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Gina Carano: Wonder Woman needs to be done correctly

- August 15th, 2013
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Gina Carano. Reuters File

 

Speculation has been mounting for months that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel would be the film that will help DC Comics get Justice League off the ground.

Much like how Marvel used Iron Man in 2008 to launch a series of superhero films that culminated with The Avengers, this summer’s Superman reboot was supposed lay the building blocks for a JLA team-up.

Since Man of Steel was announced, there were rumours that another DC hero would make a surprise cameo, including Gina Carano as Wonder Woman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Batman.

None of those happened, but at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, Snyder did reveal that Man of Steel 2 will be a joint Superman/Batman film, and it will be followed by Justice League.

Carano, who was seen recently in Fast & Furious 6, is still the leading candidate for Wonder Woman and in an exclusive interview with ComingSoon.net, the MMA star called her rumoured involvement an “incredible compliment.”

Saying that she has been getting into comic books, Carano did offer up her thoughts on playing the character.

“[Wonder Woman] is the ultimate superhero for a woman. No matter what, no matter who ends up being Wonder Woman someday, I just hope it’s something that is done correctly. I know it’s there and that it could definitely be done correctly. It’s just a matter of getting the right people and having the right vision come together. A director and producer and writer have to see the beauty in it and make it real.”

Carano did hint that she has been getting into the “comic book space a little… [and has] some really good prospects about what [she] might do there.”

A few years back, David E. Kelley tried to launch a Wonder Woman TV series over at NBC with Adrianne Palicki (it fizzled). An origin series, Amazon, was being eyed by the CW network for this fall (it’s on hold).

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What do you think? Would you want to see Carano as the Amazonian princess, or should the part go to someone else? Watch Carano kick ass in this clip from Haywire, and sound off in the comments.

Is ‘Man of Steel 2′ going to be Superman vs. Batman?

- July 24th, 2013
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So unless you were living under rock last weekend, you’ve no doubt heard that DC is skipping Man of Steel 2 to make a joint Superman/Batman movie instead.

Henry Cavill’s Superman will be joined by a still-to-be-named actor playing Batman. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will direct and co-write with David S. Goyer, with Christopher Nolan exec producing.

The film is due out in 2015.

At a separate Comic-Con panel celebrating Superman’s 75th anniversary, ComicBook.com reveals that Goyer said the movie would have one of two titles: “We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s–that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”

So it seems that Superman and Batman won’t be a team-up – at least initially. It’ll be more of a battle. But I’m wondering in that instance, who’ll be the villain?

The folks at ComicBook.com did some further research and found out that the domain BatmanVsSupermanMovie.com redirects to warnerbros.com.

Batman and Superman have teamed up many times in the comic books, perhaps most famously in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns in 1986. There was even a planned film in 2003 that was to be directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Troy).

As he announced the new film at Comic-Con, Synder invited Harry Lennix (who played General Swanwick in Man of Steel) onstage to read the line from the comic: “I want you to remember, Clark,” he said before the flickering images of a Superman and Batman logo flashed on the screen. “In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”

Snyder said that his upcoming movie won’t be an adaptation of Miller’s series, but it will help influence the story.

“We’re not adapting this thing, but it is the thing that will help us tell that story,” Snyder said.

Man of Steel dropped several hints of a shared DC universe including signage for Wayne Enterprises, LexCorp and Utopia Casino.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. will release The Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.

So that’s what we know. What storyline would you like to see in the upcoming Superman/Batman film? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Comic-Con 2013: Superman and Batman movie on the way

- July 20th, 2013

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DC made a huge announcement at Comic-Con today involving its two biggest characters. Instead of proceeding with Man of Steel 2 right away, the company announced that Superman and Batman will team-up in a new film that is due in 2015.

Zack Snyder will direct and co-write with Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill returning for the new film. It is unknown if Christian Bale will return as Batman, though he has previously said he is done with the character.

Snyder, who appeared at Comic-Con today, broke the news saying, “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”

Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, released a statement saying, “Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere. All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DC Universe.”

Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan will executive produce the new film.

Batman and Superman have a long history of teaming up in the pages of DC comics, including a new title released last month written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Jae Lee.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Batman/Superman will be followed by The Flash (which Goyer wrote a script for in 2004) in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.

