'Man of Steel' Countdown: The Lex Luthor Debate, Plus Henry Cavill on Brits Playing American Superheroes

'Man of Steel' Countdown: The Lex Luthor Debate, Plus Henry Cavill on Brits Playing American Superheroes

Apr 02, 2013

Seventy-two days, or 10 weeks, or two-and-a-half months …. However you’re counting down to the release of Man of Steel, welcome back to the Countdown. Here's all the news that's fit to (digitally) print.


Henry Cavill vs. the World

Henry Cavill has officially begun a three-month international tour to promote Man of Steel. Last week he was in Japan. The Superman Homepage contacted Warner Bros. for more information on the world tour, but it is either continuing to work on his schedule or it is keeping the details quiet for now.

Screenslam.com nabbed a quick interview with Cavill where he proved once again that he’s a heckuva nice guy. Topics included the trend of British actors playing so many American superheroes, keeping the celebrity pressure of the impending film at bay, what he expects from the new fame when the film comes out, and more. Pay close attention to his classy answer when asked about his favorite British actors.

Cavill also posed for an American Library Association poster to promote reading. 

Born in the United Kingdom, actor Henry Cavill has already made quite an impact in both film and television. Henry made his feature film debut in The Count of Monte Cristo and went on to star in Tristan & Isolde, Woody Allen’s Whatever Works and, most recently, as Theseus in Immortals. On the small screen, Henry appeared on the Showtime series The Tudors for four seasons. This summer, audiences will see Henry star in Man of Steel when it flies into theaters on June 14. In preparation for this epic role, Henry delved deep into original source material, reading hundreds of Superman comics.

You can purchase your own through that ALA store. Expect to see one at your local library soon!


Preorder the Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Man of Steel by Hans Zimmer and produced by Water Tower Music is already available for preorder. The official release is set for June 11, just three days before the film comes out. Do you have the willpower to wait and see the film first? I'm not sure I do.


Several Interviews with Screenwriter David S. Goyer

Steve Weintraub of Collider.com sat down with screenwriter David S. Goyer to discuss how he got involved with Man of Steel while he was working on The Dark Knight Rises and his reaction to finally seeing it screened.

"Chris (Nolan) and I were working on The Dark Knight Rises, working on the story; we were blocked. We agreed to part ways for a couple of weeks and just see if something had bubbled at the surface.  So I went back to my home office. I was wasting time and procrastinating and took out an archive edition of some of the original Superman comic books, Action comic books and started rereading them because I couldn’t figure out this plot point on Dark Knight Rises, I just randomly sat down one afternoon and wrote up some ideas for Superman.

"When I met with Chris Nolan again in another week or so he said, 'Have you worked out the problem on the Dark Knight Rises?' I said, 'No,' he said, 'What have you been doing?' and I said, 'Well, I had this idea for Superman,' and because Chris likes to procrastinate as well he said 'let’s hear it,' so I told him. And he literally called Jeff Robinov, who’s the head of Warner Bros., while I was sitting there and said, 'Jeff, Dave just told me this take on Superman and you need to hear it, I’d like to produce it. Can we come in?' And we went in the next day. That’s how it happened. No, we weren’t trying to do it, it just happened."

Goyer also spoke with Jami Philbrick from Iamrogue.com about his approach to Man of Steel. He was impressed by Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman and enjoyed working with director Zack Snyder. As always, he was tight-lipped about details, but when asked about the decision to not include Lex Luthor, he simply said, “I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him.” So keep your eyes open for a possible cameo, or more.

The full interview can be found here.


Speaking of Lex Luthor...

Mackenzie Gray played a clone of Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor for an episode in the final season of TV’s Smallville. He can admit that he will be in Man of Steel as well, but can’t speak about who he will play. Once again, fans are attempting to fill in the gap and believe he could play a shadowy Lex who may be recast for the sequel. This is rumor only, but if his performance on Smallville is any indicator, he would be great in the role anyway.


J.J. Abrams Discusses Unmade Superman Project

Superstar director J.J. Abrams sat down with Empire Magazine where he spoke for the first time about his take on Superman for the never-filmed Superman: Flyby. The movie would have starred Matt Bomer and come out around 2004, but Warner Bros. went with Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns instead.

"The thing that I tried to emphasise in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order," Abrams told Empire. "And the idea that these parents would see - if they were lucky to survive long enough - that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful. 'The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.?'The idea in the movie was that he became Superman because he realised he had to finally own his strength and what he'd always been. I don't know if that's what Zack and Chris [Nolan] are doing, but it looks like that's part of the idea and I could not be more thrilled to see that movie. That to me was always the way to go."


Judge Rules on Superman Case

The great legal battle over who really owns Superman is finally over. It’s been a confusing case, but many fans have been worried that if the Siegel family won, that Superman would lose profitability for Warner Bros. and we would never see another Superman film after Man of Steel. Although that was always rumor and not fact, worry no more because a federal judge ruled that Warner Bros. and DC Comics still own the character. The court held that the previous agreements that Superman's creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had made with DC were the end of the argument.

The only remaining part of the case concerns Superboy and a series of promotional advertisements for Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1. Both are expected to turn out in the company’s favor soon.


New Lois Lane Photo

Warner Bros. has released a new official still of Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

"Have you seen this alien?"


Superman 75th Anniversary Quiz

The L.A. Times has created a short quiz to test how well fans really know Superman. It's moderately difficult, even for major fans. You can take it here.  

Well, how did you do?

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