Jesse Eisenberg in Talks to Join the SUICIDE SQUAD as Lex Luthor

by     Posted 14 hours ago

jesse-eisenberg-lex-luthor-suicide-squad

As production is looking to wind down on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. is currently reading its third DC Comics film of the new era: Suicide Squad.  The project is in some ways an odd follow-up to Batman v Superman in that it doesn’t really feature any of the characters that casual fans might recognize, with Warner Bros. instead saving Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc. for after Suicide SquadDavid Ayer, the writer/director behind Fury and End of Watch, is set to direct and is currently working on the script, and casting has begun with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy all in talks to play members of the titular group of supervillains.

But now it looks like Warner Bros. is keen on adding some connective tissue to Suicide Squad that will make it feel more like a piece of the DC Movie Universe, and it’s a pretty big development: the studio is now in negotiations with Jesse Eisenberg to bring his Lex Luthor character into the Suicide Squad fold.  More after the jump.

Director David Ayer Says His SUICIDE SQUAD Movie Is “THE DIRTY DOZEN with Supervillains”

by     Posted 5 days ago

suicide-squad-movie-details-david-ayer

Warner Bros. dropped a number of news bombs last week when it unveiled its slate of DC Comics movies through the year 2020, announcing casting and director news in the process.  One of the more curious revelations was the fact that a Suicide Squad movie would be the first DC adaptation to hit theaters after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016.  Instead of following the sure-to-be-massive superhero pic up with something more recognizable like Wonder Woman or even Aquaman, Warner Bros. is going with a more obscure title that will certainly be an outlier in the superhero genre.

Fury and End of Watch director David Ayer was confirmed as the director of Suicide Squad—the story of a group of supervillains on missions—during the news dump, and now Ayer has spoken a bit about his plans for the comic book adaptation.  Ayer likened the film to the Lee Marvin-fronted 1967 classic The Dirty Dozen, and spoke about its lack of heroes.  Read on after the jump.

TOP 5: FURY, Superhero Movie Release Dates, HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service, A Horrifying Education, New York Comic-Con Coverage

by     Posted One week ago

collider-top-5-slice

Writer/director Ti West made a permanent name for himself in the horror community with 2009′s excellent The House of the Devil. While I think quite highly of that film, I hold his slightly less revered 2011 follow-up, The Innkeepers, in even higher regard. Starring Sara Paxton and Pat Healy (who reunited earlier this year in the disgustingly entertaining Cheap Thrills) as slacker hotel employees who are determined to prove their Yankee Pedlar Inn is haunted during its final weekend of operation, the film is a near pitch perfect modern haunted house tale. Relying on tension and timing rather than gore, West slowly builds The Innkeepers to an effective final act that is both scary as hell and quietly tragic. Because it so expertly relies on atmosphere/mood and quality of scares over quantity, this is one that I always recommend to my non-horror loving friends seeking a scary movie for this time of year that will play well without scarring them for life.

This week’s recommendation in hand, today’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of the Brad Pitt war drama Fury, a metric ton of superhero movie release dates and news compiled in one place, word that HBO will launch its own stand-alone streaming service in 2015, the first in a four-entry series dedicated to schooling Matt on some horror favorites, and all of our New York Comic-Con coverage. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Rumor: Tom Hardy Courted for Title Role in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE?

by     Posted One week ago

tom-hardy-x-men-apocalypse-slice

Remember that Doctor Strange casting rumor we shared last night?  Buried right in the middle of the original report was another interesting bit of news; Tom Hardy “has recently been courted” for the title role in X-Men: Apocalypse, En Sabah Nur, the guy manipulating the pyramid in the X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credit scene.

On top of that, Warner Bros. is also going after Hardy for a role in the Suicide Squad movie, and apparently he’s close to signing on for that one.  Hit the jump for more on what Hardy may be jumping into next.

