Zack Snyder Directing Superman

Zack Snyder Directing Superman

A huge announcement regarding development of the next Superman film has surfaced via Deadline who has confirmed that Zack Snyder is onboard to direct the next Superman film immediately following his work on Sucker Punch.

Snyder spoke to Deadline explaining that “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”.

Zack Snyder came onto the film scene in a huge way via his remake of George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” and followed that up with the much loved comic book adaptations “300” and “Watchmen”.

His work on comic book properties to date has been fantastic, particularly on “Watchmen”, given the complexities of the source material Snyder translated it into a great film which I felt was at least true to the spirit of the source material without managing to be a literal translation (and I’m not sure a giant squid at the end would have worked very well in the film anyhow).

Chris Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento, The Prestige, Dark Knight, Inception) is still attached to the project in a producing and oversight type role as is one of his previous collaborators David S. Goyer who worked on the screenplays for Batman Begins, Jumper and Dark Knight and will be filling a similar role for the Superman film.

This is a great step forward for the Superman franchise which has been struggling to gain traction since the Bryan Singer directed ‘Superman Returns’ which despite grossing $390 million worldwide is considered not to have performed financially well enough to give Warner Bros reason enough to continue with that vision of the franchise.

I’ve said it before in previous posts regarding the future of Superman on film but I think it’s a shame that Brandon Routh will likely not be considered for the role, he delivered a great performance in the role and I would have liked to see him continue.

Sucker Punch directed by Zack Snyder looks very interesting and is scheduled for release during 2011, be sure to check out the trailer and some promo posters here. Hopefully if production starts to ramp up over the next couple of months we can look forward to the next Superman film sometime in 2012 and with names like Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder involved, it’s going to be very interesting to see where they take it.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.