How Will Hans Zimmer Combine the Scores of ‘Man of Steel’ and The Dark Knight?

- 09-03-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Composer Hans Zimmer‘s musical scores for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel are incredible musical pieces that helped take those movies to the next level of critical and fan acclaim. If one were to replace that music with something else, the movie’s tone just wouldn’t be the same.

The question isn’t, will he be back, but how will he take the two and merge them now that the sequel has added Batman to the mix?

This is really complicated for me. Because we all went, ‘Okay, we’re done with Batman,’ and now it’s sort of getting smuggled back in. I’ll have to have a think about that one. I might give you a new Batman if I do it.

When asked about the casting of Ben Affleck, Zimmer had this to say:

I actually think it’s a really good choice, because #1 he’s a great filmmaker. He’s smart. He wouldn’t have taken it if he had set himself up for a fall. And, you know, he’s a bit older these days and that’s what we need, and he’s got a good chin.

Take a look at the video interview below with Red Carpet News. If anyone can come up with score to handle two huge characters in one movie, Zimmer is the composer to do it.

David Goyer is handling the scripting chores with the help of Snyder. Henry Cavill is back as Superman with Ben Affleck donning the caped crusader’s cowl as Batman. Also returning in their prior roles in Man of Steel are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. With the Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor rumor debunked, who might play that iconic villain?

Production begins in February of 2014 and Superman Versus Batman will hit theater screens on July 17th, 2015.

Via: Comingsoon

Bryan Cranston Goes ‘Full Jon Snow’ on Lex Luthor Casting Rumors

- 09-03-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The big Internet casting rumor last week was Bryan Cranston’s signing to play Lex Luthor opposite Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in director Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel sequel, Superman Versus Batman. Boston.com caught up with Cranston to confirm the Internet’s latest hot topic about his six Superman movie deal, Cranston went full Jon Snow and responded:

“I’ve heard that too,” he said. And what about those reports that he’s signed to play Luthor in as many as six “Man of Steel” movies? He laughed. “Six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.” Assuming he will, in fact, be Lex Luthor, we asked if Cranston would consider calling up Gene Hackman, who played Luthor in 1978’s “Superman,” for some advice. “I can just see how that phone call would go,” he said with a laugh. “‘Gene? Hi, this is Bryan Cranston.’ ‘Who? Bryan Cranston? What do you want? How did you get this number?’ ” Whether or not he faces off against Superman, one thing Cranston is definitely doing when he finishes “All the Way” is directing another episode of ABC’s “Modern Family.” Other than that, “I think I’ll relax the rest of the year. There’s some irons in the fire, things that people are talking about, but nothing is set.” – See more at: http://www.boston.com/names/2013/08/30/bryan-cranston-play-bald-bad-guy-lex-luthor/Pga1CuCpSGou2ACnQzoMIO/story.html#sthash.fHECKGVf.dpuf

I’ve heard that too, six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.

Just like Game of Thrones Jon Snow, Bryan Cranston knows nothing . . . about being cast as Lex Luthor. Cranston has plenty of projects in the works, and is set to direct another episode of ABC’s “Modern Family. When asked about his plans after that:

I think I’ll relax the rest of the year. There’s some irons in the fire, things that people are talking about, but nothing is set.