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie Close to Signing on for SUICIDE SQUAD

by     Posted 8 days ago

suicide-squad-smith-hardy-robbie

Following Warner Bros.’ big announcement that Suicide Squad would be their first DC movie following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, word surfaced that the studio was courting Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, and Ryan Gosling to star.  The DC comic focuses on a group of supervillains who go on suicide missions in exchange for pardons.  None of these supervillains are household names.  There’s no Joker or Lex Luthor in the gang.  In the comics, the lineup has changed over the years, but last week, it was rumored that Deadshot, Harkness (a.k.a Captain Boomerang), Vixen, Blockbuster, Multiplex, Jaculi, and Mindblogger would comprise the squad with the first three acting as the leads.

A couple days ago when we reported that WB was going after Smith, Hardy, Robbie, and Gosling for the film, it seemed fairly audacious.  Now that audacity may have landed three of the four actors.  Hit the jump for more.  Suicide Squad is due out August 5, 2016.

Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2015 to 2020

by     Posted 9 days ago

superhero-movie-release-dates

There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is that of the superhero movie.  Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero movies in droves.  With every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture.  Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.

After the jump, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2020.  Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever looking for the latest news on a specific film, you can come right back here for a quick overview.

Warner Bros. Courting Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie for SUICIDE SQUAD

by     Posted 10 days ago

suicide-squad-will-smith-ryan-gosling

The superhero news just keeps on coming today.  Earlier this morning, Warner Bros. unveiled its full slate of DC Comics adaptations through the year 2020.  One of the more surprising revelations was that the superhero pic set to follow the release of the sure-to-be-massive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be Suicide Squad, with Fury and End of Watch helmer David Ayer set to direct.  That release date is set for August 5, 2016, and so as Ayer gets to work on the script, the studio is starting to think about casting—and boy are they aiming high.  The actors that are reportedly being courted to lead this new DC film are Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy.  More after the jump.

Ryan Gosling Mulling Franchise Role as He Eyes DOCTOR STRANGE, HOUDINI, and SUICIDE SQUAD

by     Posted 10 days ago

ryan-gosling-doctor-strange-houdini

Thus far, Ryan Gosling has managed to enjoy a successful career without starring in any franchise or studio tentpole films.  His taste has varied nevertheless, ranging from moody dramas like Half Nelson and Drive to lighter films like Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Lars and the Real Girl.  Gosling is currently gearing up to start filming writer/director Shane Black’s 1970s crime noir The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, but the actor’s no-franchise status may soon be changing.  Gosling is reportedly mulling over the possibility of starring in one of a trio of high-profile studio films: Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini, and Warner Bros.’ DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad.  More after the jump.

Now that David Ayer is Confirmed to Direct, What is SUICIDE SQUAD?

by     Posted 10 days ago

david-ayer-fury-slice

A report popped up about a month ago claiming that David Ayer was circling Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s big screen rendition of Suicide Squad and now the studios have confirmed it.  Even though Ayer just told us that it’s, “Rumors.  Just rumors.  It’s all rumors,” Ayer will helm the film, which is due to arrive in 2016, making it the first DC movie to hit theaters after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

I’ve got no problem being blindly thrilled about any big screen rendition of a DC property that Warner Bros. announces, but now that Suicide Squad is official, it’s time to get a little more knowledgeable about the source material.

Warner Bros. Reveals DC Movie Release Dates: SUICIDE SQUAD Coming in 2016 Followed by WONDER WOMAN in 2017; GREEN LANTERN Reboot Set for 2020

by     Posted 10 days ago

dc-movie-release-dates

Warner Bros. has just revealed essentially its entire slate of upcoming DC Movie release dates, also confirming a ton of other news in the process.  Here’s a brief overview:

Hit the jump for much more on this exciting news.

Writer-Director David Ayer Talks FURY, How the Finished Film Compared to His Original Vision, SUICIDE SQUAD, and More

by     Posted 10 days ago

david-ayer-fury

Fury, written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), is a highly intense, very real and extremely personal look at war and the family that can get you through it.  It’s April 1945 and army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew.  Outnumbered and outgunned, the men face overwhelming odds in their attempts to strike back at Nazi Germany.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs.

