Even though recent reports stated that Metallo and Lois Lane's militant father would be the villains in Warner Bros. anticipated Superman reboot, it's now official: General Zod will make his triumphant return to theaters in December 2012 as Michael Shannon has been cast as the fan favorite character today. He takes over the role from Terence Stamp, who played the Kryptonian baddie in the 1978 original and its 1981 sequel, and joins Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in the new production, which is set to begin this summer.
Zack Snyder is directing Superman: The Man of Steel for the studio while Christopher Nolan acts as producer/creative godfather to the new franchise, joined by his partner/wife Emma Thomas, Charles Roven (who worked with Nolan on his billion dollar Batman franchise) and Snyder's wife/partner Deborah. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips of Legendary Pictures will executive produce. David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay based on his and Nolan's story.
The plan is to shoot this summer, though there's still more casting to get done. We need to know who will play second-tier characters like Jimmy Olsen and Perry White from The Daily Planet as well as who will appear as Ursa and Non, Zod's right-hand man and left-hand woman (both gave the Last Son of Krypton one hell of a battle in Superman II). While those characters may or may not be in the script, one thing is for sure: Snyder and co. have hired perhaps the perfect actor to play Zod. Shannon has a tremendous presence on screen, as anyone who's seen his work in Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire or Take Shelter (his most recent film credit which Sony Pictures Classics will release sometime this year) can attest to. He should prove to be a formidable foe for The Man of Steel as well as a great on-set collaborator for Cavill.
It looks like we may have a Lex Luthor-less Superman movie on the horizon. We've already seen the official word that the screenplay for The Man of Steel is heavily influenced by the Superman: Secret Origin which follows Clark Kent from the time he's a young teen to the time he gets his job at The Daily Planet, but the latest product from the rumor mill is that instead of relying on the bald villain we all know so well, Zack Snyder's reboot will take on Lois Lane's father, General Sam Lane, and Metallo.
Metallo's affront on Superman is simple -- his heart is made of Kryptonite. The substance keeps him alive and of course, renders Superman completely helpless. As for General Lane, the rumor is that he leads a military initiative against Superman (part of which is the creation of Metallo) because like many modern film versions of superheros these days, the public greets Superman's alien powers with apprehension rather than open arms. This seems to be a common theme nowadays; both Christopher Nolan's Batman and Sam Raimi's Spiderman face public ire in their adventures. Perhaps this is a symptom of modern audiences? Maybe we've all begun to question why people would blindly accept a hero in spandex when most of us would roll our eyes at that kind of crazy in the real world? Snyder has said he hopes for this reboot to be grounded in a little more reality than past versions and this story could really take it in that direction, however, how Snyder of all directors plans to tackle a more realistic story is beyond me. His style is all about the other-worldly and outlandish elements. (Hello, Sucker Punch.)
If this is in fact the direction the screenplay takes, then it seems that the film will be more than just inspired by Secret Origin. While the original story does account for Luthor, the other plot points are very similar. Now, we still must take this latest rumor with a grain of salt. It could be that the confirmed "inspiration" material spawned the rumor amongst those well-versed in Superman lore, but if it's correct it wouldn't be the worst outcome. In fact, using this story may just be the reboot the material needs.
What other villains would you like to see in the Superman reboot? Let us know in the comments!
I guess Warners is keeping Zack Snyder's Superman reboot separate from the classics -- or maybe they're just trying to piggyback on the buzz around Snyder's Superman, but whatever. They are releasing a colossal eight-disc edition on June 7 for those super Superman fans that includes Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, and Superman Returns. And if five movies wasn't enough, you've got extended versions and director's cuts of the first two films and enough special features to keep you busy for 20 hours. That's beyond the 906 minutes of feature films alone. If you're not already pumped on Superman, they've put together a nice little trailer to get you hot and bothered for the set which will retail for $129.95.
