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This year saw Henry Cavill joining the likes of George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Tom Welling and Brandon Routh by donning the red cape as Superman for Zack Snyder's reboot Man of Steel. However, had Tim Burton had his way, we'd also be adding Nicolas Cage to that list, with the pair both attached to a reboot entitled Superman Lives during the mid-90s; now, if you're even vaguely familiar with this project, it's unlikely that you'll shed too many tears over the fact that the plug was pulled, but according to Cage himself, it means we've missed out on a "gutsy" take on the Man of Steel.
"Very close, " Cage told Metro when asked how close Superman Lives came to being a reality. "Look, I’m not going to be one of these guys that’s going to be, like, lamenting things. But is Tim Burton one of my favourite directors? »
- Gary Collinson
Super-8 Movie Madness is teaming up with Roger’s Reels and The National Children’s Cancer Society for the third annual Super-8 Children’S Cancer Fundraiser Movie Madness which takes place Tuesday December 3rd at The Way out Club. The cover charge is $4.00 and all of that money will be donated to the St. Louis-based National Children’s Cancer Society.
Roger will be bringing by three 16mm prints from his collection of classic TV sitcoms to share. They are episodes of: Happy Days: “Fonzie’s Hero”, I Love Lucy: “Lucy Meets Superman” with special guest star George Reeves, and The Andy Griffith Show: “Barney and the Choir”, considered one of the best episodes of that beloved show.
The Super-8 Sound films (condensed from features, they average 15 minutes in length) to also be projected on a large screen December 3rd are: Bette Midler in The Rose, Phantasm, Gene Hackman in The French Connection, »
- Tom Stockman
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...
Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.
But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's »
At 75, Superman remains the archetypal superhero and still relevant to comic books and the American people. When created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, he was an amalgam of the myths and pulps both boys devoured, a bit of wish fulfillment given how crappy their lives in Cleveland were. Little did they suspect their hero would become an icon for generations and become one of the most recognized figures around the world.
Zack Snyder attempted to bring that sense of gravitas to the is interpretation of Superman in this summer’s Man of Steel. The problem is, he made such a somber film that he totally drained it of the gosh wow feeling he was always intended to convey. He and screenwriter David Goyer made an interesting decision to make this a first contact story but both men should have remembered the sense of exhalation we got from the four-color comics, »
- Robert Greenberger
When Ben Affleck was announced as the next Batman you’d have thought the world was coming to an end. The uproar was like nothing we’d ever seen with close to a hundred thousand of you even going as far as to sign a petition to have the actor removed and replaced. Who should replace him was never made clear but it seemed anyone would be better than Ben Affleck.
Many of you were quick to point out Affleck’s previous attempts to bring a super hero to the big screen and how poorly that turned out yet few of you mentioned how well he did portraying George Reeves – the man who was Superman – in the underrated Hollywoodland from 2006. Sure it’s a whole different kind of movie but it goes to show Affleck can be involved in movies set around comics that aren’t as horrible as Daredevil. »
- Matt Aspin
> 'Man of Steel' Blu-ray, DVD release announced
To celebrate Superman turning 75 (!), Warner Bros. Animation has teamed up with "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder and "Superman: The Animated Series" co-creator Bruce Timm to create a nifty piece of animation that, in the span of just two minutes, covers a whole lot of that 75 years, mixing both traditional hand-drawn and computer generated animation, and making your heart leap out of your chest in the process. Prepare to feel like a little kid again (for two minutes). The short, of course, begins with Superman's first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 (way back in June 1938), this dazzling short chronicles the character's evolution, and not just in comic book form, although there is a lot of that. You get to see the character take on the animated guise of George Reeves, who portrayed the character for nearly a decade, as well as the character's appearance on the Saturday morning cartoon "Super-Friends, »
- Drew Taylor
The Man of Steel helmer’s action-packed two minutes-plus follows Superman from Action Comics #1 through 75 years of comic book, TV, film, even video game incarnations. Zack Snyder, Bruce Timm and Warner Bros Animation created the clip in which the Last Son of Krypton leaps a tall building in a single bound! He channels George Reeves and pummels bad guys! He hangs with the Super Friends! He … he … oh, just check it out for yourself: Related: Superman Sequel Will Feature Batman In “One Explosive New Film” Why Ben Affleck As Batman Is Good Move For Warner Bros »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder and DC animated universe master Bruce Timm have teamed up to craft this two-minute animated short which takes into account the 75 year history of that most iconic superhero of them all - Superman.
