Mystery Document Reveals Plans For ‘Batman’ Reboot & ‘Justice League’ For 2015

- 07-19-13Comics, Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Now that we are in the thick of San Diego Comic Con the comic book movie news is so thick you can’t cut it with adamantium claws, but it also means we have to keep a Galactus sized grain of salt handy for the non-official news (sorry, that analogy kinda got away from me there.)

The (in)famous Harry Knowles of Ain’t Cool News fame is claiming to have seen a secret ‘corporate document’ from an undisclosed company closely involved with various studios revealing some future releases for 2015. Namely a new Batman movie and the long rumored Justice League film (this mystery document also mentions Ant-Man and a Trolls movie, but we knew about one and don’t care about the other.)

How does that gargantuan grain of salt taste?

Tomorrow (Saturday) Warner Bros. will have their massive two hour panel at SDCC that, according to rumors, should detail the near future of DC Comics on film. Coupling this with the rumor that a sequel to this year’s Man of Steel  being released as early as 2014, is this even a possibility? Are we on the eve of a huge announcement involving a deluge of DC Comics characters on the big screen?  Also, is it necessary to consume salt when faced with rumors? This weekend is going to be killer on my blood pressure.

Source: AICN

DC Exec Comes Up With Lame Excuse for No ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie

- 07-17-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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They couldn’t make an Avengers movie without first doing Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, so keeping that in mind, it would make sense that they can’t do a Justice League movie without first getting Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to the big screen. Just one problem: try as they might, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros seem positively unable to get anything Wonder Woman greenlit, whether it’s on the big or small screen.

Well, Warner Bros. brand manager for superheroes Diane Nelson has answer as to why no one, from Joel Silver to Joss Whedon to David E. Kelly to Allan Heinberg to Nicolas Winding Refn have succeeded to get Wonder Woman on screen in any form. As she told The Hollywood Reporter:

We have to get her right, we have to. She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now. I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen. The reasons why are probably pretty subjective: She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes. There are lots of facets to Wonder Woman, and I think the key is, how do you get the right facet for that right medium? What you do in TV has to be different than what you do in features. She has been, since I started, one of the top three priorities for DC and for Warner Bros. We are still trying right now, but she’s tricky.

That sounds nice. Of course waiting to get it right didn’t stop Catwoman, Green Lantern, Steel, Batman and Robin, Jonah Hex et al from getting made. I believe these were Joss Whedon’s words when he left the project in 2007: “I would go back in a heartbeat if I believed that anybody believed in what I was doing. The lack of enthusiasm was overwhelming.” I guess part of getting it right is to drum up at least a degree of enthusiasm.

Anyway, Nelson did have some ideas about what other DC characters we might see on the big screen soon:

Sandman is right on top. I think it could be as rich as the Harry Potter universe. Fables. Metal Men. Justice League. And yes, I’m going to say it: Aquaman.

Hm. Not sure I want to live in a world where we might see a Metal Men or Aquaman movie before a Wonder Woman.

Anything to add Bastards? Sound off below.

Source: Blastr

Get Your Justice League On With ‘Flashpoint Paradox’ Clip

- 07-05-13Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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We may not have our much-desired Justice League live-action flick yet, but at least the good folks at DC are still giving us a bit of a fix with their animated productions.  One of the newest is Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, a story in which some crazy time travel stuff happens and ends up sending the Justice League heroes all out of whack.  And now you can check out a clip of the new feature below,

Like it?  Well, if you happen to be at San Diego Comic Con this year, you might be able to get in line and check out the official premiere on July 19th.  Otherwise, you’ll have to wait with the rest of us until it’s released on July 30th and just buy the damn thing.

 

Thanks again to Comic Book Movie for the heads-up.

Armie Hammer Describes His Batsuit From the Justice League Movie That Never Was

- 07-02-13Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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Off in some alternate universe, on an alternate Earth, there was a Justice League movie from George Miller that starred Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and even Aquaman! Miller’s Justice League would have been radical and unlike anything Warner Bros. or DC ever imagined doing with these characters. And who knows? In that far off, alternate world it may have been a smash. Maybe there, it’s Marvel who’s floundering at the box office and struggling to create a cohesive universe for their cinematic heroes? Here though, that movie, and possibly the dream of ever seeing the Justice League on the big screen, died before it could even begin.

Though before it died there were costumes designed for each member of the League, including Batman. Hitfix‘s Drew McWeeny had a chance to see the concept of Batman’s costume for Miller’s JL, and during the recent press for The Lone Ranger, asked that film’s would be-Bruce Wayne, Armie Hammer, what he thought of it. And surprisingly, Hammer still sounds pretty excited about his batsuit that never was.

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I don’t know, man, maybe a Justice League movie that’s more than anyone at Warner Bros. is comfortable with is what they need, y’know? Something fresh to ignite the franchise. Something that’s fun, not somber. Hell, I’d take a Batman in a mechanical, spring-loaded, armor suit over the magic knee brace from Nolan’s TDKR any day.

Do you wish Warner Bros. would attempt a Justice League movie like the one George Miller almost made? Or do you want to see Man of Steel’s universe expanded upon to include more heroes?

