Is Zack Snyder the Right Director for Superman?

For those of you who loved 300, at least liked Watchmen, the Superman project just got a whole lot more interesting. Several names have been circling the rumor mill in recent weeks, but the winner to direct the new Superman is Zack Snyder.

Christopher Nolan is overseeing the project as producer and David Goyer is writing the screenplay.

Superman will likely kick ass as a result.

I’ve been a fan of Snyder’s since day one, when the awesome zombie flick Dawn of the Dead bit its way into theaters. The film was fresh (despite being a remake), exciting, funny and visually stimulating. Then again, if Dawn of the Dead was visually stimulating, 300 was a visual orgy. The movie proved Snyder could direct straight-on action with a vengeance.

Of course, if 300 was a visual orgy, Watchmen was a visual uber-orgy (I worked myself into a corner with “orgy”). It may have been slow and not right for everyone, but it was an impressively made superhero movie.

We’ll ignore Legend of the Guardians, which just looks stupid (but still, visually amazing).

Snyder could definitely do Superman justice and bring him into the 21st century. I’m a Bryan Singer fan and even am a fan of his 2006 movie Superman Returns – but I recognize its deficiencies. At first I thought it was wise to make a sequel to the old Chris Reeves Superman films, solely because no one needs to be reminded of Kal-El’s origins. But Singer, for some reason, bound himself to the world of the Chris Reeves Superman, which was overly goofy and made for the 1980’s. The movie also lacked an epic climax, even though Superman nearly kills himself lifting a continent into outer space.

Snyder is starting from scratch and will make Superman a visually intense action movie (action – that’s another thing Superman Returns lacked). Coupled with Goyer’s writing and Nolan’s oversight, the movie’s odds – and expectations – are extremely favorable.

But is Snyder the right director for Superman? I was expecting Nolan to pick a director who catered a little more to Nolan’s filmmaking style. Snyder likes glossy; Nolan likes gritty. In this regard, Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) was a better choice.

Then again, directors change their style to fit the screenplay and story. Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen all have their own distinctive styles, and I expect a markedly different approach from Snyder for Superman.

I’m excited, and so you should be.

By Erik Samdahl
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  • Clockwise

    This is great. I didnt know Zack Snyder was Chosen.
    I think he would do a fine job. Basically it will make Superman a little more gritty than its ever been. Dawn of the Dead:Gritty
    300:Gritty Watchmen:Gritty Superman = Gritty. Combined with the polished look that Zack goes for it will possibly be the Superman weve waited 25 years for.

    Brian Singer is a horrible Director. Both X-Men movies were terrible (so was the third). Hes like a better version of M. Knight Shamalan. Brian Singer movies are too damn slow and have have bad flow. Superman Returns is the epitomy of a Brian Singer Movie. Basically it seems as if hes offered a movie. He reads the script and likes certain scenes. Then he focuses too much time on how to deliver those scenes and overdoes them leaving the rest of the movie slow and bland. (Superman airplane scene and bullet eyeball scene for example) and i hated the script! Lex Luthor creates a ugly a** continent in the middle of the Atlantic?? yes very 80’s and didnt you see any inconsistency in the fact that Superman couldnt stop the Airplane but could lift a continent? Terrible!!

    I did like Valkyre alot but thats because theres was no action like the comic movies Singers made. It was just great acting by great actors about a subject that was very exciting in itself…the death of Adolf Hitler. It was much like The Usual Suspects was good because of the great cast of actors in it. No over the top action or special effects like XMen and Superman.
    Im sorr X Men was the most dissapointing movie of the last 30 years. Both of them were. All due to Singer i think. Im a huge XMen fan and trust me there was tons more stuff he could have done.

    I think you may have meant that Christopher Nowlan is Producing the project wich is amazing. David Goyer is the best Comic Script Writer so im POSITIVE this movie will finally be the 21st Century Superman with all our g**Damn special effects that weve waited for.

    By the way…did you know that Darren Aronofsky has been offered Wolverine 2? I hope he doesnt take it. Im really worried about that one. It would ruin his great streak. I think id rather see him direct Robocop instead lol.

  • Hi Clockwise, thanks for your insightful comment! I actually disagree with you regarding X-Men and X-Men 2 – X-Men 2 especially is one of my favorite comic book movies.

    And yes, interesting that Aronofsky has now been offered Wolverine 2. He would be better doing Robocop, but he could take Wolverine in a cool new direction.

  • Leonard Abel

    What, M Night isn’t available? I couldn’t believe when I heard the news! I totally agree that Matt Reeves would have been a great choice. Thats all we need, Superman in slo mo!! Well at least we’ll get a great trailer! The trailer for Watchman was awesome (especially in pseudo IMAX) but what a overdone horrible awful movie!