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Zack Snyder directing the next “Superman” movie

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder who will be helming the Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot, tentatively subtitled “Man of Steel.”

Snyder, who also directed “300” and a “Dawn of the Dead” remake, began negotiations with Warner Bros. earlier today, according to Heat Vision. He will be working from a script by David Goyer, who came up with the idea for a Superman reboot with Nolan while the two were collaborating on their wildly successful “Batman” series.

The Heat Vision story has two choice nuggets of information. They say the new film, like Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns,” will have a connection to Richard Donner’s cherished version of “Superman.”

That’s good.

But they also say the villain will be General Zod, who was portrayed by the great Terence Stamp in “Superman II.”

That’s not so good. Why would a franchise invite comparisons to Donner’s beloved “Superman” movies? Why ask a new actor to try and fill Stamp’s shoes? And why choose a villain who has very little presence in Superman’s comic universe? Granted, it’s not another rehash of Lex Luthor (thank goodness). But Zod? Again? Harumph.

Still, I think Snyder’s a great choice for the “Superman” series. He’s a visual whiz kid who proved in multiple films that he has a knack for characterization and a flair for stimulating storytelling.

“The character deserves to be loved. It’s his time,” Snyder told Heat Vision.

We’ll see if it’s Snyder’s time, as well.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • October 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    Yes!!! Yes!!! Yessss!!!! I’m soooo excited for Snyder

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