Here are the details on special features:
Superman: The Movie, Original TheatricalCommentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)The Making of Superman: The Movie [1978 TV special]Superman and the Mole-Men [1951 feature]Warner Bros. CartoonsSuper-Rabbit [1943 WB cartoon]Snafuperman [1944 WB cartoon]Stupor Duck [1956 WB cartoon]Trailers
Superman: The Movie, Expanded EditionCommentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Extended Version)Taking Flight: The Development of SupermanMaking Superman: Filming the LegendThe Magic Behind the CapeScreen TestsSupermanLois Lane with Optional CommentaryUrsaA Selection of Restored ScenesAdditional Music CuesMain TitlesAlternate Main TitlesThe Council’s DecisionThe Krypton QuakeMore Mugger/Introducing OtisAir Force OneCan You Read My Mind (Pop Version)Music Only Track (Donner Cut)
Superman II, Original TheatricalCommentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)The Making of Superman II [1980 TV special]Deleted SceneFirst Flight: The Fleischer Superman SeriesFleischer Studios’ SupermanSupermanThe Mechanical MonstersBillion Dollar LimitedThe Arctic GiantThe BulleteersThe Magnetic TelescopeElectric EarthquakeVolcanoTerror on the MidwayTheatrical Trailer
Superman II - The Richard Donner CutCommentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Donner Cut)Introduction by Richard DonnerSuperman II: Restoring the VisionDeleted ScenesFamous Studios’ SupermanJapoteursShowdownEleventh HourDestruction, IncThe Mummy StrikesJungle DrumsThe Underground WorldSecret Agent Disc #5
Superman III Theatrical VersionCommentary by Iilya Salkind and Pierre SpenglerThe Making of Superman III (1983 TV Special)Deleted ScenesTheatrical Trailer
Superman IV The Quest For Peace Theatrical VersionCommentary by Mark RosenthalSuperman 50th Anniversary Special (1988 TV Special)Deleted ScenesTheatrical TrailerDisc #7
Superman ReturnsRequiem for Krypton: Making Superman ReturnsPt. 1 Secret Origins and First Issues: Crystallizing SupermanPt. 2 The Crystal Method: Designing SupermanPt. 3 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman on the FarmPt. 4 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in the CityPt. 5 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in PerilPt. 6 The Joy of Lex: Menacing SupermanPt. 7 He’s Always Around: Wrapping SupermanResurrecting Jor-ElDeleted Scenes including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman ReturnsBryan Singer’s Journals – Video production journalsTrailers
Disc #8 Additional Bonus Material
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman [Hi-Def]You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of SupermanPt. 1- OriginPt. 2- VisionPt. 3- AscentPt. 4- CrisisPt. 5- RedemptionThe Science of Superman [Hi-Def]The Mythology of SupermanThe Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher ReeveThe Adventures of Superpup [1958 TV pilot]
The Enchanted star will play the intrepid reporter in director Zack Snyder's upcoming reboot of the comic book franchise, alongside Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel.
Kidder, who portrayed Lane in Superman: The Movie in 1978 and three sequels with Christopher Reeve, was delighted to hear about Adams' casting, and is convinced the Oscar nominee is perfect for the role.
She tells MTV, "She's a brilliant, wonderful actress! She's incredible. She's an extraordinarily accomplished young lady - and gorgeous and full of energy and spirit. She's so different from part to part, it's going to be really interesting to see what she does with Lois.
"I think Amy Adams is so much better an actress than I am that I wouldn't even for a second presume to give her any advice on the subject at all."
Kate Bosworth was the last actress to play Lois Lane on the big screen, appearing in Bryan Singer's film Superman Returns.
Though Zack Snyder's new film Sucker Punch failed to connect with moviegoers on the level that Warner Bros. had hoped, his next film is looking better and better with each new casting announcement. First the wonderful British thesp Henry Cavill came aboard to star as Clark Kent/Superman, followed by the hiring of Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as his all-American Kansas parents Martha and Jonathan Kent. Now, the question of who will play his lovely leading lady has been answered.
The LA Times' Hero Complex just announced that Amy Adams (The Fighter, Enchanted) will take on the iconic role of Lois Lane, the superhero's longtime love interest and partner in delivering truth and justice to the people of Metropolis through their mutual place of employment, The Daily Planet. Though her exact prominence in the film, which is likely a reboot of the Man of Steel's entire cinematic legacy, is currently unknown, director Snyder called the part “a linchpin” to the project and believes that Lane should possess the contemporary appeal and spirit of the modern American woman.
“It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance],” said the filmmaker, who should begin shooting the picture sooner than later as we move faster than a speeding bullet toward its December 2012 release date.
It sounds like Snyder understands that behind every great man, even a Superman, is a great woman (he should know, as his wife Deborah is also his producing partner) and that spirit of team play and co-existence should be in tact in his film. I think that Adams is a wonderful actress, having been a fan of her work as far back as her brief appearance in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can. Though she often plays doe-eyed, sweet and innocent characters (like in 2005's Junebug and the fore mentioned Enchanted and Catch Me If You Can) she's also proved that she can be tough as nails thanks to her Oscar nominated turn in The Fighter. While I would've gone with someone who looks a bit more like the classic interpretation of Lois (usually a feisty brunette like Teri Hatcher or Margot Kidder) I have no doubt in my mind that she'll be able to pull off the fast-talking career gal routine with style and grace.
Source: The LA Times
The Man of Steel might have an enemy, but you may not have heard of him -- yet. According to the Latino Review, rising star Edgar Ramirez -- who starred in the mini-series Carlos and has a role in the upcoming Wrath of the Titans -- is currently rumored to be courted as the villain in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed/Christopher Nolan-produced take on Superman -- tentatively titled Man of Steel. There's no word as to what villain he'll be, though, but sources are tossing around General Zod as the potential enemy. Or, you know, maybe he'll play The Riddler.
