This is my favorite of the umpleteen posters for Man of Steel that have been released so far. I’d say this is the final one since the movie is a month away, but there will probably be three more before then at the rate this summer’s blockbusters are cranking them out. I have to say, though I’ve seen nothing in any of the trailers that has given me anything but glee, I’ve heard some extremely troubling rumors about tinkering with Superman’s origin. Big tinkering. You can change a lot of origin stories. You can update them. Even Batman’s is malleable past the point where his parents are shot. Superman’s is not. Not in the ways I’m hearing. I won’t pass them along because they’re just rumors and I don’t know the source well enough to make a call, but it’s shaken me a little because they would, in all likelihood, ruin the movie for me, at least. Man of Steel opens nationwide on June 14, 2013.
Our seven week countdown to Star Trek: Into Darkness concludes with the movie that I did not think could be made. I honestly thought Star Trek was a dead franchise after the last few movies and the tail-end of Voyager and Enterprise. Then they announced the reboot and, while I certainly loved JJ Abrams, how can you possibly recast these iconic roles? Well, you just do apparently (note to Marvel for future reference). The thing is, if you have characters good enough (as these characters are) there isn’t just ONE person who can play them. What was incredible was they managed to find good matches for all of the crew, give the series a great villain in Nero, jam it full of action and amazing effects like no film in the series before it (the destruction of Vulcan still floors me) and give it a signature feeling of new beginning that marks it is its own territory.
As to my favorite scene, you may have noticed by now, that I don’t tend to pick giant action pieces. I like character moments. Those moments make the ‘splosions worth something. I had a heck of a time choosing between Kirk’s Kobyashi Maru solution (spoken of in II, but never seen and it is one of the funniest things in what manages to be a very funny film) and this. I chose this because I don’t think this would have been as widely embraced by the fans without the surprise involvement of Leonard Nimoy, playing the Spock from the original timeline of Trek media, now exiled to this earlier period of his life where things have already gone much differently than they did for him. It was gracious of him to do it; to give the franchise his blessing to continue and it leant it a lot of gravitas with long-time fans it might have lacked. I loved Quinto’s Spock as well and the scene where they meet at the end is my favorite moment in a film where it is extremely tough to pick just one.
ComingSoon.net (@comingsoonnet) tweeted at 0:05 AM on Sat, May 11, 2013: NBC Renews Community for a Fifth Season http://t.co/zVvzTPMEUm (https://twitter.com/comingsoonnet/status/333070356648697858) What the what? You fire Dan Harmon after three seasons of brilliance and renew it happily now that it’s sunk to average? This is why I get entertainment induced migraines. Rant over.
With The Lone Ranger now in the can and Lone Ranger fans (myself included) bracing for what looks like a Michael Bay-esque treatment of The Masked Man, Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer can return to pillaging the high seas and international box offices. Rob Marshall will not be returning as director for Pirates 5 (which is a bit disappointing because I liked it a damn sight better than 2 or 3). Deadline is reporting that they already have a short list of three (well a team of two, and two single directors): Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman). I can’t speak to any of them but Rupert Sanders, and I can’t speak to him because I try to keep the blog fairly family friendly. I think On Stranger Tides was a good step in the right direction and I hope whomever is chosen will bring us back to the Captain Jack of Pirates and not Crazy Multiple Jacks from At World’s End (worst sequel ever….quite possibly). Odds are, this is a 2015 release (as most things are) if they’re just at the selecting the director stage.