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Russell Crowe would be open to playing Jor-El in a Man of Steel prequel

07.08.2013

With MAN OF STEEL a box office success and news of the sequel and JUSTICE LEAGUE being fast-tracked, it never occurred to me to think about the feasibility of a prequel. But, with Russell Crowe being a highlight (haven't said that in a while) as Jor-El in MAN OF STEEL, it has been a question on the minds of a lot of fans.

After being asked the question directly on his Twitter feed, Russell Crowe responded directly:

Zack Snyder and crew fully realized the planet of Krypton to such a degree that it almost would seem a waste to not revisit it. While a MAN OF STEEL prequel is wholly unnecessary, it would be an interesting project if it were to happen. A planet with thousands of years of history could be the setting for any number of tales. It would be the superhero equivalent to STAR WARS own KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC storylines.

While this is just fan-created buzz on the Internet, you never know what the studios may latch onto. Plus, they already have the go ahead from their presumed starring actor. What more could you ask?

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3:51PM on 07/08/2013
Meanwhile, fans are NOT open to a Man of Steel prequel.
Meanwhile, fans are NOT open to a Man of Steel prequel.
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7:40PM on 07/08/2013
Wrong
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4:00PM on 07/08/2013

This can work like The Godfather: Part II

In the Man of Steel sequel, we could get two parallel storylines
a) A Crisis on Earth - Present
b) A Crisis on Krypton - Past
We see the commonality in these two timelines, a certain likeness or disparity in Jor-El and Kal-El in resolving them.
In the Man of Steel sequel, we could get two parallel storylines
a) A Crisis on Earth - Present
b) A Crisis on Krypton - Past
We see the commonality in these two timelines, a certain likeness or disparity in Jor-El and Kal-El in resolving them.
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5:35PM on 07/08/2013
That would be absolutely epic!
That would be absolutely epic!
4:04PM on 07/08/2013
Him and the scenes on krypton are the best part of this messy movie.visually Krypton planet looked great like pandora.movie and action scenes set in it would make a good movie i think
Him and the scenes on krypton are the best part of this messy movie.visually Krypton planet looked great like pandora.movie and action scenes set in it would make a good movie i think
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4:08PM on 07/08/2013
The Krypton scenes are the only part of this movie that actually felt like a movie instead of a random clipshow. I would watch more of that, but I don't feel like it is something that NEEDS to get made. I could take it or leave it.
The Krypton scenes are the only part of this movie that actually felt like a movie instead of a random clipshow. I would watch more of that, but I don't feel like it is something that NEEDS to get made. I could take it or leave it.
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4:19PM on 07/08/2013
This would actually be nice if there was a big enough audience for it. I could easily imagine the slow disintegration of the relationship between Zod and Jor-El, as well as the possibility of Brainiac and Darkseid.
This would actually be nice if there was a big enough audience for it. I could easily imagine the slow disintegration of the relationship between Zod and Jor-El, as well as the possibility of Brainiac and Darkseid.
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4:29PM on 07/08/2013

As much as I like Dissident's suggestion...

Man of Steel shocked me by being utter crap, and all that business on Krypton was the worst part. No more of that, please.
Man of Steel shocked me by being utter crap, and all that business on Krypton was the worst part. No more of that, please.
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4:38PM on 07/08/2013

No room

So we have the sequel to Man of Steel coming up, the inevitable Batman reboot, possibly one of either Wonder Woman or the Flash...all before Justice League comes out. And now we want a prequel to Man of Steel? Like you said in the article, completely unnecessary. Maybe if this Man of Steel universe was a standalone much like how the Dark Knight Trilogy is, a prequel could work. I'd love to revisit Krypton and see Jor-El and Zod's relationship growing up, but there's just too much to get done
So we have the sequel to Man of Steel coming up, the inevitable Batman reboot, possibly one of either Wonder Woman or the Flash...all before Justice League comes out. And now we want a prequel to Man of Steel? Like you said in the article, completely unnecessary. Maybe if this Man of Steel universe was a standalone much like how the Dark Knight Trilogy is, a prequel could work. I'd love to revisit Krypton and see Jor-El and Zod's relationship growing up, but there's just too much to get done first. They should focus on making a much better Man of Steel sequel (without being bogged down by an origins story or flashbacks), set up a Batman/Superman movie, and then do Justice League. No room for a prequel at this point
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4:45PM on 07/08/2013
I loved crowe in mos but the focus should be on superman. Wouldn't mind him in some flashbacks or as an A.I. though.
I loved crowe in mos but the focus should be on superman. Wouldn't mind him in some flashbacks or as an A.I. though.
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4:51PM on 07/08/2013
Would love to see a movie set on Krypton. I thought the 1st 30 mins on Krypton were some fascinating and fabulous straight up sci fi.

