In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination.Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent, Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions.But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as Superman, not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.
When Man of Steel came out in 2012, it came under heavy fire for the huge amount of destruction in the film's final act, which critics and fans alike saw as very un-Superman like conduct. Director Zack Snyder has been defending the decision ever since, citing the incident as a key plot point in this year's Batman v Superman, and when he was quizzed on the issue by Famous Monsters of Filmland, his stance hadn't changed.
"I stand by it, because for me, I've always said when I was working on Watchmen — and maybe it's sort of left over from a Watchmen philosophical sort of thing — that there should be consequences to superheroes' interaction with the earth. And that was kind of the way that we approached Man Of Steel. I wanted a big consequence to Superman's arrival on earth. Certainly, Batman v Superman sort of cashes in all its chips on the 'why' of that destruction".
In the same interview, Snyder also promised that the long awaited bout between the Dark Knight and Man of Steel would deliver the goods.
"The discovery of the story is that Batman fights Superman. Now move your superhero chess pieces so that can happen. And it can happen in a credible and interesting way. ... It's just incredibly satisfying and fun to dig into these two mythological characters and find a through line that allows them to come into conflict in a way that not only is philosophically satisfying, but also physically real". Sounds good to us!
Man Of Steel may have played its cards close to its chest so far, but a few intriguing nuggets of info have been revealed via its MPAA rating.
Unsurprisingly, it's been rated PG-13 (meaning it'll likely get a 12A in the UK), which positions it within the scope of a wide audience: kids can get in, but it might have a slightly harder edge than fluffier family fare.
According to the MPAA, the PG-13 rating has been given "for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language".
Pretty tantalising, huh? Especially given that the full-length trailer features relatively meagre offerings on the action front, opting to tease rather than deluge with footage.
Perhaps tellingly, Michael Shannon's big bad, General Zod, is absent for all but one shot of the trailer, meaning we could go into the multiplex with plenty of the good stuff unspoiled, unless there's a barrage of clips unleashed in the months leading up to the film's release.
Directed by Watchmen's Zack Snyder, Man Of Steel aims to look at Superman through the same reality-focused lens that worked so well for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Snyder has also hinted at the possibility that MOS will tie into Warner Bros plans for Justice League.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Man Of Steel's villain, General Zod, will not be uttering the immortal line "Kneel before Zod", actor Michael Shannon has confirmed.
In an interview with VH1 (via SuperheroHype), Shannon was asked about the line, and admitted, "I don't say that in the movie."
The three word put-down was made famous by Terence Stamp's incarnation of the supervillain in Superman II.
Perhaps it's a good idea that Shannon won't be impinging on Stamp's turf, as that piece of dialogue has become so deeply associated with that film.
It has also become the subject of much parody over the years, so it's possible the omission is a statement of intent - will Shannon's Zod lack the grandstanding, scenery-chewing pomp of the comic-book movie villains of old?Source: www.totalfilm.com
Man Of Steel has already assembled an impressive on-screen ensemble, but Warner may have made one of its most appointments on the project to date, by drafting in Hans Zimmer to compose the score.
Having long been one of Hollywood's most prolific composers, Zimmer has become famous for his regular collaborations with Christopher Nolan, most notably on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
For anyone doubting just how evocative and atmospheric Zimmer's Batman creations have been, it's worth giving the final full trailer for The Dark Knight Rises another look. Just wait for those goosebumps to start kicking in as his score starts to recall those of the previous two films...
Samples of his latest score for Nolan's final Bat-film were recently released online, and sure enough, they're just as epic as those that have gone before. His appointment to Man Of Steel probably shouldn't come as a surprise given Nolan's involvement as producer, but its an exciting move nevertheless.Source: www.totalfilm.com
It's been a while since we brought you any casting news from Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man Of Steel, but today we can reveal that The West Wing's Richard Schiff has signed on to play "Dr. Hamilton".
Described by Variety as Superman's "scientific advisor", a kind of Q figure if you will, Schiff's role looks on the surface to be a mere bit-part, fleshing out an already impressive ensemble cast.
