TOP 5: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Trailer, OUT OF THE FURNACE, Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, Sundance 2014, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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This week in Blu-ray/DVD recommendations I confidently offer up writer/director Maggie Carey‘s The To Do List for your consideration. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and many more, The To Do List delivers consistent laughs and, at times, an all too realistic depiction of the awkwardness of “first times”. As an added bonus, I imagine viewers who grew up in the 90′s will appreciate the fashion and accessory induced nostalgia the film provides (the sound of a Trapper Keeper ripping open is music to my ears). Moreover, having a story like this told from a female perspective is refreshing to say the least. I don’t want to oversell it as being a comedic game-changer but The To Do List is a solid feature debut for Carey and Plaza is excellent as the overachieving lead who approaches sexual experience the only way she knows how: like it’s a class final that’s worth 75% of your overall grade.

Home entertainment recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Out of the Furnace interviews with Christian Bale and more, Gal Gadot landing the role of Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, Sundance 2014 announcing its competition lineup along with a slew of first/new images from many of the entries, and the possibility of X-Men: Apocalypse hitting theaters in May 2016. For more, check out a brief recap and link to each of the above after the jump.

Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have our Wonder Woman.  It’s been clear that Warner Bros. is ramping up its DC presence in the upcoming Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, and rumors have swirled that Wonder Woman would be introduced in the film along with Ben Affleck’s Batman and a few other comics characters.  A report surfaced last month that Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) were auditioning for the female lead in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, but the nature of the role was being kept under wraps.  Well now not only do we know which actress won the role, but also that the identity of the character is indeed Wonder Woman.  Hit the jump for more.

Olga Kurylenko, Gal Gadot & Elodie Yung in Auditions for BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Lead; Will It be Wonder Woman, Bruce Wayne’s Love Interest or Both?

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Earlier today, we reported that Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) was rumored to have screen-tested for the role of Wonder Woman.  Now, we’re getting some additional reports that say the same, but also include Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) and Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) in the mix.  It’s important to note that this trio has or will test for the female lead in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman.  While some are quick to jump to the conclusion that the role is that of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, it’s equally possible that it will end up being the love interest for Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), not that those two characters must be mutually exclusive.  Hit the jump for more.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Rumors: Dick Grayson (aka Nightwing) Will Be in the Movie; Olga Kurylenko Tested for Wonder Woman

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When Batman vs. Superman was announced at Comic-Con this past summer, the crowd went absolutely nuts.  For the first time, DC Comic’s most popular superheroes would share the screen in a blockbuster picture.  That is legitimate cause to be excited.  But in the months since then, such a pairing is no longer good enough.  A couple weeks ago, Warner Bros.’ Greg Silverman gave the slightest of indications that Wonder Woman could be in the movie.  And apparently, that’s still not enough for sites that are so desperate for scoops they’ll take whatever information they can regardless of its proximity to the truth.

Hit the jump for rumor-bait regarding Dick Grayson being in the movie, and Olga Kurylenko screen-testing for Wonder Woman.  Batman vs. Superman opens July 17, 2015.

Warner Bros. Says Wonder Woman Might Be in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; J.K. Rowling Will Have Time to Work on FANTASTIC BEASTS

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Warner Bros. has been one of the braver studios when it comes to taking chances on risky projects.  It’s paid off in a big way lately with Gravity, and they also distributed Pacific Rim as well as last year’s Cloud Atlas.  The studio can afford to take these risks because they’ve got some heavy hitters in the franchise department, most notably their DC superheroes.  Superman got back on his feet and in the sky with Man of Steel, and Batman will be returning for 2015′s Batman vs. Superman.  In addition to bringing back the Dark Knight, the studio has also managed to revive Harry Potter with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hit the jump for how Wonder Woman Batman vs. Superman; plus an update timetable for Fantastic Beasts.

DC Comics Bombshells: Wonder Woman Limited Edition Statue from DC Collectibles Giveaway

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Inspired by the pin-up girls of the 1940s and 50s, DC Comics put together the Bombshell line for statues of some of the female heroes and villains.  Releases to date include Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, and Supergirl.  Wonder Woman is a Rosie the Riveter type, sporting a yellow bandana and breaking shackles with her awesome power.

DC Entertainment has offered a 10-inch Wonder Woman Bombshell statue to give away to one lucky reader.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

Paul Feig Recently Pitched a WONDER WOMAN Action-Comedy Where She Kept Hitting the Glass Ceiling

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Earlier this week, Warner Bros. reiterated its pledge to make a Wonder Woman movie.  Arguably the most famous female superhero, the Amazonian princess still hasn’t gotten a feature film, and I doubt it will happen any time soon if Warners is still waffling between telling her story in movies or on TV.  But they have fielded pitches from creative folk, and last night at an event for the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Heat, director Paul Feig revealed he recently gave the studio his idea for what a Wonder Woman movie should be.

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Read Leaked Script for George Miller’s JUSTICE LEAGUE; WB Reiterates Intention to Create WONDER WOMAN Movie or TV Series

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This past summer’s Man of Steel marked a big step forward for Warner Bros. with regards to its DC Comics properties.  Following Marvel’s massive success with interconnected superhero movies, WB has been trying to find a way to take a similar approach to its DC characters.  Green Lantern was a swing and a miss, and Christopher Nolan made it very clear that his Dark Knight Trilogy was a standalone set of films not set within a larger universe.  But with Man of Steel, WB finally has a hit with a rebooted DC character, and the studio is moving forward with a follow-up that brings Batman into the fold.

