BATMAN V SUPERMAN Image Reveals Official First Look at Henry Cavill’s Return as the Man of Steel; Zack Snyder Explains Why the Title Has ‘V’ and not ‘Vs’

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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 IronsBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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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 JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

TOP 5: GONE GIRL Trailer, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Set Visit, TRANSCENDENCE, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set Visit, Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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I’ve used this space on a few occasions to profess my love for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series and today’s opening paragraph will get a similar treatment. Director Zak Levitt‘s aptly titled Bad Boys debuted this past Thursday night and, even as someone who grew up adoring the Chicago Bulls, I loved almost every second of it (even with his Detroit roots, I could have lived without the Kid Rock narration). The film focuses on the years of Detroit Pistons basketball known as “The Bad Boys Era”, which included back-to-back NBA Championships for the franchise in ’89 and ’90. As is often the case with 30 for 30 films, Levitt does a nice job of framing the Pistons’ iconic run within a societal context; in this case, the 1967 Detroit riot. In doing this, the pic not only offers a fascinating perspective of the team itself but also great insight into what their trademark physical style of play meant to a city still reeling from the effects of the riot. Less important, but an added plus nonetheless, is the fact that I’m now buzzing with nostalgia for the SNES game Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball.

My broken record praise of 30 for 30 aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Steve’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit, Transcendence interviews and Matt’s review, Steve’s The Expendables 3 set visit, and Zack Snyder discussing Batman vs. Superman costumes and more. Do the right thing and keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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.

David S. Goyer Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS Season 2, MAN OF STEEL, THE BREACH, and More; Says He’d Love to Do GREEN LANTERN

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With executive producer David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons now airing its second season on Starz Saturday nights, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with the busy filmmaker.  During the extended interview, Goyer talked about making the first season, how they’d written all eight episodes before production began, the cliffhanger, how season two will pay off some loose ends from season one and open new doors, how season two has Da Vinci exploring the Incan empire, filming on location, how this season is easier because it’s more familiar to Starz and they learned many lessons making season one, his admiration for Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead for unexpectedly killing characters, and a lot more.  In addition, he also talked about making Man of Steel, saying it’s “pretty close to my original conception and vision and hope for what it would be,” how he’ll probably direct The Breach later this year, how he’d love to tackle Green Lantern, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Kevin Costner Talks Mike Binder’s BLACK AND WHITE, His Ambitious Plan to Make a Western Trilogy, THE EXPLORERS, MAN OF STEEL, and More

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A few minutes before picking up his Cinema Icon Award last night at CinemaCon, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kevin Costner backstage.  Since I’m going to be talking with him this weekend for Draft Day (which once again shows he’s the king of sports movies), I decided to use my limited time to talk about when he might direct again, future projects, and his awesome work in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

Like he told me on the set of Jack Ryan (which was one of the best on-set interviews I’ve ever done), Costner has been developing a number of possible projects, but what he wants to direct doesn’t necessarily line up with what the studio wants him to direct.  He talked about financing Mike Binder’s Black and White, how he has an idea to make a Western trilogy all at once then release them on Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, and Independence Day in a 12-month span, wanting to adapt the novel The Explorers (the first of five books) for television, and Man of Steel.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Bryan Singer Talks MAN OF STEEL and How He Would Change SUPERMAN RETURNS; Was Thinking Darkseid for Sequel

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Last summer’s Man of Steel brought a new take on Superman to general audiences, and in the wake of the film’s massive level of destruction and violence at the hands of Superman, it’s hard not to think at least some of that was a reaction to 2006’s Superman Returns.  Fresh off the immense success of X-Men and X2, filmmaker Bryan Singer was tasked with rebooting the Superman franchise and he chose to make a film that was directly tied to Richard Donner’s original Superman film and its sequel.  The result was a surprisingly low-key superhero movie with a romantic bent, and many fans expecting the same level of excitement from Singer’s X-Men films were disappointed to see that Superman never even hit another person in Superman Returns.

Singer is returning to the superhero genre for the first time since Returns with this May’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and in a recent interview the director talked about what he may have done to make Superman Returns more palatable in hindsight and discussed his plans for the sequel that never was.  He also revealed his thoughts on Man of Steel.  Read on after the jump.

TOP 5: Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, NEIGHBORS, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, INTERSTELLAR, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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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.

Latest Trailer for THE LEGO MOVIE Gets the MAN OF STEEL Treatment

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s (21 Jump Street) new film The LEGO Movie, and it wonderfully takes advantage of the fact that the film includes Superman and shares the same studio as Man of Steel.  This new trailer focuses on the LEGO version of Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum) and uses Hans Zimmer’s score and the font from Man of Steel to make a delightful homage of sorts to Zack Snyder‘s film.  Additionally, a new TV spot reveals the LEGO version of Green Lantern.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and TV spot, and click here to watch nine clips.  The film also features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah Hill, and Alison BrieThe LEGO Movie opens in 2D and 3D on February 7th.

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.

TOP 5: Our Favorite Movies of 2013, New Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, First Trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, Cinemath

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Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.

Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth EvansThe Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Year in Review: Top 10 Trailers of 2013

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Yesterday, I listed my Top 10 posters for 2013.  To the casual moviegoer, posters are something passed by in a theater lobby.  They’re in between Auditorium 1 and Auditorium 2.  Trailers, on the other hand, are part of the moviegoing experience.  If you’re at the movie by showtime, you’ve got about 20 minutes of trailers ahead of you.  They’ve become so prevalent, that studios have turned the release of a new trailer into an event.  We now have trailers for trailers, which irks me to no end.  Nevertheless, there’s still something to be said for a well-made trailer.  Like posters, studios make plenty of trailers we’ll never see for one reason or another.  Furthermore, these trailers have to abide by parameters such as available footage, studio wishes, licensing music, etc.  But if it’s done right, a trailer can turn the tide of public opinion and create anticipation for a movie like nothing else.

Hit the jump for my Top 10 trailers of 2013.

Year in Review: Top 10 Posters of 2013

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We report on a lot of posters and trailers.  These little bits of advertising are crucial in steering fan anticipation for blockbusters or bringing attention to smaller movies.  Posters and trailers serve a purpose, and they’re not easy to make.  Dozens of posters and trailers are created for movies, and studios carefully select the ones they feel will work the best and have the broadest appeal.  Sadly, when it comes to posters, many of the designs are generic.  The recent trends are “Back to the Audience”, “Gigantic Tagline”, and “Sparks and Debris”.  I’ve chosen ten posters from 2013 that took a chance, broke the mold, and came away with something eye-catching and original.

Hit the jump for my top 10 posters of 2013, and come back tomorrow for the top 10 trailers of 2013.

Amy Adams Talks AMERICAN HUSTLE, What It’s Like to Work with David O. Russell, Her Costumes, BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, and More

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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 BaleAmy AdamsBradley CooperJennifer 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.

Year in Review: Top 15 Movie Moments of 2013

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Forgettable films are a waste of time because they leave us with nothing.  Being completely inoffensive is arguably worse than being terrible because at least terrible movies give us something to talk about.  We may be ragging on it, but at least it’s not something like After Earth, a film where the only thing I remember about it is how forgettable it is.  But to focus on the positive, the best movie moments move us in a positive way.  They provide more than a target for snarky putdowns or jaw-dropping examples of complete incompetence.  The best movie moments can inspire us, shock us, exhilarate us, and bring us absolute joy.

Adam, Dave, and Matt have written about five movie moments that jumped out at them in 2013.  They’re unranked and there could have been far more selections, but these 15 moments are as good as any that came out this year. [Spoilers ahead, obviously]

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