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General Zod is the star of the latest movie trailer for Man Of Steel as he threatens to destroy Earth if the humans don’t turn over Kal-El aka Superman. Watch the new action-packed trailer that features alien invaders and view the new character movie poster featuring Russell Crowe.
Man Of Steel ‘s latest trailer “Fate of Your Planet” features alien ships, space suits, explosions and Superman in fine form fighting Zod. What’s not to like about Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel? The trailer is chock full of action that promises to be quite a ride. The director behind 300 and the Watchmen brings his visual flare in this CGI heavy preview.
It’s going to be tough topping Terence Stamps’ General Zod in Superman II, but acclaimed
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Ever since Terence Stamp made Christopher Reeve kneel before him in 1980′s Superman II, the character of General Zod has become an iconic part of the Superman mythos. Seeing multiple incarnations in comics and cartoons, Zod (plus others with the power of Superman who are corrupted by it) definitely ranks as one of Superman’s great villains. It’s genuinely exciting that we’ll soon see Michael Shannon give his interpretation of the mad Kryptonian dictator in Man of Steel.
Narrated by Zod himself, the new Man of Steel trailer builds from the previously released unnerving viral video to deliver a striking overview of Man of Steel‘s central conflict. Though it comes in hyper-quick bits and pieces, this is easily the most action-packed Man of Steel preview yet.
At last, audiences get an idea of what happens when the militaries of humanity take on a group of ticked-off Kryptonian »
- Kyle Hembree
Following faster than a speeding bullet on today’s super new banners, we’ve another terrific look, this time in front of and behind the camera, of Warner Bros. re-imagining of the DC comic icon. Fan favourite superhero scribe David S. Goyer was the man tasked with giving Kal-El an all-new modern make-over following the commercial disappointment of Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. From the look of things, Man Of Steel may well be the biggest film of the summer, while breathing new life into a character many fans believe hasn’t been done justice since 1980s Superman II
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Man Of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff and Russell Crowe. It swoops into cinemas from the 14th June.
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- Craig Hunter
On Tuesday, Conan O'Brien introduced "Comedy For DVRs," a segment that is basically a little Easter egg for all of us who do nothing for his Nielson ratings (yet).
The only way to enjoy the joke, you see, is to pause... and pause... and pause.
This inaugural gag was called "Rejected Game Of Thrones" characters and, like SNL's "Fox & Friends" corrections, it's a long list that flies by way too fast to read. Fortunately, we had nothing better to do than painstakingly transcribe the full list, and we're here to tell you, it was worth it.
Watch the clip above, then check out the rejected names below and let us know which are your favorites. Personally, we're holding out hope that one day "Lady Sideboob Of Huffington" and "K.D. Langister" turn up on GoT.
Abracadabra Jones Al Pacino But Not The One You’re Thinking Of Alabama Shakespeare Alexandarth The Lion-Groined Alexandreamandalice, »
- Carol Hartsell
Feature James Peaty 15 May 2013 - 07:10
With the new Superman movie Man Of Steel barely a month from release, early interviews with the film's cast and crew are beginning to filter out. But in amongst the usual wearying discussions about the lead character's perceived lack of relevance and how ‘dark’ the film will be, one question has continually bubbled up: what specific comic books and creators have informed this latest incarnation of Superman?
Join us as we find out...
The Look… Curt Swan
As with any character that has existed over many decades, Superman’s look, while laid out by his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938, has evolved over the years. While Shuster’s take inarguably set the template for the Man of Steel, »
by Brett White
With Robert Downey Jr.'s contract renegotiations off to a start (not to mention every other Avenger as well... yikes!), a lot of talk is being made of just how integral Downey is to the Marvel franchise. To be honest, you're not going to get any argument about that here. Downey's commitment to the role, natural charisma, and superb acting chops all coalesced in 2008 to form the biggest surprise hero hit ever. Thanks to "Iron Man," the armored Avenger rocketed from Marvel's B-list all the way to the top. The guy is irreplaceable.
