Superman: Man of Steel….Where art thou??

       
 

Brandon Routh revealed that Superman: The Man of Steel should go into production from Warner Brothers soon. Routh spoke to Hollywood.com about his upcoming appearance in Fear Itself, and revealed what the current plans are for the next film featuring the Last Son of Krypton.

 

Asked if Justice League: Mortal would be out before Superman: The Man of Steel, Routh responded "Oh, I think it seems as though that’s not happening, it’s on the back burner right now so it’s just Man of Steel now." In response to the delay between the two films, Routh said "I know, they’re busy writing a script and then I trust we’ll be starting next year, early next year. That’s my timeline anyway."

 

   
 
 

 

Few details are currently available for Superman: The Man of Steel, but it is known that Brandon Routh will return to his role as the Man of Steel and Bryan Singer will be back to direct. Kevin Spacey has also expressed an interest in returning as Lex Luthor.

       

Does Will Smith think Hancock beats Superman??!

 
 
   
 

In the grand scheme of things, there are heroes and superheroes. And then there are super-superheroes.

 

 

"The last ‘Superman’ I got offered," Will Smith revealed recently, reminiscing about the time he passed up the "Superman Returns" role that eventually went to Brandon Routh, "the script came, and I was like, ‘There is no way I’m playing Superman!’

 

Because I had already done Jim West [of ‘Wild Wild West’], and you can’t be messing up white people’s heroes in Hollywood!"

 


 
 
 
 

 

Laughing, the king of the 4th of July weekend added, "You mess up white people’s heroes in Hollywood, you’ll never work in this town again!"

 

Though he has the physique (as seen in "Ali") and action-movie credibility ("I Am Legend," "Independence Day"), Smith has watched the superhero-cinema revolution of the last decade from the sidelines, keeping one hand firmly on his cape. In 2005, the A-lister came across a nine-year-old script called "Tonight, He Comes," which offered him the chance to personify a new hero, in the film we now know as "Hancock."

 

"Hancock is dark, but he’s fun," the former Fresh Prince (who reunited with DJ Jazzy Jeff at the film’s premiere this week for an old-school rap performance) said of his character. "You can get away with all kinds of things if it’s funny. It’s like staying on that edge of comedy, which is what I think is the beauty of this movie. [Director] Pete Berg, he shoots it in a way that is really authentic-looking. He’s not setting up jokes with those camera shots, so the comedy is really coming out from a true, authentic character place, which is hard to do with these kinds of movies."

 

Now, instead of taking up residence in the Fortress of Solitude, Will Smith has a park bench. Instead of blue tights, he’s wearing shorts and a tattered knit cap. He still gets to stop bullets with his skin, fly through the air and engage in his own Man of Steel heroics — but when Hancock goes dark, he makes Christopher Reeve’s "Superman III" bar scene look like a "Teletubbies" rerun.

 

"I was attracted to the idea of this self-destructive, drunk, nihilistic beast of a man fighting crime inebriated and terrorizing the people he was supposed to protect," Berg said of his film. "I like that idea. I thought it would give us the ability to find a fresh way into the superhero genre."

 

Jason Bateman, who appears in the film as a publicity expert eager to give Hancock an image makeover, insists that films like "Fantastic Four" and "Daredevil" fall short when they don’t explore the darker temptations of superpowers. "I would probably not be a very good good-guy; I would probably go the Hancock route," he reasoned. "I would love to fly and bang into things. It would be nice to bounce off a building, and bounce off the other one, instead of flying straight through — that’s kind of boring."

 

"I like [superhero movies] when they push the envelope and they give you something different," leading lady Charlize Theron said. "And I feel like this one is as different and unusual as they come."

 

But if there’s one thing we all know about comic book geeks, it’s that they must rank everything. So, in this summer when "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" are battling for the title of best superhero movie ever made, where does "Hancock" fit in?

"It’s a really interesting time," Berg said. "Jon Favreau did a great job on ‘Iron Man,’ and Downey was fantastic. It was an interesting spin, had a nice flavor. … ‘Hulk’ was also an interesting film.

 

"Hancock is his own animal," Berg said of the character, trying to place him among the onslaught of DC and Marvel comics legends who’ve hit the big screen in the past decade. "He’s probably somewhere, but not on the hill all the rest of [the superheroes] are on. He has to be on the hill in back. He smashed the hill up a little bit, so it’s more of a mound, because he got drunk and flew through his hill."

 

At long last, Will Smith has finally found a role that lets him leap tall buildings in a single bound. And by avoiding the expectations of the super-superhero who would have weighed him down with 75 years’ worth of baggage, perhaps the star has finally figured out the best way to create a performance more powerful than a locomotive.

