'Man of Steel' Countdown: Early Reviews, Sequel Rumors, Running Time and a Minor Spoiler

'Man of Steel' Countdown: Early Reviews, Sequel Rumors, Running Time and a Minor Spoiler

Mar 05, 2013

Sequel or Justice League?

With Man of Steel’s release exactly 100 days away, rumors are already running rampant about what Warner Bros. will do next. On one side, hype sites are claiming knowledge that a sequel is already in the works and that David S. Goyer has been brought back to write it.

However Latino Review (which has a better track record on correct rumors) claims that not only is Justice League moving forward, but that Dark Knight Trilogy director Christopher Nolan AND Man of Steel director Zack Snyder are both up for producer roles. The biggest rumor is that Christian Bale's Batman may be involved despite previous claims that last year's Dark Knight Rises would be his final outting in the cape and cowl.

Yet another possibility is a “World’s Finest” film with would only team up Superman and Batman. The title comes from the classic DC comic book of the same name which featured Superman and Batman for individual and team-up stories.

Which of these rumors is true? I hope it’s ALL of them. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for official announcements from Warner Bros. until at least the end of this summer. It rightfully wants all the attention on Man of Steel before the studio starts preparing us for future projects.


More Reactions to the Screening

A new long and detailed review claims to come from a recent test screening and says the film might be one of the top five superhero movies ever made. Additionally, Paul Shirley of JoBlo.com has spoken with a trustworthy friend at Warner Bros. who was present for a screening of the film. The source claims:

          - Imagine a Nolan story with Snyder effects/action.

          - It's the best movie of the year.

          - There's TONS of action with Superman kicking all kinds of ass in his suit.

          - The cape is CG'd most of the time so it can look awesome.

          - They have intentionally left out most of the Super action in trailers to save it.

          - It's not nearly as dour and serious as the trailers suggest.

          - The movie is complete, minus the 3D post-conversion, which is currently taking place.

While it’s too early for sweeping claims like “best movie of the year,” it certainly adds to the clear excitement Warner Bros. has for the film. Not surprisingly, the project is already completed because the original release date was for last December before it was pushed back solely to hit the summer movie market. If we’ve only seen a small portion of the action from the trailers, that means audiences will be in for quite a ride this June.


A Minor Spoiler

The Art Center College of Design recently interviewed Jack Foley, a young actor and fledgling filmmaker who will be playing the teenaged Pete Ross, Clark’s childhood friend, in Man of Steel.

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During a break on the set of Man of Steel, the upcoming Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder FILM 89, Jack Foley, a teen actor whose character in the film bullies a young Clark Kent before the two become friends, started asking questions. "I began talking with Zack about how he became a filmmaker, and the conversation led to film school," Foley says. "I asked him about where he went, and he spoke very highly of Art Center."

Like many others, Foley is an actor who wants to direct. And in Snyder he saw his college future. "I was pretty much set to go to a different film school, but after seeing Zack's methods and the way he controlled his set, it was clear to me that I was working with a true artist. I started looking into Art Center."

Speculation abounds as to what the bullying angle might be. Perhaps it has something to do with the school bus scene from the trailer. Or maybe Pete will bully Clark while they are much younger, leading to Clark accidentally hurting him, which could be why he runs down the hallway and locks himself in a storage closet. This was also in the trailer. Traditionally, Pete Ross is Clark’s best friend in Smallville, so they may be closer by their teenage years.  We'll have to wait and see.


Russell Crowe on Jay Leno

Russell Crowe stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week and talked about Man of Steel, his son’s reaction, and his thoughts on the Jor-El action figure.


Henry Cavill Continues to Be Awesome

The Man of Steel himself will be on a new Discovery Channel series Driven to Extremes.

Prepare for the ultimate Hollywood road movie, as A-list actors Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill and Adrien Brody join forces with Formula 1 star Mika Salo and World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson to take on the most extreme roads in the world in exciting new series Driven to Extremes. Each episode follows a celebrity pair as they take on some of the toughest terrain on the planet, at the harshest time of the year. From keeping the car running in temperatures of -50°C on Russia's notorious Road of Bones to navigating through the depths of the Malaysian jungle in the middle of the monsoon season, accompany these high-profile petrol heads as they push themselves and their car, to the limit.

Henry will be on episode three along with ex-superbike champion Neil Hodgson in China’s Taklamakan Desert. No word yet on the air date, but it looks fun. Here’s a trailer. Keep your ears open for a Superman reference.


Running Time

According to IMDb.com, the official running time for the theatrical release of Man of Steel will be two hours, 28 minutes (148 minutes). This is just a bit shorter than Superman Returns (2006), but a hair longer than Superman (1978), or Batman Begins (2005). Rumors continue to circulate that an extended version may hit Blu-ray and DVD at some point, but if it’s true, we probably won’t receive official word until after the initial release.


Challenges of Writing Superman

Voices From Krypton recently ran an article about the creative challenges of writing a Superman story. Writer David S. Goyer was one of the many scribes interviewed, and had this to say about the screenplay for Man of Steel:

“On the face of it, I think a character like Superman is more challenging than a character like Batman, because Superman is known for being somewhat of a Boy Scout. But as Zack Snyder has said, I think we’re attempting to depict him in a slightly more realistic way, and our goal was to make you care about him as a real person and sort of get to know him in a way that we’ve never known him until now.”

If YOU had a chance to write a Superman story, what challenges would you most anticipate?

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