Wednesday, 24 July 2013

FILM TIE IN: ART BOOK REVIEW: Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman - Daniel Wallace

Release Date: 18/06/13
Publisher:  Titan


The official companion for the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman offers an intimate look at the reinvention of the world's most iconic superhero through the eyes of acclaimed director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy). This unique companion book offers a rich selection of materials, from concept art and behind-the-scenes set photography to director commentary and interviews with key creatives, unlocking the secrets behind giving new life to an immortal hero. Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman. Also appearing are three-time Oscar(R) nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar(R) nominee Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar(R) nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Academy Award(R) winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves). Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar(R) nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), and Faora, Zod's evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman's native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman's mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman's father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award(R) winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator). Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy. MAN OF STEEL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and A(c) DC Comics.


Whilst I’m a huge fans of films, the viewer on really gets to see the final product on the screen and not all the hard work that has gone before, so when I get the chance to review books that bring information to the fore that take you not only into the world that they’re trying to produce buy the minds of those within it’s a title that I have a lot of fun with.

Here in this title the reader is treated to the training regime of the principle actor, the original artwork in creating Krypton, comments that bring the whole thing to life and images of the cast as they bring it all to life. It’s a great book, one that has a lot to offer the reader and for me, more than made up for the sadly lacking Man of Steel Novelisation.

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