Most people expected the first sequel from filmmaker Zack Snyder to be a follow-up to his 2005 film 300. Instead, as 300: Rise of an Empire (which he co-wrote and produced) is about to hit theaters, Snyder is currently knee-deep in prep on the highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s Superman reboot Man of Steel. Not only does the film continue the adventures of Warner Bros.’ brand new Superman franchise, but it also reboots the Batman franchise and kicks off the DC Cinematic Universe at the same time. There would be immense pressure in tackling any one of those feats alone, but Snyder appears giddy at the prospect of juggling all three.
Though most have been tight-lipped about what we can expect from the untitled Man of Steel follow-up (aka Batman vs. Superman), Snyder recently gave a status update on the film and bluntly addressed fan criticisms about some of his casting choices. Read on after the jump.
Last week, we learned that Jesse Eisenberg had been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, and the news was met with a positive reaction. People could see the actor who played Mark Zuckerberg slipping into the role of another arrogant, egotistical, monomaniacal character (this is presuming, of course, we’re going to see the same kind of Luthor from the comics). However, he wasn’t the only one considered for the role, and a couple of previously mentioned actors may have made for more controversial choices.
Hit the jump for more. The film also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, and Laurence Fishburne. Batman vs. Superman (tentative title) opens May 6, 2016.
With an Oscar nod for Best Documentary under its belt and Matt having named it his favorite film of 2013, the last thing Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing needs is an endorsement from me. And yet, here it is. I watched the film on Netflix several weeks ago and, to be honest, I’m still having trouble coming to grips with it. It’s the most the surreal and disturbing look at human atrocity I’ve seen and the more I think about its subjects and overall approach, the more I’m in awe of the fact that it exists. I drown in hyperbole when thinking of words to describe it because it’s so profound that calling it a “good film” seems not like an understatement but a complete inaccuracy. The Act of Killing is not a “good film”, it’s a stunning work of humanity that makes awards, critical reception, the sentence I’m typing at this very moment, etc., seem absolutely trivial.
Speaking of trivial, in what may go down as one of the worst segues in Collider history, I’ll now attempt to jump into this week’s Top 5. Highlighted today is Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons joining Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, Steve’s Neighbors set visit coverage, the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar being exempt from Paramount’s digital mandate, and the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
While we continue to wait with bated breath for some official casting news concerning the new Star Wars film, Warner Bros. has just dropped a bomb by announcing the casting of both Lex Luthor and Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s Batman-infused follow-up to Man of Steel. The incredibly talented Jesse Eisenberg will be playing the villainous Luthor in the untitled Batman vs. Superman film, while Jeremy Irons will be assuming the role of Batman’s trusted companion Alfred. Hit the jump to read on.
As Batman vs. Superman (tentative title) and The Avengers: Age of Ultron move through pre-production, word is leaking of possible shooting locations for these gigantic superhero films. As we reported last week, Batman vs. Superman‘s release date has been pushed back to May 6, 2016, but it’s still planning to start filming this year. Production will begin in the second quarter, and according to tweets collected by HenryCavillOnline.com, director Zack Snyder was hanging around the alien-looking Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
Hit the jump to see a couple images of the museum, and to learn about a potential location for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens on May 1, 2015.
Here’s a round-up of the latest news bits in the world of DC movies:
- Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) confirms a three-picture deal to star as Wonder Woman. The report also reveals Gadot’s payday for the film (if you’re interested in that sort of thing), and more importantly, a May start date for the Man of Steel sequel.
- While it will be a little while before we see Ben Affleck in the Batsuit for that sequel, his wife Jennifer Garner has already gotten a peak, calling it “unbelievably cool” and “a total reinvention.”
- Stephen Amell, star of The CW series, Arrow, recently commented on the state of the Justice League movie and his discussions for possibly joining the DC superhero team-up.
Hit the jump for more on each story.
Warner Bros. has just announced a new release date for its planned Man of Steel sequel. The as-of-yet untitled film, widely referred to as Batman vs. Superman, will now be opening May 6, 2016 instead of the planned July 17, 2015 release date. The official reason for the delay is listed as “allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” There were some rumors floating around the internet today that Ben Affleck, who will be playing Bruce Wayne/Batman, had injured his leg, but the veracity of those reports is not mentioned here. It’s worth noting that production on the film has been pushed back to the second quarter of this year, however.
May 2016 is going to be quite the busy month for comic book adaptations, as Batman vs Superman, an untitled Marvel movie, and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse are all slated. The vacant release date on Warner Bros.’ calendar will now be filled by the untitled Peter Pan film directed by Joe Wright. Hit the jump for more.
Available via Netflix Watch Instantly as of late December, last weekend I finally got the chance to check out writer/director Joe Swanberg‘s romantic comedy Drinking Buddies. I should disclaim that it’s near impossible for me to be objective when talking about Swanberg given that he’s a fellow Southern Illinois University alum and few things make me prouder than a Saluki film student enjoying success in the industry. That out of the way, I enjoyed the heck out of Drinking Buddies. Much has been made of the film’s stellar cast and I won’t try and dispute those claims at all. As someone who has never watched a minute of Fox’s New Girl, I loved Jake Johnson‘s turn in the pic and I bought he and Olivia Wilde‘s romantic chemistry hook, line, and sinker. As for Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston? Lets just say that I love each of them in almost everything and this is no exception. All in all, Buddies is a funny, sweet, realistic teetering on the verge of understated look at the universal concept of being just friends.
