This was just an amazing performance by the OSU band at halftime, performing a movie-themed set from this past weekend, featuring Superman, Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Pirates Of The Caribbean.
I even said at one point, “If they make it eat somebody, it would be AWESOME!” I wasn’t disappointed. 🙂
So it appears that Superman CAN be stopped…or at least delayed. Warner Bros has pulled The Man Of Steel, the franchise reboot starring Henry Cavill, from its late 2012 release to June 14th, 2013. Some think it is due to the ongoing rights dispute between DC Comics and the estates of creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, but there was another rock of kryptonite nearby…the release of part 1 of The Hobbit.
Actor Michael Shannon (Agent Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire) has signed on to play the evil Kryptonian General Zod in the Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel movie, opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane. “Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character,” according to Snyder.
Now, kneel before Zod!
News is is spreading through the universe this Sunday that the new Man Of Steel has been named for the upcoming re-reboot of Superman being done by Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan. Henry Cavill, currently seen in the U.S. as Charles Brandon in The Tudors and stars in the upcoming The Immortals, beat out a long list of rumored Supes, and is no stranger to this or other comic-based roles – he was up for the role in the McG/Ratner-led Superman film before that project was taken over by Bryan Singer, and also auditioned for the role of Batman – for Christopher Nolan (but lost out to Christian Bale).
So, at the moment three of the premiere American comic book superheroes are currently being played by British actors – Cavill, Bale, and Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man in the yet-to-be-titled reboot).
This was floating around the Twitterverse, but JMS confirmed it a short time ago on Facebook:
As reported: with the huge success of the Superman GN, DC wants to fast-track the next one. This will require a great deal of care, requiring me to step back from scripting the monthlies to focus on this. Those stories will continue to their conclusion, based on my outlines. I’m also taking this opportunity to take a 1-5 year sabbatical from writing comics to concentrate on GNs and miniseries.
And he followed up:
Warner Bros. has been trying to breath new life into Superman, after 2006’s Superman Returns failed to draw the heat to relaunch the franchise. Now after interviewing director candidates, the lottery winner is Zack Snyder (director of 300 and Watchmen), with Christopher Nolan (who also revived the Batman franchise) directing. From what is described so far, this won’t be another reboot exactly, and may even have tie-ins to the Richard Donner films, including having General Zod as the primary villain. Also expect a darker take on the character – Supes’ comic goodness was cited as a reason that the 2006 version didn’t connect with current audiences.
DC Comics has announced that J. Michael Straczynski will take over as writer for both Superman (s\with issue #701) and Wonder Woman (issue #601). JMS says that “For as long as I’ve been doing conventions (starting in the early Cretaceous period […]) there has always been the same question from folks in the audience: “Is there any one character who is your dream character to write for?” The answer has always been the same: Superman.”