We’re still a long way off from Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, which has been pushed back to a 2013 Summer release. But that hasn’t stopped Warner Bros. from releasing a steady stream of updates.
Following the announcement that Laurence Fishburne has been cast as Daily Planet Editor Perry White, we get our first glimpse of the red-and-blue superhero himself. British newcomer Henry Cavill will take on the dual role of Clark Kent/Superman, and the first official still suggests that he was a good pick for the Kryptonian saviour. He looks the part, although he appears to be severely ticked-off about something. I hope Christopher Nolan’s influence as a producer hasn’t turned the character dark. There’s already enough cynicism in our comic book films.
As for the costume, it looks exceedingly faithful to the 1940’s incarnation of the character, bringing to mind the iconic Fleischer cartoons. This is likely an early camera test and not the finished suit, but the retro style works for me. Can Warner Bros. atone for Superman Returns?
Cavill and Fishburne will join Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Russell Crowe (Jor-El). Man of Steel will fly into cinemas June 14th 2013.
Speaking of Superman Returns, you may remember controversy at the time of its release concerning a deleted scene, dubbed the “Return to Krypton.” It would have opened the film and depicts Kal-El’s discovery of his home planet, which lies in ruins. Apparently the sequence cost around $13 million to produce, but ended up on the cutting room floor when Director Bryan Singer decided to quicken the pace in the first act (not that it helped).
After all this time, was it worth the wait? Yes and no. The effects are impressive, naturally, and it’s kind of cool seeing the Man of Steel (Brandon Routh) out of his element, but like everything else in Superman Returns, it is ultimately long-winded and dull. The scene is included in the recent Blu-Ray box set, composed of the original five films, and you can see it for yourself below.