The hosts are hot and cold in this discussion of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). We can’t love certain casting choices any more, but full-on hate others; we love certain plot points, but found others confusing.
Question of the Week: Did this movie get you excited for more of the DC universe or did it discourage you from wanting to see future movies?
Following the example of the recently wrapped up Batman series, the new trailer for Man of Steel gives us a little darker image of the iconic Superman. This was foreshadowed back in July with the release of the poster which showed a shadow-covered Henry Cavill sporting a suit seemingly made of chain-mail. Check out the teaser below:
With producer Christopher Nolan receiving a story writing credit for the film, alongside David S. Goyer as screenwriter, the team working on the film is sure to make it something special. And with General Zod credited as the villain for Zack Snyder’s new adaptation, it might be following Nolan’s formula even closer by providing an origin story for the Justice-League-bound superhero.
Though the trailer only gives us a look at front-man Henry Cavill, the film will also star Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane. It is set to release June 14, 2013.
The newest image of Superman released for Comic Con has done a good job of drumming up some excitement for Zack Snyder’s rendition of the comic book superhero: Man of Steel. The shadow covering Henry Cavill’s face directs attention immediately to the Superman costume which looks a bit like chainmail to this observer, somewhat playing upon the steel part of this super-man. Many observers seem to enjoy the return to a more classical style of insignia design as well.
If the old adage “The suit makes the man” holds true, Superman will truly soar and Man of Steel will manage to cash in.
Over the past month there’s been a lot of buzz circling Warner Bros. and DC Comics, and their upcoming plans to turn several DC properties into films. One of those projects was rumored to be directed by Men in Black III’s Barry Sonnenfeld — an adaptation of the comic The Metal Men.
Unless you are a DC comic fanatic or aficionado, you might not be very aware of The Metal Men – though, they did briefly made a cameo in comic-book form on Mad Men.
The premise, however, is one that seems very familiar and easily adaptable for today’s audiences. I even thought I might have seen a bit when I was a kid, but I couldn’t put my finger on if I actually had.
Essentially the story follows a group of artificially intelligent robots created by a scientist, Doctor Magnus, with each one taking on a different chemical element. There’s Gold, Lead, Mercury, Tin and Platinum, and they all have personalities relative to their element as well as having a power similar to it.
Even though The Metal Men have stayed pretty obscure over the years, they have had a few reboots.
After their first appearance in their own comics in the 1960s and 1970s, they got a bit of a change in the 1990s version where the Metal Men are human personalities and intellects that are transferred into blank robots via a lab accident instead of being artificial intelligence. Doctor Magnus is still the creator, but his family, co-workers and apparently a pizza-delivery man named Jack – are the personalities.
In the 2000s they reappeared in the Infinite Crisis series as well as the Superman/Batman series where they gain another female character, the sarcastic Copper, and also fall under Brainiac’s control for a short time. Also, there was a storyline where Doctor Magnus’s brother tries to avert a catastrophic future event by turning the Metal Men into evil, radioactive versions of themselves called the Death Metal Men.
Check out the Metal Men with Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Over the years the Metal Men have been seen fighting alongside Batman, Superman and the Justice League. Not to say that we will ever see the Metal Men in a Justice League film, but if they become a success, who knows, right? –As long as those darn Wonder Twins don’t show up!
It is hard to say, at this moment, what way they will go with this amazingly undiscovered team, but as Warner Bros had said originally when rumors circled that they were working on “an adaptation of a “secret ’60s comic book”. We can assume they may stay true to the original story – but when it comes to Hollywood, who knows. Still, I like all the versions of The Metal Men to be excited for the film. It really could be a monster franchise for Warners if they get it right.
Do you think this will be the next big series franchise?
All right DC comic fans, it’s time to get excited!
While everyone has been keeping their eyes on The Avengers, behind the scenes Warner Bros and DC Comics have been planning on getting Justice League back on track, (finally, I might say).
Warner Bros was planning a Justice League film back in 2007/2008, with a strange and intriguing cast that included Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Dale as Wonder Woman and Adam Brody as the Flash. But with the writers’ strike and a few other issues, WB was forced to pull the plug.