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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!


Christopher Meloni Joins the ‘Man of Steel’ Cast

27 Jun

Christopher Meloni, of Law & Order: SVU fame will be joining the increasingly impressive cast list for one of next years most anticipated films Man of Steel.  Meloni recently relinquished his longtime role on NBC’s popular drama and looks to be making a smooth transition back into full length features.  Accompanying Meloni in the next Superman film will be Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, and Julia Ormond.

While Deadline announced the news on Friday, they did not have any insight into which role Meloni would play.  This of course lead to various speculations, the most obvious being that he would possibly play Lex Luthor.  However, Latino Review is now reporting that Meloni’s role would be as a general.  No other specifics were released about the role, like whether this general would be Human or Kryptonian, but that does suggest that the role of Lex Luthor is either absent from this film, or still up for grabs.

Meaning Mad Men fans will still be petitioning for this to happen

As far as Christopher Meloni’s role is concerned, I have my own speculation.  There is one military General already well established within the Superman lore, General Sam Lane.  In addition to being a high ranking military officer, Sam Lane also happens to be Lois Lane’s father.  His involvement in a fight against a Kryptonian invasion led by General Zod (Shannon) would provide more conflict and emotional depth to the Lois Lane character (Amy Adams) and possibly also provide emotional conflict for Superman (Cavill).  With every casting announcement I get more and more excited to see this film, and it is closely battling Ridley Scott’s Prometheus for my most anticipated movie of 2012.  Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder and is scheduled for release in December of 2012.  Now excuse me, I’m gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Fondue Cheddar!

News from the Rumor Mill: Michael Shannon a Villain in Man of Steel

25 Mar

Today marks the opening of Zack Snyder’s newest film Sucker Punch and with the early reviews being brutally scathing, it’s possible this rumor was leaked intentionally to keep the hype for his next project, Superman: Man of Steel, positive.  Between Superman and Batman, Warner Bros seems to have new villain casting news every week; and while this news is more speculation than last week’s announcement of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role in the The Dark Knight Rises, it is fulfilling its duty of keeping me excited about Superman.

OMG!!! It's a bird...

According to Deadline, Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, The Runaways, Revolutionary Road) is reportedly a strong contender for a villain role in the upcoming Superman movie.  The role was not specified but so far all speculation has been that Zod will be the primary villain.  Earlier rumors had Viggo Mortensen and Daniel Day Lewis in contention for the role of Zod, but those rumors have quieted; could Shannon now be the primary contender for the Kryptonian General?

No matter what role Michael Shannon will occupy in this film, it appears to be a promising choice.  Shannon is a veteran actor whose name has flown under the radar for some time – suggesting he can carry a villainous role without overshadowing Superman and the other supporting roles in the film.  Shannon would be a suitable replacement to the other high profile names attached to the Zod role, but it is possible the interest in him is for a second villain.  One wonders what he would look like bald?

My Guess is a Lot Like Him...

Opening This Week (21 – 27 Mar, 2011)

21 Mar

The box office winnings were surprisingly smaller than the previous weeks. I like to think that is because of March Madness, but stil I expected a little bit more to happen than Limitless taking the weekend crown with $19 million, beating out Rango which took in $15.3 million and Battle: Los Angeles that dropped significantly to $14.6 million. Hopefully, the box office woes won’t continue as there is at least one potential blockbuster in the lineup for this week:

Sucker Punch

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens

Director: Zack Snyder

Synopsis from IMDB: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.


Chris’ Take: Zack Snyder has a knack for visual flair and I could just watch the trailer for this film over and over again. I hope he is able to match that with a smart and cohesive script. While I could see this as a special effects driven project that tailspins into mass confusion, I have faith that Snyder will pull it all together. If not, I could probably just watch this on Blu-Ray with the sound turned off and still enjoy it.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Rated: PG

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron

Director: David Bowers

Synopsis from RT: In this sequel to 2010’s surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made “wimpy” cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney’s Wimpy Kid” series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.


Chris’ Take: I’ll admit I don’t know a whole lot about this film series, or the series of books upon which it is based, but it doesn’t look like anything special. The laughs that they go for in the previews have been done more tastefully by other kids fare and doesn’t seem to offer anything new.


Peep World

Rated: Unrated

Starring: Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Ben Schwartz

Director: Barry W. Blaustein

Synopsis from IMDB: On the day of their Father’s 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling, that exposes the family’s most intimate secrets.


Chris’ Take: The cast looks strong and the humor seems to be derived mainly from the script and not from sight gags. I would probably try to track this one down on DVD when it comes out.

White Irish Drinkers

Rated: R

Starring: Karen Allen, Stephen Lang, Nick Thurston, Peter Riegert

Director: John Gray

Synopsis from IMDB: Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert.


Chris’ Take: This looks like The Town, but the location has moved to Brooklyn. Anyway, it looks like a decent heist film, but the early reviews have been mixed.

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.

**Trailer Time** Bad Teacher, Apollo 18, and a new Sucker Punch Trailer

23 Feb

Brian “Pac” Sostak

New trailers are the light towards a brighter future for this years crop of new releases.  With January and February so far being a disappointment, we can look forward to the spring and summer seasons chock full of new releases.  In this edition of “Trailer Time” we look at two films coming out this spring and one releasing this summer.

Bad Teacher: Releases June 24, 2011

Cameron Diaz has not been in a raunchy, vulgar comedy since 1998 when she was featured in both There’s Something About Mary and Very Bad Things.  Thirteen years later here she is dishing out the profanity in what appears to be a reincarnation of Billy Bob Thorton’s Bad Santa.  Since Diaz is not the box office draw she once was, the filmmakers were smart to put a strong supporting cast around her including Jason Segal, Lucy Punch, Justin Timberlake, and Phyllis Smith.  Diaz plays a potty-mouthed junior high teacher raising money to purchase breast implants to woo a new colleague (Timberlake).  This trailer is definitely NSFW due to the excessive language, so if you’re in the office grab your headphones.

Apollo 18: April 22, 2011

The “real footage” horror movie seems to be a popular trend for companies to make a quick buck.  Using unknown actors and “home footage” keeps the costs down and for now people are still finding the style compelling and suspenseful.  You’re likely to see 5 more Paranormal Activity films before that franchise runs out of steam but in the meantime feast your eyes on Apollo 18.  Created with a budget of only 5 million dollars, Apollo 18 takes a sci-fi/horror classic in Alien and blends it with Paranormal Activity.  I was pretty interested for the first 2/3 of this trailer when it looked more like Alien, but when it made the shift from creature feature to possessed crew member I began to lose interest.  With this film releasing only a week after one of my most anticipated films of the year, Scream 4, I may not want to see two horror films back-to-back and will may wait for Netflix to catch this one.

Sucker Punch: March 25, 2011

I’m beginning to become more excited about this movie’s release for a number of reasons, many having nothing to do with the actual film.  Being the earliest of these films to release, Sucker Punch marks the beginning of the spring/summer season that will hopefully have me looking forward to visiting the theater more frequently.  Additionally, Sucker Punch is the last look we’ll get at Zack Snyder’s portfolio before the release of the highly anticipated Superman: Man of Steel in December 2012.  On the fence about how good this movie will actually be, there is no doubt from the trailers that it will be visually stunning and a treat to watch in theaters.  The third trailer doesn’t show us much more than the previous (over played) trailer but does feature a little more action and special effects.