As The ENQUIRER reported previously the NEW SUPERMAN film is finally ready to take flight and with 300 director ZACK SNYDER at the helm.

Snyder, who wowed auds with his breakthrough Watchmen adaptation, will  team with Batman Begins and Inception guru Christopher Nolan and writer Davd Goyer to restore Superman to  greatness.

Former DC prexy Paul Levitz whispered to The ENQUIRER last year at the NY Comicon that a Man of Steel flick was in the works but nothing announced "yet".

Disappointed by the lackluster returns Brian Singer’s homage to the Donner era Christopher Reeve films in 2006 with Superman Returns, DC Entertainment/ Warner Brothers needed to get a new Superman film into production prior to 2011. WHY???

Due to a clause in a still pending litigation battle between the Superman family creators’ heirs spearheaded by a lawyer looking to seize control of the property, DC and the producers had to launch a new Superman film by 2011 or risk losing the copyright if the court favored against them, an insider told The ENQUIRER.

"They know I have a fondness for the character and a real desire to understand him and present him to a new audience," new helmer Snyder told the LA Times.

"I feel awesome," he said. "I feel super awesome."

And it has also been confirmed whom Superman will battle in his new adventure. 

Nope, not Lex Luthor —  but ZOD, the super-powered kingpin from Krypton who’s every bit as powerful as Superman himself.

It is unclear who will play Superman this go-round – whether Brandon Routh will return or will producers wash their hands of that stinker entirely.

Smallville star Tom Welling, who’s spent a decade growing into Superman-hood and finally looks the part he was born to play, may now be considered "too TV"  by execs to launch a new franchise which potentially could be the studio’s biggest money maker since the Harry Potter series.

And forget about Jon Hamm from Mad Men — he’s too darn old unless skewing for a George Reeves type Superman who’s been around the universe a few times. And someone like Brad Pitt is, too… well…Brad Pitt.

Snyder says he "lays awake at night" thinking about the Metropolis Marvel but declined to talk storyline or casting….yet.

"He has to be a man … that’s as far as I’ve gotten".

The Man of Steel is targeting a holiday 2012 release.

See previous ENQUIRER coverage below………………