Source: Latino Review
Apparently, Zack Snyder is taking all of those old, lame Superman movies and throwing them into the street, hoping they get crushed by a big garbage truck or something, because he just told the LA Times -- in what we're hoping was a big, booming voice sided with dramatic, over-the-top hand gestures -- that "there's been no other Superman movies." OKAY, GUYS?
We kid. That's probably not true at all, especially considering that he went on to share his guiding principle concerning his reboot of the franchise (tentatively titled Man of Steel) with producer Christopher Nolan, due in December 2012: "In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies."
In short, with the script from David Goyer/Jonathan Nolan, Snyder plans to show us his own take on The Last Son Of Krypton within the established Superman realm.
"Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we're making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there's been no other Superman movies," Snyder said. "If you look at Batman Begins, there’s that structure, there's the canon that we know about and respect, but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven't been any other movies."
But don't get him wrong. Snyder does understand that the world he's working within is delicate and creating a new spin on Superman will not be an easy task.
"Superman is the one constant in the universe,” Snyder said. “You know that if you do Superman right — or at least if you do him with respect — you know you end up with something great. … [but] in some ways [beyond] that is virgin territory. No one knows what that is. In some ways Superman is the most recognizable superhero on the planet but also the most unknown. Just what can he be? People have preconceived ideas about him but probably all of them are wrong.”
There are many preconceived ideas, indeed. Right now, everyone is curious as to how Henry Cavill will look in one of the most infamous superhero suits in entertainment history. But unfortunately, we still have to wonder.
"I can’t say — although I appreciate the question. I'd love to talk about it. We're going to have to show it before we shoot, probably a while before that because [otherwise] someone will be on the set and get a picture of it."
Bottom line? Haters gonna hate, and Snyder's gonna do what he wants.
Source: LA Times
Good news, dudes. Superman's mom is a MILF.
According to a press release from Warner Bros, Diane Lane has been cast as Martha Kent, following the news from a few weeks ago that Kevin Costner might play Clark Kent's father, Jonathan. And oh yeah, if you have been living under a rock the past month, British actor Henry Cavill is playing the Man of Steel himself.
So, it seems that all the pieces of the Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan Kryptonian reboot are coming together slowly but surely. From the early casting announcements, it's seems that the direction of the film could be leaning toward an origin story. And, well, that's a bold idea, right? Just look at the success Nolan had with Batman Begins. Sure, he's not directing the Superman reboot, but I think we can all assume that he'll be significantly involved with the creative process and a new beginning for the Man of Steel may be just what he needs to find his footing in the 21st century.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
UPDATE: Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed today that Costner will play Jonathan Kent, father of Clark/Superman, in its upcoming reboot Superman: The Man of Steel. Director Zack Snyder had the following to say about the Costner's involvement:
“Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”
EARLIER: Kevin Costner has more or less been banished from science fiction since back-to-back flops in the 1990s with Waterworld and The Postman (both not-so-ironically guilty pleasures of mine), but he could bounce back and regain some geek cred if the rumor-of-the-day turns out to be true. Deadline first reported that the Oscar winner could be up for a role in Warner Bros. new Superman reboot The Man of Steel.
No details have been disclosed, so we have literally no idea who producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder would want the actor-director to play, but the obvious has already been pointed out. He could play father to Henry Cavill's Clark Kent. The Jonathan Kent part has always attracted talented middle aged actors, from Glenn Ford in the 1978 original film to the significantly less-known but no less capable John Schneider in the CW's long-running Smallville.
Other outlets have considered the possibility that Costner could play a younger-than-usual Perry White. His crusading antics of late (Costner helped develop technology that separates oil and water which was crucial in cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico) in small part support that theory. I could personally see Costner as the quintessentially American Pa Kent, a strong character who instilled in Superman the ethos that made him Earth's Greatest Hero. There are probably better suited candidates for the pivotal role, but there are also worse. Let's see how this one develops.
The producer and director had to make sure their pick for the Man of Steel looked the part - and insisted on putting him in the much-maligned suit Reeve's Superman wore.
Snyder tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "If you can put on that suit and pull it off, that's an awesome achievement."
The Tudors star Cavill admits he was worried about what he'd look like in the replica outfit - because he'd lost all the muscle he'd gained for mythical action movie Immortals.
He tells the publication, "All I could think was, 'Oh, God, they're going to look at me and go: He's not Superman. Not a chance.'
"The actor inside me was going, 'You're not ready! You're not ready!'"
But 300 director Snyder was suitably impressed: "He walked out and no one laughed. Other actors put that suit on and it's a joke, even if they're great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go, 'Wow. OK, this is Superman'."