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David S. Goyer Reveals 'Man Of Steel' Will Be "Naturalistic" & "Rooted In Reality" Like 'The Dark Knight' Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 8:56 AM
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It could be argued that comic book movies didn't really get taken seriously until Christopher Nolan's Batman series came along. While the genre was already a proven moneymaker, they weren't regarded as anything beyond mere pieces of blockbuster entertainment. But from "Batman Begins" onward, Nolan and screenwriter David S. Goyer delved into their conflicted hero's psychological underpinnings, and placed him in a Gotham that closely resembled our own bustling metropolises. It was a far cry from the candy land of Tim Burton's "Batman." And while some geek corners bemoan the lack of comic-book-ness of those movies, Nolan's films are more enriching viewing experiences as a result. And whether you like it or not, that's the same approach being taken with next summer's "Man Of Steel."

Will Warner Bros. 'Justice League' Movie Tie Into 'Man Of Steel'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 6:04 PM
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"Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with Superman, what they’ll do with Justice League will be its own thing with its own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool," Zack Snyder said in March 2011 about the status of "Man Of Steel" and whether or not it would tie into a proposed "Justice League" movie. But a few things happened since then. Firstly, Warner Bros. would release "Green Lantern" a few months later and it would flop horribly, killing any chances of launching a new franchise. And this year, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" puts an end to the latest version of Batman on the big screen, putting the character away for a few years until the inevitable reboot. What's a studio to do?

Christopher Nolan Says Next Batman Director Should Stay True "To What They Believe In" & Not Worry What Others Want

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2012 9:04 AM
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Such is the times we live in that only four days after "The Dark Knight Rises" opened and broke box office records, we're already wondering about where the franchise goes next. And it's not entirely an absurd notion. This summer, Sony is having a solid success with "The Amazing Spider-Man" (over $600 million worldwide and counting), only five years after Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3." And while there is no timeline on when the cowl and cape will be back in action with a new actor and director, Christopher Nolan does have some words of advice for the next director - and it's not to listen to the fans.

Watch: Action-Free, Elegiac Teaser Trailers For Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 21, 2012 12:58 PM
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Some of you have already seen it playing in front of "The Dark Knight Rises" this weekend, but one of two different teaser trailers for Warner Bros' next great superhero hope, "Man Of Steel," has just made its way online, via Yahoo. And those who've come to expect a certain kind of stylized, action-heavy kind of film from director Zack Snyder, the man behind "300" and "Sucker Punch," or even those who saw, legally or illegally, the Comic-Con teaser debuted last weekend, will find that the clip isn't quite what you were expecting.

The Best & Worst At Comic-Con: Which Films & Studios Had Good, Bad Or Middling Reactions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 16, 2012 3:34 PM
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Well, Comic-Con is done for another year. The San Diego Conference Center is currently getting a thorough hosing down, hungover cos-players have done their awkward walks of shame, and film press are returning to their various corners of the world longing, like ourselves, to watch and write about something difficult, European and subtitled.

Comic-Con '12: An Alternate Take On The ‘Man of Steel’ Footage & Other Highlights From Superman’s Hall H Appearance

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 16, 2012 9:00 AM
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Seven years after the release of Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns,” Warner Bros. and DC Comics are taking another crack at reviving the onscreen presence of the most recognized name in the comic kingdom. “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill in the red and blue tights, pretends Singer’s movie never happened. The stakes for the reboot are high for many reasons, and there is a lot on the line including a big budget for the film and reputation of Snyder who, since 2006’s “300,” has endured various slings and arrows thanks to "The Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch." However, with Christopher Nolan’s name is attached as a producer, hopes are high that his involvement can yield some of that "The Dark Knight" magic. Finally, there’s little known Henry Cavill stepping into a role that many consider cursed. Suffice to say, there’s a lot more riding on Superman’s shoulders than the fate of Metropolis.

'Man Of Steel' Teaser To Appear In Front Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Next Week; New Moody Teaser Poster Arrives

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 14, 2012 7:21 PM
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While Comic-Con has had many treats for the genre geek, perhaps the one that made fans most nervous was "Man of Steel." The centerpiece of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' panel, the film sees a character who's already had one unsuccessful modern era-reboot, and while fans were comforted by the presence of Christopher Nolan as executive producer, the choice of "300" and "Sucker Punch" helmer Zack Snyder to direct has been more controversial. And bar one image (nearly a year old at this point) and a logo, the film's been kept firmly under wraps, which is understandable, as it's nearly a year from release.

Well, Of Course There Aren't Going To Be Any New DC Comics Movies Before 2015

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2012 12:03 PM
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While there's a constant back-and-forth in the comics world, Marvel seem to pretty firmly be beating out arch-rivals DC Comics in the movie world. For much of the history of the superhero movie, it was DC (who've long been part of Warner Bros) who dominated, thanks to the success of "Superman" and "Batman," while Marvel were either not adapted at all, or done so poorly. But since 1998's "Blade," Marvel have been on the resurgence, eventually producing their own films, culminating in this year's "The Avengers," the most successful superhero film in history, while DC have had success with the Batman movies, but not much else; "Superman Returns" disappointed, while things like "Green Lantern" and "Jonah Hex" tanked outright.

Comic-Con '12 Preview: What To Expect From Nerd Bonnaroo This Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 10, 2012 1:17 PM
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If you're expecting to hear news about tiny indie projects and foreign auteurs in the latter half of this week, you may be disappointed. Tomorrow night is the kick-off of San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest such event in the world, and one that, over the years, has become a major part of the marketing calendar for some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. While we still wonder about how effective if it is (see our recent piece), and several studios are skipping this year, including Paramount and Universal, there's still some big-name guests and unveilings taking place between Wednesday and Sunday, and it'll undoubtedly be the major story of the week, movie-wise.

Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel' Not Getting Converted For IMAX 3D (Yet)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 6:08 PM
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Even though Christopher Nolan -- advocate for film stock over digital and IMAX over 3D -- can present his own movies however he wants, even if Warner Bros. would've love some extra three dimension coin from "The Dark Knight Rises," that power doesn't seem to extend to movies he executive produces. As the campaign for "The Dark Knight Rises" ends you can bet that marketing for Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" (which Nolan is executive producing) will start ramping up in a big way (it's pretty much a no brainer that a teaser will be attached to TDKR), and one of the first bits of info is the movie is going to be put through the conversion machine.

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