There is little doubt that DC has some catching up to do… Sure, they rocked out the two BEST comic-book film adaptations of all-time with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight AND they’ve got Green Lantern glowing on the near horizon (with almost super-star Ryan Reynolds) BUT as far as production goes they pale in comparison to their nemesis Marvel.
Marvel is not only coming off the mega-success Of Iron Man 1 and 2 but they’ve also built a stable of quality flicks (Spider-Man 1 and 2, X-Men 1 and 2) and have a full slate on tap (THOR, X-Men: First Class, Captain America, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Ant-Man, Deadpool, Daredevil, Wolverine, etc).
So what do you do if you’re DC? Bring out the biggest of all big guns… Superman. He’s still the most recognizable and iconic figure in all of comic books and he’s getting another cinematic go-round (full reboot style) courtesy of producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder. As part of the campaign (or purely by coincidence… but you know what they say… once is happenstance, twice is coincidence and the third time is enemy action) Warners/DC has been releasing key Supes news almost exclusively on Sundays. Why? Well we’re not sure really… but the Snyder announcement came on Sunday, as did news of Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Supes), Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (Martha ‘Ma’ Kent and Jonathan ‘Pa’ Kent). Hm. Warner Bros. and DC work in mysterious ways.
Yesterday they hit us again with news that Michael Shannon had been cast as the central villain Zod (both are a good choice because Shannon is a fantastic, Oscar nominated actor and Zod, being Kryptonian, offers a worthy adversary… not to mention one close to ‘home’… for the almost invincible Man of Steel). Oh… and the official title is just that, Man of Steel. Sounds good except that Zack ‘all style, no substance’ Snyder is directing.
What do you think about the project so far? The film is being perfectly cast, which can go a long (up, up and a)way.