According to the Hollywood Reporter, Viggo Mortensen is “a person of interest” to play the villain in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman reboot and they’re reporting that character is, in fact, General Zod. While Mortensen isn’t the only actor being considered for the role, he’s the one Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan are hoping to get. Read more after the jump. Read More »
One of the main complains fans had with Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns was that Superman wasn’t a bad ass. He used his powers, of course, but the Man of Steel wasn’t exactly one for physical confrontation. That’s sure to be different in Zack Snyder‘s reboot of the Superman franchise produced by Christopher Nolan. Snyder talked to SFX and explained why he decided to take the film and promised that the crux of this movie hinges on Superman being physical. Nothing too Earth-shattering, but interesting none the less. Read the quotes after the jump. Read More »
No need to scream the geeky battle cry of “Nathan Fillion!” in this casting story, the star of Castle and Firefly already has the job. Fillion has been cast as Hal Jordan, aka the Green Lantern, in the latest film version of the DC Comics superhero. The film comes out this June, but it’s not the Martin Campbell/Ryan Reynolds live action film. Fillion instead will lend his voice to Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, a direct to video film by Warner Brothers Animation that will also feature the voices of Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) Henry Rollins and Roddy Piper.
After the jump, read more about that project as well as who Zack Snyder‘s favorite Superman artists are, possibly hinting at what we might see in his film, as well as a few quotes from Marvel main man Kevin Feige about The Avengers. Read More »
Gossip website TMZ is reporting that Lindsay Lohan is up for a major female role in Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot. According to the site, “Lindsay’s people have had multiple phone conversations within the last few weeks with the people behind the new Superman reboot” and they’re “supposed to meet personally with the Superman people soon.” The role isn’t Lois Lane, however, more than likely it’s Ursa, a Kryptonian baddie that we now know is currently being cast.
And while this could very well be true, Lohan might have ruined her chances. She’s about to be charged with felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace in Venice, CA. Read how that could affect any chance Lohan might have had at Superman after the jump. Read More »
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After the intriguing news leaked that actresses Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike were contenders for a role in Zack Snyder‘s Superman, but that role wasn’t Lois Lane, the speculation began to run rampant. Who could these blond beauties play in Metropolis? Well, Latino Review is now exclusively reporting that those ladies are up for the role of a Kryptonian villainess named Ursa. As in General Zod’s right hand woman. Read more after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: According to People.com, Stewart’s reps said: “There are a number of fabricated stories circulating. The fact is that she has not met on this film nor has she been approached for this film.” Our original story remains below.
Now that Zack Snyder has cast his Clark Kent, our attention has turned to the second lead in Metropolis, Lois Lane. The rumor mill is stirring over which actress will play the intrepid reporter in Snyder’s Superman reboot and seemingly every young woman in Hollywood has been floated as a possibility. One name on the list that raised a few eyebrows, however, was Kristen Stewart. Apparently not only does the Twilight star agree, she thinks one franchise is more than enough and has reportedly taken herself out of the running. Read the juicy details after the break. Read More »
Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s probably just another rumor about Zack Snyder’s Superman. Bits of most-likely-false information about the Snyder directed, Christopher Nolan produced and David Goyer penned Man of Steel reboot have been jumping tall buildings in a single bound over the last few days and now there are so many, it’s time to do a roundup. The rumors are as follows: Anne Hathaway might be playing Lois Lane, Matthew Goode might reunite with his Watchmen director to play Clark Kent, the Superman suit will be completely computer generated and West Africa (!?!?) will play a major role in the film. And while most of these tidbits are probably untrue, the fact that they are all coming out at once does, maybe, give them a little more weight. The project is definitely progressing. Read more about each rumor after the jump. Read More »
UGO got a chance to grill Bryan Singer about his involvement with a new Superman film. Unfourtunately, his answer is somewhat cryptic.
UGO: Are you officially involved in this talk of the new film?
BS: I am not officially involved in the talk, no.
UGO: But when talk happens they’ll call you.
BS: Well it’s, you know, I have relationships with Warner Brothers and with the character and, and, and, and it’s just the way things work out.
UGO: But you are not divorced from Superman at this point.
From what I can gather, Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures/DC Comics are having preliminary discussions about a new Superman film, but Singer is not involved in those talks. I know the consensus behind the scenes is that Singer shouldn’t direct the next film, and there has even been talk of a complete reboot. I have heard rumors that Singer has a stipulation in his Superman Returns contract that forces Warner Bros to go to him first before seeking other directors. I’ve never been able to confirm this. I am actually one of the few who actually dug Singer’s Superman, and would be very interested to see him go all “Wrath of Kahn” with Man of Steel (as Singer once put it). But I just don’t think its going to happen. I think Warner Bros will eventually talk Singer into an producer role so that both sides don’t loose face. But we’ll see…
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Variety’s Anne Thompson posted another update on the status of the next Superman film. Basically, no one knows. Warner Bros wants to make another movie, but weren’t happy with the last film. Bryan Singer is still technically attached, and has promised to go “Wrath of Khan” with the sequel, but I don’t think Warner wants a sequel. And a unnamed executive admitted that “it might be better to start from scratch.” It seems to me that we’re looking at the equivalent of a game of chicken, with neither the studio or Singer willing to move out of the way. The interesting sentence in Thompson’s update is this one: “Today I was told that it is a priority at the studio to find the right direction and if Bryan Singer is willing to do that, fine, but if he gets in the way, he may not stay on the project.”
Some have told me that Singer’s deal is that if he wasn’t brought back for the sequel, he would be paid for the work he would have done. I’m not sure if that is the case or not, and even if so, I’m not sure why Warner Bros is hesitating. Comic Book movies are hot right now, and they need to strike before the inevitable downward turn hits. I was one of the few who liked Singer’s Superman Returns despite the flaws. However, It seems clear to me that people don’t want a sequel to Superman Returns, but they do want a Superman movie. It seems to me like the best thing to do is to hire a new director, and let Singer save face by bringing him on board as a producer. The new director can’t be George Miller, but someone young who will have a new take on the classic superhero. Hire Jonathan Nolan to write a script. Try to recapture the magic of The Dark Knight. After all, what would Superman look like in the Nolanverse?
The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier slipped at a recent AlloCine question and answer session and revealed that “maybe they have already asked me” to direct the new Superman movie. From the first minute Superman: The Man of Steel was announced, rumors have been running wild that Warner Bros wanted to replace Bryan Singer and reboot the franchise. I’ve heard that other big name directors had been offered the project, but had never been able to confirm the story. Leterrier quickly responded in the talkbacks on AICN claiming that what he “meant was that [he] had been told about a possible reinvention of Superman.”
“Not that I was offered the job.”
For some reason, I’m just not buying it. And then again, this is the guy who claimed Captain America was in The Incredible Hulk. May be he’s just a compulsive liar?
Discuss: I know a lot of people weren’t happy with Superman Returns, but I think Bryan Singer knows what he needs to do to satisfy fans in the sequel. Would you be happy if they replaced Singer with Leterrier? I vote for Singer!