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Watchmen director Zack Snyder has been selected to helm the Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot for Warner Bros., Deadline reports.
Snyder’s name was on a short list of contenders that was said to include Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Duncan Jones (Moon), Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and Tony Scott (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3).
Deadline’s Mike Fleming calls Snyder “an inspired choice” for the franchise relaunch. David S. Goyer is writing the script, based on a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan, who will produce with Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder. Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull will executive produce.
“I can’t say why they came to me other than the fact that they know I have a fondness for the character and a real desire to understand him and present him to a new audience,” Snyder tells Hero Complex. “The challenge is huge but you know with Chris and Emma and Debbie I have a lot of people I can rely on. And Chris and David have given this the shape with a great story. It is a hard character to crack.”
Targeted for a holiday 2012 release, the movie — it may or may not be called Superman: Man of Steel — has become a priority for Warner Bros., which must begin production by 2011 or risk opening the door for the heirs of Jerry Siegel to bring action over the lack of a rights-reversion clause in the studio’s deal with DC Comics.
Although script details have so far been kept under wraps, Heat Vision suggests that General Zod could be the villain.