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300 director to direct new Superman movie

hollywood Updated: Oct 08, 2010 20:18 IST

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American filmmaker Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new Superman film ahead of a list of directors including Darren Aronofsky and Ben Affleck.

The Sucker Punch director, who fought off a long list of people including Aronofsky and Affleck to land the role revealed he cannot wait to start work on the Christopher Nolan produced project, reports contactmusic.com.

"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 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," said the director.

SupermanZack, who has also directed 300 and Watchmen admitted he didn't know why he had been chosen to direct the movie but said he is ready for the challenge.

"I can't say why they came to me other than the fact that they know I have a fondness for the character and a real desire to understand him and present him to a new audience... It is a hard character to crack," he said.

Christopher Nolan along with wife and producing partner Emma Thomas will produce the movie based on a script written by his brother Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer. Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull will be the executive producer.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm is the favourite to star as the superhero, despite claiming he has been "aged out of the competition".

The untitled movie is set for a 2012 release.