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First Look at Superman in “Man of Steel” and Selina Kyle in “The Dark Knight Rises”

5 Aug

Yesterday, the first picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was released, and it looks pretty impressive.

He definitely looks a lot darker than Brandon Routh in Superman Returns, plus he looks a lot more jacked. The outfit looks fairly traditional, with a couple of updates to make it appear more modern. While I am hesitant to get my hopes up for this film, I gotta say that I at least like the look so far.

Another photo popped up yesterday as well, this one from another major superhero release next year, The Dark Knight Rises. This is probably one of the most buzzed about movies that I can recall, and Christopher Nolan seems to be taking delight in teasing his fans with mysterious looks at the final installment of his Batman franchise. The photo is a first look at Anne Hathaway playing Selina Kyle:

While the fan boys were all excited about Superman in Man of Steel, the buzz about this photo is very confused. The Dark Knight Rises website did not mention whether this was Selina Kyle in the final Catwoman outfit, and if it is there was a lot of disappointment about it. If it is, I don’t mind it so much. While it is less traditional, I trust that Nolan will make her compelling character, so the outfit is easily overlooked. If it isn’t, it makes me curious what they are going to add and how it will turn out.

What are your thoughts about these photos? Is that a good look for Superman? What about Selina Kyle? Let me know in the comments!


Quick Take: Some Superhero News for All Us Fanboys

11 Apr

Welcoming us after this weekend is a trio of superhero news to kick the week into full gear…

Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish have Written Ant-Man:

In order for an Ant-Man film to be successful, there has to be a great creative team working on the project.  Ant-Man is one of the quirkier and less-known superheroes of the Marvel franchise so relying on name recognition won’t be enough to draw the average movie goer.  Fortunately, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish are part of that creative team as they have recently submitted a 2nd draft of their Ant-Man script to Marvel.  Edgar Wright is the creative mind behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World while Joe Cornish is making his feature writer/director debut this year with Attack of the Block.  Hopefully, in addition to writing the script, one (or both) of these men will also be involved as director.  This could be one of the most fun superhero adaptations to come to the big screen.


Tim Miller to Direct “X-Men Origins: Deadpool”:

In the tradition of Fox studios, they continue to make questionable decisions regarding the X-Men franchise.  After X-Men and X2 the franchise has completely taken a turn for the worse with X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  This summer we’ll see if Matthew Vaughn can right the ship with X-Men: First Class; but even if he can another disaster is likely to follow.  Recently, Darren Aronofsky backed out of directing the 2nd Wolverine film (smart) leaving the film without a director, and the other origin story no one cares about is X-Men Origins: Deadpool.  With Ryan Reynolds still attached, apparently Fox still cares (sort of) because they’ve named Tim Miller their director.  This will be Tim Miller’s directorial debut with all of his previous film experience being in visual effects.  Just what we need, another director who thinks good story telling is about explosions…

This is what I think about story structure!


General Zod has been Officially Cast:

One of the biggest questions surrounding Superman: The Man of Steel has been who will be cast to play the lead villain General Zod, well this weekend we got our answer.  Other names surrounding the role have been Viggo Mortensen and Daniel Day Lewis, but the Kryptonian general will be played by none other than Michael Shannon.  Shannon was rumored for a villain role in the film but the part was not specified until he was officially cast as Zod.  Shannon is a fantastic choice for the role, an Oscar nominated actor who has recently delivered some strong performances in Revolutionary Road, The Runaways, and Boardwalk Empire among others.  Shannon will join the star studded cast including: Ashley Judd, Kevin Costner, and Amy Adams (oh yeah and some guy named Henry Cavill will play Superman).


Quick Take: Martha Kent Cast & TDKR Plot Leaked

3 Mar

Rumors and news for the two DC Comics projects coming in 2012, Superman: The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, have kept us busy speculating and anticipating what will be seen on-screen next year.  Over the past 24 hours some of that speculation has transformed into certainty and likelihood with these two announcements.

The cast of the upcoming Zack Snyder directed Superman: The Man of Steel is continuing to take a more definite shape with our second official casting.  It has been announced that Diane Lane will portray Kal-El’s adoptive mother Martha Kent in the newest installment to the Superman franchise.  Martha Kent’s age ranges depending on which Superman canon is being referenced so it is not unlikely to have the 46-year-old Lane in this role (Cavill is 27).  However, Diane Lane does not look her age and for her to convincingly pull of the role of Ma Kent Snyder and co. may need to disguise or simplify her appearance.


Meanwhile in Gotham City, multiple plot details have been leaked about Christopher Nolan’s third installment of his Batman franchise.  Badass Digest is reporting from a source on the film that Anne Hathaway will in fact be playing both Selina Kyle and Catwoman.  This comes as no surprise as she sort of leaked this herself on Oprah after the Oscars, but that’s not all.  Catwoman’s role, at least by the end of the film, will be an ally to Batman.  Also featured in TDKR will be the League of Shadows (once again) this time headed by Talia Al’Ghul and aided by Bane (Tom Hardy).  Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role at this point is still not certain but the source says he is an antagonist who is also involved with the League of Shadows.

Whether this information is all accurate or is merely just a rouse purposefully leaked from the Nolan camp is obviously uncertain this early in the film’s production but it’s likelihood is enough to keep us interested in the film’s development.


Man of Steel Casting Rumors: Who Will Play General Zod?

