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‘Batman v Superman’ rumour: Superhero epic could be split in two

- January 9th, 2015

So here’s your superhero rumour of the week. Ain’t it Cool has posted a screengrab from Imgur that purportedly shows the final frame for Warner Bros.’ upcoming trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (the ad is rumoured to screen ahead of next month’s Jupiter Ascending).

The image makes it seem that the upcoming superhero film will be split in two with the first part hitting theatres Oct. 23 with the title Enter the Knight. The second instalment retains Batman v. Superman’s original release date March 25, 2016, and will be titled Dawn of Justice.

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Warner Bros. hasn’t commented and given the nature of the comic book movie business, it seems unlikely the film will be divided on such short notice. However, we’ve checked and if Enter the Knight was to open on Oct. 23 it wouldn’t face very stiff competition. The untitled Steve Spielberg/ Tom Hanks Cold War film opens on Oct. 16, with the 23rd currently the home to Jem and the Holograms and The Last Witch Hunter. Releasing the film earlier would also give DC a big bootprint in year that will be dominated by Marvel’s Avengers and Ant-Man.

What do you think? Would you like to see Batman v Superman hit screens sooner? Sound off in the comments.

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Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

 

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Ben Affleck plays Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

 

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Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

 

Marvel releases official timeline image for Phase 3

- November 18th, 2014

Even if you don’t know where you’ll be May 4, 2018, Marvel does. After announcing its slate of Phase 3 films last month, the company released a timeline image perfect for framing to help you keep track of what’s coming between May 6, 2016, and May 3, 2019.

Phase 3 kicks off with Captain America: Civil War, which brings together Chris Evans’ titular character and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in a popular storyline from a limited-series comic written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass).

Marvel’s Phase 2 continues next summer with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ title revealed

- November 6th, 2014

Disney has announced that filming has wrapped on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. They’ve also revealed the film’s full title – Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in London and Abu Dhabi. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow joined the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie in the new film.

On the eve of filming, Abrams released a statement saying, “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again.”

The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18, 2015

It didn’t take long for people on Twitter to make fun of the title with #rejectedstarwarstitles becoming a trending hashtag on Thursday.

Here were some of our favourites.

Watch: ‘Chappie’ trailer with Hugh Jackman

- November 4th, 2014

Sony has just released its first trailer for Chappie, the sci-fi actioner from District 9 writer-director Neill Blomkamp.

Sharlto Copley plays a robot who, with the assistance of a young scientist played by Dev Patel, learns to paint and pen poetry. “He’s like a child; he has to learn,” Patel’s character says in a voiceover.

The film also features a villainous Hugh Jackman, who plays an anti-technology zealot. “The problem with Artificial Intelligence is it’s way too unpredictable,” he says in one scene.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

Chappie opens March 6, 2015.

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‘Fast and Furious 7′ now called ‘Furious 7′

- October 27th, 2014

It looks like Fast & Furious 7 is getting a title change. Newly released posters on the film’s Facebook page have rechristened next year’s sequel, Furious 7.

The first trailer for the James Wan-directed folowup will drop Saturday, Nov. 1, at noon PST.

Furious 7 was originally slated to hit theatres last summer, but was moved following the tragic death of Walker on Nov. 30, 2013, outside of Los Angeles. At the time, the latest film, which integrates Lucas Black from Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift into the storyline, was supposed to be the first of possibly three new sequels. New additions Kurt Russell, Jason Statham (as the villain), Djimon Hounsou and director James Wan were tapped to join returning stars Walker, Vin Diesel, Tyrese, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster.

Walker’s Brian O’Connor character will be “retired” from the series, but Fast VIII, IX and X are up in the air.

Walker reflected on the popularity of the franchise in one of his final interviews with Collider last November.

“Well, the studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10. I’ll be 50. Even if 7 were to [tank], there’s at least an 8. That’s a guarantee. The thing that’s pretty crazy is that neither Vin nor I were going back to do the third one. They were going to do a direct-to-video 4. They were going to dispose it and be done with it. But then, Vin was like, ‘No, I’ll come in for a cameo,’ because it wasn’t testing well. He wanted to set up the fourth one and the studio went for it, and we got a second life. It was supposed to be done already.”

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Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015.