The Man of Steel

Live from Hall H, our Dev Richards will be live blogging all of San Diego Comic-Con’s biggest panels including Django Unchained, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, and Iron Man 3. Below is the blow by blow of what is going on at the Man of Steel panel.

3:41 Zack Snyder takes the stage.

3:45 About to show footage. Snyder says he wanted people to put themselves in Superman’s shoes and feel his vulnerability.

3:47 The clip is fantastic, dark and not at all hokey. The flight scenes are rather amazing and suit looks sleek and oddly classic. The hair has that good old fashioned pomp. The whole thing had a grey washed feel to it.

3:49 Henry Cavill takes the stage.

3:50 The audience is asking questions. Snyder is asked why he wanted to make a Superman movie, Snyder is vaguely vague and seems a bit bored [Editors note: felt the same way during Watchmen]

3:51 He is asked which arc they used, he is non-specific and says that they mashed them together.

3:55 There’s no crying at Comic-Con! A guy was just crying while asking about the villain, Chris Hardwick (The Moderator) hugged him and Snyder gave him a slightly rude answer. Hardwick hug > Director rudeness.

3:56 Showing the same footage again.

3:58 Zod! I missed it the first time. He looks Romanesque.

4:02 The other ultimate question is asked: Who would win in a fight between Snyder’s Superman and Nolan’s Batman? Snyder says “Look, I love batman. He’s literally awesome. But…….really?”

4:05 Cavill is asked what he read to prepare for the role and also if he will give her his SDCC name card (despite that not being allowed). He says Death of Superman, Superman Returns, and Red Son. Then he gives her the name card, so, you know, keep an eye on eBay or something.

4:07 A very muscular fellow asks Cavill how he got so buff. Cavil says he spent an extra hour at both the beginning and ending of the day. Suddenly I am in a Golds Gym.

4:09 There is a question about whether or not there will be a Justice League movie: Snyder says “Superman is the jewel in DC’s crown. Right now were getting his house in order and then we will see.”

So ends the Man of Steel panel. Check out our continuing LIVE BLOG coverage of The Hobbit and Iron Man 3.

With The Dark Knight Rises out in a couple of weeks and The Man of Steel due next summer, both with his hand prints all over them, it seemed that filmmaker Christopher Nolan is the man to give DC Comics heroes the proper cinematic treatment they deserve. Just one problem: Nolan doesn’t want the job.

While doing a round of interviews for TDKR this past weekend, Nolan was asked if he had been approached, or if he was at all interested, in getting behind the proposed Justice League movie. “I’ve got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any Justice League project,” Nolan told the Associated Press. And yes, that includes Batman.

“Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours,” says Nolan about the next phase of Batman on film. “Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they’re going to do with him. We’ve had our say on the character.”

That’s a shame, because it seems that Nolan is the only one that knows what they’re doing with the DC Comics characters. I guess we’ll see what comes with the Nolan-produced, Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel, because if it’s a hit with Nolan’s seal on it, there maybe a dump truck full of money in Nolan’s future to get him onboard a Justice League flick.

Source: EW

‘Man of Steel’ Release Pushed to 2013

Warner Brothers announced Thursday that the release date for the new Zack Snyder-helmed Superman flick, The Man of Steel, has been pushed from a 2012 release to a June 14, 2013 release.

Hopefully this is just an indication that Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan want to do things right or not do them at all, but who knows at this point. The film’s cast, which so far includes Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, is still on bard…we think. As far as what this means for the franchise, Mike Garrett over at Deadline had an interesting point to make:

The distribution calendar is just forming for films that far in advance, but what’s also interesting about that date is it strays close to the expiration of certain rights that revert back to the estates of creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Warner Bros has spent a fortune defending its position to keep the Superman rights–some say as much as $25 million in legal fees–but right now it looks like there will be a splitting of rights between the creator estates and DC Comics. As long as the film has been shot, Warner Bros won’t have problems releasing the films, but you don’t reboot Superman to make one movie, so there will likely have to be some stunning court decision or a major payday for those heirs if Man of Steel is to soar in a trilogy of movies.

So now even if it tanks, the flick is automatically more expensive and logistically difficult?  At least The Dark Knight Rises is on schedule.