However, a bit of digging into the character's past might suggest otherwise. Indeed, the comic books link Dr. Hamilton very closely with the character of Lex Luthor, who sent the good Doctor spiralling into madness when he bought up his research and passed it off as his own.
More recent comics have also cast Hamilton in a villainous role, which casts a question mark over the nature of Schiff's involvement. There has also been speculation that Hamilton's presence points to the involvement of Luthor, with Bradley Cooper rumoured to have signed on in secret to play Superman's seminal foe.
However, Snyder is remaining tight-lipped at present, meaning we'll just have to wait until the film's US release on 14 June 2013 to know for sure...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is set to replace Julia Ormond in Man Of Steel, playing the role of Lara Lor-Van (AKA Superman's mum).
No explanation has been given for the last-minute casting change but Zurer is expected to begin filming this week.
She has previously appeared in Dan Brown's religious potboiler Angels & Demons and also played Eric Bana's wife in Steven Spielberg's Munich.
This time she'll be cosying up to Russell Crowe, who plays her Kryptonian husband Jor-El.
While TF would love to crack a joke about how a quick change in a Superman movie usually takes place in a phone booth, we really don't want to dishonour Supes' dead relatives.
Even if we think Kal-El would probably handle the joke better than a certain orphaned billionaire we know.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Zack Snyder has revealed the final piece in the casting jigsaw for upcoming Superman film Man Of Steel, with Laurence Fishburne signing up to play Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet, Perry White.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Fishburne will become the first African-American actor to play the role in any of the many adaptations of the Superman comics. It's another refreshing piece of thinking from Snyder, having already cast a Brit as Metropolis's all-American saviour.
In any case, White's racial background is far less important than his role as a tough but fair authority figure, qualities that Fishburne should have no problems in bringing to the big screen.
White made his first comic-book appearance in Superman #7, way back in 1940. He was played by Frank Langella in 2006's Superman Returns. Man Of Steel will begin shooting in the autumn, ahead of a June 2013 release.
Is Fishburne the White man for the job? Tell us what you think.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Law & Order star Christopher Meloni is in talks to join Zack Snyder's comic-book hero movie, Man Of Steel.
It seems every other week a big star is added to the cast of the upcoming Superman reboot. This week, it's Meloni, who recently left TV's Law & Order, who is rumoured to be joining the superhero flick.
It is not yet known who Meloni will be playing, but it is reported to be a "major role". Some speculate he may play Perry White, the man in charge of the Daily Planet, but who knows? No doubt his role will be revealed in the not too distant future.
In case you have missed the cast updates so far, here is a quick run through of cast and characters: Henry Cavill leads as Superman, Amy Adams is Lois Lane, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are Ma and Pa Kent, Russell Crowe is Jor-El, Julia Ormond is Lara Lor-Van and Michael Shannon is General Zod.
Man Of Steel is due for release in December 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Deadline are reporting that Julia Ormond is in talks to play Superman's Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van, in Zack Snyder's reboot Man Of Steel.
Ormond recently won an Emmy for TV movie Temple Grandin, and she has wrapped shooting on My Week With Marilyn.
Last week, Russell Crowe was linked to the role of Superman's Kryptonian father, Jor-El.
Ormond and Crowe are set to join quite the assorted line-up, with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Superman's earthly foster parents, and Amy Adams as intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane.
And let's not forget British actor Henry Cavill, who's playing the man himself Superman/Clark Kent.
Man Of Steel is set for a December 2012 release.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Russell Crowe has landed the key role of Jor-El, Superman's biological father, in Zac Snyder's Superman reboot.
While Kevin Costner has already signed on to play Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent's human father, Jor-El is Superman's Kryptonian father who died during the destruction of the superhero's home planet.
The role was most famously brought to life on screen by Marlon Brando, who played the part in Richard Donner's original Superman.
Footage from that appearance was also resurrected and re-used in Bryan Singer's more recent Superman Returns.
It's not hard to see why Snyder was keen to cast a big name in the role, and Crowe's gruff swagger should bring the requisite pomp to the part.