 

"I don’t really want to compare it to other superhero films, because I think this one just kicks the ass of all other superhero films," Theron insisted. "And by the way, Will paid me to say that."

       

Some basic math for y’all!

 
 
   
 

WoooooHooo!! Check it Out!!

 

 

Superman: The Animated Series – Season 1 (US$15.99)
The creative team behind Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series chronicles the adventures of Superman, after young Clark Kent discovers his interplanetary heritage. Upon reaching adulthood, he assumes the identity of Superman, the Man of Steel, battling the forces of villainy. Fly with Superman in these classic adventures.

 

 

 
 

 

Superman – The Fleischer Cartoons (US$9.99)
Cartoon impresario Max Fleischer was among the first to bring the printed Superman comics to a wide audience in these fanciful 1940s shorts featuring the Man of Steel saving his true love, Lois Lane, battling mad scientists and overthrowing Nazis. Bod Collyer performs the voice of Clark Kent/Superman, with Joan Alexander as Lois Lane.

 

The Adventures of Superman – Season 1 (US$30.99)
These classic episodes from the 1950s starring George Reeves set the tone for how many people still think of Superman, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent works for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he also battles for truth and justice as Superman.

 

Super Friends – Season 1 (US$27.99)
The most powerful heroes ever – Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman, and Robin – join forces with teenagers Wendy and Marvin and their dog, Wonderdog, to defend justice and guard the innocent.
Two teenagers, one dog and five heroes – they’re Super Friends to the rescue!

 

 

Batman: The Animated Series – Volume 1 (US$34.99)
Avenging the senseless murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne devotes his life to wiping out lawlessness in Gotham City. The Dark Knight occasionally joins with Robin and Batgirl in his crusade, battling his personal demons as often as bedeviling evil figures. Experience the Batman saga in this faithful rendering of the character and stories.

 

 

Batman Beyond – Season 1 (US$19.99)
From the ingenious team that brought audiences the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series comes the continuing legend of the Dark Knight with a futuristic twist as Bruce Wayne trains a new Batman for the 21st century. Voice talent includes Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Stockard Channing, Lauren Tom, Seth Green and Teri Garr.

Aquaman – The Complete Series (US$24.99)
This grounded, contemporary reinterpretation of DC Comics’ Aquaman mythology comes from the acclaimed writing/producing team of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville). Self-assured dive shop owner Arthur (A.C.) Curry begins to grasp his amazing destiny as he perfects his aquatic abilities with a time-hardened lighthouse keeper.

 

All these great shows, and Aquaman, too.
What more could you ask for?

 

Available now in the iTunes store. :)!

       

“Boys of Steel” will release July 22nd

   

Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of "Boys of Steel" – the upcoming (July 22nd) picture book biography of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is maintaining a work blog about the book. He recently revealed some research of his that turned up old photographs of the building where Joe Shuster grew up (and where he drew the original Superman stories). Here’s an excerpt:

 

In the decades of literature about the history of Superman, I’ve noticed an odd omission.

 

The house in which Jerry Siegel lived when he envisioned Superman is still standing. Cleveland protects it as a designated landmark. Anillustration of its interior is in Boys of Steel.

 

   
 

But Superman was not fully created in Jerry’s house. He was not fully created until Joe Shuster drew him.

 

Why hasn’t anyone published a picture of where Joe lived in 1934?

 

For starters, it’s no longer there. And since apparently no one knew its significance when it was torn down, it was just another derelict building, requiring no special archiving. Which meant it could take a lot of looking now to find a picture of it. After my research trip to Cleveland in January 2007, I can confirm that it took a heckuva lot of looking.

 

You can pre-order your copy of "Boys of Steel" at Amazon.com.

 

 

Mark Millar for Superman in 2011??

     
 

Is this the guy to reinvent one of the most pop icons ever??

What the comics writer told the Daily Record makes it seems as if he has his chess pieces in place to wrest control of the franchise away from the director and into the waiting embrace of his own hand-picked team:

"Since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to reinvent Superman for the 21st century," Millar said. "I’ve been planning this my entire life. I’ve got my director and producer set up, and it’ll be 2011. This is how far ahead you have to think.

 

 
 
 

"The Superman brand is toxic after that last movie lost [money], but in 2011 we’re hoping to restart it. Sadly I can’t say who the director is, but we may make it official by Christmas."

The comments are somewhat puzzling. What will be made official? No doubt Millar and his unnamed producer are not in a position to simply claim control of the ‘Superman’ franchise. While they could be negotiating with Warner Bros. to oust Singer, it would seem like a monumental task to actually make that happen.

