FIRST IMAGE OF HENRY CAVILL AS SUPERMAN
Well, I had my doubts, but this Superman reboot looks like it’s going to be damn good. British actor Henry Cavill (Stardust, The Tudors) will play Superman/Clark Kent in Superman: Man Of Steel, which will be directed by Zach Synder (Watchmen), produced by Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas (The Dark Knight, Inception) and written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight). A production team like that is a superhero film dream-team, and it looks as if Mr Nolan has the Midas touch when it comes to men in capes.
Superman: Man Of Steel is set for release on June 14th 2013
The eternal question…
(For sticklers and fanboys, this can be taken as the entire franchise, or just the films, or just the comics, or any combination of things involving the two caped crusaders)
LEAKED /// ON-SET PHOTOS OF MAN OF STEEL
Well everyone’s seen the promo image, so here’s an on-set pic of Henry Cavill in Superman: Man Of Steel. Our first proper look at that famous suit reveals the red undies have been done away with (good move), whilst the Super-logo on the chest looks a little odd. Those wondering where the cape has disappeared to, the likelihood is it’ll be created digitally in post-production.
Teaser poster #2 of the day: Oooooh, this actually looks quite good. Henry Cavill looks suitably all-American/Kryptonian to fill the cape vacated by Brandon Routh, and whilst the supersuit seems to be made out of basketball, the team of Zack Synder, Chris Nolan and David S Goyer are sure to have crafted a fine start for DC’s Justic League project.
Morbid reminder of the day: This infographic (created by Designbysoap) sorta kills the image of the invincible superhero doesn’t it? Also shows that unless you have either a) superpowers, b) genetic mutation or c) shedloads of cash and training, then your tenure as a hero will be very very short.
Dear God No of the day: So Justin Bieber just posted this photo on his Instagram account, of what appears to be the script for the upcoming Man Of Steel sequel (also known as Batman Vs Superman), and tagged it with #robin??. The thought of Biebz playing the Boy Wonder Dick Grayson is rightly sending comic fans to comment boxes around the web to express their horror. Surely Warner Brothers can’t be this stupid…
Excellent Famous Human Being of the day: Yes, that is Idris Elba DJing whist wearing a Superman costume. Your day is now 34% better. So cool, we’ll even allow the sunglasses indoors at night. (Okay they’re over three weeks old, from Halloween weekend, but any excuse to have some ‘Dris on here)
Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman in Batman Vs Superman: Looks like DC are really serious about bringing the Justice League to the silver screen. As if the prospect of the first cinematic titanic clash between The Dark Knight and the Man Of Steel wasn’t enough, the as-yet-untitled film will also bring us the first big-screen appearance of the Amazonian princess, played by Gal Gadot of the Fast & Furious franchise. With two big established names in Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill heading up the film, it makes sense that DC and Warner Brothers are attempting to make new stars via the supporting roles, as well as expanding the DC cinematic universe to rival Marvel’s current superhero dominance.
Gadot’s casting adds yet another layer of pressure to the production of Batman Vs Superman. Not only are fans eager to see how Batman is represented after the Nolan trilogy, and how Affleck does in the role, but hopes will be very high that justice is done to Princess Diana of Themyscira. After all, will there be enough room given to her character in an already huge film?
Director Zack Synder has said of the news:
Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.
In a franchise which is taking a more grounded and realistic approach to its superheroes (especially in comparison to Marvel), it’ll be a challenge to establish some of Wonder Woman’s more extravagant features; her indestructible bracelets, the Lasso of Truth, the Tiara of Telepathy, the Amazonian race themselves… Not only that but, as with all superhero film adaptation, the costume will be pored over, scrutinised and criticised beyond belief. Prepare for 18 months of increasingly heated nerdy discussion and debate.