These days, comics legend Stan Lee might be known more for his Marvel movie cameos than his creation of the self-same heroes seen in the flesh on the big screen. With the latest news that Lee just wrapped his cameo in Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, that status isn’t likely to change. This past year has been relatively slow for Lee’s acting career, especially since the previous 13 years saw him cameo in 17 different movies. And with Lee’s 92nd birthday coming up at the end of this year, he shows little sign of slowing down. He even reached across the comic book aisle to offer up some advice to Zack Snyder’s DC superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Hit the jump for that and more.
It’s getting hard to keep up with all of the villains (and heroes) rumored to be participating in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Heck, it’s hard enough keeping up with the rumors about who wrote which version of a fake script that all of this info may or may not be coming from. And now there are fresh rumors that Doomsday will be making an appearance in the film, perhaps as one of the five villains people claim are on tap for this franchise installment.
Hit the jump for more on the possible Batman v Superman Doomsday appearance. The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Scoot McNairy, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice already feels crowded. What could have been a straight sequel to Man of Steel that focused solely on Superman (Henry Cavill) and pushed past his origin story now includes heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) as well as Supes’ requisite arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), and Bats’ requisite butler Alfred (Jeremy Irons). There are also returning characters (Lois Lane, Perry White, Ma Kent) plus unnamed characters played by Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Scoot McNairy. Now there’s word of four new characters joining the party.
Hit the jump for more on possible Batman v Superman villains, and click here for the first official shot from the sequel of Cavill as Superman. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens May 6, 2016, and also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane. [Possible spoilers ahead.]
Warner Bros. has released the first Batman v Superman image of Henry Cavill back in costume as the Man of Steel. It’s a way of showing something “new” from the movie without really showing anything new, although it’s far better than the image of Cavill just standing around in normal clothes and calling him “Clark Kent”. The Superman costume remains the same, and Cavill still fills it out well. What’s meant to spark speculation is the context of the image, which could be a depressing indicator of the movie to come. Frankly, it looks like Superman stumbled into Batman’s movie, and this photo could be set in Gotham, a town where the sun never shines and no one ever smiles. I usually don’t associate “Superman” with “gloomy”, but that’s what this image is. Maybe Warner Bros. can provide some balance by having the next official image show a confused Batman looking around a bright and sunny Metropolis.
Hit the jump to check out the Batman v Superman image along with director Zack Snyder‘s explanation of why the title contains a “v” rather than “vs”. The film also stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.
The first Batman v Superman image of Henry Cavill on the set has arrived. Production is currently underway on director Zack Snyder’s follow-up to last year’s Superman reboot Man of Steel, though instead of a direct Superman sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is really more of a set-up for Justice League. Regardless, one imagines Cavill’s Superman still plays a major role in the proceedings, and this new green screen-filled image gives us a first look at Cavill in costume as Clark Kent in the new superhero pic. Admittedly it’s not incredibly revealing, but those itching to see anything and everything from the DC Comics adaptation will likely enjoy poring over every detail. Confirmed: Clark Kent does carry an over-the-shoulder bag.
Hit the jump to check out the Batman v Superman image. The film also stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, and Jeremy Irons. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.
The visual effects company Weta Digital became a household name following their groundbreaking work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and they’ve worked on a number of other impressive films in the interim, ranging from District 9 to Avatar to The Avengers. With Rise of the Planet of the Apes, however, the company built upon the technology used to bring Gollum to life in Lord of the Rings to create phenomenal motion-capture apes. That technology has advanced even further for the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Steve recently got a chance to speak with senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri and visual effects supervisor Dan Lemmon about their work on the film.
During the course of the interview, Steve also asked Letteri and Lemmon about Weta’s progress on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. They talked about ensuring that the titular battle has massive stakes and builds a bridge to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Additionally, Letteri confirmed that Weta is also working on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. More after the jump.
A couple of interesting casting stories have surfaced this afternoon. Firstly, Deadline reports that Scoot McNairy (Argo) has joined the cast of director Zack Snyder’s now-filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though the nature of his role is under wraps. Given that the superhero pic will lead directly into Justice League (which will also be directed by Snyder), plenty of characters are poised to be introduced that will have larger roles later on. It’s possible that McNairy could play a major role in the DC Cinematic Universe, or maybe he just has a key supporting role in the Man of Steel follow-up. I’m selfishly hoping it’s the former, as the actor has become a welcome scene-stealer as of late in pics like Monsters, 12 Years a Slave, and Killing Them Softly. He currently has a lead role on the new AMC drama series Halt and Catch Fire.
