Less than a week ago, we mentioned that Warner Brothers had a list of names it was looking at to direct their planned tent-pole film franchise, a reboot of the shortly dormant Superman franchise, to be produced by The Dark Knight and Inception helmer Christopher Nolan. In that post, we mentioned that Ben Affleck (The Town) was “out” and that my first choice from the list was Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler).
Well, Warners has quickly made up their mind, and has decided to move forward with Zack Snyder of Watchmen fame. HVB reports that they’ve been in love with Snyder since 300 and that they are expecting production to begin next year. Negotiations with Snyder are underway and should close soon.
WB felt the need to rush on the move to get Superman going because of rights issues that they have with the DC property. Snyder is their guy, like it or not. I personally would have liked any number of choices from their list ahead of Snyder. Stylistically, he can do it no question, but from an emotional, humanity, and storytelling standpoint, I don’t have the faith in him. I’m not expecting Superman to be a major needle-mover for me, considering I have seen and read the story so many times before that I am not highly anticipating seeing it told again. But, in the enxt few years, perhaps my reluctance will change. What do you think of this choice? Share.