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What Kind of Superman will Henry Cavill be in 'Man of Steel'

"This is a Superman for a modern age. It's not betraying anything that Superman is, but it is grounding everything in reality. It's the story of this incredible being who can do incredible things, but whom we can associate with. Because he's gone through troubling stuff and had to make tough choices."
Says actor Henry Cavill on the kind of Superman he will be portraying in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed film, as well his research into playing the Man of Steel:
"I managed to piece together this character, maintaining that baseline and having all the differences and nuances that our script adds, [But] this is our own thing. Stand-alone. It's about Superman, but we're not copying from any one comic in particular. And that's a good thing, because it's an original story." (Total Film via io9.com )
I have a huge aversion to his claim that this is an "original story", but then again, I'll recognize (or not) when I see it. The thing is, in every on-screen-Superman sense thus far, there have been a slight … "stoic-ness" (aka a kind word for "emotionally vacant") when it comes to the Man in the Red Cape, whereas as "Clark Kent", the actor/s get to showcase more? And yes, I am sure being "stoic" and all, is also "acting", but being able to "fly" does not mean Clark can emote less LOL

All I see in the MoS trailers thus far, is a Superman in distress and dismay tho lol

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Superman and Lois Lane

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I have this theory - granted it might sound "sexist" at first, but bear with me … "Lois Lane" may be the "feisty reporter" strong independent woman the comicbooks have written her to be (and sometimes even overtly pain-in-the-ass with a bit too much "in-your-face" attitude, IMHO). The classic film-role depicted by Margot Kidder had her the definition of feisty, while Kate Bosworth's turn in "Superman Returns" had her a bit too weakened and putting up a front.

Now, for a purely masochistical manifestation of a "male power-trip", the desire to "protect" one's love - in this case Superman with Lane - is brought into play. And while folks might trumpet the allure of "true love" being the deciding force, I presuppose the notion of the character of Lois Lane, being in need of "protection", simply because she is "charmingly adorable" with a touch of "rescue me, please?" in her doe-eyed silent plea of walled vulnerability. You WANT to be able to want to "save" her, and cuddle her, ya know?

Margo was hardly lovable, and she'd more likely bite your ear off ... Kate seemed a tad vacuous, but she might whine until Clark punches himself in is own temple. And while looking at this pic featuring Amy Adams, she looks like she fits the bill, perfectly. I personally had not been convinced since knowing she had this role … but now? .. well, THAT, and I have a thing for "pencil-skirts" … LOL

(Image for the cover of "Total Film" via SlashFilm)

Justice League Movie Update (March 2013)


Christopher Nolan takes over DCU? Christian Bale + Henry Caville for Batman + Superman? Zack Snyder possibly directing Justice League movie? El Mayimbe over at Latino-Review drops a swell fanboy-scoop, and I am hella excited - EXCITED, I say!

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It comes as no huge "surprise" as rumors of Warner wanting Nolan to be a "Godfather" to DCU celluloid characters existed since 2012, and while he had maintained that he "was done with the Batman trilogy", most possibly as the "director", it in no way mentions he cannot "produce" the JL-film, did it? Would Nolan be the parallel to Joss Whedon for what he has done for The Avengers? El Mayimbe makes decent rationale in the video, IMHO. Time will tell, but yes, I'm hella excited either way, because we'll be having more superhero-themed movies! LOL

Second Official Trailer for MAN OF STEEL


Holding in my breathe as I clicked "Play", I relished in the haunting background vocals (which immediately flashbacked me to Ridley Scott films), and soaked in the tease that which is the second trailer for the Zack Snyder-directed The MAN OF STEEL - which sees more of the Superman in his blue and reds, more vignettes of scenes that seems to be shaping the mind and attitudes of "Clark Kent". I really cannot wait to see this film now.

Official Teaser Trailers for SUPERMAN: Man of Steel


Above is the "International" Teaser trailer for Superman: Man of Steel, featuring the voice-over of Russell Crowe - who plays "Jor-El", Superman's Kryptonian father in the movie. While the below teaser - showcasing exact same visuals - instead features the voiceover of Kevin Costner, as "Pa Kent", of planet Earth.