My only question though is if Kryptonians we're grown with a specific DNA and purpose i.e. Jor-El the scientist and Zod the warrior, how the fuck does Jor-El whip his ass so handidly.
Would love to see a movie set on Krypton. I thought the 1st 30 mins on Krypton were some fascinating and fabulous straight up sci fi.

My only question though is if Kryptonians we're grown with a specific DNA and purpose i.e. Jor-El the scientist and Zod the warrior, how the fuck does Jor-El whip his ass so handidly.
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6:36PM on 07/08/2013
I agree with SauronsBane on this...also the reason Jor-El lost the fight to Zod was because Zod has the frame of mind to win at any cost...even fighting dirty...taking advantage of Jor-El being distracted for example. Had Jor-El been a born "warrior"...he would not have hesitated and would have killed Zod.
I agree with SauronsBane on this...also the reason Jor-El lost the fight to Zod was because Zod has the frame of mind to win at any cost...even fighting dirty...taking advantage of Jor-El being distracted for example. Had Jor-El been a born "warrior"...he would not have hesitated and would have killed Zod.
5:15PM on 07/08/2013
Well the way I looked at it, it's not like being a scientist is the ONLY thing he's able to do. Was he bred for that eventual purpose later in his life? Sure, but it's not like he's now unable to do anything else but be a scientist, or that he's completely unable to learn new things. Maybe he just has a natural talent for fighting, or maybe Jor-El and Zod trained together while growing up. And Zod ends up killing him anyway, so it's not like Jor-El was better at fighting than a life-long
Well the way I looked at it, it's not like being a scientist is the ONLY thing he's able to do. Was he bred for that eventual purpose later in his life? Sure, but it's not like he's now unable to do anything else but be a scientist, or that he's completely unable to learn new things. Maybe he just has a natural talent for fighting, or maybe Jor-El and Zod trained together while growing up. And Zod ends up killing him anyway, so it's not like Jor-El was better at fighting than a life-long soldier. It's not too much of a stretch at all.
4:59PM on 07/08/2013

It could be good...

...to set up Brainiac for a sequel and show how massive a villain he could be and also to introduce Kara aka Supergirl. I have already speculated that if they do a Supergirl movie that it will have a Krypton flashback anyway so it would be an interesting way to bridge the two. There is a book titled "The Last Days of Krypton," written by Kevin J. Anderson. It is a long read but it's a great story. I could see a movie based on that book that not only goes into more depth on the relationship
...to set up Brainiac for a sequel and show how massive a villain he could be and also to introduce Kara aka Supergirl. I have already speculated that if they do a Supergirl movie that it will have a Krypton flashback anyway so it would be an interesting way to bridge the two. There is a book titled "The Last Days of Krypton," written by Kevin J. Anderson. It is a long read but it's a great story. I could see a movie based on that book that not only goes into more depth on the relationship between Zod and Jor-El but also the Council, the reasons that the core is unstable, Zod's uprising, the Zor-El family, and Brainiac. It would depend on the studio obviously and if they could market it.
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5:17PM on 07/08/2013
I think it would be a great idea to have an entire film that takes place on Krypton & explore what makes Superman well Superman in a different way. It can be done almost like Thor & not explore Asgard
I think it would be a great idea to have an entire film that takes place on Krypton & explore what makes Superman well Superman in a different way. It can be done almost like Thor & not explore Asgard
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6:05PM on 07/08/2013
I think dissident187's idea is awesome and honestly that's about the only way I can imagine a prequel working. We all know the back story, so existing by itself I don't think would be all that exciting, but a simultaneous / intertwined story between the past and present would be pretty damn epic.
I think dissident187's idea is awesome and honestly that's about the only way I can imagine a prequel working. We all know the back story, so existing by itself I don't think would be all that exciting, but a simultaneous / intertwined story between the past and present would be pretty damn epic.
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6:58PM on 07/08/2013
Alas, WB have not the vision to actually take the lead and own such juicy stories themselves. Could have been nice... had WB or someone connected to the Man Of Steel movie thrown up the possibility that this was something they are thinking about. Nothing WB have done shows me they know what they're doing. The way they're handling their DC cinematic universe reeks of lack of foresight - no planning - disjointed - making it up as they go along - f**k, feels like they're just waiting to see what
Alas, WB have not the vision to actually take the lead and own such juicy stories themselves. Could have been nice... had WB or someone connected to the Man Of Steel movie thrown up the possibility that this was something they are thinking about. Nothing WB have done shows me they know what they're doing. The way they're handling their DC cinematic universe reeks of lack of foresight - no planning - disjointed - making it up as they go along - f**k, feels like they're just waiting to see what people like us come up with...and then run with that (whether it's to use Green Lantern ...to ditch GL... to go with JL movie first... to let’s see if people like Man of Steel). WB outside of Batman and Superman clearly have no understanding of what a great asset they hold in DC and seem incapable of just letting DC run with this. That's the problem... this is all being handled by WB... not DC - clearly owning DC means jack. Disney are letting Marvel do what they want because Disney has confidence in Marvel and Marvel has confidence in its brands. Winning combo. WB just seem scared sh*tless by Marvel right now - not wanting to be seen to be copying them ...and in hesitating like they are they are getting left behind as Marvel cherry pick all the best actors for their movies ...for key and minor roles. F**K, who will WB have left to choose from? I saw The Last Stand the other night ...and ... god ...is Jaimie Alexander cute as hell in that. She'd make an awesome Wonder Woman... but she's already been used by Marvel and at this moment in time... it wasn't much of a role.. Would DC consider using her now? They're so f-ing slow it's a joke in so many ways. Hell, Marvel are so far ahead... they're even happy to reuse actors who’ve already played Marvel characters in the not so recent past and Chris Evans makes for a brilliant Steve Rodgers – still annoyed those scenes involving him in the Avengers movie were left out.
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7:41PM on 07/08/2013

