By Andy Khouri
It’s probably too soon to say but it seems from this clip that Man of Steel will flip the script on the classic Zod-Superman story, with Michael Shannon’s Zod being the pursuer of Kal-El, who seems to be presented here as a Kryptonian fugitive that Earth’s been “sheltering.”
Meanwhile, some kind of Kryptonian countdown is happening at a website called I Will Find Him that seems to end sometime on Tuesday.
The folks over at ComicBookMovie have grabbed seven new images from director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel out of Entertainment Weekly’s summer preview issue. They offer fans a slightly clearer look at characters only briefly seen in the trailers: namely Michael Shannon as General Zod and Russell Crowe as Jor-El.
A couple characters not seen in the trailers — Lawrence Fishburne’s Perry White and Antje Traue’s Kryptonian villain Faora — also show up in the shots, alongside characters we’ve seen plenty of: Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Ma and Pa Kent.
Check out the full set on ComicsAlliance!
At Comic-Con in 2008, I stepped onto a hotel elevator and instantly found myself in the sky. At least, it felt that way. It was actually a very creative ad for Pixar’s Up that involved painting the inside of the elevator to look like the sky from the film, with Carl’s balloon-powered flying house in the corner, looking to be off in the distance. The ad always stuck with me, as I thought it was an imaginative — and very effective — way to promote a film, and easily the best use of advertising in an elevator I’d ever seen.
That is, until I saw this proposed ad for this summer’s Man of Steel, submitted to the Chip Shop Awards by Jon Massey and Ryan Brown. Massey and Brown take advantage of elevator design to present the classic image of Clark Kent opening his shirt to reveal the Superman logo underneath.
Yesterday was a big day for Man of Steel toy reveals, as Variety, USA Today and Hero Complex all debuted images of Superman, Jor-El and the villainous General Zod across a swath of prominent toy lines including Mattel’s 6” Movie Masters and 3.75” series, Funko’s Pop! Vinyl offerings, and Lego’s DC Super Heroes sets. The reveals are spoiler-free, although they arguably give fans their best looks at each of these characters as played by Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon. So far, no female figures have been officially previewed, but it probably won’t be too long before Kryptonian baddie Faora (and perhaps even Lois Lane or the potential gender-swapped Jimmy Olson) pops up somewhere.
You can check out a roundup of the assorted upcoming Man of Steel toys on ComicsAlliance!