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Major [potential] ‘Batman Vs Superman’ spoilers surface online

- January 22nd, 2014

As you know, the Man of Steel sequel (aka Batman vs. Superman) has been delayed until May 2016. Plot details thus far have been scarce. Besides the appearance of Batman and Wonder Woman, it has been assumed that Lex Luthor will be (one of the) villains, and there may be cameos from other DC heroes for an eventual Justice League film. But really, no one knows what’s going on.

Well, we now have some major news. But fair warning – take this with a huge grain of salt. The folks at Latino Review have uncovered a message board post from NeoGaf that hints at some of the plot points in Batman vs. Superman.

According to Latino-Review, the poster writes: “My source is someone from the art department that supposedly got shitcanned (apparently a bunch of them were fired). I confirm nothing. Just passing along what I heard. Take it with the proper amount of salt.”

The site does warn these ‘spoilers’ could be complete B.S., but I figured we should still share them here.

They continue after the photo – you’ve been warned.

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    • There will be two villains, Lex Luthor and Metallo
    • After Metropolis’ destruction in Man of Steel, Batman forms a coalition to stop Superman from wrecking another city
    • Aquaman is in it, but not called Aquaman. He’s there because the world engine in the ocean did something to the fish
    • Wonder Woman poses as a Wayne Enterprises investor to retrieve an item that belongs to her people. Just as a separate note, Batman-News.com is reporting that Gal Gadot has signed on to play the Amazon princess in three films.
    • Lex Luthor is in the shadows a lot, a manipulator. Not much face time with Superman.
    • Robin betrayed Batman at some point, leading to a falling out between them
    • The Batcave was super cool looking, and the mobile looked similar to [Tim] Burton’s
    • Lois is investigating Lex.
    • Metallo “kills” Clark
    • The Daily Planet is purchased by Lex Luthor for PR purposes
    • At the end Superman is living in exile (hmm, sounds like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight), and the Justice League is an government approved superhero team.

How does this sound as a plotline for the film? To be honest, I kinda like it. It sounds like it might be a lot to cram into a two-hour movie, but I think it plants some good seeds for an eventual JLA movie.

We’ll know for sure when Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.

Jennifer Garner calls Ben Affleck’s Batman costume ‘Unbelievably Cool’

- January 20th, 2014

Jennifer Garner was singing the praises of hubby Ben Affleck’s Bat-Suit during a red carpet interview with ET over the weekend.

Rocsi Diaz asked the actress if she expected her husband to come home wearing the costume when the film begins shooting later this year.

I don’t think I could get him out of the suit. So no, I’ll probably go to set and look from afar,” she laughed. Garner then added: “I’ve seen the suit… the suit is unbelievably cool. It’s a total reinvention, it looks great.”

Garner and Affleck are no strangers to dressing up having played Daredevil and Elektra in a 2003 adaptation.

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On Friday night, Warner Bros. announced that the Man of Steel sequel (aka Batman vs. Superman) will be delayed until May 6, 2016, nine months after its previously scheduled July 17, 2015 release date.

This sets up a direct head-to-head battle with Marvel, which also has claimed that date for an untitled movie. Marvel announced the May 6, 2016, release last year, with other yet-to-be-titled superhero films due July 8, 2016, and May 5, 2017.

Last week, there were rumblings that Johnny Depp could be joining the Marvel machine as Doctor Strange. Mark Ruffalo was also touting the possibilities of a standalone Hulk film at Sundance.

So if the Batman/Superman film was to go up against either of those, my bet would be on the Caped Crusader and Big Blue. Now, if Marvel books Iron Man 4 for May 6, 2016, Warner Bros. may want to revisit that release date.

What do you think of Marvel and DC going head-to-head at the multiplexes? Sound off in the comments.

‘Batman vs Superman’ delayed to 2016

- January 17th, 2014

DC is stepping back into the ring, going head to head with Marvel after delaying Batman vs Superman to May 2016, instead of summer 2015.

Warner Bros. announced the reason for the ten month delay was to give the director, writers, and producers more time to realize their vision and release the best film they possibly can.

With all of the news surrounding the production of Batman vs Superman, from script nightmares to almost daily casting rumors, the news of the film’s delay isn’t overly surprising. Somewhat worrisome, absolutely, but it was a move we were all kind of anticipating, twiddling our thumbs until it was officially said.

