Zack Snyder, geek favorite director and newly confirmed helmsmen of Superman: Man of Steel, is known for making the most literal page-to-screen adaptations of comics books. From Frank Miller's 300 to Alan Moore's Watchmen, Snyder has done what very few others have been able to in making quality films that not only pay tribute to the source material, but translate them in their entirety.
With the Superman reboot however, Snyder will take a different route and will instead deliver a new origin story not based on any specific origin story or mini-series from the DC comics.
In a recent interview with the French site, FilmsActu.com, Snyder set the record straight on where his take on Superman stacks up with the franchise so far and confirms that this movie is not a follow-up to the previous installments or Bryan Singer's quasi-sequel starring Brandon Routh, but his own film based on a script not lifted from any particular comic.
Here's what Bleeding Cool translated with the help of Google from the source:
"As I have already explained, the film will focus on early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films. This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still can not talk about the script, I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular."
Some fans demand the films to follow the comics, but with Christopher Nolan delivering quality blockbusters with his own take on Batman, it's best to deliver a solid movie which pays justice to the character first, rather than strictly following the comics. And then there's also the drawn-out legal battles between DC Comics and heirs to the Superman creators which involved ownership of the character's origins... We need something new and different from Superman and there's no better talent out there than Zack Snyder and the Nolan brothers to make it happen.
Once we confirm the villain(s), we can look forward to months of casting rumors of who will play Clark Kent (and Zod?).
The Man of Steel is tentatively set to hit theaters in 2012, following Batman 3.