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With production underway on Batman vs. Superman, we should expect to hear plenty about Warner Bros. Man of Steel sequel over the coming weeks and months (which will no doubt be music to DC fans’ ears), and to start things off director Zack Snyder has taken part in a lengthy interview with Forbes, during which he spoke in depth about the hotly-anticipated film:
On the decision to include Batman (Ben Affleck) alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Man of Steel seuqel: “It definitely was a thing that… after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, ‘Maybe Batman?’ Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne’s house or something. Like in a cryptic way, »
- Gary Collinson
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is getting ready to start production on what may be the biggest film of his career, Batman Vs. Superman, which brings together these comic book icons on the big screen for the first time. During a new interview with Forbes, the filmmaker revealed when and why they first started discussing bringing these two superheroes together, and what it was like seeing the holy trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonderman together on set as the stand-ins first climbed into their costumes.
"After Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, "Maybe Batman?" Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne's house or something. Like in a cryptic way, that's the first time we see him. »
Even though Zack Snyder currently can't really say anything incredibly substantial about Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), he can talk around it, and that's close enough for most fanboys. In a recent interview with Forbes, Snyder gave his thoughts on both characters and seeing them together on screen. Personally, the most disconcerting part of the interview is when the interviewer says, "Superman is kind of the ideal of what we’d like to be, and Batman is kind of rooted in what we are. He reflects what we are, so to speak," and Snyder replies, "Oh, 100%. And I think that’s at the heart of that, you know." I could not disagree more with that response. I think an "idealist versus pragmatist" approach is understandable, but please don't lump me in with a billionaire who treats a crime-ridden city like a playground so he can constantly work though his childhood trauma. »
- Matt Goldberg
With Warner Bros.’ kicking off production on Batman vs. Superman in Detroit, cinematographer Larry Fong has tweeted what may just be the first behind-the-scenes image from the Man of Steel sequel. No, it’s not Batman or Wonder Woman in full costume, but rather a Panavision camera pointed towards a blurry figure in a suit. Bruce Wayne, perhaps?
So, nothing too exciting, but surely it’s only a matter of time before things start to pick up…
Batman vs. Superman is directed by Zack Snyder and sees returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) joined by Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) as Alfred Pennyworth and Holly Hunter (The Piano), Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an »
- Gary Collinson
The Tribeca Film Festival began as a way for New York to rebuild culturally after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. For the first time since then, the area around Ground Zero is dominated by a sparkly, newly finished Freedom Tower, which represents so much more than the city’s resilience and recovery. The Tribeca festival played a small, but not insignificant, role in that recovery, inviting artists and film lovers to the city and reassuring New Yorkers that life can be beautiful even in the darkest of days.
After more than a decade of growth, Tribeca is also entering »
- Jeff Labrecque
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday, April 16 with a lineup featuring over 50 world premieres and even more must-see films.
This year’s Tribeca line-up begins Wednesday, April 16 with a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic. After the screening, Nas himself will perform songs from his legendary album.
Features Premiering At Tribeca
TV comedies collide in About Alex, which stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza and New Girl’s Max Greenfield – not to mention Jane Levy (Subergatory), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project, The Social Network), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nate Parker and Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost). Written and directed by Jesse Zwick, this The Big Chill homage takes place during a weekend away, as old friends in their mi-twenties come together to help one in the group who is suicidal.
Another TV-star driven film premiering at Tribeca is Life Partners, starring »
Batman Vs. Superman cinematographer Larry Fong sent out a photo through his Twitter page earlier today, which could be the very first behind-the-scenes photo from the set. The director of photography's Twitter followers have speculated that the blurry figure in the background may very well be Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. Check out the photo, then read on for more information.
I hear film is dead. But can I please finish this movie first? #film#panavision#kodakpic.twitter.com/WblE2alyuy
— Larry Fong (@larryfong) April 15, 2014
Warner Bros. has not confirmed exactly when shooting will begin on Batman Vs. Superman yet, but the production did issue a casting call for extras earlier this month, which will take place Saturday, April 27 in Troy, Michigan.
Of course, this »
Having previously refused to commit one way or another, composer Hans Zimmer has now confirmed that he’s set to take a second stab at scoring the Caped Crusader after Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, revealing to Digital Spy that Zack Snyder has invited him to compose the music for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman.
We’ve already had a couple of chats, and once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about [Christopher Nolan's Interstellar] I will probably head over to where Zack is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas,” said Zimmer, who also composed the score to Man of Steel, as well as The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Zimmer then went on to admit that he’s anxious about finding a new take on the Dark Knight for Ben Affleck’s Batman, »
- Gary Collinson
After months of speculation, Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer has confirmed that he will return to provide the score for its sequel, Batman Vs. Superman. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview with Digital Spy, where he revealed that he will start crafting music for the DC Comics superhero follow-up once he finishes work on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
"We've already had a couple of chats, and once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about I will probably head over to where Zack (Snyder) is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas."
Back in September, the composer revealed that he was undecided about taking on this sequel, since he will have to come up with a new Batman theme, after working on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. He explained »
It looks like Hans Zimmer will return to work with Zack Snyder on scoring Batman Vs. Superman. You would think it would be a no brainier that he would back to score the sequel to Man of Steel, but he previously talked about his hesitation on doing it saying:
“Honestly, I’m just sort of grappling with that right now. Quite seriously, the thought right now is that no, I don’t want to go and take what I did with Chris and just plonk it into another movie. There isn’t one good reason to do it, and there are so many good reasons not to do it.”
