TOP 5: Ben Affleck Is Batman, The Best Weekend This Summer, Iconic Directors Talk the Future of Movies in 1990, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, STAR WARS

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It should come as a surprise to no one that this week’s Top 5 is headlined by the news that Ben Affleck will inherit the cowl as the next Batman in Summer 2015′s Man of Steel sequel. And with good reason. Unless something goes drastically wrong, the movie is going to be an international blockbuster that millions will line up to see/pay for (yours truly included). That said, and like I mentioned last week, this weekend is one that I’ve been looking forward to for some time and one that I hope movie lovers will embrace; which is why Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer earns the second spot in this week’s installment. If you need a break from the common blockbuster, sequel, reboot, remake, etc., this weekend is for you. If you believe original movies have a place at your local cineplex, here’s your chance to dig into your wallet and prove it. You might be paying to see your favorite movie of the summer or you might end up seeing something that doesn’t suit your tastes at all. Either way, you’ll come out of it a better movie fan than you went in.

All begging and pleading aside, on tap this week is the aforementioned Ben Affleck/Batman news, Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer (which will start the begging and pleading all over again), a neat flashback video of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese discussing the future of movies in 1990 with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, interviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and a couple of noteworthy Star Wars: Episode VII tidbits. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Superman and Batman Join Forces in MAN OF STEEL Sequel Set for 2015 Release; Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, and Henry Cavill Expected to Return

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This was inevitable, but sooner than I anticipated: Superman and Batman will team up in a live-action movie in 2015!  Warner Bros. will develop the project as a sequel to Man of Steel, so Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent/Superman.  Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, the director/writer team behind Man of Steel, are expected to reprise their roles for the follow-up.  Christopher Nolan is also expected to return as a producer, though it is unclear how involved he will be this time around.

This raises many questions.  Does this put the Justice League movie on hold indefinitely?  [Update: No.  WB is also planning for Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.  Details here.]  After all, why force Green Lantern in there when you have the two biggest superheroes in the world in the forefront?  Christian Bale has no plans to return to Batman, so who will star opposite Cavill?  Is this where Joseph Gordon-Levitt steps in?  Luckily, Warner Bros. plans to announce the project at their Comic-Con panel that starts in about 10 minutes.  Check back soon for our full recap of the panel for more details. [Update 2: We added the press release after the jump with more details.  Click here for our description of the panel announcement.]

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, First Trailer and Poster for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THIS IS THE END, New ELYSIUM Trailer, E3 2013 Recap

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Was there really a chance of writing about something other than Man of Steel in this week’s opening paragraph? Well, maybe. I did really enjoy This Is the End. But, alas, this week is about Supes’ return to the big screen. I watched the film (in 2D) for the first time last night and, as far as superhero movies go, it elicited an emotional response from me that few in the genre have. Sure, there were times where the grand scale of destruction left me cold and the product placement took me out of the moment (if only to admire some beautiful appliances meeting their untimely demise). Nevertheless, the themes of love, sacrifice, acceptance, and trust were beautifully woven into the film’s text in such a way that it made me do something I’ve only done one other time (while reading Grant Morrison‘s excellent All-Star Superman run): become emotionally invested in the Man of Steel.

While this is undoubtedly Kal-El’s weekend, in addition to Man of Steel interviews and more, this week’s Top 5 also includes the first teaser trailer and poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is the End interviews with Seth Rogen and more, the new Elysium trailer, and a recap of E3 2013 from the convention floor. Learn more about all of the above via a link and brief recap after the jump.

MAN OF STEEL Review

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Who is Superman?  Is he Kal-El, the Last Son of Krypton?  Or is he Clark Kent, the adopted child of Smallville farmers?  Is it even a choice?  Can’t he both?  Superman has been dismissed as the “blue boy scout” by those who aren’t willing to take the time to consider his fascinating origin.  He’s an immigrant from a destroyed planet, he’s the loneliest guy in the world, he’s an outsider, and he’s humanity’s shining beacon even though he’s not human.  He’s the best of both worlds, and arguably belongs to neither.  Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel tries to get to the heart of this conflict, but ends up missing the heart of Superman.  Almost everything that surrounds the character is amazing from the set pieces to the restructured origin story to the score to the acting to his path before putting on the cape.  But inside the iconic suit, there is no Superman.

Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Russell Crowe Talk MAN OF STEEL, Making Lois Lane More Active, Getting the Flying Right and Fight Sequences

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One of the most highly anticipated summer blockbusters is Man of Steel, which takes the Superman story back to its origins, in a fresh and more grounded way. When the young Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth, he struggles with becoming the hero that he’s destined to be. From director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, the film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne.

During a press conference at the film’s junket, co-stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Russell Crowe talked about making Lois Lane more active, what it took to get the flying right, the fight sequences, the sense of responsibility that comes with playing Superman, channeling evil, and playing a parent. Henry Cavill also talked about whether or not he’d like to be involved with a Justice League movie, at some point. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Superman and Lois Lane Have a Chat in New Clip from MAN OF STEEL

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The first clip from director Zack Snyder’s Superman film Man of Steel hit the interwebs just last night, and now another clip has made its way online.  This new clip highlights the scene that acted as the tag on the first long theatrical trailer for the film, as we see Henry Cavill’s Superman and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane having a conversation while Supes appears to be in custody.  It’s a nice opportunity to finally see Cavill perform a dialogue scene, and I’m eager to how Superman finds himself in such a predicament.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Antje Traue, Michael Shannon, and Laurence FishburneMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

13-Minute Featurette for MAN OF STEEL

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The marketing blitz for Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated Superman film Man of Steel is now wholeheartedly in full swing, and in case you haven’t gotten enough of the pic by way of our extensive set visit coverage, Easter Egg reveals, TV spots, and nearly 50 images from the film, a new extended featurette has made its way online to entice fans even further.  Running at over 13-minutes in length, the behind-the-scenes featurette has interviews with a number of key people from the production, including director Zack Snyder and star Henry Cavill, as well as a bounty of footage from the film.  If your anticipation level for Man of Steel is so high that you absolutely cannot wait another two weeks to see more from the film, then this featurette should be right up your alley.

Hit the jump to watch the extended featurette.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL Set Visit, Confessions of an INDIANA JONES Virgin, AFTER EARTH, THE WOLVERINE Set Visit, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Season 4 Review

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All of the hooplah surrounding Arrested Development Season 4′s debut on Netflix last weekend got me waxing nostalgic for another beloved series that was all too short-lived: Paul Feig‘s Freaks and Geeks. When you consider its impressive shelf life, it’s hard to believe the series only aired on NBC for one season and consists of merely 18 episodes. For the sake of comparison, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air its series finale this Monday and will finish with five seasons and 121 episodes in hand. Continuing down that path, Freaks and Geeks averaged just above 6.5 million weekly viewers during its run while Secret Life‘s most watched episode to date (the Season 2 premiere) garnered a little over 4.5 million viewers. In addition to the frustration I feel for having 103 more Secret Life episodes to never watch than Freaks and Geeks episodes to cherish, this also provides an interesting example of the ratings expectations/requirements of a network series in comparison to that of a cable series.

I could go on and on doing my best Brendan Bettinger: Stats Genius impersonation but the real reason I’m here is to present this week’s Top 5. In this installment you have at your disposal our visit to the set of Man of Steel, Allison watching the Indiana Jones movies for the first time, After Earth interviews with Will and Jaden Smith, another set visit for The Wolverine, and Matt’s review of the aforementioned fourth season of Arrested Development. As you’ve grown to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.

47 High-Resolution Images From MAN OF STEEL; Including Christopher Nolan On Set with Zack Snyder

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With director Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel opening June 14th, Warner Bros. has provided us with 47 high-resolution images from the film.  While many of these images have been previously released, there are a number of new images and they definitely look awesome.  I especially like the one of Christopher Nolan on set with Zack Snyder.  If you’re not aware, Nolan produced the film.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fisburne, Antje Traue, and Russell Crowe.

