Opening in theaters on June 14th is the highly anticipated reboot of the Superman franchise entitled Man of Steel, which was helmed by Visionary director Zack Snyder (Watchmen). The new film was produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), and based on a story he developed with screenwriter David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), who wrote the script. The new movie features an all-star cast that includes Henry Cavill (Immortals) as Clark Kent/Superman, Academy Award-nominees Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do With It) as Perry White, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as General Zod, as well as Emmy Award-winner Richard Schiff (TV’s The West Wing) as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Academy Award-winners Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) as Jonathan Kent, and Russell Crowe (Gladiator) as Jor-El.
Over the past two years, IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick has had the opportunity to speak with actors Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon, as well as screenwriter David S. Goyer, about their work on Man of Steel while they were promoting other projects. Goyer discussed the highly anticipated new film, his challenges in rebooting the popular comic book franchise, how he made the character more accessible to modern audiences, what source material he used for inspiration, the first time he saw Cavill in the Superman costume and whether or not Lex Luthor is included in the movie. Shannon talked about his approach to playing General Zod, why he didn't portray him as a villain, and comparisons between his character and General Patton. Finally, Cavill discussed which Superman comics he read while preparing for the role, and if he feels that he is ready to play the iconic character.
Up, up, and also away!
After years of crying on Batman's shoulder while Marvel successfully built its cinematic superhero empire, Warner Bros. finally appears to have the start to a solid DC Comics franchise with Man of Steel.
As the anticipation for the reboot's June 14th release reaches a fever pitch, the studio is naturally setting up a sequel to be in theaters as quickly as possible.
This Friday, June 14th, Superman soars onscreen once again in Man of Steel.
Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the pulpy pages of early comics a full seventy-five years ago, Superman marked the introduction of the superhero as we know it. The Last Son of Krypton has proven malleable, changing appropriately along with the culture of which he's been a huge part for almost a century now. But this neon god has also retained his core qualities, the essential elements that continue to strike a mythological chord.
With Man of Steel, the filmmakers are tasked with not only delivering an epic summer movie featuring all the necessary spectacle, but also with reinvigorating Superman cinematically. In this modern age of abundant superheroics, many people mistakenly believe Clark Kent and his alter ego irretrievably passe and old fashioned. In order to correct that notion, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer – along with producers such as Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, and Emma Thomas – tell Superman's origin story without extensive reinvention.
Instead, Snyder and company infuse Kal-El and the supporting characters with often-unexplored emotional perspectives. Also, the 300 and Watchmen director brings his facility with eye-catching action to the biggest possible canvas, a story that runs the gamut from war on an alien world to truly superpowered battles that alter the landscape here on Earth.
Executing the filmmakers' vision of a revitalized Man of Tomorrow is a supremely talented cast of actors, many of whom were on hand at the Los Angeles press day for Man of Steel. Henry Cavill (Immortals) is the actor carrying Man of Steel as Superman, joined by Amy Adams (The Master) as Lois Lane. They were joined at the press conference by Michael Shannon (Take Shelter), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Diane Lane (Secretariat), and Antje Traue (Pandorum). The group was uniformly enthusiastic in discussing their individual characters and Man of Steel as a whole.
With anticipation for Man of Steel already at boiling point a week out from the June 14th theatrical release, one last trailer for the Superman reboot goes for broke with approach that can best be described as shock and awe.
It shocks and awes.
Not much more than a week before Man of Steel laser blasts all over theaters nationwide on June 14th and the very first clips from the crazy-anticipated Superman reboot have landed online.
Here's the cool thing: Neither of these first two clips involve Superman doing anything super. Instead, both clips have Amy Adams holding it down as intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane.
At this point, two weeks out from Man of Steel's nationwide release, you probably know pretty well whether you'll be seeing the Superman reboot or not.
But if your anticipation has reached a fever pitch and you're still gobbling up any and every nugget of information pertaining to Man of Steel, then we have a whole smorgasbord of superheroic treats for you today. The latest promotion for the event movie, collected here for your enjoyment, run from a behind the scenes featurette through to new TV spots and 90-second samples of every track on the score by Hans Zimmer.
Superman, Superman, does whatever a super can.
The three latest TV spots for Man of Steel demonstrate that Superman can do an awful lot, from flying superfast to chatting with his deceased father to shooting superlasers from his eyes to romancing a cynical reporter to brawling with a maniacal Kryptonian. All three commercials are crammed with expensive action and demonstrations of our hero's powers, even implicitly addressing one of the big concerns with Superman Returns.
Synopsis: A retelling of Superman's origin story, following orphaned Kal-El from his doomed planet of Krypton, through his adopted upbringing in the Midwest, his existential wanderings, and, finally, to his status as Earth's greatest protector.
Christopher Nolan has gotten a whole lot of attention as a producer on next month's Man of Steel, and his creative contribution is surely substantial. But Nolan was busy making his final Batman movie when the Superman reboot was actually shooting, and now we're getting some insight on Man of Steel from Deborah Snyder, whose work here is more hands-on.
The producer is talking about the hugely anticipated Superman origin story, revealing new info-nuggets and ideas about the thematic core of the film, as well as the new takes on Lois Lane, General Zod, and Superman's costume.
The fourth theatrical trailer for Man of Steel does what no previous trailer for the Superman reboot has done yet, setting up a legitimate threat to the mightiest superhero around, and showing off just how mighty these Kryptonians look in action.