Word broke yesterday evening that the highly stylized filmmaker was Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas' official choice to helm the next entry in the iconic hero's cinematic life, and we even got the chance to chat with the lucky man himself about his new gig.
But now it's the morning after, and we've all gotten some time to sleep on the news. Those who were already excited about Snyder's selection are likely fueled by dreams of his unique vision of Superman, while others might still be skeptical. Well, worry not — if you're not sure about Snyder's worthiness for the role, perhaps we can push you over the fence and into the director's camp. Read on for five reasons to get excited about Snyder's takeover of the "Superman" movie franchise!
If nothing else, Snyder knows his way around a comic book store. A longtime fan of the medium, Snyder already has two comic book films under his belt in "300" and "Watchmen," with the former having an alleged sequel on the way in the form of "Xerxes" (though Snyder's involvement may be shaky now that "Superman" is on his plate) and the latter being based on one of the most widely revered comics of all time.
Superman is a horse of a different color, no doubt, but it's comforting to know that Snyder is already at home in this world.
A virtually indestructible hero save for a few key weaknesses, Superman's power set allows him to get into the thick of high octane battle on a routine basis. That wasn't exactly the case in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns," but expect the action factor to ratchet up significantly with Snyder behind the wheel, as anyone who saw the gruesome "300" knows that strong men beating up other strong men is one of the director's strong suits.
Make no mistake — you might not be shouting "this is Metropolis" by the time Snyder's "Superman" is over, but your heart will be racing from the overload of eye-popping superhero action.
As gifted as they both are, Snyder and Nolan are two incredibly different filmmakers in their own right. At first glance, seeing the cerebral Nolan united with the frenetic Snyder might not seem like a natural pairing, but pretty soon, it's less oil-and-water and more chocolate-and-peanut butter, one of those combinations you can't live without.
With both Nolan and Snyder actively on board, we're bound to see a very interesting melding of the two men's sensibilities. It could be an epic success or an epic failure, sure, but it will be epic nonetheless.
Hamm of Steel
The biggest challenge currently facing Snyder is finding a new Man of Steel... or is it? Hard at work on post-production for "Sucker Punch," Snyder is undoubtedly watching footage of "Mad Men" actor and rumored Supes candidate Jon Hamm on a fairly regular basis, as Hamm appears in the film as the mysterious High Roller. With rumors fresh in his head and the actor's presence lingering in the editing suite, Snyder could be staring at his new Superman every single day without even knowing it.
Granted, that's only potentially good news for those of us on the Hamm-for-Superman bandwagon. But while it's pure conjecture at the moment, I don't think Hamm's chances have ever been better.
At the end of the day, "Superman" is not "Watchmen." It's certainly not "300." Indeed, it's a character and a history that is unlike anything that Snyder has ever given us before. An acclaimed filmmaker in his own right, Snyder isn't exactly the first person one thinks of when presented with the warm ideals that Superman represents. But just as a great actor can prove their versatility by transforming themselves into wholly different characters from role to role, a great director should be equally flexible in his body of work.
Just like that moment underneath the wishing fountain in 1985 was the Goonies' time, this is Snyder's time. If he can marry his style with the demands of his character while avoiding falling into the dreaded "dark, gritty reboot" pitfalls, Snyder has the chance to prove himself as one of our generation's truly great filmmakers through "Superman."
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