12 Jun 2013 - The 'Man of Steel' Premiere

June 12th, 2013.

Strangely, despite my scepticism at yesterday's "Much Ado About Nothing premiere" at my ability to get to this premiere owing to the fact that I had what ended up being a FOUR HOUR photography gig beforehand (!!!), I did actually manage to make it down to Leicester Square for the Man of Steel premiere today, three cameras (!) in tow but no umbrella.

Here's how it went down...

Blue Carpet. Large stage. Two cinemas. And they're predicting not just rain, but heavy rain.  I can't wait... I think two of my three cameras are fairly waterproof and one of the three cameras has more than half charge remaining on the battery.

Blue Carpet. Large stage. Two cinemas. And they're predicting not just rain, but heavy rain.  I can't wait... I think two of my three cameras are fairly waterproof and one of the three cameras has more than half charge remaining on the battery.

I have no idea who this is. The feeling is mutual, I'm sure.

I have no idea who this is. The feeling is mutual, I'm sure.

"Does Superman know any Gang Signs? Fo' shizzle he does!!" Henry Cavill arrived early and immediately began signing autographs and mingling with fans. Kudos, good Sir.

"Does Superman know any Gang Signs? Fo' shizzle he does!!"
Henry Cavill arrived early and immediately began signing autographs and mingling with fans. Kudos, good Sir.

Henry Cavill looks dapper, but the adoring expression of the fan in the background is enraptured beyond words.

Henry Cavill looks dapper, but the adoring expression of the fan in the background is enraptured beyond words.

"And that's when me and my girfriend went kite surfing. Cool, huh?" Michael Shannon plays the evil General Zod in the film, but he's looking fairly relaxed right now.

"And that's when me and my girfriend went kite surfing. Cool, huh?"
Michael Shannon plays the evil General Zod in the film, but he's looking fairly relaxed right now.

Meanwhile, on my side of the carpet, this fan wants his General Zod figurine signed. I'm not sure of the mechanics of how a pen will write on that kind of plastic cape, but... it does look pretty cool.

Meanwhile, on my side of the carpet, this fan wants his General Zod figurine signed. I'm not sure of the mechanics of how a pen will write on that kind of plastic cape, but... it does look pretty cool.

"That figure is awesome. I must take it. Violently if need be" And if Superman's still busily signing autographs and kissing babies in the far reaches, Zod might even get away with it.

"That figure is awesome. I must take it. Violently if need be"
And if Superman's still busily signing autographs and kissing babies in the far reaches, Zod might even get away with it.

"Well THIS looks like a job for...."

"Well THIS looks like a job for...."

".... actually, I'm pretty sure Batman's on it. Yeah.... Bruce can handle it".

".... actually, I'm pretty sure Batman's on it. Yeah.... Bruce can handle it".

Director Zack Snyder and his shirt drop by to do some signing, to the gritty 'approval' of his Umbrella Holder.

Director Zack Snyder and his shirt drop by to do some signing, to the gritty 'approval' of his Umbrella Holder.

Superman and General Zod exhange an amicable hug. And probably some trash talk, too.

Superman and General Zod exhange an amicable hug. And probably some trash talk, too.

"There's a guy over there. Says he loves you". To clarify : I just love HIS WORK. Big difference, but composer Hans Zimmer to her right is pretty awesome. It's not every composer whose arrival is LOUDLY announced as he gets out of his chauffeur driven Merc at a premiere. (Most film score composers don't go to premieres. Which is sad).

"There's a guy over there. Says he loves you". To clarify : I just love HIS WORK. Big difference, but composer Hans Zimmer to her right is pretty awesome. It's not every composer whose arrival is LOUDLY announced as he gets out of his chauffeur driven Merc at a premiere. (Most film score composers don't go to premieres. Which is sad).

Man in front, presumably attempting to hum the Joker's theme from The Dark Knight. Hans Zimmer laughs, because it's not *really* possible. Though it is perhaps commendable.

