RPG Post Posted April 13, 2011 Share Posted April 13, 2011 Superman: The Man Of SteelWhile I am not a big fan of Superman, the movie is important for DC; for superhero movies; for Zack Snyder, whose Sucker Punch tanked; and perhaps for huge budget blockbuster mentality in general. Superman will be an event film and DC is trying to prove they can make some comic book magic happen with any hero other than The Bat.The film has a rumored budget of $175 million, which is not considered extremely high anymore, and it is not going to lose money (except by Hollywood accounting standards) after domestic and foreign plus home markets are considered. But what would it really have to do to be considered a success? Dark Knight Returns grosses? Marketing can run anywhere from half again to equal to the production budget and suddenly the film really costs $300 million and it pulls in 250 million domestic and it's considered a failure.Zack Snyder is not known as a director of substance. All of his features are effects driven, action driven and facile at best when dipping into ethical or philosophical issues (if not downright misguided as many contend about 300 and Sucker Punch). [The Watchmen is a whole 'nother can of worms, but because of the original writer, not because of Snyder's direction.] This is not necessarily a bad thing, I have enjoyed his films up to Sucker Punch, which I have not seen, but Superman, at least in modern incarnations is possible a more complex character than The Bats. He grapples with being an alien, a god, alone (except for all of his surviving relatives, enemies, animals and random Kryptonians who show up for one issue) and responsible for ... truth, justice and a world way. Snyder does not seem to be the man to pull this off.And DC, what successes have they had apart from Batman and Superman films? Not Steel, not Catwoman, not Swamp Thing, not Jonah Hex or The Watchmen (another Snyder film). Marvel has been cranking them out but if Green Lantern and Man of Steel fail to live up to expectations, DC will have to covertly keep cranking out films like Red, V for Vendetta, Road to Perdition and other imprints.Nothing about this new film indicates that we are going to see anything special. Even the villain, revealed in the press release below, seems unlikely to be used in other than a superficial manner. Not that the villain couldn't be meaningful. There was one, apparently non-canon, run that certainly saw some ethical issues and a study of the nature of power but I would assume it is not to be the basis for this story.Warner Bros released a press release with the cast and some spoilers, if you do not want to know who the villain is.Click to reveal.. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Michael Shannon will star in the role of General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s new Superman film, titled “Man of Steel.”Snyder stated, “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.”As General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film. The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.Michael Shannon was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” from executive producer Martin Scorsese. He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’, “Take Shelter,” from director/writer Jeff Nichols.Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.“Man of Steel” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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