Vulture are reporting that Warner Bros. decided to offer Zack Snyder Superman: Man of Steel because their script penned by David Goyer was rushed, and still a bit of a mess, and that Warner Bros. needed a director who won’t spend months or years trying to get it just right [i.e Darren Aronofsky].
The studios has a 2011 deadline to have the movie in production or they’ll be subject to potential lawsuits by the heirs of the superhero’s creators. Vulture state that Snyder was not Warner’s first choice to helm the new Superman, but that a competent director needed to be hired imminently. Snyder has reportedly confided privately to agency sources that the current Superman script needs work, but clearly Warner Bros. believes he can get it done faster than Aronofsky.
Four years ago Goyer told slashfilm that he doesn’t think he’d “ever be good to write Superman because it is the opposite… [the interviewer says “he’s angst free”] Yeah. And I wouldn’t know the angle because I’m so angst ridden so I wouldn’t know what to do with a character like that.”
Superman Producer Christopher Nolan has since said that Goyer had figured out “how you approach Superman”
“..What it is, while David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago, you know thrashing out where we might move on from the Dark Knight, we got stuck. We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said ”by the way, I think I know how you approach Superman”.. and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I’ve been able to conceive of how you’d address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that.”
But in Goyer’s defence Snyder was quoted yesterday by Deadline having said the following:
“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.”