UPDATED! Zack Snyder Directing Superman: Man of Steel "Right After Sucker Punch"

Deadline.com has done it again with another exclusive revolving around the DC movieverse: according to the site, Zack Snyder will be directing Man of Steel. In a just-posted UPDATE, Snyder himself comments on the situation.

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By EdGross - 10/4/2010
UPDATE: Deadline spoke with Zack Snyder, who confirms that as soon as he completes post on Sucker Punch, he'll move right into the Man of Steel. "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 told Deadline. "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."

Says Deadline, "Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new installment of Superman. He was on my short list of directors that the studio was considering and producers Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas met with. Snyder is an interesting choice. He is a cornerstone filmmaker for Warner Bros, after directing 300 and the upcoming Suckerpunch."

No doubt much more to come.

Snyder, of course, also directed the adaptation of Watchmen which in the eyes of some was a pretty astounding achievement. One would imagine his creative accomplishment with that film coupled with the success of 300 and what the studio has seen of Sucker Punch have all combined to make him seem like the perfect person to direct.

UPDATES:

The timing couldn't be more perfect for MTV News, which spoke to Zack Snyder about the Superman gig, and to whom the director was pretty enthusiastic in his responses, beginning with the fact that he viewed the gig as "an amazing opportunity."

MTV News was lucky enough to chat with the man in question for a few minutes to address the big news. "It is pretty awesome," Snyder said. "I'm really excited, and I feel like it's an amazing opportunity." He went on to explain that his meeting with Nolan and Emmas Thomas consisted largely of talking about what the Man of Steel means to people today and the character's potential.

"I think that those conversations felt free from teh pressure of an 'audition' and felt more just talking about a character that we both liked. It was really, at that point, I was content if I was the one picked or not, that I had a great visit. From a creative and fan point of view, I was satisfied and that was cool."

He also reassured fans that the character was being looked after "with care," and he credits Nolan's team with coming up with a story that answers the question, "Why remake Superman?" and proves that the character is still relevant for modern audiences.

As to Nolan's involvement he enthuses, "I have a lot of respect for him. I would think that he would be [heavily involved]."

Over at USA Today, while remaining silent on the film's story or approach, he did offer, "Other superheroes, mainly male, have gotten to evolve over the years. Batman. The X-Men. But I think the first (Superman) movies were so well done, he kind of got stuck. I think our challenge is to bring him to a modern audience that's still respectful of the character."

The L.A. Times also had the opportunity to speak to Snyder. When asked why he was approached, Snyder admits that he isn't sure himself, "other than the fact that they know I have a fondness for the character and a real desire to understand him and present him to a new audience. The challenge is huge but you know with Chris and Emma and Debbie I have a lot of people I can rely on. And Chris and David have given this the shape with a great story. It is a hard character to crack."

Again the viability of the character to today's audience came up. "I think he is viable, yes," says Snyder. "He endures. We all want to know, 'How will he come to us now?' He is the biggest and the baddest of them all. The greatest of them all, right? We all want to know how the next chapter takes shape. I want to know how it will take shape."
Source: Deadline
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manthingnitsuj - 10/4/2010, 3:02 PM
ugh
Eviltwin - 10/4/2010, 3:02 PM
Wow, really? This could be goooooooood!

Thanks for the heads up Ed!
WingDingaLing - 10/4/2010, 3:03 PM
i hope this is true because 300 was BADASS!!
I CAN'T WAIT to hear who they will cast as superman!
RockNRollCC - 10/4/2010, 3:04 PM
BEAST!

Awesome find, Ed!!!
TheTrueBoyWonder - 10/4/2010, 3:04 PM
im happy just need to get a good casting, tom welling has to be fave but the rest of the cast will be $hit as usual
LucasMend - 10/4/2010, 3:05 PM
WHAT?
Seriously? ;(
I was hoping for something fresh and new for god sake. C´mon Nolan and WB, more creativity.
Creature - 10/4/2010, 3:05 PM
If this is true- He's almost perfect.
If not- it does not affect me.
He makes bad ass movies but I doubt he's Chris Nolan tier. Maybe WB. It's a different tone, mind you, so I love this choice.
It wouldn't suprise me if it was true.
DLM - 10/4/2010, 3:05 PM
Ed@ Awesome stuff. Lets hope its true and WB make it official. Snyder was my #1 pick out of the shortlist. :)
AshleyWilliams - 10/4/2010, 3:06 PM
Interesting. At least we know it will be close to the comics!
InTylerWeTrust - 10/4/2010, 3:07 PM
Eh. I would have rather seen someone else, but I'll wait for more info before I completely judge. Guess I was wrong, I didn't think Snyder would do it after his comments about him not knowing how to approach it.
patriautism - 10/4/2010, 3:07 PM
If this is true it would be a good choice but not a great choice..
Duncan Jones is the great choice.
jazzman - 10/4/2010, 3:08 PM
as much i like Zack Snyder im not sure about this

