When it was announced last week that Christopher Meloni, formerly of Law & Order: SVU and Wet Hot American Summer, had signed on for the cast of Zack Snyder‘s Superman flick Man of Steel, Russ couldn’t help speculating what this might mean for the movie — and wondering whether Meloni might be filling the role of Daily Planet editor Perry White. Now it seems we have our answer: No. Sorry, Russ. Find out what Meloni will be doing after the jump.

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Add one more to the new Superman film, as Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has just locked in Christopher Meloni to play an unspecified but reportedly major role. Is there a sex crime to solve? Maybe someone fondled some sweaters? Or is it that there is a newspaper to run? We haven’t heard whether or not Perry White, the man in charge of the Daily Planet, is in the movie. But if the character is a part of the story, Mr. Meloni would be a pretty great choice to modernize him. Read More »

Julia Ormond in Talks For ‘The Man of Steel’

Briefly: Zack Snyder has already got his cast to play Clark Kent’s adoptive Earthly parents in his new Superman tale, The Man of Steel. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will be Ma and Pa Kent to Henry Cavill‘s Clark. But in his prior life on Krypton, Clark — aka Kal-el — has a set of ‘real’ parents. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of Jor-El, famously played by Marlon Brando when Richard Donner brought the story to the screen in 1978.

Now Julia Ormond is in talks to play Lara Lor-Van, aka Superman’s mom. (Susannah York played the role, often just referred to as Lara, in Superman: The Movie.) Deadline suggests that this is a deal that will come together quickly.

Here’s a little bit of weekend fun. Hawkman has always seemed like a bit of an odd man out, depending on how his story is told and what character surround him. But even in the more cosmic tales from the DC universe, this guy is a weirdo. He’s got wings on a harnass and a mask that, while kind of cool to look at, sports a weird design that is somewhere between ancient Greece and ancient Egypt, and seems far more ceremonial than practical. No wonder all the other now-popular superheroes don’t want to drink with him. But what if he were to actually get his own film? Would that change anything? Watch how one interaction between Hawkman and the other heroes of today’s films might turn out. Read More »

Would you want to see a Superman movie where he can’t wear his iconic costume? It could happen. Variety printed a fascinating article Friday about how the legal rights behind the Man of Steel could result in the biggest severing of the character since he met Doomsday. This doesn’t affect the current film; that Zack Snyder movie will be moving along as planned. But if it doesn’t succeed, another origin story could be impossible. Basically, come 2013, the rights to key elements of Superman break into two where the heirs of the character’s original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, retain elements such as his costume – red cape and boots, blue leotard – plus his ability to “leap tall buildings in a single bound” while DC Comics will keep the rights to most of the villains and the ability to fly.

How is that even possible and what does it mean for the future of the franchise? We try and make sense of the legal jargon after the break. Read More »

Dick Tracy, Iron Man, Captain Kirk, Superman and the Incredibles will all be represented at the upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival. Presented by the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, it’ll not only feature screenings but in depth Q&A’s with several important and influential filmmakers.

The event runs from June 9-12 at the Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood CA and kicks off with a screening of Dick Tracy followed by Q&A with Warren Beatty. Day two starts with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn featuring writer/director Nicholas Meyer in person, followed by the 2009 Star Trek with special guests, and Star Trek 2 screenwriters, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Day three features Richard Donner discussing Superman and Superman II, with a special appearance by Geoff Johns and on the last day animator Dave Mullins presents The Incredibles and then Jon Favreau will be on hand to screen and discuss Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

After the break, find out how you can get tickets and more. Read More »

Antje Traue to Battle ‘Superman’ as Faora

Zack Snyder‘s Superman: The Man of Steel may have its secondary villain, or villainess, as it were. Deadline reports that German actress Antje Traue, who was in Pandorum (as pictured above) is the frontrunner to play an as-yet unnamed character who will gang up on Superman (Henry Cavill) with Michael Shannon‘s General Zod. More info on her potential role is after the break. Read More »

Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have been very tight-lipped about the script for the new Superman movie Man of Steel. We know next to nothing beyond the fact that Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) are in the film, and that Clark Kent’s adoptive human parents (played by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner) are also factoring in.

Now Diane Lane has talked about her readthrough of the script, and suggests that yet another telling of Superman’s origin is part of the film. Read More »

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