Warning: This Article Contains Spoilers For Man Of Steel
While brainstorming ideas for what would eventually become The Dark Knight Rises in 2010, screenwriter David S. Goyer pitched a Superman reboot to producer Christopher Nolan. Liking what he heard, Nolan took the idea to Warner Bros. and the studio happily gave him the green light. Hiring Zack Snyder as director, this team looked to bring Superman back to relevancy.
Three years after that initial meeting, that Superman reboot, Man of Steel, is finally out in theaters. After a killer marketing campaign and lots of pre-release hype, expectations were through the roof for this new interpretation of the classic hero. With Nolan’s Batman trilogy concluding last year, WB desperately needs a new franchise to serve as the tentpole for the next few years.
Upon release, Man of Steel has received a mixed reception. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, professional critics were not kind »
- Chris Agar
I haven’t been seeing many movies lately and it’s been killing me; I feel like my mind’s shrunk into a leathery, walnut-sized nub. The 99% of the population who don’t spend hours every day watching movies often look askance at people like me; they seem to think that I’ve been wasting my time, while they, who spend those same hours shopping for napkin rings, cleaning their shower-tile grout, or—even worse—writing poetry, seem to think that their own cogitations are more spiritually uplifting. But recently I remembered just how creative watching movies can be when I re-read Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library”, in which the noted bibliophile wrote about a book collector’s relationship with his possessions. Surprisingly, there aren’t that many similarities between book collecting and cinephilia, but the differences do remind me why I’ve been feeling the need to »
- Doug Dibbern
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And so, after an absence of seven years, Superman returned to the big screen yesterday with the release of Zack Snyder's hotly-anticipated reboot Man of Steel, and despite a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Henry Cavill-headlined superhero epic is soaring at the box office. Man of Steel pulled in a mighty $21 million in the States on Thursday night (more than the midnight openings for The Avengers and The Dark Knight) and an estimated $45 million by close of play on Friday, »
- Flickering Myth
Henry Cavill Superman: Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past [See previous post: "Man of Steel Trailing Original Iron Man in Ticket Sales."] As mentioned in our previous posts, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel grossed an estimated $113.08 million this past weekend, including $9 million from Thursday midnight screenings. Directed by Zack Snyder, the 2013 Superman reboot stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman. (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.) Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer’s $270 million-budgeted Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh as Superman, debuted with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the box-office-boosting advantage of 3D surcharges, Man of Steel is obviously a much bigger hit than its immediate predecessor. Superman Returns eventually reached $200.08 million in North America, plus a slightly more modest $191 million internationally. Man of Steel will not only easily surpass Superman Returns at the domestic box office, but it’ll also earn at the very least twice as much as Superman Returns internationally. »
- Zac Gille
Patrick Bateman has a brand-new musical obsession. The cult-classic 2000 Bret Easton Ellis adaptation "American Psycho" is the subject of a new spoof video promoting Kanye West's already-leaked sixth studio album "Yeezus," and the finished product was screened on the side of Los Angeles's Milk Studios during an album release party over the weekend. Starring "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" regulars Scott Disick and Jonathan Cheban (neither of whom, I can safely predict, will be giving Daniel Day-Lewis a run for his money anytime soon), the clip takes off from the scene in which Bateman (Christian Bale) murders a co-worker with an »
- Chris Eggertsen
Feature Simon Brew 17 Jun 2013 - 06:20
Now that Man Of Steel has proved itself a massive box office hit, Warner Bros might just be about to press ahead with its long-planned Justice League project. It's little secret that that the studio has tried several times to get Justice League moving in one form or another, but with Warner Bros now buoyed by the rejuvenation of big screen Superman, the odds of it happening have considerably shortened. That's what a $100m+ opening weekend at the Us box office does for you.
So what do we actually know about this current attempt to get Justice League going? Here are the clues thus far...
