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Probably not a big surprise. Frank Miller helped Zack Snyder on “300”, but news comes that Miller and Snyder are meeting to discuss the upcoming Batman and Superman film. Word is that it is a sequel to “Man of Steel” and that Bruce Wayne/Batman will be a supporting player to Clark Kent. Henry Cavill is returning as is Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, so that makes sense. Just one pesky question remains…just who will play Batman?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” has hit a divide. Critics didn’t love it, but audiences have flocked to it.  Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and more, some of the best scenes were on Krypton at the beginning of the film. Now Russell Crowe said he’d be up for returning the role as Jor-El for a Krypton prequel!

Would you like to see the relationship between Jor-El and Zod played out more?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I can’t wait for this film. Scarlett Johansson has joined “Her” from director Spike Jonze (“Where The WIld Things Are”). From firstshowing.net:

Her is about Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system (not unlike iPhone’s Siri) designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara. Johansson will voice the operating system.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Superman’s back and better than ever. Or is he? Zack Snyder’s latest is now in theaters. Is this the Superman film we’ve been waiting for?

The Good

When “Man of Steel” is at its best, it’s absolutely fantastic. The opening sequence is intense, emotional and visually beautiful to watch.

The real stars here are the supporting characters. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents and Russell Crowe as Superman’s birth father really shine here. They all give powerful, emotional performances. Costner’s performance was my favorite of the entire film. I also like what Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan tried to do with the story. The most interesting parts in the film are the flashbacks to Kent’s childhood when he deals with abilities that no other child has and is struggling with finding his identity and having to hide who he truly is all the time.

In fact, the time spent on Krypton and in Kent’s childhood I feel like would have made compelling stand alone films as it is. Still, though short in span, these sequences are spectacular in their own ways.

The final battle between Superman and General Zod was very fun to watch. There’s a surprising amount of lens flare here (Snyder must have taken notes from J.J. Abrams) and the action can be a little hard to follow. But seeing two superhuman beings go at it is the type of action that Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” sorely lacked. Laurence Fishburne was very solid as well, though his screen time was way too limited.

The Bad 

There are glimpses of a truly great film here. Unfortunately, the film also has its fair share of missteps. Most noticeably is Henry Cavill. Like Brandon Routh before him, he looks the part. But, and this isn’t all his fault since he has surprisingly limited dialogue, but he comes off as a little wooden. Also, the plot gets a little convoluted. The codex is never really fully explained and as the movie goes on, it seems as though elements are just added as they go.

Also, while the sequences on Krypton and in Kent’s childhood are the highlights of the film, they feel rushed, as do a lot of things in this film. It’s a longer movie, for a summer blockbuster, but there’s just too much stuff, so we get the cliff notes version and only scratching the surface of what could be deep, rich tales. I also didn’t care for Amy Adams’ performance. She wasn’t terrible, but hers, and pretty much everyone else besides Kent’s, character development were pretty much non-existent and some of the best actors in the film get short changed on time because they have to fit so much in this movie. And, I realize the movie is going for a darker tone, but there’s very little humor in this movie, which I think works against it.

The final fight is good. Initially I was impressed with the action. But the more I thought about it, the rest of the film lacked any real awe-inspiring set pieces.

The Final Word

No, this isn’t a perfect Superman movie. But when “Man of Steel” works, it soars. It’s just too bad there’s a few elements that bring it back down to earth.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“This is the End” hits theaters but we all know the big fish this weekend will be “Man of Steel”. No movie has made more than $35 million for two weeks. How big will Superman’s reboot open?

“Superman Returns” disappointed in 2006 when Bryan Singer’s film earned just more than $200 million. Expect Zack Syder’s adaptation to do way better. In fact “Toy Story 3”, which holds the June record with a $110 million opening, could see that record fall. In fact, it’d be shocking if it didn’t. Warner Brothers got Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”) to help shape the story and an aggressive and great marketing campaign has audiences wanting to see this film bad. The reviews haven’t been amazing, in fact it’s at a 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But that won’t affect its opening weekend, though it may affect its long term legs. Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and a host of others, the film promises action Superman fans have been waiting for. And Superman is a strong brand so expect this one to set a new June record.

Opening weekend: $120-125 million

Unfortunately that means “This is the End” is left in the dust. But the all-star comedy should do decently.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

No huge surprise here. Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” has a lot of buzz behind it and should explode at the box office. Now comes news that Warner Brothers has green lit a sequel with Snyder returning as well as writer David S. Goyer. But the real news is that Goyer apparently has a three-picture deal, two Superman films and a “Justice League” film. Does this mean it’s close to coming out? We’ll find out. “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the final trailer for “Man of Steel”.

I was skeptical of this film, but it looks like Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan have a hit on their hands. The anticipated film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s a 13-minute featurette ute on “Man of Steel”.

From director Zack Snyder, the film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and more.

Danny Huston (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) is in talks to join “Big Eyes”. From director Tim Burton the film is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, who made famous creations featuring big eyed children. She eventually sued her husband who tried to take credit for her work. Amy Adams is playing Keane while Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) is playing the husband.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the final trailer for “Man of Steel” from director Zack Snyder.

The film stars Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.