The official Facebook page for Man of Steel has gone live, providing a first look at the redesigned logo for director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Warner Bros. franchise. It’s dark, textured and a little gritty, and likely to displease fans already grumbling about the updated costume.
Written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story of “Action Comics #1” will soon be a feature film, but it will not revolve around the classic first Superman appearance contained within its pages. Instead, screenwriters Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (of “Reno 911” and MTV’s “The State”) will spin a tale of a “group of nerds” intent on stealing actor Nicolas Cage’s copy of the prized comic.
The story is based on the actual theft of Cage’s “Action Comics #1” back in 2000. Lost for eleven years, the rare collector’s item was found in a San Fernando Valley storage locker. At the time of its recovery, the actor said in a statement, “It is divine providence that the comic was found and I am hopeful that the heirloom will be returned to my family.” It eventually sold for an impressive $2.1 million at auction in November.
Lionsgate picked up the project with Garant and Lennon producing along side Peter Principato and Paul Young. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script is being written with Cage in mind for the key role of Nicolas Cage, but notes, “at this stage, it’s unlikely that Cage will play himself.”
Meanwhile, fellow actor Jason Statham has been named in connection with the project, but has no official involvement with the production at this time.
Garant and Lennon, besides writing and performing on “The State” and “Reno 911,” are known for their comedy scripts like “Taxi”, “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “Night at the Museum” and its sequel. Last year, the duo released a book about their experiences writing movies in Hollywood called “Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!”
The origins of Superman will also be seen again on the big screen in 2013’s “Man of Steel,” staring Henry Cavill as the character first glimpsed in “Action Comic #1.”
Classic superhero Captain MarvelShazam! is getting a makeover…and it’s out with the “circus strongman” suit, and in with a mystical new cloaked look. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank will be bringing readers new monthly adventures of Shazam! in an ongoing “Justice League” back-up story starting with issue #7.
The New York Post has the first look at the new, darker Shazam!, who,according to writer Johns, is headed back to his magical roots: “With SHAZAM! Gary and I will be focusing on the magic hero instead of the super hero. For centuries, science has ruled the world, but now magic is returning.” The “Justice League” backup story will mark the official name-change for the character from its marvel-ous roots. Johns told the Post: “We changed his name [to Shazam] for a lot of reasons. One of them is that Shazam is the word most associated with the character, so we just felt it made sense — a lot of people already thought that was his name, anyway.”
The publishing history of Captain Marvel/Shazam! is one of those epic decades-spanning stories involving multiple publishers, multiple names, lawsuits, revamps, and etc. Created in 1939 by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker for Fawcett Comics, the wildly popular Captain Marvel ran afoul of DC Comics for its alleged similarity to Superman; due to a copyright infringement suit, the adventures of the “Big Red Cheese” were discontinued in 1953. Ironically, it was DC who licensed the character in 1972, re-introducing him and his friends to comics.
HOWEVER, while C.M. was cooling his heels as a result of the copyright suit, Marvel Comics trademarked the name…forcing DC to promote the comics with the Shazam! trademark. But, as Johns pointed out, a lot of people just assumed that Shazam! was his name anyhow. And here we are.
Will Shazam! eventually get his own new title? Will hard-core fans accept the character’s new look? And what of Hoppy the Marvel Bunny? Stay tuned!
It would appear that Jay Garrick, Alan Scott and Al Pratt (Atom if you’re nasty) are getting the Cocoon treatment in James Robinson’s Earth 2 series from DC Comics. Newsarama has posted an interview with the writer, who offers a few new tidbits about the strange new alternate reality he claims is a completely new iteration of theEarth 2 concept.
Here’s what the new, younger Jay Garrick looks like as he races through the rat-infested sewers of the mirror world. This is also the cover for Earth 2 #2.