Man of Steel
For eagle-eyed fans, 'Man of Steel' is filled with all kinds of tiny easter eggs that suggest a larger universe. For starters, the Wayne Enterprises logo appears on a satellite, while the LexCorp logo can be spotted on a building and a few tanker trucks. In other words, should the opportunity arise, the new Superman movie is quietly laying the groundworks for a larger DC cinematic universe ... a universe that may include the superhero Cyborg, if we can believe everything screenwriter David S. Goyer says.
With 'Man of Steel' hitting theaters this week, now might be a good time to catch up on all the previous 'Superman' movies. And what better way to do that than with the 8-disc 'Superman' anthology that collects all of the previous 'Superman' movies in one massive box set. Lucky for you, we're giving a copy away!
"Superman! Champion of the Oppressed, the physical marvel who had sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need!"
That's how the Man of Steel was described in his very first appearance, from the untitled cover feature from 1938's Action Comics #1 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. This week, the Man of Steel comes to 'Man of Steel,' the new big budget extravaganza directed by Zack Snyder ('Watchmen') and produced by 'The Dark Knight' director Christopher Nolan. It will no doubt feature the greatest cinematic representation of Superman the physical marvel to date. But the greatest cinematic representation of Superman, champion of the oppressed, may still be 'Superman and the Mole-Men,' a mostly forgotten 1951 feature that is the first superhero film to hit movie theaters.
One of Superman's most interesting struggles has always been whether to follow the example set by his human, adopted father, Jonathan Kent or his long-dead natural father, Jor-El. In 'Man of Steel,' we know that "Pa" Kent (Kevin Costner) teaches him his core values, but it looks like he inherited all of his ass-kicking abilities from his actual daddy (Russell Crowe), as this new clip shows us that Superman won't be the only one kicking butt and taking names in Zack Snyder's film.
Are you excited for 'Man of Steel'? You should be, because it could've been Ashton Kutcher in those red and blue tights.
Before you go see Henry Cavill try his hand at playing the son of Jor-El, look at all the other dudes who were almost Superman. Some of them are quite troubling, like the aforementio
Yesterday the news hit - to the surprise of pretty much no one - that Warner Bros. is already in the early stages of preparing 'Man of Steel 2' with Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer all back on board. Superman takes on General Zod in 'Man of Steel,' so which of his notorious foes would you like to see in the sequel?
Since 1978, Hollywood has made five movies about Superman, all of which essentially characterized the superhero the same way: wholesome, morally resolute, and indefatigably heroic. The sixth - 'Man of Steel' - takes the character in another direction – technically, backwards. Director Zack Snyder’s film re-examines the character’s origin story, looking at the formative years, and experiences, which gave him the certitude and clarity to be Earth’s greatest protector. Meanwhile, audiences simultaneously get to thrill at watching the character test out his strength while battling General Zod, one of Superman’s greatest foes.
We sat down with producer Deborah Snyder at the recent Los Angeles press day for Man of Steel, where she seemed excited to finally be able to talk about the film. Perhaps appropriately, she discussed the balancing act that goes into deciding how much to disclose to audiences as a film like this is coming to theaters, and then revealed the attitude and approach which she and Zack took as they were reinventing the great-granddaddy of all superheroes. Finally, she offered some insights about where this Superman fits – both into the character’s own canon, and then the current landscape of heroes that Christopher Nolan razed when he paired Batman’s cape and cowl with a complex foundation of moral and personal ambiguities.
I believe a man can fly -- and beat the living hell out of Michael Shannon for close to 40 compounded minutes in ways hitherto unseen on film. But Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' is no mere slugfest. It goes for broke, faces the legend and tackles the iconography of one of modernity's largest-shared myths, Kal-El of Krypton, on its own terms. It is among the finest "franchise reboots" of all time, which may sound like a bit of a backhanded compliment until you realize that this is, in fact, a genre unto itself. It manages, somehow, to be "the same but different," a new film that everyone under the yellow sun knows from beginning to end. It is the film of summer 2013.