Not to be outdone by the plethora of The Dark Knight Rises set imagery that we’ve brought you the past couple of days, director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is now showing off some set skin from its Illinois shooting locations. Like I’ve stated in the past, I’m not a huge fan of set photos that contain little context beyond “this is a picture of a box of props from the set of a movie you want to see.” Conversely, I’m even less fond of set photos that spoil what tiny element of surprise that may still exist in today’s film landscape. So, with my incredibly hard to please tastes in mind, I’ll say that I think these images are worth checking out because they fall somewhere in between being pointless and spoiltastic.
Hit the jump to check out the images of some Smallville school buses and the Kent family farmhouse. Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russel Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, and Michael Shannon, Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14, 2013.
With visionary director Tarsem Singh at the helm, Immortals is certain to be a film that is much talked about, when it hits theaters in November. An epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny among the Greek Gods, it promises to be a stylish and spectacular 3D adventure that is as unique as the filmmaker himself. In it, actor Henry Cavill plays Theseus, a stonemason who vows to avenge the death of his mother and who is called upon to embrace his destiny in a final battle for the future of humanity.
After their Hall H panel presentation at Comic-Con, Henry Cavill and Tarsem Singh talked about the appeal of a project like this, what changed to make an almost non-existent script something that could be brought to life for the screen, what the overall tone will be, and why 3D worked for this. Cavill also talked about how he’s already put on 25 pounds in training for playing Superman in Man of Steel, how it’s both humbling and an honor to take on a role that he hopes he can do justice with, and how he’s chosen not to focus on the celebrity aspect of all the attention he’s now receiving. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
The word on the street said Warner Bros. had a December 2012 release in mind for the Superman reboot Man of Steel. Instead, per Box Office Mojo, the studio has set June 14, 2013 as the official date. Production is scheduled to begin shortly in Vancouver, but it may be reasonable to use the extra six months to fine tune the script as needed if schedules are flexible. Man of Steel has the date to itself, but the summer of 2013 will again belong to the superheroes, with Iron Man 3 in May and Thor 2 in July.
Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent/Superman; the supporting cast features Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, and Michael Shannon. Zack Snyder is directing from a script by David S. Goyer, with Christopher Nolan producing.
Time is not on Superman’s side. At leaset, that is the case with Warner Bros.’ upcoming Man of Steel, which is up against the gun of rights ownership to get cracking on bringing the classic character to the silver screen by next year. As you probably already know, Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) is teaming-up with producer Christopher Nolan to helm the superhero flick based on a script by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins). However, perhaps as a result of said time constraints, rewrites are apparently needed on Goyer’s script. If you’re Warner Bros., with a solid cast that includes Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Kal-El, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Chris Meloni, Michael Shannon, and Harry Lennix already in place, you want to make as many tweaks as necessary. Hit the jump for more details on the rewrite including which scribe gave the script a once over as well.
Director Zack Snyder continues to fill out the cast for Man of Steel, and it looks like he’s found Superman’s mom. Deadline reports that Julia Ormond is in talks to star as Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van, opposite Russell Crowe who was recently cast as father Jor-El. Their counterparts, Clark Kent’s adoptive Earth parents, will be played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.
Henry Cavill is set to play the titular Man of Steel, with Amy Adams poised to play Lois Lane and, in an inspired bit of casting, Michael Shannon will be taking on the role of General Zod. Antje Traue will play villain/Zod’s partner Faora. Details on David Goyer’s script are mum, but production is set to get underway next month in Vancouver. Produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel is currently eying a holiday 2012 release.
The first image from Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, has gone online. [Update: And it turns out it's fan made. Yay, Internet speed. My bad, world. Anyway, you can still check it out after the jump. I have to go wipe this egg off my face.]
Man of Steel is set to open during the holiday season of 2012.
Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, may finally be zeroing in on an actress to play the film’s female villain. There’s been some debate over whether or not the role is Ursa (played by Sarah Douglas in Superman and Superman II), the accomplice of General Zod (played in Man of Steel by Michael Shannon) comic book villain Faora (who was the inspiration for Ursa), or an entirely new character. Deadline doesn’t have the answer, but they do say that whoever the female villain is, German actress Antje Traue (Pandorum) is the frontrunner for the part. If she does get the role, she’ll be joining a cast that includes Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Kevin Costner.
[Update: Variety reports that Antje has the role and that role is Faora. Variety also speculates that Man of Steel will use "the version of Faora that debuted in Action Comics #779 as a Pokolistanian aide of General Zod. That character was an orphan metahuman with the ability to disrupt molecular bonds, which allowed her to create a mutagenic virus that served as the linchpin of Zod's plan."]
Man of Steel is set to hit theaters December 2012.
Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) was cast as General Zod in the Superman reboot Man of Steel on Sunday, and I wrote at length about how perfect that casting is. To hear Shannon tell it, though, the idea “came out of nowhere.” Shannon was interviewed as the Emerging Master Honoree at the 2011 RiverRun International Film Festival. There he discussed his first meeting with director Zack Snyder (he compares it to an acid trip), how surreal it is to be billed in a Superman movie, and testing for chemistry with Clark Kent/Superman actor Henry Cavill. Watch the relevant interview clip after the break.