I guess the composer ended up coming up with lots of good reasons to do it, because he recently confirmed with Digital Spy that he will be scoring the film after he's done with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Here's what he »
- Joey Paur
As is becoming customary with superhero movies, it seems UK moviegoers will get to see The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel joining forces on the big screen slightly earlier than Batman vs. Superman’s planned North American release date of May 6th 2016.
According to Launching Films (via Cbm), Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel will hit UK cinemas a week earlier on April 29th. That brings it away from Marvel’s Captain America 3, although you’d have to assume based upon Marvel Studios’ past release pattern that Cap’s third solo outing will arrive a little earlier on these shores too.
Batman vs. Superman is directed by Zack Snyder and sees returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) joined by Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg »
- Gary Collinson
As Zack Snyder and actress Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) gear up to give a big screen debut to the Amazon Princess, former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter has shared her feelings on how she’d like to see the character portrayed in the Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, telling The Huffington Post that…
“I’m in [Gal's] corner. I just hope they write well for her. I’m very hopeful she embodies the essence of Wonder Woman. It’s less about super powers and more about heart and intellect and a sense of right and wrong with a goodness in her. Often times, writers really want to take a male superhero and dress him up as a female – and that’s just not who she is… They make Wonder Woman a macho Superman type character – they make her mean – and that’s not who she is.”
Do you agree with Carter? »
- Gary Collinson
“I think the movie is a cautionary tale. I think the movie is saying, ‘Listen, we are on the road to this stuff but we should move cautiously,’” said Morgan Freeman at Thursday night’s premiere at Westwood’s Regency Village Theater.
When asked if he would upload his brain and live forever, Freeman had a good reason to say no. “I believe in life and death. I think that’s the only way we proceed. I don’t want to say, ‘Here’s a machine.’” he said. “You know why? No sex,” he deadpanned.
Co-star Rebecca Hall agreed that this would be a horrifying idea.
“My big concern is that the more that information is accessible and we can get everything immediately, »
- Nikara Johns
Reports claim that Gal Gadott has already left Tel Aviv for Detroit, Michigan to meet up with actor Henry Cavill. Along with Gadott, Ben Affleck and costume designer Michael Wilkonson are flying out to Detroit this coming Friday. Production is just around the corner! From “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder, the film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. The film also stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and reunites “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. »
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question 'Why am I here?' Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman. Man Of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder, from a script written by David Goyer. The cast includes: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Ayelet Zurer, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, »
Whatever your opinion on Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel," you certainly can't fault his casting, with the director rounding up some impressive actors for his blockbuster superhero flick. And he's continuing that with the sequel, "Batman Vs. Superman" (or whatever it winds up being called). Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Gal Gadot are already joining the returning cast of Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane, and in recent days, Holly Hunter also boarded the project. But, as with most things surrounding the movie, her role was kept under wraps, but word is already percolating about what it might be. Latino Review has "heard" that Hunter will be playing Leslie Thompkins (or a Leslie Thompkins type character). If you're not up on your Batman lore, in the comics she was the doctor who comforted Bruce Wayne after his parents were murdered, and essentially became an advisor/confidante as he grew older, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Earlier this week, Marvel Studios officially announced the release of Captain America 3, confirming that the currently-untitled superhero sequel will hit cinemas on May 6th, 2016 – the exact same date as another currently-untitled superhero sequel in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman.
Well, it seems that Marvel isn’t the only one refusing to budge, with Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman telling Bloomberg that: “It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and May 6th 2016. However, at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman.”
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that it had cast Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto in superhero blockbuster Batman vs. Superman (still the working title). And though the roles that Mulvey and Okamoto will be playing in the highly anticipated film are still unknown, Latino Review believes that it has figured out which character Hunter will be tackling.
Of course, as with any news coming out of Latino Review, this rumor should be taken with more than just a grain of salt, but the site’s writer Da7e claims that Hunter has been cast as Leslie Thompkins, or a character by a different name who will serve a similar purpose.
In the comics, Thompkins was a doctor who attended medical school with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father. When Thomas and his wife were killed by a mugger in Gotham City’s Crime Alley, she comforted Bruce. In Batman: The Animated Series, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last week, Warner Bros. dropped another surprise casting announcement for Batman Vs. Superman, revealing that Oscar winner Holly Hunter (The Piano), Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire) and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) joined the cast. The official press release stated that all three actors are playing characters "newly created for the film," but a report from Latino Review reveals that Holly Hunter may be playing, "Leslie Thompkins, or a Leslie Thompkins replacement character."
In the DC Comics, Leslie Thompkins is a doctor who went to medical school with Bruce Wayne's (Ben Affleck) father before his murder, and she also knew Bruce's Batman secret very early on. Some versions of Batman's origin story have Thompkins comforting a young Bruce right after his parents were killed.
The character also appeared in the Batman animated series, where she also knew about Bruce's alter-ego and would provide medical care for injuries he couldn't go to a hospital for. »
After an initial report from March, Marvel confirmed yesterday that Captain America 3 will open on May 6, 2016, the same date that Warner Bros. had set for their superhero sequel Batman Vs. Superman. Obviously, it wouldn't do either company any good to release two massive movies on the same day, but the question remains which studio will budge first? As of now, both are standing their ground firm, with Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, revealing in an interview with Bloomberg that they have no plans to movie their release date, for now.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16. However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman Vs. Superman."
Although it hardly matters in a situation like this, Marvel technically laid »
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