60 Things to Know About MAN OF STEEL From Our Set Visit; Plus a Recap of What We Saw Being Filmed

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The streets are filled with plane debris and overturned cars.  Shards of glass and the wreckage of an epic battle cover the sidewalks.  Near one corner, a 7/11 has been destroyed.  On another end of the street, a bank vault has been ripped open and the pristine lobby is covered with dirt, glass and broken counter tops.  Almost every business along main street has been damaged.  As I turn to see another area of Main Street, two USA military helicopters fly in formation, like they’re about to go into battle.  As I peer a bit further down the road, I can see Superman (Henry Cavill) fighting for his life against two Kryptonians and I’m not sure if the helicopters are going to help or hurt him.  I then hear Zack Snyder call cut.  A second later, I’m smiling ear to ear, because I can’t believe I’m in Smallville, getting to watch Superman kick some ass.

But let me back up a second.

As I type these words, it’s August 30, 2011 and I’m flying back to Los Angeles.  The reason I’m up in the air is that I got to spend all day yesterday on the set of director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (along with some other online journalists).  While there, I got to visit a number of sets, interview some of the cast and the filmmakers, and observe some filming in the heart of Smallville.  As a lifelong Superman fan, I can tell you that after visiting the set, I’m 100% sure that Man of Steel is going to be something special, and a lot different than any version of Superman you’ve seen before.  So much more after the jump.

Henry Cavill Talks Comics Influences, Filming the Action Scenes, Physical Training, and More on the Set of MAN OF STEEL

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I’ve done a lot of interviews over the past eight years, so you can put it in perspective when I say getting to talk to Henry Cavill on the set of Man of Steel was one of the highlights of working for Collider.  It wasn’t only because he was super cool and generous with his time when he’d spent all day filming a complicated action scene.  The main reason this was one of the best interviews I’ve ever been part of was due to Cavill wearing his Superman costume during the interview!  As a lifelong Superman fan, getting to be on the set and talking to the person playing the Man of Steel was literally a dream come true.

During the group interview, Cavill talked about the daunting nature of the role and project, his training, the wire work, perfecting an American accent, what it’s been like filming on location, working with the rest of the cast, which comics he’s enjoyed reading, his interpretation of Clark Kent, the action scenes, and so much more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.

MAN OF STEEL’s Henry Cavill May Replace Tom Cruise in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

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With the recent news that Tom Cruise would be dropping out of Guy Ritchie’s feature treatment of the 60s show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in order to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, it looks like Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) might swoop in to save the day.  Warner Bros. is apparently flying high on Cavill with positive buzz surrounding their upcoming Superman movie and has entered into talks with the star for the studio’s action comedy.  Hit the jump for more.

Superman Apparently Likes Cheeseburgers in MAN OF STEEL Hardee’s Commercial

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The age-old question of “Does Superman like cheesburgers?” may or may not have finally been answered.  Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. has released a new commercial tied to Warner Bros.’ upcoming film Man of Steel, and Superman himself Henry Cavill makes an appearance in the ad. I would’ve given the spot top marks if it had showed Superman actually taking a giant bite out of one of Hardee’s unreasonably ginormous burgers, but alas Supes only shows up to do more city damage with his power thrusting.  Hit the jump to watch the commercial.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

MAN OF STEEL Star Henry Cavill Thinks a Superman/Batman Movie Would Make a “Great Story”

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The possibility of a Superman/Batman movie was seriously considered back in August 2001 when screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) penned a script entitled “Batman vs. Superman“, which even reached the point of attaching director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) before fizzling out.  But bringing DC Comics’ two biggest heroes together (a team-up referred to as “World’s Finest”) is always an enticing possibility, and with Man of Steel set to take flight in a few weeks, the DC Movie Universe could be a fresh start.  While Justice League is seen as the ultimate achievement of bringing DC Comics’ biggest heroes together, there’s no reason to rule out a film only featuring Batman and Superman.  New Superman Henry Cavill is certainly intrigued by the idea.

Hit the jump for what he had to say regarding a Superman/Batman movie.

17 High-Resolution Images from MAN OF STEEL

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While we just recently saw a new trailer and a batch of new images from director Zack Snyder’s Superman film Man of Steel, Warner Bros. has now unveiled a large group of high-resolution images.  We’ve seen a few of these before in lower-resolution iterations, but we also get new, clear looks at Supes’ parents (both birth and adopted), as well as a great photo of Christopher Meloni’s character.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fisburne, Antje Traue and Russell Crowe.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

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