Bring It ON!!!!

The krypton scenes were fantastic and Crowe was a beast. Would love to see more of him and Zod
The krypton scenes were fantastic and Crowe was a beast. Would love to see more of him and Zod
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7:43PM on 07/08/2013
They could always have Crowe appear in the sequel and just do the whole flashback storyline again. Would love to see more of Krypton.
They could always have Crowe appear in the sequel and just do the whole flashback storyline again. Would love to see more of Krypton.
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8:25PM on 07/08/2013
The stuff on Krypton was fantastic and both Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer were great as Jor-El and Lara respectively. However, I don't think a prequel film set on Krypton is necessary at all. Perhaps a short film included as a DVD extra at the most.
The stuff on Krypton was fantastic and both Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer were great as Jor-El and Lara respectively. However, I don't think a prequel film set on Krypton is necessary at all. Perhaps a short film included as a DVD extra at the most.
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9:03PM on 07/08/2013

Spec. U. Lation.

Another Alex Maidy "story" ... *facepalm*
Another Alex Maidy "story" ... *facepalm*
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11:10PM on 07/08/2013

Big Picture Time.

There are far too many massive concepts to introduce in the DCU to follow traditional small picture franchise building.

Marvel realizes this hence Guardians of the Galaxy. DC needs to into a large cosmic concept, but unlike Marvel they have already built the perfect stepping stone with a definite triple A star.

A Krypton film could introduce, Brainiac or Apokolypse in a way that doesn't hamstring MoS2 or Justice League.

Say Krypton is attacked and the world's foremost scientist
There are far too many massive concepts to introduce in the DCU to follow traditional small picture franchise building.

Marvel realizes this hence Guardians of the Galaxy. DC needs to into a large cosmic concept, but unlike Marvel they have already built the perfect stepping stone with a definite triple A star.

A Krypton film could introduce, Brainiac or Apokolypse in a way that doesn't hamstring MoS2 or Justice League.

Say Krypton is attacked and the world's foremost scientist must put aside his peaceable life to aid in the saving of the world. In doing so he proves himself a valuable friend and ally to Zod.

Lets say the threat is defeated and not destroyed leaving us with a big bad out there somewhere just waiting to be pulled into MoS 2 or JLA.

They will get few opportunities to intro Darkseid in a way that gives him his full due while not stealing time from Big Blue or the building of a team.

I see no need to spit venom on it.
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11:12PM on 07/08/2013

Big Picture Time.

There are far too many massive concepts to introduce in the DCU to follow traditional small picture franchise building.

Marvel realizes this hence Guardians of the Galaxy. DC needs to into a large cosmic concept, but unlike Marvel they have already built the perfect stepping stone with a definite triple A star.

A Krypton film could introduce, Brainiac or Apokolypse in a way that doesn't hamstring MoS2 or Justice League.

Say Krypton is attacked and the world's foremost scientist
There are far too many massive concepts to introduce in the DCU to follow traditional small picture franchise building.

Marvel realizes this hence Guardians of the Galaxy. DC needs to into a large cosmic concept, but unlike Marvel they have already built the perfect stepping stone with a definite triple A star.

A Krypton film could introduce, Brainiac or Apokolypse in a way that doesn't hamstring MoS2 or Justice League.

Say Krypton is attacked and the world's foremost scientist must put aside his peaceable life to aid in the saving of the world. In doing so he proves himself a valuable friend and ally to Zod.

Lets say the threat is defeated and not destroyed leaving us with a big bad out there somewhere just waiting to be pulled into MoS 2 or JLA.

