Everyone who has been cast in Warner Bros. anticipated Superman reboot has more or less been around the block. From parental figures Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent to Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and main antagonist Zod (Michael Shannon), there are plenty of Oscar wins and nominations littered throughout the careers of these performers. To be frank, the most inexperienced actor in the cast (but no less capable) is the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill (though as a star of Showtime's The Tudors and a veteran of films like The Count of Monte Cristo and Whatever Works, he's not exactly new blood either). That is, until today.
Deadline is reporting that the studio has landed its female villain. Though the character is still unconfirmed (it could be Ursa, Zod's accomplice from the first Superman film and its sequel, or another Kryptonian lady named Faora who serves Zod loyally), it looks like German thesp Antje Traue may have the role in her hand. Not sure who that is? No worries, neither do we. All we can tell you is that she appeared opposite Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid in 2009's sci-fi/horror hybrid Pandorum and will star this year in the Renny Harlin-directed thriller 5 Days in August. Warner Bros. has been questionably silent on this rumor that's spread like wildfire over the interwebs for the last few hours, so I'm not entirely sure of the merit of the scoop. But she does bear a slight resemblance to Sarah Douglas, who played Ursa in the late '70s so I can see where this may be going.
We'll report back with confirmation as soon as we can.
Source: Deadline, Variety
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.
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
Sucker Punch a sprawling and convoluted action sci-fi fantasy is director Zack Snyder’s first “original” film in that it’s based on a script Snyder co-wrote (along with Steve Shibuya) and not a graphic novel or a previous movie. But to anyone who has seen Snyder’s two previous live-action films 300 and Watchmen it will feel awfully familiar: His now-trademark flourishes – gorgeous visuals elaborate action sequences a desaturated color palette a CGI-airbrushed “heightened reality ” abundant slo-mo and fatal self-seriousness – are all conspicuously on display.
It’s all there in fact in Sucker Punch’s opening sequence: a very intense and ultra-dramatic montage set to a haunting cover of the Eurythmics’ "Sweet Dreams" and slowed down to a crawl so that we may better admire every super-stylized detail of Snyder’s exquisite handiwork. It depicts a series of wrenching domestic tragedies that result in the film’s teenage heroine Babydoll (Emily Browning) being shipped off to an all-girls mental hospital by her malevolent stepfather (Gerard Plunkett) properly setting the stage for the ensuing melodrama.
To ensure Babydoll doesn’t act up again evil stepdaddy bribes a corrupt orderly (Oscar Isaac) into having the traumatized but otherwise mentally competent girl lobotomized without the required consent of the facility’s resident psychiatrist Dr. Gorski (Carla Gugino). The year is 1967 and lobotomies though still legal are exceedingly rare; as such they must wait five days for the local lobotomizing physician (Jon Hamm) to come and turn Babydoll into a very pretty vegetable. Which is more than enough time for her to retreat into a dreamworld and concoct a vivid fantasy in which she and four scantily clad mates – Rocket (Jena Malone) Sweat Pea (Abbie Cornish) Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) Amber (Jamie Chung) – conspire to escape the brothel in which they’re imprisoned.
The meat of the escape plan calls for a series of quests in which Babydoll and the gang battle giant samurais World War I zombie troopers futuristic alien robots dragons et al – all while dressed in sleek variants of the archetypal hot chick Halloween costumes (sexy nurse sexy schoolgirl sexy sanitation worker etc.). The sequences are well-choreographed and visually stimulating but have very little connection to the plot – they’re more like beautiful and disposable diversions grandiose music videos in which Snyder is able to cram elements from a broad spectrum of pop culture influences from Hong Kong cinema and anime to Moulin Rouge and Heavy Metal without any apparent rules or logic to bind his fertile imagination.
All of which wouldn’t be so bad – honestly it wouldn’t – if Sucker Punch weren’t so punishingly maudlin. Nary a scene goes by in which some poor girl isn’t threatened or smacked or nearly raped. (All the women in the film are victims; the men with the exception of Scott Glenn's imaginary character monsters.) A movie with hot chicks and guns and orcs and robots and zombies should at the very least be fun. But Snyder’s film is dour and pretentious to the point of pain an overstuffed emo tragedy bracketed by ponderous voiceover about demons and monsters and how all of us have the weapons within us to defeat them. Or something like that. Sucker Punch is such a molten-hot mess that whatever Important Message it's supposed to convey ends up hopelessly garbled by the time the end credits roll.
Disney's new movie Mars Needs Moms suffers from a classic mistake: focusing too much on one aspect of a production -- and in this case it's the visuals. The result is an unbalanced mess that looks terrific but doesn't have enough substance to leave the audience with anything more to "ooh" and "ah" at other than all the pretty colors. As we all know from that one really really hot girl/guy in high school who's now overweight and working a dead-end job looks can only go so far.
Adapted from the children's novel by Berkeley Breathed and directed by Simon Wells Mars Needs Moms follows Milo (acted by Seth Green voiced by Seth Robert Dusky) as he chases after his mother who's been stolen by Martians just a few hours after he told her he'd be better off without her. Once he arrives on Mars (by sneaking on the ship) he meets Gribble (Dan Fogler) who informs him of his problem: the Martians are ruled by a ruthless queen-like Supervisor (Mindy Sterling) who's decided that the hatchlings (babies who sprout from the ground like vegetables) must be divided: all males are thrown away into the dump and the females are raised by "nanny-bots" -- robots programmed by the "discipline" energy of good moms like Milo's from Earth. Milo and Gribble buddy-up and with the help of a rebel Martian named Ki (Elisabeth Harnois) the three of them venture to save Milo's mom before it's too late.
