The Superman reboot Man Of Steel, controlled by director Zack Snyder and producer Chris Nolan, has revealed precious little about itself. Aside from a very early publicity shot of star Henry Cavill in the iconic suit and an enigmatic trailer, the filmmakers and studio have been tight-lipped with details. Even the official synopsis paints a vague picture.
We now have at least one positive review of Henry Cavill's performance as Superman next summer, and it comes from his co-star Michael Shannon, who plays villain General Zod.
As the Shannon told The Daily Blam:
'I always felt like I was in a scene with Superman. I never looked at him and thought that's just somebody trying to be Superman — he felt like the real deal.'
To hear a good report from inside the camp, especially from an actor with a pedigree like Shannon's, is a good sign. He added:
'I really admire Henry's work ethic... I really haven't seen anybody in this business work quite that hard. Obviously it's a tremendous responsibility, and an intimidating one, to wear that suit. But he had the confidence and the work ethic to accomplish it.'
Even so, the latest incantation of Superman is by no means a sure thing. Sure, Snyder's back catalogue proves his visual chops (no matter what you thought of Sucker Punch, it was a visually artistic film); Shannon also commented on how Man of Steel is coming together, saying 'I've seen a little bit. Zack puts a lot of time into post production on all his films because he's such a visual stylist. But the little snippet I saw was mind-blowing, and it wasn't even finished.'
It's also hard to argue with Snyder's casting. Cavill is known for the TV show The Tudors and last year's Greek myth blockbuster, The Immortals, while Shannon is in the midst of a meteoric rise thanks to Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter and Premium Rush. Then again, signs looked good for the last Superman film, too.
Bryan Singer, a director with a string of smart hits from The Usual Suspects to X-Men and X-Men 2, had a great premise about an outsider looking for a place to belong in Superman Returns. The untested Brandon Routh was supported by solid co-stars like Frank Langella as Perry White and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor - yet the final result was flat.
Shannon's comments come at a good time for Superman publicity. Outside the teaser and synopsis, eager fans have been left to share rumors about Man of Steel. One rumor involves details of the climax, with Superman, Zod and Faora fighting at the Clark farm, following Zod's attack on Superman's adoptive parents.
Another source from inside Warner Bros hinted at Man of Steel being the first step to a Justice League movie, bringing the DC Comics characters together the same way The Avengers has for Marvel. According to the story, the character DC really wants to reference is Wonder Woman, leaving fans wondering if she'll make a cameo in Man of Steel.
Man Of Steel is releasing on June 14, 2013
(NOTE: General Zod Fan-Made Costume Image via SHH)
Source: Daily Blam