Who Will Direct The Man Of Steel?

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It’s been a big week for DC Entertainment; not only is everything other than print publishing moving to the West Coast over the next year, but if rumors are to be believed, the cross-media arm of DC Comics is gearing up to announce a full slate of upcoming movie, TV and other projects, filling in suspected blanks and making fanboys across the world scream (although whether in joy or terror will probably remain an individual choice). One of the rumored announcements that’s only weeks away? Who’s going to direct Christopher Nolan’s Superman movie reboot.

Deadline Hollywood has what appears to be the shortlist of directors for the project, and it’s a mix of interesting choices:

Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code)
Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning)
Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In)
Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance, The Taking of Pelham 123, Ridley’s brother)
Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch)

Looking at the list, I’d suggest that it’s unlikely that Scott or Liebesman will end up taking the gig if it’s offered to them. Scott already has a ridiculous amount of projects lined up, including Mark Millar’s Nemesis, while Liebesman is already on board to direct the Clash of The Titans sequel, which would presumably clash with the hoped-for start date for Superman. Personally, I’d be happy with either Jones or Reeves – Reeves may be the safer choice, in terms of box office, perhaps? – but wouldn’t be too surprised if Snyder ends up with the gig, either.

According to Deadline, Nolan – a producer on the project, which already has a script by David Goyer – is already meeting with candidates. Please, please, let Zack Snyder have had something between his teeth during that meeting…

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