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."
The June 2013 issue of Empire Magazine appears to be overflowing with comic book content, including a Wolverine cover and, apparently, some new photos from "Thor: The Dark World." Now some hi-res versions of those new photos have made their way online, thanks to thormovies.tumblr.com, and one of them offers the clearest shot of Thor to date. Check out the pics below.
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."
Marc Webb's 2012 Spidey reboot, "The Amazing Spider-Man," excluded the essential J. Jonah Jameson. The cigar chomping and loud talking newspaper publisher has harassed Spider-Man for 50 years in the comics and in Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man trilogy, where he was played by the always awesome J.K. Simmons.
With Webb's new series continuing in next year's "Amazing Spider-Man 2," it's not unreasonable to assume that J. Jonah Jameson could show up again. In an exclusive interview, MTV Geek asked Simmons if he has plans to play Jameson again.
"There's always talk. I'm doing it in animation land [on 'Ultimate Spider-Man'], but Sam Raimi's take on the world of Spider-Man has run its course. We were all excited and ramping up for 'Spider-Man 4' a few years ago, but for a variety of ridiculous showbiz reasons it ended up not happening. The reboot is a very different universe. Both versions are legitimate, and this one doesn't have a J. Jonah Jameson so far. As far as I know, I won't be putting on the flat-top again."
Just last year Simmons mentioned he'd be up for reprising the role, so even though it doesn't look like he'll be popping up in "Amazing Spider-Man 2," we have our fingers crossed for the future. Head over to MTV Geek for the complete interview, including Simmons' thoughts on "Dark Skies" and "Arrested Development."
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 looks like Peter Parker isn't the only superhero capable of getting vertical. In a new promo image for "Kick-Ass 2," actor Aaron Johnson takes flight as his alter ego Dave Lizewski (whose alter ego is Kick-Ass... lot of alter egos happening here). The photo is the latest image released to promote the film. We've already seen a bunch of up-close and personal character posters and a few stills. This image, however, is much more landing on your face than in your face.
You gotta love the villains. Or, at least, the person playing a villain's gotta love the villains.
That's Svetlana Khodchenkova's outlook on Viper, the femme fatale she plays in "The Wolverine." The Russian actress spoke with Collider about inhabiting the role, and how she's coming to terms with the Viper's dastardly deeds.
Glenn Close. Nova Corps. "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Deadline reports that the "Damages" and "The Shield" actress has landed a major role in "Guardians of the Galaxy," the Marvel Studios sci-fi flick coming up from director James Gunn. Close will play "a leadership role in the Nova Corp, the intergalactic space patrol" of the Marvel Universe.
It's been a busy week for the cast and crew of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," as shown on director Marc Webb's Twitter feed. The director's active documentation of the film's production captured a few choice moments over the last few days, offering personal looks at a few of the stories we've reported recently. One tweet shows Spider-Man playing basketball on a court in Chinatown, and another shows the crew hard at work capturing the Rhino's rampage on camera. You can check out all of the TwitPics below, and be sure to check out past editions of TwitPic Round Up linked below!
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."
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.