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Martin Deer rounds up all the latest talking points from Man of Steel as we count down to the return of Superman this summer...
Since we last checked in here on the Man of Steel countdown we've had a number of new posters, banners and footage as the marketing ramps up in to super speed ahead of June 14th. To be honest with you, I have avoided all of the footage - barring the new trailer, which we'll get to - and thus I cannot really comment on it. That being said, there's a few bits to discuss, so let's get to it.
Super Powers & TV Spots
Last week three short video features were released showing off Superman's strength, flight and speed, along with two new TV spots. Abstaining from these myself, but I hear they're pretty good.
"Father to a Son I'll never know. Citizen of a soon to be dead planet. »
- Flickering Myth
The franchise reboot "Man of Steel" opens Friday, June 14, with Henry Cavill in the title role and Hans Zimmer supplying the music. Coming off his latest of numerous collaborations with director Steven Spielberg, on "Lincoln," five-time Oscar winner Williams admits to having a spectrum of feelings about the update.
"I haven't seen it," he tells Zap2it, "but I'm sure it will be wonderful. I don't know if they've used any of the original music or not; it's a Warner Bros. film, in which case, they certainly have the right to do so (having also made the earlier 'Superman' movies). I hope it will be successful, and I look forward to seeing it."
Which isn't to say Williams won't find watching it bittersweet: "It puts me in mind of the late Chris Reeve, »
Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, RUSHportrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, »
- Melissa Thompson
Thanks to Hero Complex, we have a first look and details for Warner Bros.' Man of Steel online video game tie-in, "Metropolis Mayhem". According to the site, it launches today at metropolismayhem.manofsteel.com and can in fact be found there right now. As they point out, "The 2-D game allows players to fly Superman through Metropolis, using their keyboard to maneuver the Man of Steel around obstacles and destroy objects with heat-vision. Players must collect Superman logos to increase their score while dodging floating laser beams, plasma weapons from dropships and guided rockets shot from helicopters. Get hit five times, and Supes is a goner." It even features a new sampling of Hans Zimmer's movie soundtrack! In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. »
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… another new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which combines this staticky message from General Zod with the darker tone, battle scenes, and shots of Henry Cavill’s Bearded Super-Fisherman we’ve seen in other spots. All of it, naturally, is set to Hans Zimmer’s pounding score. The fate of our planet rests on you watching this video:
Man of Steel flies into theaters June 14.
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- Hillary Busis
Less camp than Terence Stamp but just as menacing, the new Kryptonian villain looks poised for a box-office bloodbath
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The final trailer for forthcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel has debuted on the web, and this time it's all about Michael Shannon's General Zod. Essayed by Terence Stamp in Richard Donner's original 1978 Superman and its 1980 sequel, the Kryptonian supervillain's 21st-century incarnation is now a little less camp but just as ruthless and megalomaniacal. He turns up on Earth to smack mankind with a startling double-whammy: firstly, aliens exist, and secondly, they're going to blow the planet to smithereens if Superman doesn't come quietly.
Stamp's henchmen Ursa and Non are nowhere to be seen, but German actor Antje Traue plays a sinister character named Faora who has also made the journey to Earth. Comic-book aficionados will be aware that the »
- Ben Child
Superman fans rejoice! Man of Steel tickets are now on sale on Fandango! As an exclusive bonus for Fandango’s Man of Steel ticket-buyers, fans will receive a complimentary download of Flight, Part 1, the soaring theme from Hans Zimmer's original motion picture soundtrack releasing on June 11. Available while supplies last, click here for details. Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel promises to take us on a journey through the early years of Kal-El aka Clark Kent. The movie co-stars Henry Cavill as Superman as well as Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Clark's Earth parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent. Go behind...
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Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger may have had some problems on the tracks going through production, but everything we’ve seen from the film so far suggests that the blockbuster has long since put those troubles behind it, and we’re expecting great things when it hits this summer.
With only a month and a half to go before the film hits the big screen, Disney have debuted a great new trailer over on Apple, giving us another flavour for the action and adventure we have coming our way soon.
Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice–taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
Armie Hammer takes »
- Kenji Lloyd
Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the romantic drama Last Love, based on Françoise Dorner's French novel La Douceur Assassine. Starring Oscar winner Michael CaineThe Dark Knight Rises, Inception), who recently signed on to star in Interstellar - his 6th Christopher Nolan film, Last Love is written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck, and co-stars Clémence Poésy (In Bruges, 127 Hours), Justin Kirk (Goats, Showtime's Weeds), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Jane Alexander (Dream House, Terminator Salvation). Bill Bromiley, chief acquisitions officer for Image Entertainment, made today's announcement.
Image acquired the film from producers/financiers Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Bavaria Pictures GmbH and Kaminski Stiehm. Global Screen is handling international sales and will be attending the upcoming Cannes film market. The film will be released via ultra VOD in October and then theatrically in markets across the country.
Last Love stars Michael Caine »
Image bought the film from producers-financiers Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Bavaria Pictures GmbH and Kaminski Stiehm. Global Screen is handling international sales at Cannes. “Last Love” was produced by Astrid Kahmke, Frank Kaminski, Sidney Kimmel, Philipp Kreuzer, Helge Sasse and Ulrich Stiehm.
Image will release “Last Love” via ultra VOD in October and then theatrically in markets across the country.
