Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Superman Movie News: Zack Snyder hired to helm the next 'Superman: The Man of Steel' film

According to (and multiple online sources), Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the next Superman movie...
    "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."
Zack Snyder will move into working on the Man of Steel as soon as he completes post-production on his movie "Sucker Punch".

Next, The LA Times has published an article about Zack Snyder being selected to direct the up-coming new Superman movie. Snyder speculates that his passion for comics and Superman in particular is probably what won him the job...
    "I can't say why they came to me 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," Snyder said. "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."
As for whether Superman, a 70 year old character, is still viable in today's world...
    Snyder said the modern movie mode does present a challenge in a pop-culture era of Red Dead Redemption and "Inception" but he refuses to think that a character that rivals Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus in recognizability can ever be considered a relic. "I think he is viable, yes," Snyder said. "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."
Meanwhile claim there's a rumor going around that General Zod could be the main villain for this new film. claim that Snyder says that Brandon Routh isn't likely to don the red and blue tights again.
    "It's still early in the process but I will say that the story that Chris and David have laid out is pretty awesome," Snyder said.

    Legendary will co-finance half of the Superman pic, with the company's chief Thomas Tull, on board as executive producer. Legendary was also behind "Superman Returns," which starred Brandon Routh, and the recent hits "Inception" and "The Town."
    Routh isn't likely to don the red and blue tights again, Snyder said.
Nolan will produce the Superman actioner with wife Emma Thomas, as well as Charles Roven ("The Dark Knight"), Deborah Snyder ("Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch").

David Goyer ("Batman Begins") is writing the script, based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

More Superman news below on Zack Snyder directing the up-coming new Superman movie, did a quick interview with Zack Snyder where they ask him about the story, casting, scheduling and more. Here's part of the interview...
    MTV: Do you know if they're sticking with the rumored "Man of Steel" title? And are you going to be working from Goyer's script? SNYDER: [Laughs] Yeah, they don't know anything.
    MTV: Goyer's script is said to be a "modern-day take" on the character... did you talk about that at all?
    SNYDER: Not really - in a sense that I hadn't read it at the time and we just talked about the character. All I'll say is that those guys - Chris and David - have created an amazing story and the "Why Superman?" question is definitely being looked at with care. That's all I could hope for as a director - that those guys have already gone a long way to making him, [addressing] the "Why?" of Superman, [and] toward understanding him. ... Everyone always says "Why Superman?" Why is he relevant? Who is he now? I think those guys have done an amazing job with that. That's the real trick.

And also asked him to compare his work on "Watchmen" to the Man of Steel...
    "They are totally different characters, totally different worlds," says Snyder. "I wouldn't want to compare them at this point." Snyder's comic book passions do run adult and edgy; he cites alternative, underground-minded comics like Heavy Metal and Cobalt 60 as formative influences. But he says he's long had a keen interest in Superman, especially as a cultural icon. "I've followed Superman over the years," he says. "I wouldn't say I was a huge devotee, but I've kept an eye on the character in the pop culture, and as the pop culture has regarded him, for the past 10 years, especially. I think there's a real opportunity here. He's in the perfect place to do something." When asked to elaborate, he says: "Think of where Batman was when Chris took that on earlier in the decade. I think Superman is in a very similar place, in terms of being available and in terms of his relationship to where the culture was at that time. Superman is right there. He's ready. And can I be any more cryptic?"

    Asked if he's ready to take on another comic book franchise that will be eagerly anticipated - and intensely, obsessively scrutinized - by fans, Snyder says: "All I can is that this is super-awesome, and I'm super-excited, by every aspect of this. He's Superman. He's the king of the superheroes."

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