THE COLLISION: Episode 49 – MAN OF STEEL

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Man of Steel, its strengths, its flaws, implications for the sequel, finding the core of superhero characters, how far you can stray from the comics, “Marvel movies vs. DC Films”, and much more.  As always we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Game of Thrones), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Christopher Nolan Originally Disagreed with MAN OF STEEL Ending; SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT Author Mark Waid Reacts Negatively to Film’s Finish

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There’s been a lot of talk about Man of Steel‘s conclusion.  A large portion of the discussion has been around how Zod and Superman’s fight levels Metropolis, and while that makes for a great action scene, it also raises questions about Supes’ responsibility in the implicit deaths of Metropolis citizens caught in the chaos.  That climactic battle didn’t cause any disagreement among writer David S. Goyer, director Zack Snyder, and producer Christopher Nolan.  What did cause some dissent was the scene that followed.

Hit the jump for how the filmmakers talked through Superman’s difficult decision, and to read the negative reaction from Superman: Birthright author Mark Waid[Spoilers ahead, obviously]

Producer Charles Roven Talks MAN OF STEEL, The Development of the Story from Script to Screen, WORLD OF WARCRAFT, and More

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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.

At the film’s press junket, producer Charles Roven spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how much the story changed from the first script to what we see now, what made him most nervous about the script, casting actors at the highest caliber of talent, how Man of Steel compared to other big-budget films that he’s done, that he stays involved through the entire production process, and whether or not he’s interested in an inevitable DC Universe film.  He also talked about what it will take to make a kick-ass video game movie, and that he hopes Warcraft (which starts shooting in February 2014) will be it.  Check out what he had to say 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.

Final Trailer for MAN OF STEEL Features General Zod’s Ultimatum and a Mountain of Skulls

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Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel.  In it, General Zod (Michael Shannon) sets up the film’s central conflict and gives Earth 24 hours before unleashing hell.  While previous trailers focused on the coming-of-age tale of a Kryptonian stranded on Earth and the love between a son and his father, this new cut is chock full of dread, evidenced by Superman drowning in a mountain of skulls.  When the villains threaten to kill one million humans for every life he saves, you can’t help but feel as if the odds are fully stacked against the world’s most powerful superhero.  This is certainly a fresh approach to the iconic hero and I hope that the film lives up to the trailers’ expectations.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and check out 20 new images here.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fisburne, Antje Traue and Russell CroweMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

MAN OF STEEL Character Posters Begin with Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, and Michael Shannon; Plus a New Featurette [Updated]

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Warner Bros. loves their character posters, and it was only a matter of time before they started rolling them out for Man of Steel.  They’ve kicked them off with Superman’s daddy, Jor-El (Russell Crowe).  It’s a forceful poster (I’m not sure why a scientist like Jor-El needs a giant gun), and I’m wondering how it will compare to a poster for Lois Lane (Amy Adams) or Ma and Pa Kent (Diane Lane and Kevin Costner) assuming they get ones.  Meanwhile, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Warner Bros. going overboard and making character posters for Richard Schiff and Christopher Meloni.

Hit the jump to check out the poster along with a new featurette.  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, and Laurence FishburneMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

[Update: WB has now released character posters for Cavill as Superman and Shannon as Zod.]

Listen to “DNA”, a New Track from Hans Zimmer’s Score for MAN OF STEEL

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Last week, we got a full track from Hans Zimmer‘s score for Man of Steel.  The song, “An Ideal Hope” was a rousing piece, and an encouraging indication of the film’s music.  Today, a second track, “DNA” has been released.  Zimmer tells Rolling Stone, ” “My inspiration for the music came from trying to celebrate all that is good and kind in the people of America’s heartland, without cleverness or cynicism. Just from the heart.”  Zimmer also says that “The music is less about the icon that Superman is, and more about the outsider with extraordinary powers and his struggle to become a part of humanity.”  This estrangement seems to be the over-arching theme of the picture, and it looks like it’s coming together in an exciting fashion.  “DNA” is a thrilling track that should play even better when paired with the action on the screen.  Hit the jump to listen.

New Banner for MAN OF STEEL

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Warner Bros. has released a second banner for Man of Steel, and it’s their best piece of artwork for the film yet.  It’s clean and simple but also energetic in creating the blurring effect to emphasize Superman’s flight (as opposed to the pointless blurring in some of the Star Trek Into Darkness posters).  Because it’s from Warner Bros., I’m sure we can expect many more posters, and this is the one to beat.

Hit the jump to check out the banner, and click here to listen to a great track from Hans Zimmer‘s score.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Russell CroweMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

Superman Super Screams in New TV Spot for MAN OF STEEL

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A new TV spot has been released a new TV spot for Man of Steel.  It has all the pomp and circumstance we’ve come to expect from the film’s marketing campaign, and when it comes to Superman, such presentation is required.  It’s Superman, after all.  The TV spot also shows off some of the action we previously saw in the excellent trailer, but the real takeaway is Superman screaming.  What causes this scream?  Does Pa Kent die (I don’t know if Pa Kent dies in the movie, but his death is a touchstone in the character’s biography)?  Does Supes step on a kryptonite nail?  Is he forced to watch Superman IV: The Quest for Peace?

