Frank Miller is known for being a writer that commands an almost “genius” status. His work on Daredevil back in the 80’s is the stuff that legends are made from and his Sin City and 300 comic book properties have been made into movies that are jaw-droppingly beautiful and stylish – artistic in all of the right ways. In other words, when Miller speaks, many people listen, and with good cause. His recent remarks regarding one of the most popular characters that he has worked on, however, may have a few fans scratching their heads. (more…)
What if the Dark Knight trilogy was a footnote in Christopher Nolan’s career? The man who respected a vastly misunderstood audience, the man who made quality a pre-requisite for real success in the superhero genre and who took a broad and broody concept and drained every cartoonish quality out of it for the better. What if Nolan transformed comic book movies and then went in a dozen different directions that all eventually pointed up?
This is the man who gave us Memento, Inception and now Interstellar, which looks so grand and intimate, so beautiful and gut-wrenchingly raw. Anything is possible. (more…)
When it was first announced that Christopher Nolan’s next motion picture would be a return to original, hard science fiction, I was filled with joy. It’s not that I don’t appreciate his Batman films (The Dark Knight still stands as one of the best pieces of commercially-minded filmmaking made during my lifetime), they just don’t stack up to Inception – a film whose humanistic spirit is as big as its brain. While Nolan’s Batfilms are undoubtedly thrilling on a technical level, they still lack the eloquent investment of an artist utilizing a massive canvas to express deep-seated personal issues. However, now that he’s put his franchise days behind him (for the moment, at least), Christopher Nolan is again able to explore titanic ideas employing near infinite resources.
Today we get our first long look at his upcoming space travel film, Interstellar, which is attached to Godzilla in theaters this weekend (Sarah says you should see it!), and the spot promises a truly awe-inspiring journey.
On Sept. 24, Warner Bros. will be releasing The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-ray Box Set–six discs for the fairly reasonable MSRP of $99.97. The collection contains the 3 films, naturally, as well as all the extras included in the standalone Blu-rays, some new featurettes, and artwork by Mondo (no Chris Nolan director’s commentaries, sadly).
Here’s the press release from Warner’s regarding the Box Set:
Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005’s Batman Begins enjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success.
Now on September 24, Nolan’s three Batman films – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP.
Here’s exactly what the “UCE” will include:
- Disc 1 – Batman Begins Feature and Special Features
- Disc 2 – The Dark Knight Feature
- Disc 3 – The Dark Knight Special Features
- Disc 4 – The Dark Knight Rises Feature
- Disc 5 – The Dark Knight Rises Special Features
- Disc 6 – Bonus Disc of New Special Features (details follow)
NEW Special Features:
- The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy - The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making….forever. Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.
- Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation - For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.
- IMAX® Sequences: The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises - See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX© aspect ratio
Exclusive NEW Memorabilia:
- Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler
- Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul
- 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies
Jason Tabrys, Jeremy R! Hudson, and Blastr’s Matthew Jackson join up for the latest, most epicest edition of the BastardCast since the last time they joined up for a podcast, and like Zack Snyder and The Man of Steel, they don’t give a damn about how much destruction they cause!
Cheap shot? #SuckIt because these guys are a porridge table of feels when it comes to Warner Bros. new superhero spectacle — one is too hot for it, another is cool to it, and Jason is a bowl of steaming rage.
What’s that, you want to know more about this thing you’re about to put in your ears? Fine, the guys are breaking down what they think Superman is, how they feel the filmmakers either flew or fell, Superman’s responsibility to humanity and the responsibility of the character to be accessible, and why this destroyed city is different than the countless others that have flashed on our screens.
Also on the cast: the kiss and quip among the ashes of Metropolis, the Will Arnett Engine, Dildo space ships, the best way to kill Kevin Costner (in a movie), Russell Crowe on a dragon, and Superman’s Vader “No!”.
All that and kltpzyxm on…
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The headline alone should be spoiler warning enough. If you read past this sentence and have NOT seen Zack Snyder‘s Man Of Steel then prepare to have secrets revealed. You were adopted. Ok, that was just a test to make sure you’re paying attention because the spoilers start quick.
With the rebooted Superman movie crushing box office records and a looming sequel (and dollar signs in Warner Bros. execs eyes,) the internet and comic book industry are still heavily debating how Snyder characterized the Last Son of Krypton and his snapping of things and crushing other things. It goes way beyond the red undies on the outside and has started more than a few flame wars across the internet. We have the directors official explanation for the changes coming up. Last chance before we dive in, spoilers start after the jump. (more…)
Perhaps it was inevitable after Man of Steel‘s record-breaking haul over the weekend, but if the latest rumor mongering courtesy of The Wall Street Journal is to be believed, it seems that Warner Bros is fast-tracking a Man of Steel sequel to be released in 2014, with the long in the works Justice League film to bow the following summer in 2015.
Perfectly sensible, and that does look and sound like typical Hollywood thinking, but there are a lot of reasons to take this rumor with the usual grain of salt.
First of all, that turnaround is a little fast. Consider that in order to meet a 2014 release date that Man of Steel 2 would basically have to start shooting tomorrow. Literally tomorrow. There’s also the small matter of star Henry Cavill and director Zack Snyder still being on the road doing PR for the first Man of Steel and its kind of dubious that anyone right now is in sequel mode.
