As part of the ongoing celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros. Animation's Bruce Timm and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder collaborated on a two-minute film that observes some of Superman's more memorable adventures. The animation includes homages to original creators Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster to contemporary artists like Jim Lee, with stops along the way that give props to Curt Swan, Dan Jurgens, Neal Adams, Andy Warhol, Fleisher Studios, Alex Ross, the Smallville television series, Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, Henry Cavil and Timm's own work on Superman: The Animated Series.
Man of Steel
David S. Goyer, prolific writer of superhero movies such as the Blade movies (including the third one), the Dark Knight movies (including the third one) and David Hasselhoff's Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD TV movie, spoke about the controversy surrounding his most recent work, Man of Steel, at the BAFTA/BFI Screenwriter's Lecture last night. Spoilers for the movie ahead, if you were lucky enough to dodge that bullet.
Read on for all of Wednesday's links.
Click through to wind down your work week with lots of link love.
People have OPINIONS about Man of Steel, but one thing I think fans can all agree on is that it was pretty tasteful of the movie not to make actor Michael Shannon echo Terence Stamp's iconic "Kneel before Zod" line from Superman II. Or maybe the movie could've used it? Whatever the case, now fans can recreate or totally not recreate whatever scenes they want from MoS thanks to Hot Toys' upcoming 1/6 scale General Zod figure. Packed with just a few spare pairs of hands and his spooky Prometheus-lookin' Kryptonian space Helmet, Zod's appropriately pretty Spartan. This seems to be a pattern with the MoS line from Hot Toys, which is putting more emphasis on sculpts and suits than a raw batch of accessories. I guess dudes like Batman and Tony Stark just tend to need more toys than DC's solar-powered race of super aliens.
The sequel to this summer's Man of Steel, which director Zack Snyder confirmed at Comic-Con would feature a new actor in the role of Batman, is only in the script stage, so it may be a tad early to speculate about who might be the next actor to wear the cape and cowl.
So let's speculate. Some of the names floating around include Drive's Ryan Gosling, No Country for Old Men's Josh Brolin, True Blood's Joe Manganiello and Watchmen's Matthew Goode.
From the 1950s Adventures of Superman television show to this summer's Man of Steel, Superman has made several memorable appearances on both the small and big screen. And with each new TV show or film comes a change -- sometimes minor, sometimes significant -- in his iconic costume. At the DC Comics booth at this year's Comic-Con, in celebration of Superman's 75th birthday nearly all of his costumes from film and television are on display, from the suits worn by Christopher Reeve in his four Superman films to Henry Cavill's costume from Man of Steel. It's a great display, and gives visitors to the DC Comics booth a chance to see first hand the evolution of Superman's film/television look over the years.
ComicsAlliance snapped a few pictures of every costume on display, and you can check them all out below.
NECA's 1/4 scale superhero movie figures have a sizable presence at the toymaker's Comic-Con booth this year. In addition to the Batman '66 and Batman '89 figures that were initially shown at Toy Fair being displayed with their upcoming accessories, NECA also debuted its Avengers Thor and battle-damaged Iron Man, plus a Man of Steel Superman. All five figures stand 18 or so inches tall and feature unique accessories and, in the case of the caped crowd, some cloth costumery.
Diane Nelson is rolling into San Diego's Comic-Con with some real momentum thanks to the enormous commercial success of Warner Bros. Pictures' Man of Steel film directed by Zack Snyder. By all accounts the hit film based on Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster's Superman character has galvanized the DC Entertainment division, which Nelson leads as President, and everybody wants to know what's next for the company. To that end, Nelson sat down with The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that focused mainly on DC's Hollywood prospects (no news on Man of Steel 2, although an announcement is rumored to come later this weekend in San Diego), with Nelson confirming her wish list of properties to make the jump to the big and small screens, addressing concerns about Wonder Woman and the future of Vertigo.