Screen Junkies » superman: man of steel http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:37:30 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Michael Shannon Goes All Mo-Cap On Our Asses In ‘Man of Steel’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-shannon-goes-all-mo-cap-on-our-asses-in-man-of-steel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-shannon-goes-all-mo-cap-on-our-asses-in-man-of-steel/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2011 23:39:27 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227459 If that's not a mo-cap suit, but rather a costume, then the costume designer ought to be executed where he or she stands.

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What in the name of Zod lays before my eyes?

Why, for the love of Zod, it’s Michael Shannon in a Zod-damned motion capture suit!

General Zod portrayer Michael Shannon was photographed on the set of Superman: Man of Steel recently wearing what could be a really fashion-forward outfit, but is more likely a motion capture suit, indicating, of course, that there will be a CGI component to his character and the film at large. This is probably the least surprising news ever for a Zack Snyder film, but it’s a slow news day, so let’s make a humungous deal out of it, shall we?

When asked about the CGI component, Shannon originally dodged the question, but those little pingpong balls offered a window to a truth not even the Boardwalk Empire star could deny. After deflecting the question in an MTV interview, he came clean with Moviefone. Because who could lie to Moviefone?

Yeah, it’s one of the most humiliating garments that exists in the known universe, yes. It’s very tight. It has a variety of different colors and shapes on it and it makes you feel like you’re the court jester. And it’s funny because when I met with Zack we were talking about it before it started and he mentioned that there was going to be a lot of CGI, or whatever. I said, ‘Just don’t make me wear one of those silly suits.’ He said, ‘Oh, yeah, don’t worry, I know exactly what you’re talking about.’ I was like, ‘It’s going to be really hard for me to be intimidating if I have to wear one of those silly suits.’ He said, ‘I totally understand.’ Then I showed up and he’s like, ‘Dude, I swear to God, it’s going to be so bad ass when we done. Trust me, it’s going to be wicked.’ And, you know, people understand and you get used to it. The first day, you feel like you’re getting rushed by a fraternity… and then it wears off the next day. Because I’m not the only one wearing one – there are other people wearing them, too.

You held out as long as you could, Shannon. Moviefone has ways of making you talk.

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‘Superman’ Set Photos Aren’t That Super, Man http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/superman-set-photos-arent-that-super-man/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/superman-set-photos-arent-that-super-man/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2011 22:38:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=222958 This one goes out to our readers that are also fans of dilapidated depression-era agrarian architecture. SHOUT OUT!

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Because it’s an amazingly slow news day, we’ve got some set pics from Superman: Man of Steel. And while they don’t show much in the way of characters or action, this gallery more than makes up for it with three shots of the same house from the same angle. Before you ask yourself, “Why would someone do that?” let me share with you that the shadows on the house indicate that the pics wer taken at different times. So there.

We also see that the school buses belong to the Smallville School District. That’s right. They stenciled “Smallville” on perfectly good school buses, all in the name of authenticity. What commitment by Zach Snyder and Co.

All is not lost, though, because the house in question is the Kent family farmhouse. Out front is where Clark and his date got picked up from the prom, and off to the left, you can see the fence that Clark tried to climb over, and ended up tearing his scrotum. Not really, but admit you looked. Everyone knows that Superman‘s scrotum can only be torn with a kryptonite chainsaw. Duh.

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‘Total Recall’ And ‘Superman’ Pics Give Us Peeks Into A Futuristic World And A Smashed Truck, Respectively http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/total-recall-and-superman-pics-give-us-a-peak-into-a-futuristic-world-and-a-smashed-truck-respectively/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/total-recall-and-superman-pics-give-us-a-peak-into-a-futuristic-world-and-a-smashed-truck-respectively/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 20:14:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=220089 Geez, let the robot pee, for Pete's sake.

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We’ve got some set pics from both Total Recall and the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel. And it’s a good thing it’s not a contest because Man of Steel would lose. Bad. I’m not even sure if those are set pics or police photos of vandals in the parking lot. A windshield is smashed and a truck container gets a whole blown through it. That could be the work of Superman or a teenager with a baseball bat.

Total Recall, however, gives us what appears to be a robot clandestinely urinating in the corner, a few futuristic police cruisers (but sadly no Johnny Cabs), and some sort of bustling transportation hub, possibly the immigration office from the original.

Advantage: Total Recall.

But again, it’s not a contest. But if it was, Man of Steel would lose. Hard.

