The good news is that we’re less than a year from the theatrical release of a new Superman movie, and the start of what we hope will be a successful trilogy or series, both with critics and at the box office. The bad news is that we’ve still got a long wait ahead before we can start buying our popcorn. Although news items still arrive sporadically, the biggest stories this summer have been Comic-Con, the teaser trailer (which you can read more about here) and the announcement that Hans Zimmer has been hired to score the movie.
What we can expect from Zimmer is still up in the air, as he has demonstrated with other films that his style can change drastically depending on the mood, tone and character of the film. Both he and director Zack Snyder have confirmed that John Williams’ theme music from 1978 will not be used in any way, which has caused a lot of debate on Internet fan pages, forums and social media groups. One side stands with Snyder’s explanation that this will be a completely new take on the character as though no other films have ever been made before, therefore using the Williams theme would harken back to a very different version that they’re trying to remove themselves from. Still others stand fervently on the side that the old theme music is still an essential connector for all things Superman. And so the debate continues.
The big question is will the composer use a standard heroic theme melody, or will it complement the film in a more subtle way? When scoring Batman Begins, Zimmer created a very specific theme for Batman, but only ever built up to the start and then pulled away. He and director Chris Nolan both said that Batman hadn’t earned this heroic theme yet, so it would be heard in full for The Dark Knight a few years later. Man of Steel appears to be an origin story that takes place very early in Superman’s career, so will he give a similar reasoning, or will that otherwise necessary theme come through in the first film?
Our new Superman recently spoke about Man of Steel as well as his starring role in the upcoming Cold Light of Day in the September issue of Cineplex Magazine, which can be downloaded in PDF form here.
On Man of Steel, he explained,
“What I can say is that it’s a modernization of the character and a very realistic view of one, obviously, very fantastic individual. It’s an unreal situation, but it’s approached from a very practical viewpoint. We wanted to make the character easier to identify with.
It’s important to do the role justice. There are a lot of people relying on me to do this well. I gladly accept that responsibility, and it’s a great one to have because it’s a wonderful opportunity. I don’t let the pressures get to me because that’s going to hinder my performance and, therefore, let people down. So I choose to ignore the pressure side of it and focus on doing justice to Superman.”
And we fans hope the film is good for Henry because we all saw what happened to Brandon Routh’s popularity when Superman Returns was simply “not as good as it could have been.” But Henry’s career and stardom may already be set to skyrocket. As an actor who can handle Shakespeare, wouldn’t it be fantastic to see him star in a Kenneth Branagh film so the world can see just how broad a range he really has? But we’ll probably see him take his shirt off again for Fifty Shades of Grey first.
Not that we normally focus on this level of gossip, but Cavill has also split from his fiancé Ellen Whitaker after three years. One of her friends claimed they just weren’t getting along anymore. Here’s hoping they can part amicably and that the press doesn’t become too intrusive on their private lives. But more importantly, ladies, as far as we know, he’s on the market.
Last year, the Man of Steel crew co-opted the entire downtown of Plano, Illinois to double as Smallville for the film. The population and businesses were happy to lend a hand, as well as their downtown for one of the movie’s major action sequences. It’s now one year after filming and the town held a major three-day celebration, complete with celebrity guests in mid-August for the townspeople and visiting fans. This may become a new annual event, so if you missed out this time, mark your calendars for next year.
For a write-up of the event, take a look at this article by Kimberly Kelly at The Superman Homepage. With many more photos seen here.
Justice League Rumors
Once again, the rumors are milling about the long-anticipated Justice League film. Before Snyder or Cavill were announced for Man of Steel, it appeared that George Miller was set to direct Justice League, but it never came to be. Several weeks ago, reports flooded in that Ben Affleck had been approached to helm it. He later told Canada’s 24hrs site that it was entirely untrue. “Justice League sounds really exciting, but it’s not something I’m working on.” Superman would of course have to play an important role for the film’s marketability, and Affleck once played the 1950’s Superman, George Reeves, in Hollywoodland opposite Diane Lane who will be Martha Kent in Man of Steel.
According to MovieHole.net, the next big rumor concerns the Wachowskis (Matrix Trilogy) in a writing and directing position. Whether this turns out to be true or not doesn’t actually matter yet, because what’s important is that fans are serious about wanting the film, and Warner Bros, better be paying attention. It doesn’t matter yet who the director is when I have to quote Fry from Futurama and say, “Shut up and take my money.”
Until then, we still have the Robot Chicken DC Comics special starring many Justice League members. It’s set to air on September 9 on Adult Swim. Here’s a preview.
Who would you like to see direct the Justice League movie? And what characters need to be in it?