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Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Episode VII – check out the first official footage

- September 18th, 2014

I guess the thinking from J.J. Abrams and Co. is, ‘Leaks be damned.’

After a series of tweets that have shown full-size versions of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing being built for Star Wars: Episode VII, and Adam Driver in good guy gear, Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, tweeted out a YouTube video showing the exterior of Han Solo’s famous ship. The brief 37-second clip – titled Hunka Junk – starts off with John Williams’ famous Star Wars theme, before using snippets from Hans Zimmer’s music from Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The spot ends with what looks like the Batmobile stuck on the bottom of the Falcon.

This is a none-too-subtle dig at Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder, who has been tweeting photos blaming a Stormtrooper for swiping the Batmobile, and others showing Superman as a Jedi and Batman with R2BIN.

 

 

 

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Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now in the U.K. and opens Dec. 18, 2015.

Zack Snyder releases photo of real Batmobile

- September 11th, 2014

Turns out Zack Snyder was just as unimpressed with the photo of the “real” Batmobile circling the web.

After much deliberation (and assumed countless emergency PR meetings), Snyder has decided to release an official photo of the “actual” Batmobile.

My oh my, is it an improvement…kind of.

Snyder may be trying to play off that the cars are different, but upon closer inspection, it’s clear they’re one in the same.

The spoiler, hood design, and side details are all identical, and while the side profile may be hidden from view in Snyder’s promo photo, it’s clear that it still curves inward rather violently around the middle.

The only difference is that unlike in the previously “leaked” photos, Snyder’s official Batmobile is menacing down to the last nut and bolt on the carbon fiber chassis.

Layer upon layer of military style pieces are surrounded by an aggressive number of weapon choices, including the turret sitting front and center.

As far as ornament hoods go, it’s certainly going to take a lot more maintenance than your average Mercedes.

Snyder’s Batmobile isn’t so much a vehicle as it is a naval ship on wheels.

It’s clear from the image that Snyder has decided to approach the prized car with a military aesthetic, unlike Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) who used a much more fantastical design.

While it’s difficult to gauge whether or not the arc from Nolan’s infamous Batmobile will be sported on Snyder’s, it certainly looks a little squarer.

One negative quality this Batmobile certainly has to offer is the ridiculous spoiler its armed with.

It just seems superfluous at this point, situated behind the other mechanized add-ons.

Regardless, the official Batmobile is a menacing beast that I for one am still a little hesitant to see flying down the streets of…Gotham? Snyder hasn’t officially announced if Gotham will play a part in the film, but I can’t imagine any kind of Batman film that doesn’t at least include a reference to the legendary, crime filled city.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled release on March 25, 2016.

This is the new Batmobile…and it sucks

- September 10th, 2014

Gazing upon the new Batmobile Zack Snyder is going to use in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the only word that comes to mind is “yawn.”

Granted, it’s covered in dirt (probably from a chase sequence), but the first leaked image of Bruce Wayne’s elegant vehicle conjures up lackluster and unoriginal qualities.

We’ve seen this style of Batmobile, and pretty recently too. Christopher Nolan’s Batmobile featured the same arc toward the back of the car and military appearance.

Except while Nolan’s had a sense of stylistic flare to the rugged edges of the car, Snyder’s feels like a cross between a concept vehicle you’d see on display at an auto show and an older Lamborghini model.

Warner Bros. Studios and Snyder have yet to comment on the leaked photos, but if these are authentic (and it looks like they are) fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for the movie that’s set to release in 2016.

We could have another Man of Steel level dud on our hands, folks.

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ moves to March 25, 2016

- August 6th, 2014

Looks like DC has blinked after all.

Warner Bros. has decided to move up the release of their highly anticipated superhero epic, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from May 6, 2016 to March 25, 2016 after reports surfaced that Marvel Studios have plans to release Captain America 3 the same weekend.

The studio house also confirmed the upcoming Batman movie would be released in 3D to no one’s shock.

Did DC wimp out? Possibly, but Batman v Superman is being considered the final tipping point for the franchise financially. Warner Bros. simply can’t afford to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into a sinking series.

Plus, just to hazard a guess, they’re probably not too keen on possibly losing the critical warfare to Captain America 3. Snyder has already proven to be a tricky sell with critics in past movies (Watchmen, Man of Steel), whereas Captain America has practically been unanimously approved of.

Although, one insider close to the project told The Wrap that it wasn’t a moment of weakness or insecurity about the success of the film at all.

“Not flinching – it’s a fantastic corridor for us,” he said.

If Batman v Superman is actually released on March 25, 2016 (this is the third time the date has been changed for the film), it’ll be the earliest blockbuster release since this superhero genre resurgence began, with the second Captain America film, The Winter Soldier, previously holding that spot with an April 4 release date.

Warner Bros. also released the time frame for nine unannounced projects, all relating to the DC universe.

Although there hasn’t been any indications made as to what the titles may be, we can assume one of the 2018 dates will be a Justice League film, considering previous news stories on the production cycle of the film.

 

The rest of the titles? A revival of Green Lantern is a possibility, along with the Flash and Aquaman.

Who knows, though, maybe they’ll go down the Guardians of the Galaxy route and choose an unfamiliar group of masked crusaders.

Until then, the release date wars are still on and still very lively.

Marvel 1, DC 0.

Wonder Woman first look at SDCC

- July 26th, 2014

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trilogy is complete.

After waiting up to 14 hours in line to catch a glimpse of whatever director Zack Snyder had to offer during the Warner Bros. panel at Comic Con on Saturday, fans were not disappointed.

 

Surrounding the room with giant screens, Snyder not only presented a small teaser of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in action, facing off against each other in the pouring rain (clearly very influenced by Frank Miller’s Dark Knight series), but also gave the world their first look at Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

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First thought that comes to mind? Xena. The Israeli actress looks more like an Amazon warrior than a celestial being, but all in all, the costume isn’t too shabby in the slightest.

Gadot tweeted, “I’m ready,” with a high resolution of the photo showed off in Hall H attached.

Like I mentioned in a previous post, Snyder is setting up Dawn of Justice as the anti-Marvel, very Christopher Nolan-like superhero film.

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Courtesy: Twitter

It’s going to be dark, it’s going to be grimy, and it’s going to be violent.

Let’s just hope it’s going to be good. Seriously Snyder, we haven’t forgotten about Man of Steel just yet.