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Could NBC's Chuck be Nolan's Superman? And is Jonathan Nolan directing?

I try not to report on rumors, but I like this one. Zachary Levi, star of NBC's spy-comedy series Chuck, may be in the running to be the next Man of Steel. Oh, and Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento, etc) may direct the film. It would be his first time directing, but since he's written the script, it fits. More after the jump.

GeekTyrant, a very pretty movie blog, has heard from an inside source at WB that Zachary Levi has auditioned for a role in the film. We don't know what role, of course, but I think he'd make a great Superman. Why? He has personality. Superman's biggest problem these days, as one of the original superheroes, is finding an audience in moviegoers who are used to flawed heroes and complexes. Superman usually fights Lex Luthor, loves Lois Lane, and only Kryptonite can defeat him. He's kind of a proto-hero--a good template--but we need a fresh take on him. Having a goofier, less perfect, talkative person play Clark Kent may be the way to go. Zachary Levi would be great.

I'm not as confident about Jonathan Nolan's directing ability, though it looks like he'll land the gig. He wrote Memento, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight, so we know he can write a great screenplay. The question is, can he realize it? He has no official directing experience. However, if his brother helps him, maybe he can pull it off. 

Finally, we have some more details on the film, again courtesy of GeekTyrant.

This Superman is neither a reboot or a sequel. It's just a Superman film. The basic elements of the storyline are: BIG action, BIG set-pieces, witty dialogue, playful romance, a light-hearted feelgood mood juxtaposed with derring-do and danger, top-notch cast, epic feel, sci-fi background (sounds a little like Donner, right?) BUT with some sort of huge twist on the legend.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2012, so we should hear more at Comic-Con, or in the next few months. 

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