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fisburne, Antje Traue, and Russell CroweMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

Listen to 30-Second Clips from Hans Zimmer’s Score for MAN OF STEEL [Updated with More Info and Full Tracklist]

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30-second snippets of Hans Zimmer‘s Man of Steel score have been released.  Zimmer was tapped to score the film before he was even officially approached for the gig.  Everyone simply assumed that Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan would move his Dark Knight Trilogy composer over to Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot.  Zimmer eventually took the job, which came with the unenviable task of being in the shadow of John Williams‘ classic Superman theme.  But Zimmer has a long and fairly diverse filmography, although his work does tend to get parodied for its heavy bass-driven punctuations (or “BWAAAAH”s).  Listening to these snippets, about half the score is unmistakably Zimmer (“I Will Find Him” even has the “BWAAAAH” sound) and the other half, such as “Sent Here for a Reason” and “Goodbye My Son” are soft, meditative pieces that are almost worthy of a day spa.

Click over to Amazon to listen to pieces from the score, which will be released in two versions on June 11th.  There will be a regular edition and a deluxe edition that contains six extra tracks.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th. [Update: We've been provided with the full press release for the soundtrack, which includes detailed information on the soundtrack release. Both the regular and limited edition soundtracks come with a 28-minute track that allows fans to listen to Zimmer's initial experiments with the score, seeing how he laid the foundation for what was to come. Hit the jump for more.]

LexCorp Tower Spotted in New Trailer for MAN OF STEEL

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Last night, Warner Bros. released a new trailer for Man of Steel.  It went a long way towards making me more excited for the flick.  If the film is a hit, then Warner Bros. will want to hit the ground running with the sequel, and they’ll probably continue their superhero trend of not breaking out the marquee villain until the sequel.  Although Zod will provide Man of Steel with some epic set pieces, Superman’s true nemesis is Lex Luthor, and director Zack Snyder hasn’t forgotten about him.  The new trailer has a quick flash of LexCorp Tower, so Luthor definitely exists in this reboot, and he’s already powerful.  So will we see him in the finished film?  If Warner Bros. has been able to keep the casting under wraps for this long, then kudos to them.  But I expect it to be handled in a similar fashion to Norman Osborne in The Amazing Spider-Man.

Hit the jump to check out the full image.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, and Russell CroweMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

7 New Images from MAN OF STEEL Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Michael Shannon [Updated]

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Yesterday, Superman (Henry Cavill) took to the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and now the publication has released seven lo-res images from the superhero’s reboot, Man of Steel.  The article contains new plot details, but I’m trying to stay in the dark on this movie.  Everything I’ve seen so far has pushed me towards doubt (it just looks too dour for Superman), and I want to give the movie a fair shake, so I’ll let the die-hards check out the story.  However, I am willing to look at new images from the movie, and these look alright.  Director Zack Snyder has apparently left his more stylized approach behind to make this Superman movie look relatively normal.  Of course, we’ll have to see it in motion to really get a sense of what he’s going for.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Hopefully, Warner Bros. will release better-quality versions in the near future.  The film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, and Russell CroweMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th. [Update: EW has asked us to take the images down. Hopefully Warner Bros. released high-resolution versions soon.]

Collider’s Most Anticipated 2013 Movies: April to June

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The spring is usually a dumping ground for studios, and while there were big misfires in spring 2013 like A Good Day to Die Hard and Jack the Giant Slayer, there were also some nice gems like Warm Bodies, Stoker, and the great The Place Beyond the Pines.  Now we move towards the heavy hitters of summer, and it’s tough to choose just five among the many choices headed our way.  Summer 2012 was a slog, but hope begins anew with summer 2013.

Hit the jump to see the films that Matt, Adam, and Dave are most anticipating in from April to June.

New Black-and-White Image of Amy Adams as Lois Lane in MAN OF STEEL

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In Man of Steel, Amy Adams will be the third Lois Lane to hit the big screen following Margot Kidder and Kate Bosworth.  Considering that Adams is a four-time Oscar nominee, she was a bit of great casting.  However, Lois Lane has rarely evolved past the sharp-witted reporter (who can’t figure out that her co-worker is a superhero)/damsel-in-distress in Superman’s world, so I’m curious to see screenwriter David Goyer and director Zack Snyder‘s take on the character.  Their emphasis on a “real-world” adaptation should extend past beyond making Superman sad.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russell CroweMan of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

JUSTICE LEAGUE Greenlight Depending on MAN OF STEEL’s Box Office Success

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Last week, we reported that Justice League‘s team would be comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash.  But before those five superheroes can team up, Warner Bros. needs the granddaddy of all superheroes to step up.  Buried in an article about Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov, Variety makes the somewhat unsurprising report that a greenlight on Justice League is dependent on how well Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel does at the box office.

Hit the jump for more.  Man of Steel opens June 14th.

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