Michael Shannon is about to join the esteemed league of Hollywood super villains thanks to his passionate portrayal of General Zod in "Man of Steel." But, as Shannon recently revealed to GQ, it took a little bit more than passion and relentless vocal cords to bring the ruthless Kryptonian to life. Shannon had to bulk up considerably for the part.
"It's all about the squats, man. These frickin' squats," revealed Shannon. "They've got these things, goblet squats, where you hold the kettle ball under your chin and you squat back down and back up. If it was up to ['300' trainer Mark Twight], you would do those things all the time, that's all you would do. He would line them up from the lightest to the heaviest and you would start with the light one and work your way up to the heaviest one."
When you go out with as big of a bang as "Arrow's" first season did, you're bound to keep fans talking for a while. That's been the case so far, as our "Arrow" coverage hasn't slowed down a bit since the finale a few weeks ago. We've been promised more big bads in season two as well as a super team.
IGN caught up with "Arrow" leading man Stephen Amell and found out as much about the show's sophomore season as Amell would allow. The big question on every fan's mind is just how Oliver Queen will continue on after the events of the season finale.
"We're just going to find everybody in a different place. I think we're actually going to find Oliver literally in a different place at the beginning of next year. It's our second season, but it's kind of like a new series. So I'm excited."
One big spoiler lurks after the jump, so look away if you haven't finished the latest episode of "Arrow."
Superman fans will kneel before Zod in just a few weeks when "Man of Steel" is released. But why Zod? Why did David S. Goyer and the Nolans bring the Kryptonian general back to the big-screen, as opposed to a different villain we've never seen in a live-action Superman film?
"You start with the story first," Goyer told Superhero Hype. "What kind of story? What kind of theme do you want to tell? So we worked that out. Then, usually the villain becomes obvious in terms of who's going to be the appropriate antagonist for that. When you guys see the movie, the only villain we could have used was Zod and the Kryptonians."
With anticipation for "Man of Steel" riding high, longtime DC Comics fans can't help but look past this year's super-film and towards the future. The film everyone hopes to finally see, and the one that's had a troubled time getting off the ground, is "Justice League." The film would unite all of DC's major heroes together on one team, much in the same way "Avengers" did for Marvel last year. Of course DC and Warner Bros would want this to happen, since people kinda liked that "Avengers" movie, but it's easier said than done. The movie's been put on hold and then scrapped, and has been subject to a lot of false rumors (Ben Affleck to direct?).
Collider reports that "Man of Steel" screenwriter (and another rumored candidate for the JL director's chair) David Goyer had this to say about "Justice League" when asked if he'd like to make it:
"I don't know, honestly. I go back and forth. I mean, I think that on Batman and Superman, Chris [Nolan] has taken a different approach. I love the Marvel films and they're really fun, but he's definitely taken a different approach so far, which is that each of these movies is its own cohesive universe and at least with Batman it seems to have worked out. So, I don't know. I'm not sure. I think it would depend with who. This has been a dream experience, so it's hard to imagine it getting better than this, maybe it could be."
This awesome new "Man of Steel"featurette continues to build on the good vibes created by the film's trailers. At this point, how could you not be excited about "Man of Steel"? Calm down, that question is rhetorical. The featurette focuses on a confrontation between Superman and his Kryptonian nemeses in a small American town, which is fitting since the video concentrates on the ways that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer emphasized Superman's place as the all-American, everyman hero.
"Our approach was not a comic book Superman," says Goyer, "it was just to do a more realistic Superman, a Superman that exists in a real world."
It's been over a year and a half, but it seems as though the "Booster Gold" live action series is finally in motion. Earlier this week, "Arrow" producer Andrew Kreisberg announced, via Twitter, that the "Booster Gold" pilot he wrote for SyFy is finally making its way over to the television network next week. While SyFy initially ordered a pilot script from Kreisberg back in November 2011, it's likely that their decision to move ahead with the pilot was heavily influenced by the success of the CW's "Arrow."
Now it still may be a ways away, but we can't help but think of what the next steps would be towards producing an actual "Booster Gold" pilot episode. With a script from a proven successful producer in hand, all SyFy needs now is a brilliant lead actor to portray Booster Gold on the small screen. So what are our options here? Click past the jump to find out!
It's hard to improve upon the level of perfection reached by this trailer for "Man of Steel," but the team over at Steelehouse gave it their all with this trailer remake done entirely inside the indie game Minecraft. The recreation gets everything right, even capturing the slight movement of Superman's eyebrow in his interrogation scene. It's really a sight to behold, and makes us kinda interested in the notion of an entire film done in this style. Thanks to MTV Geek for bringing this trailer to our attention. Now, watch it on repeat until "Man of Steel" opens on June 14th!
The latest issue of Details features a lengthy profile of Henry Cavill, the man donning the red and blue tights in "Man of Steel." The profile focuses a lot on Cavill's own origin story, capturing the actor in the time he has left not being completely synonymous with one of the most popular fictional characters in the world.
"Henry's about to be one of the more famous people on the planet," says Michael Shannon in the piece. The actor playing General Zod then praises Cavill's performance, showing a level of respect that the evil Kryptonian surely doesn't give Superman on film. "Getting to play Superman is a blessing and a curse. It's a hard character to capture. He's devoid of animosity or sarcasm, but he's not a dullard either. It's an overwhelming movie, and Henry's right in the middle of it, and he just carries it like a champ."
Season one of the CW's "Arrow" may have just ended, but that hasn't stopped us, or the rest of the country for that matter, from speculating about season two. In fact, "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim has already starting dropping a few hints as to what to expect from next year's episodes. "In Season 2, we'll actually have two big bads," Guggenhim reveals in a recent interview with TV Guide. "They'll both be very recognizable names to fans of the comic book. We're really excited about both of them."
However, there's still the matter of actually waiting for season two of "Arrow" to roll around. In the meantime, we thought it best to take a look back at some of television's previously aired series based on comic books. Take the CW's "Smallville" for example. Before there was Henry Cavill's "Man of Steel," there was Tom Welling, dispensing justice and breaking hearts in the cornfields of Smallville, Kansas.
Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.
Of particular note this week: a new era of X-Men starts with X-Men #1, a trio of continuity-free tales originally published digitally constitute Adventures of Superman #1, and catch up on Doc Ock's life as the wall-crawling hero in Superior Spider-Man vol. 1.
Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.