Weekend Roundup: Box Office and the latest Man of Steel reboot news

Well, looks like the Affleck thing was probably nothing more than a rumor. Just a couple of hours ago, Deadline revealed that Zack Snyder has been picked to direct the Superman reboot. Snyder is quoted as saying,”It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I’ve always felt [Superman] was kind of awesome. I’ll finish Sucker Punch and get right at it.” Surely this decision can’t please everybody. I’m actually quite hopeful, especially with Nolan and Goyer alongside him. Ok, now that we got that out of the way, let the debate of who should play Supes begins! 😀

Instead of my usual (well, occasional more like) weekend roundup post, which pretty much has been summed up here, I thought I’d pose the question to you readers and fellow bloggers. What movie(s) did you see this weekend? Looks like a bunch of you saw The Social Network. I would’ve seen that one had it not been for the TCFF festivities, but hey I got to catch movies that haven’t even been released yet, so that’s not a bad trade at all. I’m not a Facebook user, I don’t see the point really, besides, I’m already so busy with this blog and keeping up with all the tweets on Twitter. But the trailer really intrigued me and I have a high expectation now after reading all the positive reviews.

As you all know, The Social Network topped box office with $27 million. According to Deadline, exit surveys showed the opening weekend audience was 53% female and 55% were ages 25 and older. But did you see this bit in that same article buried under The Town‘s box office info?

3. The Town (Warner Bros) Week 3 [2,935 Theaters]
Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.2M, Weekend $9.9M, Estimated Cume $64.2M

A very strong -36% hold going into its 3rd week in release bodes well for Ben Affleck’s future as a director. And Warner Bros just offered him Superman to helm on Chris Nolan’s suggestion. (But Affleck likely will turn it down.)

What? What? Wow, this Man of Steel reboot news is just getting more and more interesting, just last week it was all about the Black Swan‘s director Darren Aronofsky being added to the five who reportedly have been shortlisted by Nolan, but now he’s rumored to direct Preacher instead. Heh, I really don’t know what to make of this, but who knows, maybe he isn’t too bad a candidate. After all, he’s proven his directing chops with Gone Baby Gone and The Town. And technically, he’s sort of played Superman before, well, the guy known as Superman anyway. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as TV’s Superman‘s George Reeves in Hollywoodland.

Well, what do you think, folks? Any thoughts about this latest development?

25 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup: Box Office and the latest Man of Steel reboot news

  1. PrairieGirl

    Finally saw The Hangover, and it was better than I expected. The first half was almost a constant laugh-out-loud stitch, the second half, not so much, but glad I finally saw it.

    1. Oh I was wondering about what you think of it, looks like it didn’t turn you off huh? I haven’t got around to it, we’ll see if it lived up to all the hype. I was going to see Spirited Away that I rented more than a week ago but I was too tired last night.

  2. That would be a big step up for Ben Affleck and I don’t know if he is ready to go there yet. Gone Baby Gone was made for $19 million, The Town for $37 million. Making the jump to a much more complex production with a budget that will probably be $150 million could be too overwhelming and I’d rather he sticks to what he does best, which is gritty dramatic mid-budget films.

    1. Yeah, I’m not sure either Castor. Though he is talented, he hasn’t proven that he could handle a massive project like this yet. I tend to agree with you that he should stick to doing more dramatic fares for now, though I won’t rule him out doing a big budget flick sometime in the future, he just need to get a bit more experience.

  3. Vince

    As long as Matt Damon and/or Robin Williams won’t be in it, it might be ok… Seriously, dude has proven himself with Gone Baby Gone – but he should always be in fear of making his ‘Waterworld’. So far so good.

    1. Ahahaha… now that would be horrid! No offense to the two. If I were him I’d turn this one down. There are more chance of someone screwing this up in the case of making Superman flick. It just makes me respect Richard Donner so much. I mean I’m not saying Superman: The Movie is perfect, but considering the challenges, it’s quite a feat to come up with something so indelible.

  4. Affleck directing Superman would be great, and Nolan would be there to assist I would imagine. Wherever Affeck decides to go with his next film is fine by me though.

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    1. I think it’s pretty important that the director knows how to handle a massive scale of production. I think out of all the directors considered, Snyder’s probably the most competent in that department. I’m sure Nolan has confidence in his ability. Now I’m curious who he’ll pick to don the red & blue suit.

  6. I’m actually pretty excited about Snyder being chosen to direct Superman. He surprised me with Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, honestly.

    On the topic of who should play the last son of Krypton…I think it’d be nice to see Tom Welling from Smallville actually do it. Why not? he’s already Clark Kent. Also had a kooky thought about Jim Caviezel…he’s a little too old to play the part now…at age 43, but he looks young for his age. He might be a good candidate. IMO.

    1. Are you going to review Legend of the Guardians, Scarlet? I’d have to check that out on dvd.

      I just voted on your blog. No Henry Cavill there so I voted for Caviezel. You know that he was considered for Superman Returns, right? And yes, he is very youthful looking for 43, and he’s tall, dark and handsome 😀

        1. Oh cool, I’ll check it out Scarlet. Yeah, the casting agent in me is rejoicing 😀 It’ll be a huge news once they decide who’ll play Superman. I sincerely hope they choose wisely.

    1. Hamm does resemble Superman in the Alex Ross’ drawings. I wouldn’t cry foul if he got picked, but my vote goes to Henry Cavill or like Scarlet said, Jim Caviezel… though I doubt Caviezel would even be considered by Snyder.

  7. I want to see Jon Hamm play Superman. I can picture him in the suit right now, I think he has that ‘Super-everyman’ look. Plus, the boy can act, and that was the quality that for me made Christopher Reeve’s performance standout. Charming believability.

  8. Who was the last man who become Superman? I forgot his name.

    It’s really hard to find the best man that can replace Christopher Reeves. I couldn’t imagine anyone.

    1. Oh, that was Brandon Routh. Yeah, Christopher Reeve was such an iconic Superman that ANYONE attempting to replace him has ginormous shoes to fill.

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