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Chris Meloni Transitions From Sex Crimes To ‘Man Of Steel’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/chris-meloni-transitions-from-sex-crimes-to-man-of-steel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/chris-meloni-transitions-from-sex-crimes-to-man-of-steel/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2011 02:07:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217913 He's so fresh off of 'SVU' that he'll probably be peppering his dialogue with "perps" and "buses" when he really just means "criminals" and "ambulances."

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Christopher Meloni has barely had time to get rape kits and semen samples off his mind before he’ll have to deal with Men of Steel. He’s just been tapped by Warner Bros to join the cast of Superman: Man of Steel in an unspecified role. Going off of the earlier news, it’s safe to assume that he won’t be the biological father of Superman, nor Pa Kent. He’s not Superman either, so we can rule out those roles.

Having seen Meloni on both sides of the law in SVU and Oz, I don’t immediately see him as strictly a hero or villain here, so this announcement still maintains some mystery. However, after seeing his chops in film and television, and drama and comedy, it’s exciting to see this guy progress to the next stage of his career.

Though if he doesn’t beat the hell out of at least one person in Superman – missed opportunity.

 

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Julia Ormond An Absentee Mom In ‘Superman: Man Of Steel’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/julia-ormond-to-play-an-absentee-mom-in-superman-man-of-steel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/julia-ormond-to-play-an-absentee-mom-in-superman-man-of-steel/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:38:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217640 This would have been a very interesting episode of "16 and Pregnant."

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Every superhero has a mom. Even the bastard ones. And it’s looking like Superman‘s mom, Lara Lor-Van, will be played by Julia Ormond in Superman: Man of Steel. She will have to be something of a superhero herself, as her screen husband will be Russell Crowe. I wonder if kryptonite could weaken his surly demeanor?

Of course, the new Superman will be played by Henry Cavill, who doesn’t quite look young enough to be Ormond’s son, but I’m sure it will work out just fine if you slather the two of them in makeup and put her in an apron or something.

The Crowe-Ormond paternity set will give birth to the wunderkind raised by the duo of Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Ma and Pa Kent, who seem a lot more middle-American and in keeping with the corn-fed image of the comic hero. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine Russell Crowe even being able to raise a goldfish, even with the help of Ormond. (Deadline)

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The DNA Results Are In: Russell Crowe Is Superman’s Dad http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-dna-results-are-in-russell-crowe-is-supermans-dad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-dna-results-are-in-russell-crowe-is-supermans-dad/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 19:21:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216226 Superman's mom liked to drink, so it was anyone's guess who the real father was.

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No wonder Superman is such a people-pleaser. He had Russell Crowe for a father. Christopher Nolan has signed on the surly Aussie to play Jor-El, the superhero‘s  biological father in the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel. Though nothing has been finalized, it is widely expected that Crowe will be confirmed shortly.

Production starts next month with Zack Snyder at the helm, so this decision came none too quickly. His son (Superman) will be played by Henry Cavill.

Now if they can only find a wife.

The final role to be cast is the role of Superman’s mom. How they haven’t already kidnapped Julianne Moore and dragged her to the set is beyond me. She would make an excellent mom for the Man of Steel. I don’t know if she could be a natural ginger for the role, but I’m pretty sure they have hair and makeup people that could handle that with ease. (Variety)

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Michael Shannon To Shoot Superman Creepy Glances http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-shannon-to-shoot-superman-creepy-glances/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-shannon-to-shoot-superman-creepy-glances/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:18:30 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206391 All hail General Zod.

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Michael Shannon, the actor who was born to creep us the hell out, has been cast as General Zod in Superman: Man of SteelZack Snyder, the director, stated in the official press release:

“Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”

Also, he’s effin’ creepy.

I added that last part.

Zod is a formidable foe for Supes, as he also hails from the same hood of Krypton and knows how they roll there. I personally think this is an inspired choice. Shannon is a terrific actor and it’ll be interesting to see him mix it up with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane. On film, that is. They’ll probably will stay far away from him when the cameras aren’t rolling.

