Superman and General Zod unleash their best tough-guy stares on separate Man of Steel collector covers for the UK's Empire magazine this week, and, I'm calling it, Zod wins. All that screen time playing hard-asses (Premium Rush) and nut jobs (Revolutionary Road) has molded Michael Shannon's mug into an incredibly effective billboard for threat and danger. He looks pissed and lethal here, And that gives him the slight edge in this Kryptonian staring contest. more »
The latest teaser for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is an effective one. The clip introduces General Zod via a grainy video transmission that makes Superman's arch enemy look a lot creepier than he does in production stills. more »
UPDATE: Whoops, never mind. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder's rep has flatly denied the report. "While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan," the statement says, "Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia." Looks like the Internet got played by a fun-having rumor monger. I look forward to seeing if there's any kernel of truth to anything else in the report.
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In case you were wondering, you can rest easy in the knowledge that Disney has absolutely no intention of treating the Star Wars franchise like a finite resource. Instead, they plan to mine it like spice from the cruelest mines of Kessel, and the proof is the possibility of a Kurosawa-inspired film set in the galaxy far, far away, brought to you by Zack Snyder, the man currently tasked with finally bringing a post-Christopher Reeve Superman to theaters.
Man of Steel enjoyed one of the more bonkers receptions at this weekend's Comic-Con, culminating in — what else? — a teaser poster just for its San Diego coming-out party. They've thought of everything. It doesn't reveal much of Henry Cavill's Superman, however, which led Movieline pal Grace Randolph to hit up costume illustrator Phillip Boutte for more details about the look of Zack Snyder's upcoming blockbuster. Click through for the poster and video.
You know the full cast list, you got your first look at Henry Cavill in the suit, but you still hunger for more details from Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, eh? Well, for the Superman fans out there who just have to know, a synopsis purporting to reveal the official plot for WB's upcoming superhero reboot has surfaced online. But is it the real deal? (Click ahead only if you really, absolutely have to know...)
The casting blitz for Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel keeps adding surprising but well-liked members to its cast (see Movieline's growing gallery here), with Deadline reporting that Law & Order: SVU's Emmy-nominated Christopher Meloni is negotiating for an unknown but "major" role in the pic.
Luke Evans and Henry Cavill on the Blood, Sweat, and Skipped Meals That Went into Those Immortals Abs
It was an agonizing enough process just getting cast in Tarsem's Immortals, stars Luke Evans and Henry Cavill told Movieline over the weekend at WonderCon, where audiences got their first look at the November fantasy pic. But the real struggle, they say, was in reaching and maintaining the physique required of their roles as Zeus and Theseus, respectively -- characters for whom godlike perfection was a prerequisite. But hey, no pressure!
In San Francisco to present his upcoming teen assassin thriller Hanna at WonderCon, director Joe Wright threw a few pointed barbs toward Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, calling out the film's brand of scantily clad feminism. Speaking exclusively with Movieline, Wright elaborated on the subject, tracing the "alarming" brand of sexually-exploitative girl power found in Sucker Punch back to the Spice Girls.
Since so many folks opted to stay home and wash their hair in lieu of buying a ticket to Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, here's a chance to see what you missed: The first six minutes of the film (well, the opening sequence plus a sizzle reel) are online! In it, the life-changing "Janie's Got a Gun"-inspired events that bring Babydoll (Emily Browning) to the film's mental institution for wayward girls are revealed in -- what else? -- slow motion! Death, child abuse, face-scratching, sisterly love, tragedy, a sultry cover version of "Sweet Dreams" sung by Browning... it's all here, after the jump.
Clicking and unclicking his pen with nervous energy as he spoke, director Zack Snyder took Movieline back to the first smattering of ideas that ran through his brain when the concept for the girl-power action fantasy Sucker Punch first took root: Lobotomies. Planet of the Apes. Loss of self. The magic of music. And perhaps the most important takeaway of all from Friday's PG-13, pop culture-mashing fever dream: the idea that, simmering beneath the film's fantastical burlesque numbers and bloodthirsty rampages is a subversive desire to turn the tables on the very moviegoers who least expect it.
How do you even begin to wrap your head around Zack Snyder's latest epic, Sucker Punch? The anachronistic pop fantasy mash-up follows '60s-era insane asylum inmate Babydoll (Emily Browning) who plots escape with four fellow prisoners (Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea, Jena Malone as Rocket, Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie, and Jamie Chung as Amber) by going into a dream world within another dream world to fight dragons, zombie Nazis, and evil nightclub pimps. And as Snyder and Co. revealed while making the press rounds, what hits theaters this Friday is only one version of what Sucker Punch ever was, is, and still could be whenever Snyder's unveils his full Director's Cut.
More bits and pieces of Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman project emerged Sunday as the director made the press rounds with the girl power action pic Sucker Punch, another wildly fantastical, epic-scale vision from the man behind 300 and Watchmen. As Snyder told Movieline exclusively with a nod to his creative exchanges with producer Christopher Nolan, Superman will mark a stylistic departure of sorts: The comic book adventure about the flying, super-powered Man of Steel will be his most realistic film to date.