Sun Sets on Cavill’s Superman?

Apparently, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Henry Cavill is out as Superman.

There are quite a few reasons stated (scheduling issues, problems negotiating a cameo in Warner Bros upcoming Shazam!, delays in ramping up a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, etc) and while–if this is true because it bears repeating that this is not been confined by Cavill or his representation–for my money how egregiously bad Superman had been interpreted has more than a little to do with it.

And speaking of Man Of Steel, anyone with a modicum of vision could see that was where the problems began.

As a Superman movie it was a pretty good alien invasion movie, which is problematic because such a controversial approach to the character–by the way, if you’re generating controversy producing a Superman movie you’re already doing something wrong–alienated huge swaths of moviegoers, tainting everything that followed.

And I have said before that the current incarnation of the DCEU needs to go, but I had always hoped that Cavill hung around because you can see the optimism, the potential for hope embodied in his performance being subsumed by the ego of a director who clearly never truly understood the material he was working with.

Deleted Scene From “Batman v Superman” Starring Jimmy Kimmel

The only problem with this clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live is that it runs a bit long, hitting viewers over the head with something that would have worked much better with a lighter touch.

That being said, Kimmel brings up a good point, namely who doesn’t wonder when watching movies like Man Of Steel, when visually all that separates Superman (Henry Cavil) from Clark Kent is literally a pair of glasses, how it is that no one at least notices the resemblance (the reveal of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) as Batman is a bit more clever, though it too goes on a bit too long)?

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Teaser Trailer

Recently Zach Snyder released a teaser trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it’s a whole lot of…(wait for it) “Meh.”

It consists of a few pans from the Batman to Superman costumes, with bombastic music reminiscent of that from the Transformers movies.

It’s the epitome of a teaser in that it reveals–literally–absolutely nothing (unless you expected Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill to be running around naked, which would be interesting, though for entirely different reasons).

Warner Bros. Is Preparing A Superman & Batman Feature

Warner Bros. has revealed that they are going ahead with a Superman & Batman feature, though my question is:  How could anybody be surprised by this?  At this point DC has only two “viable” characters – as in, almost guaranteed to make a profit – and that’s Superman (as “Man of Steel” has shown”) and Batman (as illustrated by Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman’ trilogy).

But there’s a problem.  Henry Cavill will be – short of some sort of accident – returning to his role as the exile from Krypton.  But Christian Bale has said that there’s no way that he’s going to be Batman again if Nolan isn’t directing, and as far as anyone is aware, he isn’t.

So, Warner Bros. will have to find a new Batman.  Now, the question is:  Will they spring him on us in a stand-alone feature, or will the first we hear of him will be when he turns up with Superman?

I assume the latter because I am not too sure that Warners is willing to risk a future franchise on a Batman that evokes memories of Bale’s performance, minus the interest.

The Gym Where Supermen Are Made

The New York Times has an interesting story about Gym Jones (Yes, the name does come from Jim Jones, the cult leader that lead 900 people to their deaths in 1978), where Henry Cavill is training for his role in Zach Snyder’s upcoming reboot of the Superman franchise.

It’s also where Gerard Butler trained for his role in “300,” also directed by Snyder.

Picture courtesy of ScreenRant

Zach Snyder’s ‘Superman’

I must admit that when I heard that Zach Snyder had cast Henry Cavill as Superman in the upcoming reboot, I didn’t think much of the decision.  First, Zach Snyder was directing, which is an issue depending upon what you think about what he has done so far.  I think that he’s competent, but not by any means exceptional.  I mean, “300” was OK, though not considered to be the most masculine film ever made by some–which is ironic, considering that the film is about conflict on a large scale; and there are few things considered more masculine that death and destruction.

The question is if he has the directoral chops necessary to handle a character as well-known, as iconic, as Superman.  His last film, “Sucker Punch”, may have caused some to reconsider their faith in his abilities.

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