boom they are all grown up and in the academy.

    However, I do think they should limit the origin to that alone, and show the bulk of the film with Kal-El kicking ass as Metropolis' protector.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  4. Newtron

    @TheREALsupes and @TheNarrator: I personally wouldn't mind if they revisited the origin story. Though I'm sure everyone and their unborn child knows the origin story of Superman, I think one thing they haven't done is flesh out the origin onscreen. What I mean is, back in the 70s, Richard Donner set it up briefly and presented enough of it to set up a backstory for the character, but he never broadly fleshed out the events that occurred before the planet's destruction. I personally think that this should be the fresh material you guys are referring to, but that's just me. They did this for the first two episodes for the cartoon in the 90s, and I've longed to see something along those lines onscreen.

    4 years agoby @newtronFlag

  5. Phenon76

    FFS Do something new with a villan.. No zod. he is old news. No lex, at least not a major role. cause lex is always the thorn is supermans back.. fresh story no remake.. or rehashed story. I am a huge fan of superman and smallville.. I Am quite upset that this is the last season of smallville.. Superman must carry on... that this film somewhere that you can continue on with.. the True Fans of superman and 90% of people dont want to see a rehash of a story... give us something new on the screen

    4 years agoby @phenon76Flag

  6. CBF

    This is their last chance to mention Krypton in a film, so they should do something about Krypton beginnings.

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  7. ejk1

    No origin story, please. I can't in good conscience pay money to see an origin story when I already know the origin story.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. Jakn

    I'd rather have Christopher Nolan director this new Superman movie, 'The Man of Steel', but Zack Snyder is a good director, but not nearly as good as Nolan, and as long as Nolan is the writer of this movie, then I'm sure everything will be okay.

    4 years agoby @jaknFlag

  9. Dan

    @TheNarrator I like that, give us something fresh and different, and yeah, have it past the whole origin plot. The world over knows how he came to be. Let's have him already be in our world for a while, and give him some real challenges.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  10. the Narrator

    I think we're all forgetting an important ingredient in this reboot. This all started because Goyer was thinking of a weird twist on the Superman mythology and how Nolan would be perfect for it. He mentioned it to him, and Nolan was intrigued. So don't go in expecting a straight up reboot or what not. I think a few things are gonna be changed. Hell... I am hoping the film is set in the 50's, with Supe's already established as a nation wide protector. Just an idea. Who knows what Goyer and the Nolans are planning.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  11. Buriblazing

    Brandon routh/ Cristian bale make it happen

    4 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  12. MrP

    Studios need to stop with all the ' we have to make the film accessible to all the people who didn't see the first films and..................zzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzz' SHUUUUUUT UUUUUUUUP. If some donkey is going into the cinema to see a film and doesn't get themselves up to speed and doesn't know what's going on, f*ck em. Chris Reeves ( don't know who reed is) is and will always be Superman but BR did a good job. Though I don't watch Smallville, I have seen Welling and he's just to slushy ( perfect for TV) He will need a few years before you will swallow that fact he's a grown up now.

    By the way the studios don't do it so its accessible. They just do it to get more arse's on seats as they don't give a sh*t about making a film at its best. Which is actually a false economy. Word gets around the made it great more will go and see it.

    4 years agoby @mrpFlag

  13. mikehd

    If You Ever Read The Watchmen comic book he did a great job watchmen is the greatest comic book of all time everyone that i know who have read the comic book was very happy with the movie

    4 years agoby @mikehdFlag

  14. Remy72883

    hope he does a good job cause Watchmen sucked

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  15. B3njamin

    I hope its Superman vs. Darkseid, and I hope this move is visually stunning and colorful with different pallets like a new-age LSD trip, and fight scenes in a muffled outer space, but my biggest wish is that there is no Lex Luthor and he doesn't have to be saving Lois Lane all the time cuz she's a lame twat

    4 years agoby @b3njaminFlag

  16. TheMime

    hehehehe...Now that is something...*nerblesmcgee

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  17. nerblesmcgee

    I was kidding about John Travolta there B3njamin button. dear lord was i kidding. i guess yur right about CGI-ing a young christopher reeves in there but who else could play Superman? my other vote is for Will Smith's kid

    4 years agoby @nerblesmcgeeFlag

  18. Emmytt

    f*ck yea! i cant wait for this movie!

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  19. Robertswww

    A Nolan/Snyder team-up should make for a high-quality Superman movie production. I also understand that they need to get the ball rolling before the end of the year, or WB will loose the film rights.

    However, I think they need to plan a little further down-the-road and figure out a way to bring Smallville (now in its final season) from the small screen to the big screen. Tom Welling will make a great Superman (and Bizarro), Erica Durance a great Lois Lane, Laura Vandervoort a great Supergirl, and James Marsters a great Brainiac. Darkseid would make another good villain. Bring it on!

