Posts Tagged ‘man of steel’

IN DEFENSE OF: Ben Affleck as Batman

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

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A week ago today it was announced that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel [my review].   The anticipation for a Batman/Superman movie has been hard for fans; the endless rumors and teases (like this Easter egg) have put a drain on the whole idea.  So when it was announced the movie was a go, the Internet could hardly contain itself.

So instead of anticipation in the air, there is instead focus on the casting of Affleck.  The hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck blew up as people shared their disdain for the casting choice.

It is similar to the backlash that Heath Ledger received for being cast as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.  He was a pretty boy who kissed another man in a romantic movie once, so nuts to that right?  Well, that was acting, great acting actually.  He acted brilliantly then and once again in The Dark Knight, he won Oscar for the role and shut a lot of people up in the process.  Fans were also not very pleased with Tim Burton’s choice of Michael Keaton as Batman in his 1989 film, but that turned out just fine.  Is it that much different from Affleck?

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Ben Affleck to Play Batman in MAN OF STEEL Sequel, Set For July 17, 2015

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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Well I’m stunned.  The Daredevil himself is stepping up to play another superhero.  Ben Affleck will be switching comic books to play Batman in the untitled Man of Steel sequel. The film will bring Superman and Batman together for the first time on screen and is set to open July 17, 2015.

I have to say I didn’t even think of him as a possibility, but I think this works.  Affleck has matured as an actor and as great director, he’s ready for this.  The Internet is sure to explode with its own opinions and reactions that fair or not, this movie is happening folks.

As reported by The Wrap, Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. said:

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” added director Synder. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

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FYI: Affleck has played Matt Murdock (Daredevil) as well as George Reeves playing Superman in Hollywoodland.

Read the full press release from Warner Bros. below:

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Warner Bros. Officially Announces Superman/Batman WORLD’S FINEST Movie

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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It’s official folks, Superman and Batman will team up in a live-action movie and sooner than you might think – 2015!  Warner Bros. will develop the project as a sequel to Man of Steel, which means Henry Cavill will return as Superman. Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer will return as director and writer respectively. Christopher Nolan is expected to return as a producer.

It was not too long ago I was reminded of this project in our Easter Egg post and now it’s really happening, I don’t know what to think – I can’t see it yet.  These two icons of culture together, interacting on the big screen…yowza.  WB is also planning for Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.  We know Christian Bale has no plans to return to Batman (at this point), so who will play the caped crusader this time around?  Joseph Gordon-Levitt had an opening, but it’s a tall order – he may not be ready in the studios eyes.

Check out the full press release below:

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Book Review: MAN OF STEEL – The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

ManOfSteelTitan Books sent us a copy of Man of Steel, here is our review.

It’s rare for me to see a novelization in stores, I know they exist; what’s even more rare is for me to want to read them.  They are basically a paperback rewrite of the shooting script.  Man of Steel is a quick and easy read and if you have seen the movie like me, you will find it all too familiar.  For those who haven’t see the film or don’t want to but feel like reading it, you won’t be disappointed either.

The novel expands upon and even clarifies what happened in the movie. You understand much more of Lois’s inner thoughts about Clark, as well as Clark’s torment at the end of his battle with Zod.  It adds scenes that aren’t in the movie, and explains anything in the movie that was slightly confusing. I’m assuming that these added scenes will be included in the “Director’s Cut” on Blu-ray.

It’s well written (by Greg Cox) and certainly a nice companion piece to a great movie.  Someone people are reading this with the soundtrack playing in the background, now that’s one way to make it as close to watching the movie as possible.

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Cut To The Chase Review: MAN OF STEEL – He Is Risen, Finally

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

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Cut To The Chase Reviews from The City of Films are spoiler free Reviews ‘abridged for your pleasure’. Quick, concise, and sometimes entertaining opinions on the go!

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This is the best Superman movie ever made, take that however you please. The Christopher Reeve Superman movies are classics for one reason or another. It was the first time Superman graced the big screen blending humor and then “special” effects, crafting a tribute to an American pop culture icon. It’s been done again, but with a far more serious tone. This Superman doesn’t smile, nor does he have much reason to.

Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns wasn’t his own; I felt he just made a checklist of things to include in the film to remind people of the original Superman. Here Zack Snyder nearly puts it all away for a reboot that works, and was very necessary.  Zack Snyder has updated Superman for the 21st Century; the action scenes are incredible to watch. Henry Cavill brings charisma and character to Superman; you can feel his agonizing thought process throughout the film. He has to actually think about whether to save the humans who don’t even believe in him. That’s what I loved about this movie, it makes you ask yourself what this ultimate hero should do or could do. It’s not as easy as swooping in and flying off into the sun winking anymore. The movie shows that Superman has a moral compass, and it’s sometimes scary to consider this man has options.

With every Superman movie to date, this one is no exception when it comes to calling back to Superman mythos whether we like it or not (I don’t).  The movie is still entertaining, inspiring, heartfelt, and beautiful to look at. The cast is incredible, and should be getting more attention. You can breathe a sigh of relief: we don’t have to start this over again anytime soon – this Superman works.

8/10

+ The cast: Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon are in top form.
+ Intense action on an epic sci-fi scale.
+ You will wish Krypton was a real place.
- Panders to Superman of yesteryear.
- It’s enough with Jesus already.

Weekend Preview: Whoever Thinks It’s A Bird Or A Plane Has Really Bad Vision

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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It’s The CoF Weekend Preview! Check out what’s opening this weekend and decide what you will be seeing in theaters.  For the big picture, check out The Summer Movie Guide to see what’s coming out over the next few months.

Man of SteelRT (61%) – Trailer

The score on Man of Steel keeps dropping and I don’t really understand why.  The movie looks great; I’ll likely have a review up this weekend, so here’s hoping.  I’m glad they went with Zod, we don’t need Luthor anytime soon.  Superman Returns was OK, it was missing a lot.  Man of Steel seems to give it all: accurate origin story, lots of action and great acting.  Finally.

This Is The EndRT (81%) – Trailer

The trailers don’t make me laugh, but a lot of people are saying this is one of the funniest movies in years.  I don’t know if I’m ready to hear Seth Rogen’s voice on the big screen again.  This should do well if people know it’s not a Judd Apatow movie.

MAN OF STEEL Sells Hamburgers

Monday, May 27th, 2013

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There’s something…dirty about ads like this.  Superman selling Hardee’s hamburgers.  Man of Steel is shaping up to be a tough and dramatic superhero film and suddenly…we have this jokey ad.  I do understand that product placement and cross promotions bring in a lot of money for films but…I don’t have to like it.  Next thing you know we’re going to have a CG Michael Corleone selling us pasta sauce.  Or a CG Tommy DeVito selling us pasta sauce.  Or a CG Al Capone appearing in a Italian-American Defamation League commercial protesting the use of movie mobsters selling us pasta sauce.  It’s madness I tells ya!

Most people probably don’t care about stuff like this, and I’m not saying they should care; it is just a commercial after all, but…I really fear what commercials of the future will be like.  With product placement increasing all the time, will we need to see a commercial in order to understand parts of the movie?  I’ll get off my soapbox now.  Mmm lavender scented.

MAN OF STEEL – Final Trailer

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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Man of Steel, a film that many of us probably wrote off in the beginning, is fast becoming one of the biggest must see movies of the summer.

Each trailer has improved on the last and we’ve seen some incredible images so far, yet it feels as though they’re wisely holding a lot back.  Too many movies nowadays release so much footage that by the time the film comes out, you’ve already seen a good 20 minutes of it.  Man of Steel still has just under a month to go until its release so I may end up eating my words there.

Check out the final trailer for Man of Steel!  It features a great voice-over by Michael Shannon as well as some cool new action pieces we haven’t seen yet.

Man of Steel opens on June 14th.

The City of Films SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE 2013

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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The 2013 Summer Movie Season is on and The City of Films has put together your guide of the must-see movies including each superhero extravaganza, highly anticipated blockbusters and the lesser known movies getting a limited release.  It’s going to be a huge summer folks, likely one of the highest grossing to date.

So sit back, grab a cold one and some popcorn as we take a look at this summer’s releases.  Give us feedback in the comments below, Facebook and or Twitter!

[UPDATES]

  • 300: Rise of an Empire will open on March 7 2014 instead of  August 2.
  • The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List is moving to July 26 instead of August 16.

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New Man of Steel trailer. I am more excited about this than before.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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Those who know me know that I am not a huge Superman fan. In general I feel Batman is far superior in film history as well as a more fallible hero. With that being said, the new Man of Steel trailer was well done.  It presented Superman not as an indestructible super being (which he is), but rather a man at conflict with his own identity. Deep right?

Man of Steel hits theaters June 14, 2013.

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