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Just as Comic-Con International kicks off, Warner Bros. has dropped the Krypton-sized bomb that Zack Sndyer’s Man of Steel will open on June 14, 2013, rather than in December 2012 as widely believed.
The decision extricates the Superman franchise reboot from a crowded holiday season that includes Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Disney’s Lone Ranger and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and shifts it to what’s so far an open date, nestled between Iron Man 3 in May and Thor 2 in July.
However, the official date also may lend credence to five-month-old rumors that David S. Goyer’s script has “major third-act problems,” and an unverified report from over the weekend that first Jonathan Nolan and now Snyder’s 300 collaborator Kurt Johnstad have taken stabs at rewrites.
Man of Steel is confirmed to star Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Michael Shannon as General Zod. The cast is also said to include Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Julia Ormond as Lara and Antje Traue as Zod’s henchwoman Faora. Christopher Meloni and Harry Lennix will play generals.
The film is written by Goyer from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan. Charles Rovan, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder also producing. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers. Filming is expected to begin in August.
Update: The New York Times offers additional insight, noting that Warner Bros. had initially considered giving Man of Steel the Dec. 12, 2012, release date that eventually went to The Hobbit. “The problem: those internal ruminations were accidentally made public back in January when it announced the casting of Henry Cavill as Superman. The upshot: Warner had some wiggle room because of The Hobbit — it doesn’t need two enormous movies in one month — and so the unofficial release plan for Man of Steel was changed and it now gets a prime spot in the lucrative summer season.”
(via Box Office Mojo)