SUPERGIRL TV Series Uniform Unveiled

Here is the first look at what Melissa Benoist will be wearing when she appears as the title character in CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL pilot. It’s clearly a version of the fighting togs worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.

And I think that’s the point: DC Comics/Warner Bros want to establish a brand, and so they have to have a consistent look. If Supergirl’s uniform were all bright and cheery, that would conflict with the established grim-and-gritty feel of Superman’s look. Let’s just hope that Kara Zoe-El doesn’t go around casually breaking necks whenever it’s convenient,  like her cousin.
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Warner Bros Moves ‘Batman v Superman’ Away From ‘Cap 3’

batmansadIt was bound to happen, and it finally has — just as I called it: Warner Bros. has blinked and moved its DC Comics-based Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from its May 6, 2016, release date, bumping it up to March 25 and thus avoiding a head-to-head showdown with Marvel Studio’s Captain America 3.

Moving the unproven superhero team-up out of the path of the expected Marvel juggernaut is the right thing to do; an even better thing would have been to never have scheduled BvS:DoJ against the First Avenger in the first place. Cap 3 staked its claim to May 6 first. Now Warners and DC have to eat crow and back down beat a strategic retreat.
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Batmobile vs. Superman: the Tease

Batmobile2014Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, who is helming the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, used his Twitter account (@ZackSnyder) today to tease the Batmobile that will appear in the 2016 sequel by revealing the rear end of the vehicle that has had many onscreen designs.

Snyder’s accompanying Tweet teased the possibility of revealing the whole thing tomorrow — or will the tarp just be pulled back a little more? Stay tuned…

 

Jesse Eisenberg IS Lex Luthor!

jesselexOne of the baddies for the Man of Steel sequel — though apparently not the Big Bad — has been officially named and cast: Lex Luthor will be played by Jesse Eisenberg, who is probably best-known for playing boy genius Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

Eisenberg received an Oscar nomination for best actor for that 2010 Facebook-based film, and has been a standout in films like Zombieland and Adventureland and several movies without “land” in their names, such as The Squid and the Whale and last year’s heist movie Now You See Me.

In a statement released today by Warner Bros., director Zack Snyder said:

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical ‘nefarious villain.’ He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

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A Peek at Bryan Singer’s… Brainiac!

Most fans know that Bryan Singer was working on a sequel — known as Superman: Man of Steel — to his relaunch film, Superman Returns (2006), before Warner Bros. decided to… go in another direction. What few people know is just how far Singer got: He had the plot worked out, Brainiac was going to be his Big Bad — and there was actually a visual for ol’ Brainy.

ComicBookMovie.com uncovered some preproduction art by Michael Anthony Jackson that shows us what Brainiac would have looked like:

Yeah, not too overly original — a bit of Mars Attacks! alien, a pinch of the comic book’s look and a splash of Darth Vader.
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What’s So Terrible About ‘Man of Steel’ ? Where Do I Start?

screamSince I published my scathing review, folks have been asking for details about what I dislike so intensely about the abomination that is Man of Steel, so I will hit the highlights here, in an extraordinarily spoilerific post. Though I do not think this movie can be “ruined,” I will show MoS more courtesy than it shows Superman (or his fans) by not spitting on it without fair warning.

So, if you want to read what I have to say bitch about, make the jump…
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Man of Steel (2013)

cavillIt turns out there was a very good reason that this movie is called Man of Steel instead of using some variation of Superman in the title: There’s barely any Superman in it. Sure, the main character comes from the planet Krypton and wears blue longjohns and a cape — but he only very rarely behaves like Superman.

The movie opens on Krypton — which has been reimagined as a hybrid society of Game of Thrones and The Matrix, where liquid-metal robots exist side-by-side with dragons a man can ride to his high-tech cave — a doomed planet where scientist Jor-El (Russell Crowe) wants to save the planet’s genetic information from destruction, and General Zod (Michael Shannon) decides to stage a military coup even though the planet is falling apart around him. Defeated, Zod and his forces are exiled to the Phantom Zone just minutes before Krypton is destroyed. But not before Jor-El sends his newborn son to Earth (along with the Codex, the genetic that could one day rebuild Kryptonian society).
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Man of Steel Deserves Better Art

superboreThe latest poster for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel — set for release just one month from now — is a crashing bore, and indefensible as a promotional item for the first — and arguably greatest — superhero.

There he is, the Last Son of Krypton, staring balefully over his shoulder — exactly like 50 million other movie posters featuring bajillions of far lesser characters. Zzzzzzzz

Kal-El deserves something better. Lots better. I mean, why not just give up totally and toss in some floating blue heads and a few spurts of orange highlights. Ugh.

I was getting monumentally psyched for this production, but now… How many films have been destroyed by poor marketing in the past few years? (I’m thinking specifically of last year’s John Carter, a good movie done wrong.) I’d hate to see the marketing folks smother MoS in its crib when it’s looking this good.

flyinghighEspecially when there’s a vastly superior photograph available. Take a look at this inspiring image of Superman at the edge of space. Now that’s an exciting vision of an iconic character! Toss in your info block (in an exotic typeface) in the lower right and voilà! Legendary.

The sad thing is, Warner Bros. seems to know what they’re doing with the property up to this point, at least judging by the story synopsis:

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young 20-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question, ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.”

Man of Steel will be released on June 14th.