Instant stream recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 includes our Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit set visit coverage, the first look at the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King starring Ben Kingsley, a set visit recap for Muppets Most Wanted, some villain rumors surrounding Batman vs. Superman, and Adam’s latest installment of Oscar Beat that breaks down the guild nods and what they could mean for Oscar season. Like you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Filming on Batman vs. Superman will be underway soon, and that means the rumor mill is about to change. Right now, we’re operating in almost complete darkness. We know some casting and that’s about it. But once the cameras start rolling and set photos start leaking, a new picture begins begin to emerge, one with its own special brand of speculation and confusion. But before we reach that point, there are four new rumors to chew on regarding the highly-anticipated superhero movie. First, while Lex Luthor hasn’t been confirmed for the upcoming sequel, most fans are betting on seeing the chrome-domed menace challenging the Man of Steel. However, Batman-on-Film is reporting that while Luthor will be in the movie, there’s another villain in the mix as well. His sources also say that the second villain will not be one of Batman’s baddies.
Hit the jump for more including the size of Wonder Woman’s role. The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne. Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title) opens July 17, 2015.
With production gearing up for Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, we have some new behind-the-scenes details. Michelle Grinnell, public relations manager for the Michigan Film Office, tells Inquisitr that this is the largest production for the state since Oz, the Great and Powerful, and will come in with a budget of $131 million. Keep in mind that this is only on the production budget, and doesn’t include additional locations and post-production costs, which will likely push the budget far beyond $131 million. Furthermore, the Detroit Free Press reports that the production will use all seven sound studios at the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac as well as locations around the state. The shoot is expected to create 6,000 jobs and bring in $5 million in revenue. As we previously reported, there will also be some shooting in Yorkville, Illinois, where the production is building a new Kent Farm. Filming on Batman vs. Superman is expected to wrap in August.
The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne. Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title) opens July 17, 2015.
For the third year in a row I find myself looking through previous Top 5 installments on the last Saturday of the year, trying to whittle the hundreds of stories I’ve covered in the past 52 weeks down to the five that I find most interesting, important, popular, etc. At its most basic, this is just an exercise of further reducing a list that I’ve been trimming and prepping on a weekly basis all year long. That’s likely the most boring/tedious way of looking at it, but true nonetheless.
At its best, I see the “End of the Year Edition” as a Collider time capsule of sorts. A snapshot that is in no way comprehensive enough to properly acknowledge the amount of time, work, thought, travel, money, etc. that goes into making this site what it is. And yet, representative enough of our content as a whole that someone who stumbles upon it can see what we were trying to accomplish: to cover the things that we’re passionate about in the most interesting and sincere way possible and to completely and utterly dominate the Internet by way of Star Wars and superhero movie casting rumors. Keep reading for the five stories/pieces of content that in many ways defined our 2013.
We’re over a year and a half away from seeing Batman vs. Superman on the big screen, but Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) is already fielding questions about her role of Wonder Woman in the superhero sequel. In a recent interview with Israel’s entertainment show, Good Evening with Guy Pines, Gadot talked about learning she had won the part, fan criticism about her physicality, and the training regimen she’s about to take on.
Also starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams, Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman is due out July 15, 2015. Hit the jump to see what Gadot had to say.
Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide December 20th is director David O. Russell’s comedic drama American Hustle. The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. The film is definitely an awards contender, landing a Best Picture award from the New York Critics Circle and many nominations from a number of other groups, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. While the holidays are filled with a lot of choices, American Hustle should definitely be on your list. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.
At the recent New York City press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Amy Adams. She talked about how she got involved in the project, what it was like to work with Russell and Bale, her costumes, when she found out that Wonder Woman would be part of Batman vs. Superman, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Finalizing costume designs is matter-of-course for any blockbuster. They go through hundreds of designs for main characters, and then those costumes are subjected to various tweaks and tests. Something that looks good on the page may not work in three dimensions due to poor visual quality, constrictive movements, or other issues. So this isn’t really newsworthy except it comes from Batman vs. Superman, but some fans need to know every little detail no matter how minor.
Hit the jump for what Zack Snyder‘s longtime costume designer Michael Wilkinson had to say about the costumes. The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Lawrence Fishburne, and possibly Jason Momoa and Joaquin Phoenix. Batman vs. Superman opens July 17, 2015.
Now playing in limited release and expanding this weekend is one of the best films of the year: Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis. The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships. Loaded with incredible performances, an all-star cast (featuring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Max Casella), and a fantastic soundtrack (put together by T-Bone Burnett), Inside Llewyn Davis should not be missed. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Adam Driver. He talked about what it was like auditioning for the film, how much of his dialogue was in the script versus figuring out on set, if his process has changed over the past few years, the rumor that he might play Nightwing in Batman vs. Superman, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.