Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Gives Thoughts on Seeing Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman Together for the First Time

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Even though Zack Snyder currently can’t really say anything incredibly substantial about Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), he can talk around it, and that’s close enough for most fanboys.  In a recent interview with Forbes, Snyder gave his thoughts on both characters and seeing them together on screen.  Personally, the most disconcerting part of the interview is when the interviewer says, “Superman is kind of the ideal of what we’d like to be, and Batman is kind of rooted in what we are. He reflects what we are, so to speak,” and Snyder replies, “Oh, 100%. And I think that’s at the heart of that, you know.”  I could not disagree more with that response.  I think an “idealist versus pragmatist” approach is understandable, but please don’t lump me in with a billionaire who treats a crime-ridden city like a playground so he can constantly work though his childhood trauma.

Hit the jump for more of what Snyder had to say about the Batman vs. Superman costumes, seeing Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman together on screen for the first time, when we might start seeing official images, and more.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, and Laurence FishburneBatman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.

Hans Zimmer to Score BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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Though director Zack Snyder’s Superman redo Man of Steel proved to be a slightly divisive film, one of the highlights that most can agree on is composer Hans Zimmer’s score.  Following in the footsteps of John Williams’ iconic Superman theme was no easy task, but Zimmer succeeded in crafting something wholly separate from the 1978 classic that helped reinvent Superman for our modern age.  It also marked a shift for Snyder, who had collaborated with composer Tyler Bates on all of his previous features save for Legend of the Guardians.

As Snyder is knee-deep in pre-production on his Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), many have been wondering whether Zimmer would return.  As Zimmer already reinvented the Batman character less than a decade ago with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, we were curious to see if he’d be up for the challenge of doing it all over again with Ben Affleck’s iteration of the Caped Crusader.  Apparently the answer is “yes”.  Hit the jump to read on.

Newcomer Cory Michael Smith to Play Young Riddler on Fox TV Series GOTHAM

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The upcoming Fox series Gotham, which centers on James Gordon’s early years as a detective, is getting awfully crowded.  The show includes sensible supporting characters like Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), who functions as a mentor figure, as well as new villains like Fish Mooney, who will be played by Jada Pinkett Smith.  But even though Batman won’t be the central figure, this show seems like it will be an origin story for almost everyone in his universe.  There will be a pre-teen Bruce Wayne (Daviz Mazouz) as well as a pre-teen Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and as for the adults, there’s Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Taylor Lord), Alfred (Sean Pertwee), and now the Riddler is in the mix.

According to The Wrap, Cory Michael Smith has signed on to play the young Riddler, Edward Nygma.  He’s described as a brilliant young forensic scientist, and “inquisitive, eccentric, and outgoing but socially awkward. He wants to be liked, but doesn’t quite know how.”  Nygma starting out a forensic scientist is a nice twist, but I feel we’re headed to a show that’s more about future villains than the young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie).  If the show is a hit, a young Joker can’t be too far away.  Hit the jump for the synopsis for Gotham.

New BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Images Reveal Eponymous Villain

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Warner Bros. has released seven new images from Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight.  The game will be the conclusion to the Arkham trilogy, and while details are still scarce, the overall plot has Scarecrow trying to unite Gotham’s villains now that there’s a power vacuum in the city.  But despite familiar rogues such as Harley Quinn, Two-Face, and The Penguin, the main villain is the titular “Arkham Knight”.  These images provide our first look at the character, and he looks like a robot Batman, although it could be a highly-advanced suit.  In any case, he clearly doesn’t share the Dark Knight’s values since the Arkham Knight uses a gun.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Batman: Arkham Knight will be released later this year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Hi-Res Character Images and Descriptions for GOTHAM

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Now that all of the first-look images of the characters that will populate Fox’s Gotham series have rolled out, we have some hi-res versions available along with their character descriptions.  The pilot, which was written by Bruno Heller and directed by Danny Cannon, who are also both executive producers, will hit the small screens some time this fall.  The project also has a series commitment at Fox, so you can look forward to seeing the story of a pre-Batman Gotham play out for a few episodes at least.

Gotham stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, and Camren Bicondova.  Hit the jump to take a look at the hi-res character images and their descriptions.

First Look at Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon GCPD in New Fox Series, GOTHAM

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The final piece (I think) of the Gotham series puzzle has been revealed!  Ben McKenzie himself has revealed the first look at his character, Detective James Gordon, GCPD.  It’s not much more than McKenzie in a suit, but hey, that’s what Gotham’s finest detectives are wearing these days.  He’ll lead the series that takes place in the title city before the transformation of young Bruce Wayne into the avenging Batman.  We also recently got our first peek at Gotham’s other famous denizens, like The Penguin (Robin Taylor Lord), Camren Bicondova as the young Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as the young Bruce Wayne, and Alfred, played by Sean Pertwee.  

Gotham comes to Fox this fall.  Hit the jump to check out Gordon and get caught up on more from the series.

