Why Warner Bros. Hired Zack Snyder to Direct SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL; Plus the Film’s Logline Revealed?

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Earlier this week, we reported that Zack Snyder had signed on to direct Superman: The Man of SteelVulture now reports that slightly unsettling news that Snyder was hired because Warner Bros. knew he could get the job done fast.  Warner Bros. needs a Superman movie in production by 2011 or they’ll be subject to potential lawsuits by the heirs of the character’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  Here’s the really disconcerting line from Vulture’s story:

We’re told by knowledgeable insiders the reason Warner Bros. picked Snyder for Man of Steel is that the script by David Goyer was rushed, is still a bit of a mess, and that Warner Bros. needs someone who won’t spend months or even years trying to get it just right (i.e. [Darren] Aronofsky).

Vulture adds that even Snyder believes that the script needs work, but he’ll be able to get the movie made faster than Aronofsky.  While we all want to have faith that Christopher Nolan’s guiding hand can push Superman to a great movie, this report casts a shadow over the production.  Hit the jump for what we know about the movie thus far plus the film’s newly-revealed logline.

In Vulture’s article, they say that in Superman: The Man of Steel:

“Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman.”

It’s also looking like General Zod will be the villain this time around.  As we’ve previously reported, Nolan and Goyer are setting this Superman in a “modern context” and that Warner Bros. is targeting the release of the film for the 2012 holiday season.  It’s also looking like they’ll be starting fresh with regards to casting.

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  • Project 86

    is Goyer this incompetent lol

    he has had since January to put together a good script

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      Ever write a good script before? :) It ain’t as easy as it looks.

    • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

      Putting a script together in 8 months? Yea, that seems pretty easy……… :|

    • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

      Putting a script together in 8 months? Yea, that seems pretty easy……… :|

  • IllusionOfLife

    I have a bad feeling about this…

  • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

    I *love* how most sites are using Alex Ross drawings to illustrate these news..

  • Anonymous

    This kinda blows!

  • James Kragen

    They better not include Lex Luthor or General Zod in the new Superman movie or any Superman movies for a while. There are many Superman villains that have not been used in the movies but have been used on Smallville such as Bizarro, Brainiac, Doomsday, Metallo, Toyman and shortly, Darkseid. Other villains that they can use include Atomic Skull, Bloodsport, Bruno Mannheim, Conduit, Cyborg Superman, Faora, Gog, Imperiex, Intergang, Jax-Ur, Kryptonite Man, Livewire, Mala, Mercy Graves, Mongul, Morgan Edge, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Parasite, Prankster, Sam Lane, Silver Banshee, Solaris, Superboy-Prime, Superman Revenge Squad, Terra-Man, Titano, Ultra-Humanite, Ultraman.

    • Excpired

      Yeah, all of those villians you just named off sound like stars out of a Superman themed porno.

    • Mr.Orange

      just because you can names all of those doesnt mean youre right. almost every thing with batman has the joker. good thing they didnt ask you for help on the dark knight.

      • MrRich316

        Right, because in Batman Begins the whole movie was a set-up for the added on piece about the Joker. And I suppose the third Batman film from Nolan will be about the Joker? Oh wait NO IT WONT. BTW he is right. This Superman will fail if it doesn’t change the formula. New villains,not new twist on old villains. I understand WB doesn’t care they are just slapping it out there to keep the rights. They might as well be Fox.They are wasting the chance to gouge the smallville fanbase out of alot of change.

    • http://twitter.com/grapenutsrbt Jim Goff

      Dear Smallville fanboy,
      You post this on every story about The Man of Steel and its getting tiring. Stop it.

      PS Smallville sucks.

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  • toxiclogic

    It’s also looking like General Zod will be the villain this time around. As we’ve previously reported, Nolan and Goyer are setting this Superman in a “modern context”… How do you extrapolate General Zod out of ‘Modern Context’? When you say ‘It’s looking like’ I think what you’re really saying is ‘ I have no fucking clue, but here’s an idea..’ . Unless of course there’s some thing you know that I don’t?

    • Bigfiction

      Goldberg was just listing what has been previously circulated about the movie. Also, what he knows that you don’t is that Monday this site commented on a report from THR and it went a little something like this….”Per a report from THR, Goyer’s script is believed to be akin to Richard Donner’s Superman films via the inclusion of General Zod as the primary villain.” It’s even in the title of the second headline under related posts at the top of this comment board.

  • Bigfiction

    I was really banking on Aronofsky for this, but I understand his reservations. He passed on Watchmen for the same reason before Snyder took a go at it. I was literally just walking out of Snyder’s Legends of the Guardians when I got the Man of Steel announcement. I saw it in IMAX 3D of course, and for the first 45 min I was totally loving it. Yeah, the children’s story wasn’t intended for me, but it gelled, and all I could think was “Snyder COULD knock Superman out of the park!” Then the last half (of only a 90 min flick) went flat and got too mechanical. But, with a solid script by Goyer and Nolan looking over his shoulder, I could now get behind the Snyder choice.
    Yeah, this is a devastating rumor. Whatever Snyder delivers it will look amazing, but I hope it doesn’t smell like wet glue and fall apart inside of 2 hours.

