We now have a three minute trailer for Zack Snyder’s (Watchmen) Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
I’m not a huge Superman fan, but the trailer looks good, even if it does borrow liberally from The Dark Knight.
After the success of The Avengers, WB is desperate to create a Marvel-like shared universe for DC Comics, but they’ve been held back by misfires (The Green Lantern) and a Batman trilogy that, while successful, clearly exists in a world of its own. Man of Steel is their attempt to start anew. We’ll have to see how that works out for them. Continue reading →
The cast list for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel is notably lacking a certain Jimmy Olsen, the young Daily Planet photographer and Clark Kent tag-along who has been a reliable staple of all Superman movies, comics, and TV series.
In his place is a listing for a Jenny Olsen, played by Rebecca Buller, whose only other credit at the moment is a one-episode stint in the now canceled The Playboy Club.
Gender swaps aren’t unusual in reboots; Battlestar Galactica had two, Starbuck and Boomer; and Bryan Fuller changed the sex of tabloid report Freddie Lounds in his new series Hannibal. It’s understandable, shows and movies made back in the days when people didn’t care about equality just look antiquated from our perspective; almost as antiquated as having Superman work for a print newspaper.
And this isn’t the first time that Superman has tackled the issue. The most recent TV series in the franchise, Smallville, also took measures to raise the number of women, though in that case it did it by adding an original character, Chloe Sullivan (who, BTW, was also a young reporter), played by Allison Mack.
Here’s the teaser trailer for the latest attempt to bring Superman to the big screen, Man of Steel.
This one is directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). The trailer is very reminiscent of Batman Begins, showing a breaded, unwashed Clark Kent wandering the world on a journey of self-discovery. We’re going to call it Eat,Pray, Heat Vision from now on.
Very little of the eighth season of Smallville takes place in Smallville itself. Most everyone has moved away; some to Metropolis, some farther. Clark himself still lives on the farm, mostly due to super speed making the commute largely irrelavent.