The last quarter of this year is upon us, and that is exciting when thinking about the superhero movies coming next year. So at Collider we make it easy to stay on top of the news regarding those upcoming superhero films, with ‘This Week in Superhero News’. This past week brought us new Batman v Superman images, info on budget troubles for Captain America: Civil War, Ron Perlman talking Hellboy 3, and a lot more. Check it out below.
‘Batman v Superman’ Images, Plus Update on Zod’s Flipper Hands
The release of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is months away, and the latest material from the film comes in the form of new images being released in anticipation of the big release. The images feature the Batmobile, Bruce Wayne in front of his Batsuit, Wonder Woman, and more.
On a different note, you might remember the news about Michael Shannon’s General Zod having flipper hands in Batman v Superman and his whole porta-potty story, it turns out it was all “complete bullshit”. The actor was quick to clear the whole thing up not long after when he said, “I made up some ridiculous bullshit answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that” He also added that he wasn’t actually on the set but that he did do some voice-over work for a “ghost thing.”
Steven Spielberg Says Superhero Movies Will “Go the Way of the Western”
Superhero movies are a big trend in Hollywood at the moment, it is easy to say that the genre is at a high point and may be getting bigger. So the big question and topic of discussion is if superhero movies are destined to disappear at some point and if this whole thing is only temporary. Well, apparently legendary director Steven Spielberg has his own opinion on the subject, saying that superhero films will go “the way of the Western”. He added that even when they go away superhero movies could return, but in his opinion superhero movies are cycles that “have a finite time in popular culture”.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ Budget Troubles Almost Made Kevin Feige Quit
Most fans give a lot of the credit for the success of Marvel movies, and rightly so, to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. But it seems that there were some big disagreements about the budget of Captain America: Civil War that made Feige contemplate leaving Marvel. According to reports, when it came to Civil War Feige was asked to “scale it down”, and that sent him over the edge.
Keeping in the topic of Civil War, not that the film isn’t packed with plenty of characters as it is, fans were still wondering if they might get to see an appearance of the Hulk. Those questions can be put to rest with Mark Ruffalo himself confirming that he will not be in Civil War. During an interview Ruffalo revealed that he was originally in the script but he was cut out because of where the character was left off, “The reason is too great to be revealed in this movie (Civil War). I was in the script but then they removed my character. They don’t want to reveal where is he and why. I don’t even know if Hulk will be back soon.”
Chris Evans Would Extend His Marvel Contract: “If They Want Me”
When it comes to upcoming superhero movies, especially Marvel movies, we are always speculating what characters will show up in what movie, and a lot of that speculation comes from knowing about the contracts the actors have with the studios. Chris Evans’ contract currently only goes until Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2, but for those wondering he would gladly go for more as Captain America. Evans said that Marvel just had to ask, “Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me. I’ve never had such a relationship where you have such—I mean look at my resume, I’m used to being on set being like, ‘Ah is this movie gonna be terrible?’ Marvel just can’t stop making great movies, they do it in their sleep. It’s wonderful directors and producers and actors and scripts, and it’s like a playground as an actor.”
Ron Perlman Says Making ‘Hellboy 3’ Is “Essential”; Reveals Story Details
There have been talks of making a third Hellboy for quite some time. Ron Perlman wants to do it, Guillermo del Toro wants to do it, and you can argue that there are a lot of fans who want to see everything wrapped up in a trilogy, but for a few reasons the film has not been made yet. However, Perlman remains enthusiastic about making the movie and during an interview shared his thoughts about completing the trilogy: “I really feel as though I’m done with the character. I don’t have a burning desire to put that shit on again. But Guillermo told me what the resolve of the trilogy would look like, in broad strokes, and it’s such an amazingly theatrical, cinematic idea, that I found it essential that we do it. We were designed to be a trilogy, with a beginning, a middle and an end. We’ve only done two-thirds, so I feel that we’re not really done until we finish it.”