Source: Hitfix via CBM

No Bale Batman in ‘Justice League’, So Leave the Guy Alone Already

- 07-01-13Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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The success of Warner Bros. Man of Steel was quickly followed by the company announcing that they were going to get on track to make not only a sequel to that film, but a full-on Justice League flick.  And now that the news is official, an old question is being revived – will we see Christian Bale don the cape and cowl and jump onboard the JL cast?  Well, once again Bale and company have reiterated that a return to the same Batman is not bloody likely.

In addition to comments made by David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder, in which they have both said they’ll need to reboot Batman before moving on to Justice League, Bale himself has said no way.  He doesn’t want to do it and hasn’t even been asked to do it.  Or, in his own words:

I have no information, no knowledge about anything. I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it.

It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.

We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy. Chris always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.

So there you have it folks.  No more Bale Batman and, thus, no Bale in Justice League.  Things may change, of course, as the DC team film is still years away, but in the meantime just leave the poor guy alone already.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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

Rumor Patrol: ‘Man of Steel 2′ in 2014, ‘Justice League’ in 2015?

- 06-17-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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

David Goyer Talks Hypothetically About Justice League, Starting With “Blank Slate”, Confirms New Batman

- 06-14-13Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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All we and anyone else can talk about is the future of DC‘s superheroes as a viable franchise for Warner Bros. Since the conclusion of The Dark Knight trilogy, WB has been fishing for something, anything to fill the void left by the loss of box office behemoths Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Everyone’s hopes, Warner Bros.’ and ours, rest on Man of Steel.

With its projected $100+ million opening weekend haul things are looking good, financially, and the reviews are mostly positive, but still a mixed bag. (Read ours here!) WB is confident, though, already choosing to green light a sequel with director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer attached. It’s also been reported Goyer would be responsible for writing the long-awaited Justice League movie, though Goyer denies any such thing when talking with Hey U Guys,It was not reported…! I did not definitely say that.

They and Den of Geek recently had the chance to interview David Goyer, Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder about the new, big screen version of Supes and they’ll be posting their full interview very soon. In the mean time, Hey U Guys has shared what Goyer had to say when they pushed him to elaborate further about Justice League following Man of Steel,

It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven’t had various conversations on set, around ‘what if’ and ‘moving forward’.

That having been said, it’s all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more Man Of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception.

If that happens, I would be happy, and nervous, to dive in.

WB seeking new Batman, previous experience unnecessary. Who would you cast as a new Bats to play against Henry Cavill‘s Supes?

More from Goyer below the cut!

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The Impact of ‘Man of Steel’ on WB’s Future & The Possibility of Justice League, Wonder Woman, & Aquaman Films

- 06-13-13Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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There’s a lot riding on the success of Man of Steel. Ever since Marvel’s Phase 1 performed so brilliantly we nerds have been looking to Warner Bros. – the home of DC‘s characters’ film rights – for their answer. Marvel and Disney have proven it’s possible to not only build a franchise around one character, but multiple characters! Featured in multiple films over several years leading into one giant, billion dollar earning, mega-movie. Why can’t WB do that?

That’s a question a lot of people, whether they be in boardrooms or on message boards, have been asking. Turns out, they’ve been trying but the financing just hasn’t been there. WB has been a bit of a slump since popular franchises like Harry Potter, Lords of the Rings, and The Dark Knight have dried up. And with promising films like Pacific Rim, Godzilla and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, there’s hope, but none of those films could spark a franchise to rival anything like The Avengers.

Which brings us back to Man of Steel and its $100 million projected earnings for the opening weekend. Raking in that kind of money could do a lot of good for a studio suffering under the financial loss of recent films Jack and the Giant Slayer and Gangster Squad. Even the still in theatres Hangover III, while not bombing, is on course to be the lowest earning of the comedy franchise. A box office smash like Man of Steel could be the much needed shot in the arm to start WB’s engines on long floundering projects like a Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and finally, a Justice League movie.

The Wrap has learned from a WB insider their plan is to follow Man of Steel with another Superman movie, something we know is true since the Man of Steel sequel has already been given the green light. Then Justice League, likely from Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer as well, and from there they’ll branch into movies based on other characters like Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Slightly different, but not completely unlike the approach of Marvel and Disney.

So, bastards, does this have us looking forward to a Justice League movie around, say, 2017? 2020? I don’t know, at this point, I feel as if we’ve been discussing a Justice League move since ’89 when Tim Burton’s Batman released. Like everyone, I’m eagerly awaiting Man of Steel. And more importantly, where WB plans to go next. What do you think their next move should be if Man of Steel’s a smash hit?

Personally, I think a couple other solo pictures would be the smarter move. Sure, it’s exactly what Marvel did, but fuck it, it worked didn’t it? I’m dying for a Wonder Woman movie. Come on! She’s the only member of DC’s “supposed” holy trinity to never get a movie. It’s about damn time! And I know everyone likes to knock Aquaman, but considering where we are technology wise an underwater epic could be, well, just that, epic.

Source: The Wrap via CBM

Writer David Goyer Clears Up ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Dark Knight” Continuity Questions

- 06-12-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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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.

Via: MTV