Ben Affleck Gives His Two-Bat-Cents on Batman Casting

- 01-28-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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As soon as the news broke, it became a virtual Internet Turd-nado with everyone losing their frakking minds about Ben Affleck‘s casting as the next Batman in Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman. Finally, we hear from the man himself about how this came to be. (more…)

Warner Bros. Registers ‘Man of Steel’ Domain Names: Official Sequel Title?

- 11-21-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The official title of Zack Snyder‘s follow up to Man of Steel hasn’t been chiseled in stone yet, everyone’s just been calling it Batman  Vs. Superman. So when Warner Bros. registers a slew of new domain names, one can expect the Internet to erupt into a storm of speculation. (more…)

What the #AskManOfSteel Fan Event Had To Say About ‘Batman vs Superman’

- 11-09-13Comics, Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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The Man of Steel Live Fan Event just wrapped up over on Yahoo, a Q & A session promoting the films DVD/Blu-ray release next Tuesday. Obviously the lion’s share of the 60 plus minutes was spent talking about that movie, however rumor had it that we would see some new information on its still untitled sequel. So what did we we learn?  (more…)

Goyer Says You Can’t Change ‘Batman vs Superman’ Chummmmmmmmmmps

- 09-27-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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To be fair, screenwriter David S. Goyer didn’t call you a chump, but he kind of implied it. In an interview with the Associated Press, Goyer says that fans would be “surprised” just how far ahead in the game that he and Zack Snyder are in the production of the Man of Steel sequel Batman vs Superman, and by the way, he isn’t really thinking about what you want to see in the film.

Now one would think that Goyer, who’s been involved in comic-based movie projects since he co-scripted the David Hasselhoff Nick Fury TV movie in the 90s, would know better than to say something so incendiary about fans, like implying that he’s more creative then they are, but… Well, let’s just go to the videotape:

From a fan point of view, we’re conscious of that when you’re working on these things, but you can’t let yourself be paralyzed by that. At the end of the day you still have to create something. And if you try and think, ‘Well what would the fans like’ then you stop being creative. It’s sort of like where does it end? You have to write the story that you want to write, and hope that people want to see it.

To be fair, Goyer has a point, opinions are like @$$holes after all, and you eventually just have to go with your gut. Goyer would later add though that in the case of Batman vs Superman, anyone hoping to have influence in how the film is developed maybe disappointed:

One of the things that has been fun for us, is we’re a bit a further a long than what I think people realize.

How far along? Well, /Film recently posted a story about a casting call for a crowd scene in France to be shot on October 18. Of course, since stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are currently busy with other projects, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Gone Girl respectively, chances are they won’t be suiting up for a mid-October start date. The more likely scenario is early 2014.

As for the film itself, and the potential outcome that the central conflict of the film that the title implies, Goyer has some thoughts about that too:

Most comic book purists would say Batman because he is the ultimate strategist. Even though it makes no sense whatsoever. If Superman just flicked his finger Batman would be done for.

There. That shouldn’t cause too much controversy.

Sound off with your response to these controversial comments below.

Source: /Film

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