Nothing sets the Internet buzzing like a juicy bit of comic book movie news, and on Monday (October 4), the biggest headlines belonged to "300" and "Watchmen" mastermind Zack Snyder. He'll direct the "Superman" re-boot, which will be produced by "The Dark Knight" and "Inception" braintrust of Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas.
An obviously enthusiastic Snyder told MTV News he can't wait to get started. "It is pretty awesome," Snyder said. "I'm really excited, and I feel like it's an amazing opportunity."
Snyder was chosen from a very elite list of candidates that included "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky, "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" director Tony Scott, "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves, "Back to the Future" director Robert Zemeckis, and "Source Code" director Duncan Jones.
How will Snyder fare when he molds the Man of Steel? Let's take a walk through his superhero-worthy credentials.
"Dawn of the Dead" (2004)
Snyder made a splash with his first major feature film. The remake of George Romero's 1978 horror classic was well-received by both critics and audiences and notable for Snyder's "modernization" of zombies — in particular, their speed, which was very different from the lurching, sluggish Hollywood zombie archetype.
This highly stylized, action-packed flick put Snyder on the map in a major way. Made for $70 million with a mostly unknown cast of actors and paired with a very successful marketing campaign. "300" made its money back over its opening weekend — the third-biggest opening for an R-rated film ever, behind "The Matrix Reloaded" ($91.8 million) and "The Passion of the Christ" ($83.8 million) — and went on to gross $456 million worldwide.
Riding the post-"300" Hollywood buzz, Snyder tackled his most ambitious and controversial film to date. "Watchmen" is based on Alan Moore's beloved, best-selling graphic novel from the 1980s. The film is a subversive, visceral exploration of the "superhero" with political undertones. It divided critics and audiences alike, but still went on to cross the $100 million mark at the worldwide box office.
"Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" (2010)
On the surface, it's a family film about owls that's based on the highly popular children's book series of the same name, and it's certainly different from any of Snyder's previous works. But Snyder gave the film an extra edge by teaming up with Aussie-based animation company Animal Logic ("Happy Feet"), who created brand-new animation technology in order to fully animate and illustrate birds' feathers and movements. The film surprised box office prognosticators with a No. 2 weekend opening.
So far, fans believe that Snyder is a great choice for the "Superman" reboot. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!