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How Man Of Steel Tackles Smallville
That's the town, not the TV show...

23 April 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Empire

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If you happen to be an Empire subscriber, and you happen to have received a Superman front cover in the post already, you may have already noticed an interesting detail in the background of the Man Of Steel snap: in the middle of a devastated town stands a watertower with the word "Smallville" emblazoned upon it.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the big blue boy scout's chickens most definitely come home to roost in Man Of Steel, and director Zack Snyder was kind enough to tell us a little bit more about what's being called The Battle Of Smallville.

"It's a Western face-off," says Snyder. "[Zod and Faora and the rest of the Kryptonian invasion] care very little for Smallville's iconographic status. We're being really hard on the town: this battle needed to be dangerous."

A few more details: the shoot took nine days to complete, it's the first major conflict in the movie and the town of Plano, Illinois, plays Smallville, Kansas. The mayor even gets a cameo. Look out for a particularly oh-my-god-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening bank teller.

This, as you may have guessed, it just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our coverage of Man Of Steel, and for the whole shebang, be sure to pick up the new issue this Thursday, April 25.


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L: AxlReznor Hmmm... I don't remember seeing the water tower in anything Superman-related except for the TV show (from the top of which the characters can see Metropolis). Now, it's obviously not going to be set in the show's continuity, but it looks like a small nod to it, at least. In Smallville they could see Metropolis from the windmill, not a water tower. More

Posted by samurai82 at 22:35 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

Gunna fail.
I can't see this film doing well. For one its got kevin costner in, Two russel crowe is gunna sing every line he has lol and Three DC allows these franchises by releasing Rubbish TV shows of it's heroes. The recent Batman franchise was enjoyable and i Love Superman but i see no hope this will be big and as far as the Justice League goes, it will be pointless. They have over worked these heroes in every media. More

Posted by IX85 at 18:02 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

Hmmm... I don't remember seeing the water tower in anything Superman-related except for the TV show (from the top of which the characters can see Metropolis). Now, it's obviously not going to be set in the show's continuity, but it looks like a small nod to it, at least. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 12:32 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

I love the image of FAORA (Antje Taure) choking MARTHA KENT (Diane Lane). Looks intense! More

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