Weep not, now that The Dark Knight Rises is done providing blurry set photos from Pittsburgh, because production on Man of Steel is properly underway in Illinois. Specifically, the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot is currently filming in Plano, Illinois, which is substituting for Clark Kent's adopted hometown of Smallville, Kansas. New set photos from the Kent household show Henry Cavill in the new Superman costume from a new angle, as well as what could potentially be the first image of Michael Shannon as General Zod.
So far, everything we've seen from director Tarsem Singh's Immortals has demonstrated that the inimitable visual stylist has brought a distinctive look and feel to his first 3D action film, in which he applies his signature look to an epic refashioning of Greek mythology. While we've seen the opulent costumes and intricately composed, stunningly detailed visual tableaux, this new theatrical for Immortals offers those and more, focusing on the huge scale of the story, the characters, and the action.
Narration by John Hurt sets up the nefarious quest of Mickey Rourke's King Hyperion, seeking to unleash the imprisoned titans in an all-out war against the gods. Those chiseled deities, led by Luke Evans as Zeus, must recruit a worthy mortal to serve as their champion against Hyperion, and Theseus, played by newly-minted Superman Henry Cavill, is the only mortal up to the task. Watch Cavill demonstrate his heroic credentials, as well as some truly show-stopping action, in the new trailer.
One of the big complaints regarding Superman Returns has consistently been the film's lack of huge scale action exploiting the potential of a super-strong, indestructible flying superhero, with the focus instead placed on the melancholy inner life of a an extraterrestrial orphan. The reboot Man of Steel, then, is unlikely to earn the same complaints, which was made abundantly clear with the hiring of Zack Snyder as director. Production is underway in rural Illinois, and yesterday a report indicated that many an explosion would be involved, and also that the bank vault seen in the first image of Henry Cavill as Supes will appear in the film. New set photos depict large-scale destruction and do indeed feature a familiar, pulverized steel door.
Last week, Warner Bros released the very first image of Henry Cavill in costume as Superman, whose origin story will be retold in Man of Steel. In the image, Supes looks like someone may very have just delivered a superpowered sucker-punch, sending him oh-so destructively into a bank vault. Well, Man of Steel is currently filming on location in rural Illinois under the direction of Zack Snyder, and a new report suggests that the still was not simply a promotional shot and we'll actually be seeing this in the movie, along some action at a 7-11 and a local hospital.
Yesterday, Henry Cavill described putting on the Superman costume for the first time. Today, you can describe seeing him in the Superman costume for the first time, as Warner Bros has released the first official image from Zack Snyder's rebootized Superman, Man of Steel. The costume itself looks quite traditional, and notably features a less sharply angled S emblem, a scaled texture, and a cape that's quite a bit longer than we're accustomed to.
Cavill's hair lacks the Superman's signature curl over the forehead, but let's look at the image itself, which seems designed to say, "This film will be nothing like Superman Returns." The setting and presence of sparks indicates that the Big Blue Boy Scout will break some stuff in most explosive fashion. His pose, meanwhile, is not in the regal, chest-puffing Superman style, but is instead more of a battle pose, which similarly implies that he's going to be involved in fisticuffs.
The addition of Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet editor Perry White in Man of Steel makes it clear that, with six Oscar-caliber actors in supporting roles, director Zack Snyder is populating the ensemble of his Superman reboot with heavy hitters. Still, no amount of great acting on the periphery could compensate if British actor Henry Cavill doesn't properly fill the red-and-blue Kryptonian duds, as well as capturing Clark Kent's unique dweebishness. Cavill recently discussed the physical preparation necessary to play the mightiest and most iconic of superheroes, as well as the sensation of wearing the familiar costume for the first time.
Several news outlets are now reporting that director Zack Snyder has cast veteran actor and former-Morpheus Laurence Fishburne (Apocalypse Now, Boyz n the Hood, The Matrix) as the Daily Planet's Editor-in-Chief Perry White in his Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
So we know that Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder's cinematic Superman reboot, will definitely include yet another variation on the Kryptonian's origin story, which means we'll be seeing plenty of Smallville, Kansas when Man of Steel rolls around in the summer of 2013. Earlier this month, set photos of Smallville's main street under construction in Illinois indicated that some superpowered action would occur there, and today, we have some set photos providing thorough documentation of the house inhabited by Martha Kent (Diane Lane), Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) and the young Clark Kent.
One of the most anticipated films appearing at Comic-Con International this year invaded San Diego on Saturday when Relativity Media presented Immortals to a packed crowd of fans in Hall H. On hand for the panel was the film's producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari (300), as well as director Tarsem Singh, and actors Henry Cavill (Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Stephen Dorff (Blade), Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), and Oscar Nominee Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2).
IAR had a chance to speak with Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff, Frieda Pinto, and Mickey Rourke, as well as producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari, and director Tarsem Singh after their panel on Saturday to discuss the upcoming film.
The title of Bryan Singer's 2006 Superman Returns referred not just to the Big Blue Boy Scout's first big screen adventure in almost twenty years, but also to the film's premise that Superman was back on Earth after disappearing into outer space for five years. The theatrical film opens with credits referencing Richard Donner's 1978 Superman, then a scene or two later shows Supes crash-landing in Smallville. The original opening sequence, which was filmed but cut, is said to have cost in the neighborhood of $10 million. The dialogue-free, five-minutes-and-change opening introduces Brandon Routh as Superman aboard a crystal spaceship exploring the ruins of Krypton, and it is now freely available for viewing for the first time online.