If you had questions about the portrayal of Superman as a hero in Man of Steel, you’re going to be interested in the latest comments from director Zack Snyder. The film concludes with a battle in Metropolis, during which Superman and General Zod pummel the hell out of one another, and in so doing destroy massive sections of the city. The aftermath looks recognizably like a real-life war zone.
For months, people have argued over whether or not Metropolis had been evacuated prior to the battle. If it wasn’t, then scores of people must have been killed in the battle. But if people had been killed we would have seen them in the film, right? We don’t see them, ergo there are no dead people. (And what of the idea that we would have seen an evacuation happen?) I got the impression that there are mass casualties, and the fact that the “hero” of the film did nothing to try to avert them was a source of conversation afterward.
Now comments from Zack Snyder suggest that, indeed, loads of people were smushed in Metropolis, all to enahance some sense of myth. Read More »
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Detroit residents woke up to some pretty exciting news Thursday morning. Batman and Superman are coming to town. The Michigan Film Office confirmed the July 17, 2015 sequel Batman vs. Superman, directed by Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, has been approved for $35 million in state tax incentives. It’ll shoot in Detroit, Michigan, and some surrounding areas in the state, during the first quarter of 2014. Read More »
That sound you just heard was Pandora’s Box opening. Yes, the flood gates have officially opened — and opened wide — on fan reactions and mashups for Zack Snyder‘s July 17, 2015 film Batman vs. Superman. All we officially know about the film is the cast from Man of Steel, including Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, will be back, and Ben Affleck will join them as Batman. Bryan Cranston has been rumored to be playing Lex Luthor. No matter what you read, however, that is nothing more than a rumor at this point.
Still, it’s a fun rumor and it adds a third dimension to a viral movie trailer that’s making the rounds. YouTube user Soylent Brak 1 took footage from Man of Steel, Elysium, Breaking Bad and more, and put it together into a pretty convincing early look at what Batman vs. Superman could be. Read More »
Briefly: Guy Ritchie‘s new take on the spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is growing fast. He’s got Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play US agent Napoleon Solo and the Russian spy Illya Kuryakin. They’re partnered though the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) to fight bad guys.
Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki were added in the past weeks, and now Hugh Grant is on board as the head of British Naval Intelligence. We don’t know too much more about the setup of the film other than the fact that the main characters won’t start off relating to one another in a very genial fashion. [Deadline]
After years of trying to bring The Man From U.N.C.L.E. back to life, Warner Bros. finally settled on director Guy Ritchie, and when Tom Cruise decided not to do the film, the studio looked to Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.
Now the film has picked a leading lady, and she’s someone with some big recent work with Warner Bros.: Elizabeth Debicki, who gave an eye-catching turn in The Great Gatsby. Read More »
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OK, here’s the official word about the future of the DC Universe on screen via Warner Bros. Or the official suggestion. Zack Snyder took the stage at the end of the DC panel, gesturing that moderator Chris Hardwick should move aside. Snyder said, “I’m gonna take the lectern from you, because some shit’s going to happen up here.”
It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie. And you say, Zack, what is the movie about? But you don’t want me to tell you that. You want to go and see the movie. But I can say that maybe there’s a single element that will be in the film that I could… help you out with. I was thinking about how to do that. I pored through the DC Universe to look for a way to tell this thing. We’re writing the thing now, but I came across a thing I found that’ll help you understand it.
And then Harry Lennix read this line, from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns: “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember your hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” That’s Batman speaking to Superman from the end of Miller’s story, and that quote blew the roof off Hall H. Read More »
Briefly: More info as it comes once the Warber Bros. panel begins, but the big rumor at Comic Con over the past couple days is now almost confirmed by the LA Times.
The site reports that Warner Bros. and DC are set to announce a Batman and Superman team-up film to follow Man of Steel. The title is expected to be World’s Finest, but that’s open to question for another hour or so. According to the report, Henry Cavill will reprise the Superman role, and Zack Snyder will reportedly direct from a David Goyer script.
In other words, this is basically Man of Steel 2, designed in a way that will explicitly expand the DC Universe on screen, and bring a new Batman to audiences. The actor to play Batman has not been announced, but Christian Bale is not expected to be the name announced.
There’s little question that Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel is, at least on the surface, the movie that fans have been asking for. It has a solid performance from Henry Cavill in the lead role, a few great talents orbiting him in important supporting roles (notably Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon), and the biggest, hardest-hitting depiction of super-powered action ever to hit a movie screen.
For some people, that — along with a detailed, wild vision of Krypton, and a revision of Superman’s origin — is probably enough to lock this as one of the best screen incarnations of the character. There’s a lot more than that to talk about in Man of Steel, however. So weigh in below, and tell us what you think of the film. Spoilers are encouraged below.
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Man of Steel is simultaneously bigger and smaller than you are expecting. What’s bigger? The action. Super-sizing even The Avengers, Man of Steel has more action set pieces and devastating destruction than you’ve probably ever imagined. It’s jaw-dropping, heart-pumping stuff. What’s smaller? The story. Most of the film takes places in a very condensed, focused timeline, giving it an urgency and immediacy lacking in other superhero films. A smaller narrative raises the stakes as well as the emotional complexity.
Zack Snyder has made an epic and heartfelt adventure that successfully reboots the Superman character in a realistic, and humanistic way. Read More »