Superman: from comic book hero to silver screen star

In 1978 Richard Donner directed the movie “Superman,” starring
Christopher Reeve, which led to three sequels over the next nine years.

In a popular 1990s television series “Lois Clark: the New
Adventures of Superman,” the superhero was played by Dean Cain, with
Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane.

Then, in 2006, “Superman Returns” directed by Bryan Singer and
starring Brandon Routh, was well received by critics and audiences.

It made $390 million (£240 million) opening the way for further films.


Zack Snyder: DC Comics not involved on Superman: The Man Of Steel (2012) – Cosmic Book News

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The director on both of the above has previously been adamant that this take on Superman will be his own and a different direction than the Donner classics.

Interestingly enough, when asked about getting input from DC Comics who publish numerous Superman graphic novels and comics, Snyder said they really weren’t involved.

Q: Are you working with DC or is it all you, Nolan and Goyer?

ZS: It’s all me, Nolan and Goyer. I mean, I meet with the DC guys but they don’t really [get involved.] It’s all us figuring it out.

Why do I find it interesting?


a) Snyder has previously said Superman should “kick ass” and …

b) DC Comics recently had J. Michael Straczynski write the main Superman comic book – only to leave – and “ground” Superman. Fans have been in an uproar because Superman feels as if he needs to connect to the common man and is literally walking from city to city saving cats from trees and things of that nature. You can check out my review of the last issue where Superman sits down with the Flash over a piece of cherry pie and talks about Kryptonian theology and ethics – yeah it was terrible!

While, I can’t state if Snyder follows the comics, I for one, am glad DC isn’t involved after giving JMS the green light. Could also be Snyder has heard how bad the Green Lantern movie is – and DC was involved with that.

Or could just be Snyder wants this to be his direction and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.

Screen Junkie also asked about there being no Lois (maybe they snuck that in) with Snyder questioning that.

Q: And there’s no Lois in this version. Is that the reason to do it, to strip away the things we know?

ZS: Oh, there’s no Lois Lane? I didn’t know that. I don’t know what that means.

Stay tuned to Cosmic Book News as more on Superman develops.

Superman flies into theaters December 2012 directed by Zack Snyder starring, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Diane Lane as Martha “Ma” Kent and Kevin Costern as Jonathan “Pa” Kent.

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Zack Snyder Calls Superman ‘Broken,’ Disses ‘Thor’

It seems Superman is a difficult character for creators to grasp, both in the world of comics and film. Hence the reason Bryan Singer made Superman Returns – it was so much easier to basically remake Richard Donner’s Superman (this time with Baby Superman!) than to branch out into uncharted cinematic territory.

Over the weekend, director Zack Snyder talked to our very own Roth Cornet about his approach to Superman: Man of Steel, a film he’s calling “the most realistic” he’s ever made – which isn’t saying much when you look at his filmography. Yesterday, Snyder talked to Hollywood Outbreak and referred to Superman as a broken concept, while managing to diss Marvel’s Thor in the process.

It should be noted that when Zack Snyder said, “Superman is broken and I think it needs to be fixed,” his wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder, interjected with, “From a movie standpoint.” At which point Snyder repeated, “From a movie standpoint.” So Snyder isn’t calling the Superman of the comic books broken, even though many a comic book fan would have no problem saying just that.

Snyder continued to discuss Superman’s movie problem, going so far as to mock Thor by comparison:

“[Superman] is the freaking […] biggest superhero on the planet. He’s the father of every superhero. [Deborah and I] were just talking about this – I’m like, really? Thor? Thor has a movie? [Laughter.] Really? I mean, come on. And there’s no Superman movie? This is, like, the world’s out of balance. It’s like, we’ve lost our minds here, people, come on.”

Listen, there’s no doubt that, cinematically-speaking, Superman has a massive problem. The fact that there hasn’t been a truly successful Superman film since 1980 is both astounding and sad. That said, there’s no reason in the world to denigrate the Marvel version of Thor, who was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and perhaps the greatest comics creator of all time, Jack Kirby. Hell, at least Superman has had quality representation in film – twice over. The last time Thor was seen in a movie theater was The Adventures of Babysitting.

