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‘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.

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.

Zack Snyder tweets new Batman photo

- July 24th, 2014

If Zak Snyder posts a photo on Twitter, and no one notices it within the first five minutes, was it really ever posted at all?

On Thursday, Snyder posted a close up side profile shot of Ben Affleck in the new Batman costume. While the shot is undoubtedly cool, and very modern in comparison to Nolan’s Miller-esque Batman style, the bigger news is that it took outlets twenty minutes to discover it.

That’s pretty alarming. But don’t worry, I’ll stick to the Batman photo.

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Let’s examine this close up of Affleck, shall we?

He’s brooding, as Batman does, but does he ever look like he was ripped directly from the pages of a Jim Aparo book.

Affleck’s jaw is clenched, and he’s rocking the heavy stubble look that reminds me of the battered down Bruce Wayne in the ’93 Knightfall series.

Like Snyder’s previously released photo of Batman, it’s obvious he’s setting up the mood for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Expect dark, emotionally driven performances between DC’s most powerful superheroes (even though Batman is technically a vigilante), and a massive fight between the two at some point as well.

Even sweeter, the Batman photo comes just one day after Snyder tweeted this shot of Superman actor Henry Cavill dressed in Jedi garb.

jedi-cavillIs Snyder hyping up is film? Clearly.

What can we say, though? It’s working.

Whether or not Snyder can actually produce a top notch quality film (we’ll save the debate on whether Man of Steel was great or not for the comment section), we’ll just have to wait and see.

First look at Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’

- July 3rd, 2014

After a teaser snap of Henry Cavill sporting his Clark Kent duds surfaced on Twitter earlier this week, Warner Bros. is giving Superman fans their first glimpse of the Man of Steel in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In the upcoming sequel, Superman and Batman (Ben Affleck) will battle for comic book fans’ attention, but they won’t be antagonists for long. In an interview with USA Today, Snyder says that the “V” in the title instead of “Vs” was a way “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.”

The sequel – which also features Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) – will be followed by a Justice League team-up, another Superman solo film and then a standalone Batman film. But all of the attention in Dawn of Justice will be on Batman and Superman together on the big screen for the very first time.

“You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest,” Snyder continued. “I don’t know how you get bigger than that.”

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens May 6, 2016.