After much speculation and rumours involving the likes of Ben Affleck, Robert Zemeckis and Darren Aronofsky, the directing job for the new take on Superman has now been filled in the form of Zach Synder, the man behind 300, Watchmen and the upcoming Sucker Punch.

This comes as some surprise as Synder was offered the job a couple of years ago but turned it down as he didn’t have a clear vision in his head on how he could bring the character back in to a contemporary setting whilst paying respect to its roots. But apparently talks with producer Christopher Nolan and David Goyer have made Synder clear on what he wants to do, with Goyer having reportedly cracked the concept and will work closely with Synder to knock out the script.

“It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern.” Said Synder. “I’ve always felt he was kind of awesome. I’ll finish Sucker Punch and get right at it.”

So those hoping that Synder’s next film was going to be the 300 prequel, then they’re going to have to wait a bit longer. Synder certainly has visual flair to bring Superman back in style, and hopefully the story will pack enough emotional punch, as Synder’s films do tend to be a bit more about the style then the substance. And Supes needs substance.

Current rumours circulating also suggest that General Zod will once again be the main villain. And now the director’s in place, it won’t be long till the casting rumours get going. Superman is set to return to our screens Christmas 2012.