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There are a lot of movies coming this holiday season, but few of them will have as much sword fondling as Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods And Kings." Oh sure, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" will feature lots of similar weaponry, but we imagine they won't be handled as, ahem, suggestively as they will in Scott's Biblical epic. Two new clips have arrived for the tale of Moses and Ramses, former bros who become enemies, leading to battles on a massive, CGI-enabled scale. But it's also a character piece, and in this first clip, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton sort out their differences via yelling and grasping swords. Hot! A second clip shows Moses in a more romantic mood....double hot! There's also two new featurettes highlighting the action packed set-pieces (one of them via ComingSoon). "Exodus: Gods And Kings" arrives on December 12th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"...and he's using your Tumbler to drive Jennifer Garner's kids to nursery school, Master Bruce."
Now that his days as the Dark Knight are behind him, Christian Bale can look back fondly at what it was like to be Batman for a whole new generation of fans. As his trilogy of films came to a close with Christopher Nolan, there was an overarching sense of finality to his time in the role. He was ready to hang up the cowl and move on. He was so ready to move on that he even reportedly turned down all sorts of lucrative offers from Warner Bros to return for their current slate of Justice League-related films.
Something funny happened, though, when his formal replacement in the iconic role was announced last year. He realized there was a part of him that had, indeed, kept the possibility of a return alive and, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
One question that often arises among Batman fans — and frequently leads to a heated debate in the process — is who played the best version of The Caped Crusader? More than likely, such a debate boils down to either Adam West, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton, and it’s often the latter actor that takes home the proverbial mantle. But coupled with Christopher Nolan’s M.O., Bale’s rendition of Bruce Wayne can’t be under overstated, and it turns out the actor wanted to continue his run as Gotham’s watchful protector beyond the planned trilogy.
In fact, in a recent interview with Empire, the British actor spoke candidly about Ben Affleck’s involvement in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and how he was initially jealous of someone taking up the coveted cape and cowl so soon after he hung it up.
“I’ve got to admit initially, »
- Michael Briers
Even though Christian Bale said he was done playing the Dark Knight after The Dark Knight Rises, it seems like there was still a little bit a part of him that wasn’t ready to completely give it up. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine the actor was asked how he felt when he first learned about Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Apparently, he was just as shocked as the rest of us.
"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on... Let's do another.' So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.
"But I'm 40. The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman. »
- Joey Paur
Nobody ever wants to hear that their ex has found another lover. But we all react to said news differently. When it comes to actors and their former roles, the connection can be equally intimate . and equally tough to get over. Just ask Christian Bale about the time he he found out someone else was stepping into Batman.s cape and cowl. It wasn.t pretty. Christian Bale, of course, played Bruce Wayne and Batman for three movies with Christopher Nolan. They brought their trilogy to a close with The Dark Knight Rises, even though Bale admitted to Empire Magazine recently (via ComicBookMovie) that he kind of wanted to "do another." Still, it wasn.t meant to be, and Warner Bros. tapped Ben Affleck to step into the iconic role for Zack Snyder.s world-building Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And how did Bale react when he heard the »
For much of the past decade, the name Batman has been synonymous with one man - Christian Bale. Having played Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader for all three films in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy, Bale was the rock on which that entire franchise was built and often doesn't get enough credit for the job he did.
Now, Bale is out there doing press rounds for Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and during his first interviews he was asked about the next man to take on the cape and the cowl - Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". He tells Empire (via Cbm) that when he first heard the news of them doing another Batman, he was a bit taken aback at first that he didn't get to play Batman again:
"I've got to admit initially, even though I »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and now....Ben Affleck. By the time "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" arrives it will be five actors playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in just under thirty years. It speaks both to the viability of the character and the constant reinvention the franchise has gone through. But arguably, the peak thus far has been Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. Together with Christian Bale, they created a Batman worthy of the comic mythology, grounded in reality and stripped of the more cartoony takes in previous efforts. Many people wanted more after "The Dark Knight Rises" -- as it turns out, so did Bale. With the actor now doing the rounds for "Exodus: Gods And Kings," it was inevitable that he would be asked about Affleck taking over the cowl, and rather than the standard I-wish-him-luck speech, Bale was candid about the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Even though Christian Bale concluded his Batman trilogy, he kept saying that he would consider returning as the superhero as long as director Christopher Nolan was involved. Then came word that Ben Affleck took over the role in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." And now that Bale is promoting "Exodus: Gods and Kings," he revealed that he was a little sad that he didn't get a chance to return as Batman. "I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on... Let's do another,'" he explained. "So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour." Bale went on to say that he could have easily played Batman again, even though the studio was »
As with many of the best film discoveries in my life, I went in to see Dredd with low expectations. I’d been invited and figured I might as well go, but the idea of another cinematic crack at the Judge? The scaled-down, rubbery-looking costumes and the prospect of an eyeball-squeezing 3D presentation weren’t enough to attract my interest. Once the lights went down, that all changed. I found myself sealed into a greasy and violent world that lives on in my scorched brainpan to this day. It may not be the greatest movie ever made, but of its type Dredd is a minor classic, evoking the spirit of the book in a way Stallone couldn’t manage whilst building its own gritty, low budget vibe. Of everything I’ve seen at the pictures over the last decade or so, this is the one that surprised and inspired me more than any other. »
- Steve Palace
Christian Bale was adamant come the end of his work on The Dark Knight Rises that, unless Christopher Nolan was directing again, his Batman days were over. Thus, as you more than likely know, the role then went to Ben Affleck, who's taking over Batman duties in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which is due in 2016.
