Zack Snyder, late of "300," "Watchmen" and the upcoming "Sucker Punch," is the director of "Superman: The Man of Steel" for Warner Bros. and producer Christopher Nolan. So says The Hollywood Reporter, who also mentions rumors of a certain returning bad guy.
Call me... "cautiously psyched."
It's en-vogue to knock Snyder right now - "300" has been swallowed-up - with some justification - in the broader geek-community rejection of Frank Miller and "Watchmen" remains divisive. For what it's worth, I remain of the opinion that it's the third best Superhero movie ever made after "Dark Knight" and "Spider-Man 2" ("Iron Man" and Donner's "Superman" being 4 and 5) and I'll maintain that while it's not as "solid" as TDK it's the braver, bolder, more intellectual and more challenging of the two by far. Also, his first non-adaptation effort, "Sucker Punch," has yet to be seen.
Obviously, it would've been more "interesting" had the job gone to also-rumored Darren Aronofsky, but I can't find anything to be upset about. The web will be full of tedious jokes about "speed-ramping" (like, err... the one in the title of this article, for example...) but I like the sound of it. Snyder can direct actors, "gets" the genre, handles big-scale action like a seasoned master and is thus far distinguished in comic-adaptations by his fidelity to the material - I'd LOVE to know what his "favorite" Superman era or story-arc is, if he has one, because then you'd probably know what the movie was going to look like.
In any case, this will be the first time a Superman movie has been made by a filmmaker more known as a visual-stylist, which should actually be pretty refreshing at this point. Imagine a "Superman" movie that looked as close to any given Superman comic as Dr. Manhattan's origin looked/felt like it's source material? Yeah, I'll file this one under "optimism," for now.