I find it interesting that as I work on my proposal at my job for a Superman Day Event in the Library, that all of this Man of Steel News comes out today. And there is a lot of news folks! Where to start?
Well first off, we got new photo stills from the film! There’s a really cool pic of General Zod (you must kneel before him!) played by Michael Shannon, and there’s two pics of Superman-one of which he’s flying. There’s also a picture of his parents-real and adoptive. We see Russell Crowe who plays Jor-El and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane who play Jonathan and Martha Kent. Last but not least we get a glimpse of Clark’s co-workers at the Daily Bugle-his boss Perry White played by Laurence Fishburne, and Lois Lane played by Amy Adams. You can check the photos out throughout this article.
But there’s more! New details are emerging about the film. In the latest issue of latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which is set to hit stands this week, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, both spoke to EW about the film delivered some interesting details about the film. Let’s start with what Robinov had to say.
Besides marking the arrival of the new Superman, when Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14, it it will also lay the groundwork for the future slate of films based on DC Comics. “It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step.” How are they going to do that?
With giving specifics, Robinov said, “I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world, [Nolan’s] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world. We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making.”
Let’s hope so. I’ve said this a while ago but if this film doesn’t do well (which I cautiously doubt) then dreams of seeing other DC films and a Justice League movie are history. So fans will at least get a hint at other potential heroes in the film but not an overt introduction. It might be along the lines ow what we saw in Batman Begins, where one of the Joker’s calling cards were seen but he wasn’t.
David S. Goyer who co-wrote The Dark Knight films and the screenplay for Man of Steel was also interviewed for the EW pieced and stated that the Man of Steel crew do not like “sequel bait.”
“One of the things we dealt with on the Batman films is, Chris dislikes it when you plan something, when you say, ‘I’m going to follow this up in the next film,” Goyer told EW. “He’s always said put everything you have into this film and then worry about the next film later. That gives the film its own integrity as opposed to being part of an overall plan. So of course the comic book fans, it’s hard not to think about [crossovers] but I, having done three Batman films and worked in that way, it’s definitely the approach we took with Man of Steel.”
So does this mean that The Dark Trilogy stand completely by themselves? Robinov answered:
“They do. Or they did, where we go in the future is a whole other conversation.” Hmm….However Robinov also dismissed the rumor that Christopher Nolan (who’s currently busy with his sci-film Interstellar) might be involved with the in-development Justice League movie as a producer and bring Christian Bale back: “No, no it’s not.”
Robinov’s comments are intriguing and fans are going to dwell on his words for while. I think that Nolan’s trilogy was just that a trilogy-it had a good beginning and amazing middle, and an okay ending (IMO). So that’s done. I wonder if we’ll see another person in the bat suit if JL gets made. Could it be a certain person who played a character named John Blake who’s real name is Robin? Time will only tell.
But that’s not the end of the news folks! I’ve still have to tell you about Snyder’s news. In his interview with EW, the director revealed a detail about the film. Here it is:
“I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.” Okay before you fanladies and fangentlemen freak out, there’s a good reason for this. The film hopes to give Superman new flaws and vulnerabilities in an attempt to humanize our hero who has god-like powers. Henry Cavill who’s playing the Man of Steel told EW, “Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties.”
Here’s another spoiler brought to you by EW. They saw footage of the film and apparently as baby, Kal-El is special even on his doomed home planet of Krypton, where his birth is said to cause alarm among some citizens. So Superman’s specialness isn’t just limited to him getting his powers from our yellow sun.
Finally, here’s the latest synopsis via the movie’s official Facebook page:
“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.”
So my fellow comic book and movie fans, what are your opinions on all this glorious news? Let us know in the comment box below! Man of Steel opens June 14.