While Millar’s comments come across as very assertive and definitive, he closes the ‘Superman’ talk with a softer remark.

"…Fingers crossed it could work out, that would be my lifetime’s dream."

Dream? Hoax? Imaginary Story? Or will Millar and some amazing director really make the next ‘Superman’ film for release three years from now? We’ll find out in the next six months!

Read the full story…

Meet the New Villains of Smallville

               
     

Fans of Smallville have been wondering who the new villains on the show will be, ever since it was announced that Michael Rosenbaum, who plays Lex Luthor, would be leaving as a series regular. Now, thanks to TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello we know that the new villains on the show will be played by Sam Witwer and Cassidy Freeman.

 

Witwer, known to many from his role as Alex “Crashdown” Quartararo on Battlestar Galactica, will be taking the role of Doomsday, whose real name is Davis Bloome. The character seems to be far removed from his comic book roots as the ultimate Kryptonian killing machine. The character’s description from the CW reads as follows:

He’s in his mid-20s. He works as a bartender at the hip new Metropolis lounge Ace of Clubs. He plays down his smoldering good looks with a self-effacing wit and down-to-earth soulfulness. But he has long felt like an outsider (hence his nickname). And beneath his charismatic, easy-going demeanor lies a brooding sense of isolation and insecurity. When he begins to delve into the haunting mysteries of his true origins, a darker truth begins to emerge, one of blood and serial murders, one of survival and utter destruction – one in which he is forced to confront the true evil inside of him.

 

It sounds like an interesting character, though one has to wonder why the producers decided to name him Doomsday, considering the baggage that name carries with fans of Superman comics.

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
     

 

Freeman will be playing Tess, a determined, vengeful woman with super-strength who Lex leaves in control of his estate in his absence. The CW describes her as:

While Lex is away, she is in control of his estate and rules it with aggression. She’s had intellect and the confidence all her life, though it’s obvious she’s had some training from Lex as well. But as much as Lex has helped fortify her power, he is also her biggest weakness. She harbors an undying devotion to Lex, claiming he saved her life a few years ago. She carries out his wishes with coercion, force, seduction – anything to get what she wants. And no one can resist her beguiling ways. Even Clark Kent. She doesn’t remember anything before the day she met Lex. Once she realizes her previous life is buried below the surface, she’s desperate to dig it up. 

   
               
               
               
               
               

More Screenshots of Mortal Kombat vs. the DC Universe!

                             
 

Midway has released the first in-game screenshots for "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" along with some brand new renders — check’em out below. That’s cool and all, but the bigger news is that the Flash is in those screenshots. That’s right, he might have been unannounced before, but we now know that Barry Allen or Wally West or Bart Allen is in this game as the Flash.

Along with the art and Flash, Midway also announced that it is planning a panel for the game at the San Diego Comic-Con. Friday, July 25, 2008, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon and comic book writer Jimmy Palmiotti will be on hand for "Worlds Collide: The Making of Midway’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe." Aside from chatting about how the game came to be, Boon and Palmiotti will also offer an exclusive look at never-before-seen gameplay, unveil some new characters, and host a Q&A session. If you make it into the 11:15 a.m. panel, you’ll also get an exclusive, limited edition Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Comic-con 2008 poster.

 
                             
   
 
                   
                             
                       
                             
                       
                             
   

Ohhh ..btw we’ve learned that a certain villainess may make an appearance in the game:

did you guess who yet?

 

 

 
                             
   

Holy Colossal Cleavage Batman!!

   
   
   

Justice League: A lot slower than a speeding bullet

         
   

The latest news on a live-action “Justice League of America” movie still appears to be no forward movement. IGN.com has posted an exclusive video interview with rapper turned actor Common.

Common had reportedly been contracted to portray John Stewart, aka Green Lantern, in the “JLA” film.

According to Common, there’s been absolutely no recent movement on the film but he remains “hopeful” that the film will one day be made and that he’d get the opportunity to play Green Lantern. Watch the IGN video interview with Common right here:

   
         
   

 
   
         

Green Arrow Coming Back for Season 8!

         
 

E! Online has reported that the CW just confirmed that Justin Hartley (Green Arrow/Oliver Queen) has been locked in as a series regular for the upcoming eighth season.

According to the show’s rep, Justin’s storyline will focus on Oliver’s past and where he comes from as opposed to his Green alter ego.

It’s reported also that Kristen Kreuk will most definitely be back for a batch of episodes. Most likely six or seven but they’re still working out the exact number.

 

As for the two new characters—Tess (female villain) and Doomsday (aka Davis Bloome), they are yet to be cast according to the CW. Read the character descriptions here

   
 
 

.