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Zack Snyder directing “Superman” reboot

Zack Snyder has officially signed on to direct the upcoming reboot of Superman that will be produced by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas. Snyder got the job over directors Duncan Jones (Moon), Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), Matt Reeves (Let Me In), and Tony Scott (Man on Fire) among other rumored talents.

Concerning the reboot, here’s what Snyder had to say, via Deadline:

“I’ve been a big fan of the character for a long time, he’s definitely the king of all superheroes, he’s the one. It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I’ve always felt he was kind of awesome. I’ll finish ‘Sucker Punch’ and get right at it.”

He has the most recognizable name of all of the directors mentioned, which means that the reboot will be more marketable, right? Don’t be so sure. Take a look at his first venture into animation, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, a family-friendly fantasy with a PG rating. Even with extra charges for 3D and IMAX, the film grossed less than $20 million in its opening weekend and was runner-up to, of all films, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Given that Snyder’s name was all over the promotion for “Ga’Hoole,” it is very possible that parents were reluctant to let their children see a film “from the director of 300.”

If that is the case, some parents might keep their children out of a local cinema playing this reboot. All things considering, of course, this is “Superman” we’re talking about. Would a parent really forbid his/her child from watching a movie about Superman? Not likely, but it remains to be seen.

Slight riskiness aside, Snyder is an excellent choice for this project. Although the visual aspects of his films are what he’s known for (and “Superman” certainly won’t change that), he fails to get recognition for extracting decent if not terrific performances from his actors. All in all, he should do some amazing work helming some of Clark Kent’s adventures for the silver screen.

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