Director Zack Snyder is currently filling out his cast for the upcoming Superman reboot and, unsurprisingly, the rumor mill is heating up with names of actors in line to play the villain in the film. Henry Cavill is set as the Man of Steel himself, with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane poised to play his adoptive parents. Now, Deadline is reporting that the parties-that-be are interested in actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) for the villain. Shannon’s a supremely talented guy, and has gained considerable (and well-deserved) recognition as of late, following his Oscar-nominated turn in Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road.
In addition, Latino Review reports that Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) is being eyed for the villain role as well. Exactly which villain Superman will face off against in the film is currently unknown. Now, this being a comic-book movie and all, these casting reports could very well turn out to be simply nothing more than rumor. At this point, no one’s saying for sure. But with production set to start relatively soon on the Christopher Nolan-produced flick, expect more casting announcements/rumors in the coming weeks.
A couple weeks ago, it was reported that Kevin Costner was being considered for a key role in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot. Well now Warner Bros. has confirmed that the actor has closed a deal to play Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent’s adopted father. Henry Cavill is poised to play the Man of Steel, and Diane Lane recently joined the cast as Kent’s adopted mother, Martha. Regarding Costner’s addition to the cast, Snyder had this to say:
“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.”
It looks like casting is ramping up on the film, so expect more names announced in the coming weeks. Yesterday, Zack Snyder spoke a bit about the project, saying that this flick will assume “there’s been no other Superman movies.” The currently untitled Superman reboot, produced by Christopher Nolan, is set to start filming soon for a December 2012 release. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Director Zack Snyder recently took some time out of his busy press schedule promoting Sucker Punch to talk a bit about that other movie he’s working on. Snyder says that the Superman reboot, set to star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent himself, will not be a direct sequel to any other Superman films, taking a page out of the Batman Begins book:
“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. 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.”
Hit the jump for more from the director’s interview, including talk about his working relationship with producer Christopher Nolan and when we’ll get our first look at the Superman suit.
While Kevin Costner has had a less-than-stellar track record for the last two decades (although there are some gems like A Perfect World and Open Range), he does deserve some credit for staying away from sequels, remakes, and franchise pictures. But now it looks like he may be signing on to Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot. Deadline reports that Costner is up for a “key role” in the picture. If I had to guess at what the role could be, I’d say it’s either Superman’s birth father Jor-El, surrogate parent Pa Kent, or Daily Planet editor Perry White. Currently, the only actor cast in the film is Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent. The film is currently set for release next holiday season.
Costner most recently co-starred in The Company Men. Last year, we reported that he was planning to get back in the director’s chair for the World War II action-adventure, A Little War of Our Own.
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly goes inside Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman re-launch. But the cover of the issue belongs to new Supes, Henry Cavill, who spoke to EW about the film. While the full interview has yet to go online, EW issued a brief tease with Cavill talking about his anxiety about putting on the suit and screen-testing for the coveted role:
“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 Snyder was impressed:
“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.’ Okay: This was Superman.”
The film is slated to begin shooting later this year for a holiday 2012 release. With the start date on the horizon, we should expect casting news of the other major roles in the near future.
As we all know, Christopher Nolan is producing the upcoming Superman reboot. Unfortunately, that means any and all official word on the film is almost at radio silence, because if you knew how the movie was developing, it would be impossible for you to enjoy it for some reason. With that in mind, a reader has sent us what might be the production timeline for Zack Snyder’s Superman: The Man of Steel and the dates are plausible. All that’s been confirmed about Superman so far timeline-wise is that it will be released “Holiday 2012″. The reader tells us that principal photography begins August 22, 2011 and will run through April 2012, which is a pretty long shoot. Post-production on the film will then begin on May 1, 2012 and run through November 2012. The film is set for release sometime between December 14 – 21st, 2012.
Hit the jump for more on this rumor. Be warned, there’s minor spoilers ahead.
UPDATED: We’ve been sent an update…
Natalie Portman seems to be in everything these days. Previews for Thor, The Other Woman, Your Highness, and No Strings Attached are everywhere, and the Oscar campaign for her outstanding role in Black Swan is in high gear. Yet, according to her, she knows nothing about the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises or the unofficially titled Superman reboot by Zack Snyder. What she does know a little about is the long-gestating Cloud Atlas. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly (via The Playlist), Portman said that Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis will direct the film together.
“I don’t know what’s going on with financing. I read it while doing V for Vendetta and I gave it to the Wachowskis and to Tom Tykwer. Now they’re directing it together, the three of them. I will have some acting role in it if it happens, but probably nothing major.”
Hit the jump for more on Cloud Atlas.
In a not-too-surprising revelation, producer Charles Roven says that Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies do not inhabit the same universe as Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman movie. Here’s what Roven told Shock Till You Drop about whether the two characters would exist in a shared universe:
No. That may be in somebody’s mind but right now the Batman lives in his world and the Superman lives in his world. Those stories are those stories and we haven’t thought beyond each individual picture.
That’s not a big surprise since Nolan has decided to firmly ground his take on Batman in reality and a flying space alien who shoots heat beams out of his eyes doesn’t really fit with that. Hit the jump for more on The Dark Knight Rises (due out July 20, 2012) and Superman: The Man of Steel (due out holiday 2012).
