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The selection process for a Superman director has been as up and down as any casting for a superhero film. Since it was announced that Christopher Nolan would be producing the project, there has been plenty of speculation as to who would take the reins, be it Christopher's brother Jonathan, Chris Columbus or someone else entirely. Apparently the list is down to five.

Deadline has revealed that Nolan and producer Emma Thomas have begun meeting with a short list of directors for the project that have included Tony Scott, Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), Duncan Jones (Moon), and Zack Snyder. Some members of the list, however, already have prior commitments, including Liebesman, who has signed on to direct Clash of the Titans 2, and Scott, who has four other projects on his plate at the moment. This leaves Reeves, Jones and Snyder, who appear to have open schedules, though it's possible that this isn't a finite list.

Certainly an interesting mix, no? Fair arguments both for and against everyone above can be made, but I think that the most intriguing one is Snyder. His storytelling skills may not be fantastic, but few directors can spin movies that are as visually beautiful. Throw in the fact that the story is being taken care of by the team that includes the Nolans and David S. Goyer and you may have a fantastic combination. Xerxes can sit on a shelf for a little while. Let's make this one happen.

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