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Coming to the Big Screen in 2015: A Batman/Superman Movie   Leave a comment

As I said on Facebook just now, let the Nerdgasm commence:

In cased you missed the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, here’s the video:

The famous line is from The Dark Knight Returns (Unrelated to the movie of the same name directed by Chris Nolan), a controversial feature film based on the comic of the same name in which circumstances pit the DC Icons against each other. I haven’t seen the feature film myself but I’ve seen enough reactions to it to know I should see it before I see Man of Steel 2. The reason being according to Zack Snyder (director of Man of Steel and the sequel) it will be inpired by The Dark Knight returns.

Having said that, here’s what we know about Man of Steel 2:

  • The movie is titled Man of Steel 2 and will hit theaters in the summer of 2015. Filming will begin next year.
  • Batman will be in it.
  • Henry Cavhill, who plays Superman in Man of Steel will reprise his role in the upcoming movie. Amy Adams and Lawrence Fishbourne also return as Lois Lane and Perry White.
  • Christain Bale, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman in the recently completed Batman movies directed by Chris Nolan will NOT be in the new movie. He said on the record unless Nolan is the director he won’t return to the Batman role.
  • Going with the above: Chris Nolan is actually co-producing MoS2, bringing a wealth of expertise to the table.

That’s all we know.

Anything else you might hear on other sites is PURE SPECULATION. Unless someone directly involved with the movie’s production says so you should take anythng you read on the internet with a grain of salt. Before I go further, except for the first one the pictures in this blog are photoshopped. For example the Batman above behind Cavil is Christian Bale. It was done for example purposes if I had to guess on how the reimagined Superman looks next to the reimagined Batman.

One of the popular theories I’ve seen thrown around is the new Batman will be older than Nolan’s to match the animated Dark Knight Returns Batman. Fans point to the quote itself as the basis of their theory of an older Batman. I think folks are reading into that too much.

Since the movie is titled Man of Steel 2, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume Superman is the lead Superhero. Considering a reimagined Batman is being introduced in the movie, it’ll be interesting to say the least. One thing Christain Bale Batman fans seem to overlook is SINCE this will be a new Batman the door is open to bring back his iconic nemesis The Joker.

Assuming they can look past Heath Ledger’s Joker that is. As everyone knows, Ledger committed suicide the day after filming for The Dark Knight Returns was done. I admire the fact folks were willing to overlook that fact and enjoy his role in the movie but for me personally, given the circumstances of his suicide I don’t think he should’ve gotten an Oscar nomination. I know everyone else I know would fiercely disagree with me on that but that’s how I feel. I also disagree with the belief Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker is the best movie one to date. Not saying I think Jack Nicholson’s Joker (which until Ledger was announced as being cased as The Joker in The Dark Knight many thought he did a great job in the role) in the original Batman movie was better but I think they worked for the times (I’m talking about both Jokers) they were made.

Another interesting thing regarding Man of Steel 2 is easter eggs in the first movie teasing not just Batman’s appearance in the second movie but Lex Luthor. Let’s be honest: Luthor can’t exactly be thrilled the Man of Steel tore up alot of his property during his fight with General Zod. In the same regard I’m sure Bruce Wayne isn’t exactly happy with one of his satelites getting destroyed during the same fight. Didn’t see it?

Here it is:

Zack Snyder confirmed the letters you see on the bottom in the frame is in fact the logo on the right.

The Lexcorp cameos were a bit more obvious. Here’s one of them:

Will Superman’s nemesis appear in the sequel? Considering how much of his property was destroyed I’d be surprised if he didn’t at least get a more direct mention. As I said a few paragraphs ago, since The Batman Movie franchise is being redone the door has been reopened for The Joker to return to the big screen.

I know having all four of them in the same movie might be too much but at the point, anytthing’s possible. I’ll leave you with a few more Batman/Superman crossover pictures.

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Man of Steel: A Movie So Nice I’ve seen it Twice   Leave a comment

I saw it for the first time on June 20 at the AMC Theater on the Boston Common. I watched it again at Regal Theater (by the way Boston literally only has these two cinemas excluding Coolidge Corner, which exclusively shows Indie Films) down the street from Fenway Park this afternoon.

I first heard about the movie two years ago. All I knew at the time was Kevin Cosner (you may know him from The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston) was playing Johnathan Kent and not much else.

Then I saw this movie trailer on Xbox Live last January:

It’s one thing when you know Superman can break the sound barrier. It’s another thing entirely to actually see him do it.

