Robert Zemeckis Passed On SUPERMAN Reboot “Faster than a Speeding Bullet”

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Mere weeks before Zack “Slow-Motion” Snyder (300 ) was cemented as director of the Superman reboot underway over at Warner Bros. — with Christopher Nolan acting as the project’s “godfather” — Robert Zemeckis was rumored to be a fellow contender among a melting pot of marquee names like Darren Aronofsky and Tony Scott. Zemeckis chalked the buzz up to just that, confidently stating, “I passed on that faster than a speeding bullet.”

More words from Zemeckis on Superman after the jump.

While Zemeckis confirmed his services were courted for the film to MTV, he claims his reply to the studio went a little something like this:

“When they asked if I wanted to make the, what is it, seventeenth version of Superman I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ “

With regards to his being labeled a top choice, Zemeckis slyly added:

“You must have read that on the internet. Don’t trust everything you read on the internet! Isn’t everything true on the internet?”

Are you happy with Snyder’s involvement, or does it sting knowing Zemeckis could have been at the reins? In terms of tone and style the two are a pole away, but which would suit The Man of Steel best? At the least it can’t be any more cringe-inducing than the Tim Burton version was going to be : check out his costume designs!

Zemeckis’ Back to the Future trilogy was recently released on Blu-Ray.  The director is currently tinkering on a 3D motion-capture remake of the 1968 Yellow Submarine album/movie combo from The Beatles with Cary Elwes starring.  Here’s the interview clip:




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  • Christophercantos

    i’m glad he didn’t get the job. Aronofsky was the most bad-ass choice(Duncan Jones and Reeves were interesting), but i guess we have his Wolverine to look forward to. i mean, out of the two superheroes, Wolverine is more grounded and will fit more with his gritty style.

    Snyder is an okay choice. it’s not as interesting as Aronofsky or Jones or Reeves, but it’s not a bad choice. i’m still waiting to see his Ultimate Cut of Watchmen. i have a copy of it, i just wasn’t able to find a time to watch it. i thought the theatrical cut was visually stunning, but it’s as memorable or as complex and compelling as it wants to be. i would say it’s visually striking and contains some well put scene with great soundtrack. as a whole, it’s not a great movie(even though it wants to be)

    • Christophercantos

      *but it’s NOT as memorable or as complex and compelling as it wants to be.

  • sense11

    I love Zemeckis but his style wouldn’t have matched well with Superman.

    • Mathieu David

      I think his style would have matched PERFECTLY with Superman. Think of the scope and technical mastery of his best live-action films; the grandeur and seriousness of Contact, for example, married to the tight storytelling and sense of fun of the Back To The Future series… Such a shame he couldn’t have been more enthused about the possibilties.

    • Mathieu David

      I think his style would have matched PERFECTLY with Superman. Think of the scope and technical mastery of his best live-action films; the grandeur and seriousness of Contact, for example, married to the tight storytelling and sense of fun of the Back To The Future series… Such a shame he couldn’t have been more enthused about the possibilties.

  • allouise

    although i don’t really have any major problems with Snyder directing, i can’t help but feel a little bit disappointed that Duncan Jones won’t be in the directors seat. Following Moon, i think it would have been a great chance for Jones to cement his position as one of the most interesting up-and-coming directors, perhaps taking a further step more into the superman psyche.

    • Alex

      Moon was overrated, could have done so much more with a clone meeting clone, my life is a lie, storyline.

      • Anonymous

        I look forward to reading your screeenplay.

      • Bigfiction

        And it would have been a completely different movie, man! What do you want? The isolated and lonely moon environment INFORMED the atmosphere and tone of the entire flick. The STORY, that you claim could have been richer, was in balance with these elements and played off them for a deliberate effect. So, you didn’t like it, alright, but casually labeling it overrated in an empty response is a fucking joke. I’d still be interested in your two cents about what worked and didn’t in Moon, or any other flick in the future, but I think I’m not alone when I ask that you try a little harder. We can waste our time with mindless shit slinging on any other board on the Web. Movies deserve better, and so do the people who put their necks out to make them. Jeesh.

  • Daniels7

    “When they asked if I wanted to make the, what is it, seventeenth version of Superman I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ “

    Yeah, you’re right, Robert. This new reboot of Superman is not nearly as necessary as a motion capture Yellow Submarine. That said, I can’t say Zemeckis would be a good match for Superman.

  • Daniels7

    “When they asked if I wanted to make the, what is it, seventeenth version of Superman I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ “

    Yeah, you’re right, Robert. This new reboot of Superman is not nearly as necessary as a motion capture Yellow Submarine. That said, I can’t say Zemeckis would be a good match for Superman.

    • Phoenixwright101

      I agree with you that the Yellow Submarine remake is unnecessary, but I take his point that there have been countless iterations of Superman on screen over the years in film, TV and animation. It’s not like we desperately need yet another version, whereas at least there has only been one Yellow Submarine movie to date – it hasn’t been done to death yet.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing against Zemeckis but I won’t lose sleep knowing he “passed” on it.

  • Excpired

    Should just call Zack “Slow-mo Synder”

  • p86

    sorry if i dont want a guy who has not directed a live person since 2000

    • Phoenixwright101

      The whole point of his mo-cap films is that they aren’t animated as such – all the characters are played by ‘real people’ (Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, etc.) wearing digital costumes, if you like.

  • st. elmos fireplace

    Moon was a great movie but Rockwell made that movie. It deserved much more consideration for best ACTOR than movie. Aronofsky and Snyder are in another realm in my opinion.

    People forget how Snyder changed the game with 300. The movie and effects were great which is why I think he will be a great choice. This should be a visually pleasing movie with some pretty cool action..

    hey cant be any worse than what Burton was going to do, thank God that fell through!!

    • Phoenxwright101

      I must be the only person intrigued by the thought of the weird, weird Superman movie Burton was going to make. Even if it’s only in the sense of not being able to stop yourself slowing down to look at the wreckage of a horrible car crash, at least it would have been interesting!

  • st. elmos fireplace

    Moon was a great movie but Rockwell made that movie. It deserved much more consideration for best ACTOR than movie. Aronofsky and Snyder are in another realm in my opinion.

    People forget how Snyder changed the game with 300. The movie and effects were great which is why I think he will be a great choice. This should be a visually pleasing movie with some pretty cool action..

    hey cant be any worse than what Burton was going to do, thank God that fell through!!

  • Malaguy

    While I desperately want Zemeckis to get back to the live-action arena, Superman isn’t the one I want him to do first.
    Back to the Future is my all-time favorite movie, but over the last decade, I’ve lost so much respect for Zemeckis as a filmmaker. The performance capture technology is cool, there’s no denying that. HOWEVER, I think it should be used to create something new (as in Avatar – not trying to start a debate about it’s quality though), as opposed to yet another adaptation of an existing story – The Polar Express, Beowulf, Christmas Carol, and now Yellow Submarine. Out of those, I think Beowulf had the best chance of standing out and being something good. But since Beowulf was an awful movie, so much for that thought. Polar Express and Christmas Carol are such established stories, that it was impossible for him to add any personal touches to the material. If that makes any sense. Either way – I want Zemeckis to go back to live action, or if that won’t happen, at least make something original in perf-capture. NO MORE ADAPTATIONS!!

  • iamtryingtobelieve

    The Ultimate Cut is definately a lot better than the theatrical.

  • rbevanx

    And that comes from the guy who did “A Christmas Carol” …like that has never been done before lol

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