Posts Tagged ‘superman’

Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Jeremy Irons is Alfred

Friday, January 31st, 2014


Before Star Wars Episode VII casting news gets the Internet rage machine going, we welcome any and all Batman vs. Superman news.  Warner Bros. has just announced the casting of both Lex Luthor and Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Man of Steel. Jesse Eisenberg will be playing Luthor in the untitled Batman vs. Superman film, while Jeremy Irons will be taking the role of Batman’s trusted companion Alfred.

Warner Bros. recently pushed the release date of Batman vs. Superman from July 2015 to May 2016, production is still to start in the next couple of months.  Eisenberg is 30 years old, so my first thought of him in this flick would not be that of Lex Luthor who I still think of as a bald asshole.  Perhaps they are going in a different direction with his movie, get some young actors to get some young butts in the theaters?  Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad was once rumored to be taking on that role, now that would have been something to see.

Snyder had this to say about Eisenberg:

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”


As for Alfred, Irons taking on the iconic role is perfect if you ask me.  He looks like he could have been Batman himself in an older role, so I expect him to be more than a butler this time around and more of side kick.

“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

The movie opens May 6, 2016.

MAN OF STEEL Sequel Pushed to 2016

Friday, January 17th, 2014


Warner Bros. has announced a new release date for the Man of Steel sequel or Batman vs. Superman depending on who you ask.  The movie will now open May 6, 2016 instead of the planned July 17, 2015 release date. The reason for the delay is explained for “allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”

That May is pretty busy as it is so I fully expect the date to change again or for other movies to bow out of the hectic time period as an untitled Marvel movie and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse are set to be released then.

Check out the history of this ongoing production:

The LEGO Movie: Batman and Superman Posters Show Off Batitude and Superness

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The LEGO Movie is going all out with marketing and no one is complaining here.  The latest posters for the outrageous looking movie shows off Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum) and Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), the two DC characters are set to square off in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated adventure next month.

The LEGO Movie hits theaters on February 7, check out the posters below:


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

Saturday, July 20th, 2013


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:


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

Saturday, June 15th, 2013


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!


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.


+ 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.

MAN OF STEEL – Final Trailer

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Man of Steel

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.

Super New Trailer for Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012


Here is a new trailer that Warner Bros. has released for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill as Superman.  It’s not your typical superhero action based movie trailer that’s for sure; it asks what would you think if Superman really existed?

The tone feels somber and mournful much like the marketing for Superman Returns, which was actually an OK film.  Will the Last Son of Krypton finally have a great movie is the question.

We also get a look at Amy Adama as Lois Lane, the great Michael Shannon as Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Diane Lane as  Martha Kent.

Man of Steel opens on June 14, 2013.


Teaser Trailers for Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012


Some of you may have seen the teaser for Man of Steel this weekend attached to The Dark Knight Rises, it was pretty great I must say.  A true teaser trailer, and it’s always good to hear the amazing LOTR soundtrack again.

There are two teasers, basically the same but with one narrated by Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent) and the other (my favorite of the two) by Russell Crowe (Jor-El).  Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel hits theaters June 14 2013.

The film is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan.

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Book Review: The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman (Updated and Expanded Edition)

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


 “No CGI can match what Vic can accomplish.” –Steven Spielberg

That quote is from the introduction to The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman.  Spielberg is talking about Vic Armstrong, and trust me when I say you DO know him.  He’s been stunt doubles for James Bond, Superman and Indiana Jones.  He’s directed action scene in Bond movies, Mission Impossible 3 and the recent Thor blockbuster.  You can see his work this summer in The Amazing Spider-Man too!  This is a great look at the industry; Vic Armstrong’s memories are page turners.

He’s been part of the business for over 40 years and in that time played the most iconic on screen heroes.  Harrison Ford joked (image above), “If you learn to talk I’m in deep trouble.”  That says it all about his ability don’t you think?  He’s got a lot of amazing stories to tell you, and they’re all here in this newly updated version of the successful memoir from released last year.

“Vic Armstrong is, of course, a legend in the film world.” –Martin Scorsese

vic-2One of the coolest credits on his long list (far too long to put here) is “Unicorn Master” on Ridley Scott’s Legend.  Can I get that business card?  This memoir spans his career from his horse riding beginnings to one of the industry’s most sought-after action coordinators.

One of my favorite stories in the book concerns his work on Richard Donner’s Superman.  Vic explains how he and Christopher Reeve would clash on the set because Reeve wanted to do his own stunts.  Reeve’s was a professional and very involved in his character, he wanted to do it all understandably says Vic.  One night they were filming some shots for Superman II, it was the scene in Metropolis with a few alien baddies and Superman getting a manhole cover thrown at him which tosses him back into a car window.  Yes, Reeve’s wanted to do this.  [watch the scene here]

I went into the dressing room to get my kiss curl put on when Chris walked by and stopped in the doorway.  ‘What are you doing?’ he asked.  I told him about the stunt.  ‘No, I’m doing it’ he said.  ‘Chris you can do whatever you want, but don’t stop me from earning a living’, I replied.  Off he went in a huff.

He explains the stunt in detail and the rest of the night, he got “beaten up like hell” he says.

After getting changed I was leaving for home and Chris Reeve, bless him, came over, gave me a thumbs-up and said ‘Jeeze, Vic, you’re right, I’m glad I wasn’t doing that mate.  Thanks a million.’

He’s a master of the craft and has some very big names making these claims for him if you’re still unsure.  He jumped from a horse to a tank for Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, off a helicopter onto a mountain peak and lives to tell the tales.  This book is fun and easy to read, it’s written with passion and most noticeably from the perspective a fan of movies, one of the many reasons I couldn’t put it down.

VicCoverThe True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman: My Life As Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and other movie heroes

Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: May 17 2011, Updated May 2012
Authors: Vic Armstrong, Robert Sellers
Paperback: 352 +16 color photos




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It’s The MAN OF STEEL Banner, That Is All

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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We showed you the first Look at Henry Cavill as Superman, now here is the official logo/banner for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel.  Thanks to reader Damian for showing us the movies official facebook page where we got the image from.

Will the franchise breath new life thanks to the producing efforts of one Christopher Nolan who brought Batman back from the dead?  Find out June 14th, 2013.

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