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Posted 11 March 2008 - 07:48 AM

I will be posting updates of the new Superman movie in this thread :blink:

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IESB.net has posted a report from ShoWest, directly from Warner Brothers, updating us on the in-development Superman: The Man of Steel.

First is that it is confirmed that Bryan Singer is 100% on as director for the sequel. Also, the writers picked to replace Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, will be Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who wrote Transformers and the upcoming Star Trek film.


The pair are apparently in talks and have had "several meetings" regarding the film. No need to worry about a lack of action from these two!


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Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:47 AM

Good start getting Bryan Singer. This movie is already better than the last one.
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Posted 11 March 2008 - 10:23 AM

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 07:12 PM

View PostKor37, on Mar 11 2008, 08:47 AM, said:

Good start getting Bryan Singer. This movie is already better than the last one.

Um, Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns.

Kind of surpirsed if Orci and Kurtzman are writing it, they seem like they're already pretty busy with producing Star Trek, writing Transformers 2 and their series Fringe.

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 09:26 PM

wait is this another reboot of the series or what?

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:54 AM

View PostJack_Bauer, on Mar 11 2008, 08:12 PM, said:

View PostKor37, on Mar 11 2008, 08:47 AM, said:

Good start getting Bryan Singer. This movie is already better than the last one.

Um, Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns.

Kind of surpirsed if Orci and Kurtzman are writing it, they seem like they're already pretty busy with producing Star Trek, writing Transformers 2 and their series Fringe.

Singer did the last Superman? Dang....I retract my statement. Now I'm worried the film will suck.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 04:49 AM

Singer promises action in the next film


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EmpireOnline.com spoke with Bryan Singer about the sequel to "Superman Returns". The article confirms that Bryan is directing the next movie, and is currently in the development phase.
He also talks about how the next film will differ from "Superman Returns"...


"The first one was a romantic film and a nostalgic film," he says. "I'll be the first person to own up to that without making any apologies for it. I knew it was going to be that from the outset. And now that the characters are established, there's really an opportunity to up the threat levels...Clearly there'll be a body count [laughs]. From frame one, it will be unrelenting terror! All those teenage girls who found the movie and mooned over James Marsden or Brandon? Well, I'm going to wake them up!" He may be joking about the unrelenting terror.


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 09:49 AM

Gonna have some action in a Superman movie?......yeah.....good call, Singer.......hope you deliver...
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:16 PM

I watched the first Superman movie last night again. I noticed that Superman doesn't punch anyone in that film either. If history repeats itself, the next will please :blink:

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 05:28 PM

View PostThe Kryptonian, on Mar 12 2008, 01:16 PM, said:

I watched the first Superman movie last night again. I noticed that Superman doesn't punch anyone in that film either. If history repeats itself, the next will please :blink:

Superman can't really punch a regular human. He would kill them. He only punches the super-powered ones.
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 03:55 AM

yep, like Zod.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:03 PM

Now that the ice is broken over introducing a Reeves replacement, I think this one's going to rock.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:51 PM

i ONLY HOPE, i OWN sUPERMAN rETURNS, BUT IF YOU PUT IT UP AGAINST bATMAN bEGINS, bATMAN WINS NO CONTEST, THE FILM WAS JUST PLAIN BETTER!

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:44 AM

Zod is the obvious choice for the villain in the sequel.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 03:42 AM

there are rumors of the next villain being Zod. Some have even said that they want Jude Law to play the role. He does kind of look like Terence Stamp

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 06:48 AM

I'm confused. Don't these new Superman movies pick up from the old ones with Reeve? If so, they already had one with Zod. Why bring him back now when there are so mnay Superman villians to choose from?
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 08:22 AM

since there is no script, there is nothing set in stone. There are just a bunch of rumors floating around. An earlier rumor was that the next movie was going to be about Brainiac, who followed Clark to Earth after he visited Krypton at the beginning of SR

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  Posted 15 March 2008 - 02:10 PM

:nono: :nono: :batman: :batman: :batman: :batman: :batman: :batman: :batman: :batman:
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 08:08 PM

