It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's... Zack Snyder Directing 'Superman'

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He's faster than a speeding bullet -- so thank God the new director of "Superman" has a passion for shooting in slow motion. Deadline reports that the coveted gig has gone to "watchmen" director Zack Snyder, who'll work with producer Christopher Nolan to bring The Man of Steel back to the big screen.

Snyder beat out a host of big names for the job, and less than a couple of weeks ago directors like Duncan Jones, Matt Reeves and Tony Scott were taking meetings with Nolan in Los Angeles.

Snyder has directed four films for Warner Bros., including "300", "Watchmen" and "Legend of the Guardians". He's working on "Sucker Punch" for the studio, due out next March.

Plot details are scant, but expect "Superman" to head into production pretty soon - the studio needs cameras rolling on the flick before the end of 2010 or they'll lose the copyright on the character to the creators' heirs.

Snyder told Heat Vision that Nolan has been, "super-amazingly smart and also amazingly kind, filmmaker-to-filmmaker."

He shared none of his vision for the project at this stage, but told the blog, " The character deserves to be loved. It's his time."