MAN OF STEEL: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:24

Superman (Henry Cavill) goes along with our silly earth games in MAN OF STEEL.
Superman (Henry Cavill) goes along with our silly earth games in MAN OF STEEL.

Like the clash of demigods fallen to earth after the destruction of their home world, it was going to be glorious. Because of scheduling issues, Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons started their discussion of Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL early, to be joined by Lawrence French at the usual start time. But thanks to the Miracle of Technology, the part of the discussion that preceded Larry’s arrival was lost, much like the noble civilization extinguished too soon by worldwide calamity, only to bequeath its one, last son to our lowly planet, sent to help humanity realize the greatness within it. Or are we over-dramatizing this thing, not unlike the way a certain director did with this weekend’s box office hit?
Never you mind. Even lacking the lost audio, our exploration of MAN OF STEEL remains wide-ranging and revelatory, well worth a listen. Then: Steve delivers his snap judgements of THIS IS THE END and HATCHET III, and Dan lets you know what’s coming to theaters this week.

Man of Steel featurette

This promotional featurette from the Warner Brothers Superman reboot includes interviews with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, producer Charles Roven, screenwriter David S. Goyer, and director Zack Snyder. It’s standard fare for this type of thing – an extended commercial posing as a documentary – but it does provide a glimpse into the approach that the filmmakers took to the enduring icon, attempting to ground the Man of Steel in something resembling a recognizable reality.

Man of Steel featurette

Man of Steel promotional artwork

MAN OF STEEL promo art of Superman flying

Man of Steel: Trailer #4

The fourth trailer from MAN OF STEEL. Warner Brothers releases the PG-13 science-fiction film on June 14. Producer: Christopher Nolan. Director: Zack Snyder. Writer: David S. Goyer. Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni.

Man of Steel photo gallery

Man of Steel superman in actionThis week, Warner Brothers released enough photos from the upcoming MAN OF STEEL to fill the Fortress of Solitude and more. The studio is clearly hoping to erase any lingering memory of the disappointing (though not truly awful) SUPERMAN RETURNS in favor of reaching back to epic scope and grandeur that fans still associate with SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978). Will the creative combo of producer Christopher Nolan, director Zack Snyder, and screenwriter David S. Goyer take the famous character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and reboot him for a new generation of film-goers? Here’s hoping!
MAN OF STEEL opens nationwide on June 14.
MAN OF STEEL producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder
MAN OF STEEL Russell Crow with Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van
MAN OF STEEL Antje Traue as Faora and Michael Shannon as Zod
MAN OF STEEL Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Ma and Pa Kent
MAN OF STEEL Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Amy Adams as Lois Lane
MAN OF STEEL Henry Cavil as a bearded Clark Kent
MAN OF STEEL Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, on the family farm
Man of Steel Superman with soldiers
MAN OF STEEL Henry Cavill, Zack Snyder, Kevin Costner
MAN OF STEEL Clark Kent in the Fortress of Solitutde
MAN OF STEEL Russell Crow, Henry Cavill
MAN OF STEEL Superman above Earth
MAN OF STEEL Superman at super speed
MAN OF STEEL Superman flying
Man of Steel Superman surrounded by helicopers
MAN OF STEEL Superman backed by the military
MAN OF STEEL Zod on the attack
MAN OF STEEL Zod almost seems to be Hulking out
MAN OF STEEL Zod commands
MAN OF STEEL Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Antje Traue
MAN OF STEEL Antje Traue as Faora
MAN OF STEEL Faora is not happy
MAN OF STEEL Michael Shannon as Zod
MAN OF STEEL Jor-El before the council
MAN OF STEEL Russell Crow as Jor-El
MAN OF STEEL Russell Crow as Jor-El watches the destruction of Krypton
MAN OF STEEL Amy Adams as Lois Lane
MAN OF STEEL Amy Adams steps into Perry White's office
MAN OF STEEL Amy Adams and Christopher Meloni
MAN OF STEEL Laurence Fishburne as Perry White
MAN OF STEEL Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Rebecca Buller as Jenny (!) Olsen
MAN OF STEEL a father-son talk beteen Jonathan Kent and Clark
MAN OF STEEL Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) reveals the spaceship that brought Kal-El (Dylan Sprayberry) to Earth
MAN OF STEEL the young Clark Kent (Dylan Sprayberry) rescues a bus
MAN OF STEEL Cooper Timberline as the even younger Clark Kent
MAN OF STEEL Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff
MAN OF STEEL Zack Snyder shows video playback to Henry Cavill
Here is some older, previously released artwork from MAN OF STEEL:
MAN OF STEEL Superman artwork
MAN OF STEEL promo art of Superman flying
MAN OF STEEL Superman in handcuffs
MAN OF STEEL promo art Michael Shannon as Zod
MAN OF STEEL promo art Russell Crowe as Jor-El

Diane Lane in 'Superman'

diane laneWarner Brothers Pictures announced that Diane Lane has been cast as Martha Kent in Zack Snyder’s as yet untitled Superman movie re-boot.

Press Release:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Oscar®-nominated actress Diane Lane will play Martha Kent, the only mother Clark Kent has ever known, in the new Superman movie to be directed by Zack Snyder.
Snyder stated, “This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.”
Lane will star with Henry Cavill, who was recently announced as the new Clark Kent/Superman.
Lane earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance in the 2002 drama “Unfaithful.” She most recently starred in the family hit “Secretariat.” She next stars in the HBO feature “Cinema Verite,” opposite Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini.
Lane’s long list of film credits also includes “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Hollywoodland,” “Must Love Dogs,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Perfect Storm,” “My Dog Skip,” “Chaplin,” “The Cotton Club” and “A Little Romance,” to name only a portion.
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
Slated for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.