    • Excpired

      Were we not just told that the script is NOT solid? And that he WAS hired because he is such a numb skull that he will jump in half-cocked.

    • Excpired

      Were we not just told that the script is NOT solid? And that he WAS hired because he is such a numb skull that he will jump in half-cocked.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    From what little I know of David Goyer he seems like an idea man. His directing has never interested me (the shows he directed on FlashForward were often the worst) and he doesn’t seem to write natural dialogue very well. On the other hand he’s been involved in screenplay or story on several very cool movies like the Batman movies and Dark City.

    Hopefully someone else gets their fingers into the script because Christopher Nolan is taken with the idea and it’s probably very good. In fact, that logline is pretty compelling to me.

    Zack Snyder is best with heavily staged drama like 300 and Watchmen. I don’t know how well that fits Superman in any context. I do hope he surprises me, though.

    • Excpired

      I agree with you entirely. The logline was interesting, I can see it being as good as Iron Man. The only thing that worries me is that just like Iron Man the end it will become dull, and then the second film will just be trash.

      The only thing Iron Man 2 had going for it was the comedy, the rest of the movie stunk (unfortunately it was sacrificed for the comedy).

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    From what little I know of David Goyer he seems like an idea man. His directing has never interested me (the shows he directed on FlashForward were often the worst) and he doesn’t seem to write natural dialogue very well. On the other hand he’s been involved in screenplay or story on several very cool movies like the Batman movies and Dark City.

    Hopefully someone else gets their fingers into the script because Christopher Nolan is taken with the idea and it’s probably very good. In fact, that logline is pretty compelling to me.

    Zack Snyder is best with heavily staged drama like 300 and Watchmen. I don’t know how well that fits Superman in any context. I do hope he surprises me, though.

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    This is very disconcerting. But more power to Snyder for taking it on. He doesn’t back down from a challenge, that’s quite apparent by now. I just hope this works out for everyone…

  • Excpired

    I don’t think putting Snyder in front of a script is a very good idea. He butchered Watchmen and from what I hear Legends doesn’t end that well either.

    The guy is obsessed with internal monologue, which is one of the most hack things you can do in a movie. I guess everybody has forgotten those old noir films where the guy just tells us everything thats happened even though we are already seeing it or are about to see it for ourselves. Reminds me of kids anime like Naruto. I guess that means the movies are pandering to morons.

    • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

      Didn’t the graphic novel have an internal monologue itself? Osterman tells us his experiences as he goes through his transformation. And Rorschach has journal entries throughout. Was that pandering to the audience?

      I find it funny that you mention that Watchmen pandered to morons because I know a ton of people that simply didn’t get the film, and they AREN’T morons. There is a lot of surface, and a lot of underground to Watchmen (film) that people just didn’t understand. If it panders to morons, it must have missed the mark and hit the middle ground instead.

    • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

      Didn’t the graphic novel have an internal monologue itself? Osterman tells us his experiences as he goes through his transformation. And Rorschach has journal entries throughout. Was that pandering to the audience?

      I find it funny that you mention that Watchmen pandered to morons because I know a ton of people that simply didn’t get the film, and they AREN’T morons. There is a lot of surface, and a lot of underground to Watchmen (film) that people just didn’t understand. If it panders to morons, it must have missed the mark and hit the middle ground instead.

  • Tonamania

    Plot of “Superman: Man of Steel”, starring Gerry Butler as Superman / Clark Kent –
    General Zod and a bunch of super powered cronies from the Phantom Zone invade Metropolis.
    Superman (to a bunch of bat and bottle wielding citizens behind him): “The Kryptonians must pass through Metropolis Bridge, where the super powers will count for nothing…”

  • Ringbearer1420

    Snyder is perfect for this, Aronofsky would ruin it.

  • Ringbearer1420

    Snyder is perfect for this, Aronofsky would ruin it.

  • sense11

    Fuck it, i like everyone involved. Bring on The Man of Steel.

    Maybe that was the problem with Superman Returns. They over-planned that shit. Just hire a bunch of awesome filmmakers, Producers & Writers and let them go to work.

  • Alex

    Snyder to the rescue again!

    He’s the only man up to the task, the boys can sit this one out. Snyder practically admitted to completely rewriting the Legend of the Guardians script and that was a rushed film.

    Also his films have alot of depth to them, too much for a filmmake rooted in pop culture myth, it’s a love or hate thing, people are only know realizing what 300 means. His Superman will have mixed reviews but I think a good portion of audiences will see that a genius is behind the directors seat.

    • Alex

      I mean IN the directors seat lol.

  • http://twitter.com/grapenutsrbt Jim Goff

    I put Synder in the same category as Robert Rodriquez when it comes to directors; the dudes just get shit done and they do it well. Also while Warner Bros is rushing this (just like Sony is rushing the terrible Spider-Man re-boot) to keep their properties, I feel like because the right people were picked I think it will turn out at least entertaining. Maybe not earth shatteringly good, but still good.

  • lloydyd

    Surely its about time they put Tom Welling and the Smallville mob in the Fray for the new movie…..they already have a Zod, Lois, and even Krypto….Give Welling a chance, he is a great new twist on Sups.

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