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Snyder takes on SUPERMAN, Zod

Plus: X-MEN, LUKE CAGE, BATMAN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     October 05, 2010
Source: Various

Snyder takes on Superman, Zod. Plus: X-Men: First Class to recreate scene from first film. Actor eying Luke Cage role. Bale prepping for Batman and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.5!




FIRST CLASS to Recreate Dramatic Opening From X-MEN?

An unconfirmed rumor from Bleeding Cool indicates that X-Men: First Class will be more closely linked to the original film series than we might have imagined.

Fans will recall that the original X-Men opened with a depiction of young Eric Lensherr being stripped away from his parents by German soldiers during the occupation of Poland in 1944. The scene revealed the mutant ability of the boy who would become Magneto and set the tone of the film series as grounded in reality and highly-dramatic.

According Bleeding Cool, that riveting opening from the original is being recreated "shot-by-shot" and then expanded on for First Class. Bill Milner (Son of Rambow) will be playing young Lensherr in the new sequence. The also add:

...when the sequence does deviate, it’s with some very dramatic twists… which we’ll be keeping under our hats for now, I’m afraid.

Director Matthew Vaughn had video reference of the original sequence on tap for the cast and crew during their prep for shooting this sequence, and for the shots that are mirrored, the attention to detail is apparently quite exhaustive.

X-Men: First Class arrives in theaters next June.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Check out two new video clips from this week's "Supergirl" episode of Smallville, including what looks to be your first glimpse of Darkseid.
  • Actor Idris Elba told Total Film that he has a mult-picture deal with Marvel and would love to take a shot at reviving the Blade franchise. That info isn't new as the actor said as much last month in interviews. What is new is that Elba also likes another Marvel character. "There's a couple of things there that they have... Luke Cage is... very interesting," he said. Not exactly a strong statement, but there you go: Idris Elba likes Luke Cage.
  • reports that actor Christian Bale is back in training for the new Batman movie. An insider says the actor is working with a trainer and dietitian to get into bat-shape, and adds that Bale knows nothing of the film's storyline or villain plot yet. The movie is expected to go into production next year under the director of Christopher Nolan.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


Official: Zack Snyder is the SUPERMAN Director. Zod to be Villain.

It's huge news that we've been waiting for for quite some time and broke the story yesterday evening: Zack Snyder has been given the job of directing the new Superman movie under producer (and Bat-genius Christopher Nolan).

Snyder enjoyed early success as a director with his Dawn of the Dead remake but broke out in a big way with his stylish, crowd-pleasing adaptation of Frank Miller's comic 300. That movie, along with follow-ups Watchmen and The Legend of the Guardians have cemented Snyder's reputation as a visually stylish director. Comic-Con trailers for his upcoming Sucker Punch promise to push that rep even further.

The Hollywood Reporter adds some details to the story. Confirmed is the fact that Nolan's Batman collaborator David Goyer is writing the script for the film. They claim that the movie will share some linkage to Richard Donner's original series and that the villain of the new movie will be General Zod.

Shortly after the scoop broke there, Snyder began making the rounds, chatting up the Hollywood trades and other film sites to confirm the information.

"I've been a big fan of the character for a long time, he's definitely the king of all superheroes, he's the one," Snyder told Deadline. "It's early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I've always felt he was kind of awesome."

Making the character work for modern audiences will be part of the challenge. Superman is seen, and sometimes disparaged, as being a wholesome character who looks a bit quaint besides the more gritty Batmans and Wolverines of the comics world.

"All I'll say is that those guy...have created an amazing story. The 'Why [remake] Superman?' is definitely being looked at with care, that's all I could hope for as a director," Snyder told MTV News in an interview. "Everyone always says, 'Why Superman? Why is he relevant? Who is he now?'. I think those guys have done an amazing job with that. That's the real trick."

Snyder will be a producer along with wife/filmmaking partner Deborah Snyder. Charles Roven is also producing. Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull is an executive producer.

Sucker Punch will keep Snyder very busy until it's release on March 25, 2011. After that, Snyder promises that he's full steam ahead on Superman.

The Superman pic is coming together under the watchful eye of Christopher Nolan who, in sharp contrast to Snyder, is known for his meticulous story-telling. The combination of these two top-shelf filmmakers and their complimenting skill sets could mean we'll be getting an amazing Man of Steel movie.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you excited by the Snyder development? Post your comments below...

Thanks to ninjaBam, goldeneyez and AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrived in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at Detroit Comics on October 6th and the New York Comic Con on October 8th-10th!


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thatguy1 10/5/2010 7:20:17 AM

Another round with Zod.  I'm already not thrilled. 

Granted, Snyder will probably make a visually stunning movie, but if it ain't Lex, it's Zod.  There are TONS of Superman villains to choose from and it's always Lex or Zod.  Parasite, Bizarro, Mongul, Darkseid are the first four I think of who could give Supes a run for his money and yet we've never seen any of them on the big screen.

Come on Snyder!  Give us something NEW!

