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Release Date: June 14, 2013 (North America)

Genres: Action, Comic Book, Sequel          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Warner Bros.   Production Company: Legendary Pictures

Who's In It: Michael Shannon (Zod), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent)

Who's Making It: Zack Snyder (Director), David S. Goyer (Screenwriter), Christopher Nolan (Story), David S. Goyer (Story), Christopher Nolan (Producer)

What We Think: When Superman Returns produced mixed results for Warner Bros. the studio decided to let its next cinematic adventure for the Man of Steel simmer on the creative backburner. But now the clock is ticking as... More »

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Harry Lennix has been cast as a general named Swanwick in Man of Steel. Lennix may be best remembered for his role as Commander Lock in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, but he's also had roles on Fox's Dollhouse series as well as the sixth season of 24.

- Variety. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Actor Christopher Meloni is in talks to star in Man of Steel. While no details are out there about what character the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit cast member would play, THR says that Meloni's scenes would involve working opposite Henry Cavill's Superman. Could Meloni be up for the part of Lex Luthor, Superman's main adversary, or perhaps Daily Planet chief Perry White?

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sources inform Deadline that Julia Ormond is the only actress in talks to play Superman's Kryptonian mother, Lara, in the film. An earlier rumor mentioned at the time that Russell Crowe was cast to play Jor-El had his fellow Gladiator co-star Connie Nielsen the main candidate to play Lara. Was Nielsen in the running, did things change or is Ormond a new development in casting?

Ormond made her breakthrough with North American audiences as the unobtainable love interest for Brad Pitt's character in Legends of the Fall. She's also appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and just finished working in My Week with Marilyn.

- Deadline. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, April 11, 2011

Michael Shannon has been cast as Zod, the megamanicial Kryptonian villain banished to the Phantom Zone by Superman's father. Additionally, the studio has now confirmed the title of the Superman movie as simply Man of Steel.

"Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don't. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role," said director Zack Snyder. [Full story]

- Warner Bros. Comment on this Scoop (1)
Saturday, February 26, 2011

The latest casting rumor is that Viggo Mortensen is a "person of interest" for the part of General Zod in the movie. Zod was first played on-screen by Terence Stamp in a cameo at the beginning of Superman: The Movie, and then as the Man of Steel's main foe in Superman II.

Mortensen is best known for his role as Aragorn through all three Lord of the Rings films. He's also starred in A History of Violence, The Road and Eastern Promises. [Full story]

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, February 21, 2011

Two sites have supplied interesting reports that Kevin Costner is being considered for an important role in Superman. While Deadline broke the Costner story first, it was Latino Review that told us the Dances With Wolves director/star was up for the part of Jonathan Kent, the adoptive father of the infant Superman. Warner Bros. hasn't commented on either site's story. [Full story]

- Deadline, Latino Review. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A rumor making the rounds today has perpetual trouble magnet Lindsay Lohan up for some kind of major role in the new Superman movie. TMZ is reporting the story and stating that the part that she's being considered for isn't that of Lois Lane. No one from Warner Bros. or Lohan's side is commenting on the gossip.

- TMZ. Comment on this Scoop (1)
Thursday, December 2, 2010

At the Inception DVD release party, movie composer Hans Zimmer mentioned that he will write the music score for Zack Snyder's untitled Superman movie.

- Thompson on Hollywood. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Did Warner Bros. make their decision to hire Zack Snyder to direct the new Superman movie because David Goyer's screenplay needs too much work and they needed a director that could start shooting sooner rather than later? That's precisely what Vulture's sources are claiming: that when faced with losing the rights to make a Superman movie by 2011, the studio went with Snyder because he could develop Goyer's supposedly troubled story (Vulture's own words: "a bit of a mess,") while prepping an immediate start of production for the film.

Vulture also goes a step further and divulges what they've heard is the Superman movie's logline: a pre-Superman Clark Kent is traveling the world as a journalist, questioning his future path and even whether he should become a superhero for our planet.

- Vulture. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

According to The Hollywood Reporter's appropriately named Heat Vision blog, the villain facing off against Superman in David Goyer's screenplay is General Zod, the facist military commander exiled to Krypton's Phantom Zone. In the Superman films of 1979 and 1981 the character was played by Terence Stamp.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, October 4, 2010

Zack Snyder has won the job of directing the next Superman movie.

The director confirmed Deadline's scoop to them this afternoon. "I've been a big fan of the character for a long time, he's definitely the king of all superheroes, he's the one," Snyder relayed to the site. "It's early yet, but I can tell you that what David [Goyer] and Chris [Nolan] have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I've always felt he was kind of awesome. I'll finish Sucker Punch and get right at it."

Snyder has developed into a director of power at Warner Bros., Superman's studio. He brought to cinematic life Frank Miller's graphic novel 300, which was a big hit for the studio three years ago. In 2009 Snyder delivered Watchmen, considered to be the greatest comic book of all-time, which received mixed reviews but broke even financially. Snyder's latest film is the CG animated Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

- Deadline. Comment on this Scoop (4)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Now Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) is a contender to direct the new Superman movie. Aronofsky's name emerged yesterday along with the news that Ben Affleck had also been considered. The actor-turned-director is getting praise for his most recent film, The Town, and that opened the doors for him to meet with Warner Bros. However, something happened or was surfaced so that Affleck is no longer interested in the job.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Deadline is reporting that Christopher Nolan and his producing partner/wife Emma Thomas are now meeting with a short list of contenders to direct the new Superman movie. Warner Bros. is under a deadline to have the new Superman movie in production ASAP and out by 2012 before they lose some of the rights to the classic character.

On that short list are directors Tony Scott (Man on Fire, Unstoppable), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Clash of the Titans 2), Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch).

A decision could be publicly announced in a few weeks.

- Deadline. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Is Mad Men's Jon Hamm one of the possible new faces of Warner Bros.' Man of Steel? According to the Think McFly Think website, who cites one of their covert sources, Hamm is indeed one of the possible new candidates to play Superman in the new movie. "Seriously considered," are the words that TMT's source told them.

- Think McFly Think. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Saturday, June 5, 2010

Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan was interviewed by Empire magazine about the next Batman movie as well as his involvement with the new Superman film and how he got involved with it.

"What it is, while David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago - you know, thrashing out where we might move on from The Dark Knight - we got stuck. We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said, ' By the way, I think I know how you approach Superman,' and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time I had been able to conceive of how you would address Superman in a modern context. I thought it was a very exciting idea.

"But it's not something for me to direct. It's something we were just trying to put together a vision for, and then find the right person to take it forward."

Nolan didn't dive into specifics as to what the storyline for the new Superman project would be about but he did explain what he thought made the two biggest DC Comics heroes so appealing to audiences. "What you have to remember with both Batman and Superman is that what makes those the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who those characters were when they were created and when they were first developed. And you can't ever move too far from that."

- Empire. Comment on this Scoop (0)


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