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Zack Snyder also discussed the meeting he had with producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas before he took the directing job:

“When [Christopher and Emma] asked Deborah and I out to lunch [to tell us] what they wanted to do with [Man of Steel] – I’ve got to say, [beforehand] I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can [do Superman]. [Afterward], I was like, ‘This is right.’ […] I didn’t need to hear that much before I went, ‘Okay, that’s right, that’s the right way to do it.’ […] I’m a fan of the character. I want him to be awesome.”

Check out the full audio recording at Hollywood Outbreak.

While I agree with Zack Snyder that every Superman film since 1980 has been insignificant or just plain bad, I’m not sure the way toward creating the best possible Superman film is realism. After all, the best iteration of Superman in the past twenty years was Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman, which was all kinds of strange, ridiculous, and about as far away from realism as a story can get. In the end, realistic or not, Man of Steel’s quality will be determined not by its style, but by – well, everything else.

Superman: Man of Steel hits theaters December 2012.

Source: Hollywood Outbreak

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American comic characters come to life at Chicago convention

by Jing Zhao Cesarone

CHICAGO, March 19 (Xinhua) — Stepping into Chicago’s McCormick Place on Friday is like diving head-first into a fantasyland, where America’s favorite superheroes like Spider-man and Superman are guests of honor. Comic fans can be kids again at the annual pop culture convention.

After much anticipation, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) kicked off Friday and continues through Sunday at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

The worlds of comics and film, collectibles and games combined into the biggest pop culture gala to hit the shores of Lake Michigan, bringing the heartbeat of American pop culture to the core of America’s heartland.

The expo connects comic and pop culture aficionados, media and industry professionals with the newest and most exciting products, personalities and characters in the world of pop culture and entertainment.

Besides a bevy of booths for the top names in publishing, some event highlights include celebrity guest appearances and new 2011 releases such as “Thor.”

Many accomplished high profile writers, artists, and creators including Brian Michael Bendis, China Mieville, Paul Cornell and Scott Snyder join or have plans to join the show.

Bendis was an obvious center of attention at the increasingly crowded booth of Marvel, a well-known American comic publisher. Wearing a big smile and in high spirits, he signed autographs and shook hands with his fans, saying “Thank you very much!”

Bryan Loltz, a graduate student and hard core comic fan, could hardly contain his excitement at meeting Bendis and getting his autograph. Enthusiastically showing his growing collection of comics and an iPhone photo of his room full of comic posters, Loltz said “I am just so excited to be here! It is unbelievable.”

Loltz’s friend Dan Latham, an actor who appeared in multiple hits such as “The Dark Knight,” was in the middle of a long line wrapping around the Marvel booth.

“We are waiting for autographs from Michael Bendis, one of the best writers in the field. He is my favorite Spider-man writer. I have loved Spider-man since I was a kid because he is just a regular guy trying to do good things, and one of the most relatable superheroes,” he told Xinhua.

“They (The comic companies) almost have everything here, like movie screenings, comics, gaming, and celebrities.”

Walking around the expo, one cannot help but feel overwhelmed by the variety of characters and personalities dressed in shining, brightly-colored costumes.

A couple of characters from X-Men: Ages of Apocalypse told Xinhua that “Every five feet we walk, we get stopped by people to talk and take pictures with us.”


Kevin Costner Confirmed As Pa Kent In Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman’

News popped up a few weeks ago that veteran actor Kevin Costner was in the running for an unnamed role in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming DC Comics adaptation, “Superman.” The word at the time was that there was a “heightened interest” in having him step into “a key role” in the movie. Now both the casting and the role have been confirmed.

Costner will play Clark Kent’s adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, according to a Warner Bros press release. He joins the recently cast Diane Lane, who is set to play Clark’s mother, Martha.

Costner and Lane’s characters will be offering parental wisdom to Snyder’s Superman, confirmed in late-January to be played by “The Tudors” star Henry Cavill.

Snyder said in a statement, “Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”

Costner is no stranger to playing the “rural American man.” He was just that in “Dances With Wolves,” which earned him two Academy Awards for producing and directing, and which he starred in. The down-home middle American is an attribute that is characteristic of many of Costner’s performances, in films as diverse as “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham,” “Swing Vote” and even the post-apocalyptic drama “The Postman.”

Given Costner’s past experience with similar characters, would you say that he’s a good fit for the role of Jonathan Kent? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!

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