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Snyder’s Superman To Be Separate From ‘Justice League’s’ Because That’s Not Confusing At All http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/snyders-superman-to-be-separate-from-justice-leagues-because-thats-not-confusing-at-all/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/snyders-superman-to-be-separate-from-justice-leagues-because-thats-not-confusing-at-all/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:30:27 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204704 Crisis on Infinite 'Superman' Movies

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Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot entitled Superman: Man of Steel was previously assumed to be part of Warner Brother’s ambitious Justice League Initiative. After all, what is Zack Snyder if not a company man? But it turns out that something even lamer is afoot. According to Snyder himself, the Justice League franchise will be altogether separate from the Christopher Nolan Batman series and the Snyder Superman series:

“Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with Superman, what they’ll do with Justice League will be its own thing with its own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool.”

Hey Warner Brothers, why not just give Superman and Batman a sitcom together if you don’t care how many of them are out there? I know that Superman and Batman have been corporate-owned characters for decades and their main purpose on this Earth is to make money, but this still strikes me as cheap. The only way this could be good news is if the two versions of Superman might one day fight each other. (via Hey U Guys)

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Zack Snyder Talks ‘Sucker Punch’ And ‘Superman’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zack-snyder-talks-sucker-punch-and-superman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zack-snyder-talks-sucker-punch-and-superman/#comments Sat, 26 Mar 2011 16:23:43 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203885 He breaks down those crazy action sequences.

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It’s a wonderful job I get to do. I see a crazy movie and have my opinion of it. Not only do I get to publish it, but I get to ask the director if I’m right. I was ready to analyze Zack Snyder’s symbolic artistic action movie Sucker Punch, from the fantasy of brothel dancers kicking ass in steampunk machine gun fantasies to the base story of a girl trapped in a mental institution.

I was connected to Snyder by phone in his home on Friday, opening day for Sucker Punch. He said he’d just gotten back from a Superman meeting and was flying out the next morning for international Sucker Punch press. He actually answered more questions about Superman than I expected him too.

Q: I’m sorry I have to ask this even after seeing the movie, but what exactly does “sucker punch” mean?

Zack Snyder: I think sucker punch sums it up for me. Look, literally it’s like a mechanism in the film that kind of brings us back into reality I think. But I think on the other hand, because the movie is a slight indictment – it talks about geek culture and pop culture, it talks about the why of the action cinema and stuff of that nature – it’s also a sucker punch because I kind of designed it that you go to this movie for entertainment and you get a little bit fucked up by it, hopefully.

Q: Is the plot supposed to be open to interpretation?

ZS: Oh, hugely. It’s all about that. She’s talking all about the movie when she says to Baby, “The dance” – meaning the action sequences – “should be more than just titillation,” which is in reference to other films I’ve made. When she says, “all that gyrating and moaning” which is basically all the slo-mo and all the action. It’s supposed to tell a story. Then she says, “My dance is personal. What is yours saying?” and “It says I’m going to be free” which is in reference to all the other, 300 or other action movies. The whole movie is like a show within a show and it’s all about the show within a show. Someone asked me, why are the girls dressed like that? I go, because if you’re indictment of male culture and on the other hand the idea that they’re in a brothel, so the people that are wanting the girls to dress like that are the men that go to brothel. When we see the action in the movie and the lights go down, the leering men sitting in a dark theater find girls that dress sexy and gyrate, and in my case that are gyrating with machine guns, that’s us! Anyway, and on and on.

Q: Do you expect some people will misread this and take it literally and actually accuse you of the things you’re commenting on?

ZS: Yeah, absolutely. They already have. So I don’t know what to do about that. I can only make the movie. I can only make the movie so that it’s multi-layered. I don’t want to make it boring and a lecture but I do want to slap your hand for liking it a little bit, if you do like it.

Q: Isn’t it also cool to just put crazy shit in a movie so that there’s crazy shit in the movie?

ZS: Absolutely, are you kidding me? Absolutely but I honestly think you can do both. I love crazy shit in a movie, don’t get me wrong. By the way, there is crazy shit in my movie. There is nutty, crazy shit in it but I’d like you to be able to have your cake and eat it too. I want you to be able to just go nuts and then also be able to sit with your friends afterwards and go, “No way, dude. You don’t get the socio-implications of this fuckin’ movie.” And the other guy going, “I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about!”

Q: What is your private fantasy life like?

ZS: I think you went to it. Did you see the movie? Strangely you get to know what mine is.

Q: It seems like we’re seeing several artists explore what fantasy means, from Pan’s Labyrinth to Black Swan. What do you think it is about this generation’s artists that they’re exploring that on film?

