Did Zack Snyder get the Superman gig because he’s the only director in town who could get the baggage-heavy franchise back in production before 2011? That’s what Claude Brodesser-Akner is reporting over at Vulture. And why 2011? It’s not because of the Mayan calendar, but rather a deadline of another sort. Based on their filings for copyright reversion (which Warner Bros. has pulled out every trick in the book to stop) the Siegel family will regain control of their half of Superman in 2013, with the Joe Shuster heirs expected to get theirs back soon after. So a movie has to get made before then.
Ricky Sprague has more details of all the legal proceedings. Simply put, Warners HAS to start making a Superman movie. And despite what others were saying, the David Goyer script for the reboot isn’t exactly in shape and sporting a six pack:
Even as Aronofsky’s Wolverine 2 talks coalesce at Fox, Warner Bros. is still offering blandishments to get back into business. We’re told by knowledgeable insiders the reason Warner Bros. picked Snyder for Man of Steel is that the script by David Goyer was rushed, is still a bit of a mess, and that Warner Bros. needs someone who won’t spend months or even years trying to get it just right (i.e. Aronofsky), because time is the one thing they don’t have: The studio must have a new Superman movie in production by 2011 or they’ll be subject to potential lawsuits by the heirs of the superhero’s creators.
We’re told that Snyder was not really Warner’s first choice to direct Superman, but that a director needed to be hired imminently. Privately, even Snyder has confided to agency sources that the current Superman script needs work, but clearly Warner Bros. believes he can get it done faster than Aronofsky.
Brodesser-Akner’s other bit of news is that Darren Aronofsky is now the front runner to direct Wolverine 2, which, despite the puzzlement of The Fountain, would be an easy-to-sell reteaming of Aronofsky and Hugh Jackman. With his creepy Black Swan getting raves reviews everywhere, Aronofsky is long overdue to make his first real comic book movie . He’s been talking about it since long before it was fashionable, and we stand by the idea that he might just make the greatest comic book actioner of all times — if the studio lets him. In other Superman news, Brandon Routh isn’t expected to return, which is kind of a shame, because he really, really looks like Superman. And General Zod will be the villain and we haven’t seen that in 30 years or so, so the world must be waiting for it.