While "hero" is a bit of a stretch where a lot of these Kryptonians are concerned, what they lack in positive intent they made up for in interesting content. Between "Man of Steel's" acclaimed new trailer, the General Zod viral marketing and Superman and Lois Lane's 75th birthday celebration, Kryptonians provided a lot of fun and exciting content on Splash Page this week.
Things seemed quiet on the "Man of Steel" front for most of 2013, but that all changed this week. As you'll see below, this was the week that Superman and his cast of characters dropped by to give us all something we really needed this week: hope. It's maybe ironic that an alien character represents the absolute best that humanity has to offer, but that's definitely the case made in the latest trailer for Zack Snyder's Superman film. Considering how harrowing everything outside of the comic book movie world has been this week, I can't think of a more appropriate hero. The world needs Superman and human beings that strive for the ideals that he represents.
Let's run down all of the Super-news from this week.
Yahoo Movies has capped off a celebratory slide show commemorating Superman's 75th birthday with a new still from the upcoming superfilm, "Man of Steel." The image, which can be seen in full below, finds Superman with his back to a tank. The still most likely comes from a moment seen briefly in the trailer, wherein a whole mess of tanks and soldiers line up in front of Superman, most likely hoping to take the Kryptonian down.
Check out the full photo below, as well as a rundown of MTV Geek's Superman birthday coverage!
Superman and Lois Lane are having a pretty stellar week. Sure, it started off with a terrifying TV message from General Zod, but then we got a scene showing the duo coming face to face in the latest (and greatest) "Man of Steel" trailer. Now we celebrate the pair's 75th birthday. 1938's "Action Comics" #1 contained the debut of two of the most important characters in comic book history. In fact, it's safe to say that these characters embody traits that have become essential ingredients in every successful hero: Selfless like Superman, tenacious like Lois Lane; powerful of body like Superman and powerful of spirit like Lois Lane.
MTV Geek will be celebrating the birthday all day long, so be sure to drop by the site and check out the festivities. Get started with this great compilation of Superman footage, including interviews with the stars of "Superman Unbound" and the man who was almost Clark Kent, Nicolas Cage.
General Zod may be the most well known evil Kryptonian, but he is by no means the only evil Kryptonian. In the newest TV spot for "Man of Steel," Michael Shannon's portrayal of General Zod takes center stage as he gives Earth the ultimate ultimatum: return Kal-El to Zod or be obliterated. Well... I guess we should just give the crazy alien man what he wants, huh?
With Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" only months away, and the terror that is Zod now in full effect, we here at MTV Splash Page thought it best to come up with a whole list of evil Kryptonians in honor of the good general. Because hey, Zod may be attacking our planet soon, but it could still be a hell of a lot worse .
A morally defunct and disturbed Kryptonian scientist, Jax-Ur is imprisoned within the Phantom Zone after blowing up one of Krypton's moons with a massive nuclear warhead rocket. Jax-Ur is bald, chubby, and mustached; although he has the same powers as every other Kryptonian his physique makes him no match for the likes of Superman. Jax-Ur often escapes from the Phantom Zone in an ethereal form, which is also probably the quickest way for him to lose weight.
Yeah it's just a rumor from a tweet, but I'm still buzzing from the latest "Man of Steel" trailer and I'll take whatever "Justice League" information I can get. Comic Book Movie reports this source as reliable, and fingers crossed that their character judgement is sound, because this sounds pretty great if it pans out.
So take this for what it's worth, but a little bird just told me WB is moving on #JusticeLeague w Goyer possibly directing.
If you haven't seen the newest "Man of Steel" trailer, stop what you're doing right now and watch it. I'll wait for you.
Now that you've watched the trailer, I think you'll agree that it's by far the best one released for "Man of Steel." It's epic in scope and has a score that just won't quit. It feels like the modern Superman update we've been waiting for, and it appears to keep the heart of Superman intact. The trailer is also packed with moments worth savoring, so here are 15 moments you gotta see again.
» It looks like Krypton is being torn apart by war in the opening seconds of "Man of Steel." There are explosions, laser blasts, flying spaceships, it's all very intense.
» Here's a more peaceful shot of Krypton, complete with a weird alien dragonfly thing.
Earlier this week, General Zod himself took to our nation's airwaves in a new TV spot for the upcoming "Man of Steel." In the aforementioned ad, Zod demands that Kal-El (a.k.a. Superman) be returned to him or else the good people of Earth will suffer. Although the commercial is super static-y, you can just barely make out the distorted image of Zod sporting his terrifying new mask.
As any Superman fan could tell you, General Zod is one of the Man of Steel's biggest and most well known adversaries, other than Lex Luthor of course. In fact, he's already played a key part in both "Superman" and "Superman II" as portrayed by Terence Stamp. But if you're looking to brush up on your Zod knowledge before "Man of Steel" hit theaters, then look no further! MTV Splash Page has just the thing for you! Here are five General Zod stories from DC Comics that will help you get into the mind of this summer's biggest villain.
"Adventure Comics" #283 (1961)
In Zod's earliest appearance, the disgruntled Kryptonian is depicted as an ex-military leader turned megalomaniac. After the destruction of one of Krypton's moons, General Zod raises an entire army of robotic clones in an attempt to take over the entire planet. Eventually, Zod is banished to the Phantom Zone with a 40 year sentence but that doesn't stop him from escaping every now and again to mess with the Man of Steel.
The third full-length "Man of Steel" trailer has arrived and man-oh-man does it deliver. Whereas previous trailers and TV spots have been criticized for being a bit to mopey, this one absolutely soars. Yes Clark Kent is angsty, being pulled in different directions by a father who wished him to be a champion of Earth and a father who wanted to protect him from Earth. Despite that, The tone of the entire 3-minute clip is entirely different. It's optimistic, almost triumphant. Hans Zimmer's score is the real star here, as it pushes "Man of Steel's" scope outward past the narrow moods of our first glimpses. It's percussive and epic. It's a theme that sounds like a theme. Is it sacrilege to say that John Williams finally has some competition here?
See and hear for yourself by checking out the full trailer.
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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: get in on the ground floor of Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" run with the "Avengers World" hardcover, check out the continuing adventures of Clark Kent with the first "Smallville: Season 11" paperback, and catch up with last week's Hero of the Week in "Captain America" #6.
You've likely already seen the images from Entertainment Weekly's awesome Summer Movie Preview featuring "Man of Steel" front and center. The outlet has recently released the stills in high quality after they debuted in the magazine, giving fans a full look at Faora in her armor.
The villainous Kryptionian looks pretty intimidating in the outfit, which is fairly similar to the one we've seen Zod wearing. Both look a bit more protective than Superman's suit, though his whole indestructible body thing sort of makes up for that.
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.