Cough cough, coincidentally May 6, 2016 is also the release date for an unofficially announced Marvel Phase 3 film.

If we go by Marvel’s previous track record, and considering the lack of details present at the moment, we are, it looks like Batman vs Superman could be going up against a new Iron Man installment.

It’s going to be a rough weekend for the Marvel and DC fanboys and girls, that’s for sure.

But with the film being pushed back, DC isn’t going to let Marvel just take over the 2015 summer block that easily. IGN reported that Joe Wright’s (Atonement) Peter Pan will be released on July 17, taking on Marvel’s heavily anticipated Ant-Man.

“”We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theaters in May 2016.  Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers,” Warner Bros. President of domestic distribution told IGN in a statement.

Peter Pan versus Ant-Man will be an interesting match up to say the least. My early guess is that once again Marvel will dominate the summer blockbuster window.

Too bad DC doesn’t have their own Joss Whedon to call in whenever scripts and shots are looking a little troublesome.

Don’t worry DC, I hear Kevin Smith might be available.

Are you guys worried about the delay, or are you relieved they’re taking the time to work out the kinks?

Quentin Tarantino defends Lone Ranger, slams Batman

- October 11th, 2013

Earlier this week, writer-director Quentin Tarantino threw movie fans for a loop by declaring The Lone Ranger one of 2013′s 10 best.

Now, just to shake things up further, QT is giving his two cents on Batman and surprisingly, he’s not a fan.

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Quentin Tarantino and a still from The Dark Knight Rises. REUTERS FILE

 

“Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character,” he said in an interview with French weekly Les Inrockuptibles translated by Indiewire. “For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck.”

But even though he won’t be lining up for Man of Steel 2, QT did offer up his ideal actor to play the Caped Crusader. “You know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the ‘80s.”

And the Batman bashing didn’t stop there. Director Oliver Stone, who is circling a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Jamie Foxx, also weighed in on the Dark Knight.

“It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence,” he told Forbes. “And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this s—! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don’t even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity.”

Now, as for The Lone Ranger, Tarantino has revealed why the Johnny Depp bomb deserves a second look.

“The first 45 minutes are excellent,” Tarantino says. “The next forty-five minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene. Incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, ‘What? That’s the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously?”’

The Lone Ranger was a box office disaster, earning less than $100 million domestically. Since its release last summer, Disney has severed its partnership with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and pushed back the release of Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

Still, the film joined Gravity, Before Midnight, This is the End, Frances Ha, Kick Ass 2, The Conjuring, Blue Jasmine, Afternoon Delight and Drinking Buddies as one of QT’s favourites of 2013.

“I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto’s backstory – the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that’s a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth,” he said. “The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style… That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it… ugly.”

Interesting, considering Tarantino’s Bag Men scene in Django Unchained was a bit of a laugher. But he took real issue with the genocide storyline in Lone Ranger. “Making fun of this, when America really did it, it bothered me,” he said. “That doesn’t stop it from being a good film, but they could have done without that.”

George Clooney comments on Ben Affleck as Batman

- September 26th, 2013

We’ve heard from everyone on Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel 2. But the one person who has been conspicuously quiet has been George Clooney.

Back in the day, when Clooney was a big TV star on ER, the Oscar-winner was given the opportunity to star as the Caped Crusader in the fourth film in the series, Batman & Robin.

Co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr. Freeze) and Uma Thurman (Poison Ivy), the film was maligned by critics and fans, and Clooney basically killed the franchise until Chris Nolan revived the Dark Knight in 2005.

In the latest issue of Empire [via CBM], Clooney weighed in on the ‘Batfleck’ controversy. “I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part,” he said, before adding: “I tend to look at it like this – let’s just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing.”

In related news, Superman screenwriter David S. Goyer has revealed that the events at the end of Man of Steel will affect the sequel.

“We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial,” Goyer said at the BATFA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture, according to Digital Spy. “It’s not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren’t just doing it to be cool. We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice.

“Also our movie was in a way Superman Begins, he’s not really Superman until the end of the film. We wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next films.”

I’ve already said that I think Affleck is going to do a fine job, but I know from some of the comments on here that many of you think he’s going to stink.

So I leave it to you, dear readers, who will make a worse Batman, Clooney or Affleck? Sound off below.