The story of Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, while saving Maid Marion from the clutches of Prince John has been around since the 15th century. It has been retold in film many times.
On November 22nd of this year another film reboots the story for a new generation.
Robin Hood (2018) stars Taron Egerton as a war hardened Robin, who along with Moorish commander Little John (Jamie Foxx), returns home from the Crusades to discover his homeland rife with corruption and evil. Jamie Dornan plays Will Scarlet, Eve Hewson as Maid Marion, Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck, Paul Anderson as Guy of Gisborne, and Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham round out the strong cast.
With the release of the first official trailer this film looks to ignore substance for the sake of style. Hollywood seems intent on continuing the trend of making flashy looking action films over historically accurate dramas (the recent King Arthur film comes to mind).
To help wash away the bad taste the trailer leaves here is a list of some of the Robin Hood films of the past worth watching:
Look! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s three fat guys talking about Superman!
Jason Tabrys, Jeremy R! Hudson, and Blastr’s Matthew Jackson join up for the latest, most epicest edition of the BastardCast since the last time they joined up for a podcast, and like Zack Snyder and The Man of Steel, they don’t give a damn about how much destruction they cause!
Cheap shot? #SuckIt because these guys are a porridge table of feels when it comes to Warner Bros. new superhero spectacle — one is too hot for it, another is cool to it, and Jason is a bowl of steaming rage.
What’s that, you want to know more about this thing you’re about to put in your ears? Fine, the guys are breaking down what they think Superman is, how they feel the filmmakers either flew or fell, Superman’s responsibility to humanity and the responsibility of the character to be accessible, and why this destroyed city is different than the countless others that have flashed on our screens.
Also on the cast: the kiss and quip among the ashes of Metropolis, the Will Arnett Engine, Dildo space ships, the best way to kill Kevin Costner (in a movie), Russell Crowe on a dragon, and Superman’s Vader “No!”.
Actor/director Kevin Costner had a bit of a spell a few years ago having made two back-to-back post-apocalyptic duds, moreover they were also critical bombs. The films were Waterworldand The Postman, and while The Postman was an out-and-out box office armageddon, Waterworld was doubly disastrous because of its then exorbitant budget, which ironically is the current price tag for the average Hollywood blockbuster.
While out fronting for Man of Steel, Costner talked about his past blunders, and he feels that they’re not so bad, and he thinks you shouldn’t think that they’re so bad either. First up, The Postman, which is by far the most beaten up of the two films:
“Well, I always thought it was a really good movie! I always thought I probably started it wrong. I should have said something like ‘once upon a time.’ Because it was just like a modern-day fairy tale — it wraps itself up with a storybook ending with the statue. You know, I thought it was a pretty funny movie set against the idea of a Superman — somebody stepping up. But in this case, it’s a very humble guy whose nothing but a liar [laughs] — delivers mail and burns half of it just to stay alive. So, I like the movie.”
As for Waterworld, that one has actually become better thought of with time. But Costner still thinks we can be nicer towards it.
“It just is what it is. But it stands up as a really exotic, cool movie. I mean, it was flawed — for sure. But, overall, it’s a very inventive, cool movie. It’s pretty robust.”
Well that’s one word for it. What do you Bastards think of Costner’s career?
Entertainment Weekly features a closer look at one of the blockbuster movies coming out this summer, Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. There’s an interview questions and answers from Snyder, Henry Cavill ( Superman), and Amy Adams (Lois Lane), along with a gallery of new production stills.
Snyder starts off the interview with a bombshell quote that will spark forum discussions between Superman fanboys and girls everywhere.
“I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.”
That’s a big departure from previous Superman movies, but overall it’s a good thing. Kryptonite is a cheap crutch to add tension when dealing with a character that is essentially impervious. This time around Snyder intends to look at Superman’s emotional vulnerability.
Cavill explains the how and why Superman might have trouble dealing with these emotional issues:
“Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties.”
This time around Superman isn’t comfortable with his god-like powers. In the film, his adoptive parents, Ma and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner, Diane Lane), warn Clark not to use his immense strength, even in life threatening emergencies. They feel that not everyone would be as accepting of him and his powers, as they are. That leads us to a Clark Kent that has grown up feeling isolated, constantly hiding who and what he is. As much as I hate this thought, we’re going to get an Emo-Superman, and we’re probably gonna love it.
One of the reasons Superman will be able to step up to the challenge that General Zod brings will be his growing connection to Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. How can she relate to a Superman adrift in a sea of inner conflict?
“I think she’s (Lane) very transient. She’s ready to pick up and go at a moment’s notice, I think that definitely could be part of what she sees in Superman — not really laying down roots, not developing trust.”
The article goes on to reveals that, even on Krypton, Superman, Kal-El’s birth is considered to be “special,” so special that it “caused alarm” across Krypton. Could that mean Superman’s powers in Man of Steel will be unrelated to his Kryptonian DNA? Perhaps his powers are a result of his scientist father, Jor-El’s (Russell Crowe) scientific work?
It would help explain how Superman can defend the Earth from not only General Zod (Michael Shannon), but numerous other Kryptonian enemies. Perhaps Zod’s “superpowers” come from his Kryptonian armor and advanced alien technology. We’ll have to wait and see how that plays out.
I’m looking forward to seeing what else Snyder pulls out of his directorial bag of tricks in Man of Steel. Check out the gallery below for a closer look at what we’ll see this summer.