But is he the most successful superhero actor ever? To find out, I spent a lot of time on Box Office Mojo pulling data and making spreadsheets. I compiled a list of the top 10 most successful superhero actors, based on box office totals. There were a few requirements though:
» Actor has to have appeared »
- Splash Page Team
Raquel Welch wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen monsters: One Million Years B.C. [See previous post: "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Dies."] Without Charles H. Schneer as producer, Ray Harryhausen created the visual effects for the 1966 camp classic One Million Years B.C. — though, admittedly, his work in that movie played second fiddle to Raquel Welch’s physical effects as a blonde-bewigged (?) cavewoman parading around Earth’s pre-history in a cleavage-enhancing fur bikini. Whereas in producer Hal Roach’s 1940 effort One Million B.C., lizards made up as dinosaurs made life difficult for Victor Mature and Carole Landis, in the creationist-style pre-history of the 1966 (sort-of) remake, Raquel Welch and fellow caveman John Richardson had to square off against Harryhausen’s stop-motion models of giant reptiles. (Photo: Raquel Welch One Million Years B.C.) [Please scroll down to check out TCM's beautiful Ray Harryhausen tribute.] Starring James Franciscus and featuring Earth vs. the Flying Saucers‘ Richard Carlson, The Valley of Gwangi (1969) was Harryhausen’s next-to-last mid-level effort. Both The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), with John Phillip Law, »
- Andre Soares
Excitement for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, continues to grow – even after our readers dubbed it their Most-Anticipated Summer 2013 Film. Despite a massive opening weekend box office for Iron Man 3, the film resulted in a mixed response from comic book die-hards who asserted that it “wasn’t an Iron Man movie” – leaving the door wide open for Superman to make a big splash. Seven years back, a similar complaint was leveled at Warner Bros. for Superman Returns – with many fans and casual moviegoers maintaining that Bryan Singer’s spiritual successor to Superman II didn’t “feel” like a Superman movie. If the positive word-of-mouth for Man of Steel is to be believed, director Zack Snyder must have learned from Superman Returns‘ backlash, successfully positioning his Superman reboot as both grounded and ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Shane Black is one of the pioneering Hollywood screenwriters of the contemporary action genre. The screenwriter for Lethal Weapon 1 & 2, Last Action Hero and his directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang now takes the reins of one of the biggest and most-beloved moneymaking franchises in the golden age of comic-book Hollywood. A $200 million budget is proof Marvel and Disney think Iron Man 3 is in good hands, but canon-obsessed fanboys may not agree.
Co-scripted with TV writer Drew Pearce (who's also credited in the upcoming Pacific Rim and Sherlock Holmes 3), this entry in the series incorporates many fan-favorite storylines and characters from the Iron Man comics. Though they're brought together in a mega-blockbuster of an action film, one or two departures from established canon will be the subject of controversy among hardcore fans for the foreseeable future. Naturally, I won't go into specifics here (no spoilers!) but moviegoers who are »
- Mike Saulters
How does a studio follow up The Avengers? By going small, real, real small.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of sexy Iron Man suits and bombastic repulsor blasts to last a lifetime, but the scale of Iron Man 3 takes the ball from aliens and gods from Asgard to lands and problems much closer to home. IM3 takes place mainly in three locations, one of which is in rural Tennessee where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) retreats to after being flushed out of his Los Angeles oceanfront mansion by a terrorist who goes by the name of the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Stark befriends a boy (Harley Keener) who reminds him of himself and is able to work out some of his unresolved issues. There is also a near non-existent presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that should meet the approval of those who found the last »
- Ernie Estrella
Iron Man 3, 2013.
Directed by Shane Black.
When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
Marvel’s latest instalment in their comic book franchise and the first in the self-titled ‘Phase Two’ may just be the best comic book film ever made. In fact, it may just be the best film ever made.
The above statement applies only if the viewer is simply content enough to see another Marvel film, regardless of its quality. Anyone else who's looking for a departure from the usual mindless Smash Boom Bang Crash that is 90% of modern Hollywood blockbusters, and hoping Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black will be the shining light to lead the way, will be left sorely disappointed.
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- Flickering Myth
Shannon discussed Man of Steel with The Huffington Post, and expressed his belief that fans of the iconic superhero will be satisfied with the latest big screen reimagining.
"It's a big build-up. I'll tell you, I saw it last Monday - it's worth it," Shannon declared.
He went on to say: "It's going to blow everybody's socks off. And I know they're probably pissed off, like I'm jinxing it or something and I shouldn't say that. I'll knock on wood just out of deference to the gods, but the movie is solid. It's gonna get the job done."
Shannon also insisted that it was "exhilarating" for him to land the role of Zod, »
Superman (1978)- PG Superman II (1980) - PG Superman III (1983) - PG Superman IV: The Quest For Peace(1987) - PG Superman Returns (2006) - PG-13 Man of Steel (2013) - PG-13 Can a film's rating indicate a wrong approach to Superman? Comic book writer Greg Rucka (Superman: World of New Krypton, Gotham Central, 52, Punisher) doesn't outright make that distinction but instead, raises some thought-provoking questions in his essay over at The Hollywood Reporter. Specifically, Rucka asks that a Superman film be something that uplifts and inspires, particularly for little children; and not the tale of "an absent-father who got prison-yard shanked with a Kryptonite shiv," in a clear reference to Superman Returns. Citing the hope and optimism of the original Richard Donner film, Rucka says that in light of recent tragedies, we need Man of Steel to possess the same attributes. Now Rucka isn't foolishly condemning the film before he it's even released, »
Throughout April, we've been counting down our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's our top 50 in full....
