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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.

Solo Ben Affleck Batman film scheduled for 2019?

- June 19th, 2014

So if you like superhero movies, it looks like you can start penciling in 2019 for your next Batman-only flick.

In addition to a slew of movies revolving around DC heroes, Warner Bros. is rumoured to be eying a date TBD in 2019 for a solo Bat flick starring Ben Affleck.

The news was first reported by Latino Review and the film apparently also has a working title – The Batman.

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DC is lagging Marvel (which reportedly has its comic book movie slate booked until 2028), so there are rumblings that WB are planning to ramp up its superhero films following Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which opens May 6, 2016.

That will be followed by Justice League in 2017 and then a standalone Superman film in 2018. There is also talk of a Wonder Woman feature, possibly in 2018.

Jason Momoa, who was recently announced as Aquaman in Dawn Of Justice, could also be in line for a solo film.

According to Latino Review, the reason we might have to wait a few years for The Batman is Affleck’s desire to direct the big screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night, which is due out October 17, 2016.

There’s no word on whether Affleck will direct the film, but interestingly, he’ll be nearly 50 when it comes out, so it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing an older, more grizzled Dark Knight in the new DC cinematic universe.

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?