Has a Director Been Found for the Superman Reboot?
07.09.10 by BJSprecher
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) says that he hasn't "even thought about" casting the lead role in the rebooted Superman movie that he is producing for Warner Bros., but the studio isn't allowing the project to languish. David S. Goyer, co-writer of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, is currently working on the Superman: The Man of Steel (working title) script and, though he has also expressed interest in directing the movie, WB may have already set their sights on another director.
According to SupermanHomepage, sources inside WB have revealed that "an offer has been sent out to Chris Columbus to direct the 3-D Superman reboot for December 2012." Columbus directed the first two Harry Potter movies for WB and the unnamed source said that the studio considers Columbus "the right fit" to return the Man of Steel to greatness. The source went on to say that they're happy with Goyer's script, but that he doesn't quite have what it takes behind the camera lens.
David Goyer really wanted to direct but nobody from either studio think he's good in that arena. He's great at coming up with story and ideas, like George Lucas. It's his execution where he's weak which is why people like Chris and Jonathan Nolan and Guillermo del Toro have had the best results with his scripts.
While talk about finding a director for the movie is too early, there is pressure to get moving on the Superman reboot. Based on a judgment stemming from a 2009 lawsuit between the heirs of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, the original creators of Superman, WB has to begin development of another Superman movie by 2011 or risk another lawsuit from the families. In addition, all rights to Superman will revert to the families in 2013 and WB will be forced to license the character from them from that point on.