Since its release last month, Snyder’s Man of Steel has grossed over $630 million worldwide.

The summer of 2015 is shaping up to be a busy one with the J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel, The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Terminator 5 and Independence Day 2 all slated for release.

Are you happy Superman and Batman are finally teaming up on the big screen? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Christian Bale won’t play Batman in ‘Justice League’

- July 2nd, 2013

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File this one under, ‘Not surprised.’

Christian Bale has confirmed what everyone pretty much expected: He will not be back to play Batman in DC’s planned Justice League movie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor addressed the upcoming superhero film.

“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy,” he says.

Bale has previously said that he’d only be involved in a new Batman film if series director Christopher Nolan agreed to make a new one. “I just want for Chris to tell me he’s got a story and I go read it and it’s: ‘Oh great, let’s go do it!’ If he comes up with a great story … I’m just the wrong guy to be asking about that. It’s all down to Chris,” he told my pal Bruce Kirkland last summer while promoting The Dark Knight Rises.

Nolan has repeatedly said that he will not be involved with a fourth Batman film, and DC has indicated that they plan on rebooting the character.

“Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time,” Bale tells EW. “And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.”

Justice League writer David S. Goyer has also said that Bale will not be in the upcoming film.

Man of Steel dropped hints of a shared DC universe, but the Bruce Wayne that exists in this universe will not be the same one from the Dark Knight trilogy.

“It would be blank slate,” Goyer said in a wide-ranging interview with Hey U Guys.

For his part, Bale added he won’t have second thoughts giving up the role.

“It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.”

So who do you think should play Batman in Justice League? Let us know your picks for the new Dark Knight in the comments.

Henry Cavill: ‘Justice League’ won’t be right away

- June 26th, 2013

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WARNING: This blog contains spoilers

After watching Man of Steel, plenty of people have been speculating on how soon we’ll see the inevitable Justice League film. But in a new interview with ABC News, star Henry Cavill says that film won’t be coming anytime soon.

“Justice League could be great, if done correctly,” Cavill tells Peter Travers. “It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power. So in this real world universe, real-world setting we’re telling our story in, it’s going to be tough to achieve that.It has to be done very delicately with a lot of thought. So, it won’t be right away. I hope it’s not, anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another.”

With Zack Snyder’s Superman film serving as a reboot, Warner Bros. is looking to create a series of DC Comics spinoffs that will eventually result in a JLA team-up. Will Beall (Gangster Squad) penned a script, but that’s been tossed and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer has been commissioned to write Justice League as well as Man of Steel 2.

If you’ve seen Man of Steel, and this is where the spoilers start, you know that Snyder dropped plenty of hints about a broader DC universe.

  • There were several scenes towards the end in which Lex Luthor’s LexCorp logo is visible, as well as another one for Bruce Wayne’s Wayne Enterprises on a satellite.
  • A glancing reference is made to Booster Gold.
  • There was also the open pod in the Fortress of Solitude that could point to Supergirl.
  • Dr. Emil Hamilton (played by Richard Schiff) is a not-too subtle nod to S.T.A.R. Labs, where Cyborg was created.

Goyer addressed the Supergirl reference in an interview with Ain’t It Cool:

I will say that I did intentionally leave some loose ends, not as sequel bait, but just because I thought they were interesting. I don’t know if anyone that’s viewed the film has picked up on this yet, but when Clark goes into the scout ship, which sort of becomes the Fortress of Solitude, you see four cryogenic sarcophagi for the crew that piloted that ship 18,000 or 20,000 years ago. There’s a shot there – and, it’s funny, at one point Zack took it out, but I cried “Uncle!”, and he put it back in. But you see there are four pods: three of them have skeletons in them, but one is open and there is no skeleton. Zack had missed it the first time he read the script. I pointed it out to him, and he was like, “Okay, that’s interesting. That’s an interesting loose end.”

So what do you think? Should Justice League come before Warner Bros. tries any other spinoffs, or would you like to see Man of Steel 2 come first? And while we’re at it, a bigger question: When it comes to superhero movies, can DC catch up to Marvel?