And venture on they do. Coming from producer Robert Zemeckis and utilizing the same motion-capture technology as The Polar Express A Christmas Carol and Beowulf Mars Needs Moms rushes forward embracing its visually stunning universe without taking a moment to stop and breathe. The characters never have a chance to do anything significant that would make the audience think they're substantial or important -- especially Gribble whom the filmmakers really really want us to care for. On top of that it relies on a plot line that we've all seen before and instead of diving into the parts that made it interesting (like the question of why men were thrown in the garbage and not women) it skims safely along the surface doing its best to avoid anything deeper than basic themes.
But that may be a little too picky. After all the movie is just supposed to be a fun little child's tale right? In that vein it succeeds. We feel like we're on an amusement park ride thanks to Ki's vibrant '60s flower-power paintings and the adventures on the Red Planet's surface. Even the moments that aren't super fast-paced present environments that are beautiful. Plus Fogler's performance as Gribble (as Jack Black-esque as it was) gives us some fun enjoyable moments and one-liners that kids will no doubt love.
Yet at the same time Mars Needs Moms' visuals aren't all glorious. In fact some hurt the plot because frankly the humans aren't animated very well. There's no life in their eyes. Simple movements like walking look awkward and too often characters facial expressions don't match the urgency found in their voices. Instead the animation just turns all the characters into weird cartoony versions of themselves that look so "almost human" they appear fake. And as always it's difficult to care for fake people.
Children will definitely enjoy Mars Needs Moms but from a filmmaking standpoint Wells really missed an opportunity to deliver something other than neat visuals and one-liners.
Zack Snyder was recently the subject of scrutiny because of the ALWAYS troubled Superman production in addition to poor early test screenings of his new film Sucker Punch. But you know what I say? FUCK THAT SHIT.
Not only did those "early test screenings" take place months ago, but those who came down hard on the man who brought us 300 and Watchmen failed to recognize the fact that hundreds of ultimately good films are met with harsh criticism during test screenings. This isn't an isolated incident. Snyder has more than likely taken all the necessary steps to re-cut his sprawling epic and right whatever wrongs were uncovered from those initial audience reactions. From the look of the new trailer for the film, which stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung and Vanessa Hudgens, he's on top of the situation. True, there's no dialogue or genuine storytelling in this newly released footage and a lot of it has been seen before. It's really the child of a glorified sizzle reel and a Nine Inch Nails music video, but that's good enough for me.
This is a balls-out (or perhaps boobs-out) action experience and I've got no doubt that Snyder will deliver the goods next month. Have a look at the new trailer below.
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 British star has revealed he had to turn Snyder's project down because he was in contention to play Bond with the man who landed the spy role - Daniel Craig.
He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "I came very close. The choice was between a younger Bond and a Bond closer to his 30s, which is to say, Daniel Craig."
But now he's working with Snyder on the new Superman movie - seven years after he first planned to play the Man of Steel.
He tells the publication he was up for the superhero part when McG was onboard to direct in 2004.
Cavill says, "It was wonderful to have a second stab at a job - and as a wiser, older, more experienced actor."
In a shocking turn of events (at least to this comic book geek), Variety claims that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures upcoming Superman reboot is ready to fly without Lois Lane. Instead, one lucky lady will play an undisclosed role as leading lady to Henry Cavill's Clark Kent in The Man of Steel.
According to the source, Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike are being considered by the studio for the part. These three bombshell's vary in age and experience, but one is likely to work with Zack Snyder on his highly anticipated film that Christopher Nolan is producing and his brother Jonah, along with veteran genre scribe/producer David Goyer, is writing.
Eve made lots of heads turn in breakout roles this year in WB's Sex and the City 2 and Paramount's She's Out Of My League. She's a real stunner and will certainly ensure that hordes of horny teen boys will flock to theaters come December 2012, when the film is set to release. On the other hand, both Pike and Kruger have cut their teeth on past big-budget productions. Pike starred as a villainess in 2002's James Bond entry Die Another Die in addition to the 2009 dud Surrogates. She's balanced out her resume with prestigious pictures like An Education, Pride and Prejudice and, most recently, Barney's Version.
Kruger is perhaps the most well known of them all, with credits including Troy, National Treasure and Inglourious Basterds under her belt. On February 18th, she co-stars in Warner's Unknown, opposite Liam Neeson. Having worked for the studio in the past, and taking into account her higher profile career, I'm going to call her the true front-runner in this high stakes race (at least until the next batch of potentials are announced).
After long speculation that found actors as wide ranging in age and experience as Jon Hamm and Armie Hammer rumored for the role, Henry Cavill of The Tudors fame has landed the lead in director Zack Snyder's highly anticipated Superman reboot tentatively titled The Man of Steel!
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have confirmed to Deadline that Cavill, who was once in the running to play James Bond and Batman in their respective recent reboots, emerged victorious in the quest to don the red, yellow and blue spandex in the film, which is due December 2012. He was also on the shortlist of actors to portray the Last Son of Krypton when Brett Ratner and McG were set to helm what turned into Bryan Singer's 2006 film Superman Returns; Brandon Routh wore the cape in that chapter of the superhero legacy.
Cavill just wrapped Immortals with director Tarsem Singh and The Cold Light of Day opposite Bruce Willis. Both films will hit theaters later this year, when the lucky young actor will begin production on the Christopher Nolan-produced sequel being written by David Goyer and Jonah Nolan. All eyes now turn to Clark Kent's favorite lady Lois Lane, a part I've long felt Anne Hathaway would be perfect for had she not taken the role of Selina Kyle in Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
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