Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Zack Snyder Will Direct "Superman!"

A visionary director for a superhero who so desperately needs him. The rumors have been confirmed, Zack Snyder will direct the next Superman film! Producer Christopher Nolan had a difficult task at hand, but chose the man I hoped he would!

It's been a crazy road since 2006, and even earlier. Directors like Tim Burton, McG and even J.J. Abrams have been linked to directing a Superman film at one point or another. Richard Donner will forever be synonymous with Superman; his 1978 epic created the genre of film I have come to cherish, the superhero film genre.

Fast forward almost 30 years to 2006. Brian Singer creates an homage to Donner with the pitiful Superman Returns and leaves an entire generation of fans wishing Donner himself would have directed the movie instead.

Fast forward a bit more to 2012 when we will look to the sky for our savior, Superman! Not like Snyder needs an introduction, but there are four films that I believe got him the job.

1. 300 was a huge success and placed Snyder on a very short list of visionary directors that could give us a money shot for every single frame of a movie. He began his voyage into comic book-to-film adaptations.

2. Watchmen proved he could create drama and emotion and only use the action as a tool to tell the story, much like Christopher Nolan and the Batman films, again working in the comic book genre.

3. Legend of the Guardians, which is doing very well in theaters this month and making Warner Brothers a lot of money.

4. Sucker Punch looks like a literal translation of a graphic novel come to life and will surely feature Snyder's recognizable film style.

Superman needed a director like Snyder for so many reasons. It needed his visual style of course, but more so, it needed the darkness Snyder has shown in his previous films. Superman Returns failed on so many levels, for so many reasons. One reason everyone agreed on was the lack of action. I doubt this will be a problem, considering what we've seen in both 300 and the trailer for Sucker Punch.

Another reason that film failed was the character was impossible to relate to in a terrorized world. That good 'ol boy, boyscout type of character will not resonate in this time in the world. So David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan have promised a darker character that better resembles the times.

I love the decision and was jumping up and down like a little kid when I read the news. Now what? Well now we argue and debate the lead. I say Jim Caviezel, some say Jon Hamm. What about Brandon Routh returning to the role? Give us your thoughts on Snyder being hired and your idea for the lead!


FattMatt said...

NOW I'm excited.

Tony Sayegh said...

But you didn't answer the golden question? Who plays Sups? Come on, I know you like the Jon Hamm rumor, but who else?

FattMatt said...

Jon Hamm could do it, but he's got that sinister side to him, you know?
I don't know about Jim, though.
Although the similarities between Superman & Jesus are extraordinary.