The fate of Justice League lies in Man of Steel. We need $700 mil

#1 Edited by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

OPENS: 14 June

DIRECTOR: Zack Snyder

STARRING: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane

THE PITCH: Superman gets gritty origin story.

THE BREAKDOWN: Producer Christopher Nolan’s dark sensibilities crossed with Snyder’s visual panache and action glee should create an emotionally and artistically satisfying monster.

PREDICTED GLOBAL BOX OFFICE: $700 m

He was Total Film’s Future 100 cover star when he was first cast and this summer the pressure’s on him to make Man Of Steel soar. Henry Cavill mulls over the life-changing impact of filling some very big red boots – not to mention that suit…

Back in summer 2011, Henry Cavill was getting to grips with his first weeks on set of Zack Snyder’s Superman kick-up-the-arse and he admitted to Total Film that he was putting pressure on himself to be “as true as l can be to the original character”. Now filming’s done, the trailers are out there, the promotional schedule is gearing up and it’s too late to change anything. It’s the calm before the storm.

Smaller now than his massive, super-buff appearance while in production (more on that body-sculpting later) and exuding a zen-like calm in jeans and a navy shirt, Cavill sits alert but introspective opposite TF in a Beverly Hills hotel suite, musing on the fact that this HUGE film is about to be unleashed. The question is what advice would he have for his nervy self 18 months ago at the start of this transformative process?

“What would I tell myself now? Hmm...” He stares at his bowl of fresh fruit that he politely ignores during our chat. “I think it would be ‘just keep on doing what you’re doing – keep on working hard’. There wasn’t one stage when I decided to let up on the hard work. l really went for it, full bore.”

Cavill's no fibber. Having acted everyone off the screen on the campy The Tudors TV serial and brought class to Immortals, the Jersey-born, public-school educated 29-years-old wasn’t perhaps the most obvious choice to play the all-American and physically perfect Supes. He had to get the accent and body ready for starters, as well as find a new but reverential way to portray Clark Kent, the extraordinary alien adopted by mid-western parents (Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in this incarnation) after his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) has jettisoned him to earth from the planet Krypton for safety.

“I struggle with the concept of training for no reason – I don’t have that kind of ego where I must have an eight-pack and massive shoulders,” Cavill admits jovially in his clear-cut English accent. But there was a goal in sight during pre-production: getting into that new-concept, unforgiving Superman suit and looking beefy for key, soul-searching topless scenes. Cavill was set on a high-protein, intense workout regime:

“We went very strict, we started at 5,000 calories because of bulking, and then dropped down to 3,500 to get in suit-shape, and dropped down to 2,500 to get the shirtless shape. That was exhausting. That’s when you really have the cravings...” And his kryptonite? He smiles and spreads his hands in an ‘of course’ fashion: “Oh, pizza. There’s something awesome about pizza that just satisfies every desire you have foodwise!”

The chicken scoffing and gym reps paid off though once Cavill got into the suit for teal. He breaks into a big grin just talking about donning the famous cape. “I loved wearing the suit! You put it on every morning and you feel fantastic. I mean, you’re wearing a Superman suit, for goodness sake!” Though he admits getting into the skin-tight rubber contraption wasn’t the easiest of things. Lots of talc? “Yeah! It took the team about 15 minutes each day. They struggled hard... let’s just say we became very close!”

Though he joke, it's clear Cavill employs the same ‘gravitas but fun’ approach to his character that he says Snyder’s film will exhibit. He pauses for a long time to think about exactly how to describe the process of finding a way to play ‘the granddaddy of superheroes’. “This is not a movie about Zack Snyder directing something, or Henry Cavill playing a character... It’s a selfless movie about a character who is going through what he is going through. He wants to do the right thing, but he’s fallible, like the rest of us. He messes up, and that makes us love him more.”

Anticipating that audiences will embrace this new Superman unavoidably leads to thoughts of Cavill’s own soon-to-go-stratospheric level of fame. Today he’s turned up at the hotel carrying his suit-bag with little fanfare. Come the summer, that’s all going to change. Cavill, professionally and personally, will be become public property.

Playing the ultimate good guy, won’t he have to ensure he’s on best behaviour at all times?

“Yeah. It will change stuff. I’m prepared for that,” he nods. “It didn’t have an effect on my decision [to take the role]. I have a responsibility to kids who believe I’m Superman – absolutely. It’s going to be bizarre to see yourself in toy version. I’m excited, don’t get me wrong. But I’m being realistic about it. Ultimately I’m an actor. At the end of the day, I’m not actually Superman and I will play other roles.”

Fans are already speculating that those other roles will be MOS spin-offs – sequels, threequels and a move to a superhero mash-up to rival The Avengers with Supes joining Batman and others for a Justice League film. Cavill’s saying nothing, though he signed up to a three-picture deal when he screentested. “A decision’s being made, I’m sure, post opening weekend!”, he says. But it’s surely good business for any serious actor to go for a movie with in-built franchise potential? Bellow Brits Daniel Craig, Andrew Garfield, Christian Bale and Tom Hiddleston can attest to that.

“Not necessarily. I think this is just a great movie with a great script and great director. You don’t need a franchise to really have choices,” he says. But it does obviously help... “Does it? Does it or doesn’t it? Do people then see you only as that character, or do they see you otherwise? Who knows? It certainly does give you that extra oomph in the negotiating room. But I don’t think it’s down to having a franchise helping you with more choice. It’s just doing a great movie.”

Certainly right now, being a Brit seems to give an added authority, perhaps even a perceived nobility or class to superheroes. “Yeah. I know what you mean, and hey, whatever helps! I don’t know if we necessarily bring anything different. I think it’s down to the individual character, and the hard work they put in.”

Superheroes aside, Cavill is looking for post-MOS projects from any genre. “I just want to work with some great directors and experience some great scriptwriting and some great actors to work with again. And hopefully tell a good story.”

How about Fifty Shades Of Grey — the mummy porn adaptation that is currently being linked to every good looking actor in Hollywood? At the top of the web wishlist right now: Mr Cavill. “Fifty Shades Of Grey is... erm… it’s all rumours at this stage.” he laughs. “I haven’t got a script or an offer or anything. If I do, that decision would be made when the time comes.”

But would he go from Man Of Steel to Anastasia Steele? He shrugs and smiles bashfully. “I... it would be all about the script!” he says non-commitally. FSOG fans are no doubt already reading that as a ‘yes’...

Source

Official confirmation that the fate of a DC cinematic universe depends solely on MOS getting at least $700 million at the box office.

Edit: Man of Steel' will have a running time of 148 minutes

#2 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

So in other words, none of the GL scenario. You can't complain about no JL movie if you don't see the lead-ins.

#3 Posted by Crash_Recovery (850 posts) - - Show Bio

Woah, we're finally going to get to see Superman's origin?

That's awesome! This'll be the first time on film.

Also, if I don't get told what happened to Spider-man and Batman's families at the beginning of each franchise I get really confused.

#4 Posted by drgnx (3548 posts) - - Show Bio

@Crash_Recovery said:

Woah, we're finally going to get to see Superman's origin?

That's awesome! This'll be the first time on film.

Also, if I don't get told what happened to Spider-man and Batman's families at the beginning of each franchise I get really confused.

#5 Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio

@Crash_Recovery said:

Woah, we're finally going to get to see Superman's origin?

That's awesome! This'll be the first time on film.

Also, if I don't get told what happened to Spider-man and Batman's families at the beginning of each franchise I get really confused.

#6 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1389 posts) - - Show Bio

This is gonna be awesome!

#7 Posted by Fallen_Crippled (6436 posts) - - Show Bio

Does anybody think that 700mil is a hard goal to reach?

#8 Posted by lilben42 (2498 posts) - - Show Bio

@Crash_Recovery: Sarcasm?

#9 Posted by ALFMutant (146 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmm yeah... DC is expecting to reach something all super-heroes movies failed to succeed, except Batman, Avengers and Spider-Man's movies, only sequels to resume. That's not what I call being reasonable.

#10 Posted by Fallen_Crippled (6436 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't recall Batman Begins making near as much money as $700mil. They need to do more advertising because I barely see a preview or anything on tv.

#11 Posted by Superdork (917 posts) - - Show Bio

700 million worldwide is doable.

#12 Edited by lightsout (1822 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree worldwide (aka total) is what they mean. Us US citizens tend to judge movie success based on domestic gross, and while that makes sense because the movies were designed to appeal to that audience, the studios don't care what countries the $$ comes from as long as it's coming in. (The last 2 Batmans, all 4 Spidermans, and Avengers all passed 700M worldwide)

#13 Posted by MrShway88 (655 posts) - - Show Bio

God I just want the story to be good.

#14 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

@Fallen_Crippled said:

I don't recall Batman Begins making near as much money as $700mil. They need to do more advertising because I barely see a preview or anything on tv.

MOS has an estimated budget of 225 million. Batman Begins only had 150 million. Also After TDK, it raised Nolan's reputation to sky high and if TDK and TDKR can make a billion, 700 million is doable.

#15 Posted by Crash_Recovery (850 posts) - - Show Bio

@lilben42: Indeed.

#16 Posted by batman_begins (89 posts) - - Show Bio

$700 million for a Snyder film.. that's going to be hard.

Then you put "Superman" as that film with "Christopher Nolan" as producer.. with stars like Crowe and Fishburn and Costner, MoS should definitely reach that. I'm pretty sure they'll already reach well over the budget with only the domestic gross.

#17 Posted by PopRock123 (101 posts) - - Show Bio

Its going to be really hard for man of steel reach that amount money based on how little superman return made but hopefully this one will do a lot better.

#18 Edited by baron2011 (1151 posts) - - Show Bio

it's gonna make more than 700 mil $

#19 Posted by SmashBrawler (5493 posts) - - Show Bio

@PopRock123 said:

Its going to be really hard for man of steel reach that amount money based on how little superman return made but hopefully this one will do a lot better.

Superman Returns made $391 million worldwide. I wouldn't call that "little". The only reason WB considered it a failure is because they were expecting that the movie would somehow also return the money spent in all those failed Superman projects (Superman Reborn/Superman Lives, Batman vs. Superman, Superman: Flyby). Of course, those are idiotic expectations, but that's WB execs for ya.

#20 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4521 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman pulling in that amount won't be an issue! I think the real issue is Dc deciding who's in and what storyline to use. Furthermore they may be hesitant about doing the movie altogether, due to a possible lack of success.They shouldn't be trying to measure up to the Avengers, just do the movie. The time is right , and it's important to cast Aquaman,WW and MM, they are from different worlds, Jonzz literally. They can cast them all along with other JL members with the right blend of screen time. I'd use Supes as a buffer.

#21 Posted by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman should be popular enough to carry a Justice League movie and I won't bother relying on boring Superman.

#22 Posted by JamesKM716 (1992 posts) - - Show Bio

700 Million is a lot for a Reboot to reach.

Amazing Spider-Man is the only reboot to my knowledge that has reached that milestone.

Batman Begins only got like 300/400 million or so.

I'm guessing 600-700 million though.

(Also I'm guessing 800-900 Million for Iron Man 3)

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