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I’ll admit. A year ago when the first trailer for Man of Steel came out, I was doubtful. Warner Bros. seemed to have no idea how to adapt any of their DC Comic universe outside of Batman (which was thanks to Chris Nolan), and director Zack Snyder was a known abuser of slo-mo that had just come off the craptastic bomb Sucker Punch. On top of that, the less that is said about their Green Lantern attempt, the better.
Then, as more trailers came out and plot details were revealed, I became more and more optimistic. After the three minute trailer that came out around April, I noticed general anticipation had shifted dramatically in the right direction and continued to build to a crescendo ever since. I got a chance to watch Man of Steel on Friday. Did it soar…or suck? Minor spoilers ahead.
My thoughts? »
- C.C. Ekeke
If you thought the Smallville throwdown between Antje Traue’s Faora and Superman in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” was cool, then you’ll dig this video of the director sitting down with the New York Times to narrate a brief section of the fight (like most of the fights in “Man of Steel” it, er, tends to go on for a while). The movie is currently setting records in June and should continue to do so. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would recommend it. I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Superman (either in the comics or in his various live-action iterations), but it’s hard not to like a movie where there’s a super-fight every 5 minutes or so, or at least that’s what it seems like. “Man of Steel”, directed by Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams, »
Every movie has a rumor mill, but when your main character is Superman, it naturally becomes a super rumor mill. As anyone who has been following Zack Snyder's film over the past couple of years knows, rarely has there been a film with so many completely random, crazy and unsubstantiated rumors as "Man of Steel."
Which, of course, just made us even more curious to see the movie, if only to find out: Would all of those rumors turn out to be true? Would any of them turn out to be true?
With that in mind, we've taken a close look at "Man of Steel" to finally confirm or debunk some of the biggest rumors that have been driving fans crazy. So if you don't mind some Super Spoilers, then check it out — because the truth will set you free.
1. Batman Is In the Movie!
This was one of the most persistent rumors going, »
- Scott Harris
With a record-breaking U.S. box-office this past weekend, with $125 million or so in the bag as well as a huge £11 million opening in the UK, Superman truly has soared back into the public domain. Man Of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe, has had a mixed reception from critics (8.2 on IMDb, 47% on Metacritic and 56% on Rotten Tomatoes). I for one enjoyed it immensely, despite its flaws, and found it to be a hugely enjoyable reboot with some great action and a uniformly excellent cast.
So with word already coming through of immediate work on a sequel, with screenwriter David S. Goyer and director Zach Snyder already on board, here are some ideas that would make a Man of Steel 2 truly soar.
Could we see a more fleshed out, character-driven sequel? Will Mr. Luthor appear? Will we see »
- Scott Davis
Feature Seb Patrick 18 Jun 2013 - 06:56
Warning: This feature contains lots of spoilers for Man Of Steel.
A little over two years ago, I was at a screening of Zack Snyder’s film Sucker Punch, which also featured a Q&A with the director himself beforehand. Despite the protestations of the PR people and the fact that nobody was able to ask questions about a film they hadn’t yet seen, Snyder had only days earlier been announced as the director of a rebooted Superman film. As such it meant that the Man Of Steel was heavily on the agenda.
I was one of the audience members who asked a question that night, and was met with a dismissal of sorts by Snyder when I asked if there were any particular storylines, »
Directed by Richard Donner
High school pals and cartoonists Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the character of Superman to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938. Ever since, the history of the widely considered national cultural icon continues to be awe-inspiring. Superman premiered in Action Comics #1 of the same year, a time when Americans were in desperate need a hero; and ever since, Superman has appeared in a variety of animated and live action movies and television series. The Man of Steel has also appeared in various radio serials, newspaper strips, and even video games throughout the years, and with the success of his adventures, Superman helped to shape the superhero genre and establish its command within American pop culture. An animated cartoon of Superman appeared in 1941, and in 1942, a Superman novel was published. A Columbia »
- Ricky da Conceição
Man of Steel, 2013.
Directed by Zack Snyder.
Clark Kent is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.
The first two thirds, approximately 90 minutes, of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel falls into two categories - idea and execution. The film is full of interesting ideas and stories but executed with varying degrees of success. The final third, approximately 45 minutes, is a crushingly disappointing, mindless, and boring piece of film making which rears the ugly head of the ‘more is better’ mentality which is suffocating big budget films of the post-Transformers era.
