Fanboy Fix: 'Man of Steel' Footage, 'Star Wars' Locations and 'Avatar' Script Updates
As is usually the case, a slew of major news items pertaining to the superhero blockbusters you know (and love) broke over the weekend. Let’s catch you up on the latest happenings in hero land.
“You can save them. You can save all of them!” The fifth TV spot for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot started airing over the weekend, and it gives us some of the best shots to date of the explosive action Warner expects to have for audiences when the movie opens in June 14. I love the image of Supes (Henry Cavill) pulling Lois Lane (Amy Adams) out of … something. What is that? We get to find out soon enough!
Director Marc Webb makes excellent use of Twitter as he toils away on his sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. Over the weekend, he shared the first official photograph of Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich. Look at those tattoos!
There are set photos and video from the weekend, which show Spidey in action. But we’re sharing this one because it came from the director. The others are a Google search away.
Star Wars: Episode VII
Lucasfilm revealed that J.J. Abrams’ upcoming production of the seventh Star Wars film will occupy such famed UK studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios … the same place Lucas shot the original film and chunks of his various sequels.
“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm.
Abrams is wrapping up press duties for Star Trek Into Darkness, and will next plunge into Star Wars. The sequel is due in theaters in 2015.
Finally, actress Zoe Saldana continued speaking with the press on behalf of Star Trek, but the conversation eventually drifted to Avatar and its planned sequels.
While talking with MTV, Saldana updated fans on the status of James Cameron’s scripts, stating:
“I know that he's sort of been removing himself from things that might distract him so that he can focus on doing the final tweaks on the scripts. He did share that he's in a very interesting and fragile place, because the story is dictating itself.
"You walk a fine line when you're the creator of the story you're going to tell, of the manipulation that you may have unconsciously of the story and the characters versus allowing the story to unfold it, because you did create such a monumental and solid platform that they're just living and breathing organisms and they're the ones that need to make their own decisions,” she continued. “I'm geek talking right now, but that's how intense it affects me and how I feel about amazing storytellers like James Cameron, like J.J. Abrams. They create things that are real out of unimaginable scenarios, and that is beautiful to me."
If all goes well, we’ll be traveling back to Pandora in 2015. That is, if the story tells Cameron that’s when it wants to be told.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.