Two things should be said for those who may want to see this movie either in theater or when it’s released on DVD/Blue Ray/iTunes/Xbox Live/Netflix/etc.:

  1. This movie is unrelated to the previous Superman Movies. Reportedly it’s just the first of several Superman movies to come.
  2. Also unlike the previous Superman movies, in Man of Steel Superman is portrayed as a man struggling to find his place in the world as well as figure out where his abilities came from.

The movie opens with Kal-El being born. Russell Crowe plays Jor-El, the father of Clark Kent/Kal-El. I can’t think of anyone else who personifies the wise yet resourceful scientist who took steps to ensure his son would not die with Krypton. When General Zod leads a coup against the Krytponian leadership Jor-El is forced to move his son’s escape plans faster than originally planned. Before Krypton is destroyed General Zod and his followers are banished to the Phantom Zone. 33 Years later the Kryptonian sent to Earth–Clark Kent–lives off the grid helping people in need everywhere he goes while searching for traces of his origins. After a fateful first encounter with Lois Lane in the Article Circle Clark finds an alien craft of Kryptonian origin. It is here Clark finds the answers to questions he’s had his entire life.

One thing Man of Steel took a page out of the original Superman movie (and Smallville too) is Jor-El’s interactions with Clark, Lois and Zod. By the time Clark has grown up Krypton has been gone for 33 years. Jor-El left a shadow of himself behind in the scout ship Clark finds to reveal his otherworldly heritage to him. One interesting part of Superman that has been speculated for decades is answered by Jor-El: The “S” symbol is Kryptonian for Hope.

When Zod threatens the Earth, Kal-El surrenders to the U.S. Military and the audience is treated to two funny moments that are my personal favorites. The first is the perp walk inside a military base. Superman is in handcuffs being led to an interrogation room flanked by a half dozen heavily armed soldiers. One does not simply handcuff Superman! The Man of Steel demonstrates the folly of handcuffing him a few minutes later he gets up and effortlessly pulls his hands apart, breaking the cuffs as if it were a toothpick.

I can’t say enough about how well done the storytelling was. The moments from Clark’s childhood you saw in the trailers? They’re splashed throughout to movie and add an emotional break or solice at just the right time. Man of Steel focuses more on Kal-El/Cark Kent dealing with trying to fit in on Earth despite his extraordinary abilities. He even has a bit of trouble flying for the first time. Even when it becomes obvious mankind’s fate rests on his shoulders he still has doubts.

If Superman sounds human that was the intent. In Man of Steel they got it right in terms of making Superman relatable in the present day. It’s a given Clark would rescue his classmates whose bus fell into a river but I’m sure he’d give pause to the notion of intervining in the political unrest going on in Egypt right now. He’d probably help with the brush fires wreaking havoc in America’s Southwest but wouldn’t get involved in the political squabbles in Washington.

One interesting thing I’ve seen thrown around on a few websites are the parellels between this Superman and Jesus. What’s controversial isn’t the similarities but the fact that the comparisons are being made between the Man of Steel and the Messiah. One example is the way Clark falls in a few scenes looks like Jesus on the cross. Another point brought up on the subject is Clark coming to terms with his powers and trying to figure out why he was brought to Earth and what his purpose is. Clark is able to do the impossible thanks to his Kryptonian heritage and has Jor-El says at the beginning he’ll be “A Savior” to the people of Earth. Starting to get it?

One thing I’ll end on is he is called Superman by name only once in the entire movie. After getting into it with Marines and two of Zod’s lieutenants in Smallville Clark earns the Marines’ trust and is affectionately codenamed “Superman”. You don’t hear the word again for the rest of the movie. It is also interesting to note for all intents and purposes the U.S. Government and The Daily Planet knows he is Clark Kent as well as Kal-El though this fact is downplayed over the course of the movie. The only people who really point this out more than once are Lois Lane and Martha Kent.

Overall I give this movie a 10/10. The only other movies I bothered to see more than once in theaters were This Is It (I have it on DVD and iTunes), The Last Airbender (I have it on iTunes and Xbox Live) and The Avengers (I have it on Xbox Live in HD), all of which I now own. I plan to see Man of Steel at least two more times this summer and yes I will be buying it in HD. Probably on Xbox Live as well as Blue Ray.

I leave you with the official Theme Song for Man of Steel:

…And yes, I bought the full song (Titled What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving The World? by Hans Zimmer) on iTunes.

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