With Christopher Nolan’s Inception unfolding onto an all-too-suspecting audience over the next two weeks rumours abound concerning one of his forthcoming producing gigs – the next throw of the die for Warner Brother’s Superman.

At yesterday’s Inception press conference there were no questions for Nolan about Batman or Superman and this came as a blessed relief to the assembled press as there was so much in Inception to discuss, but the questions will start flying now as there’s a rumour going around tonight about who will be stepping behind the camera to direct.

SupermanHomepage claim the following,

A source inside the studio has revealed to the Superman Homepage that an offer has been sent out to Chris Columbus to direct the 3D Superman reboot for December 2012.

Columbus’s last film was the can of mythological worms that was the first film in the Percy Jackson series.

The site goes on to give more details,

David Goyer really wanted to direct but nobody from either studio think he’s good in that arena…He’s great at coming up with story and ideas, like George Lucas. It’s his execution where he’s weak which is why people like Chris and Jonathan Nolan and Guillermo Del Toro have had the best results with his scripts.

If only George Lucas showed such restraint. But is a Columbus directed Superman what WB are looking for? His work on Harry Potter and Percy Jackson shows a proficiency for effects heavy movies, and he is a far cry from Bryan Singer, so perhaps that is exactly what they are aiming for.

Typically a dozen names will get bandied around for this gig, and Columbus may never have even been on the shortlist for the job, but until Sony announced Marc Webb as the director for their high school based reboot of Spider-Man we had no real idea of what Sony were thinking, and every name that is linked to this Superman project will invariably spark off different imagined variations of the film to be.

I wonder what Columbus would do with Superman? Maybe, just maybe, we’ll actually find out.