The very first episode of Smallville brought the last son of Krypton to Earth amid a terrorizing shower of radioactive meteor rocks. The very last episode of Smallville propelled the budding Superman into his adult life as a full-fledged superhero amid the Biblically apocalyptic arrival of one very big orb of extraterrestrial death – the flaming planet of Apokolips, (pronounced “a-pock-o-leepse,” per Granny Goodness), the awful abode of an entity that (again per Granny) we’ve been confusing for the likes of Hades and Loki and even Satan for as long as humans have been telling stories about gods and monsters, angels and demons, heroes and villains. The Big Bad in question? Why, Fake Locke, The Smoke Monster from Lost! Wait, sorry: I mean Darkseid, the dark demigod of Jack Kirby’s “Fourth World” lore… although he behaved strangely like a certain Man In Black (billowing blackness; borrowing a dead man’s guise) in a tale that trafficked in similar custodian of light/incarnation of evil metaphors as “The End.” (You weren’t going to get out of these recaps without at least one one forced Lost-Smallville comparison from me.) READ FULL STORY »
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Yesterday, we asked you to name your favorite superhero movie ever. Responses ranged far and wide, from box office bonanzas like Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight to beloved primordial oddities like Darkman and Unbreakable, to the big daddy that started it all: 1978′s Superman. Debates raged between various ranks of Batman fans: Tim Burton or Christopher Nolan? Live-action or Batman Beyond? One commenter argued that EW staff favorite Batman Returns isn’t even really a superhero movie at all, but just a weird movie about bizarre people that happens to occasionally feature a dude named Batman. (Hey, besides Hong Kong and the car chase, can’t you say the same about Dark Knight?) There was even a groundswell of support for Daredevil, which proves yet again that one generation’s travesty is another’s stealth masterpiece. We’ve tabulated the comments and come up with a definitive list of readers’ top 8 superhero films. It’s a diverse group — four DC movies, three Marvel movies, and one standalone wonder. Vote for your favorite in our poll after the jump… READ FULL STORY »
When Thor hits theaters on May 6, it’ll kickstart a summer packed full of handsomely-costumed superpowered individuals fighting expensively CGI’d evil. June brings us the franchise preboot X-Men: First Class and the space-faring Green Lantern, followed by the Nazi-punching Captain America: The First Avenger in July. It’s a feast for comic book fans, and it’s very much the culmination of a decade that saw superheroes rise to the top of the summer box office season, with a host of new trilogies (X-Men, Spider-Man, Blade, Batman), fascinating curios (Kick-Ass, Superman Returns, Ang Lee’s Hulk), and plenty of outright disasters (Daredevil and Catwoman and anything called The Punisher, oh my!). But which superhero film is your absolute favorite? Has anything equaled Christopher Reeve’s Superman? Which Batman do you prefer: Tim Burton’s, Christopher Nolan’s, or Joel Schumacher’s? (Schumacher? Anyone? Bueller?) Do you prefer Iron Man‘s braggodocio or Spider-Man‘s nerdish lovability? Check out some EW favorites after the jump, then tell us your favorite superhero film in the comments. (Extra points if you include a cogent, coherent, and obscenity-free argument for your film.) READ FULL STORY »
There was a General Zod sighting in North Carolina last night. Michael Shannon, the Oscar-nominated actor (Revolutionary Road) who’s been cast as Superman’s nemesis in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reboot, was honored with an Emerging Master Award at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem. He shared his surreal first encounter with Snyder and described his audition where Snyder had to ask Shannon to play Zod a little more friendly towards Henry Cavill’s hero. Take a look. READ FULL STORY »
The news yesterday that Michael Shannon has been cast as General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman movie franchise has sparked a fascinating debate among the fanboy faithful and EW.com message boarders. Basically, it goes like this:
Fanboy #1: Michael Shannon’s a total badass who’s awesome on Boardwalk Empire and was so creepy good in Revolutionary Road (as I am the only Superman fanboy who is also a sucker for depressing post-war domestic melodrama literary adaptations)! Also: I love General Zod! This rocks!
Fanboy #2: Yeah, Shannon does rock, but why must he play General Zod? Terence Stamp was so flippin’ awesome as Zod in 1980′s Superman II. Can’t we get a new villain? READ FULL STORY »
The pieces of Hollywood’s new model Superman are coming together. At the helm: Producer Christopher Nolan, screenwriter David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder. British thesp Henry Cavill will play the Man of Steel, and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will play the hero’s adopted Earth parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent. In the coming weeks, we should be getting casting announcements about the film’s villain (Zod?), leading lady (Lois Lane?), and its official title (Superman: Man of Steel?). We know something about that the movie won’t be: In our recent cover story about Cavill’s casting, Snyder told EW that unlike director Bryan Singer’s 2004 bid to reboot Superman, his movie won’t be beholden to the continuity of the original Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve. (Snyder reaffirmed that sentiment in a recent interview with Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times.) Snyder — whose new action fantasy Sucker Punch opens March 25 — told me last month that he has “great respect” for previous Super-flicks. “But just like Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins broke with the previous Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher Batman movies, this is a clean slate approach to Superman.” READ FULL STORY »
Conner (High School Musical’s Lucas Grabeel) – put the show back on the dark(seid) epic path of its final season following the absurdly light digression of “Fortune.” Judging from other reactions, longtime Smallville fans were much happier with “Scion.” Hopefully it was meal enough to sate them during the six-week Lenten fast that’s now upon us: There’s no new Smallville until April 15. READ FULL STORY »And the Smallville fan nation says: “Now this is more like it.” Last week’s aggressively goofy outing inspired by The Hangover elicited howls of outrage from longtime fans of the show for any number of reasons, from its silly premise to its clumsy send-off of Allison Mack’s Chloe. Last night’s episode “Scion” – in which Clark Kent (and fiancée Lois Lane) took on the responsibility of raising the Last Son of Krypton’s genetically engineered half-bro
In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we took a look at the superhero-heavy diet Hollywood is serving up to moviegoers for 2011 and 2012. It’s a regular binge of masked celebs, served with generous helpings of high-profile directors, hand-battered in sequels and reboots and deep-fried to golden crispiness. Most audiences will devour this repast of capes and tights. But what are crime-fighting movie fans with more discriminating tastes expecting?
We asked Ahmad Childress, Managing Editor of Crave Online, a media outlet that oversees such fansites as Super Hero Hype and Film School Rejects, to get his take on what comic book enthusiasts and the diehard fanboy-and-girl communities are saying about the upcoming deluge of villain-pummeling epics.
“The thing that usually polarizes people first is the casting,” Childress says. “That always gets debated to death out of everything.”
Read Childress’ take on the buzz surrounding each upcoming superhero flick after the jump: READ FULL STORY »
the first image of Andrew Garfield in his full Spider-Man costume, and announced that director Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spidey franchise would be titled The Amazing Spider-Man. Last night, NBC announced that Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki would grab hold of Wonder Woman’s famously elusive golden lasso in David E. Kelley’s highly anticipated reboot of the 1970s Lynda Carter TV series.It has been quite a momentous week for superheroes. On Monday, Sony released
And today, EW debuted its latest cover story featuring an exclusive first interview with actor Henry Cavill, who will don Superman’s iconic red cape in director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Man of Steel franchise.
Three superheroes. Three new actors. Three high profile reboots. But which one are you most excited to see? READ FULL STORY »
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