Well, the 2013 superhero season is now underway, with Marvel Studios launching Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe here in the UK yesterday with the release of Iron Man 3 [read our ★★★★ spoiler free review here]. As you know, we're big comic book movie fans around these parts, so we've spent the month counting down our picks for the 50 Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time, and you can check out our full list right here.
For more on positions #50 through #26 visit here, or click on any of the links from the top 25 to read more about each pick:
#50 - The Punisher (1989)
#49 - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
#48 - The Amazing Spider-Man
#47 - Wanted
#46 - Red
#45 - The Punisher (2004)
#44 - 30 Days of Night
#43 - Weird Science
#42 - Superman Returns
#41 - Spider-Man
#40 - Constantine
#39 - »
- Flickering Myth
Martin Deer rounds up all the latest talking points from Man of Steel as we count down to the return of Superman this summer...
Warner Bros.' marketing really kicked off just after our last countdown, when a viral video was released online and then played on air in America - which is very cool - during the MTV Awards, as well as on UK television that same week. The viral features General Zod sending a stark warning to Earth: handover Kal-El, or suffer the consequences. This was the first time we heard Michael Shannon as Zod, and he sounds terrifying. Calm and collected, but with a devastating threat. The message of the viral was at odds with something Shannon had said previously about Zod's motives to Entertainment Weekly: "He actually has some affection for anybody who's a Kryptonian, including Superman… He doesn't really have any malignant feelings »
- Flickering Myth
Terence Stamp | Southend Film Festival | Sci-Fi London | Rooftop Film Club
Terence Stamp, London
His beauty is often admired before his acting skills, but while the former has faded somewhat the latter survives, at least when Stamp isn't topping up the retirement fund with another offhand baddie role. Those dodgier movies have thankfully been omitted from this selective retrospective (don't worry, Superman II is still in there). He lit up the screen, and the 1960s, with early films such as Billy Budd, The Collector, Far From The Madding Crowd, Poor Cow and Theorem, then took an extended break in an Indian ashram. Since his return to the day job, he's reminded us what he can do, in The Hit, The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, even last year's Song For Marion. He's a terrific writer and talker, too, which should make his on-stage interview (8 May) a hot ticket.
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- Steve Rose
British actor Terence Stamp is a bit of an institution and with Man Of Steel just around the corner, he has been speaking to Es magazine to discusses his love of fashion, a blind date with Brigitte Bardot and his position as an ‘urban icon’. Stamp’s iconic role as General Zod in Superman and Superman II places him in movie history but that’s just the tip of acting iceberg for this highly experienced man of the big screen.
His debut film appearance in 1962 was in the title role of Billy Budd directed by Peter Ustinov and in that part, he earned himself an Oscar Nomination, not bad for a beginner. From there, Stamp worked all number of highly respected directors and actors, and it’s easy to say that this instantly recognisable man is a remarkable screen presence, every time. Stamp was once also lucky enough to have »
- Dan Bullock
"As much as I love what Terence Stamp did in that movie, it was kind of opaque," Shannon mused to Empire. "It was impossible to have any empathy with him, it was pure malice.
"We wanted to break down that wall a little bit, so the audience might think, 'Yeah, I know what he's going through'. It's not better or worse, it's just different."
Shannon has previously explained that he does not see Zod as a villain.
Man of Steel will be released on June 14.
Watch Terence Stamp discussing his expectations for Shannon's Zod with Digital Spy below: »
In the Hollywood handbook of character shorthand, a British actor is pretty high up on the list of ways to swiftly establish somebody as a bad'un. As villain clichés go, it's just above 'underground lair' and slightly below 'unexpectedly offing a loyal henchman'.
Plus, just in case you've been living under a rock or in a coma, Benedict Cumberbatch plays much-discussed villain John Harrison in next month's Star Trek Into Darkness, and he's dominated Paramount's entire marketing campaign so completely that the character already feels weirdly iconic.
So with Brit baddies more in vogue than ever, Digital Spy takes a look back over six of the best...
"You oughta be on f**king TV with that accent, »
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #5...
Superman: The Movie, 1978.
Directed by Richard Donner.
And so, as we reach the top five of our countdown of the Greatest Comic Book Movies, we come to the granddaddy of the superhero movie, Richard Donner's 1978 classic Superman, which saw a then-unknown Christopher Reeve making his first appearance in what would become his signature role as the Man of Steel. Scripted by The Godfather author Mario Puzo, Superman details the origins of the Last Son of Krypton, from a strange young Kansas farmboy through to mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, culminating of course with his emergence as the World's Greatest Superhero, »
- Flickering Myth
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