The news that Zack Snyder will direct the Superman reboot – titled The Man of Steel – was generally well-received when it broke earlier this week. Now it seems that Warner Bros. may not have considered Snyder the ideal candidate for the job – just the guy who can get it done nice and fast.
We here at Screen Rant, by and large, have no issue with Snyder directing The Man of Steel. Those that read our article about Warner Bros.’ shortlist of Superman reboot directors know that we actually admire the man’s unique brand of cinematic storytelling – as well as his penchant for visual panache and slow-motion photography.
Vulture is now reporting that the real reason Warner Bros. went with Snyder was because the Man of Steel script by David Goyer is, as they put it, “still a bit of a mess,” and the studio wanted a director who would not spend an arduous amount of time attempting to improve the project (for example, an arthouse director like Darren Aronofsky). Warner Bros. needed to hire someone to helm the Superman reboot quickly and they went with Snyder, thinking he could get the film into production by 2011.
The studio has to release the Superman reboot by 2012 or else they will be subject to lawsuits from the descendants of Superman creator Jerry Siegel - which could end up costing Warner Bros. the rights to the character. The loss of the Superman franchise would obviously be a significant one for the company, so it is understandable that they would want to avoid letting that happen – but at what cost?
We were all quite ecstatic when we heard that Christopher Nolan is rebooting Superman earlier this year and the logline for The Man of Steel – which will revolve around Clark Kent as he travels the world, trying to decide if he should become Superman – has promise. The new Superman movie sounds like a dream project on paper, what with Nolan supervising and Snyder directing.
A rushed screenplay that still needs a lot of work is not something that either of these talented gentlemen can easily overcome. If Warner Bros. insists on moving ahead with the Superman reboot, despite the sub-par condition of the script, then the quality of the film could really suffer – and that would be all the more disappointing because of everything that The Man of Steel had going for it.
All hope for the Superman reboot is far from lost at this point, even if the early rumors about the film are completely true. Snyder certainly has experience working fast and efficiently on big-budget comic book adaptations and – based off what Vulture is reporting – he is well aware of the fact that Goyer’s screenplay needs to be revised. The problem at this point in time seems to be that Goyer had to hand in to Warner Bros. what amounted to a non-polished, early draft of the Man of Steel script – as opposed to one that needed to be completely restructured.
No one would accuse either Nolan or Snyder of being hack artists and you would be hard-pressed to find a pair of filmmakers better fit to deliver a solid tentpole pic in a (relatively) limited amount of time – best to wait and see what developments ensue in this story over the next several months before we jump to any conclusions, good or bad.
The Man of Steel is still expected to hit theaters in 2012.