OH GOD DON'T DO ZOD AGAIN! He was brilliant in the second film but do a villian from the comics. But please not Lex Luthor leave alone for atleast 1 film. The character has been in all the films but Supes 3, I love Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor he was good but use a new villian. Don't create one that doesn't work either. Superman has so many good villians: Bizarro, Brianiac, Mxylplitz, Doomsday, Metallo, Cyborg Superman just to name a few. I personally want Bizarro I think it would be a good challenge for the writers especially not to include Luthor. Just do something different.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:50 AM

Lex is a definite, Spacey has already signed on to do the next movie. I'd like Bizarro too, he's on the video game version of Superman Returns. Mr. Mxyzptlk is cool, but he wouldn't be movie worth imo, unless it's pre-Crisis MM. He'd be a good side character, but not the main. He's also on the video game

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 06:59 AM

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Superman Dean Cain has returned to his hit '90s TV series to find love after a series of romantic disasters.

The single dad is reportedly romancing actress Jessica Collins, who co-starred with Cain on Lois + Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman over a decade ago.

The pretty 37-year-old has been spotted with Cain, 41, on a number of dates recently - and even fed him with her fork during a lunch meeting at a cafe in Los Angeles, according to the Globe.

But it was what happened away from the glare of the paparazzi that really turned heads - after driving away from LA's Urth Cafe, the couple parked up and started 'making out' in Collins' red mini.

An eyewitness tells the publication, "They were passionately kissing each other and didn't seem to care if anyone noticed."

The romance is good news for Cain, who once romanced Brooke Shields and was engaged to country star Mindy McCready. He has an eight-year-old son by former model Samantha Torres.


For those that don't know, she played Mindy Church (head of Intergang) on Lois and Clark

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 09:25 AM

Dean Cain was a very good Superman.

In fact Reeve, Cain, Welling and Routh have all been superb in their respective incarnations.

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 11:17 AM

agreed :lol:

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 11:37 AM

Thanks for clearing up who this woman was. Would it have killed the person who wrote the article to do so?....... :lol:
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 06:08 AM

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Why The Man of Steel is Still Super

Superman is 70 this month. He doesn't look a day older than when I met him, but I guess that's why they call him Superman.

Why has he lasted so long? Why is he still relevant to a modern audience, decades after teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first imagined the Samson from outer space in the 1930s?

It's not because he was the first superhero, although a lot of people falsely credit him that honour. Popeye had super strength and invulnerability, Tarzan talked to animals, the Shadow turned invisible, and Philip Wylie's pulp hero in his 1930 book Gladiator (see sidebar) could leap over a barn, stop bullets with his skin, and lift a car over his head, all long before Superman showed up.

As for the costume? The Phantom wore the tights-and-trunks years before Action Comics No. 1 hit the stands in April 1938, as did Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers every Sunday in colour. The Shadow even wore a cape. So why has Superman left them all behind in history? Why did he age so well when they didn't?

What sets Superman apart from all those who came before and after him, is that he is the personification of the most deeply rooted human belief there is: that there are gods in this world, and if we pray to them, they might help. The wonder of Superman is, that when we ask for HIS help in fighting something so big or dangerous that we poor humans can only fail, he shows up and helps. Instantly. On time. And everybody lives at the end of the story. He is god in a cape. The living answer to our prayers.

The trappings are all there: As a baby, he is sent to us by a father who lives in the sky. His spaceship/basket lands in the reeds of a Kansas cornfield, to be found by a barren woman and her husband who adopt him and create a virgin family. He learns to Americanize his birth name (Kal-El becomes Clark Kent) and "pass" for a member of the dominant culture, hiding his true identity and language. This God-as-American-immigrant spends the next few decades performing miracles, saving lives, and telling people to do good for each other. Much later, he dies saving the world from a monstrous evil named Doomsday, and a year later, is resurrected to live among us again. It's something I'm sure two Jewish kids living in Cleveland (one of them, artist Shuster, being a former Torontonian) didn't see coming when they cobbled Superman together from early science-fiction sources and Depression-era power fantasies, but they invented the American Jesus.

