Zack Snyder will help Superman fly again. The "Watchmen" helmer has been chosen to direct the upcoming "Superman" movie which has got Christopher Nolan serving as a "godfather". Breaking the news is Deadline Hollywood before Snyder himself confirms the news.
Speaking to MTV Movie News after his involvement in the upcoming superhero project is revealed, Synder says, "It is pretty awesome. I'm really excited, and I feel like it's an amazing opportunity." On working with Nolan who is said to be heavily involved in the project, he says, "I have a lot of respect for him. I would think that he would be."
Snyder, whose latest film "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" was just released in late September, then explains his meeting with Nolan. "It was really just talking about, in really sort of civilized and fun terms, who [Superman] was to us and what he could be," he shares. "I think that those conversations felt free from the 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 had a great visit. From a creative and fan point of view, I was satisfied, and that was cool."
But the filmmaker becomes tight-lipped when asked about the "Superman" film's details. "Yeah, they don't know anything," he says about the rumored "The Man of Steel" title and the plot. "All I'll say is that those guys - Chris and David [Goyer] - have created an amazing story. The 'Why [remake] Superman?' is definitely being looked at with care, that's all I could hope for as a director."
Snyder also refuses to reveal who will portray Clark Kent aka Superman and who is the villain in the film, but he does affirm that "Superman" will be his next project. "This is what we're doing right now. We're going to finish 'Sucker Punch' and get right to work on ['Superman']," he states. "Basically, I'm going to start working on it when I'm done with 'Sucker Punch'."
Snyder's name was previously put on the shortlist of "Superman" helmer along with Duncan Jones, Jonathan Liebesman, Matt Reeves and Tony Scott. Darren Aronofsky was later added to the list with rumor said that he wanted Natalie Portman to portray Lois Lane, but that apparently does not work.
No release date has been set for "Superman" but Warner Bros. is expected to have released the film by 2012.