This just in: Deadline reports that Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the next 'Superman' movie for Warner Bros. The news comes rather shortly after the shortlisted directors were revealed, including the likes of Snyder, Tony Scott and Duncan Jones, but apparently it did not take long for the studio to make their decision. Snyder has been working with Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures for his past few films ('Suckerpunch', 'Legend of the Guardians', 'Watchmen', '300'), and so considering the two have such a great working relationship, it's only right that they pair up once again in order to bring Superman back to the big screen in the most spectacular way possible.

The decision to bring Snyder on came not long after he met with Christopher Nolan about the project. Nolan, who's directed the past two 'Batman' films for Warner Bros. (and will direct the third one, due in 2012), was instrumental in bringing together this new Superman movie. It'll be based on an idea he and David Goyer (who's writing the script) had, and at this time we're not sure whether it will be a straight reboot of the character, or if they'll do what Bryan Singer did and pick up the Superman story where it last left off. One other direction to go in would be to tell a solo Superman story that has nothing at all to do with Singer's version, but picks up long after the Man of Steel has arrived on earth.

Obviously Snyder brings a ton of visual flair to the project. His films are known for those intricate yet fantastical little details, and we're sure he'll bring lots of that to this new Superman story (hopefully minus all those slo-mo action shots that kinda get in the way of his other films). Next up will be the all too important casting of a new Superman. Should they go back to Brandon Routh, cast a complete unknown or go with a larger name?

Speaking about the decision to direct 'Superman', Snyder told Deadline, "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."

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