Man in front, presumably attempting to hum the Joker's theme from The Dark Knight. Hans Zimmer laughs, because it's not *really* possible. Though it is perhaps commendable.

Christopher Nolan directed the Dark Knight trilogy and produced this film (meaning, presumably, that he kept director Zack "Sucker Punch" Snyder on a tight leash. 'Sucker Punch' was pretty hateful.. but to give him his due, I do think Snyder's '300' was good, and 'Watchmen' and 'Dawn of the Dead' were both great)

Christopher Nolan directed the Dark Knight trilogy and produced this film (meaning, presumably, that he kept director Zack "Sucker Punch" Snyder on a tight leash. 'Sucker Punch' was pretty hateful.. but to give him his due, I do think Snyder's '300' was good, and 'Watchmen' and 'Dawn of the Dead' were both great)

Chris Nolan's got swagger. I still believe The Dark Knight Rises was fundamentally flawed in many ways. (And I didn't just jump on that bandwagon later : I was saying it *on my way out of the cinema*). (But I will be saying it quietly and discreetly right now if there's a chance of an autograph from the man)

Chris Nolan's got swagger. I still believe The Dark Knight Rises was fundamentally flawed in many ways. (And I didn't just jump on that bandwagon later : I was saying it *on my way out of the cinema*). (But I will be saying it quietly and discreetly right now if there's a chance of an autograph from the man)

Deborah Snyder is a producer on this film (and indeed most of her husband's films). The dress is more floral than urban camouflage, but I decided to go black'n'white with it.

Deborah Snyder is a producer on this film (and indeed most of her husband's films). The dress is more floral than urban camouflage, but I decided to go black'n'white with it.

Hans Zimmer is about two people away, and he's moving in my direction!!!! A quick check of my iPod reveals I have 19 albums by Hans Zimmer, vs 21 by composer John Williams (but that includes a lot of the Star Wars and Indy movies...). Def Leppard, though I have albums by them, are some way behind these two leviathans...

Hans Zimmer is about two people away, and he's moving in my direction!!!!
A quick check of my iPod reveals I have 19 albums by Hans Zimmer, vs 21 by composer John Williams (but that includes a lot of the Star Wars and Indy movies...). Def Leppard, though I have albums by them, are some way behind these two leviathans...

Hans Zimmer did end up signing my Moleskine journal (Woohoo!!) and after that met with a fan (?). Good for him. He's won an Oscar and been nominated for another SEVEN. Cruelly, The Dark Knight Rises was snubbed by the academy, not even earning a nomination (subsequently found out that the 'fan' is his daughter, Zoe)

Hans Zimmer did end up signing my Moleskine journal (Woohoo!!) and after that met with a fan (?). Good for him. He's won an Oscar and been nominated for another SEVEN. Cruelly, The Dark Knight Rises was snubbed by the academy, not even earning a nomination (subsequently found out that the 'fan' is his daughter, Zoe)

Meanwhile, actress Antje Traue has a tricky name to spell, and plays the role of the no less trickily pronounceable 'Faora-Ul' in this film.

Meanwhile, actress Antje Traue has a tricky name to spell, and plays the role of the no less trickily pronounceable 'Faora-Ul' in this film.

David S Goyer wrote the screenplay and co-wrote the story of Man Of Steel (with Chris Nolan - and I'm already glad that this is not one of those "five writers collaborated on this" movies)

David S Goyer wrote the screenplay and co-wrote the story of Man Of Steel (with Chris Nolan - and I'm already glad that this is not one of those "five writers collaborated on this" movies)

"I did a fair bit of study on military strategy for my role. Right now I've figured out about six ways to kill you and another four to maim. All while I'm smiling sweetly. You should see me when I'm frowning"

"I did a fair bit of study on military strategy for my role. Right now I've figured out about six ways to kill you and another four to maim. All while I'm smiling sweetly. You should see me when I'm frowning"

"Yo... where the party at?" Sadly, Amy Adams missed much of the good music in the pre-premiere buildup. Lil' Wayne and Kanye are inevitably played, regardless of film genre.

