Possible ‘Man of Steel’ Scene Descriptions: Tornadoes, Tanks & the New General Zod

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am,

Henry Cavill is an Edgy Superman Possible Man of Steel Scene Descriptions: Tornadoes, Tanks & the New General Zod

Even with The Avengers raking in the dough around the globe – and titles like The Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight Rises readying to hit the scene over the impending months – some comic book fans are already looking ahead to the future slate of superhero movies on the horizon.

Marvel has two releases due out in 2013 (Iron Man 3, Thor 2), but the most-buzzed about (in good and bad ways) comic book title due out next year is Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

Certain cast members for Snyder’s reboot of the Superman franchise (specifically, Michael Shannon and Dylan Sprayberry) have talked about the film being an edgier spin on the hero’s mythos – without going into any greater detail. Currently making the rounds are early impressions from someone who claims to have seen actual footage from Man of Steel, as was featured in a sizzle reel screened at a recent gathering for visual effects artists.

Here is the aforementioned Man of Steel footage description (as posted on the IMDb discussion boards):

Last night at a VFX conference there was a sizzle reel shown by Weta. In this sizzle reel there were two beta level (most likely from a trailer) clips shown. One only about 6 seconds long, the other much longer.

The former was Clark Kent grabbing a truck with a crying man inside of it while flying through the middle of a tornado. It looked incredible. Henry Cavill can fly, and he can hold a truck in one arm. Zack Snyder brings his usual visual flair, but somehow is still unlike anything he has made before. It felt like a Superman comic. Real heroism.

The longer clip was even more stunning, but the more I think about it, slightly concerning. The clip consisted of Superman in full costume in a verbal argument with Zod in the center of Smallville with Christopher Meloni yells at them through a megaphone next to a tank. Meloni warns them he will fire if they do not surrender. While he says this Zod [played by Michael Shannon] sizes Superman up. Shannon looks evil as he can be. Bone chilling even. And is DEFINITELY sporting enhanced muscle. Cavill’s Superman is a wonderful sight to behold in motion. Cavill’s pure size makes him the most believable Superman to date. Zod speaks in Kryptonian “Do you know your native tongue, Kal-el?” Superman looks stunned, and responds in English, “Who are you?” (there isn’t enough Superman dialogue to judge Cavill’s performance fairly, but I’d say he did well. Nothing spectacular from this clip.) Meloni curses, then into a walkie talkie orders the tank to fire. Superman hears this and turns to the tank. Zod takes this opportunity to sucker punch Superman (in Zack Snyder slow-then-fast-mo) then when the tank fires Superman rushes in front of Zod, despite the punch and catches the exploding missile near his stomach. The flames ripple around him, hit his face, his cape, his eyes. The shrapnel hits him and bounces off. The same happens to Zod to a lesser extent. Meloni’s shocked expression when they remain standing, silhouettes in a cloud of smoke, ends the clip.

It was incredible, it really was. And absolutely visually stunning, but my qualm is its typical Zack Snyder. It doesn’t look glossy like his films do. It instead has a more clean cut, colorful look. Like Thor, or Iron Man. But it is the same slow-mo styling that people expect from him. Maybe it just happens in this one scene, but it happens twice. Makes me a bit hesitant, despite the fact it looks phenomenal.

The commenter eventually posted the following additional tidbit:

I have been given the clear, this information isn’t secret, I can disclose what I please. It wasn’t a conference, perhaps I was a tad misleading in that regard. It was a gathering, banquet of sorts, of VFX artists on WB payroll. For the poster with ties into the business, ask around, it was a limited invitation event, but someone else out there has got to be able to verify the event took place. It was at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena. We were served a Caesar salad followed by smoked salmon. I can assure you this event took place. WETA presented a long sizzle reel, the Man of Steel clips were just part of it. And finally, the proof you’ve all be waiting for. My name is Jonathan Rothbart. I’ve been working in effects my whole life. My first major film was part of a massive team on Empire Strikes Back. I still have my shirt from the film, one that ONLY those involved with the production would have. I did freelance work with ILM for a while early in my career then settled into a great job at an effects house called The Orphanage. I have a great relationship with WB, and I was honored to be invited to the event.

I [understand] skepticism, I do. But you’ll see the exact shots I spoke of, to a tee, in the finished film. And I’ll come back to these boards and prove it. I guarantee someone else will speak about this footage at some point today, just wait for the news to break.

Henry Cavill on the 'Man of Steel' set

It should probably go without saying: all this ought to be taken with a grain of salt. While there is indeed a person named Jonathan Rothbart, who has been working as an effects supervisor/consultant around Hollywood for some three decades now – not to mention, this footage description gels with numerous images and reports leaked from the Man of Steel set – that does not guarantee this all wasn’t written up by someone who’s been actively following the film’s production process (and has way too much time on their hands).

Still, for the sake of discussion: from what’s described here, does it sound like Man of Steel could indeed be a fitting new spin on the Superman franchise, for the post-Dark Knight age of superhero movies – with the added touch of Snyder’s trademark visual panache to set it apart from its peers? Sound off in the comments section.

Man of Steel is scheduled to hit theaters around the U.S. on June 14th, 2013.

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Source: IMDb

TAGS: superman, superman man of steel

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  1. Wait, did Mr Nolan write the screenplay for this too. I thought he was just producing, and maybe story at most. Anyone know if he’ll get a screenwriting credit?

    • He didn’t write the initial script, but I do think he “polished it”.
      He’s only a producer though…

  2. DC needs to step up their game, they can’t build stories like Marvel, they should go the team up route, like World’s Finest, or team up of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Give Green Lantern to capable hands and have other characters like Guy, John or Kyle be Hal’s supporting.

  3. This seems like a combination of all of the Superman series. Catching a truck in a tornado is Smallville season 1 finale, catching a missile was Superman I and so was fighting with the truck and the bull horn. Man of Steel should have been Tom Welling finally in the superman suit and facing the world as Superman. I’m not going to see this one. They can keep it for 10 years hoping we’ll forget Smallville and I still won’t go see it. I’m not going to another Superman movie until they put Tom Welling in the suit!

    • Karon…..get a life!!!!

    • @Karon Don’t you think Tom Welling has better things to do than Superman. He was Kal-el for ten years! Let him do something different. Besides the only reason most people (Fangirls) prefer Tom Welling to Henry Cavill is not because one is a better actor than the other, its because Welling is hotter than Cavill.

  4. Tom Welling turned the role down.

  5. Sounds brilliant, like a new take on the character of Superman that i’ve wanted to see for a while. I hope these clips of footage are as good as this man makes the out to be, i haven’t seen any Snyder films maybe i will because if anything they do sound like a great time so maybe i’ll give 300 a shot, but in the trailers i feel that a lot of the shots are easily made out to be CGI or something like that but maybe in this film he’ll challenge himself and his crew by stepping things up a notch and making them look more realistic. Can’t wait for Man of Steel sounds like its going to be great

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