“I’ve heard that too,” he said. And what about those reports that he’s signed to play Luthor in as many as six “Man of Steel” movies? He laughed. “Six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.” Assuming he will, in fact, be Lex Luthor, we asked if Cranston would consider calling up Gene Hackman, who played Luthor in 1978’s “Superman,” for some advice. “I can just see how that phone call would go,” he said with a laugh. “‘Gene? Hi, this is Bryan Cranston.’ ‘Who? Bryan Cranston? What do you want? How did you get this number?’ ” Whether or not he faces off against Superman, one thing Cranston is definitely doing when he finishes “All the Way” is directing another episode of ABC’s “Modern Family.” Other than that, “I think I’ll relax the rest of the year. There’s some irons in the fire, things that people are talking about, but nothing is set.” – See more at: http://www.boston.com/names/2013/08/30/bryan-cranston-play-bald-bad-guy-lex-luthor/Pga1CuCpSGou2ACnQzoMIO/story.html#sthash.fHECKGVf.dpuf
“I’ve heard that too,” he said. And what about those reports that he’s signed to play Luthor in as many as six “Man of Steel” movies? He laughed. “Six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.” Assuming he will, in fact, be Lex Luthor, we asked if Cranston would consider calling up Gene Hackman, who played Luthor in 1978’s “Superman,” for some advice. “I can just see how that phone call would go,” he said with a laugh. “‘Gene? Hi, this is Bryan Cranston.’ ‘Who? Bryan Cranston? What do you want? How did you get this number?’ ” Whether or not he faces off against Superman, one thing Cranston is definitely doing when he finishes “All the Way” is directing another episode of ABC’s “Modern Family.” Other than that, “I think I’ll relax the rest of the year. There’s some irons in the fire, things that people are talking about, but nothing is set.” – See more at: http://www.boston.com/names/2013/08/30/bryan-cranston-play-bald-bad-guy-lex-luthor/Pga1CuCpSGou2ACnQzoMIO/story.html#sthash.fHECKGVf.dpuf
“I’ve heard that too,” he said. And what about those reports that he’s signed to play Luthor in as many as six “Man of Steel” movies? He laughed. “Six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.” Assuming he will, in fact, be Lex Luthor, we asked if Cranston would consider calling up Gene Hackman, who played Luthor in 1978’s “Superman,” for some advice. “I can just see how that phone call would go,” he said with a laugh. “‘Gene? Hi, this is Bryan Cranston.’ ‘Who? Bryan Cranston? What do you want? How did you get this number?’ ” Whether or not he faces off against Superman, one thing Cranston is definitely doing when he finishes “All the Way” is directing another episode of ABC’s “Modern Family.” Other than that, “I think I’ll relax the rest of the year. There’s some irons in the fire, things that people are talking about, but nothing is set.” – See more at: http://www.boston.com/names/2013/08/30/bryan-cranston-play-bald-bad-guy-lex-luthor/Pga1CuCpSGou2ACnQzoMIO/story.html#sthash.fHECKGVf.dpuf

The six movie deal is what should have tipped everyone off. Cranston is too busy to sign a deal that locks him into a contract that will tie him up for ten plus years and limit the projects behind the camera that he could take on.

Who might take on the role of Luthor? There are plenty of actors that would go bald for the role and exposure. Let us know who you think should take the part in the comments section below.

Production on the film is scheduled to start in February of 2014 so there is still plenty of time to find the right Luthor. As of now we know that Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will all be back to reprise their Man of Steel roles in the sequel.

Via: Comingsoon

Frakin’ Fantastic Fan Trailer for ‘Batman Versus Superman’ Holy Wickedpissah Ben Affleck . . . and Bryan Cranston Too!

- 08-27-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The Internet has been ablaze the last couple of days with the Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston Batman/Luthor casting news. It was only a matter of time before someone spliced together some footage to show us what the Batman Versus Superman movie might look like with those two, who thought it would  look so damn good?

It might not immediately change your mind about the casting, but it should at least slip a glimmer of hope into the most pessimistic Batman fanboy or girl’s noggin. It’s easy to see how the whole thing might come together, and how about that casting choice for Alfred? It might just start an Internet campaign.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Venting will help lower your blood pressure.


Via: Youtube User solyentbrak1

Hugh Grant the Latest to Cry ‘U.N.C.L.E.’

- 08-09-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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For as long as I can remember voraciously following the latest movie news, going back to the old days of reading them in print magazines even, there’s always been hints and rumors about a movie version of the classic 60s spy series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It was getting so that one might think we’d never see an U.N.C.L.E. movie, or at the very least won’t see it until long after everyone remembers seeing it on TV were dead.

