March 03, 2014 | 4:57 p.m.
The untitled “Man of Steel” sequel hasn’t yet gone into production, and it’s already the most controversial movie in fandom. Chalk that up to director Zack Snyder’s somewhat unconventional casting choices. First, comics stalwarts expressed surprise and skepticism in August with the revelation that Ben Affleck would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale, taking on the role of Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in Snyder’s much-anticipated superhero sequel, the follow-up to his 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office. Then came the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, would play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the movie, and the uproar started anew. Just last month, fresh fandemonium was heaped upon the movie with the announcement that boyish “Social Network” star Jesse […]
Dec. 12, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.
Before Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel featuring Superman, Batman and a recently announced Wonder Woman, actor Josh Brolin had been widely tipped for the role of Gotham City’s caped crusader. In a new interview over at The Envelope, The Times’ site devoted to all things awards season, the actor talked about his familial connection to the character — his father appeared on the 1960s TV show starring Adam West — and also his surprise at the outpouring of Internet vitriol that greeted the news that Affleck had won the role. “You read stuff like, ‘I wish Ben Affleck would die,’” Brolin said. “It’s Armageddon because he’s going to play Batman. What’s happening? You can’t listen to any of it. It’s like a kid in a cereal aisle screaming, ‘I want Froot […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.
Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen. Gal Gadot has been cast as Diana Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming untitled Superman/Batman film. The film is set to begin shooting early next year and to make its way into theaters July 17, 2015. “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said in a statement. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.” PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 Gadot, the Israeli actress and model who is best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, will join a star-studded cast […]
Nov. 08, 2013 | 4:47 p.m.
“Man of Steel” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, and Warner Bros. is ramping up the hype with a live fan event Saturday. Director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent) and Amy Adams (Lois Lane) will talk about the film and the franchise’s future as well as take questions from fans in the streaming online event, to be held at 9 a.m. PST on Yahoo Movies. Kevin Smith will host, and fans can upload video questions to this site or submit their questions using Twitter, with tweets to @ManofSteelMovie using #AskManofSteel. The event will also include a clip featuring a discussion between Snyder and actor Michael Shannon (General Zod) about the making of the film. The fan event comes in time for Tuesday’s home video release of the Superman film. Hero Complex readers get a sneak peek at one […]
July 20, 2013 | 1:40 p.m.
While the San Diego Convention Center hosts the fanboys and hit-girls of Comic-Con during the day, in the evening the bars, hotels and streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter become the home of the annual convention’s lively nightlife. Comic-Con has earned a reputation for its hospitality to many fandoms as it has expanded from a mere comic book convention to an event that celebrates all genres with major fan followings. The annual gathering of some 130,000 pop culture enthusiasts gives way to a lavish party scene. Sure, there’s still a cosplay prom and countless trivia contests, and many attendees spend their nights camped out on the sidewalks awaiting badges for the panels. But the mainstream Hollywood studios that have been attracted to Comic-Con in the last decade also shell out big bucks to entertain celebrities and industry members who make the […]
June 15, 2013 | 6:55 a.m.
It’s a strain to be Superman, even for someone with as sizable shoulders as British actor Henry Cavill. The stress of carrying the world and “Man of Steel,” the $225-million Warner Bros. reboot of the Superman franchise, is showing on Cavill’s sculpted face. He’s built up a steely reserve as the scrutiny of his public and private life becomes more intense. And it comes after mining his own awkward adolescence to play a character steeped in loneliness and confusion. The 30-year-old Cavill grew up on the small English Channel island of Jersey. The fourth of five brothers, he yearned to escape the “shackles of parenting” and followed his third eldest brother to boarding school in England. Yet a profound homesickness plagued the then-13-year-old — so much so that he found himself blubbering to his mother on the phone daily. “It […]
June 13, 2013 | 3:52 p.m.
Superman is soaring into theaters this weekend with Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel.” But fans who can’t wait for Friday can get a glimpse of the much-anticipated movie in the gallery above, which features 50 photos from “Man of Steel.” Henry Cavill is the latest in a long line of actors to wear the iconic “S” symbol on his chest, following in the footsteps of Christopher Reeve, Kirk Alyn, Tom Welling and George Reeves. “Man of Steel” marks the Last Son of Krypton’s first time on the silver screen since Brandon Routh’s turn in 2006′s “Superman Returns.” Cavill is joined on screen by Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer, who play Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van, Kal-El’s birth parents on Krypton; Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, who play Jonathan and Martha Kent, Clark’s adoptive parents in Smallville; Amy Adams, who plays Daily Planet reporter […]
June 12, 2013 | 7:27 p.m.
“Man of Steel” flies into theaters Friday hoping to reinvent Superman for a new era, no small feat for the original superhero, a character who debuted in the pages of “Action Comics” No. 1 in 1938 and celebrates his 75th anniversary this year. Filmmaker David S. Goyer teamed with his “Dark Knight” trilogy collaborator Christopher Nolan on the story and wrote the screenplay for the Zack Snyder-directed movie, and Goyer recently spoke to Hero Complex about the project — its incredibly high stakes, his detailed approach to writing the script and why Superman matters to so many people (and maybe something about “Justice League” too). HC: You’ve said previously that you never really understood Superman as a character. How did you ultimately find your way in to the story? DG: I had just become a stepfather and my now wife […]
June 10, 2013 | 1:13 p.m.
Superman fans can watch live as Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and more “Man of Steel” stars walk the red carpet for the film’s premiere today at 3 p.m. PDT (6 p.m. EDT). “Man of Steel,” set to open in theaters Friday, stars Cavill as the comic book hero. Adams plays Lois Lane, the plucky Daily Planet reporter and love interest for Clark Kent. Also expected to attend the premiere at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall are Michael Shannon, who plays the villainous General Zod; Kevin Costner, who plays Superman’s adoptive father, Jonathan Kent; Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer, who play Superman’s biological father Jor-El and mother Lara Lor-Van, respectively; Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet editor Perry White; and Antje Traue as Kryptonian warrior Faora-Ul. The film’s director, Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”), is also to be in attendance, along with […]
May 30, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.
Superman is getting a new logo for his 75th anniversary. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment today unveiled a new commemorative logo featuring the last son of Krypton in a striking blue silhouette to celebrate the character reaching his landmark pop culture milestone. The logo will appear on the upcoming “Superman Unchained” comic book by Jim Lee and Scott Snyder due out June 12, just two days before Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” flies into theaters with actor Henry Cavill in the title role. As part of the unveiling, the companies also announced that Zack Snyder will produce a new “Superman” animated short, designed to pay homage to Superman’s history and legacy. The short will be promoted in San Diego at Comic-Con International in July before its late summer release. QUIZ: How well do you know the Man of Steel? Anticipation is […]