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Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to appear in new ‘X-Men’

- November 27th, 2012

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Bryan Singer is making his new X-Men film a reunion of sorts. The director has added Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to X:Men: First Class.

On Thursday, he tweeted the news that McKellen and Stewart, who played mutant leader Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier in the original X-Men movies, would be returning for the new film.

He also tweeted news that James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) will also be reprising their roles from First Class in the new film.

First Class rebooted the X-Men series in 2011, setting the action in the 1960s. Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, and Mystique, played by Rebecca Romijin, were the only characters from the original trilogy to appear in that film.

Days of Future Past is based on a 1981 storyline from the comics that explored an alternate future in which mutants are held in concentration camps. The present-day X-Men try to stop that from happening.

Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise after First Class director Matthew Vaughn opted not to direct Days of Future Past. Vaughan has been mentioned as a possible director for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Are you excited about the return of McKellen and Stewart? Let us know in the comments.

Days of Future Past is scheduled to hit theatres in July 2014.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to play Batman in ‘Justice League’?

- November 27th, 2012
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from The Dark Knight Rises.

 

Earlier this week, Man of Steel director Zack Synder hinted that next summer’s Superman reboot could tie in to a larger DC Comics ensemble film that will gather several heroes from the Justice League.

Now Drew McWeeny from HitFix is adding fuel to the fire with speculation that Joseph Gordon-Levitt could appear as Batman in Justice League, which is tentatively due in 2015.

Gordon-Levitt played police officer Robert Blake in final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, last summer.

McWeeny quotes sources who say Gordon-Levitt “absolutely” will be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman. He even suggests the caped crusader might have a cameo in a post-credits sequence in Man of Steel. “They appear to be solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and, potentially, at least one other actor from the Nolan films to do… something,” he writes.

Without ruining anything, the ending of The Dark Knight Rises opened up the possibility of Gordon-Levitt’s character filling Bruce Wayne’s bat-suit in future films.

When Synder was asked by the New York Post whether Man of Steel will be the launchpad for a more ambitious superhero film set in the DC Comics’ universe, he replied: “Um, how can I answer that? I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”

Sounds pretty cool, I’d say. What do you think about Gordon-Levitt playing Batman in Justice League? Is this a good direction for the series to go? Let us know in the comments.

Man of Steel will be in theatres June 14, 2013. The Dark Knight Rises will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 4.

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