EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Zack Snyder are in talks with Julia Ormond to play Superman’s Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van in Man of Steel. I expect the deal to make shortly. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of Jor-El, the father of Superman (Henry Cavill). Kevin Costner and Diane Lane were previously set to play Clark Kent’s Earthbound parents. This comes after Ormond completed the role of Vivian Leigh in the Simon Curtis-directed My Week With Marilyn, which stars Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Dominic Cooper and Kenneth Branagh. Ormond’s repped by Gersh and Artists Independent.
The ten-year run of “Smallville” is in the rearview mirror now, but that doesn’t mean the record-breaking series has faded from the minds of its cast or fans. MTV News recently caught up with actress Laura Vandervoort, who played Supergirl in a recurring role on the show the last few seasons.
“I really enjoyed being on ‘Smallville,’” said Vandervoort when asked about saying goodbye to her character, Kara, and the rest of the “Smallville” universe.
“Season 7 was really the year the fans got to know me, and I was able to return a couple times and I’m happy we were able to wrap it up for the fans and I was able to say goodbye,” she added.
However, Vandervoort said there was one aspect of her character’s departure that she would’ve changed, given the chance.
“I’m a little upset that Kara did not get to say goodbye to Clark personally,” she said. “She just kind of watched from afar. But overall, ‘Smallville’ is fantastic and they did such a great job.”
In the season 10 poster we see Clark standing on a metallic “S” shield, and we see Superman reflected in the shield. What most of us don’t see is the actual suit.
The suit from the poster is very similar to Superman’s classic suit, but without bright red underwear on the outside of his tights.
Instead, we have a few geometric patterns that create the same shape underwear would make. (so it’s like underwear….but not). There are also two shades of blue in the suit instead of a solid color.
There are extra seams and line designs featured in the suit as well. There is also an obvious update the the “S” on the chest of the suit. I don’t know why this suit never made it to television. I love it!
This super suit has the same feel as the classic Superman, but with a few modern touches.
It seems the folks at Smallville played it safe with not really showing a suit at all. What do you guys think of the poster suit?
“FUNNY HOW THIS HAPPENS RIGHT BEFORE HIS COURT HEARINGS”
According to sources connected with the ex-couple, Karissa pulled a cruel bait-and-switch before she dumped the actor.
First, she told Jones she needed to move back into the Playboy mansion for professional reasons … but after he helped her pack up her stuff … she dropped the hammer, confessing she was actually moving in with her twin sister … and their relationship was over.
Sigh. And we were JUST starting to get that damn song out of our heads.
UPDATE: There’s been another development in the Superman copyright litigation case. Actually, this is a carnival sideshow to that case and a disgusting exercise by DC Comics and its big Hollywood studio Warner Bros to continue to trample the rights of the Superman rights-holders, the estates of co-creators Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster. When DC and WB couldn’t weasel out of paying the families of Siegel and Shuster what is rightfully owed and reverting copyright back to them, they decided to go after their archnemesis, Superman copyright lawyer Marc Toberoff, who’s been a longtime thorn in Warner Bros’ side because he represents showbiz rights-holders and wins their cases against the studio. The result was that, a year ago, Warner Bros and DC Comics decided to sue Toberoff alleging he had a role as a financial participant in the Superman rights fight with the studio and therefore a conflict of interest repping his clients. Today, a U.S. District Court judge denied an appeal of a magistrate’s ruling which held that “the defendants waived privilege on numerous attorney-client communications stolen from their counsel’s law firm by producing such documents to the United States Attorney’s Office investigating the theft pursuant to a Grand Jury subpoena and a confidentiality agreement.” Forget all the legal mumbo-jumbo, let’s examine what’s really at work here. And it’s that DC Comics and Warner Bros are basing their entire case against Toberoff on stolen documents from his office. That’s right: stolen documents. In my view the Time Warner subsidiaries should be ashamed of themselves.
Fans of “Smallville” may have been mystified earlier this month, when Clark Kent (Tom Welling) finally accepted the iconic costume of Superman… and then proceeded to never actually appear in the full outfit aside from some CGI shots in the distance.
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if Tom Welling had actually worn a Superman costume during the final episode, “Smallville” executive producer Kelly Souders “coyly” replied “That is a great debate that’s going on.”