At the film’s press day, filmmaker David Ayer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how the final film compares to what he had originally envisioned, how the first visual image was always the opening that he wanted, that his first cut of the movie was almost four hours long, that there will be some deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, but that this is his director’s cut, that this was his ending, as written, and why he wanted the actors to so deeply immerse themselves in their roles.  He also talked about how he’s at his strongest when he’s written the script that he’s directing, the possibility of him doing a female-centric story, Suicide Squad, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

DC Movie Rumors: Brainiac May Be the JUSTICE LEAGUE Villain, Plus SUICIDE SQUAD Lineup Revealed

by     Posted 15 days ago

justice-league-movie-villain-brainiac

While rumors abound about Marvel Studios’ big plans for its post-Avengers Age of Ultron slate, Warner Bros. continues to be focused on really knocking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out of the park.  Man of Steel was a commercial success but not the astronomical phenomenon that WB was hoping for, and so their plans for the entire DC Movie Universe are on the line with Dawn of Justice.  The studio laid out (some of) its cards recently when it announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations.  So far the only confirmed upcoming title we have is Justice League, which Zack Snyder will direct after BvS, but Warner Bros. added another film to that roster recently when we learned that Fury director David Ayer is being eyed to helm a Suicide Squad movie.

As production on Batman v Superman comes to an end, more concrete plans are being put together for the future DC Comics movies.  A couple of new rumors have now surfaced from a fairly reputable source, claiming to reveal the Justice League movie villain and the characters that will make up the Suicide Squad team.  Read on after the jump.

SUICIDE SQUAD May Have FURY Director David Ayer Lead Them into Battle

by     Posted 36 days ago

suicide-squad-david-ayer

It seems like Warner Bros. has been trying to get Suicide Squad off the ground for some time, and they may have just found the right fit in Fury director David Ayer.  Now that Warner Bros. has firmed up their Superman v Batman and Justice League plans it appears that they’re ready to actively get this one rolling again.  Justin Marks (who is also writing Top Gun 2) was hired sometime ago to pen the script.

This could be cool.  Producer Dan Lin has been describing the film for years as sort of a Dirty Dozen in the world of Supervillains (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn), and I think that makes it right up Ayer’s alley.  Hit the jump for more on David Ayer directing Suicide Squad.

23 New Images from ARROW’s Upcoming Episode “Suicide Squad” Featuring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Michael Jai White, Michael Rowe & More

by     Posted 236 days ago

arrow-suicide-squad-images-slice

We’ve got a sneak peek at 23 images from an upcoming episode of The CW’s Arrow to share with you today.  While you’ll have to wait about two weeks to see these guys and gals in action, the appropriately titled episode “Suicide Squad” looks to shake up the established order of things.  If you keep up with the show (and our recaps), then you know that Oliver Queen and John Diggle have been busy rounding up villains like Deadshot and Bronze Tiger.  Now, it looks as if Queen could be on the wrong side of the law, while Diggle is aiding the very criminals he helped put away in a clandestine operation!  What is going on here??

Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Caity Lotz, Michael Jai White, Michael Rowe, Sean Maher, Audrey Marie Anderson, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson star.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  Arrow’s “Suicide Squad” airs Wednesday, March 19 (8:00-9:00pm ET) on The CW.

Producer Dan Lin Talks GANGSTER SQUAD, SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, THE LEGO MOVIE, SUICIDE SQUAD, the ACME Movie, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 288 days ago

dan-lin-gangster-squad-slice

Opening this weekend is director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad” made up of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, and Robert Patrick.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Dan Lin.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about making Gangster Squad, editing, the test screenings, improv on set, and more.  In addition, with Lin producing a number of other projects, I got updates on Sherlock Holmes 3, The Lego Movie, Suicide Squad, the ACME movie, Brotherhood, Moses, and much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Click Here