    4 years agoby @robertswwwFlag

  20. B3njamin

    @nerblasmcgee You must be loco thinking the last Superman was any good. That airplane scene was sh*t because how were they supposed to get the plane out of the stadium now? he left! And John Travolta?! Seriously?? He can never play a role without saying something about being crazy and laughing about how crazy he is. A CG Christopher Reed would be the lamest thing in the world! Its as lame as the cg Arnold terminator in Salvation.

    4 years agoby @b3njaminFlag

  21. Steve Dunn

    they need to keep the same actor from the last movie to keep it going

    4 years agoby @steve-dunnFlag

  22. Goliath

    If Nolan is involved, I'm in.

    4 years agoby @goliathFlag

  23. TheMime

    This by far the best news The Mime have heard all year. The last superman was interesting but not much of a "wow!" The Mime agrees with those who thinks that Superman Returns should have been a reboot instead of a continuation. Then again, The Mime likes the fact that they made a movie for the return of the Man of Steal, it sort of gave the production crew of the new superman a bigger canvas to paint on. General Zod would be an interesting villain, though The Mime would love to see Brainiac in this one. It would have sure make and interesting film, the actions if done right could be awesome.

    Anyways, Zod or Brainiac or whoever they end up with..it is a guaranteed awesome and epic movie. First up, we have Zack Snyder who is a genius in graphics and slow-motion scenes, which I hope this movie will have. His works in "Legend of the Guardian: Owls of Gahoole" were so awesome that The Mime considers the film to be his #1 animated film. #3 in favorite movies. On the other hand, we have Christopher Nolan, a man deemed a genius in writing story lines and plots, "One of the smartest man in Hollywood," also the man behind the all-cool-and-awesome "The Dark Knight" which is ranked #1 in my list of favorite comic-based movies. And #2 in my list of favorite movies. So, one hand you have Zack Snyder and the other Chris Nolan. Smack them together and you have the best match up of comic-based movie makers of all time. At least that's what The Mime feels.

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  24. ejk1

    Brainiac can't be that hard to write into a story. If James Cameron can make the Terminator look so real in the mid 80's, then there is no reason why the studio can't create a Brainiac that looks realistic today, especially with the new technology out there. The problem is that the studio thinks that only characters that have a familiar feel for non-comic book readers will have profitability. That's why it's Zod over Brainiac, and probably why it will be Riddler over Hush. Sigh.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. CBF

    I'm with Diaigma on this. I agree it should have not been continued. It should have been rebooted. Singer should never have left his X-Men franchise unfinished in the middle of the trilogy, just because he was a fan of the Donner Superman films and had a chance to continue them. That was a studio mistake. And @merblesmcgee Singer left after X2: X-Men United. Brett Ratner made XIII: The Last Stand so that's why it was mediocre compared to Singer's first two.

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  26. T.Clark

    The next wave of news posts will be casting rumors for this movie. Superman...Lex...Lois...Jimmy...Zod(?)

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  27. RojoDiablo

    I liked SR and don't have a clue why some didn't like it. I thought Routh was great in it as was the rest of the cast. I'd be fine with him returning for this or Welling being used, since he's great on Smallville. Regardless, Snyder will make a solid film for sure and I'll enjoy it just like I enjoyed SR!! Would LOVE to see Erica Durance play Lois Lane, she's extremely hot on Smallville!!

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  28. Diaigma

    It's not that I thought it was bad . . . I just think they should have rebooted instead of continuing the Reeves storyline. I never liked the way they portrayed Luther in those anyway. They had a great cast, but decided to reuse William's score and even resurrect Brando. Imagine Batman Begins reusing Elfman's themes . . . it was out of place.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  29. nerblesmcgee

    did everyone think Superman returns was really that bad? I thought Brian Singer did a pretty good job considering the cast and the storyline. I mean, Lex Luther trying to start his own continent, and the scene where superman saves the plane from crashing, who didn't get chills when that sh*t was going down? but Singer was a sick director. i loved what he did for X-men. the third one was mediocre but the first two were pretty sick considering the limitations of CGI several years ago. But for CGI now a days, we can create whole new worlds that look believable and are in three-dimension, just amazes me how far we've come and how crazy visual affects are. this is going to be the best superman movie to date and most definitely one of the better superhero films of all time. but who would be the best actor to portray a modern day Man of Steel? my vote's for Jon Travolta, JT. but seriously, who? they can't use another unknown. they should just CGI a young Christopher Reeves in there that would be sick

    4 years agoby @nerblesmcgeeFlag

  30. CBF

    He must be, why use Zod again when he's been done before? That's like Returns using Lex and Kryptonite again. It's a p*ssyfoot way of not using new characters. Brainiac must be really hard to write into a story. Since they tried with Superman III and Returns.

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

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