Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have headed off speculation and potential spy photos of their new Superman by releasing this early promotional image for a movie that’s almost 2 years away. The Immortals‘ Henry Cavill stars Superman in 2013’s The Man of Steel.
Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) is directing the film based on a screenplay by David S. Goyer (who wrote Batman Begins, all three Blade films, and one of my favorite movies of all time, Dark City), and is being produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception). The new film’s story is top secret, but it’s being called a complete reboot, with no continuity to Superman Returns or any other Superman films. British actor Cavill plays Clark Kent/Superman; the eclectic cast also includes Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, Russell Crowe and Julia Ormond as Jor-El and Lara, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Michael Shannon as villain General Zod, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Much of the cast feels kind of kitschy to me for some reason, with so many supporting roles filled out by big names like Crowe, Costner, Lane, and Fishburne. But you can’t get any pluckier than Amy Adams, who should be perfect as Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon should make for a fascinating Zod. Snyder’s reputation is shaky, with hits like Dawn of the Dead and 300 balanced by the total flop that was Sucker Punch. Then there’s Watchmen, which most fans are surprisingly dispassionate about. There’s no doubt that Snyder can confidently execute big-budget, special effects extravaganzas, but his own tastes have sometimes been an issue.
Screenwriter Goyer has a similarly spotty record. There’s no doubt he’s contributed to some of the best superhero movies of all time, helping shape the stories of all three Christian Bale Batman films. But his resume also includes the abysmal David Hasselhoff TV movie Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD. He also co-created TV’s FlashForward and Threshold, both of which started strong but quickly fizzled. He’s had a number of buzz-worthy scripts circulating Hollywood over the years that ultimately never went before screens, such as that cool sounding Green Arrow-in-prison film SuperMax. I think he’s got it in him to write a great Superman film, so let’s hope this is it.
As for Cavill in this new costume… It feels pretty Andrew Garfield-as-Spider-Man to me. I’m wondering what that textured fabric is, because it’s awfully shiny. I do appreciate that the S-shield is nice and big, which looks like a direct answer to all the criticism Bryan Singer got for making Brandon Routh’s S-shield so tiny. That cape is crazy long, and I can’t help wondering about the red briefs, since we can’t see them. What’s he hiding in there? Boy shorts? A thong? Cavill’s big hair looks a little disproportionate in this picture, but it’s hard to judge such things based on one picture. I’m thinking the darkness of the image’s composition could be an intentional nod to the tone of the film.
Mark your calendar for The Man of Steel, in theaters June 14, 2013.