The first full length trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man Of Steel has hit the Internet and I have to say that it may have rekindled the ashes of my desire to see the movie. Listening to Kevin Costner‘s voice as he (Jonathan Kent) tries to raise his adopted son to become the man . . . no, the HERO, the world deserves sent chills down my back.
We only get a couple of glimpses at what may turn out to be the villain of the piece and a few glances at Superman using his powers, but the over all feeling I get from this trailer is one of hope. Hope that Snyder may have gotten it right. Hope that Henry Cavill can take a place beside Christopher Reeves and others who have successfully taken on the mantle of Superman.
The Man Of Steel flies it’s way onto theater screens June 14th, 2013
Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Coinciding with the re-release of Watchmen “Ultimate Cut” on Blu-ray this week, director Zack Snyder spoke with L.A. Times about the serious tone we can expect in Man of Steel.
“It’s a more serious version of Superman,” he says. “It’s not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you’re going to see a Superman you’ve never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made. He’s the king-daddy. Honestly that’s why I wanted to do it. I’m interested in Superman because he’s the father of all superheroes. He’s this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we’ve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It’s been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully.”
Well, that was nice. Hearing Snyder speak about the character with such vigor is convincing. Truthfully, I believe Snyder has a better understanding of Superman than most.
Supes is a hard egg to crack. Literally, he’s indestructible. Quite frankly, though, he’s not as compelling as other superheroes out there. Simply for the fact that he lacks conflict. Think about it, interest comes from tension, and tension from conflict. Yes, Supes has had few moral dilemmas here and there, but truly, what affecting conflict do you find in an indestructible, incorruptible, morally absolute, god-like character? Not much, I’ll tell you.
Snyder took one of the most horrendous jobs ever… making Superman interesting. Perhaps Snyder has crafted a version of Superman that can finally be seen as one of us. A man with more vulnerable weaknesses than just a stick of kryptonite.
Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon,Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Michael Kelly, Richard Shiff, Russell Crow and written by David S. Goyer hits theaters June 14th, 2013.
In a movie, music is everything. Even with a stellar cast, strung together with strong writing and insane visuals, a movie could become unwatchable without a banging musical score. Thankfully, if your Hollywood blockbuster is lacking that musical touch then Hans Zimmer is the man to call.
With over 100 film scores to his credit, including Rain Man, The Last Samuari, Inception and the entire Christopher NolanBatman franchise, Hans is a natural choice when it comes to making beautiful music. So contrary to reports from last year, Zimmer has been called up once again to score the upcoming Man of Steel feature film. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, Hans said:
My heart belongs to Batman… I wouldn’t even know how to go and give voice to it [Man of Steel].
But that was then. Now that his work on The Dark Knight Rises is finished, Variety is reporting that Zimmer has signed on to create the score for the Warner Bros. reboot. It’s going to be tough though, since Zimmer must contend with the iconic theme to Richard Donner‘s original Superman from 1978, created by John Williams. Does this mean he’ll be revamping the 34 year old theme currently humming in your head (we’re doing that too)?
[It] happens to be one of his greatest themes…So no. And I’m not thinking of rewriting Beethoven’s ninth either. It just sounds like a thankless task, you know? So that’s unequivocally a no.
Zack Snyder is one lucky man. Not only does he get to use the theme associated with one of the greatest DC characters of all time, but one of the greatest living composers today will bring it back to theaters. Whatever brought on this change of heart will probably be mentioned in the near future, should Hans ever release a statement as to why he signed on.
Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Russell Crowe, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Laurence Fishburne and Richard Schiff hits theaters June 14th.
With the release of Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot, The Man Of Steel, still more than a year away (June 14th, 2013) news from the film is still pretty light. We saw Legendary Pictures dump to two things on the ‘net today. A slightly reworded synopsis and a new hi-res version of the previously released ‘S’ shield/logo.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.
Hit the jump to read the previously released synopsis for comparisons sake and get a gander that the hi-res logo in all its dark gritty grittiness.
For months now, we’ve seen everything from official images, production shots and practically everything else from Zach Snyder‘s upcoming Man of Steel. What we haven’t got, is a trailer. Seriously, principle photography has been wrapped for a while now, what’s the hold up? Well, according to Comic Book Movie a trailer may soon be on the way. The site received a very in-depth description of a “in-the-works” trailer.
Keep in mind that what you you’re about to read comes from a uncredited source who worked on the film. Even if it is true, the described trailer is a rough cut. It could be cut completely different between now and time of release.
[WARNING: The following contains spoilers, if you’re not ready for what’s ahead then by all means skip and forget this even exists]
Veteran actress of TV and Film, Julia Ormond (CSI: New York, Benjamin Button) was set to star as the Kryptonian mother of DC comics Superman in the new, Zack Snyder directed, Man of Steel. For reasons unknown, the director made a last minute decision to replace her.
The new Lara Lor-Van will now be portrayed by stage and film star Ayelet Zurer. If you’re saying “Who’s that?” you’re not alone.
Her name may be fading you, because the last film Ayelet was in was the 2009 biblical thriller Angels & Demons, the chick who runs around with Tom Hanks for 2 hours.
Could it be that Snyder’s faster then a speeding bullet decision was all due to age and experience, or did Ormond have some Kryptonite in her vagina?
Ayelet, 42, barely look’s like she cracked her 30’s compared to Julia’s 46. Ayelet also has some actual military training. Jor-El must love a woman that can handle shooting off a few rounds (zing!).
Zurer will begin filming immediately alongside Russell Crowe, Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El, in the $175 million Warner Bros/Legendary film due out June 14, 2013.
Man of Steel Stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer.