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Fanboy Fix: 'Man of Steel' Trailer, an 'Iron Man' Villain, and a Release Date for 'The Fantastic Four'

A number of big stories broke on the comic-book front over the past few days. We’re compiling all of the news superhero fans need to know about some of their most-anticipated blockbusters. 

 
- Breaking news! Superman knows how to fight! The full trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel landed on the Internet today with a thud, a whack and a smash. Though the clip sets a somber tone for the latest Superman film, the second half of the teaser finally shows shots of the mighty Kal-El in action. You know, fighting villains and saving Metropolis from danger? The clear-cut winner is cinematographer Amir Mokri, who invents gorgeous ways to photograph Superman. The clip is above, and the movie will be in theaters on June 14.
 
 
- 20th Century Fox took a major step toward re-establishing the Fantastic Four brand by circling a release date for the planned FF reboot. The studio says that the next movie – with a new cast, from a new director – will arrive in theaters on March 6, 2015 … adding to the already overwhelmed release calendar for that year. 
 
Chronicle director Josh Trank has been hired to shepherd the new Fantastic Four film (a great choice, by the way), though Entertainment Weekly said there has not been any movement on the casting front. More than anything, we want to know how Trank will attach The Thing. Will it be a rubber suit, as when Michael Chiklis played the character in Tim Story’s two FF movies? Or will the CGI improvements used on The Hulk in Marvel’s The Avengers lead to a more realistic depiction of the rocky hero? 
 
We shall see. But FF is one step closer to a reality, and 2015 just became that much more interesting. 
 
 
- Deadline, meanwhile, reports that production for Iron Man 3 has shifted to Beijing, and in the process, has added another actor to Shane Black’s ensemble.
 
China’s Wang Xuequi has been cast in the small, supporting role of Dr. Wu, who reportedly will be an ally to Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. Now, Marvel junkies might perk up at the mention of this character, as Chen Lu is the civilian name of the offshoot hero Radioactive Man. Could there be another villain added to the already crowded Iron Man sequel? Marvel seems to say no, but that could be misdirection. 
 
For now, we know that Stark will be facing off against the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). Does he need another nemesis? The answers will be in theaters on May 3, 2013, when Iron Man 3 opens. 
 
- And finally, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises might not get into the Best Picture Oscar race. The field, at the moment, is very crowded. But this week, the American Film Institute called the sequel one of the 10 Best Movies of 2012.  
 
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