Vulture, of NyMag.com, reports that Zack Snyder will not be directing the sequel to the smash hit, 300 - Xerxes - as Warner Bros. has offered it to Sherlock Holmes Director Guy Ritchie.
Instead, Snyder will be concentrating on getting the new Superman out in time before Warner Bros. loses the rights to the Man of Steel.
Insiders are stating, "the closely-guarded script for Superman suffers from major third-act problems, and the studio faces a ticking clock on that franchise, legally speaking; if a Superman film isn’t in production by 2013, Warner Bros. loses the rights to the entire Superman franchise and would have to re-license it from its original creators — the estates of Detective Comics writers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — at great if not prohibitive expense."
In addition, an insider stated the movie studio may be unhappy with Snyder's performance as his latest flick, Sucker Punch, resulted in a poor screen test with audiences. “It was bad; like, really bad. They’re [Warners brass] really not happy with it over there.”
Coupled with the fact that Snyder's last two films Watchmen and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole "underperformed" leads to further speculation the studio's "ardor for all things Snyder may be cooling just a bit."
So what does this mean for the new Superman?
While I think it a tad bit early to hit the panic button, it does say there could be a delay in production and that the new Superman could get the "rush job."
Interestingly, in regards to Superman Returns, I felt it's decline came near the third act (I think) when Lex and his "Kryptonite-Nation" came into play. Returns had great build up, but the second half completely failed, imo.
Like any super hero comic book or movie, what makes the story is the villain (The Dark Knight!) - and not the iconic super hero doing iconic super hero things.
Snyder still has lots of time, and Christopher Nolan is on as producer, so I don't think kryptonite has come into affect just yet! Wouldn't be a bad idea to get some of the Superman comic book creators, ahem Mark Waid, involved!
Look to the skies for the new Superman starring Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel (hopefully!) by December 2012!