Is Zack Snyder the best choice for Superman?
Deadline confirmed earlier today that Zack Snyder -- the director behind "300" and "Watchmen" -- has been tapped to take on the next Superman movie.
This is huge news in the comic book movie world. But is it something to celebrate? Let's decide.
Here's what works in Snyder's favor: He clearly has experience ushering comics to the big screen in bold, large-scale ways. And he's been selected to take on the Man of Steel project by "Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, who worked on the scripts for both "The Dark Knight" and "Batman Begins." If they have confidence in him, it's hard for moviegoers not to do the same.
From a financial perspective, he's made some big bucks for Warner Bros.; handing over this franchise to the filmmaker is the equivalent of the studio not merely expressing confidence in Snyder, but asking him to go steady and wear his Claddagh ring with the heart turned inward. Warner Bros. wants the world to know that Snyder is their guy.
Personally, I liked a lot of the choices Snyder made in his "Dawn of the Dead" remake. And I appreciated the look of "300" even if I found the battle scenes and excessive shouting a bit repetitive. But my concern about Snyder ultimately can be summed up in four words: "Watchmen." Sex scene. "Hallelujah."
If you saw his adaptation of that spectacular comic, then you know the scene I'm talking about. And presumably you also know that it's one of the most laughably melodramatic, off-note, supposedly-romantic-but-totally-not moments in recent movie history. I'd post a video clip, but there's nudity involved. Also, I don't want any of our readers to start banging their hands against hard surfaces, which is the inevitable outcome of watching said clip.
That said, I'm trying really, *really* hard to be open-minded and give Zack Snyder a chance to do right by Clark Kent. What do you think of this development? Is Snyder an "inspired choice," as Deadline says? Or am I not the only one still sufferent post-traumatic stress because of that "Watchmen" debacle?
| October 4, 2010; 10:35 PM ET
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