Superman and Batman will be in it
We'll start with something so basic, »
Superhero movies have a way of creating movie stars.
With a boffo $125 million domestic start, and nearly $72 million so far overseas, Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel” is the prime star-making vehicle for hulking Brit thesp Henry Cavill, whose previous biggest box office opening was 2011′s “The Immortals,” with $32 million.
See Also: ‘Man of Steel’ Breaks June Record With $125 Million Debut
Up until “Immortals,” Cavill had only small roles in some mid-sized pics, including 2002′s “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Stardust” in 2007. Cavill was probably best known for his role on TV’s “The Tudors,” in which he played Charles Brandon, a statesman to King Henry.
But there’s nothing like a worldwide box office hit to propel an actor into the stratosphere.
- Andrew Stewart
He said that Batman does exist in the Man of Steel universe, but "it would be a different Bruce Wayne from the Dark Knight trilogy".
"We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception. »
I figured this as good of a spot as any to post my own brief review of Man Of Steel. I liked it, but didn't love it. Its big on action, with plenty of Wow moments, but weak on character development. Most of the blame for that falls upon screenwriter, David Goyer. Most glaringly, three great actors: Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne and Richard Schiff, are left with underutilized and underdeveloped roles. Which is surprising since David Goyer had worked on Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. For those films there were always plenty of witty dialogue and meaningful scenes for supporting actors, like Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman. Because of that, we ended up caring for Alfred, Gordon, and Lucius Fox, just as much as we did for Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman). But, not every character is underdeveloped. I was delighted with Kevin Costner's performance as Pa Kent, »
Not that "Yeezus" is hurting for buzz, but Kanye West added to the album's momentum on Friday night by unveiling yet another anticipated component. The rapper projected another new video onto the side of a building, this time debuting the "American Psycho"-inspired clip featuring Kim Kardashian‘s best friend Jonathan Cheban and Kourtney Kardashian‘s boyfriend Scott Disick.
Screened outside of a studio in Los Angeles during a listening party, the grainy video of the projection offers the faint sounds of "Black Skinhead" as Cheban takes on Jared Leto's role and Disick adopts Christian Bale's murderous performance as Patrick Bateman. It's hard to discern the dialogue heard in the video, but just imagine the intensity of the Bret Easton Ellis story saddled up with the visceral lyrics found on "Skinhead."
Watch it for yourself above, and then compare it to the gory "American Psycho" scene from 2000: »
- Matthew Jacobs
Let’s get one thing perfectly straight. I am generally not a fan of Superman. While many of you were chomping at the bit to get tickets to see old red cape’s big screen return I was only mildly interested, watching the trailers with nothing more than a raised eyebrow. You see I’m from the Frank Miller school of thought when it comes to Superman. He’s the blue eyed hero, the indestructible boy scout who has no grey areas. He’s the Hulk Hogan of the comic book world except without the creepy sex tape. Then came the fantastic white noise teaser featuring General Zod’s warning to planet Earth and as quickly as I’d dismissed every snippet of news that emerged during production I was hooked.
So what’s it all about? Well, Krypton is dying. The home planet of Superman’s ancestors has been »
- Matt Aspin
"Man of Steel" writer David Goyer has been hinting about a sequel and the upcoming "Justice League" movie. He recently said that Batman is part of the "Man of Steel" universe, just not the Batman from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" franchise. At the time, that sounded like Christian Bale or Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not be brought back to play Batman in "Justice League." In a new interview with Goyer, the writer confirmed the rumor, stating that "Man of Steel" is the first movie that's part of this new universe. "Zack [Snyder] has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris [Nolan's] 'Dark Knight' trilogy," he said. "Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more 'Man Of Steel' films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. »
• Idris Elba (Prometheus) is in talks to join Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in the action flick The Gunman. Taken’s Pierre Morel is set to direct the project about what happens when an international operative is betrayed by his organization. Elba’s being considered for the role of Dupont, vaguely described as a “mysterious operative.” The story is based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
Man of Steel box office: Will latest Superman reboot break June domestic record? (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel) Directed by Zack Snyder, and starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Man of Steel had, as expected, a strong opening at the domestic box office on Thursday evening. The latest Superman reboot collected an estimated $12 million, in addition to another $9 million at midnight showings for a grand total of $21 million. For comparison’s sake: Starring Robert Downey Jr, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 debuted with $15.6 million from Thursday evening / midnight showings in early May. (See also updated post: “Man of Steel Box Office: June Record Likely — Sort of.”) Now, to compare Man of Steel‘s Thursday late evening $21 million take to the midnight box-office grosses of, for instance, Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hunger Games ($19.74 million), Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart / Taylor Lautner’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($30.1 million), Christopher Nolan »
- Zac Gille
Goyer has now clarified that Bale's version of Batman does not in fact exist in the same continuity as Man of Steel.
