Movie Talk: ‘Batman v Superman’ Deleted Lex Luthor Scene; D23 Takes on Comic-Con

     March 29, 2016


On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (March 29th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp and Kristian Harloff discuss the following:

  • D23 conference to open one week before Comic Con
  • Producer Deborah Snyder talks the Flash in Batman v Superman
  • James Wan promises a badass version of Aquaman
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Difference between test screenings and final cut
  • Favorite movie soundtracks


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Disney has released a new Alice Through the Looking Glass trailer. The sequel finds Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter all returning to their original roles, alongside new cast members Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans

In a very odd move by Warner Bros. that has the fans buzzing about new possibilities for the DC Universe, a deleted scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed to the world. The plot-centric scene offers a look at Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor inside General Zod’s crashed ship, communicating with an unknown beast from another world. Fans of the comics believe this to be a nod to the comic character of Steppenwolf, the uncle to super-villain Darkseid. The monster is also holding what appears to be Mother Boxes, objects of mysterious power that also have a Darkseid connection. It is unknown why Warner Bros. decided to cut this scene out of the movie. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing at a theatre near you.

Yesterday, Disney announced the dates for its D23 Convention for 2017 and interestingly enough, their convention will take place the weekend of July 14-16, one week before San Diego Comic-Con. While SDCC has yet to unveil its official 2017 dates, many assume the weekend of July 19-23 will be the likeliest spot for its convention. This marks a significant change for the Disney convention which last year released footage from Captain America: Civil War and Force Awakens, two of their biggest marquee releases. The move already has fans buzzing about what it will all mean for the granddaddy of conventions at San Diego Comic Con, with many believing that San Diego will lose out on a number of its biggest draws in Marvel and Star Wars that make Hall H the center of the universe during the weekend.


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With Dawn of Justice finally out in theatres we knew Batman v Superman would include a number of cameos from most of the Justice League members in the movie somehow. One of the more interesting scenes most fans are curious about has to do with Ezra Miller’s Flash character. In an exclusive interview with producer Deborah Snyder, Steve “Frosty” Weintraub asked if the cameo was shot with the intention of figuring out how it would fit into the larger universe later on, a la Breaking Bad, or actually pre-determined. Snyder said it was the opposite of Breaking Bad because it wasn’t in the script and that they were in the middle of shooting when Zack Snyder suggested they add the moment and pay it off down the road.


Director James Wan, who successfully jumped from one genre to another with Furious 7 will look to do it again with Warner Bros.’ Aquaman. Over the weekend at Wonder Con, IGN asked Wan about his take on the character of Aquaman played by Jason Momoa along with his plans for the film. Wan said he thinks the Aquaman character is actually really different and can be a “badass.” He wants to have fun with the movie and focus on Aquaman’s world under the ocean that is a huge world on our planet not really explored in movies before.


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Disney has released two news clips from Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, revealing a couple new scenes that pack some emotional punches. In an intimate scene between Raksha voiced by Lupita Nyong’o and Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, Nyong’o’s mother wolf is forced to let Bagheera, voiced by Ben Kingsley, to take her cub back to man’s world as it’s no longer safe for him in the jungle. In another clip, we see a scene featuring Baloo, voiced by Bill Murray, explaining the necessities of hibernation in the jungle. The Jungle Book also features the voices of Scarlett Johansson as the voice of the python Kaa, Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan and Christopher Walken as King Louie. The movie opens on April 15th.


Everybody Wants Some!! is set in the world of 1980 college life in Texas where a college freshman played by Blake Jenner meets his new baseball teammates played by Will Brittain and Ryan Guzman, who are an unruly group of disco-dancing, skirt-chasing partyers. This spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused follows the group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. The movie is written and directed by Richard Linklater. 


Nicholas Longren writes:

Hello Collider,

I’m about to attend a test screening later this week. I was wondering how the test screening process works. How different can a test screening be from the final cut?

Darryl P writes:

Hey Collider gang!

Recently you guys discussed the upcoming release of Everybody Wants Some and Mark mentioned how excited he is for the soundtrack. This made me think of some of my favorite soundtracks and I realized that a lot of them are from either middle of the pack or downright terrible movies. My two biggest examples are the Disturbing Behavior soundtrack (with Harvey Dangers “Flagpole Sitta” and The Fly’s “Got You Where I Want You”) and the epic Judgment Night soundtrack. What are some of your favorite soundtracks that thankfully overshadow their questionable movie material? Thanks for reading my question and stay filthy gang!



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