Well, well, well, the mumblings about Christopher Nolan having narrowed his “Superman” director candidates to a very short list were indeed true. It was announced Monday (October 4) that “300″ and “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder will helm Nolan’s reboot of the beloved franchise.
MTV News was lucky enough to chat with the man in question for a few minutes to address the big news. “It is pretty awesome,” Snyder said. “I’m really excited, and I feel like it’s an amazing opportunity.”
Regarding his big meeting with “Superman” producers Nolan and Emma Thomas, Snyder said the discussion was more about their love for the character, versus concrete plans for the film’s reboot.
“It was really just talking about, in really sort of civilized and fun terms, who [Superman] was to us and what he could be,” he explained. “I think that those conversations felt free from the pressure of an ‘audition’ and felt more just talking about a character that we both liked. It was really, at that point, I was content if I was the one picked or not, that I had had a great visit. From a creative and fan point of view, I was satisfied, and that was cool.”
Regarding our questions about the rumored “Man of Steel” title and plot details from David Goyer’s script, Snyder responded with a non-answer. “Yeah, they don’t know anything,” he laughed, giving us the impression that even if he does know something, he can’t tell us.
“All I’ll say is that those guys — Chris and David — have created an amazing story,” he enthused. “The ‘Why [remake] Superman?’ is definitely being looked at with care, that’s all I could hope for as a director.
“Everyone always says, ‘Why Superman? Why is he relevant? Who is he now?’ ” Snyder added. “I think those guys have done an amazing job with that. That’s the real trick.”
Snyder said he hopes Nolan will be heavily involved in the filmmaking process. “I have a lot of respect for him,” he said. “I would think that he would be.”
So what villains might we look forward to seeing in his big-screen version? “Yeah, no,” he laughed again. “I can’t say.”
Will he be looking for name actors or unknowns to don that famous cape? “No idea,” he said.
All right, we get it. Everything is under wraps until further notice! Snyder, however, did admit that “Superman” will put any other possible projects (i.e., the “300″ spin-off “Xerxes”) on hold.
“This is what we’re doing right now,” he said. “We’re going to finish ‘Sucker Punch’ and get right to work on ['Superman'].”
And when might production begin? Six months? Six years? “No, not six years, but soon,” he said. “Basically, I’m going to start working on it when I’m done with ‘Sucker Punch.’ ”
Deadline first reported the news that Snyder was chosen among a very elite list of candidates, which included Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman and Duncan Jones.
According to Nolan, plans for the Superman reboot originated when he and Goyer were working on the sequel to “The Dark Knight.”
“It was the first time I had been able to conceive of how you would address Superman in a modern context,” he told Empire magazine in June. “I thought it was a very exciting idea.”