Henry Cavill in ‘Man of Steel’/Photo © Warner Bros
Zack Snyder has revealed one thing that Superman will be missing in “Man of Steel”: his little red briefs. The new costume, which you can finally see here, creatively dodges the classic Underoos look, although in my opinion it looks a little plasticky and overwrought — too action-figure-ready. Also, everyone keeps describing the suit as looking “armored,” which hardly makes any sense. Why would our hero Superman need an armored outfit? It’s as useless as giving Aquaman a wetsuit.
Speaking of superheroes, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have decided to follow “X-Men” film franchise originator Bryan Singer into the reboot/prequel series abandoned by Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men: First Class”). Yes, they’re aware how awkward it is that suddenly these two characters will have aged significantly while those played by the likes of James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence will look more or less the same. Singer seems to be hinting at some sort of time-travel plot, which seems seems forgivable enough in a series where heroes sprout blue fur and shoot each other with laser vision.
Watch out for these dubious television adaptations: First, Syfy is breaking with conventional wisdom by developing a series based on the 1995 Kevin Costner movie “Waterworld” — the most expensive film ever made at the time, and a notorious financial flop. Second, NBC is trying to lure “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes over to our side of the pond to weave a similar (albeit Americanized) series called “The Gilded Age” – which will be both expensive and a failure, because let’s face it, the American popularity of “Downton” is something of a fluke.
Oscar Wilde is one of our most quotable authors, so much so that The Guardian has created an infographic to keep track track of his epigrams. Apparently his most quoted work is The Picture of Dorian Grey, and not The Importance of Being Earnest as I would have guessed (the latter tied for third place).