was hoping for someone like Duncan Jones or even Danny Boyle if he was on the short list lol
WolvieCBM - 10/4/2010, 3:09 PM
This is awesome news! Great find @Ed.
UltimateAvenger - 10/4/2010, 3:09 PM
he will definitely do a better job with superman... but how good is the question... can't wait till they announce their possible choices for Superman and Lois.
greenarrowbeyond - 10/4/2010, 3:10 PM
that is seriously amazing he should direct the JLA movie too because i think once a good director is there nolan will make bats a part of that world
MassExecutions - 10/4/2010, 3:10 PM
Well well. Whatever faults he may bring, at least there ought to be plenty of action this time. Makes me more likely to go see it.
ironknight - 10/4/2010, 3:12 PM
How reliable is this Deadline place usually?
I hope they're right.
JoshWilding - 10/4/2010, 3:12 PM
Awesome find ED! He's an interesting choice but I really dont see his style suiting a character like Superman...hell, he's said so himself! I just cant imagine that Nolan would pick the director of ultra violent movies like Watchmen and 300. Duncan Jones is a much better choice so I hope that Deadline are wrong about this.
Superman8 - 10/4/2010, 3:14 PM
idk if i believe this. i like snyder though. id be ok w him. ive said this before, i really dont think the director is a big deal here. i think nolan will have the final say and alot of things and i think he will make the movie the way he wants it. for me, this movie all depends on the cast. with that said.......

ROUTHBOOT
ScarletSpidey - 10/4/2010, 3:14 PM
Hmmm...well, they could have done a lot worse and if Nolan approves of him then he has my support.
sexfoodcomics - 10/4/2010, 3:14 PM
I like Zack Snyder alot, but i was hoping to see an up and comming director or someone that doesnt fit the mold of a hero flick
EdGross - 10/4/2010, 3:14 PM
They have a pretty good track record in terms of accuracy, I think. I really love Watchmen and the guy has a love for the genre. As long as he can lighten up a bit, I think he could do a great job with this. Just so long as everyone remembers that Superman needs to be the bright center to whatever world they put him in.
secretasianboy - 10/4/2010, 3:16 PM
not my choice but if the takes it i won't complain one second
Mk616 - 10/4/2010, 3:16 PM
Great, (not) slow motion heat vision and more than likely Lois will get raped.
TrollHunter - 10/4/2010, 3:16 PM
@ OSCURO
If DC wont even make a JLA movie, what in the world makes you think they would even consider doing Kingdom Come?

I'd be ok with seeing Snyder doin Superman.I think he could add that one element all Superman movies have been lacking - Some sick ass action scenes. I wanna see Superman beat the shit outta some baddies.
EdGross - 10/4/2010, 3:19 PM
Mk616, IF this turns out to be true, I have to believe the guy is going to be faithful to the character just as he was faithful to Watchmen. The world of Superman is radically different which I have to assume means that Snyder would take a different approach to it.
greenarrowbeyond - 10/4/2010, 3:20 PM
that is seriously amazing he should direct the JLA movie too because i think once a good director is there nolan will make bats a part of that world
jazzman - 10/4/2010, 3:20 PM
@LP4

lol

but if Zack Snyder use Slow-Mo in the reboot if he actually been hired to director the Superman reboot movie he got to do it like this tho. also maybe Nolan will warn Snyder to calm down with slow-mo.



patriautism - 10/4/2010, 3:23 PM
Did anyone else read the supposed plot summary on IMDB?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770828/plotsummary
JustinMSalvato - 10/4/2010, 3:24 PM
That means Superman is going to be rated 'R' and small boobies and sex everywhere. Oh well. Can't we at least see BIG boobies if there's gonna be nudity??

Luigi - 10/4/2010, 3:24 PM
I wonder where this leads Xerses?
jazzman - 10/4/2010, 3:27 PM
@patriautism

dont believe plot summary on IMDB they dont know nothing about the plot.
patriautism - 10/4/2010, 3:28 PM
@jazzman Oh I know, it didn't fool me for a second.. I just think it's funny, because that plot is awful.
RorMachine - 10/4/2010, 3:30 PM
Its on the level alright. I don't ever remember herself over at Deadline being wrong! Snyder is a great director so I'm sure he will make a great movie, but all of his previous movies(except the owl one!) have been complete gore fests! Its something he loves to do so it might be difficult for him to change up for Supes. But like I said, great directors direct, he will give us a good movie
TurdFergunson - 10/4/2010, 3:32 PM
ya i like how Snydar always has hot chicks in his films with small breasts. its so very artistic but also doesnt offend the ladies that are fans as well.
JacobMc - 10/4/2010, 3:32 PM
am i the only one who thinks he'll screw it up superman is not for him. plus he always has a weird color to his movies wow it better not suck
Creature - 10/4/2010, 3:33 PM
@Ed
is it offical?
jazzman - 10/4/2010, 3:34 PM
@patriautism

yeah i just read it whoever thought of that plot needs to be slapped lol.

dbapz - 10/4/2010, 3:36 PM
nolan will be there every step of the way

i think this is a great thing
dbapz - 10/4/2010, 3:39 PM
@Guason

we will actually get to see superman punch someone lol !


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