Saturday, July 16, 2011

Henry Cavill Looks Like an Older Tom Welling In Superman: Man of Steel

Henry Cavill (left) and Tom Welling (right) can play an older and younger Superman.

The buzz is making the rounds about the upcoming movie Superman: Man of Steel, which is slated for release in 2012. This will be a reboot of one of the most popular film franchises in recent history and will sort of retell the story of one of the most popular superheroes created.

British actor Henry Cavill has been cast in the lead role of the iconic American superhero, and this in itself isn’t as much of a stretch as one would think. After all, Christian Bale, who plays another iconic American superhero, is Welsh. What is interesting is that Cavill he bears a striking resemblance to actor Tom Welling, who played the young Clark Kent in the TV series Smallville.

And then again, perhaps, that shouldn’t be surprising. The canonical looks of the Man of Steel might have changed somewhat in the decades since he first came out, but the main features—strong jawline, curly bangs—have remained the same, so it’s not much of a reach that the actor playing the part in the remake would look something like the actor who played the part in the character’s most recent media incarnation. Who knows, maybe in the future, these two actors will play the same character in different periods—a younger and an older Superman, perhaps?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cowboys and Aliens: Cables for Tractor Beams?

Cowboys and Aliens is a film about "cowboys" in the 19th century fighting off an alien invasion in a town in Arizona. The cowboys and indians theme is so passe and politically incorrect these days, which is probably why the producers of this film opted to go for the far-out story angle - using aliens instead of Native Americans as the bad guys. In fact, in this movie, the Arizona natives help the cowboys out a bit.

Cowboys and Aliens presents extreme contrasts, with 19th century technology against super advanced weapons of destruction from outer space. What can a lowly cowboy do against an alien fighter ship that's got an arsenal of ray guns and grapplers that snag people up into its belly? In the movie, actor Daniel Craig's character has the answer attached to his wrist. It looks like a fancy flashlight, but it's got a secret. But, that's not what this post is all about. It's about the cables used by the aliens in kidnapping people. Why no use tractor beams?

In Cowboys and Aliens, there are scenes where the alien ships kidnap people at random. The victims are lifted up, or rather pulled up, into the air by what appears to be a cable. The cables appear to be those used in movie stunts where a harness is used to support the stunt person or actor, but in the trailer of Cowboys and Aliens, it would seem that the cables are part of the technology used by the aliens. It's strange that cables are used when those aliens are supposed to have technology that gives them command of gravity. The tractor beam is reasonably the better choice. But the producers of Cowboys and Aliens probably opted to use cables instead of optical effects to give the alien ships a more industrial "feel." If that's not the answer, it could be that the special effects people only forgot to digitally remove the cables during post production. =)

Cowboys and Aliens also stars Harrison Ford as a grumpy sheriff-like figure.

Cowboys and Aliens lighting effects blooper 

Cowboys and Aliens trailer

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