"Yo... where the party at?" Sadly, Amy Adams missed much of the good music in the pre-premiere buildup. Lil' Wayne and Kanye are inevitably played, regardless of film genre.

And then it rained. Much harder.

And then it rained. Much harder.

Amy Adams is Lois Lane in the film - and she's been nominated for no less than FOUR Oscars in her career as an actress. I didn't know that until now.

Amy Adams is Lois Lane in the film - and she's been nominated for no less than FOUR Oscars in her career as an actress. I didn't know that until now.

"Green Lantern is outside sobbing inconsolably. You talk to him. PS you're awesome.."

"Green Lantern is outside sobbing inconsolably. You talk to him. PS you're awesome.."

"Your excuse ALWAYS that there's somebody who needs saving. Damnit, my banana bread needed saving last night: where were you?". You probably put too much or too little flour in. Probably.

"Your excuse ALWAYS that there's somebody who needs saving. Damnit, my banana bread needed saving last night: where were you?". You probably put too much or too little flour in. Probably.

Henry Cavill is busy right now, but if you or your bananabread needs saving, call  Iron Man. He's not doing much right now. Superman is busy.

Henry Cavill is busy right now, but if you or your bananabread needs saving, call  Iron Man. He's not doing much right now. Superman is busy.

Superman may not be that busy.

Superman may not be that busy.

No comment. I just like the near-silhouette.

No comment. I just like the near-silhouette.

"Green Lantern? I had nothing to do with that, and if they're putting it into The Justice League continuity... they're insane. Are you recording this, by the way?"

"Green Lantern? I had nothing to do with that, and if they're putting it into The Justice League continuity... they're insane. Are you recording this, by the way?"

Praying for box office? That could work but probably won't be necessary..

Praying for box office? That could work but probably won't be necessary..

And, finally, Russell Crowe arrives late, triumphant, and willing to sign the odd autograph. (Maybe.)

And, finally, Russell Crowe arrives late, triumphant, and willing to sign the odd autograph. (Maybe.)

One more of Cavill. According to IMDB Man of Steel is only his FOURTH most well known role... Really? I call this photo "Bruce Wayne may be Richer..."

One more of Cavill. According to IMDB Man of Steel is only his FOURTH most well known role... Really? I call this photo "Bruce Wayne may be Richer..."

Nineteen Hans Zimmer albums on my iPod. Now... an autograph. And on Monday.... it'll be TWENTY Hans Zimmer albums on my iPod.

Nineteen Hans Zimmer albums on my iPod. Now... an autograph. And on Monday.... it'll be TWENTY Hans Zimmer albums on my iPod.

True confession? I watched the movie the two days after the premiere, and walked out at the 2hr 10min mark when I realised that after all this time I had no idea who this "superman" was, and didn't care to. I think this movie is a mess - any chance the sub-standard but well-intentioned plot had of being done justice was bludgeoned into submission by the hyperkinetic Zack Snyder method of direction. I'm not sure about "S", but on my planet? "F" stands for FAIL. Sigh. However, the Hans Zimmer score is  S U P E R B. And the premiere was very good.

True confession? I watched the movie the two days after the premiere, and walked out at the 2hr 10min mark when I realised that after all this time I had no idea who this "superman" was, and didn't care to. I think this movie is a mess - any chance the sub-standard but well-intentioned plot had of being done justice was bludgeoned into submission by the hyperkinetic Zack Snyder method of direction. I'm not sure about "S", but on my planet? "F" stands for FAIL. Sigh.

However, the Hans Zimmer score is  S U P E R B.
And the premiere was very good.

But of course it goes without saying that I'll be putting it into "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!

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