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Zack Snyder Set to Direct New "Superman" Film

Zack Snyder on Sept. 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Zack Snyder on Sept. 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS) Zack Snyder will helm the new "Superman" film, according to published reports.

The director of "Watchmen" and "300" is set to direct the new superhero film for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

According to London's Telegraph, the new film will have a "villain connection" - General Zod, who was played by Terence Stamp in "Superman" (1978) and "Superman II" (1980). Snyder was one of several filmmakers in negotiations for the job including Darren Aronofsky, Ben Affleck, Matt Reeves and Tony Scott.

The film will be executive produced by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer is writing the script.

The new Superman movie is one of the studio's top priorities because Warner Bros. is required to start production on the film by 2011, according to the report, or they risk losing certain copyrights to the heirs of creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.

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