We have two brief pieces of Superman: The Man of Steel news for you today. First up, composer Hans Zimmer will provide a brand-new score for the upcoming reboot. Speaking to with NBC San Diego’s Scott Huver [via AICN], Zimmer said:
“It’s a hard one, but I followed one of the most iconic things on Batman with Chris as well, and it’s the same thing. You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That’s the job. On Gladiator I remember people always talking about Spartacus and I kept telling them, ‘When you saw Spartacus and how it affected it you, that’s how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.’ So I think ultimately you’re supposed to reinvent.”
I think Zimmer turned in one of the best scores of the year with Inception and I’m fascinated to hear what he’ll do with Superman. Hit the jump for more on the upcoming reboot.
If all those Batman rumors aren’t your thing, then how about some rumors regarding upcoming film for DC’s other major superhero. What’s Playing is reporting a couple interesting rumors regarding Zack Snyder’s Superman: The Man of Steel. WP reports that while Man of Steel will feature Superman, the primary focus is on Clark Kent. Per What’s Playing, “A character breakdown issued to casting agencies this week says that the plot involves Clark getting involved in some sort of battle between two tribes in West Africa. When he is compelled to use his secret powers to intervene in a crisis in West Africa, Clark returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and the hero he was born to be.” Yeah, who wants to see Superman fighting Lex Luthor or Brainiac when you can see how lifting heavy things will somehow solve generations of violent power struggles. Is the “modern context” producer Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer were talking about?
Hit the jump for more on the film and Anne Hathaway as a “contender for Lois Lane”.
There’s been some confusion lately on how old Superman will be in Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot, Superman: The Man of Steel. In an interview last month, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) said his agents had looked into him possibly playing the role, but that the filmmakers were looking for actors aged 35-40 (Hammer is 24). Deadline now reports that the age range they’re currently looking to is actually 28-32, which makes more sense, although I’m sure that news will disappoint those carrying a torch for the 39-year-old Jon Hamm to play the role.
Deadline adds that the actor who ends up playing Superman will likely be a discovery, or an actor from TV who isn’t yet a big star. Hit the jump for some possible contenders.
Prepare to be confused about what direction Superman: The Man of Steel is going. Our previous reports indicated that the new film would be a reboot of sorts. Director Zack Snyder said the new film would “focus on early days of Superman.” There was also a logline that said the new film would have Clark Kent traveling the world and wondering if he should even become Superman. However, screenwriter David Goyer previously indicated that the new film would not be an origin story.
Now comes the baffling report that the production may be looking for an actor that is around “35-40″ to play the Man of Steel. Hit the jump for why Jon Hamm may be smiling.
Earlier this week, we reported that Zack Snyder had signed on to direct Superman: The Man of Steel. Vulture now reports that slightly unsettling news that Snyder was hired because Warner Bros. knew he could get the job done fast. Warner Bros. needs a Superman movie in production by 2011 or they’ll be subject to potential lawsuits by the heirs of the character’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Here’s the really disconcerting line from Vulture’s story:
We’re told by knowledgeable insiders the reason Warner Bros. picked Snyder for Man of Steel is that the script by David Goyer was rushed, is still a bit of a mess, and that Warner Bros. needs someone who won’t spend months or even years trying to get it just right (i.e. [Darren] Aronofsky).
Vulture adds that even Snyder believes that the script needs work, but he’ll be able to get the movie made faster than Aronofsky. While we all want to have faith that Christopher Nolan’s guiding hand can push Superman to a great movie, this report casts a shadow over the production. Hit the jump for what we know about the movie thus far plus the film’s newly-revealed logline.
Darren Aronofsky’s name has been mentioned as a possible contender to direct major comic adaptations including Superman: The Man of Steel, Wolverine 2, and Preacher. However, earlier this week Zack Snyder officially got the Superman gig and now Vulture is reporting that Aronofsky is now seriously considering Wolverine 2. Apparently, Aronofsky was highly-interested in doing Superman, but wanted more time to work on the story. It’s looking like Warner Bros. loss in Fox’s gain as Aronofsky aims to reunite with his Fountain star Hugh Jackman. As we’ve previously reported, the script for Wolverine 2 is being handled by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and would send Wolverine to Japan.
But Warner Bros. isn’t willing to let Aronofsky go without a fight. Hit the jump to learn about the studio offering him Tales from the Gangster Squad.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 4th, 2010 at 11:26 pm
I would that imagine that, as Superman, each and every day could be considered “busy.” Without question, though, today has to have been one of the most hectic in recent memory for The Man of Steel. As you probably already know, we learned earlier today that Zack Snyder is directing the Christopher Nolan produced Superman: The Man of Steel – news which finally brings to an end the whirlwind of speculation surrounding the gig and Nolan’s seemingly endless “shortlist.”
Now, as if the Snyder announcement wasn’t enough for one day, we are seeing unconfirmed reports regarding David Goyer’s script and Kal-El’s potential foe. For more on this as well as several Snyder quotes in regards to the film, hit the jump.