From “Sad Affleck” to corporate and creative shake-ups behind the scenes at Warner Bros., criticism, and the fallout therein, has been nonstop since the release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, we live in a world where a movie that makes $900 million is seen as a profound disappointment, but when your movie features, arguably, the two biggest superheroes of all time, “almost a billion dollars” just isn’t good enough. Pretty much every cultural commentator’s been asked to autopsy Batman V. Superman’s “just not as successful as it should have been status,” but the situation requires a dispassionate voice of someone unafraid to be candid. Someone like Batman’s trusty butler, Alfred. Maybe the guy that plays him will suffice. (more…)
DC have made some interesting announcements this past week regarding their planned comic book movie adaptations. David Ayer finally has a locked down cast including – Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Tom Hardy (Rick Flagg) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) – for his Suicide Squad movie with, which goes into production in April 2o15. Wonder Woman found its director in Michelle Maclaren and the movie now has newcomer Jason Fuchs (‘Pan‘) scribing the film; and Guillermo del Toro officially announced that he had handed in his Justice League Dark script for Studio Execs at Warner Bros. to read over (…and decide where to take it from there, which is – hopefully – to the next stage of development). There was also the announcement that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer, and Neil Gaiman had penned a script for Sandman, that Warner were extremely happy with. So, all-in-all, a sound week for DC fans. But wait; there is more news… (more…)
Well, after what seems an eternity of internet rumors we now know who will be playing Lex Luthor in the upcoming (still untitled) Zack SnyderMan of Steel sequel. Warner Bros sent out a press release earlier today announcing the casting for the films villain (while also introducing us to our new Alfred,) Joaquin Phoenix Bryan Cranston Idris ElbaJesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) has been chosen to play Superman’s nemesis in the film, a casting choice that is sure to be met with acceptance and praise across the internet. (more…)
Seemingly out of left field, the BBC and executive producer Sam Mendes (Skyfall) have developed an incredibly huge production within the Focus Features series. The Hollow Crown adapts William Shakespeare’s four classic plays, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, and brings them to the small screen with an excellent cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Ben Whishaw, as the titular kings along with other notable stars Patrick Stewart,John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale, and Rory Kinnear.
Take a look at the trailer below and you’ll see how incredibly huge this production was, spanning the reigns of three kings with a total running time of over 500 minutes of screen time. The series has numerous nominations for BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) including Ben Whishaw for leading actor and Simon Russell Beale for supporting actor, and the Richard II episode for Best Single Drama.
The Hollow Crown will air on PBS’ Great Performances starting Friday September 20th, so set your DVR accordingly. The series will also be released on iTunes, VOD, and DVD on August 27th.