Throughout history, the supernatural creatures and gods of this world have been created and re-created in our image, and Superman is no exception. It's the other secret of his staying power: his adaptability. In every era, he's fought against whatever gives anxiety to that generation. And as he moves through history, he takes on the manners and attitudes of his fellow citizens and continues to be the modern American man. In the '30s, he was a Depression-era brute, but a champion of the downtrodden masses who'd been handed a bad deal by the privileged classes and the world in general. His first stories were about corrupt senators and unsafe coal mines and wife-beating husbands. He was a Superman for the little guy.

In the '40s, he took on a world war. Famously, in a 1943 issue of Look magazine, Superman abducts Stalin and Hitler and makes them take responsibility for the suffering they've caused. Throughout the '50s and '60s, Superman fought against technology and the sense of future shock Alvin Toffler said we were all feeling. Lex Luthor becomes a brilliant but evil scientist with no sense of morality, the ultimate villain for the space age.

On television, Superman was a father figure, benign and wise for an era that still respected dad. In the '70s, the time of the Me Decade and the sexual revolution, Superman focused more on the Man, and less on the Super. Christopher Reeve made Superman a romantic hero. The father figure became a sex symbol for the Studio 54 set.

In the '90s, Superman became the supporting character to the new era of empowered women, in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. In the comics he got MARRIED, returning the father figure of a bygone era! And now, in the 20th century, in the age of 24-hour infotainment-Web-media, Superman remains king of all media. What other character has his broad appeal across so many different formats? You want hit records? Five for Fighting's "Superman (It's not Easy)" became the anthem for 9/11 rescue workers. Eminem, 3 Doors Down, The Flaming Lips and Our Lady Peace have all had Superman hits in the last decade. And movies? Bryan Singer's Superman Returns grossed a mere $400 million (U.S.) worldwide, which disappointed the executives at Warner Bros., only because they'd spent $200 million making the movie, the largest budget in film history. What about TV? He's in the eighth season of his prime-time series, Smallville.

All is not completely rosy in Metropolis. Superman is famously considered one of the worst video game characters around. And though the Last Son of Krypton stars in at least five different titles selling in the comics market's top 50, he still has nothing in the top 10. It's been years since Superman was a sales monster in the funnybook biz, like Wolverine or Spidey. In the comics shops Superman is sometimes considered too old school, like an aging relative who isn't as in touch as he should be, and when he's handled poorly, he comes off as a little dull.

All of which might be true. But in the hands of brilliant creators, Superman recently won the 2007 Eisner Award (the comic industry's version of an Oscar) for Best Continuing Comic Series, duly recognizing the excellent work of current All-Star Superman creators, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Morrison and Quitely have been telling an EPIC Superman story, full of grandeur and godlike behaviour, with every page sparkling with inventive plotting and gorgeous art. Give them a couple more issues and they'll take my man Supes back to the top.

He's got a zillion fansites and e-zines and webrings on the net. And whatever the limitations of a character this powerful in a video game, he's still starred in more than 20 different titles for a half-dozen gaming systems. Someone's enjoying him in computer form.

Finally, for the record, he's still one of the top-selling pyjamas, and the No. 1 comic book-related tattoo in the world. After 70 years, this American God, Superman, is here to stay. He's so basic, everyone "gets" him. He's a part of all our childhoods and will be part of our kid's futures. Happy Birthday Kal-El. Stick around for a while, at least while we still need you


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Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:19 PM

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'Lois Lane' Accuses Money Man of Fraud
By SAMUEL MAULL, AP
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NEW YORK (April 17) - An actress who was the 1940s cartoon and radio voice of Lois Lane, the reporter with a crush on Superman, has accused her financial adviser of losing and stealing tens of millions of dollars of her money.


Classic Toon: Lois Kidnapped



Joan A. Stanton, 90, claims in court papers that Kenneth Ira Starr, "accountant and financial adviser to the rich and famous," ingratiated himself with her to take control of her fortune, then shielded her from the advice of others, including that of her children.