The film, based on Francoise Dorner’s novel “La Douceur Assassine,” co-stars Clemence Poesy, Justin Kirk, Gillian Anderson and Jane Alexander. Caine portray a lonely American widower who learns to loves life again after a chance meeting with a young woman (played by Poesy) while living in Paris — where the entire film was shot. Hans Zimmer scored “Last Love.”
- Dave McNary
Our buddy Fatboy Roberts has been remixing movie scores for years now, and if you haven't yet discovered his stuff then take the next few minutes to do so because it's pretty great. (Here's an old interview with Fatboy from our buddy Scott Weinberg at the now-defunct Cinematical that includes more of his music.) While we were bound to see a fan-made creation that combines the new Man of Steel score by Hans Zimmer with the iconic John Williams score from Superman: The Movie as we inched closer to the June 14 release of Man of Steel, we're super glad to discover this one by Roberts, who adds his own little vibe to the whole thing. Not much more to add except to say that if this doesn't get you excited for a new Superman movie, you are not human! From...
- Erik Davis
Exactly one month from today, Man of Steel will hit theaters in the United States and fans hope that it will show the world once again why Superman is the greatest superhero ever. Here are the top stories this week! Three new TV spots have hit the airwaves in the U.S. and other countries with new footage and teases of previously unmentioned plot elements. TV Spot 3 TV Spot 4 TV Spot 5 And this one is specifically available in the United Kingdom, but also on YouTube. Watch closely at the 28-second mark to see what a Full Blast of heat vision looks like. U.K. TV Spot 17-Minute Soundtrack Preview Water Tower Records and Warner Bros. are allowing fans to preview Hans Zimmer’s score for Man of Steel. Here’s 17 minutes of musical...
- Jeffrey Taylor
I typically don't post this many trailers for one film, especially TV spots, but Warner Bros. has done a solid job with the marketing of Man of Steel in offering fans a little something new each time around. Of course, for someone like me, who doesn't watch trailers, that's look at as a "bad" thing, but fans want what they want and who am I to deny them. Along with the fifth official TV spot for the film featured below, I also have embedded one of the tracks from Hans Zimmer's score for the film titled "DNA" just above. I previously featured a 17 minute sampling of the film's score and remember, you can preorder the score at the following links: amazon asin="B00C2U6G7C" text="Limited Edition CD" | amazon asin="B00C2U6EUG" text="Single CD" | amazon asin="B00C2U6EUG" text="MP3 Downloads »
- Brad Brevet
Another day, another “Man of Steel” TV spot. Exactly one month from now, we will all get to see whether or not Zack Snyder has successfully breathed new life into the franchise. Until then, we will continue to get inundated with TV spots, posters, and clips of Hans Zimmer’s score. So, the question remains, are you excited yet? No? Well, maybe this TV spot will hit your sweet spot. The promo features Jor-El (Russell Crowe), Superman’s biological father, talking to his son about the great amount of power and strength that he has. We get quick glimpses of Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and General Zod (Michael Shannon), before Jor-El assures his son: “You can save them. You can save all of them.” Wow. Will he save all of them? From the looks of it, he just might. They have managed to do a pretty good job of showing »
- Ken Guidry
WaterTower Music has released a second full track from Hans Zimmer's Man of Steel musical score called "DNA". The composer talked to Rolling Stone about his score in an interview recently, in which he explained,
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. I wanted the epic sound of the fields and farms stretching past the horizon, of the wind humming in the telephone wires. 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 score sounds great, and I'm excited to hear more. I've also included a brand new TV spot for the film that is airing during the NBA playoffs. It's got a couple bits of new footage as well. »
- Joey Paur
Will Hans Zimmer's "Man of Steel" score seep into our collective "DNA" the way John Williams' did back in 1978? Guess we'll have to wait and see, but in the meantime a new track from Zimmer's effort has hit the web. Starting out with a beacon of ambient sound, the track abruptly transforms into a charging action showpiece, complete with pounding drums and a horn section that lends a fittingly epic sweep to the composition. About 2/3 of the way in Zimmer downshifts again, keeping things at a low boil with a collection of simmering strings until the final fade-out. Check »
- Chris Eggertsen
Superman (Henry Cavill) tests his limits in the fifth TV spot for Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder. In addition, Warner Bros.' music division, Watertower Music, has released yet another full song from composer Hans Zimmer's Man of Steel soundtrack. The album will be released in a standard edition and a deluxe edition on June 11 (clickHere for full soundtrack details). We also have a new banner with a very familiar photo being reused.
Man Of Steel - TV Spot 5
Man of Steel comes to theaters June 14th, 2013 and stars Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni. The film is directed by Zack Snyder. »
Man of Steel has debuted a new TV spot.
We also see Clark Kent being told by his birth father: "You can save them. You can save all of them."
A preview of the Hans Zimmer score was recently released.
Man of Steel will debut on June 14.
Gallery - Man of Steel posters: »
"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," Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer told Rolling Stone in a recent interview in which he also unveiled another full track (this one is entitled "DNA") from the soundtrack of Zack Snyder's highly anticipated reboot. ""I wanted the epic sound of the fields and farms stretching past the horizon, of the wind humming in the telephone wires. 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." Check it out below and then let us know what you think. In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a »
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. »
- Matt Goldberg
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