'Man of Steel' Countdown: Early Screening Reaction, Amy Adams and Henry Cavill Speak, and More

'Man of Steel' Countdown: Early Screening Reaction, Amy Adams and Henry Cavill Speak, and More

Feb 19, 2013

Warner Bros. Executives Thrilled

El Mayimbe of Latino Review sat down for an interview with Fox News Latino to discuss some major rumors about the upcoming Star Wars sequels, but also mentioned that there was a screening of Man of Steel for executives at Warner Bros., and they loved it.

“They had a screening a few weeks ago for the higher-ups and crew and family, and it went through the roof.  It’s awesome. It’s the superhero movie to beat this summer.”

Henry Cavill Interviewed

Total Film Magazine interviewed Henry Cavill for its April issue, #204. He discussed getting in shape for the role, as well as the possibility of sequels and other spin-off films like Justice League.

As for wearing the Superman uniform, he said, “I love wearing the suit. You put it on every morning and you feel fantastic. I mean you’re wearing a Superman suit for goodness sake!”  However, getting him into it each day took about 15 minutes and was a struggle for the costuming team. “Let’s just say we became very close.”


Terrence Stamp on Michael Shannon

Digital Spy attended the British Film Awards and caught up with Terrence Stamp, who played General Zod in the first two Christopher Reeve Superman films in 1978 and 1980. On the subject of Michael Shannon taking on the part of General Zod in Man of Steel, he said “I’m expecting him to be wonderful because it’s a wonderful part.”

Stamp also mentioned that he had heard a rumor that Shannon specifically refused to watch him in the previous movies because he didn’t want to be influenced by another actor’s take on the role.


Amy Adams on Jay Leno

Amy Adams was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno earlier this month to promote The Master, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 26. Leno also asked her about Man of Steel, prompting Adams to admit how much of a Superman fan she is, specifically of the previous movies. Rather than simply playing Lois Lane, she says she wanted to actually be her. She even sang part of the “Can You Read My Mind” song from the romantic flying sequence in the first film.



Bryan Singer on Man of Steel

Total Film spoke to Superman Returns director Bryan Singer for his feelings on Man of Steel, given that his version never made it to a sequel.

Singer said:

“If this was a few year ago, I might have [felt disappointed] - but so much time has passed. I’ve done two movies [since Superman Returns], I’ll be on my third movie now in the [X-Men] universe… so whilst it would have been nice then, now I’m actually genuinely looking forward to seeing Zack [Snyder]’s movie [Man of Steel]. At my heart I’m a fan. I’ve always been a fan.

“The original Superman movie was the one that educated me - the first act of Donner’s Superman was what inspired me to take X-Men so seriously. Now I get to go see a Superman movie and I don’t have to f*@king make it! [Laughs] They’re not easy! He’s not an easy character!

“I got very nostalgic with my movie but even if you take it in another direction it’s very challenging… inherently he’s such a good guy… what’s easier about X-Men is that they’re all so conflicted. What’s going to be interesting in the next X-Men movie is that the characters are incredibly polarised.”

Although we'll never know for sure, the rumors in 2006 were that Superman Returns had two planned sequels with the same cast and directed by Singer. The second film supposedly would have showcased Brainiac as the villain.


More Merchandise!

It’s hard to be a Superman fan in a toy store. It has been rare to find anything with the “S” on it at the big box stores over the past decade or two, except for 2006 when Superman Returns was coming out. The bigger stores like K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart and others seem to finally be selling some Superman merchandise this month.

DC Collectibles has announced four 12-inch statues for Man of Steel, including Superman, Jor-El, General Zod and Faora.



Superman Homepage reporter Jamie Reigle attended the New York Toy Fair which showcased much of the upcoming toys and statues for Man of SteelClick here for all the photos, including about 40 different Man of Steel prototypes complete with box art.

The expectations are high, so start saving your pennies as these items are released in the late spring.


Man of Steel Companion Book

A companion book to Man of Steel by Daniel Wallace has been announced and is available for preorder.

Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman offers an intimate look at the reinvention of the world’s most iconic superhero through the eyes of acclaimed director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy). This unique companion book offers a rich selection of materials, from concept art and behind-the-scenes set photography to director commentary and interviews with key creatives, unlocking the secrets behind giving new life to an immortal hero.


Justice League Scrapped

Bad Ass Digest suggested that Will Beall’s Justice League script has been scrapped.  According to the site, several sources have confirmed that the story was terrible, but would have showcased the villain Darkseid, who has been a popular Superman villain since the 1970s. Whether or not Warner Bros. continues to develop the property is uncertain, but that decision will most likely lie with the success of Man of Steel this June.

If you were in charge of the Justice League movie, which heroes and villains would you showcase?

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