Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic!
Richard Donner’s Superman film was HUGE deal to me as a kid. The milky haze of Metropolis, Christopher Reeve’s humble, yet confident portrayal of Kal-El, Gene Hackman hamming it up, John Williams’ iconic score (yet to be topped by any other superhero score… although Danny Elfman’s Batman comes close), Superman’s gut wrenching scream of anger and agony… The whole thing feels like magic on the screen to me still to this day.
I mean… look at this Behind the Scenes pic… No greenscreen, no visible wires (I’m sure they’re there or else Donner and Reeve have some explaining to do), just a man flying in front of a camera. Click to make bigger.
Here’s the pic:
I’ve been told we can thank the good folks at CapedWonder.com for uncovering and posting this image. The one sent to me was slightly cropped, so I’ve replaced it with the original image from Caped Wonder with a link to CapedWonder’s full sized mega image!
Ready or not, the New 52 is coming. The massive (and controversial) DC Comics initiative — which will have the entire DC line of comics “start over” in numbering, beginning with Justice League No. 1 on Aug. 31. — is being promoted with a trailer, which you can see below for the first time anywhere. It will air in movie theaters as part of National CineMedia’s “FirstLook” pre-feature programming.
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.”
Amy Adams (Warner Bros) EXCLUSIVE This just in — three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams will play journalist Lois Lane in Hollywood’s revival of “ Superman .” The 36-year-old star got the news on Sunday from director Zack Snyder , who phoned her from Paris, where he was promoting his just-opened film, “ Sucker Punch .” There had been a crush of Hollywood interest in the lead female role in the Warner Bros. project but Snyder said that after meeting with Adams, she was the clear choice to take on a character that dates back to 1938 and has long represented the strong, professional woman who can hold her own against any man – even if he can leap tall buildings in a single bound. “There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.” Snyder declined to discuss the precise prominence of Lois in the story or any plot details about the film but he said the role is “a linchpin” to the project and that he considers it essential that Lois — an FDR-era creation – arrives on screen in 2012 with contemporary appeal and spirit. Lois Lane meets Superman (DC Comics) “It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance].” Adams has shown an affinity for finding the plucky but pitch-perfect center of old-school roles; in the cartoonish ” Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ” she brought a surprising amount of yearning emotion to the role of a simplified Amelia Earhart and she won rave reviews for the role of Giselle in “ Enchanted ” and its sly send-up of Disney princess traditions that date back to “ Snow White ,” which premiered just six months before Lois Lane hit newsstands in the pages of Action Comics No. 1. Adams is coming off an Academy Award nomination for her work in ” The Fighter ,” the David O. Russell film that took her into far darker territory; she played a bartender named Charlene who is fire-tested and fierce in her love for a down-but-not-out boxer portrayed by Mark Wahlberg . The film earned an Oscar win for Christian Bale , who played Wahlberg’s deliriously drugged-out brother, and he will be in the other big superhero film of 2012, “ The Dark Knight Rises ,” which will see Bale back in the cowl of Batman . Margot Kidder and the late Christopher Reeve memorably brought romance to Metropolis (Warner Bros) The big breakthrough for Adams was “ Junebug ,” which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where Adams won a special jury prize for her performance. The star’s other notable credits include ” Doubt ,” Julie & Julia ,” “ Sunshine Cleaning, “ “ Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ” and “ Charlie Wilson’s War .” Later this year, she will be seen in both “ On the Road ” (an adaptation of the famed Jack Kerouac novel) and in Disney’s new Muppets film. I asked Snyder how it feels to be making a film where every casting choice is a global news flash. ”It’s an epic thing, no doubt. But this good news is the cast is shaping up to fit that.” In the still-untitled Superman film, Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent and the Man of Steel. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are set to play the Kents , the adoptive parents of the last son of Krypton. – Geoff Boucher