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Zack Snyder will direct Superman [Updated]

Warner Brothers has chosen Zack Snyder (“Sucker Punch”, “Watchmen”, “300”) to direct the studio’s next installment in the Superman franchise.

Snyder was on a short list of directors who met recently with the studio and producers Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas. Other choices on the short list included Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman and Duncan Jones:

Deadline revealed back on February 9 that the DC Comics stalwart Superman became a priority project when Nolan came up with an idea that David Goyer would write.

Update: Zack Snyder commented on the news in an update to Deadline’s report:

“I’ve been a big fan of the character for a long time, he’s definitely the king of all superheroes, he’s the one,” Snyder told Deadline. “It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I’ve always felt he was kind of awesome. I’ll finish Sucker Punch and get right at it.”

Superman: Man of Steel (unconfirmed title) will be released in 2012.

Source: Deadline New York