Calibur454 10/5/2010 7:29:04 AM

Um ok so with snyder directing superman just went up a notch but Ill wait for a trailer- and I'm sure everyone will agree with me in saying that everyone will be comparing the new zod to the origional and many will not give him a fair shake

Mhalakai 10/5/2010 7:39:45 AM

WHY, with years of stories and characters to source, do they still go back to the original movies? They weren’t THAT good that they should still influence today’s movies.

wessmith1966 10/5/2010 7:43:21 AM

I'm also not thrilled - right now anyway - that the villain is Zod, but I like the choice of Zack as the director. We'll probably finally get Superman doing something more than lift heavy things. With Nolan overseeing Zack's direction I'm confident we're going to get a much better movie than Singer's emo homage. Is the movie going to be a reboot or a continuation? I want to forget that Superman had a kid.

I'm slowly becoming optimistic about the new X-Men.

LocoLobo73 10/5/2010 7:48:37 AM

YES YES YES, ZACK AND ZOD, two good thing that go great together. Im pyched that we are getting a baddie that can take on Supes, but I would have loved to see a build up to ZOD, but I know Warners has one shot at this next take on Supes, But ZOD is Sort of like DARKSEID, YOU KINDA WANT TO HAVE HIM IN THE SHADOWS AND THEN HAVE SUPES BATTLE HIS MINIONS WORKING TOWARD THE FINAL CONFORTATION in the third movie. First movie Desaad with Granny Goodness and her Furies, 2nd movie Kalibak / Steppenwolf and the Parademons. Third Movie invasion and Darkseid. Superman is a Legend and His story should be on a Epic scale , STAR WARS IN SIZE. That being said, I dont get fans Its ok for us to reboot the main character like 5 times but when they want to reboot the villian everyone crys foul, Listen I hear yeah, i would love to see what i wrote above come to fruitation, but its not, So i put my faith in a few things. 1st Zack is one of the few Directors who strives to be FAITHFUL to the content and characters source material. 2. Nolan and Goyer, two of the best storytellers of our age. 3. Chris overseeing the project.  I think we are in store for a great movie, crossing fingers.

As for Idris Elba , all the above is BS, he may want those roles, but I think we have already sen what Marvel wants to do with him, where you ask , Iron Man 2, I say, where you say, On the screen when Fury is interviewing Stark and the they have Wakanda lit up, Im betting on a little Black cat. Remember Marvel likes to save money on its actors when it can, and i bet his price is right for Marvel 


Clownican 10/5/2010 7:53:11 AM

Thank god for Zack Snyder!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO on Zod!!!!

jfdavis 10/5/2010 8:03:01 AM

First Class- I am admittedly curious what the dramatic twist is since this isn't an alternate universe take on the first movie.  (I know many wish it was...)

Smallville- That "Darkseid silouette" appeared at the end of the season premire.  From your tease I was hoping for more.  Still no casting news I notice...

Superman- Zach Snyder seemed like too obvious a choice to me from the short list but, that said, Donner had a "grand scope vision" for the first two movies so this may play right into that. 

Now, THAT said, I sincerely hope is a return engagement of Zod because, otherwise, been there, done that. (The fact Smallville just did Zod also makes this an uninspired choice.) Just once  I would love for WB producers to grow a pair and dare to think outside box.  Luthor better damn well have nothing to do with this...

cyberbilly 10/5/2010 8:05:48 AM

 I think there seems to be some agreement here: Hooray for Zac Snyder.  A resounding meh for the villain being Zod.  Like everyone else has said, Zod's been done (and done well).  There's really not much that can be done differently.  Just retelling the same story with new effects.  You would think Nolan would have some insight to that fact.  I mean after all, they didn't rush right back to Joker for Batman Begins.  Still though, Zod hasn't actually been confirmed by anyone yet.  It's all still rumors.  

HudsonTaco 10/5/2010 8:09:49 AM

I am going to repeat, the sentiments here and say yay to Snyder and nay to Zod. At least it ain't Lex. Love Snyder's work and when I saw his name on the list a few days ago I thought it would be too good to be true. I am giddy with excitment over this announcement, I am sure with Nolan/Snyder at the helm we will finally get the Superman movie the character deserves.

animefanjared 10/5/2010 8:13:47 AM

We all have opinions on this (this being the Superman news, because everything else in this post is clearly unimportant), and here's my two cents.

Not entirely sold on Snyder as a director.  I have not seen that movie with the owls he made, but his Watchman adaptation, while not terrible, had a lot of the same problems that plagued the last Superman flick.  Namely, a sometimes slow pace and slavish adherence to the source material that got a lot of the details right but didn't capture the materiel's spirit.  The idea that this new film will have links to the Donner films only increasing my fears of capturing details without capturing spirit.  I don't have as much problem with Zod as a villain, but if the new film is going to acknowledge the old films' continuity, wouldn't that put Zod in danger of feeling like a retread?  I agree with everyone that there are plenty of other Superman villains, and as a viewer it gets old to always see the main baddie be Luthor or Zod.

I absolutely adore The Dark Knight (it really is one of my favorite movies, superhero or otherwise), but I do think it has had a negative impact on superhero films in that all of them seemingly have to be "gritty" and "real" now.  I have no interest in a "gritty" Superman film.  I want a fun movie that acknowledges and respects the character's Blue Boyscout roots rather than trying to roughen them up.  The guys dresses in *the* three primary colors, for God's sake!  He is not some brooding anti-hero; he's a straight up hero!  If you have to have a "darker" edge, take a cue from some of the best Superman stories and explore how being so moral and idealistic does have drawbacks in today's world. 

Oh yeah, and I want to see Supes beat the snot out of some super powered heavy (which is one reason Zod as villain is a good idea)!

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