Hit the jump for more on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and casting news for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s next film.
Last week, we had some Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumors regarding Lex Luthor’s hairline and attitude. Today, more Batman v Superman rumors have gone online covering not only Luthor but also more details about Wonder Woman, her costume, weapons, how she’ll be integrated into the story, plus a little bit of background on this latest big-screen interpretation of Batman. Leading off with Luthor, JoBlo reports that this is a familiar Lex Luthor: an egomaniac who can’t stand the notion that there’s someone out there more powerful than him. He then tries to persuade people to dislike Superman, and is moderately successful. Some people see Superman as a savior, and others see him as “the ultimate threat”. And if you’re wondering about the hair, JoBlo says Lex Luthor starts out with long, red hair.
Hit the jump for more Batman v Superman rumors including Wonder Woman’s costume, her weapons, how she factors into the plot, and miscellaneous Batman details. The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens May 6, 2016. [Potential spoilers ahead]
Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel already stepped away from the beloved character in more ways than one. Some of these moves were bold and controversial, but I still respect him for his willingness to make tough decisions. There’s no reason to think he’s going to back off any time soon, and he might have made another decision that will no doubt arouse the ire of Superman purists.
One of defining aspects of Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor is his chrome dome. There are comics and adaptations where he has hair, but he’s always doomed to lose it. That may be the case when it comes to Jesse Eisenberg‘s Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Hit the jump for more. The movie opens May 6, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne. [Potential Spoilers Ahead]
While the LA Kings were establishing their rule over the ice last night, Jason Momoa was staking his claim as king of the seas. A confident new report pegs the former Game of Thrones star as playing Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with a larger role likely in the superhero team-up movie, Justice League. It sounds like Snyder’s design for the character is already set, so even though we haven’t heard any official confirmation yet, Momoa is expected to play the part. There’s also a hint of some plot elements for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that would be in direct response to the destructive events that took place in Man of Steel. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: THR has corroborated HitFix's report, citing their own sources as saying Momoa will indeed be playing Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We'll let you know when we get official word from Warner Bros.]
Production on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is underway, and although Superman destroyed Metropolis in Man of Steel, it looks like he’s earned himself a commemorative statue for the sequel. A Michigan native snapped a photo of the statute with a green screen in the background. This tells us absolutely nothing about the movie, although you can speculate away at why Superman would be getting a statue.
Hit the jump to check out the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice image. The film opens May 6, 2016 and stars The film also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne.
And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.
All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve James‘ Roger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
The Man of Steel sequel now officially has a title, and no, it’s not Justice League Origins. Instead, it’s a play on the film’s “unofficial” title Batman vs. Superman, as director Zack Snyder’s DC Comics follow-up will henceforth be known as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, a title isn’t exactly the most important thing when it comes to the quality of a film, but this one’s a bit wordy. It actually feels more like the title of one of those direct-to-DVD animated superhero movies rather than a massive Warner Bros. tentpole. Nevertheless, for one reason or another, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is what the powers that be have settled on.
Hit the jump for more, including the film’s official logo and start-of-production announcement.
Earlier this week, director Zack Snyder revealed a peek at the Batmobile for Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title) before unveiling Ben Affleck as Batman standing next to the front of his famous vehicle. Today, we’re getting a look at Wonder Woman’s invisible jet. I know Snyder has his fans, but I am so sick and tired of his empty visuals. Yet again, it’s style over substance. And I’m not even a die-hard Wonder Woman fan, so I can only imagine how those people must feel. It’s bullshit that that the design isn’t even close to what it looks like in the comics. Maybe it would have been better if they had her fly under her own power so we don’t have to look at this ugly thing.
Hit the jump to get a better look at Wonder Woman’s invisible jet. The film also stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne. Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.
The first image of Ben Affleck as Batman in director Zack Snyder’s superhero sequel Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title) has landed online. Affleck plays Bruce Wayne/Batman to Henry Cavill’s Superman in the follow-up to Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane reprising their roles, Gal Gadot onboard as Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg set as the villainous Lex Luthor. This new image also shows us the front of the Batmobile after getting a peek under the tarp yesterday. Both Batman and his vehicle look fine; they’re distinct from the previous iterations without being too foreign. The ears are the stubbiest they’ve been since Adam West‘s Batman costume, and the insignia is gigantic. It will be interesting to see how it looks in color. I’m just wondering why Batman looks so sad when he has such an awesome car. Chin up, Bats.
Hit the jump to check out the debut Ben Affleck Batman image. The film also stars Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, and Tao Okamoto. The untitled Batman/Superman film opens in theaters May 6, 2016.