But cynicism loses this round because it seems that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will be starting production on time next month, and they’ve added a new member to the supporting cast today as a result. Who is it? Why it’s the charmingly befuddled Hugh Grant, who The Hollywood Reporter says is playing the head of British Naval Intelligence.

Grant will join Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Illya Kullyakin as the two main agents from the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), who are sworn to protect the world from the schemes of the villainous THRUSH. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander and The Great Gatsby‘s Elizabeth Debicki are also attached. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes).

Grant himself had been taking a break from films until recently, most notably playing six parts in the Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis film Cloud Atlas, he also recently completed work on a romantic comedy for Marc Lawrence co-starring Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, and Chris Elliott.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. should (finally) be in theaters sometime next year.

Source: Cinema Blend

Who’s Going To Be The Next Batman in The ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel?

- 08-04-13Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay

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With people losing their minds these last few weeks over the announced Batman vs. Superman movie, the real question isn’t how the movie will do, but rather who is going to be Batman. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is set to return, but former Batman Christian Bale has decided on a more permanent “eight year break” leaving the cowl open to a new dark knight. Let fly the Hollywood rumor mill!

Last week the L.A. Times posted a popularity contest of stars, each of who have the potential to be the next Batman. The list included actors like Jensen Ackles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It appears, though, a young squirt isn’t quite what Warner Bros. and DC are looking for. Sources say the script, which is in way early development, will be inspired from Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns. The Batman featured is older and more rugged. A battle hardened hero.

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The Hollywood Reporter has revealed some top names that are being thrown around to play the tough old bats.  Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini and Matthew Goode are the front-runners.

Alright, Brolin… now that’s a good pick! Regardless of who’s names are surfacing, we’re still in the early stages of development. The script is still being written. There’s no way the casting process has even remotely started. So, take all of this as hearsay. Theoretical casting stories to get your nerd gears moving.

Would do you think would be a good fit to replace Bale as the new Batman? Let’s hear what you think in the comment section below.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Armie Hammer Has No Desire To Don Batman’s Cowl

- 08-02-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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You can cross Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) off your potential Batman list for the upcoming Superman/Batman movie announced by Warner Bros. a couple of weeks ago. Even though he had originally been on board to play Batman for George Miller‘s 2007 Justice League movie, which quickly fell off the Hollywood map, Hammer now says he has no interest in the role, or any other superhero movie for that matter. In an interview with Metro he said:

I’m not actually a big fan of superhero films, If you have a guy who is supposed to be invulnerable, then what’s the point?

He went on to talk about working with Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and jokingly worried what people might say if the two of them then starred in another superhero movie so soon after.

I think if Henry and I did that film and then a superhero film straight after, people might start to wonder about us…

Well, who does that leave on your list to play the Caped Crusader? Check out NerdBastards list and see who else might fit the role.

Via: Comingsoon

Grant Morrison Reviews ‘Man of Steel’ – Not a Fan

- 07-31-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Grant Morrison wrote one of the most beloved Superman stories of modern times with his take in All Star Superman, but he seems a bit late to the party with his appraisal of the latest Superman movie, Man of Steel. Still, his opinion is valid, and it was recently offered to USA Today.

“I kinda liked it and kinda didn’t, to be honest,” he began. “I feel bad because I like Zack Snyder and David Goyer, and Henry Cavill was really good.

“But it felt like one of those ones where it’s like, ‘Bring on the second movie now that you’ve done this’, and I don’t need to see that as someone who knows all I know about Superman.

“For me, it was a bit ‘seen it before’, no matter how they tried to make it a little bit different. I’m more looking forward to the Dark Knight version of Superman, the next one, where hopefully it will have Lex Luthor and be some fantastic second act.

Now from here, Morrison’s opinion may not be itself a spoiler, but he goes into some details that definitely are spoilery, so if you still haven’t seen Man of Steel and want to, but go in spoiler-free, avert your eyes in…

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Still here? Okay, here’s what else Morrison had to say:

“It’s a credible Superman for now. But I’m not sure about the killing thing. I don’t want to sound like some fuddy-duddy Silver Age apologist but I’ve recently noticed a lot of people saying Batman should kill the Joker and, yeah, Superman should kill, he should make the tough moral decisions we all have to make every day.

