Breaking news from Deadline: Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen, will direct the Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot. Was he the right choice?
A week or so ago, it was reported that Nolan was meeting with five potential directors to helm the new Superman film, which is due for release at the end of 2012. The other four candidates were Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), Duncan Jones (Moon), Tony Scott (Unstoppable), and Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles). Looks like Snyder’s previous experience with adapting comics for the screen could have got him the gig.
Personally? I think Snyder has a unique, really cool sense of visual style, but I’m not entirely convinced of his storytelling capabilities. 300 and Watchmen both looked great, but didn’t do much to involve in their stories or characters. Of the five choices though, I didn’t really lean towards any director as a preference for this project…so I guess we’ll see. Nolan seems to know what he’s doing, and hopefully with the story coming from Nolan himself, and David Goyer (masterminds behind 2005’s Batman Begins, and of course, its hit sequel The Dark Knight), this shouldn’t be as much of a problem. Marvel has been pumping out the movies while DC has been focusing on a few huge projects – I hope this turns out to be a fantastic new superhero film or series of films. Superman hasn’t been in the limelight at all lately, and this is a chance to create something amazing. If the film (or first film) is as good as Batman Begins, then we can all rejoice.
What do you guys think of the choice? Should the job have gone to one of the other potentials? Or somebody else entirely?