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Rumour: Christian Bale offered $60 million to play Batman again

- August 13th, 2013

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Earlier today, we brought you word that 20th Century Fox might be ready to offer Hugh Jackman $100 million for four more appearances as Wolverine.

Now we’re getting news via Badass Digital that Warner Bros. is rumoured to be dangling $60 million in front of Christian Bale for him to reprise his role as the Dark Knight.

The news was originally reported by the UK’s Sun, which is subscriber based.

Although Bale has said he is done with the character (“Let’s not get greedy,” he told EW), in a Canadian newspaper exclusive last summer, Bale told the Toronto Sun that it was up to director Christopher Nolan whether he’d be back as the Caped Crusader.

“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.

“But my understanding is that he’s pretty clear. In my conversations with him, [The Dark Knight Rises] is it, this is how it was meant to be. But there’s always the temptation: How far can you push it? Then there’s: No, if it’s good, leave it, walk away at that moment. Don’t wait until you start making mistakes.”

During his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con last month, director Zack Snyder announced that Man of Steel 2 will feature both Batman and Superman. The film will be produced by Nolan and co-written with Batman scribe, David S. Goyer.

But after he brought out actor Harry Lennix (who played General Swanwick in Man of Steel) to read an excerpt from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, speculation has run rampant as to what shape the upcoming film will take.

As images of Superman’s “S” and Batman’s “Bat” flashed onsceen, Lennix read a line from the iconic comic. “I want you to remember, Clark. 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 was quick to say that his Superman/Batman film won’t be a remake of The Dark Knight Returns, but did say that the book will influence his storyline for the new film, which he will co-write with David S. Goyer.

Since then, it has been rumoured that Warner Bros. is interested in hiring an “older” Batman with The Hollywood Reporter speculating that Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage and Ryan Gosling are up for the part, while the U.K. tabloid The Daily Express reported that Orlando Bloom is a front-runner for the role. According to Gossip Cop, though, the latter “appears to be internet gossip.”

Snyder’s Batman/Superman film is due out in 2015, alongside, Star Wars VII, Avengers 2, Terminator 5, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and a host of others, so whomever they pick, the movie better be good.

I leave you with the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises to help further the case for Bale.

Watch the new ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ trailer

- March 21st, 2013

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Just over 40 seconds into the new trailer for Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch snarls what is destined to become the catchphrase for this summer’s Star Trek sequel: “Have I got your attention now?”

Rehashing a few scenes from the original clip that debuted late last year, Trekkies get more insight into the Cumberbatch’s villain. Something happened in London, and “the man who did it was one of our top agents,” Peter Weller, who plays Admiral Marcus, says.

Cumberbatch is motivated by revenge – commanders have committed a crime he can’t forgive. No one is safe, and after we see him launch a helicopter attack on Kirk (Chris Pine) and the gang, he cooly asks, “Have I got your attention now?”

Pine, Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekhov) and Karl Urban (Bones) pursue Cumberbatch, and after they catch up with him, he doesn’t back down; he threatens them.

“I will walk over your cold corpses,” he mutters.

The new clip reuses Cumberbatch’s “I’m better” line, and after watching this, I’m solidly in the camp that believes he could be the best Star Trek villain ever.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17, 2013.

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ plot details surface

- November 28th, 2012

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With only a few weeks before fans get to see the first official footage from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, plot details for the sequel have started to surface giving us additional tidbits about what we can expect.

It’s been speculated that the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, might in fact be a younger version of Khan Noonien Singh. In case you’re a newb Trekkie, Khan was the memorable antagonist from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan and the original series’ episode, Space Seed.

A synopsis released by Paramount via The Film Stage doesn’t exactly tell us whether the baddie will be Khan, but does give fans some idea of the challenges Captain James T. Kirk et al will face in the new film.

It reads: “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

“As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

Audiences will have a clearer picture when the first 9-minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness screens in IMAX theatres ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens Dec. 14.

The new sequel is written by Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and once again will star Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock). Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and Cumberbatch round out the cast.

The film is due May 17, 2013.

In the meantime, we want to know: Are you excited by the prospect of seeing a younger version of Khan in the new film? Let us know in the comments.

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