Viggo Mortensen was never able to find the right hole in his schedule to play General Zod in the upcoming Superman reboot, now officially titled Man of Steel. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, however, landed on a fantastic alternative: Michael Shannon. Shannon was rumored for an unspecified villain role last month — the studios have announced today he will play Zod. Director Zack Snyder remarked,
“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. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”
I could not agree more. Henry Cavill will star as Clark Kent/Superman. The supporting cast includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent. Read the official announcement after the jump.
While everyone knows that Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel movie, only fans of his Showtime series The Tudors could probably pick him out of a crowd. However, by the end of this year, that’s all going to change. The reason is Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. In the film, Cavill plays Theseus, a mortal chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to bring down the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Until today, no one had seen any footage from the November release, but during this afternoon’s WonderCon panel, Relativity Media premiered the teaser trailer and I’m happy to report it looked fantastic. I’d describe the visuals as a mix of 300, Tarsem’s distinctive style, and vibrant CGI. For a much better recap on the footage and the panel, here’s Matt’s write up.
However, before the panel, I got to sit down with Cavill and Evans to talk about making Immortals. We also talked about the similarities and differences between Immortals and 300, the visual style of the film, and I also got updates on Superman and The Three Musketeers. Hit the jump to watch the interview (or read some selected quotes).
Shortly after Disney’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas ended, I got to talk to Jason Segel and Amy Adams backstage about The Muppets. While Disney has yet to release any footage from one of my most anticipated films of 2011, during the presentation, they showed a number of clips and everything looked great. While it might have taken a number of years for The Muppets to make another movie, I really think audiences are ready to see Kermit and friends.
Anyway, while I only had a few minutes, Segel talked about finally getting the opportunity to make the movie and what the Muppets mean to him, Adams talked about how Kermit and Segel sent her a DVD asking her to be in the film, and I asked them both what is their go to karaoke song.
But I’ve left out my favorite part. As the interview began, instead of just saying hi, I said, “nice to see Mr. Segel and Miss. Lane.” In case you didn’t know, Adams is playing Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s Superman movie. Also, as the interview ended, I told her how happy I was that she got the part and you can watch her reaction. Hit the jump to watch:
Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane, fellow Daily Planet journalist and romantic interest of Clark Kent, in the Superman reboot. Adams is the fourth official cast member to join the Superman reboot: Henry Cavill (The Tudors) is Clark Kent/Superman; Diane Lane and Kevin Costner will play Clark’s adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent.
In keeping with the secrecy surrounding plot details, director Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch) declined to comment on the prominence of Lois Lane or the nature of her character arc in the movie, but he did call the role “a linchpin” to the project. Read more of what Snyder had to say about signing Adams after the break.
With director Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch opening in a few days, I got to speak with him last weekend at the Los Angeles press junket. As the synopsis says, Sucker Punch is an “epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.” The film stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, and Oscar Isaac.
During the interview, Snyder talked about how difficult it was for him to get a PG-13 rating. He revealed that he had to edit the movie seven times to finally get the rating. He also talked about an incredible action scene towards the end of the film and how he put it together, that the director’s cut will have 18 additional minutes (including the full Love is a Drug musical number), how the finished film compared to his original vision, and we ended the interview talking about Superman: Man of Steel. I asked if Superman will punch someone in the face and where are they filming. Hit the jump to watch:
Just an hour ago I got to interview director Zack Snyder for his new movie Sucker Punch. With the film getting released next weekend, you can expect the full interview online very soon. However, towards the end of our conversation, I asked him about Superman: Man of Steel and wanted to get that online today. Since I knew I’d only get one question about his next project, I tried to make it a good one. I asked if Superman would punch someone in the face!
While there are moments in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns that I liked, for the most part, I consider the film a missed opportunity. One of the reasons is that Superman never got physical. We only saw him moping around and every once in awhile, got some cool action (the plane rescue was incredible). I figure if Superman gets to punch someone in the face in Man of Steel…that means we’re going to get an awesome villain. So what did Snyder tell me? Hit the jump to watch. I also asked him where they’re going to film and he did confirm Vancouver is one of the locations.
As is often the case for projects involving adaptations of popular mythologies, Dune is floundering in the quicksand of deadlines. The reason for the difficulty? Paramount Pictures must balance the development of the branded project on budget while pleasing the rights-holders. And they are running out of time. If production details are not firmed up by spring 2011, the rights-holders (the estate of Dune author Frank Herbert and ABC) will not grant another extension.
But all is not lost! The studio, along with producers Kevin Misher and Richard P. Rubenstein, will court directors using Chase Palmer’s new script. Though Pierre Morel (Taken) was previously slated to direct, he may take on the role of executive producer instead. Even if Paramount puts the kibosh on Dune, Rubenstein, the liaison to the Herbert estate, has enough faith in the script to take the project elsewhere.
Hit the jump to see why this may not be a bad idea, plus a look at the legal status on other projects including the Spider-Man reboot, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Superman: Man of Steel, Battleship, the Bourne franchise, Conan, and Skyline.