The end result is, sadly, one of 2013’s biggest disappointments for anyone who hoped Man of Steel would be better and rise above »
- Flickering Myth
[No Embed Available, Click Below To View] Perhaps a taste of what the dvd/blu-ray special features for Man of Steel will contain? Anyways, here's a snippet of that incredible fight scene between Faora and Superman that caused massive amounts of destruction to the town of Smallville. If you missed my slightly-spoilery review, Click Here to read. Related Content: Twitter Buzz: Man Of Steel Twitter Buzz: Man Of Steel Pt. 2 Running Time: 2 hrs 23 min Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA) MPAA Rating: PG-13 Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix Directed by: Zack Snyder Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer (screenplay) "Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton on his epic journey to become mankind's shinning beacon of hope for a brighter future. With the beliefs and values instilled by his adoptive parents »
by Ryan Rigley
As anticipated, Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" soared high above the box office this weekend with a record-breaking $125 million debut, not including the additional $71.6 million grossed overseas. This, of course, makes "Man of Steel" the highest grossing film ever to be released in June, with the 18th highest opening weekend ticket sales of all time.
Superman has always been one of the most recognizable, and widely celebrated, American superheroes. Since his first appearance in 1938, the Last Son of Krypton has been featured in a countless number of comic books, video games, movies, and TV series. Since we've already discussed 'Smallville,' this week's edition of Comics on TV will focus on a different Superman series: "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."
Broadcast Date: 1993 - 1997
- Splash Page Team
Pop quiz time. What do X Men: The Last Stand, Spiderman 3, and Watchmen have in common? They all have the same or better aggregate critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes when compared to Man of Steel. For those of you who have seen the film, ask yourselves if that is truly a fair judgement because after seeing it yesterday, I 100% disagree. In fact, as far as origin, story, and content, Zack Snyder provided me with the most interesting storyline in Superman since he died. Fanboys and film critics will rip their hair out when I say this, but this film is the perfect embodiment for Superman in the 21st century.
To The Critics:
Let's start with the simple problems most critics had with the film; pacing and story development. If you're searching for someone who doesn't know the origin of Superman, you're going to be searching a while. The film saved »
- Mick Joest
Feature David Menzies 17 Jun 2013 - 07:00
In hindsight, Smallville's depiction of Clark Kent's teen years reverberates with real-world parallels...
This feature contains Smallville spoilers.
By the end of its decade-long run in 2011, Smallville still had a loyal and fervent fanbase that averaged between two and three million people. The CW series ended with a finale that had ratings on the higher end of that scale, but the viewership had certainly declined from the eight million-plus people who tuned in for its 2001 pilot. This isn't too uncommon for any series, but among a Superman fandom that saw the character of Clark Kent soar to such great heights with Christopher Reeve in Richard Donner's Superman and the Bruce Timm/Paul Dini animated series of the late nineties (the live-action nineties series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, for all of its virtues, had a bit more camp than »
At long last the highly anticipated return of America's favorite (and first) superhero has arrived. Scripted by David S. Goyer from a concept he developed with Christopher Nolan, the movie Man of Steel is a retelling of Superman's origin story that draws familiar elements from a number of the comic's modern print storylines. Director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch) is no stranger to comic-book adaptations, but this is by far his best work and will prove to be the summer film to beat.
Henry Cavill dons the tights this time around, but not before a couple of steamy scenes showing off a physique that is nothing short of... well, super. Though Snyder's film is in many ways the strongest adaptation of the comic books, Cavill is the most realistic portrayal of Supes as a young man, torn with indecision, largely directionless, and unsure of his potential. He still has the unerring moral compass, »
- Mike Saulters
The Oscar-nominated actress's Daily Planet reporter runs parallel to Henry Cavill's Clark Kent in this incarnation, playing an integral part in his journey to becoming Superman. Digital Spy spoke to Adams about her history with Superman (she ate Kryptonite vegetables in Smallville!) and her reaction to seeing Cavill in the iconic suit for the first time.