Also consider that Man of Steel was in development before The Dark Knight Rises even began production, a fact owing to producer Christopher Nolan, screenwriter David S. Goyer and the rest of the production team wanting to get the tone of the film just right. Nolan himself isn’t someone that likes to be rushed either, and given his clout on the Warner lot, it’s doubtful he’s going to let anyone paint him into a release date corner. If the studio is going to fast track a Man of Steel sequel at all they’ll be looking at a 2015 release date, which brings us to…
Justice League. The long-awaited team-up of DC Comics’ superest super-team still supposedly has a release date of Summer 2015, opportune timing in order to follow in the wake of The Avengers 2, but is the JL movie still on target to make that release date? When last we heard, the script had be thrown out for a page one re-write, and all through the press junkets for Man of Steel Cavill, Goyer and Snyder were asked about the Justice League film, and the information they each gave seemed to indicate that such a film was still in the “discussion” phase.
But if there’s a singular hole in this plan it’s that Warner will burn out their leading “Man of Steel” in short order. Shooting three action heavy superhero films in as many years is bound to have a not-so-great effect on Henry Cavill. Basically, his life will be a gym from now till 2016, and I’m sure he’d to take some time to enjoy the benefits of being the world’s most beloved hero, if only for a couple of weeks.
I can understand Warner Bros. excitement, but they need to keep their $#!% together and do this right. Cavill’s in it for the long-haul, and they seem to have a winner in Man Of Steel, take the time and do this right. The people will show up for Justice League anytime, but do it wrong, and it will be hard to win back the public’s trust.
Let’s stick this in the “rumor: improbable” file where it belongs.
Source: Screen Rant
Before we get to the meat of this film, we need to talk about Superman for a minute. Let’s not shout at each other. Let’s not hurl comic book trades across the room like animals. Let’s all just take a deep breath and talk about the Big Blue Boy Scout for a second, because there’s something I think we all need to come to terms with. I thought about it a lot in the lead-up to seeing Man of Steel, and I’ve thought about it even more in the day or so since I left the theater. I thought about it more because I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. There were a lot of things I liked, and a scant few things I outright loved. I think this is a good movie, but before I explain why, I have to say this, not because I’m trying to get you to cut Zack Snyder some slack or because I’m trying to get you to change your minds about things, but because it’s a conclusion I’ve come to after years of watching and waiting: I don’t think the idea we all have in our heads of a “great” Superman movie will ever really exist.
The burning question for most DC Comics fans wasn’t will there be more Batman or Superman films, the real question was would the two ever appear in the same movie? Would Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight ever team up with Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel?
The Dark Knight Rises writer David Goyer was recently grilled on the red carpet and had this to say about Nolan’s Batman and Snyder’s Superman joining forces:
“The ‘Dark Knight’ films do not exist in the same universe. Zack [Snyder] has gone on record. The fact that we have Wayne Industries on the satellite, Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. Lex Luthor exists in this universe. Other metahumans do exist in this universe, so the hope is, depending on how the film does, that we’ll be able to roll into some other films.”
Goyer also goes on to hint at what other heroes might pop up, mentioning Star Labs and Cyborg. One interesting note was when asked if he was interested in taking up the script writing duties for a Justice League movie Goyer said:
“If I were offered it, I wouldn’t say no. Well, what are you going to do after Batman and Superman? How do you top yourself? I can’t go back to Metamorpho after this.”
Goyer would be a great choice to script the Justice League movie, he’s got the experience of bringing the two big tent-pole Justice League characters to the big screen already.
Let’s face it though, trying to fit Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy into the Man of Steel and Justice League continuity would be a twisted affair. Better to take the spirit of Nolan’s Batman and not the specific storyline.
Now we get to start figuring out how they introduce a new Batman, not to mention who might play the role.
Last night while we laughed at Microsoft’s misfortune after Sony’s game-changing – and by game-changing I mean continuing to allow used games – E3 presentation, there was the announcement a sequel to Warner Bros.‘ Man of Steel has already been greenlit. Clearly, someone is confident in there as of yet unreleasd Superman flick. It’s not entirely surprising as the buzz around the film is at a fever pitch with almost every early review full of praise, so rather than striking while the iron is hot why not strike while it’s just heating up? That way, you’ve got a jump start on your hot iron, or something, right? I’m bad at metaphors.
Anyway, the sequel will repeat the first’s formula with Zack Snyder returning to direct and David S. Goyer tapped to write the script. Interestingly, Goyer’s deal is for three pictures: Man of Steel, Man of Steel 2, and a Justice League movie with Superman. Christopher Nolan‘s role as producer, while not finalized, is reported to not be as “full blown” as it was for Man of Steel, where he creatively oversaw the project and helped form this new Superman franchise.
Seeing as a sequel is already on its way, are you more or less excited to see Man of Steel when it released this Friday, June 14th? With Zod as the big bad in Man of Steel, who’d you like to see Supes tackle in Man of Steel 2? Luther? Doomsday? Metallo? Darkseid? A team up of villains? And, do you think this sequel will open the door for the long awaited Justice League movie?