"It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn't hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe," Hey U Guys quotes Goyer as saying.
"And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris' [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy, »
With "Marvel's The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" both joining the billion dollar club, who could blame the studio that owns all of the DC Comics Universe characters for wanting their own post-"Harry Potter" billion dollar franchise? "Green Lantern" was a misfire, but "Man of Steel" should setup a future "Justice League" nicely. There's just one problem: they're gonna need a new Batman.
Dashing the hopes of Dark Knight fans everywhere, Christopher Nolan collaborator David Goyer says there's no room for Christian Bale (or Joseph Gordon-Levitt, for that matter) in "The Justice League," because Nolan's trilogy exists in its own universe. Sure, as folks who have already seen "Man of Steel" (Spoiler) are aware, there are some nods to other DC characters, including Bruce Wayne.
But whomever »
- Ryan J Downey
It was recently revealed that Dark Knight and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer will be writing scripts for the Man of Steel sequel and Justice League. As much as I enjoyed Man of Steel, I have to say one of it's major weak points was the script, so I'm not completely 100% confident in Goyer taking on these next two superhero films.
While Goyer has been doing press for Man of Steel, he's been answering questions about what his plans for these next two movies are. He revealed in an interview with Hey U Guys that the new Justice League movie would most definitely feature a new Batman and not Christian Bale, which is a rumor that was already debunked awhile back, but I guess it need more debunking. Here's what he said.
It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would be the »
- Joey Paur
It’s no secret that Warner Bros. hopes that Man of Steel will lead into a whole shared-universe of DC superhero movies, culminating in a mega-spinoff team-up Justice League film. It’s also no secret that Warner Bros. wants that Justice League movie to feature Batman, by far the most popular superhero in the DC lineup thanks to the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Much has been speculated about whether Justice League would tie into the Dark Knight films — which, after all, were incredibly popular.
- Darren Franich
Warner Bros. hopes to make a "Justice League" movie and wants this weekend's "Man of Steel" to be "the starting point for a shared universe," revealed screenwriter David S. Goyer (who penned "Steel" as well as the "Dark Knight" movies) in a recent interview with Den of Geek.
"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder has teased that other DC Comics characters could exist in the world of his movie. And Christopher Nolan, who directed the "Dark Knight" movies, is the executive producer of "Man of Steel."
"We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies," Goyer said of future movies. "But they all hinge on box office reception."
- Kelly Woo
Despite all the adamant insistence by both Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan that neither of them will be back for Justice League, there are still some out there who want to keep believing that Bale will again don the cape and cowl for DC’s ensemble film. In a recent interview, David Goyer continued his discussion about the future of Warner’s DC properties and further confirmed that the next Bruce Wayne we see will be a different one than we saw in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Goyer did say that Warner is hoping Man Of Steel will serve as the launch pad for the shared DC cinematic universe, but he continued his stance that nothing is set in stone. He also refused to confirm whether he is involved yet. Check out that full quote below.
“It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would »
- Alexander Lowe
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