"I just giggled. I wish that I had a cool story where I looked cool - he looked cool - but I literally sat there and giggled like a 5-year-old girl," she said. "He just looked like Superman, so handsome and so overwhelming."
Adams also discusses her favourite moments in the film and who is the nicer guy: Kermit the Frog or Superman?
> 'Man of Steel' poll: What did you think? »
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
Kane Hodder. If you’re a horror fan, then hearing that name Instantly places images of Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley and quite a few other monsters and characters into your mind. He’s an important figure to slasher history, and definitely a fan favorite in the Friday The 13th franchise (he played the hockey mask-wearing character for four films), not to mention being the Only actor to portray Victor Crowley in the Hatchet films. We were lucky enough to speak with Kane recently, to talk about Hatchet III, the supposed final entry into the series, along with his thoughts on portraying two iconic film monsters. Read on!
When you ask fans who their favorite Jason is, 9 out of 10 of them will say “Kane Hodder”, and obviously when Victor Crowley comes up, you’re the only person to have played him, how does it feel to have played not one, but Two slasher iconic characters? »
Metropolis has been home to a ton of big stars over the years.With "Man of Steel" hitting theaters this weekend, we're checking in some of the other actors and actresses to play Superman, his allies and enemies through the years -- from the 1978 movie to TV shows like "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and "Smallville."Sadly, larger than life stars like George Reeves, Christopher Reeve and Marlon Brando are no longer with us ... but many who worked alongside the superhero are still around and working today.Check out the gallery above to see what the many Lois Lanes, Jimmy Olsens, General Zods and Lex Luthors have aged through the years.And see Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and more join the Superman family this weekend in "Man of Steel" -- check out our review here! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Just like many children of the 1970s, I had a hard time accepting what I saw in the first trailers for Man of Steel. How dare someone come along and try to tell me someone else could be Superman besides Christopher Reeve! I do love those movies with all my heart (yes, even the third and fourth ones), but it's been 35 years since we've really seen a new and truly unique vision of the world's first super hero. As much as I protested, the time had come.
Let's be completely honest going into this review. Both Superman Returns and Smallville rested on the concepts made popular in Richard Donner's 1978 movie. For all intents and purposes, Superman Returns was a direct sequel to Superman II. Brandon Routh completely channeled Christopher Reeve and while Kevin Spacey added his own flare to the role of Lex Luthor, he still fit into the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
It's not hard to imagine the executives at Warner Bros. looking at a chart of Marvel's successful superhero movies over the last decade and a half -- including five "X-Men" movies, four "Spider-Man" films, three "Iron Man" smashes, plus successful franchise-launchers "Thor" and "Captain America" and massive group hit "The Avengers." Then, the Warner suits look at the same period's superhero smashes based on characters from Time Warner's own venerable DC Comics publishing line and sees Christopher Nolan's three Batman movies... and nothing else. Then they look back at all the Marvel hits and mutter, "Why we no have?"
Really, it should have been a no-brainer for Warners to build successful franchises out of DC superhero stalwarts like Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern, and to have them all come together, Avengers-style, for a series of Justice League movies. After all, DC's characters are just as familiar, if not even moreso, »
- Gary Susman
Director: Zack Snyder
Running Time: 143 minutes
Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
With the massive critical and commercial success of pretty much every Marvel movie released in the past three or four years, and Christopher Nolan hitting a home run with his three Batman movies for DC and Warner Brothers, director Zack Snyder had to really knock it out of the park with Man Of Steel. Here, the director of Sucker Punch, 300 and the »
- Paul Heath
To celebrate the release of Man of Steel this month, the Flickering Myth writing team are looking back over Superman's previous screen adventures; next up is Olivia Luder with a defense of the origin series Smallville....
Superman is a character with a long and varied history and the upcoming Man of Steel movie has provided commentators with the perfect opportunity to dig up his every incarnation. However, one version of the Superman mythology appears to have been largely ignored by mainstream media: the long-running origin series Smallville.
And in spite of sometimes being the silliest show on television, it’s time to give it some credit.
Airing for ten years on the WB network and then the CW, Smallville has been the life-force behind keeping Superman in the public eye. Though such an iconic character is never going to completely fade from the zeitgeist, Smallville was crucial in making sure »
- Liam Trim
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