ZS: That’s an interesting question because I think it’s also interesting that fantasy for this generation is a not safe place. Maybe it’s because it has a little to do with the fact that the fantasies that we deal with are also product. You use part of yourself and that part of yourself is also something that you’re selling, so that is a scary and odd proposition that I think can cause anxiety and that anxiety can be manifested in cinematic landscapes that are threatening and/or dangerous.

Q: What moved you about the asylum story?

ZS: I like the threat of having your personality removed. Worse than death, the idea of your brain, the part of yourself that makes you private or unique is removed. Like in Planet of the Apes, Landon who gets his brain chopped out and then Chuck Heston is like, “What happened? They cut out your BRAIN!” I remember thinking that was really upsetting and freaky, and I kind of loved that. So I think that’s affected me at a young age. I thought that was fucked up. Then I remember I saw Frances and I saw One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I really started to think the idea of having your personality removed would be a horrible, horrible thing. Maybe that’s another reflection on cinema and being a filmmaker and you use that part of yourself as your commerce, as the thing that supplies you and makes you able to make movies. Maybe that’s a paranoid delusion that I have that someone might chop out my brain.

Q: It seemed like you’d done your comic book movies with 300 and Watchmen, but was Superman just too good to pass up?

ZS: Yeah, and in a lot of ways it’s a different thing for me. It’s a chance to do it for real. I think 300 and Watchmen are both particular in their graphic novels. I almost don’t even see them as superhero movies. I see them as they’re both novels. It’s all about the story and the way the story exists as a work of literature. For me, Superman is a whole other thing. He’s a character that we get to explore. I can make a movie that’s not an indictment but really a celebration of the character.

Q: Are you working with DC or is it all you, Nolan and Goyer?

ZS: It’s all me, Nolan and Goyer. I mean, I meet with the DC guys but they don’t really [get involved.] It’s all us figuring it out.

Q: I know you’re starting over, but did you like the Bryan Singer Superman Returns and the Richard Donner movies?

ZS: Yeah, I love the movie, I love the Superman character and I like the movie. It’s just we felt like we had to shed all that in order to start again and find the why of the character over.

Q: Do you imagine doing slow motion flying and fighting?

ZS: I don’t know. I think the thing I’ve been thinking about with this movie is that it’s kind of its own thing in a lot of ways. I guess we’ll see how the action unfolds but the way I talk about Superman, the way I’ve been talking to everyone about shooting it is trying to get Superman to exist in the real world and be a character that lives in our world. So it’s a much more realistic, it’ll probably be the most realistic movie I’ve ever photographed.

Q: And there’s no Lois in this version. Is that the reason to do it, to strip away the things we know?

ZS: Oh, there’s no Lois Lane? I didn’t know that. I don’t know what that means.

Q: You’ve cast well known actors in the supporting cast, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane. Is that a different way to approach the cast?

ZS: I just felt like Kevin and Diane are both amazing talents and they’re serious. I think it just sets the tone of what we’re trying to do.

Q: What is your schedule like the next few weeks, or year?

ZS: I go take the movie to Europe tomorrow. I fly out to Paris tomorrow. Then I go to London and Copenhagen. Then I come home and I just dig into Superman and we start shooting at the end of the summer.

Q: Do you do storyboards and drawings yourself?

ZS: Yeah, I’m drawing like crazy.

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Michael Shannon Considered To Play Superman’s Non-Luthor Enemy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-shannon-considered-to-play-supermans-non-luthor-enemy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-shannon-considered-to-play-supermans-non-luthor-enemy/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:16:43 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203528 Michael Shannon does not play a very convincing teenager.

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Michael Shannon is getting some heat here in Tinseltown (Hollywood). He’s rumored to be targeted as the villain in Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot/remake/adaptation, after three other leads (Clark, Ma, and Pa Kent) have been filled by Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, and Kevin Costner, respectively.

Shannon has garnered attention for playing perhaps the most somber man ever captured on film in “Boardwalk Empire,” so it’s a safe bet that if he is to get the role of villain, that character will be humorless to say the least. It’s uncertain what villain will appear in Superman: Man of Steel, but speculation is that Snyder will stay away from the Lex Luthor route, as it harkens back too much to the less-ballyhooed reboot a few years back.

Based on Shannon’s”Boardwalk Empire” work, I think the natural move here is to create a fundamentalist Christian villain that self-flagellates, then spends found money on hookers and booze. That is to say, a flawed villain. (Deadline)

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