The clip includes the various incarnations in the comics, to the animated series, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, and Henry Cavill versions of the character - no sign of Dean Cain, Brandon Routh and only a throwaway "Smallville" reference.
Click on the image below to check it out over at EW:
- Garth Franklin
Want to see Superman’s history flash by faster than a speeding bullet?
In honor of the hero’s 75th anniversary, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and DC animated universe maestro Bruce Timm have crafted this two-minute animated short, which blasts through the highlights of the character’s many incarnations, from comics, to movies, video games, and even pop art.
“The idea was to start with Siegel and Shuster and end with Henry Cavill, stopping at all the high points and iconic moments in between,” Timm tells EW. Check out the entire film below…
The short, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, »
- Anthony Breznican
A few days ago we got our first peek at director Renny Harlin's take on the sword-and-sandal genre, Hercules: The Legend Begins and now we have a full trailer to contend with. Starring Kellan Lutz as the titular demigod and Scott Adkins as King Amphitryon, the film has got a lower rent feel to it, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you think about it, that's was the charm of these types of films back in the day, including the old Steve Reeves Hercules films. Cheese and melodrama were »
- Paul Shirey
As we watch DC Comics desperately playing catch-up with arch-rival Marvel in the feature film department, it’s interesting to remember that they pretty much own the field as far as prime-time TV shows go. Their record stretches back to the George Reeves Superman show, and includes Adam West, Lynda Carter, the Smallville gang and Lois and Clark among others. Marvel, on the other hand, basically just has the 70s Incredible Hulk and a few pilots, TV movies and one-season-and-out losers. (We’ve yet to see whether Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will change that, but no matter.) To their list of winners, you can add Arrow, which proved another hit for the CW and now comes to us on Blu-ray. Hit the jump for my full review of the show's first season on Blu-ray. Naturally, it contains more than its share of soapy moments, while simultaneously hoping to emulate the success »
- Rob Vaux
In July, when Zack Snyder announced that Batman would have a role in the Man of Steel sequel, the internet went ablaze with excitement and speculation. A major issue of speculation was casting; who would play Batman? After Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale each succeeded and/or failed at making the character their own, who would be the actor to bring the next wave of Batman films into an eventual Justice League franchise for Warner Brothers and DC?
When that question was finally answered, and Ben Affleck was cast as the Dark Knight, the internet imploded in ways that, well, in ways that wouldn’t implode to such degrees until Miley Cyrus touched herself on MTV one week later. So, yeah, the Batman casting news came and went from the headlines, but we comic’s writers at Sound On Sight decided to bring the debate back, »
- Tony Nunes
The New Issue of Murania Press’ Blood ‘N’ Thunder issue #38 will be available Labor Day Weekend. A few highlights from the upcoming issue:
This issue’s outstanding feature is a lengthy excerpt from Nathan Madison’s recently published book, Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920-1960. In this richly detailed, extensively illustrated piece Nathan explores “Yellow Peril” fiction from the pulps. His exhaustive study complements Bill Maynard’s celebration of Fu Manchu’s centennial from our last issue.
Another book published earlier this year, Will Murray’s Skull Island, pitted Doc Savage against King Kong and aroused much interest not only among the Bronze Man’s fans in general but devotees of Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe in particular. BnT contributor and Wold Newton adherent Rick Lai examines Skull Island and catalogs its deviations from the Universe in an unusually absorbing work of scholarship. In a »
- Glenn Hauman
Gallery: Marvel superheroes in film
Marvel Comics revolutionised the superhero genre in the 1960s with comic book characters such as Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk. Colourfully costumed adventurers who fought criminals and alien monsters primarily on the streets of New York City, and who, despite their incredible superpowers, struggled with personal and social problems. Stan Lee, the architect of the Marvel universe, routinely addressed readers as "true believers".