2 Mar

The casting rumors for Superman: The Man of Steel seem to be heating up as news of the casting of Ursa, Jonathan Kent, and Kal-El himself have stirred up internet sites routinely.  The most anticipated casting of the entire film (besides maybe Superman) will be for the role of the principal villain, who we now “know” to be General Zod.  After the Ursa rumors hit the mill everyone was clambering to hear the name for the Zod casting.  Aside from Lex Luthor, whose appearance in this film is still unknown, General Zod is the most well-known of all Superman villains.  He appeared on film in the Donner films played by Terrance Stamp, and was most recently portrayed by Callum Blue on the CW’s series Smallville

I am General Zod. Your ruler.

Yes, today begins a new order.  Rumors of the casting of General Zod in Zack Snyder’s upcoming adaptation have given the fanboys two names to debate – Viggo Mortensen and Daniel Day-Lewis.  The Hollywood Reporter has identified Mortensen as a person Warner Bros. is heavily interested in for the role opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman.  Mortensen is also in negotiations for a role in Snow White and the Huntsman, and with his involvement in both being unlikely he’ll most certainly have to decide between the two.

this sounds eerily familiar

I’d like him to follow in Kristen Stewart’s footsteps and join her on Snow White, not because I am interested in that film or dislike Mortensen, but because I’d like to see Daniel Day-Lewis play Zod.  This rumor has also been picking up steam, and it certainly is the more exciting of the two.  Daniel Day Lewis’s filmography reads like a timeline of Academy Award winning films and roles and to see him take on the role of Zod would definitely be worth the price of admission.  Unfortunately, until I see the official press release of his casting I’ll remain highly pessimistic.  Like Mortensen, Daniel Day Lewis’s name is also attached to another film – Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic; and the disappointment still lingers from the falsehood of the rumors that Lewis would play Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes sequel.

Aww, did I drink your milkshake?

It seems that actors/actresses/directors turning down roles might be this film’s saving grace.  Reportedly Zac Efron, Kristen Stewart, and Ben Affleck have all turned away from this film leading to better personnel decisions being made; will Viggo Mortensen be the next name added to this list?  Warner Bros. is scheduled to release Superman: The Man of Steel on December 17, 2012.

Now That Superman is Cast, Who Will Play Lois Lane?

2 Feb

Unless you were buried under a rock this last week, you know that Henry Cavill is cast to play Superman in the upcoming Zack Snyder film Man of Steel. Now that the largest piece of casting is out of the way, who will play Clark Kent/Superman’s love interest, and Daily Planet Reporter, Lois Lane?

Rumors have already started flying around faster than a speeding bullet. An Australian film website, What’s Playing, released the inside scoop about the rumored casting call list. Among the names listed were Kristen Stewart, Rachel McAdams, Malin Ackerman, Dianna Argon, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. But now, the Latino Review is reporting that Olivia Wilde may also be in the running. This was from a source that is working on Wilde’s current project, Kin, claiming that that film will get pushed back if Wilde gets cast in the new Superman flick. I am sure that after the dust has settled, like most rumors, there may have been some validity to these statements, but mostly speculation.

But I sure hope not.

Out of the rumored names tossed into the chaotic intricacies of the rumor mill, I think that I would settle for Wilde, McAdams or Ackerman (who Snyder worked with before in Watchmen). One of the names that I wouldn’t have liked, Kristen Stewart, CinemaBlend has thankfully put my heart to rest that having her range of three mumbling static emotions dumped into Lois Lane, will not be happening.

This would have been the poster child for emo Superman.

I think Wilde and Ackerman would provide a more modern approach, which I really hope Snyder is going for, and McAdams would be a more classic look at the character. I like all three of those actresses and would be satisfied with any of them filling the high heels of Lois Lane.

What are your thoughts? Who should play her?

Warner Bros. Names the Next “Man of Steel”

31 Jan

2012 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for film with projects featuring The Avengers, James Bond, Hobbits, Pirates of the Caribbean, Titans, Spiderman, Batman, and Superman among many coming to theaters.  With 2011 getting off to a disappointing start, especially among our most anticipated films of the year, it is never too early to look forward to future projects.  The film I’m most excited about in 2012 is Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the latest installment inf the Superman mythos.  Superman has always been my favorite of the Superheros and one I feel has been slighted on-screen due to his lack of worthy adversaries (seriously, Richard Pryor?).

If no one else is taking this seriously, then why should I?

The biggest casting news from the weekend came from the Warner Bros project as the Man of Steel had been cast.  Candidates granted screen tests for the role included Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), and Colin O’Donaghue (The Rite).  Ultimately though, the role went to The Tudors actor Henry Cavill.  Just as suspected, the role went to a lesser known actor and one that was reportedly linked to other super hero films in the past including: Batman Begins, The Green Lantern, and even Superman Returns.  Cavill was in fact  cast as Superman once before, until Bryan Singer replaced McG on Superman Returns.

While there were certainly worse options on the bill, namely Colin O’Donaghue whose performance in the recently released The Rite is not receiving welcoming reviews, there is something so fundamental in the Superman mythos that Cavill cannot possibly authenticate, Americana.  Sure by now Superman is an international brand but doesn’t he fight for “Truth, Justice, and the American way”?  No matter how stellar Cavill’s performance in this film may be, the prospect of watching our Corn-fed, Kansas raised savior from Krypton being portrayed by a Brit doesn’t sit right.  You know who else was British, Terrance Stamp and Callum Blue;  what do they have in common, they both played Zod.

Come and kneel before ... Superman?

What do you think?  Does the casting of Henry Cavill as Superman further your excitement for this film’s release?  Is there anyone else out there who is just a little bit uncomfortable with a foreign actor playing the iconic American role?  Who else would you like to see cast alongside Cavill as Lois Lane and Lex Luthor?