BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Jason Momoa to Play Aquaman, with Major Role in JUSTICE LEAGUE [Updated]

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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.]

Warner Bros.’ DC Film Slate May Include JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN and THE FLASH/GREEN LANTERN Movies in 2017

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In relation to Marvel Studios’ well-oiled machine, much has been made of the fact that Warner Bros. has yet to roll out a cohesive superhero universe making use of its extensive DC Comics archives.  After last year’s Man of Steel though, the studio appears to have gotten themselves together.  Instead of another Superman sequel, Zack Snyder is gearing up to direct Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for a July 2016 release, which he will shoot back-to-back with a full-blown Justice League movie.  However, a new report claims to reveal the studio’s tentative schedule for its DC properties, including a 2017 release date for Justice League, a Wonder Woman movie, and a The Flash/Green Lantern team-up film.  More after the jump.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, GODZILLA Trailer, Zack Snyder to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

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I’ll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it’s unique. I can’t recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I’ll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn’t change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he’d be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. And yet, that ending still resonates with me and I’m kind of interested to see what’s next. Like I said, it’s unique.

We’ll talk more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after the jump with Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews. In addition, this week’s Top 5 also highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII cast announcement, the new international Godzilla trailer, Zack Snyder officially landing the Justice League directorial gig, and the first trailer for the excellent looking doc The Internet’s Own Boy. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Amusing Rumor: Matt Damon Being Sought to Play Aquaman in JUSTICE LEAGUE

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Last night, we reported that Zack Snyder would get a Superman trilogy of sorts by not only directing the upcoming Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title) but the follow-up, Justice League.  This is something that makes sense, and wasn’t too surprising.  The most surprising part is that they think they can get Justice League in theaters by 2017, and even that is doable.  But because superhero movie reporting can’t let news sit for even a day, we’re now charging back into the rumor mill.

According to The Wrap, a rumor has been floating around Hollywood “for more than a year is that Affleck’s close friend and collaborator Matt Damon is being sought to play Aquaman.”  That’s a long time for a rumor that big to be kept under wraps, and I’m surprised it was there before Affleck was even cast as Batman.  The Wrap does mention that Jason Momoa has been rumored for that role (among others), and he seems like a more likely candidate.  Hit the jump for why Damon as Aquaman is probably nonsense.

Zack Snyder to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE [Updated]

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It was bound to happen eventually.  We’re still over two years away from Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), but Warner Bros. is chomping at the bit to get to Justice League.  With the Man of Steel sequel, what began as a pairing of DC’s most popular superheroes has grown to include Wonder Woman and even Cyborg, although we don’t know how big their roles will be.  Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman says that Batman vs. Superman will lead into Justice League, which means that the earliest we’ll probably see the famous superhero team on screen is 2018.  Beyond Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Silverman wouldn’t specify which superheroes would appear in Justice League.  For those wondering, the founding members in the comics were Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter.  Since details on Batman vs. Superman are still scarce, it’s possible some of these heroes might pop up in the upcoming sequel.

And who will be the visionary behind the Justice League movie?  Director Zack Snyder.  Hit the jump for more.  Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016. [We've updated this story with new information.  More after the jump.]

Ray Fisher to Play Cyborg in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Will Appear in Future DC Comics Films

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Though it’s not exactly odd that director Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Man of Steel hasn’t yet settled on an official title (it’s currently being referred to as Batman vs. Superman), I’m starting to wonder if they already know what the title will be and are keeping it under wraps.  Something along the lines of Justice League, perhaps?  The reason being that this cast is very much starting to resemble something more akin to a Justice League movie rather than a Superman-focused sequel, especially with today’s latest casting news.  In addition to Henry Cavill’s Superman, the film already has Ben Affleck set to play Batman and Gal Gadot onboard as Wonder Woman, and now Broadway actor Ray Fisher has been tapped to play Cyborg, yet another member of the Justice League.  Hit the jump for more.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Talks HARRY POTTER Spin-Off Trilogy, More LEGO MOVIE Sequels, and Plans for DC Superheroes

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Warner Bros. has already had a huge hit in 2014 with The LEGO Movie, and they could have a very successful summer with the releases of Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Jersey Boys, and more.  But like all major studios, WB is looking to build sturdy franchises for the years ahead.  In an interview with the New York Times, Warner Bros. C.E.O. Kevin Tsujihara talked about his plans for the studio.  Specifically, he touched on the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, building off The LEGO Movie, and the future of the adapting DC superheroes.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Screenwriter David S. Goyer Says He Thinks Superman Should Be Able to Kill; Might Be Writing JUSTICE LEAGUE

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While this summer’s Man of Steel went on to gross over $660 million worldwide, the film divided some longtime fans of the Superman comics with its controversial ending.  It marked a significant departure from canon, and while screenwriter David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder definitely set out to make a wholly new Superman, many comics fans felt they took it too far.  Now Goyer has spoken up a bit about their approach and veering from the comics, adding that he disagrees with some of his fellow comic book writers on a key trait of the Superman character.  Moreover, he went on to hint that he may very well be writing Warner Bros.’ Justice League film.  Hit the jump to read his comments.

Comic Book Corner: What’s Happening in the World of Comics, Including THE AVENGERS, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, and SPIDER-MAN – September 2013 Edition

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The Avengers.  Justice League.  Spider-Man.  The Walking Dead.  All of these properties started, and continue, in the form of monthly periodicals we call “comic books”.  Many of the comic book properties we see come from the “Big Two” (Marvel and DC) and have been running for over 50 years.  Image Comics, current publisher of the runaway smash The Walking Dead that has been running for nearly a decade at this point,  is gaining steam and competing with the two major juggernauts in its field by creating new IPs at a breakneck pace.  All of the Marvel, DC, and Image stories for these properties you see on the big screen or on TV (with a little bit of tweaking), originated within these companies’ publications.

While the characters may have the same names and identities, their appearances and back stories have changed to reflect the modern times.  With all of these separate stories being created, one may ask, what’s happening in the world of comics today?  Well hit the jump for a guided tour of the big current storylines for your favorite heroes.  Beware: Spoilers follow

Batman Vs. Superman: Collider Takes You Through the History of the Greatest Tussles of the “World’s Finest”

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The Dark Knight vs. The Man of Tomorrow.  The Caped Crusader vs. the Last Son of Krypton.  Bruce Wayne vs. Clark Kent.  However it’s framed, Warner Brothers is releasing the sequel to the financially successful Man of Steel in the form of Batman vs. Superman on July 17, 2015. With the recent casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, it’s difficult to not speculate how the clash of these titans will take place.

Luckily, there is ample evidence to examine how these two heroes will come to blows. Hit the jump for Batman and Superman’s greatest brawls for a look into what scenes Zack Snyder may decide to use for his much anticipated sequel. 

Production on MAN OF STEEL Follow-Up to Begin February 2014; Ben Affleck Reportedly Signed to Play Batman in Multiple Films

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If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time.  Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February.  For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.

In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films.  Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.

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