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The Man of Steel - Next Superman Movie

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So with stuff actually happening on this front for the first time in a while, I thought it was appropriate to begin a pin thread for it.

The other week, WB/DC officially announced that Batman Begins/Dark Knight director Chris Nolan has been put in charge of the Superman franchise as well. Though not expected to direct the film, he's likely to produce, and in the mean time is operating in what's been dubbed a 'mentor' capacity to the troubled Superman film franchise.

Today comes word that David Goyer, who is part of the story/writing team for Begins/TDK, has been hired to pen the next Superman film.

Rumor is it will be title 'The Man of Steel' which has been the rumor for years.

It will not be connected in any way to Superman Returns. Brandon Routh, Bryan Singer, have no involvement now or likely in the future.

It's a bit of a reboot, without re-treading the origin story ground.

Word is they're basing things off the settings and atmosphere from the 1986 mini-series of comics, ironically, also title 'The Man of Steel'...

The 'John Byrne incarnation' of Superman mentioned above refers to acclaimed author/comic writer Byrne's reboot of the character in the comics in 1986 in a six-part mini-series entitled, funnily enough, 'The Man of Steel'. Byrne took the character back to basics by significantly reducing Superman's powers. In this incarnation his foster parents are still alive, Clark Kent himself is more of an extrovert, there is no Fortress of Solitude and people are unaware of Superman having an alter-ego (thus aren't suspicious of Kent).

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So no sequel to Superman Returns, then?

How awful.

And the same folks who've ruined Batman of late?

Disaster.

I'll steer well clear, ta.

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So no sequel to Superman Returns, then?

How awful.

And the same folks who've ruined Batman of late?

Disaster.

I'll steer well clear, ta.

I'm hoping that you're being sarcastic, dry-humor type... cause otherwise... I have to question you sanity!

Nolan and Company SAVED Batman. Big Time. :P

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So no sequel to Superman Returns, then?

How awful.

And the same folks who've ruined Batman of late?

Disaster.

I'll steer well clear, ta.

I'm hoping that you're being sarcastic, dry-humor type... cause otherwise... I have to question you sanity!

Nolan and Company SAVED Batman. Big Time. :P

Sure looks like Sarcasmo in extremis to me... (he says, hopefully :loopy:) although the lack of sanity has never really been in question ;)

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Doesn't look much like sarcasm....and I usually have a pretty good detector. *pokes* Either way, we all know Glenn is nuts. ;)

Not really into super hero stuff, but this does look interesting. Hope its not as extremely long as The Dark Knight, though. Really long movies are difficult for me to sit through. The 3 hours was pushing it a wee bit!

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Doesn't look much like sarcasm....and I usually have a pretty good detector. *pokes*

Sarcasm Detector? You sure you haven't overloaded it by going too close to Comic Book Guy? :P

Either way, we all know Glenn is nuts. ;)

True dat!

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No, Glenn actually disliked Dark Knight, Doug. :laugh:

Seriously, he did.

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gee,what ever happen to brandon routh?,havent seen him in anything since superman returns,If if next SM movie flops will the studio start again or will they buried any future SM productions?.

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Routh has done a few things. Lots of smaller roles. It isn't too often that an actor who launches himself through a caped crusader does a smash hit out of the box career. Christopher Reeve certainly had difficulty in later years (pre-accident) as well.

As far as the future... the odds of this next film flopping when it's doing a formula many have stated should be followed - new story, new 'universe', no 'baggage' of previous films, glossing over the 'origins' story - and also being mentored by the very successful Chris Nolan, with a story/script by David Goyer who helped revive the once-thought-doomed Batman feature franchise with 'Begins'... I doubt it will fail.

If anything, this 'Superman' film is akin to 'Batman Begins' -- it's a reboot with a different style and take, people who've done it successfully. The last film 'Returns' was, in truth, the last gasp of the Reeve years, and I fear done more out of homage to him and the 70s films than in an attempt to revitalize the franchise.

That said, if it did flop? I predict we won't see Supes back on the big screen on his own for at least 15-20 years after it. It's failure doesn't mean the end of big screen Supes though, as word is following this Supes film, they want to finally do a Justice League movie, which would obviously strongly involve the man of steel.

Truth be told, 'Smallville' has sort of become the 00's generation of the Superman story, without it ever intending to be. WB/DC waited too long between films and started a very good series in 'Smallville' at the right time, when demand was high. 'Smallville' has since fallen into gray territory and certainly has issues, but it was perfectly timed then.

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New Interview with Nolan, where he talks "Batman 3" and "Man of Steel" -- the Superman stuff is over in the Batman 3 thread.

So what exactly is his involvement in the new "Superman"? Nolan says David Goyer pitched him a new approach to the Man of Steel one day, and Nolan "thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I had been able to conceive of how you would address Superman in a modern context."

He took that idea to Warners, they liked it and now "It's something we were just trying to put together a vision for, and then find the right person to take it forward... it's not something for me to direct."

Like his take on "Batman" which went back to the character's darker and more serious roots, Nolan says that approach is what's needed with Superman - "what makes those the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who those characters were when they were created and when they were first developed. And you can't ever move too far from that."

