X-Men Director Takes on Man of Steel

Bryan Singer, who helmed both installments of 20th Century Fox’s comic book-inspired X-Men pics, has signed on to develop and direct Warner Bros.’ Superman update, according to Daily Variety. Singer is the latest name attached to long-stalled project, which has had as number of false starts with such helmers as Batman‘s Tim Burton, Rush Hour‘s Bret Ratner and Charlie’s Angels‘ McG.

Along with the new director comes a new script. Variety reports that the studio has apparently thrown out a screenplay by Armageddon and TV’s Alias writer J.J. Abrams to put writing duties in the hands of X2: X-Men United scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Superman is slated to start production late this year in Australia.

Before the offer landed on his desk, Singer was reportedly torn between directing a third X-Men film and Warner Bros.’ remake of the sci-fi classic Logan’s Run. Now it appears Superman trumps both projects, though a Logan’s Run redux may still be on his plate.

Nicholas Cage, Black Hawk Down star Josh Hartnett and soap actor Matt Bomer have all been mentioned as possible successors to ’80s Superman Christopher Reeve, but it’s looking like an unknown will be cast as the man of steel this time around.