Stanton's late husband, Arthur Stanton, was a businessman who left her $70 million when he died in 1987, the lawsuit says.

The court papers claim that Starr used Stanton's money as "his own unrestricted endowment," putting millions in speculative pet projects that he or his friends controlled instead of the conservative investments she wanted.

Starr and other defendants ran a scheme in which they would solicit investors, direct the money to their own undisclosed uses and then declare the investments as failures, the court papers say.

Starr failed to reveal adequately the nature of these "self-interested" deals and "at times left her (Stanton) so cash strapped that he had to take out a line of credit on her behalf to satisfy her tax obligations," court papers say.

"And for these services, Mr. Starr charged hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in fees to Mrs. Stanton," says the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The lawsuit names as defendants Starr, financial adviser Keith Barish and several companies the two control. It accuses them of fraud, breach of contract, professional malpractice, unjust enrichment and other misconduct.

Stanton's lawyer, David E. Mills, said he does not know how much Starr and others took, because, as court papers say, they "continue to deny full access to the books and records" of investments or the $6.3 million in expenses they claimed.

Starr's lawyer, Peter Parcher, said the woman's lawsuit was without merit and will be vigorously defended. During the 20 years that Starr was Stanton's adviser, he said, "her assets grew considerably. It will become clear during the course of this litigation that Mrs. Stanton was well advised."

Barish's lawyer, Dan Katz, said Stanton's "allegations are without merit, and we will vigorously defend against them in court."

Stanton, who acted under the name Joan Alexander, was best known as the voice of Lois Lane in the 1940s radio show "The Adventures of Superman." She also was the first actress to play Della Street, Perry Mason's Girl Friday, on the radio version of the "Perry Mason" detective series.

Stanton later reprised her role as the voice of Lois Lane in the 1966 animated series "The New Adventures of Superman."

She is the mother of novelist Jane Stanton Hitchcock.

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:54 AM

I'm surprised that Joan Stanton is still alive

Here is news about the upcoming Superman movie

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Thomas Tull, founder, chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures (the company jointly responsible for producing the films 'Batman Begins', 'Superman Returns' and '300'), spoke to Hamilton students on April 17.

Tull showed clips from 'The Dark Knight' and also talked about upcoming projects like 'Watchmen', 'Akira' and the 'Superman' sequel. Apparently, Tull told students that the new Superman movie would refocus on the man of steel as "an angry god".

The article is sparse on further details, but that declaration is interesting in and of itself.


Sounds cool, but Superman isn't supposed to be an angry person. It takes a lot to make Superman angry, it may have something to do with Lois. I just hope they don't destroy the character. Like Trek, Superman is about hope. Batman is about angst.

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:06 AM

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In the early 2000s (around 2002) there was big talk about a new Superman movie set to star Brendan Fraser as Superman/Clark Kent with a script written by J.J. Abrams to be directed by Brett Ratner. Obviously it never happened.
Now, MTV.com has posted a video interview from NYCC with Brendan Fraser in which he discusses this period in time. He talks about having tried on the Superman suit, his audition process, the script itself and more.


"I wore the suit," he admitted about his screen test for Ratner. "They were so top secret about it. Somewhere probably in a vault is my screen test."
And apparently he nailed it in Ratner's eyes because he says he had the part. "First they offered it to me. Then they didn't offer it to me," he laughed. "Then a huge swath of guys came in to put the suit on. We acted scenes as Clark Kent and [Superman]."

Fraser said the script at the time was the one by "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams and described it as "really really really cool." So in the end did he really want to join the ranks of George Reeves and Christopher Reeve? "Oh yeah. Everybody did. Everybody in town was up for this," he said.


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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:44 AM

Superman as an "angry God"........this doesn't sound good at all. They need to come up with something spectacular to make up for the last movie which sucked, imo.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:14 AM

Here is a video called "World's Finest". It is a fan film trailer of a movie that isn't real, but the trailer is still cool. B)

Superman and Batman together again <_<

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