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Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor in ‘Batman vs. Superman’

- January 31st, 2014

Huge villain news on the Superman/Batman front.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. has announced that Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel sequel. Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the new film.

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Jesse Eisenberg is seen in this 2013 QMI Agency file photo.

 

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said in a statement. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

Eisenberg and Irons join a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The film also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

Warner Bros.’ Batman/Superman film is in pre-production in Michigan now, with filming scheduled to take place over the next year.

Major spoilers that [potentially] hint at the storyline were leaked online last week. You can read them all here.

In the meantime, what do you think of the casting news? On the face of it, it seems bad, but remember folks Eisenberg was fantastic in The Social Network. Sound off in the comments below.

Gal Gadot signs three-picture ‘Wonder Woman’ deal, plus news on Ben Affleck’s Bat-Suit

- January 23rd, 2014

If you were at all miffed by the selection of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Man of Steel 2 (aka Batman vs. Superman), then you’re probably not going to like this news.

According to Variety, Gadot will be playing the warrior princess of the Amazon not only in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman-Superman pic, but in the Justice League and a standalone Wonder Woman film.

An Israeli entertainment show reported that Gadot will earn a whopping $300,000 per film.

Given the character’s track record – a planned television show was shelved – Warner Bros. likely wants to roll the character out slowly to gauge audience appetite.

Let’s face it, a solo Black Widow film with Scarlett Johansson will eventually probably hit theatres. But several years ago, when the character first appeared in Iron Man 2 that didn’t seem like a sure thing.

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In related Batman-Superman news, Latino Review has a rumoured update on the Batman costume Ben Affleck will be wearing in the new film.

“Batman will actually wear 2 batsuits in the film, but where as Grey-and-Blue has already been designed and Affleck has worn it, the second Batsuit is more armored like the one in the Dark Knight Returns and Kingdom Come comics.”

Actual images of the costume are expected to surface in the next few months. To read [major] possible spoilers, head on over to yesterday’s blog post.

Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.

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.

‘Man of Steel 2′ rumour: Lex Luthor won’t be the only villain

- January 6th, 2014

With its release date a year-and-a-half away, filming on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel 2 (aka Batman vs. Superman) will be getting underway soon in Detroit. So far, other than the appearance of Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and the news that Oscar-winning screenwriter Chris Terrio was asked to give the script a rewrite, details on the film remain scarce.

In terms of who will turn up as the film’s main villain, it’s been widely speculated that Lex Luthor will be the baddie in the upcoming sequel. Names that have been thrown around to play him include Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington and Bryan Cranston. But it turns out that Lex may not be the only nemesis in the film.

Batman-on-Film [via Collider] is reporting that Luthor will be in the movie, but there’s another villain in the mix as well. Of course nothing is confirmed until Warner Bros. reports it. The site also states that Wonder Woman’s role ranks as a “cameo-plus” part akin to Black Widow’s appearance in Iron Man 2.

The film’s bad guys are Superman villains and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel/Clark Kent is the main character. Of course, Batfleck will play a major role in the movie; but I suspect that one of the main reasons for Batman’s inclusion is to establish a new “DCU on Film Batman” and set up future solo Bat-flicks. Same goes for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman – though I think her role is much smaller than BA’s Batman.

In related news, Batman-on-Film is also reporting that while filming starts soon – as early as next month – the Batmobile scenes won’t be shot until this summer.

What do you think of the news that Lex might not be the only villain? Will it be too crowded? And should filmmakers have a Batman nemesis in there somewhere? Sound off in the comments.

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