Lest any of us forget, Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Sucker Punch) is currently at work on his reboot of the Superman franchise. Dwarfed to date by the hype surrounding the much more imminent superhero epics of The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and yes, The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros have made a rejuvenated effort to ignite hype around the film, which is well over a year from release.
The newly revamped DC comics site has released a “synopsis” for the summer 2013 release;
“Superman takes to the skies once more as acclaimed actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Immortals) dons the suit, cape and S-shield of the MAN OF STEEL. With an all-star cast that includes Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as John and Martha Kent, Clark’s earthbound parents; Oscar® winner Russell Crowe as Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El; The Fighter’s Amy Adams as intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane; The Matrix’s Laurence Fishburne as editor Perry White; and Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon as Superman’s otherworldly archenemy General Zod, populations from Smallville to Metropolis are psyched for Superman. With the directorial stylings of 300′s Zack Snyder and the superheroic production team behind Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the sky’s the limit for the last son of Krypton!”
Considering the complete lack of plot detail included, one can only assume that this was put together just for the sake of it. This feels like a press release that has come a year too late, and has one sole purpose – to populate the official Man of Steel webpage, thus avoiding blank space. (They just peaked too early with that bank vault snapshot.)
All bitching aside, its nice to see that no more surprise recasting has taken place. Despite some serious reservations about the directorial choice, one can only hope Nolan’s involvement will add that famous Midas touch. And when we finally get to see Cavill’s Supes go head-to-head with Shannon’s Zod, it will be a thing of beauty!
Fingers crossed that the next dripfeed of Superman info will be slightly more….super.