'Man Of Steel 2' Writers: Weighing The Candidates

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Earlier this week, rumors began circulating that Warner Bros. are already looking for a writer to pen a script for the "Man of Steel" sequel. The news came as a bit of a surprise, as the first of Zack Snyder's Superman movies is still more than a year and a half away, but was not unprecedented.

The three names said to be on the shortlist are Travis Beacham, Lawrence Kasdan and Steve Kloves, the rumored frontrunner.

Each candidate seems like a realistic choice for the job, and an argument could be made for all three. So we've taken the time to break each man down to decide who should get the gig.

Travis Beacham

Only just coming into his own as the writer of big-budget projects, Beacham is the least tested of the three and, one could argue, the least ideal candidate. "Clash of the Titans," last year's mythological action film, certainly didn't wow critics, and his next project, the hotly anticipated Guillermo del Toro film "Pacific Rim," has yet to show a single frame. His resume pales in comparison to the megahits penned by the other two writers on the list. Perhaps once "Pacific Rim" hits, we'll have a better idea of what Beacham is capable of and whether he is worthy of the Man of Steel.

Steve Kloves

The man responsible for all but one of the Harry Potter screenplays, Kloves definitely has the best in Warner Bros. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" showed off an expert ability to balance action, emotion and darker material, the three key ingredients in any Nolan-backed superhero property. He even has some experience handing comic book heroes, having done some work on the "Amazing Spider-Man" script. He's a great candidate that would easily win over fanboy opinions, if it wasn't for his heaviest competition.

Lawrence Kasdan

This might just be me going with my heart and not my brain, but who could say "no" to a Superman movie written by the man responsible for "Body Heat"? Wait, I think I'm forgetting something. Oh, that's right! He wrote the freaking screenplays for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and perhaps the all-time greatest movie sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back." But the 80s are long gone, and Kasdan's list of recent hits doesn't exist, more or less. Although, his name does appear in the writing credits for the guaranteed to be at least interesting "Paradise Lost." Call me crazy, but I think this is just the project to bring back the Kasdan we know and love.

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