[Update: This news has been officially been knocked down to Rumor status. Go HERE for details.]

Great news folks!

It looks like Christopher Nolan is now Warner Bros. new go to guy for bringing DC Comics superheroes to the big screen. The Dark Knight and Inception director has now been hired to “godfather” the new Superman film through production process.

The ever-knowing Nikki Finke has discovered that Nolan has been brought in to shepard the Man of Steel in the right direction for critics and fans in the same way that The Dark Knight scooped major box office and critical plaudits.

Deadline Hollywood says that a new Superman film is in the early stages of development but that it is unlikely Nolan will direct the film and that it  “would definitely not be a followup to Superman Returns.”

Having said that an insider at the studio also said:

“Bryan [Singer] or Brandon [Routh] are not completely out of it yet. But Warner Bros doesn’t have a handle yet on it, either. Jon Peters is trying to make something happen since he stands to benefit financially. But they [the studio] need to hear a great story that makes sense.”

I’m sure that the studio will be happy with Nolan’s take on the film as they put Inception into production despite a $200 million budget and,  after the amount of money that Nolan made for them with the last two Batman films, I can only assume that they’ll be interested in the acclaimed director’s take on the property.

I doubt that Singer or Routh will be returning for the new film, although maybe Singer will get a producing credit on the film like Tim Burton did with Batman Forever.

The real question is what will Nolan’s “godfather” duties entail? Will he be merely be overseeing the development of the script, or will he be in charge of finding a director and cast?

Who knows, but I’d guess that Warner Bros. will give him all the freedom he wants – after all, it worked for The Dark Knight!

Deadline Hollywood also reports that Nolan has indeed started work on Batman 3 with David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, while also finishing up work on Inception. All has been quiet on the Nolan/Batman front and we can only assume that this means good things for the future of Batman, Superman and Nolan’s accountant.

What the storyline will be for this new Superman film is anybody’s guess but it would be interesting if Nolan decided to try and tie it into his Batman series, which is something that many thought unlikely. However, with Nolan on board it looks like there might just be a way of making Superman edgy and dare I say it – slightly darker.

One thing is for sure, it’s going to make fans of Superman and DC comics happy that a director of Nolan’s skill and caliber has now been brought onto what has to be the holy grail of comic book properties.

It’s still early days yet, but I can only assume that Nolan won’t fail in the same way that McG, Brett Ratner, Tim Burton and (to an extent) Bryan Singer all did when trying to bring Superman to a cinema near you.

More on Christopher Nolan’s Superman at Screen Rant when we get it!

Source: Deadline Hollywood