David S. Goyer, prolific writer of superhero movies such as the Blade movies (including the third one), the Dark Knightmovies (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.
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.
By Chris Sims
If you’re the kind of person who keeps up with comic book news online — and the evidence would seem to suggest that you are — then you may have already heard a few things about what happens in Justice League #22. It’s the kickoff of the big Trinity War crossover, and Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis have already got people talking about it, some of whom are even going so far as to call it this month’s Worst Comic Ever™. And it is, but probably not for the reason they’re mad about.
Not going to lie. I was a little worried about Russell Crowe playing Superman’s dad Jor-El after seeing him in a decent chunk of The Man With The Iron Fists, but he turned out to do just fine in Man of Steel. I guess acting alongside a CGI alien dragon horse thing brings out the best in a former Gladiator? Hot Toys seems to have dug him too, revealing an upcoming 1/6 scale Jor-El figure bearing a spot-on Crowe likeness and rocking killer Kryptonian garb, alternate hands and a stylized space rifle.
Smallville’s Lex Luthor, Michael Rosenbaum, made it abundantly clear on Twitter Wednesday that he is the absolutely most qualified actor to play Lex Luthor in the already-green-lit Man of Steel sequel.
By Chris Sims
Kyle Baker is a national treasure. You’re probably already familiar with his work as the eight-time Eisner Award-winning cartoonist behind books like The Cowboy Wally Show and DC’s Plastic Man, but the past few years have seen him experimenting with new formats for his work. And now, he’s satirized the climactic battle from Man of Steel with a stylish interactive game.
Be warned, however, that it deals with spoilers for the film — beyond just “Superman fights the bad guy,” I mean.
By Tom Scioli
By Andy Khouri