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Dwayne Johnson teases Shazam role in new tweet

- July 25th, 2014

Bam Shazam!

On Thursday, Dwayne Johnson tweeted out a photo that has the blogs blogging, the tweeters tweeting and Comic Con cheering.

 

Like I said, bam Shazam.

If this isn’t confirmation Johnson is about to get his own Shazam movie, or a role in the upcoming Justice League film, I don’t know what is.

People have been speculating about the former wrestler’s role within the DC universe since December of last year, when he sent out yet another cryptic tweet regarding the possibility of a major upcoming role.

To sweeten the deal, Johnson told Screen Rant he had found a character that would not only allow him to explore his acting capabilities and personalize a beloved member of an enormous franchise, but one that would be able to stand on par with Superman.

“…the most important [quality] is that he had to be a badass motherf—– and on a Superman level of power where he could throw down,” Johnson said. “I’m happy we’ve found that character and right now we’re out to a lot of writers.”

DC has been looking to expand their movie franchise for years, entrusting studio veteran Zack Snyder with crafting the future of their cinematic world.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to release in 2015, and we already know a Justice League movie is in development.

The only remaining question is when we’ll recieve actual confirmation from studio executives that Johnson is playing Shazam.

Answer? It might be sooner than expected.

 

Johnson tweeted out Friday that he had made a “surprise” visit to Comic Con to celebrate the release of his most recent film, Herclues, with his fans.

If he’s at Comic Con, though, chances are we’re going to get a final declaration of confirmation sometime today or tomorrow.

Keep an eye out, internet, Twitter may just explode.

‘Justice League’ to be directed by Zack Snyder

- April 27th, 2014

Warner Bros. has announced that Justice League will be directed by Zack Snyder. The long-rumoured superhero team-up film, which brings together characters from the DC universe, will follow Batman vs. Superman.

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman told the Wall Street Journal. “Superman vs Batman will lead into Justice League.”

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The script is reportedly still in development with no release date set. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Znyder will shoot the films shot back-to-back.

Last year, Will Beall’s treatment for Justice League was axed.

Following Snyder’s JLA, we’ll likely see solo films featuring Batman and possibly Wonder Woman, who will be played by Gal Gadot in Batman vs. Superman.

“With the right script, that could be viable,” Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing, told the WSJ. “The world is ready for her.”

Other characters from the DC universe are expected to have cameos in Batman vs. Superman, with Ray Fisher the latest addition to the cast. He’ll play Cyborg (a member of the Teen Titans who was hinted at in Man of Steel). There’s also no word on how Warner will handle Ryan Reynolds, who played Green Lantern in the 2011 big screen flop. It’s unlikely he’ll be included, but because of his high profile, the character could be added to Justice League for a possible reboot.

This isn’t the first time DC has eyed bringing the JLA to the big screen. In 2007, George Miller (Mad Max) had Justice League: Mortal ready to go with Armie Hammer as Batman, Adam Brody as The Flash, D.J. Cotrona as Superman and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. That film was shelved in 2008.

Batman vs. Superman will open against Captain America 3, May 6, 2016.

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.