FOX News' Roger Friedman was the first to break the story today: not only is Brett Ratner the new director for Superman 5, but it's none other than Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) who's been cast to play Superman!
Friedman says his sources say "the deal is done and [Ratner] is in." As for Reeves, the article says he's been "tapped", which could mean he's signed, considering it, attached to the part or rumored.
Friedman's story also mentions one new item: he refers to J.J. Abrams script as Superman: Last Son of Krypton and not The Man of Steel. Interesting, eh? Hang on, it gets better. [David Falkenheim, Gary Helgerson, Mikel and an anonymous dude were first to tell us; first appeared on FOX News.]
Earlier today Variety broke the story that Brett Ratner is no longer in talks to direct Paycheck, the movie in development based on the Philip K. Dick short story. According to the trade mag, it's now Kathryn Bigelow (K-19: The Widowmaker) who's in negotiations to helm the feature. So why did Ratner move away from doing Paycheck as his next film, huh? Oh, it gets even better. Stick around. [Source: Variety.]
Thanks to the boyos at Superhero Hype, we were turned on to an article at Sky Movies which dumps even more gasoline on this fire: they say Ratner's in and -- hold on to your chair -- he's asked Anthony Hopkins to play the part of Superman's father, Jor-El! Yeah, it sounds absolutely crazy to us too but maybe Sky News knows something we don't. [Sky News.]
And finally, the coup de grāce arrived late this evening from one of our well-known spies who works in the industry. He confirms that Reeves has indeed been cast as Superman in the film!
This source has been extremely reliable in the past, and told us about many inside casting and business deals weeks before they made it to the trades. He tells us Reeves is, and we quote, "confirmed", and he's been so very, very right many times before. [How deep cover is this guy? He's got his own fortress of solitude.]
If Reeves is indeed going to be playing the new Man of Steel, the cat's already out of the bag and Warner Bros. will have to make an annoucement shortly.
Stay tuned folks!
George Reeves-->Christopher Reeve-->Keanu Reeves