Four-Minute Announcement Trailer for BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT; Batmobile Will Be Drivable for First Time in the Series

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Most reviews labeled Batman: Arkham Origins as a serviceable continuation of the series, but it came with the caveat that the developer was WB Montreal instead of Rocksteady, who created the first two games, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.  Rocksteady has now “returned” to the series (I doubt they ever really left; they probably just wanted more time to work on their game, and Warner Bros. didn’t want a three-year gap between entries), with Batman: Arkham Knight.  A four-minute announcement trailer has been released, and in all honesty, it’s pretty silly.  It’s pulling a page from the Man of Steel playbook by having the dead father narrate hopes for his superhero son, and some of the moves Batman does are ridiculous.  But Rocksteady’s Arkham games have been incredibly fun, and this will be the first one where you can drive the Batmobile, although I’m not sure how that gets you around faster than being able to fly like in Arkham City.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and a brief plot synopsis.  Batman: Arkham Knight will be released later this year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (so I guess I’m going to have to buy one of those…).

Own a Street-Legal Tumbler Replica from THE DARK KNIGHT Trilogy for $1 Million

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It’s always fun to drive a cool car, but what if you had the ability to own the coolest car?  A street-legal replica of the Batmobile from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films—aka “The Tumbler”—has been built and is now being put up for sale to the general public for a cool $1 million.  Yes, that’s right, this vehicle is 100% legal to drive on normal streets.  The vehicle comes complete with 44-inch tires, (extremely necessary) driver-assist cameras, and a stereo with Bluetooth and iPod integration so you can blast Hans Zimmer’s Batman score while driving the streets at night, searching for crime to thwart.  It’s not explicitly stated if the owner will be able to leap across buildings and shoot fire out of the back end, but it’s probably best if those features are not included so as to prevent citywide destruction at the hands of a very wealthy novice.

Hit the jump to take a look at some images of the Tumbler replica and to find out where you can purchase Christian Bale’s broodmobile.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR Blu-ray Review

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If you simply can’t wait to see DC’s most famous superheroes team up to do battle on the big screen, then you’ll want to check out Justice League: War, the latest effort from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.  The animated feature adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s 2011 “Justice League: Origin” storyline finds the famous heroes battling crime separately before they officially team up.  When a powerful new threat invades the Earth, the heroes must put aside their differences in order to work together and save the world.  It’s a worthy addition to the series of animated features, and a great place-holder between live-action movies.

Featuring the voices of Alan Tudyk, Jason O’Mara, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher Gorham, Justin Kirk, Shemar Moore, and Sean Astin, Justice League: War is now available on Blu-ray.  Hit the jump for my review.

SOUTHLAND and THE O.C. Actor Ben McKenzie to Play Gordon in GOTHAM Pilot

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The DC Comics/Batman prequel series Gotham has found its Gordon, and one imagines the news has Seth Cohen shrieking with delight.  It was announced today that Southland and The O.C. star Ben McKenzie will play Jim Gordon in the pilot, which revolves around the Gotham’s future commissioner and takes place within the Batman universe.  The Fox show—which has a series commitment from the network—comes from executive producer/showrunner Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita) is onboard to direct the pilot.

As previously reported, Fox hopes to use Gotham as a vehicle for exploring famous Batman villains like the Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin.  It comes on the heels of The CW’s recent success with an Arrow TV show, and that network also has a potential The Flash series in the works.  More after the jump.

Jesse Eisenberg to Play Lex Luthor in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred

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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.

New Mondo Posters Include Phantom City Creative’s BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM and Delicious Design League’s FIGHT CLUB

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Two new Mondo posters are dipping into some 20th century icons for inspiration.  First up is a nostalgic version of the animated feature Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.  Originally released in 1993, the film finds Batman wrongly accused of a series of mob murders.  This new poster shows him facing off against the vigilante assassin behind it all.  The second Mondo poster takes inspiration from David Fincher’s 1999 film, Fight Club.  The first rule of Fight Club is … well, you know, so you’ll just have to hit the jump to take a look at the upcoming Mondo posters.

DC Movie News: Gal Gadot Signs Three-Picture Deal as Wonder Woman; Jennifer Garner Comments on Ben Affleck’s Batsuit; Stephen Amell Talks JUSTICE LEAGUE

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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.

First Trailer for SON OF BATMAN from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation

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While DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. get their act together in the live-action feature film department, a new animated feature is on the way in the form of Son of Batman.  Based on the 2006 Grant Morrison comic arc, this feature centers on Batman’s discovery that he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son named Damian.  Secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins, Damian is the offspring of Batman and Talia Al Ghul.

The voice cast features Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Morena Baccarin, Giancarlo Esposito, David McCallum, Xander Berkeley and Thomas Gibson.  Son of Batman will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and for digital download late this spring and will make its world premiere at WonderCon.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

MAN OF STEEL Sequel Pushed Back to May 6, 2016; Warner Bros.’ Untitled Peter Pan Movie Now Opens July 17, 2015

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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.

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