“I don’t know about you, but the last moral decision I made didn’t have anything to do with killing people. And I don’t think many of us ever have to make the decision whether or not to kill. In fact, the more you think about it, unless you’re in one of the Armed Forces, killing is illegal and immoral. Why would we want our superheroes to do that?

“There is a certain demand for it, but I just keep wondering why people insist that this is the sort of thing we’d all do if we were in Superman’s place and had to make the tough decision and we’d kill Zod. Would we? Very few of us have ever killed anything.

“What is this weird bloodlust in watching our superheroes kill the villains?”

Morrison makes some good points, but I think he’s more fair in his commentary than a lot of people on the internet have been. It vexes me because it seems that Man of Steel tried to address a lot of the stuff fan boys complained about regarding Superman, only to piss off those same fan boys all the more. Alas, what is a filmmaker supposed to do now-in-days? You can’t please everyone.

What do you Bastards think of Morrison’s comments? Agree, disagree, or indifferent?

Source: Digital Spy

Rumor Time: This Might Be Your New Batman

- 07-24-13Comics, Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Well, that took long enough. With Zack Synder‘s SDCC shocker that the Man of Steel sequel will actually be a Superman/Batman movie already ancient history (come on, it was days ago… that’s like years in internet time.) Rumors of who will be cast as the Dark Knight are already starting to swirl.

Cosmic Book News is reporting that an unnamed source from within DC Entertainment is saying that a certain TV actor will soon screen test opposite Henry Cavill for the role of the caped crusader.

Any guesses?

Rumor revealing photo up after the jump. (more…)

Was There a Surprise Cameo From Another Superman in ‘Man of Steel’?

- 06-27-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Leave to the internet to look for something that probably isn’t there, but the rumor du jour suggests that some cunning visual effects people slipped in a couple of seconds of footage in Man of Steel where new Superman Henry Cavill morphs into 80s Superman Christopher Reeve. The effect is subtle, that is to say I can’t see it, but the below GIF does make it look as though there was some kind of tinkering. Or perhaps it’s just the lighting effect of the scene in question.

Judge for yourself:

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Could you see the difference? As Uproxx noted, perhaps the reason some people see a bit of Reeve in Cavill in this image is because the two kind of look alike and are playing the same character. Reeve played Superman in four films between 1978 and 86, but was paralyzed in a horse ridding accident in 1995. He died due to complications from those injuries in 2004, but not before appearing twice in the Superman-as-a-teen TV series Smallville.

No official work from director Zack Snyder or any of the hundreds of visual effects artists who worked on the movie, but for my part I say look for this to become a part of the Hollywood urban legends set along with the Three Men and a Baby ghost and the Munchkin who hanged himself. Or not. What do you Bastards think?

Source: Screen Crush

Superman Thinks Creating the Justice League Will Be Tough

- 06-25-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So the success of Man of Steel means we’re going to get that Justice League movie good and fast, right? Well hold your horses there bub, because Superman himself is saying that it’s not as easy as all that.

While talking with Peter Travers of ABC News, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill says that Justice League could happen if it’s done right, but it’s going to be tough to bring all these characters together in one narrative and do it in a convincing way. So basically, Henry says relax…

“Justice League, more movies, I have no idea. Justice League could be great if done correctly. It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power. So in this real world setting we’re telling our story in, it’s going to be tough to achieve that and it has to be done very delicately with a lot of thought. So, it won’t be right away, I hope it’s not anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another. I think it would be great to do, but I don’t think it’s around the corner.”

So much for a previous report that suggested that Man of Steel 2 and Justice League were going to be made back-to-back and released in 2014 and 2015. Something tells me they’re going to want to keep the new, successful Superman on side for any future endeavors. Check out the full video interview below.

Source: Coming Soon