Jor-El's wife Lara is yet to be cast, though Dark Horizons report that Crowe's Gladiator co-star Connie Nielsen is in negotiations for the role.
That means we should probably expect to see a flashback to Superman's origins in Snyder's system reboot.
Man Of Steel opens summer 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Zack Snyder has cast German actress Antje Traue as comic book villainess Faora in Man Of Steel.
Though story details on the Superman reboot are still few and far between (not including that brief leaked plot), it's presumed Faora will help General Zod (Michael Shannon) in whatever evil designs he's brewing.
Variety near confirm that, reporting that Snyder will be using the version of Faora that debuted in Action Comics #779, in which Faora is an aid to Zod who creates a mutagenic virus.
Previously, Traue also appeared in little-seen but decent sci-fi Pandorum, while all pre-Pandorum credits were German TV shows and short films.
It looks like Snyder is playing it smart when it comes to casting his Supes movie, having opted for a mix of solid up-and-comers and tried and true A-listers.
After the lacklustre reception of Sucker Punch, Snyder's going to need all the good press he can find to get people amped for Man Of Steel, and casting left-field choices like Traue should certainly earn him some brownie points.
Man Of Steel opens December 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Michael Shannon has signed on to play Kryptonian villain General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, now officially titled Man Of Steel.
Shannon landed the role after first choice Viggo Mortensen was unable to find a gap in his schedule to commit to the superhero reboot.
"Zod is not only one of Superman's most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don't," says director Snyder.
"Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role."
Zod was most famously played by Terence Stamp in Superman II, but - like Snyder - we're convinced that Shannon's the perfect choice for Snyder's new interpretation of the villain.
While some Superman fans may be wary of Snyder's involvement in the reboot after his critically-lashed Sucker Punch failed to impress, there's no doubt he's assembling a formidable cast for Man Of Steel.
Shannon joins Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.
Man Of Steel opens December 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Amy Adams has signed on to play Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot.
Her casting puts paid to rumours that Lois wouldn't feature in the new movie, with the feisty Daily Planet journalist clearly a pivotal role in the Superverse.
"There was a big, giant search for Lois," director Snyder tells Hero Complex. "For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role.
"We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it."
Adams joins Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Diane Lane as his mother Martha and Kevin Costner as his father Jonathan.
Talking about how he would be handling the Clark/Lois relationship in his Superman movie, Snyder said:
"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]."
Superman opens in cinemas in 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Rumours that Viggo Mortensen was readying himself to get villainous in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot may have been quashed, but new reports on the film's villain have jumped up in their place.
Deadline and Latino Review both reveal that Michael Shannon and Edgar Ramirez are possible actors to play the film's as-yet-unknown central villain.
Shannon most recently starred in HBO's historical epic Boardwalk Empire, and received kudos for his Oscar-nominated role in Revolutionary Road.
Meanwhile, Ramirez is best known for his leading role in crime saga Carlos, and recently signed on to play Ares in blockbuster sequel Wrath Of The Titans.
No confirmation has been offered either way on who'll eventually get the part of Superman's latest nemesis, but you can count on a press-friendly Zack Snyder to offer us an official statement as soon as anything's signed.Source: www.totalfilm.com
While Zack Snyder is busy promoting Sucker Punch, it seems that everyone's more interested in asking him about Superman: Man of Steel.
He's not giving much away, but in a chat with Latino Review he did confirm, sadly, that Viggo Mortensen would not be in the movie, saying: "Yeah, Viggo is not going to be in the movie, let's say that right now, I can clear that up."
It doesn't rule out the character of General Zod, but it's a shame Viggo won't be involved, as he could have been a formidable adversary for Supes.
The remainder of his answers were nowhere near so definitive. When asked if the film would feature Kryptonian mythology, Snyder responded: "I can't say because it gives too much away, but it's safe to say that we have a great respect for the character."
On the topic of strong female characters in the movie, Snyder responded "I can't say of course. I wish I could straighten it out for you at this moment but I can't really."
Unsurprisingly, Snyder's response when asked if Man of Steel would be '[Lex] Luthor-less' was: "I can't answer that."
