Man of Steel

Is the Era of the Blockbuster Coming to an End?

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by Jacob Hall September 09, 2013 11:00 AM
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There was definitely something apocalyptic about the 2013 summer movie season, and we’re not just talking about the movies themselves.
While major releases, like ‘This Is the End,’ ‘Oblivion,’ ‘Pacific Rim‘ and ‘Elysium,’ dealt with the end of the world, Hollywood appeared to be on the verge of collapse out in the real world. Films that looked like surefire hits flopped; surefire disasters proved to be more disastrous than everyone predicted; the handful of films without numbers in their titles stumbled; and, from the sidelines, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas smirked, shrugged and predicted the end of the moviegoing experience as we know it.
So, what exactly happened here? More importantly, what does this mean for the future of studio filmmaking? It’s easy to imagine Hollywood looking at what happened this summer and learning plenty of lessons; but, maybe, not always the right ones.

'Man of Steel 2': Is Mark Strong the Next Lex Luthor? [UPDATED]

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by Jacob Hall August 08, 2013 12:30 PM
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UPDATE: Additional speculation suggests that 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston may also be up for the role. Between these two actors, which would you rather see get the part?
As eagle-eyed fans the world over will tell you, 'Man of Steel' contained numerous references to LexCorp, the company run by iconic Superman villain Lex Luthor. Naturally, tongues started wagging and everyone immediately assumed that the bald baddie would play a major role in the inevitable sequel. And then the fantasy casting began.
And now, Mark Strong has hinted that the role may be his.

Here Are 8 Actors Who Could Be (Should Be?) the Next Batman

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by Jacob Hall July 25, 2013 09:29 AM
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It's time to put on our speculation hats. Who should take up the mantle of the Dark Knight in the new Batman/Superman movie? Well, we have a few suggestions.

'Man of Steel' Concept Art: See What General Zod Almost Looked Like

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by Jacob Hall July 10, 2013 04:10 PM
Warner Bros.
A few weeks ago, we got a look at some of the concept art from Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' and got a glimpse at many wild variations of Superman's iconic costume. Today, more art has emerged and this time, it's for Superman's nemesis in the film, General Zod. Like those varied Superman designs, the look of the evil Kryptionian general went through many different versions before settling on the final suit.

Superman vs. Iron Man: Your Favorite Superhero of the Summer Is ...

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by Eric Walkuski June 24, 2013 09:30 AM
Warner Bros./Marvel Studios
It's only recently been officially declared summertime, but for many the season has been in full bloom since the first weekend of May when 'Iron Man 3' pummeled everything in its path. Now, as the months roll on, the superhero everyone is talking about is Superman, thanks to 'Man of Steel.' So which superhero packed the most punch for you?

'Man of Steel' Concept Art: What Superman's Costume and Shield Almost Looked Like

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by Jacob Hall June 21, 2013 01:15 PM
Warner Bros.
Other than the trademark red underwear being removed, Superman's costume in 'Man of Steel' was remarkably close to the classic design. Blue suit, red cape, red "S" on yellow shield and so on. However, some newly released concept art for the film reveals that this traditional approach was only one of many options explored by director Zack Snyder and his army of designers. Can you imagine a black and white Superman costume? How about one with no cape?

The Stupidest Movie MacGuffins of All-Time

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by Jacob Hall June 19, 2013 02:41 PM
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Originally popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, the term "MacGuffin" refers to an object, person or location that drives the plot of story, with characters generally struggling to obtain said object, person or location before the opposition. Over the decades, the word has mutated and its exact meaning is often the subject of debate, but it's still, at the core, the same thing. The MacGuffin is that special something at the center of a movie that makes everything happen.
Although many movies have a MacGuffin of some kind (with some being more obvious than others), we're not here to talk about the best or the most well-used. Today, we're going to talk about the stupidest MacGuffins. When we say stupid, we mean that in both a harsh and loving way. Some of the MacGuffins on this list are so dumb that they're simply amazing. Others are so idiotic that they make us shake our heads. In any case, there's no arguing that they're all pretty unforgettable.

'Man of Steel' Controversy: Zack Snyder and David Goyer Explain the Destructive Ending

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by Nick Romano June 18, 2013 11:14 AM
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For those of you who haven't seen 'Man of Steel,' stop reading now -- unless, of course, spoilers are your thing. In any case, you've probably heard about the controversies surrounding the climactic, destruction-heavy ending that through many a Superman fan into a tizzy. Now, director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer have broken their silence on the matter.