Warner Bros.made it officially official and announced that Brett Ratner (Red Dragon)will direct the new Superman movie. Jeff Robinov, President,Domestic Production, Warner Bros. Pictures issued the press release announcementyesterday.
Ratner willdirect for a script by J.J. Abrams (Alias). Jon Peters, whoshepherded the Batman franchise to the big screen, will produce.
"Supermanis an American icon and a timeless hero who shares a rich history with WarnerBros.," said Alan Horn, President, Warner Bros. "We are very happy tobe working with Brett, Jon and J.J. on this important new chapter in theSuperman legacy."
Stated JeffRobinov, "J.J. Abrams and Jon Peters were given the daunting task ofre-imagining the Superman epic and J.J. met the challenge, delivering a terrificscript with emotion, depth and scale that bring new dimension to this legendarycharacter. We couldn't be more pleased to entrust the next chapter in theSuperman mythology to Brett Ratner, a dynamic director whose skillful blend ofaction, comedy and drama has captured the imaginations of audiencesworldwide."
A write-up in TheHollywood Reporter shed additional light on the announcement.
"I alwayswanted to do a superhero movie, and what better hero to do than Superman,"Ratner is quoted as saying by The Reporter. "I have the firstSuperman comic book framed in my house, and I've had it for years."
The director wasalready slated to do Paycheck for Paramount Pictures when the Manof Steel tapped him on the shoulder. "When I got the call from WarnerBros., I called (Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman) Sherry(Lansing) and said, 'Look, things come into your life for a reason. ...' Thereare certain choices I make that I know will affect the rest of my life, and Ifeel that I was born to direct Superman," the director said."I swear, I truly believe that, just like I believe J.J. was meant to writethe script. There is so much heart and emotion and soul in his story. In thisday and age where there is so much darkness, what better movie to make than onewith so much light and positivity."
The directorsaid that Abrams script is meant to be the first installment of a trilogy andRatner hopes to be on board for all three.
He alsoreiterated that casting for the lead role is still way up in the air, but he'dlove to have Red Dragon star Anthony Hopkins play Jor-El in themovie.