So far, Superman: Man of Steel has Henry Cavill cast in the title role, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner have been confirmed as Ma and Pa Kent.
Sucker Punch is set for release on 1 April 2011, while Superman: Man of Steel is tentatively pencilled in for December 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Kevin Costner has officially joined the cast of Zack Snyder's Superman reboot as Jonathan Kent, the adoptive father of Clark.
The confirmation of the actor's casting comes a few weeks after word first reached us that he was considering taking on the role.
Costner will no doubt be working most closely with Diane Lane, who signed up a few weeks back to play Jonathan's wife Martha. We're sure that helped his decision a fair bit.
"Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had," says Snyder, "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."
Filming on Snyder's Superman will kick off in a few months, with the film set for a December 2012 release. Source: www.totalfilm.com
Bryan Singer's dreamy Superman Returns was as reverent as they come with regard to respecting the Richard Donner/Chris Reeves era of adaps.
For his new Superman, though, director Zack Snyder has revealed that he's taking the opposite approach, with his movie assuming "there's been no other Superman movies".
Speaking with Hero Complex, Snyder says that he's taking the Batman Begins approach to comic reboots with Superman, beginning with a completely fresh slate.
"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 confirms.
"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.
"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."
For more from Snyder, including what he says about his working relationship with Chris Nolan, head over to Hero Complex.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Heat Vision Blog are reporting that Viggo Mortensen is at the top of the list to play villain General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel.
Brit actor Henry Cavill was cast as Supes several weeks ago, but there have been no more official casting announcements since then.
Now, according to Heat Vision's sources, Mortensen is the top choice of Snyder and producer (and project godfather) Christopher Nolan.
Mortensen's involvement will depend on his availability, as he is near to closing a deal to appear in Snow White and the Huntsman.
Apparently talks with the actor haven't officially commenced, but he is dubbed a "person of interest", who is being talked about seriously.
Kevin Costner is in a similar position, being the favourite to take on the role of Pa Kent.
There are still three major female parts left to cast; this has been the source of much rumour, but no official announcement has been made yet.
It's hard to argue with the thought of Mortensen as Zod though, as he's got the gravitas and physical presence to be a real threat to Superman.
With shooting imminent, we're sure to hear some more official casting news soon… we hope.Source: www.totalfilm.com
British actor Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman in Zack Snyder's Superman: Man Of Steel.
The actor, currently known for starring as Charles Brandon in TV series The Tudors, was very close to winning the part of Batman for 2005's Batman Begins, but director Christopher Nolan felt he was too young.
Well now Cavill has come of age, and how.
Christopher Nolan - now 'Creative Godfather' for the Superman reboot - and director Zack Snyder, have given the 27 year-old one of the biggest roles in cinema.
Synder said; "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen.
"I also join Warner Bros., Legendary (pictures) and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry.
"He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."
Though hardly an unknown akin to predecessor Brandon Routh, Cavill has yet to prove himself in a big-screen leading role.
And despite the obvious pressure of the job, his biggest test might be getting US audiences to buy a Brit as the most American of superheroes.
Cavill will next be seen in the upcoming Immortals alongside Mickey Rourke.Source: www.totalfilm.com
After the success of Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Ben Affleck was rumoured to be in the running to helm the Superman reboot.Source: www.totalfilm.com
New rumours about Zack Snyder's Superman: The Man of Steel have emerged.
According to What's Playing, The Man of Steel will focus on Supermans's early days, and will feature him becoming involved with a struggle between two tribes in Africa.
He then returns to Smallville to learn about his origins after he uses his powers to help settle the dispute.
With David Goyer (The Dark Knight) as screenwriter and Christopher Nolan producing, The Man of Steel is expected to repeat the success of the pair's Batman reboot.
Though we're in early days, this 'returning to his roots' plot sounds a bit familiar. Almost as if it's been a TV show.
Another tidbit chruned up by the rumour mill is Anne Hathaway to play Lois Lane, although you'd imagine pretty much any age-appropriate actress is in with a shot.Source: www.totalfilm.com
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Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill
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