While Joss Whedon is dropping new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers and then extended trailers and then additional cameos, we haven’t really heard anything from Zack Snyder’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice since Gotham’s finest caught a Stormtrooper stealing the Batmobile. In fact, both Snyder and J.J. Abrams have gone silent running after kicking off a Twitter battle of one-up-man-ship. Now the latest news from the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice set is coming from some fans checking out what’s filming in Yorkville, Illinois. That’s right, Yorkville is where Pa Kent (Kevin Costner) is buried and it looks like Bruce Wayne is there to pay his respects. (more…)
RETRO REVIEW – Tonight Is What it Means to Be Young: the Timeless Intensity of Walter Hill’s ‘Streets of Fire’
Welcome to the first installment in our revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. To kick off this nerdy canonical carousal, we bring you the ultimate rock & roll fever dream, Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire (1984)…
“Another Time. Another Place…”
This is the title card that opens Streets of Fire, Walter Hill’s absolutely bonkers “Rock & Roll Fable”. Blending the aesthetics of ’50s greaser gang films with the neon lit synths of ’80s arena rock, Hill creates a world that feels like a mirrored alternate dimension of our own. Streets of Fire is a teenager’s fever dream after taking acid and listening to too much Meat Loaf; our burly hero (Michael Paré) seeking his estranged, hair-tossing goddess of a lady love (Diane Lane), only to have her snatched away by a leathery lizard in patent leather overalls (Willem Dafoe) for the sole enjoyment of his nightmarish rulers of the city. Reality completely takes a backseat to aura-building, as Hill yet again confirms that pragmatism in filmmaking is truly overrated.
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.
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.
Source: L.A. Times
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 Nolan Batman 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.
Source: Coming Soon
Kal-El of Krypton is getting a new mommy.
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.
As usual we’re bombarded daily with tidbits of news about the biggest, brassiest super hero movies making their way to a theatre near you. How can you possibly keep track of all the goodies? No need to worry, Nerd Bastards is here to make sure any little detail about your favorite comic book flick doesn’t get lost through the cracks in the web.
In today’s round-up of super hero news we’ve got an interview with Michael Fassbender; Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer discussing X-Men: First Class sequels; some mild spoilers about The Avengers; more legal troubles for Warner Bros. over the ownership of Superman and Diane Lane had a chance to read the script, but only under intense supervision.
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The L.A. Times scored the exclusive news today that Amy Adams (Enchanted, The Fighter) has been cast as intrepid reporter, Lois Lane in Zack Snyder‘s reboot of Superman. She’ll be joining Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, whom she is nine years older than, and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as the Kents. Snyder made the call to Adams while he was in Paris promoting his most recent film, Sucker Punch.
There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.
It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance].
Other than that Snyder hasn’t gone in to any real detail about Lois’ role in the upcoming film. But that’s not really surprising, everyone’s been hard pressed to get any real detail about the new Superman out of Snyder. I know I’m excited about this casting even though I’m sure some twill think Adams and odd choice for Lois. First, she’s a red head. Of course she can wear a wig, or hell she could even play Lois as a red head, I don’t know of any written law where Lois must have dark hair.
Adams has proven her acting range with so many severely different roles. She’s cute, caring and charming as Giselle in Enchanted where she perfectly channels the characteristics of a Disney princesses like Snow White (coincidently another creation of the late 30s just like Lane). Adams played the spunky pilot, Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and the fierce bartender, Charlene in David O. Russel’s The Fighter. Let’s see, cute, charming, caring, spunky and fierce. Yep, I think she’ll be a perfect Lois. Plus, she’s gorgeous! Who doesn’t want to see this chick making super-babies with Henry Cavill?
source: L.A. Times
The more and more I hear about Zach Snyder‘s Superman reboot, the more I rub my nipples in excitement. Actually it’s the casting announcements hat have pleased me the most. With Henry Cavill (The Tudors) cast Supes, Kevin Costner rumored for Jonathan Kent, Viggo Mortensen (LOTR) and Daniel Day Lewis (Gangs of New York) as persons of interest for the role of General Zod, I feel like I owe my soul to the devil. This is dream casting we got hear. Clearly, Zach Snyder is not messing around.
Well, adding to the proposed A-List cast is Diane Lane (Secretariat, Jumper). She has just been cast as the other half of the Kent family, she is officially on board the film as Martha “Ma” Kent.
I have no complaints. She’s a fine actress and if I may add a fine looking MILF. Lane and Costner would make a great Ma and Pa Kent. Nice casting indeed.
One thing that does concern me, this film is lining up to have some heavy hitters. Seasoned vets that are gonna cost some bank to secure. This takes away from the films budget. Money that could go to other needed areas like special effects. And knowing what a visual masturbator Snyder is, he needs all the dough he can spare.
Hit the Jump for the full press release (via Coming Soon):