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Leave to the internet to look for something that probably isn’t there, but the rumor du jour suggests that some cunning visual effects people slipped in a couple of seconds of footage in Man of Steel where new Superman Henry Cavill morphs into 80s Superman Christopher Reeve. The effect is subtle, that is to say I can’t see it, but the below GIF does make it look as though there was some kind of tinkering. Or perhaps it’s just the lighting effect of the scene in question.

Judge for yourself:

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Could you see the difference? As Uproxx noted, perhaps the reason some people see a bit of Reeve in Cavill in this image is because the two kind of look alike and are playing the same character. Reeve played Superman in four films between 1978 and 86, but was paralyzed in a horse ridding accident in 1995. He died due to complications from those injuries in 2004, but not before appearing twice in the Superman-as-a-teen TV series Smallville.

No official work from director Zack Snyder or any of the hundreds of visual effects artists who worked on the movie, but for my part I say look for this to become a part of the Hollywood urban legends set along with the Three Men and a Baby ghost and the Munchkin who hanged himself. Or not. What do you Bastards think?

Source: Screen Crush

Everyone who has watched Superman II can quote the famous line, “Kneel before Zod,” that actor Terence Stamp says in his fight with the late Christopher Reeve‘s Superman.

It’s a line that demands respect and has been uttered in countless parodies in the years since the film’s release, giving the line itself a cult status. While doing an interview on VH1’s Big Moring Buzz Live Michael Shannon, who has taken over the role of General Zod in Man of Steel, may have shattered the hopes of thousands of Zod fans revealing, “I don’t say that in the movie,” when asked about quoting the famous line in the reboot.

Now we know Zack Snyder is trying to update the franchise but “Kneel before Zod” is synonymous with Stamp’s role and it has to be said. It’s one of those lines that should be carried on in some way, much like what was done for Martin Sheen and the reworking of, “With great power comes great responsibility,” in The Amazing Spider-Man. Hopefully the line will be used in some variation to make it Shannon’s own, if anything Snyder can at least give people this:


Your welcome Zack, use something like that and you’ll calm a planet of angry nerds.

Special thanks to Blastr for spreading the word of Zod. Check out Shannon’s original interview with VH1 below,

It’s a debate that has echoed through the halls of nerdom for ages. Who would win in a fight between Superman and the Hulk. Now, thanks to YouTuber mhabjan we’re a step closer to knowing the answer thanks to his epic CGI skills. After the jump is part two (you can see part one here, great to see the evolution of the models too) in what looks like a 3 part all out drag out brawl between the not so jolly green giant and the man of tomorrow. Hats off to the creator too for using Christopher Reeve as Superman and not using anything to remind us of 2003’s Ang Lee directed Hulk.

Place your bets and hit the jump!

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hey, what’s the opposite of Christopher Reeve? Christopher Walken (ba dum chhh!). OK, that joke was old and so not relevant. ‘Cause Reeve is like dead and all, but I’ll tell you that’s a hell of a lot more entertaining that today’s piece of pointless news.

As you know, Henry Cavill (The Tudors) has been cast in Zach Snyder‘s ‘Superman’ reboot. Eh, good looking guy. Square jaw, smooth skin, well treated hair, and piercing yet lovable eyes (NO HOMO!). I can see why he landed the role. Anyway, because the film hasn’t begun production yet, but perhaps as a response to the rumors that the movie is having script problems, Warner Bros have decided to issue a pic of Henry Cavill in his Superman persona for the new cover of Entertainment Weekly. It’s not Henry Cavill as Superman, exactly, but it is him wearing a t-shirt with a Superman “S” logo on the chest.

Yep, consider the above image your first glimpse at Superman. Astonished? Oi! it’s a slow news day.

Here’s one funny tidbit that also came from the mag. Snyder talked how he wanted to see possible Supermen in the old-school suit that classic film Superman Christopher Reeve wore years ago, so they put Henry Cavill in a replica:

If you can put on that suit and pull it off that’s an awesome achievement… He walked out, and no one laughed. Other actors put that suit on, and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go ‘Wow.’ Okay: This was Superman.’

I wonder if Cavill will be subject to the curse of Superman. The Superman Curse refers to a theory that is based on a series of misfortunes that have plagued creative people involved in adaptations of Superman in various media, particularly actors who have played the role of Superman on film and television.

The curse in a nutshell:

If you play the strongest man on Earth, you will either die an untimely death or end up in the weakest position possible.

Good luck, fucker.