Unofficial poll picks clear frontrunner to direct Man of Steel 2

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Aug 10, 2016

Now that we know Man of Steel 2 is actively being developed, should Zack Snyder or someone else get behind the camera?

That's the question asked in a new poll provided by the good folks over at Collider. The site listed a truckload of directors with a wide range of styles, ranging from the usual tentpole suspects to some surprise arthouse choices, and let the readers sound off. Here are the directors they voted on:

Josh Trank – Fantastic Four, Chronicle
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road, Babe: Pig in the City
Brad Bird – The Incredibles, Tomorrowland
Matthew Vaughn – X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service
Susanne Bier – The Night Manager
Michelle MacLaren – Breaking Bad
Lorene Scafaria – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Joss Whedon – The Avengers, Serenity
Bennett Miller – Moneyball, Foxcatcher
Phil Lord and Chris Miller – The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street
Francis Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, I Am Legend
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
Denis Villeneuve – Sicario, Prisoners
Pete Docter – Up, Inside Out
Jeff Nichols – Mud, Midnight Special
Drew Goddard – The Cabin in the Woods
Jonathan Levine – Warm Bodies, The Night Before
Christopher McQuarrie – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher
Jennifer Kent – The Babadook
Steven Soderbergh – Ocean’s Eleven, Contagion
Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer – Stranger Things
David Michôd — The Rover, Animal Kingdom
Cary Fukunaga – True Detective, Beasts of No Nation
F. Gary Gray — The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton
Zack Snyder — Man of Steel, 300

That's an incredible variety of filmmakers, and while a number of them are not obvious choices to helm a gigantic superhero movie at first glance, a fresh and offbeat voice could be exactly what Superman needs. Or not. A movie as inevitably big as Man of Steel 2 will need a proven commander who can handle actors and also not let him or herself be overwhelmed by budget-busting visual effects and action sequences.

So with all that in mind, it's not too surprising to see that George Miller is the clear frontrunner, with 33 percent of the vote and, with 1,179, nearly a third of all votes entered. Brad Bird is a distant second with 11 percent and 409 votes, while Matthew Vaughn is third with 277 votes and 8 percent of the total.

Surprisingly, despite his work on the first Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice not being widely acclaimed, Zack Snyder comes in fourth with 7 percent and 239 supporters. Rounding out the top five is Joss Whedon, with his 207 approvals accounting for 6 percent of the total.

The rest of the pack is led by Christopher McQuarrie and Alex Garland, both tied at 4 percent with 133 and 132 votes, respectively, and nobody else after them breaks double digits. With voting now closed, it seems like George Miller is the favorite by a plurality. Do you agree with those findings, or is there someone else you would like to see leading the way on Man of Steel 2?

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