Fans of both big-budget film spectacle and comic book lore breathed a sigh of relief this weekend when it was announced that three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams ('The Fighter') had been cast as Lois Lane in the highly anticipated reboot of 'Superman: Man of Steel.'

The casting of Adams seems to indicate that director Zack Snyder ('300,' 'Sucker Punch') is aiming for dramatic heft over It-girl bombast, and that's a very good thing. It's a move in line with 'The Dark Knight Rises' director Christopher Nolan's approach to casting his Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

On paper, Snyder has so far done a lot of things right, but it's hard to not be dubious of the whole affair -- with the director himself being the greatest cause for concern. Snyder is known more for his command of visuals than his ability to tell a story, and while special effects are of course important to this type of film, the best superhero films (heck, the best action movies, in general) of the last decade have been higher-brow affairs that combine complex storytelling and go-for-broke acting. Snyder is not exactly known for either of these things.