Almost 60 years later the same Marvel characters are making true believers of us all. The success of Marvel feature films over the last decade has moved superheroes from just an obsession of comic book fanboys to an international phenomenon. The superhero blockbuster trend shows no signs of slowing down, with upcoming releases of Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past »
- Jeffrey A Brown
Like my colleagues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I have been confounded by the negative energy directed at Ben Affleck after the announcement by Warner Bros. that he would play Batman in the next Superman film.
The Internets almost always hate every announcement from Hollywood that has anything to do with nerd culture. I remember the howls when Christian Bale was announced to play Batman in the Nolan movies, and how Heidi McDonald ran photo number eight from this slideshow in her defense of the casting. Worked for me.
The objections seem to stem from fans’ displeasure with some of Affleck’s earlier work. They especially cite Daredevil, which I kind of liked, even though it’s overwrought, and Gigli, which I haven’t seen. And don’t intend to ever see.
- Martha Thomases
The decision to cast Ben Affleck as the new Batman has been met with all kinds of derision since it was announced this past week but it seems some fans are willing to take their disdain even further by petitioning Warner Brothers to get the former Daredevil to hang up the cape and cowl before filming has even begun.
The Academy Award winning actor and director has been under fire ever since he landed the role replacing Christian Bale who has played the Dark Knight since 2005′s Batman Begins. Despite a lucrative offer to return to the role Bale is believed to have been unwavering in his decision to move on from the iconic superhero paving the way for another actor to try to recreate the Christopher Nolan directed magic we’ve become accustomed to seeing.
It is believed by the petition’s creator John Roden that the 41 year old »
- Matt Aspin
Batman's black armor will not be Ben Affleck's first superhero costume. You already know he played the blind Daredevil in 2003. But he also wore another, even more iconic, superhero outfit: Superman's. In 2006, after a string of cinematic missteps (Gigli, Jersey Girl, Paycheck, Surviving Christmas), Affleck starred in Hollywoodland, a biopic about the mystery behind the suicide of George Reeves, who played the Man of Steel in the fifties TV series Adventures of Superman. While Affleck briefly wears the tights, he also dons Reeves's depressed outlook on playing the superhero — in one scene, he burns his Superman costume to "celebrate" Adventures of Superman's cancellation in 1958. But that cape. Those boots. That single curl. Did he pull it off? Here's a compilation of what the critics had to say.Ben Affleck can act! * "There are degrees of torture, grief, and self-pity in Affleck's performance. But the real surprise »
- Lindsey Weber
News that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel has been the source of some serious backlash, but we're convinced that Ben will nail his role as Bruce Wayne. Don't believe us? Drawing on his onscreen experience, his proven talents, and his real-life roles as dad and director, we're sharing 11 reasons why Ben Affleck will be a Batman to remember: 1. He Has Superhero Experience . . . Ben made his superhero debut back in 2003 when he donned a red latex suit for Daredevil, and he suited up again in 2006 for Hollywoodland as George Reeves, one of the actors who played Superman. 2. . . . But He's Come a Long Way Since Daredevil Ok, so maybe Daredevil wasn't the most successful superhero film, but that movie came out 10 years ago. (And, for the record, so did Gigli.) Over the past decade, Ben has raised his acting game, taking on impressive roles for films like Argo and The Town, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
With Daredevil and Hollywoodland, Ben Affleck has already proved his mettle with ironised superheroes. But for the Oscar-winning director to slip into the Lycra at 41 for Man of Steel may prove one reinvention too many
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You'd think superheroism would be anathema to him. You'd think the merest sniff of snug-fitting lycra and a cape would be like a lump of Kryptonite. But no. In today's Hollywood, your career's going nowhere unless you're prepared to writhe around in a green-screen studio wearing an outlandish costume.
A big superhero gig gives you clout, something that no-one wants to turn down, and this even applies to a now increasingly respected director — with a chequered list of acting credits.
Because Ben Affleck has been chosen to play Batman in the feverishly anticipated new film »
- Peter Bradshaw
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