Obviously the endgame is a Justice League movie, but WB has been toying with that idea for years.  Director George Miller came extremely close to getting his iteration of Justice League in front of cameras in 2007, but the plug was prematurely pulled.  However, a leaked version of the script for Miller’s film has now landed online.  Hit the jump for much more.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Casting Rumors, Female Driven Superhero Movies, NEBRASKA Trailer, GRAND THEFT AUTO V Earns a Ton, Cinemath

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Having missed Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring during its theatrical run, I made sure to pick it up on Blu-ray when it hit shelves this past week. As much as I was looking forward to it, though, I have to say I was let down. Aside from a spot-on soundtrack and some solid performances from its young cast (Taissa Farmiga‘s turn stands out to me as particularly strong), the pic often feels as vapid and generally aimless as the events it depicts. The film is ripe for commentary on our societal fascination with all things celebrity. There are also occasional nods, especially during the film’s night club scenes, to the idea that social media is both a means and an end to human connection. That said, Coppola never truly explores either of these ideas and instead elects to present the story in a vérité style that feels content to simply observe. For me, the end result is a picture that has so much to talk about and yet ultimately says very little.

My “Blu-ray Disappointment of the Week” discussion aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the latest Star Wars: Episode VII rumors that put Saoirse Ronan up for a lead role, a look at some of our favorite options for female driven superhero movies, the first trailer for Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska, Grand Theft Auto V‘s unprecedented opening day, and a new Cinemath installment that takes a look at the Emmys by the numbers. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

Female Superhero Movies: Time for Superheroines Like WONDER WOMAN and CAPTAIN MARVEL to Fly Solo

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The movie-going audience has spoken.  Movies with female protagonists are becoming more popular in this day and age.  With recent financial successes, such as Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s The Heat, turning studios’ heads, its time to take the plunge and start giving more superheroines a time to shine.  While female comic book protagonists starring in their own movies is hardly new (see Catwoman, Elektra, Supergirl), there’s a wealth of heroines still out there that can hold up a movie just as well as their male counterparts.

Hit the jump for Collider’s best options for female driven comic book films that will get people in the seats.

CHRONICLE Screenwriter Max Landis Planning WONDER WOMAN Pitch for Warner Bros.

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Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis has his sights set on a proper superhero movie in the future, if he has anything to say about it.  While the scribe’s draft for Chronicle 2 was not to Fox’s liking (the studio is going a different way on the potential follow-up), he recently revealed that he plans on pitching his own take on Wonder Woman to Warner Bros.  The studio has yet to officially announce a Wonder Woman film as in development, but the standalone feature is clearly in their plans as they make their way towards Justice League following 2015’s Batman vs. Superman.  Hit the jump for more.

Alexandra Daddario Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE, and When Will WB Cast Her as WONDER WOMAN

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Opening this week is director Thor Freudenthal’s fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean.  For more on the film, watch five clips, the trailer, or read Matt’s review.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Alexandra Daddario.  She talked about when she first heard they’d be making a sequel, what she wants for her character, what it’s like making a film for adults and kids in the same year, who she plays on HBO’s True Detective, and when Warner Bros. will cast her as Wonder Woman (which I think she could pull off).  Hit the jump to watch.

The CW Developing THE FLASH Series from ARROW Creators; WONDER WOMAN Show on Hold [Updated]

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After finding great success with its superhero series Arrow, The CW is looking to take aim at another DC Comics character for a new TV show.  Deadline reports that the network is fast tracking Flash, a drama series based on the DC Comics character The Flash.  The Barry Allen character will first be introduced on a recurring basis in the upcoming second season of Arrow, after which he will get his own origin series.  Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are developing Flash alongside Arrow director David Nutter, with Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC’s Geoff Johns poised to pen the pilot.  Berlanti and Kreisberg will run the series should The CW pick up the pilot, and Nutter—who helmed the Arrow pilot—will direct the first episode.

Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the potential Flash movie and an update on The CW’s Wonder Woman series

David S. Goyer Explains How MAN OF STEEL Sets Up JUSTICE LEAGUE and Other Future DC Films; WB Revving Up WONDER WOMAN and AQUAMAN

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Audiences will finally get to see director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer’s take on Superman late tonight with the midnight release of Man of Steel, and it’s no secret that a lot is riding on the success of MoS.  We’ve already learned that Warner Bros. has tapped Snyder and Goyer to reteam on a fast-tracked sequel to Man of Steel, but the studio is also hoping—in the face of Marvel’s immense success—that the film jump starts the studio’s other DC Comics properties as well as an eventual Justice League movie (ie. WB’s answer to The Avengers).

Snyder and Goyer have been coy thus far with regards to how Man of Steel fits into a larger DC universe, but now that the film looks to be headed towards a strong opening weekend, Goyer has revealed a bit more about how Man of Steel directly leads into Justice League and other future DC adaptations.  Hit the jump to see what he said, along with news that Warner Bros. is “kicking the tires” on Wonder Woman and Aquaman films.

Joss Whedon Talks S.H.I.E.L.D., Consulting for Marvel, HULK Spin-Off Movies, WONDER WOMAN and the Films of the DC Universe

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During a recent interview for his take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon also fielded some questions on comics-related projects.  At the forefront of that discussion was the upcoming ABC series Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., but The Avengers director also addressed his consulting work for Marvel and just how the eventual stand-alone Hulk movie could work.  Whedon also commented on films in the DC universe, including his work on a Wonder Woman feature and just how far he progressed with it.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say. 

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