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See the Nic Cage ‘Superman’ movie Kevin Smith and Tim Burton almost made

- July 25th, 2014

I think I speak for almost all of the internet when I say, “I wish this had actually happened.”

The Death of Superman Lives is a new documentary that examines what went wrong during the production of Tim Burton’s late ’90s Superman movie. Starring Nicholas Cage and Chris Rock, Superman Lives went through about six months of continuous production before being scrapped entirely.

Penned by Kevin Smith and obsessed over by comic book fans for almost a decade, the rampant interest in the backstory of the greatest possible movie that never lived hasn’t died down since its initial announcement.

The first trailer for the crowd sourced documentary teases intimate interviews with most of the production crew, as well as Burton and Smith themselves.

At one point, filmmaker Jon Schnepp asks Burton if he’s ever thought about returning to Superman Lives, or even given its existence a second thought over the past fifteen years.

“Why are you trying to depress me,” Burton stonewalls. “Anyone got some cyanide I can take?”

Most interesting is the conversation about the direction Smith and Burton were prepared to take Superman in, labeling him as an alien stuck in isolation on a crowded foreign planet instead of the typical Boy Scout superhero.

From the trailer, we’re shown footage of Nicholas Cage in the spectacularly odd black outfit the costume department designed, and even teased with actual footage from the days of early production.

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You will see Nicholas Cage land in a traditional Superman pose, and it will be magnificent.

Although there’s still no release date for the documentary, the filmmakers have started a second crowd funding campaign to raise $85,000 in order to wrap production.

If their campaign is successful, there’s a chance audiences can see the documentary by the beginning of 2015.

Zack Snyder tweets new Batman photo

- July 24th, 2014

If Zak Snyder posts a photo on Twitter, and no one notices it within the first five minutes, was it really ever posted at all?

On Thursday, Snyder posted a close up side profile shot of Ben Affleck in the new Batman costume. While the shot is undoubtedly cool, and very modern in comparison to Nolan’s Miller-esque Batman style, the bigger news is that it took outlets twenty minutes to discover it.

That’s pretty alarming. But don’t worry, I’ll stick to the Batman photo.

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Let’s examine this close up of Affleck, shall we?

He’s brooding, as Batman does, but does he ever look like he was ripped directly from the pages of a Jim Aparo book.

Affleck’s jaw is clenched, and he’s rocking the heavy stubble look that reminds me of the battered down Bruce Wayne in the ’93 Knightfall series.

Like Snyder’s previously released photo of Batman, it’s obvious he’s setting up the mood for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Expect dark, emotionally driven performances between DC’s most powerful superheroes (even though Batman is technically a vigilante), and a massive fight between the two at some point as well.

Even sweeter, the Batman photo comes just one day after Snyder tweeted this shot of Superman actor Henry Cavill dressed in Jedi garb.

jedi-cavillIs Snyder hyping up is film? Clearly.

What can we say, though? It’s working.

Whether or not Snyder can actually produce a top notch quality film (we’ll save the debate on whether Man of Steel was great or not for the comment section), we’ll just have to wait and see.

‘Guardians and Avengers will team up’: James Gunn

- July 24th, 2014

James Gunn, director of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, has some big news for Marvel fans.

And he’s not even at Comic-Con!

In an interview with Digital Spy, Gunn confirmed some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will need to team up, and the website believes it will be in an effort to take down Thanos.

“In the future, either some of the Guardians and some of the Avengers will meet at some point in time,” Gunn said.

It’s not overly surprising, as one colleague pointed out, considering the two superhero teams take place within in the same Marvel universe.

Different planets, sure, but what does that all matter when transporting between planets is as simple as building a golden space road. Thanks Thor.

Gunn also admitted he’s had ideas for a sequel in his head since he began filming this one.

“I wanted to set it up as a movie by itself, but I also wanted to set up a whole new galaxy of characters that we could play with in different ways,” he said. “I have a ton of ideas for things we could do, we just have to see how it goes.”

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer is out

- July 24th, 2014

After months of casting speculation and rabid fan hype – the wait is finally over.

The trailer for 50 Shades of Grey has arrived.

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The teaser of the film adaptation of E. L. James’ 2011 erotic novel, starring  Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, debuted this morning on the Today Show, with the full trailer posted online moments later. It includes a few obligatory scenes of a cut Dornan without his shirt and a sneak peek at those S&M romps his character Christian Grey is famous for.

The trailer opens with Johnson, who plays the innocent Anastasia Steele, inside a stark white Grey Enterprises, decked out in her finest frumpy cardigan before meeting the man who will, ugh, rock her world?

The movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, hits theatres February 13, 2015.

And for all the Beyonce fans out there, the trailer features a very slowed-down version of Crazy In Love. It’s barely  recognizable.

‘Avengers 3′ release date set?

- July 23rd, 2014

Hey internet, you’re going to want to sit down for this one – the Avengers 3 may have just gotten a release date.

All of this is ahead of Comic-Con, so don’t expect any confirmations or denials from the Kevin Feige camp anytime soon. They’ve got their hands full already.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, amidst various release date announcements from the FOX and Sony camps, Marvel is joining the bidding war.

It took only hours after Sony made the announcement they were delaying Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 to 2018, and pushing back Amazing Spider-Man 4 to an announced date for Marvel to swoop in and snap up the May 4, 2018 weekend.

Although Disney won’t confirm what movie will be released (remember, busy with other things), one source close to the Reporter confirmed it would be a big movie and it falls directly in line with the other Avengers release dates.

The first Avengers was released on May 4, 2012 and Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released May 1, 2015. If the rumours of the unannounced project being the third Avengers movie are true, it would be exactly six years after the first movie premiered.

Talk about fan pandering in the best (and most convenient way) possible.

The May 4, 2018 weekend announcement comes just one week after Disney revealed they had five massive films set for release dates through 2019.

With Sony and FOX reorganizing their big budget blockbusters to get the biggest bang for their buck, it’s very apparent the bidding war has only just begun.

Let the games begin.