Earlier today it was announced – and later confirmed by the man himself – that Zack Snyder would be headed to Metropolis as the director of Warner Bros’ “Superman” reboot, due out 2012.
What folks now want to know (announcements always end with readers saying “…and!?” in choir) is what will this Superman ‘reboot’ be about, if it’s not going to be another origin yarn?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Goyer’s (Goyer was said to be also in contention for the director’s gig on the film) script is said to involve series staple General Zod, famously played by Terence Stamp in the first two “Superman” pictures, and Callum Blue on recent episodes of “Smallville”. That would be this film’s ‘link’ to the original Richard Donner “Superman” film, said the trade.
Bryan Singer was also said to be considering using the character of Zod in his “Superman Returns” sequel. Jude Law was widely rumoured to be in contention to play the role.
The Zod we know best – the one from the films – ‘Krypton Zod’ is a Kryptonian rogue who with companions Ursa, and Non escape from the Phantom Zone and come to Earth to take control and in turn, quash it’s savior.
The back-story for Zod was revealed in Action Comics Annual #10; Non had once been a brilliant scientist on par with Jor-El. Both were researching the event that would ultimately destroy Krypton. Zod entered their lab with troops (at this point Zod was still working for Krypton’s Council). Both Jor-El and Non were arrested by Zod and given a warning by the High Council to halt their research, then released. Jor-El set to work creating the rocket that would send his son Kal-El to Earth, while Non began to spread the word of the planet’s impending doom. Non’s message swayed both Zod and Ursa that Krypton was soon to be destroyed. Non then disappeared from public life, only to return with a mutilated brain. The council had transformed him into a mindless brute and this act inspired Zod and Ursa to rebel against the Kryptonian government. Without any sense of right and wrong, Non now fought alongside Zod and Ursa. Zod attempted to recruit Jor-El to their cause; however Jor-El saw the plans were fueled by greed, a lust for power and violence.
Update : Zack Snyder has confirmed Fleming’s report, telling said scribe ”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. It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David [Goyer] and Chris [Nolan] 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.”
Mike Fleming got the scoop that Zack Snyder, Warner’s current go-to guy for ambitious blockbusters, will direct the 2012 “Superman” reboot. Snyder’s credits include “300”, “Watchmen”, “The Guardians of Ga’Hoole” and “Sucker Punch”. We spoke to Snyder a couple of weeks ago and he mentioned he was working on an “original” project, but never in a million years would we have assumed ‘original’ meant a comic book movie reboot.
Warners likely waited to see how “The Guardians of Ga’Hoole” did at the box office before handing Snyder the keys to the Fortress of Solitude. A couple of weeks ago we heard that if Darren Aronofsky got the gig, he’d be bringing his “Black Swan” leading lady Natalie Portman with him (she’d play Lois). Aronofsky hasn’t got the gig… that mean Queen Amidala won’t be working for The Daily Planet after all?