Screenwriter Dan Gilroy Talks Tim Burton’s SUPERMAN LIVES; Says They Were Weeks Away from Filming Before Being Shutdown

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Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives is one of the great “What Ifs” of film history.  While today the concept of Tim Burton directing a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage seems insane, keep in mind that around the time the movie was planning to shoot in 1998, Burton hadn’t descended into self-parody and Cage was riding a wave of action film hits (The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off) following his 1995 Oscar for Best Actor.  Also, the superhero movie landscape was very different, and while a film like Batman Forever would be soundly rejected today, it was the 2nd-highest grossing film of 1995.

We’ve seen costume sculpts, screen tests, and concept art for the toys, and there’s even a documentary, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, on the way.  Now, with his excellent debut feature Nightcrawler opening October 31st, we got to speak with writer-director Dan Gilroy, who was the screenwriter on Superman Lives.  During the interview, Gilroy talked about the specifics of Burton’s vision, how it compares to Man of Steel, and how close they were to production.  Hit the jump for more.

Warner Bros. to Release Stand-Alone BATMAN and SUPERMAN Films in Addition to 9 Newly Announced Superhero Movies

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Because it wasn’t enough for Warner Bros. to announce nine new DC superhero movies today, the studio has also announced they have stand-alone Batman and Superman films planned as well.  All of these are announcements today are to please investors and let them know that the studio is on firm ground with its biggest franchises.  The Batman and Superman films aren’t a total surprise, although it will be interesting to see where Warner Bros. tries to slot them.  Keep in mind that Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill want to do other things with their time than wear superhero costumes, and so it will probably be a matter of scheduling.  Additionally, from 2016 onwards, the studio has at least two superhero movies planned, and if any of these solo films is mammoth hit, it could rearrange things completely.  If Wonder Woman kills at the box office, do you think the studio will sit on their hands for at least three years just because they mapped out a schedule in 2014?  All of this is fluid, and that includes the “World’s Finest”.

Hit the jump for the press release.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con Presentation Reveals First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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During Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con presentation in the convention center’s famed Hall H today, a crowd-pleasing presentation kicked things off with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  While we’ve previously seen Henry Cavill in costume as Superman, along with Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, this presentation was the first glimpse of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armor.  Needless to say, it looks like the Internet’s knee-jerk reaction to Gadot’s casting was premature; no surprise there.  They also screened some footage that apparently wowed the crowd, which Matt covers in his panel recap.

Also starring Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne.  Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.  Hit the jump to check out the new Wonder Woman image.

Zack Snyder Trolls the Internet with Henry Cavill SuperJedi Image

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San Diego Comic-Con is a time when studios start touting or teasing a number of upcoming films, some of which haven’t even been officially announced yet.  However, director Zack Snyder has presumably decided to toy with this culture of intrigue and pop-culture excitement, as he recently shared an image on Twitter of Henry Cavill dressed up in full Jedi regalia with the hashtag “SuperJedi”.  Before you start getting any ideas, no Warner Bros. does not own the rights to Star Wars, Disney does, so no, a Star Wars/Superman crossover will not be happening.  A full Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice panel has not been officially announced for Warner Bros.’ Hall H block on Saturday, but I’d be surprised if we didn’t see at least something from the film.  Whether it has anything to do with this so-called “SuperJedi” I have no idea, but the internet is sure to be aflutter with Superman/Star Wars speculation throughout the next couple of days.  Well played, Mr. Snyder.

Hit the jump to check out the Henry Cavill SuperJedi image, and check Collider frequently over the next four days for our wall-to-wall Comic-Con coverage.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Rumors: Wonder Woman’s Costume, Lex Luthor’s Motives, Batman’s Lake Cottage, and More

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Last week, we had some Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumors regarding Lex Luthor’s hairline and attitude.  Today, more Batman v Superman rumors have gone online covering not only Luthor but also more details about Wonder Woman, her costume, weapons, how she’ll be integrated into the story, plus a little bit of  background on this latest big-screen interpretation of Batman.  Leading off with Luthor, JoBlo reports that this is a familiar Lex Luthor: an egomaniac who can’t stand the notion that there’s someone out there more powerful than him.  He then tries to persuade people to dislike Superman, and is moderately successful.  Some people see Superman as a savior, and others see him as “the ultimate threat”.  And if you’re wondering about the hair, JoBlo says Lex Luthor starts out with long, red hair.

Hit the jump for more Batman v Superman rumors including Wonder Woman’s costume, her weapons, how she factors into the plot, and miscellaneous Batman details.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence FishburneBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens May 6, 2016. [Potential spoilers ahead]

Zack Snyder Teases BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN’s New Batmobile

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With production on Batman vs. Superman about to ramp up, the official marketing is about to begin.  On his twitter feed, director Zack Snyder provided a little peek at the new Batmobile…and it looks a lot of like the old Batmobile.  It’s the form-follows-function, military-style, run-over-anything-and-everything-in-Gotham Batmobile, which is fine.  Snyder is following the “realistic” model, so we’re probably going to get a Batmobile that’s similar to what we saw in The Dark Knight trilogy.  While I find the pre-marketing here kind of obnoxious (either show us the Batmobile or don’t), it’s an encouraging sign that the production will take the initiative on reveals and let us see official images before they leak out through set photos.

Hit the jump to check out a peek of the Batman vs. Superman Batmobile; Snyder hints that the full image will be released tomorrow.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Ray Fisher, and Laurence Fishburne.

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.

Watch: Superman Makes a Cameo in “Alternate Take” from GRAVITY

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We’re a day late on April Fool’s jokes, and while the holiday has become a major annoyance to almost everyone, there are those rare bits that just might make it all worth it.  Such is the case with a video featuring an “alternate take” from a scene in Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-winning Gravity, which finds Superman making a cameo appearance.  I was fully prepared to roll my eyes at yet another “funny” video before pressing play, but this one is extremely well done.  I’ll say no more for fear of ruining the gag, but it’s definitely worth a look.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Rumors: Lex Luthor not the Only Villain; Wonder Woman Has a “Cameo-Plus” Size Role

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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 FishburneBatman vs. Superman (unofficial title) opens July 17, 2015.

BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Calls in ARGO Screenwriter Chris Terrio

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Earlier today, we reported that Warner Bros. is interested in Joaquin Phoenix playing the villain in their upcoming superhero sequel, Batman vs. Superman.  While much of the casting has yet to be finalized, we now have word of another screenwriter joining the behind-the-scenes mix in Oscar-winner Chris Terrio (Argo).  David S. Goyer penned the first draft of the film that finds Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman, with Ben Affleck starring as an older, weathered Batman and Gal Gadot stepping into the shoes of Wonder Woman.  Terrio, who has a strong relationship with Affeck, has brought in to clean up the script before production gets underway.  Hit the jump for more.

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