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'Man of Steel' Soars Beyond Cast's Expectations

23 Aug, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

BURBANK, Calif. — The cast of Man of Steel — out on disc and digital Nov. 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment — took mostly a lighthearted tone while recently discussing the $650 million box office blockbuster.

Russell Crowe (who plays Jor-El) said people across America and his home of Australia want to know when his Lego movie figurine would be available. Diane Lane (Martha Kent) said the reveal of Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Kal-El) in the Superman suit is all anyone’s waiting for. And Michael Shannon (General Zod) said he’s the toughest man around ... almost.

“I don’t think it’s any secret to anyone in this room that I’m much stronger than Henry,” he said. “Russell really kicks my butt in this movie, but he’s Gladiator. What are you going to do?”

Director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) said he set out to create a more relatable, emotional Superman.

“The first punch he throws is in defense of his mother,” Snyder pointed out.

Quipped Cavill: “Yes, don’t touch my mother.”

Cavill had seen the previous Superman incarnations, but “I didn’t apply those performances to mine,” he said.

“Playing an icon, you don’t try to be an icon. That defeats the purpose,” Cavill added, calling the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El one “that really mattered.”

Crowe came into the Man of Steel project blind, having never seen any of the previous Superman movies.

“I had no reference, in terms of cinematic experience,” he said. But he thought the script was “complex and cool” and took a risk. “The decisions [Jor-El] has to make as a father were very interesting to me,” Crowe said.

Those who own Man of Steel on disc — with Warner streeting a 3D Blu-ray Disc combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack and a 3D limited edition — can access more insights into the film, via a feature-length immersive experience that sees Snyder, Cavill, Amy Adams, Lane and others offer their thoughts while the film plays. Other bonus featurettes include “Strong Characters, Legendary Roles,” “All-Out Action,” “Krypton Decoded” and “Planet Krypton.”

Marketing Man of Steel

Warner got an early start marketing Man of Steel for home entertainment, partnering with Walmart (in an industry first) to give fans access to special pre-screenings of the film, which included a code that allowed consumers to preorder the Blu-ray combo pack or HD Digital Download of the film (which will feature exclusive bonus material). The tickets also included a free original digital comic book written by screenwriter David Goyer.

Warner also released a “Man of Steel Experience” app, which allows fans to take photos with Superman, in addition to access branded photo frames when pointing their smartphone at special signage in Walmart stores.

And before the movie was even in theaters (June 14), Warner released the Man of Steel two-disc soundtrack with original music by famed composer Hans Zimmer.

“You only get to do a Superman movie once in your life,” Zimmer said. “And this is different from any other Superman movie, so we pushed the technology.”

Zimmer produced the music in 11.1 surround sound, and sound company DTS’s Headphone X downloadable application for Apple and Android devices allows users to hear the soundtrack the way it was intended.

“I’ve been waiting to listen to one of my own soundtracks without saying ‘Oh dear, it’s in stereo,’” Zimmer said.

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