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.

Here’s What’s Going On 06/13/2013: A Glimpse Inside MAN OF STEEL

Zack Snyder digs shooting on location… Henry Cavill loves his super-suit… Michael Shannon really appreciates Henry Cavill… We look into the creation of the eagerly-awaited reboot of the Superman franchise.
From the luxurious Cinefantastique Online studios in NYC, Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of genre media.

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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.

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Man of Steel: Trailer #5

There is nothing wrong with your television set – or you computer, iPod, laptop, whatever. The is fifth trailer from MAN OF STEEL, and it is supposed to look like an interrupted transmission.
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.
Watch a larger version of the video below, or click through the YouTube link.

Here’s What’s Going On: 06/05/2013 Video News Update

Get a look at Superman’s new look… STAR TREK producer Brannon Braga gets all witchy… Damon Lindelof gets Left Behind… THE WIZARD OF OZ goes deep…
Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of genre media.

Man of Steel in 3D & IMAX June 14

Warner Brothers releases their reboot of the Superman franchise, which has been dormant since the disappointing SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006). Zack Snyder (SUCKER PUNCH) directs from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, from a story developed by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, based on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film offers another origin story, with the young Kal-El being sent to Earth by his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and growing up with Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) before turning into Superman (Henry Cavill) and confronting his father’s mortal enemy General Zod (Michael Shannon). Also in the cast are Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Christopher Meloni ans Colonel Hardy, and Jadin GOuld as Lana Lang.
U.S. Theatrical Release Date: June 14
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'Smallville' Returns – In Comic Book

smallville_comicThe Warner Brothers Television series SMALLVILLE garnered quite a few fans (and vocal critics) in it’s years on the abandoned WB Network and it’s successor, the CW.  
In view of the upcoming MAN OF STEEL film relaunch, it’s somewhat surprising to see DC Comic launch a comic book continuation of the TV series.
Here’s DC’s press release:

“Fans of the smash-hit TV series Smallville haven’t had much to cheer about since the show ended its critically acclaimed 10-year run on The CW last May. That’s all going to change with the upcoming new comic book series from DC Entertainment: SMALLVILLE SEASON 11.
Written by former Smallville show scribe Bryan Q. Miller, the new digital first series will be published digitally on April 13, 2012, with new digital chapters released weekly thereafter. Additionally, the online chapters will be offered in a print periodical, along with an episode guide to the hit television series, with the first print issue released on May 16.
The new comic book series picks-up where the show left off (with Clark officially now as Superman!) and features other fan-favorite characters including Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Chloe Sullivan-Queen, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and General Lane.
The book features an all-star creative team – in addition to Miller, SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 creators include print cover artist Gary Frank (SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN), digital cover artist Cat Staggs and interiors by Pere Perez (BATGIRL).
“Six months after Clark Kent donned the cape and took to the skies to save Earth from Apokolips… enter Season 11!” enthuses Miller. “New allies abound! New enemies afoot! And old friends return where they’re least expected! Pere and colorist Chris Beckett have done a fantastic job of capturing the look of the show and the players, and Gary and Cat are knocking it out of the park on covers. I couldn’t be more excited to help give seasoned viewers and new readers an all-access pass to Clark’s first year in the cape.’ “

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Lois (Erica Durance) & Clark (Tom Welling)

The cover preview above  seems to include a well-rendered likeness of SMALLVILLE star Tom Welling as the Man of Steel, wearing the “New 52” version of the costume. The series finale had featured a mostly CGI version of Welling in what seemed like a mix of the traditional ‘uniform’ and the SUPERMAN RETURNS costume.

Cavill on playing Superman

 Henry Cavill, interveiwed by  reporter Chris Van Vliet from CBS-19 (Cleveland, Ohio) for IMMORTALS, talked about putting on his MAN OF STEEL  Superman costume for the first time.
The British actor  said “…To turn around and realize that I’m Superman… there’s no other feeling like it”, and said it was one of the best moments” of his life.

More 'Man Of Steel' Pics

Here’s an interesting collection of shots from the sets of Warner Brothers Pictures’ new Superman film, THE MAN OF STEEL.

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Russell Crowe sports a wizardly look as Jor-El, father of Kal-El of Krypton.
In Vancover, subbing for a fishing town in Alaska, Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent seems to be going for a bearded, manly vibe.  Off “finding himself”, perhaps?
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And it seems Amy Adams hasn’t dyed her red tresses to fit into the more tradional veiw of Lois Lane.
Of course, Noel Neil had auburn curls in THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, and the character has sometimes been depicted as a redhead in the comics.

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(Photos Credit: Flynetpictures.com, via Superherohype.)