Zack Snyder To Direct SUPERMAN

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY
Zack Snyder, director of graphic novel adaptations of Watchmen and 300, will take over the Superman franchise, Warner Bros. announced Monday.
The film, written by David Goyer and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, is scheduled for a holiday 2012 release, the studio says.

Snyder says he was surprised to land the movie, to be produced by Nolan and partner Emma Thomas.

“I had always been a huge fan of the character, but this is out of the blue,” says Snyder, who has a long-standing relationship with Warner Bros., which will release his Sucker Punch March 25.

The Superman franchise has been a tricky property for Warner Bros., which has tried before to resuscitate the Man of Steel. The last time the studio went to a comics fan, Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns earned $201 million in 2206, about $70 million less than it cost to make.

The first big-screen incarnation, 1978’s Superman, starred Christopher Reeve as the superhero. The franchise has averaged $104 million a film and made $518 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.

Snyder, a professed comic book nerd, knows he’s treading on hallowed ground here.

“He’s the king daddy, no two ways about it,” Snyder says.

The director believes that Clark Kent has been due for a makeover for years, though he’s not tipping his hand over the film’s star or approach. His bleak interpretation of the 2009 graphic novel Watchmen took in $108 million, well short of its $130 million production budget.

Over the years, Snyder says, 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.”

Snyder says Nolan and Thomas came to him with a script “that’s really cool. I can’t give away anything about it, but I liked it right away.”

Whether genre fans will could determine the fate of Krypton’s son.

“We’re well aware,” Snyder says, “that we’ve opened a big can of worms.”

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