They will get few opportunities to intro Darkseid in a way that gives him his full due while not stealing time from Big Blue or the building of a team.

I see no need to spit venom on it.
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11:13PM on 07/08/2013

Big Picture Time.

There are far too many massive concepts to introduce in the DCU to follow traditional small picture franchise building.

Marvel realizes this hence Guardians of the Galaxy. DC needs to into a large cosmic concept, but unlike Marvel they have already built the perfect stepping stone with a definite triple A star.

A Krypton film could introduce, Brainiac or Apokolypse in a way that doesn't hamstring MoS2 or Justice League.

Say Krypton is attacked and the world's foremost scientist
There are far too many massive concepts to introduce in the DCU to follow traditional small picture franchise building.

Marvel realizes this hence Guardians of the Galaxy. DC needs to into a large cosmic concept, but unlike Marvel they have already built the perfect stepping stone with a definite triple A star.

A Krypton film could introduce, Brainiac or Apokolypse in a way that doesn't hamstring MoS2 or Justice League.

Say Krypton is attacked and the world's foremost scientist must put aside his peaceable life to aid in the saving of the world. In doing so he proves himself a valuable friend and ally to Zod.

Lets say the threat is defeated and not destroyed leaving us with a big bad out there somewhere just waiting to be pulled into MoS 2 or JLA.

They will get few opportunities to intro Darkseid in a way that gives him his full due while not stealing time from Big Blue or the building of a team.

I see no need to spit venom on it.
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8:24AM on 07/09/2013
Totally agreeing with you here, man.
send WARNER/DC you're resume, 'cause you have something here...
Totally agreeing with you here, man.
send WARNER/DC you're resume, 'cause you have something here...
8:49AM on 07/09/2013
I think bringing back Crowe would definitely work. The scenes and story on Krypton was some of my favourite parts of the movie. Having flash backs could show how similar Krypton was to Earth.
I think bringing back Crowe would definitely work. The scenes and story on Krypton was some of my favourite parts of the movie. Having flash backs could show how similar Krypton was to Earth.
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11:29AM on 07/09/2013

no and or only if.....

NO AND HELL NO!! LOL....the only friggin way a prequel would work is if they included other DC heroes like Green Lantern Corps.....THATS IT PEOPLE!! PERIOD. Who gives a rats ass about what Jor-El does for an ENTIRE MOVIE??? Maybe a comic book or a half hour but thats it. Not 2 hours worth of Jor-El on Krypton....jesus it might as well be GLADIATOR
NO AND HELL NO!! LOL....the only friggin way a prequel would work is if they included other DC heroes like Green Lantern Corps.....THATS IT PEOPLE!! PERIOD. Who gives a rats ass about what Jor-El does for an ENTIRE MOVIE??? Maybe a comic book or a half hour but thats it. Not 2 hours worth of Jor-El on Krypton....jesus it might as well be GLADIATOR
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12:03PM on 07/09/2013

No

Don't reinvent the wheel
Don't reinvent the wheel
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3:03PM on 07/09/2013

No, please NO

Not every damn movie that makes at least $60 million needs a prequel. No movie needs a prequel.....in fact, not every damn superhero movie even needs to have the origins in the movie, seriously. Never once have I sat and thought, "what an interesting character..I wonder how he came to be?" NO, just start on the action. Dont need an origin story EVERY time!
Not every damn movie that makes at least $60 million needs a prequel. No movie needs a prequel.....in fact, not every damn superhero movie even needs to have the origins in the movie, seriously. Never once have I sat and thought, "what an interesting character..I wonder how he came to be?" NO, just start on the action. Dont need an origin story EVERY time!
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3:21PM on 07/09/2013

Personally

I say skip the prequel, make a Krypton series on HBO, but don't feature Jor-El or the current Superman mythos at all. I wanna see something set in Krypton's past - like how did the different "houses" (house of El, etc) rise to prominence? It could explore Krypton's galactic colonialism. *SPOILERS* Was Zod the first Kryptonian to attempt to terra form an inhabited planet? Or was that common practice? When did they start their eugenics based society? I'd kind of like to see all these ideas
I say skip the prequel, make a Krypton series on HBO, but don't feature Jor-El or the current Superman mythos at all. I wanna see something set in Krypton's past - like how did the different "houses" (house of El, etc) rise to prominence? It could explore Krypton's galactic colonialism. *SPOILERS* Was Zod the first Kryptonian to attempt to terra form an inhabited planet? Or was that common practice? When did they start their eugenics based society? I'd kind of like to see all these ideas explored, but I don't think they can be explored in one movie. So I think "Krypton: The Series" would be an interesting way to go.
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9:50AM on 07/10/2013
Will it be called 'How to Train Your Super-Dragon'?
Will it be called 'How to Train Your Super-Dragon'?
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