Am also somewhat liking it that "Clark Kent" aka "Kal-El" (played by Henry Cavill) does time working as a fisherman, which might further his depth of history and growing up as Superman, rather than the "privileged" kid growing up amidst a loving family down at the farm, IMHO.


FYI: Although it has been mentioned that the Man of Steel teaser plays before 'The Dark Knight Rises' in the U.S., it does not seem the case here in Singapore - or at least I did not get to see it yesterday at my screening.

Superman: Man of Steel at ToyFair 2013

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I KNOW I am naive to assume think, that genre-specific "superhero"-movies these days are about celebrating geekdom and a subculture where previously shunned, and of exciting stories to be (re)explored and harvested in it's golden glories … when the speculative-fact is, "toys" (or the selling of toys) might well be the catalysts for this happenstance. Seems costumes and sequences "are" designed to be made specifically for action figure-adaptation and playset-depictions, aren't they?

Be that as it may, I am pretty grateful to have superhero-flicks be common-place in this age in which I live in … altho sometimes I wish, the toys would not necessarily "spoil" the story / plot … here be snaps of SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL toys seen at the weekend ToyFair 2013 - from carded action figures above, to 1/6-scaled statues posted below. I would state "Spoilers Ahead", but you'd already know that…

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"Kneel before Zod!" = apparently this term was not uttered in this film … would've been "fun" tho :p
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(Carded/Boxed figures via www.comicbookmovie.com / 1/6 Statues of Jor-El, Zod, Faora and Superman via www.toyark.com)

Toy Fair Preview for MEZ-ITZ by Mezco: Superman Man of Steel

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MEZCO (www.mezcotoyz.com) previews in advance of their public display for the upcoming Toy Fair - featuring their MEZ-ITZ line of toys for DC Comic characters, featuring a 6" vinyl Superman, and mini 2" Mez-Itz figures featuring Superman, Jor-El and Zod from the upcoming MAN OF STEEL film (shown above / images via MTV Geek) available from April 2013.

Man of Steel: Superman 1/6 Iconic Statue by DC Comics x Gentle Giant Studios

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DC Collectibles solicits a MAN OF STEEL: SUPERMAN 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE -featuring the likeness of actor Henry Cavill in director Zack Snyder's upcoming feature film! Sized 13.25” high x 8.5” wide x 5.75” deep - this figure is sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, and have a Suggested Retail Price of US$129.95. Released date is scheduled for May 2013, so best check with your fav retailer/vendor for availability!

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Man of Steel' Toy TVCs Gives Away Movie Plot (Maybe?)

DISCLAIMER: The featured television commercials in this particular blogpost may reveal certain aspects of the upcoming MAN OF STEEL movie by director Zack Snyder, so there might be SPOILERS - so do view on with this warning!



A pair of tv commercials posted by Bleeding Cool revelas designs for Superman's 'Fortress of Solitude' and the notion that his arch nemesis in the movie, "General Zod", has a robot army, and a ship named "Black Zero" with gravitational power-function, might well give away the climax of the feature film. Does it matter, folks? You know you'l itch it anyways, right? LOL

New 'Superman Man of Steel' Poster

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New SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL poster image sees the caped crusader led away by soldiers in handcuffs? And with a singularly titled "MAN OF STEEL" too...
"Details on the plot of Warner Bros.' (latest) attempt to reboot one of their most lucrative franchises have been kept under wraps, though this new image looks like it reveals at least one major conflict in the new adventures of the Last Son of Krypton. The poster seems to indicate that he'll be taking the fall for some sort of crime, one for which he may or may not be directly responsible. Superman looks to be standing tall, which would indicate he hasn't been weakened by Kryptonite. So has the Big Blue Boy Scout willingly turned himself in to the authorities?" ~reported Bryan Enk for Yahoo!Movies.
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