Souders’ fellow executive producer, Brian Peterson also weighed in on the subject.
“What we wanted to do all along was show hints at where he was going because that is a whole different story that is yet to be told,” related Peterson. “It felt like it gave just enough without starting to tell a whole different story that is left for all the other media.’
“[Showing Tom in the full suit] to me is just not super relevant and not what we were trying to do,” added Peterson. “We were actually thrilled that everybody came together and was on board with the shots that we specifically picked. We all wanted it to be the end of Clark Kent’s journey because it’s a show about Clark Kent. In the days when we saw him in a flannel shirt, the [Superman] suit was the furthest thing from his mind.”
Tom Welling will forever be known for playing Clark Kent on Smallville, though the CW drama ended in May. What does he have to say about the show and any future projects? What’s the likelihood of a movie coming about for these characters?
A Smallville movie?
Tom WellingWelling told OnTheRedCarpet.com Smallville is “why [he's] here.” He did say that they talked about doing a movie “when the characters were moving from high school to what will be college. We played with the idea and what we found was there wasn’t time.” Still, even without a movie, they did show that transition to college and Metropolis while keeping Smallville still around pretty well.
Just because the series ended, that doesn’t mean fans aren’t hoping for a movie in the future, and when asked if he would want to be part of it, Tom Welling’s answer was “Sure, I don’t see why not.” The series ended with a look into the future, showing Clark and Lois working at the Daily Planet, still trying to get to their wedding, Jimmy Olsen around once again, and Clark running off to save people to that famous Superman theme. If they did decide to do a movie, where would it pick up?
Would you want to see a Smallville movie with Tom Welling as Clark Kent once again? What would you want to see if one came about? Who would you want to see return for it?
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By Peter Caranicas
Entity FX, which prepared the special effects for CW’s “Smallville,” was ready for the end of the series and prepped other projects.
In a sure sign of summer, effects-driven tentpoles are crowding the multiplexes. But as the studios try to outdo each other with eye-popping visuals, race to meet tight release schedules and fight to hold down costs, their effects suppliers are feeling the pain of overwork and underpayment — a disturbing trend chronicled by Variety’s David Cohen (Variety, May 25).
Effects houses whose clients include TV series also face issues of compressed workloads, but the ebb and flow of their business is different. While TV has pitfalls of its own — shows going on hiatus or being suddenly cancelled — it also brings steady work that, on a successful series, can last for years.
Entity FX created effects for CW’s “Smallville” for nine seasons and was prepared for the series’ end date of May 13. “We’ve been doing several other projects while working on ‘Smallville,’ ” said Entity producer Trent Smith. TV shows that have filled the pipeline include CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”
Smith said Entity, like other houses, has structured itself for peaks and valleys, relying on a freelance pool to expand its workforce from a core dozen to as many as 90.
Effects house Zoic Studios, which built much of its business around episodics, lost the recently canceled ABC sci-fi skein “V.” The company had sunk lots of R&D coin into the series, said vfx supervisor Andrew Orloff. “We developed new technology for it. It’s a risk you take, and you have to look at it as investing in a product rather than in a single show. When ‘V’ got cancelled our system became available for other shows. One of them came over and said, ‘Hey, we have a different application for it. Come do that for us.’ ”
The character of Superman endures through the decades like, well, a Man of Steel. In comics books, on television, in film, in video games, even on Broadway and beyond, the famous red cape flies on and on, even when the textures and attributes of the hero fluctuate for the era and the audience. For many fans — especially those under 50 – their mental image of Superman is the face of Christopher Reeve and the film universe of director Richard Donner.
On Tuesday, our Geoff Boucher sat down with Donner to chat about “Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006),” which arrives as a new Blu-ray boxed set from Warner Bros. on June 7, and about his upcoming appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival. Donner directed the 1978 film starring Reeve and also shot footage for the sequel, 1981′s “Superman II,” but never finished the film after a bitter split with the producers. In 2006, a version of that could-have-been sequel was released on DVD as “Superman II: The Donner Cut,” which will be given a rare theatrical screening on June 11 at the festival.
GB: Superman, the character, persists, but every generation finds its own version. Of all those versions, I’d say none of them loom bigger in the modern imagination than yours. That must be very satisfying for you.
RD: Yes, it is satisfying. I don’t think about it, but when you s
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