People of Earth, welcome.
I’ve chickened out of doing my From Hell review until I can find time to do a draft I’m satisfied with. Thankfully, though, D.C./Warner Bros saw fit to give me the perfect topic of discussion for this Friday’s edition of The Mast Speaks.
By now you all know that the new Superman and Batman movies, The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises respectively, both come out next Summer. You know that or one must assume you actually live on another planet. We’ve already seen what Batman looks like, as if we didn’t know already, but reveals on the other characters have been somewhat lacking. Likewise, we hadn’t even seen ANYTHING of The Man of Steel…until now.
EDIT: According to a reader and Jeff Legge, The Man of Steel is Summer 2013, not 2012.
Henry Cavill as Superman, the Man of Steel.
A high-res version can be found RIGHT HERE!
What do you think? Besides the abnormally long cape and truly ridiculous, Danny Zuko-esque hair style, I actually liked this. LIKED…this. Then I noticed the costume was designed with an almost scale-like texture. THAT didn’t bother me. What bothered me was the symbol being made of the same material.
I suppose this may seem picky, and it is, but the hair is what distracts me most of all. It just looks like he belongs on the set of Grease. Also, notice how his lower extremities are shrouded in shadow? Could this be a nod to the fact that they may be modelling him on the rebooted Superman? For those who aren’t aware, the rebooted Superman’s bodysuit is entirely blue and has no red underwear over the top. It makes sense, but I’m wondering if they have the balls to do that.
As is customary, with one leaks come a million leaks.
The first shots of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle were released, and they’re slightly more worrying.
Selina Kyle rides the Batpod in The Dark Knight Rises.
Granted, that shot is allegedly a stuntwoman, but you can find the official first shot in glorious high-res RIGHT HERE!
Now, I am going to assume that this is a prototype and she hasn’t entirely adopted the Catwoman persona yet. If so, these pictures will be perfectly acceptable. Though, why would you release pictures like THAT? Nolan didn’t release shots of Bale in the Batman gear before he became Batman. It’s odd that he’d do so here. Then again, the first publicity shots of Whiplash from Iron Man 2 were of his primative tech, saving the final version until the movie.
She’s got the catsuit and she’s got goggles, but that’s not Catwoman. That’s, at best, Selina Kyle half-dressed as Catwoman. I am entirely into the casting of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle. I believe that while she’s not typically the kind of sexy that Catwoman is, she has the acting ability to pull it off (See Rachel Getting Married or Love and Other Drugs). This, however, does not sit well with me.
She has to have the whip, one must assume. Part of Catwoman’s personality is that she even meows like a cat does. Why have a Catwoman who doesn’t meow and doesn’t have a catcowl? Now, we don’t know that this is the case, but speculation is what it is.
The most disappointing thing would be if she literally just played Selina Kyle, not Catwoman. It would be a remarkably stupid move, but who can say at this point?
As Jeff Legge rightly pointed out, D.C. seem to have really missed the boat with these sub-standard reveals.
What do YOU think of these first images? Are you pleased? Let-down? Optimistic? Pessimistic? Let me know in a comment.
That’ll about do it for me this week. Thanks for your support, thanks for reading and all that good stuff.
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