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Production on "The Man of Steel" is ramping up, and a director has been chosen. Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) lobbied for the chance to direct the next "Superman" flick about a year or two ago, and has also spoken about a desire to do a "Dark Knight Returns" film as well. He's been officially selected by WB/Chris Nolan to direct the new flick.

Nolan himself will indeed serve as a Producer as has been speculated. David Goyer, one of the writers of "Batman Begins" who generated the idea for this new film, took it to Nolan, who went to WB with it and go the ball rolling, is writing the script.

Production has to move quickly, as certain copyrights lapse back to the heirs after 2013 or some such, so they have to move "faster than a speeding bullet" -- pun so intentional there.

General Zod is rumored to be the villain. I'd prefer Braniac or some such, but Zod is way better than Luthor.

Brandon Routh is also now all but officially *OUT* of contention. He will 99% not be returning. Which is no surprise, and something I'm thankful for.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/18401/zack-snyder-officially-set-for-superman-

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Hans Zimmer will indeed be scoring the picture. He's previously said, about a month ago, he would not re-use the Reeve Superman theme.

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Oh, god, please not Hans Zimmer. Now this will be exactly like TDK. I'm kinda disappointed already that they picked Zack Snyder, now Hans Zimmer is scoring. Next thing you know, I'll probably be totally pissed about who they cast. This is going all downhill... the best part was hearing that Dave Goyer was writing. Then the rest all went to s***. :glare:

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Hans Zimmer tells full details that despite all the online reporting saying he's scoring Zac Snyder's upcoming "Superman" film, he's not doing it.

Zimmer says the online reports were based on "some dirty quote taken out of context" and it's mostly because he worked on Chris Nolan's "Batman" films.

Asked straight up if he's doing it, Zimmer says "unequivocally a no. I have never spoken with Zack Snyder... My heart belongs to Batman. I wouldn’t even know how to go and give voice to it [superman]. I haven’t thought about it."

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He's been cast!

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Henry Cavill is the new Superman.

It's official - Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed and Christopher Nolan-produced "Superman" reboot.

British thesp Cavill ("The Tudors," "Whatever Works," "Stardust") previously came close to scoring the role in "Superman Returns" when McG was to direct, but ultimately missed out when Bryan Singer took over and cast Brandon Routh.

The 6'1, 27-year-old model and actor was also up for the role of James Bond in "Casino Royale" alongside Daniel Craig and Sam Worthington, Craig eventually winning the part. In recent years he's become known for his role as Charles Brandon, the close friend of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) on Showtime's "The Tudors".

Photo-Manip from Fansite:

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Blech... I still want Jon Hamm as the Man o' Steel. Feels kinda weird with an English actor playing Superman. Superman's supposed to be the embodiment of America; truth, justice, all that stuff. It just seems... odd. Sorry.

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But the real awesome news off the rumor mill: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn, LOTR; A History of Violence, The Road, Eastern Promises) may be cast as General Zod! :happy:

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Kevin Costner is Jonathan Kent.

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Pretty cool stuff. I was never the biggest fan of Superman, but it definitly deserves new breath to it. I hope they make this a bit better than their last movie...

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Here's our new General Zod for The Man Of Steel.

KNEEL BEFORE... a dude from Boardwalk Empire? :dontgetit:

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The casting for this film is really starting to worry me...

Kevin Costner?

Diane Lane is too Young for Martha Kent

Amy Adams is too Old for Lois Lane

and now this guy?

He looks like he fell out of the ugly tree, to be blunt.

And we've had Zod! Give us a new villain FFS!

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People just can't seem to get out of Superman II mode. :giggle:

Think of it this way: Star Trek II is the best of the Trek films, so it's that film's formula that gets replicated/rehashed/recycled the most. Superman II was the best Supes film. Therefore, it's the formula to get the most replicated/rehashed/recycled.

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I say ditch this crap, and make a sequeal to Smallville called "Metropolis" where we see that smallville cast reunite with Clark WEARING THE SUPERMAN OUTFIT!!!! I mean, why are studios this darn stupid? Warner Bros, give us a super man series. Warner Bros give us a damn BAtman series. IT CAN WORK. Just od it right dammit.

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Yeah, I kinda agree. After watching the Smallville finale and

hearing the amazingly classic John Williams Superman theme while Tom Welling pulled his shirt apart to reveal the outfit

I said to myself, and my mom and uncle with whom I watched it, "Yeah, the new Superman movie is gonna suck." Both of them didn't know a new one was being made and the first thing my uncle asked was if Tom Welling and the Smallville crew were involved. I sadly said no and went on to explain what it would be about, who was directing, producing, etc. They didn't give a crap. The way the series finale was crafted and handled showed me that this crew, for the last ten years, had a great passion for Superman. I'm sorry that Tom Welling thinks he may be typecast because he's been Superman for ten years, but he's made a damn fine Superman in recent times and will still be leagues better than anything Zach Snyder and Chris Nolan throw at us. Nolan can give us Batman, Snyder can give us Watchmen, but leave Superman to people who love him.

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Ugh...

Rumored casting for Jor'El? Russel F'ing Crowe... :rolleyes:

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This is sounding worse and worse, I don't care if Chris Nolan's involved. :glare:

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