But how did Bale feel when he heard that Affleck was the new Batman? Empire magazine posed that question to him.
"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going 'go on... let's do another'. So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared »
According to a new report from Batman News, former Christopher Nolan Batman star, Christian Bale (left) recently told Comicbook movie that he was a bit jealous when he first heard the news that Ben Affleck would be playing the new Batman in the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" super hero/action flick. In fact, he stared at nothing for a half hour after hearing it. In their interview, here's what Christian said: "I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.’ So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour. But I’m 40. The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman…I think I »
With Christian Bale set to take on the role of Moses in next month’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, it’s inevitable that the press tour for the biblical epic is going to throw up plenty of questions about his thoughts on Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Empire Magazine (via Cbm) has got in early, asking The Dark Knight Trilogy star how he felt when he heard that Ben Affleck would be succeeding him as the Caped Crusader.
“I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.’ So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour. But I’m 40. The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman… »
- Gary Collinson
Despite the voice, Christian Bale is widely considered to be the best big screen Batman to date, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck has a lot to live up to after the British actor's superb take on the iconic DC Comics superhero in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. Talking about his upcoming movie with Sir Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings) in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Bale was asked to compare the role of Moses to Batman. "It's a little embarrassing to compare Moses to Batman," Bale laughed. "There are similarities, you know, tragic beginning and then a heroic future. But Moses is a little more violent. I'm sure if there'd been guns around at that time, Bruce Wayne might have had a chance." As for how he felt to learn that Gone Girl's Ben Affleck had been cast as the »
In honor of Steve Carell's dramatic makeover in Bennett Miller's intense docudrama "Foxcatcher" (in theaters now), we compiled a list of some of the most extraordinary physical transformations ever on the big screen.
- Cydney Fisher
Opening Dec. 12, Exodus tells the story of Moses (Bale) leading 600,000 Israelite slaves out of Egypt.
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"I laughed when [Ridley] first told me about it," Bale said. "I said, 'Moses? Like, with the hair and the sandals and the sand? Like Moses Moses?' And he said, 'Yep.' 'Okay, alright.' That seemed like a ridiculous challenge, and I love ridiculous challenges."
For an actor, there's no bigger challenge than portraying a biblical character, especially when you didn't grow up in Sunday School.
While Exodus »
For the upcoming epic action-adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) has recruited three-time Academy Award nominee Alberto Iglesias to compose the film score. The soundtrack will be from Sony Classical digitally on December 9 and on CD on December 16.
20th Century Fox releases Exodus: Gods And Kings in theaters everywhere on December 12.
When it came to the music for his visually stunning movie, Ridley Scott has opted as much for delicate arrangements as orchestral bombast – a noteworthy decision considering the truly monumental production. Strings, choir, featured soloists and soulful vocals complement Iglesias’ trademark composing style in this breathtaking score.
Iglesias provides the biblical material a historic yet modern feel. Given the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in such a large project, the highly versatile Iglesias skillfully masters the gap between subtle emotion and martial brutality.
The recording of Exodus: Gods And Kings took »
- Michelle McCue
We debate stunning black-and-white Polish foreign film submission "Ida," Studio Ghibli 2-D animation contender "The Tale of the Princess Kayuga," Ava DuVernay's "Selma" and Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and digging into the changing rules behind picking the leading Oscar documentary feature shortlist candidates. Read: 'Ida' Director Pawel Pawlikowski Answers 10 Questions. We also explore the reasons Sony passed on the Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle film adaptation of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography that was to star Christian Bale and then, possibly, Michael Fassbender. Read: Assessing Seven Animated Feature Oscar Contenders. »
- Anne Thompson
Ahead of its release next month, 20th Century Fox has dropped a new clip from Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott’s (Prometheus) biblical epic starring Christian Bale (American Hustle) as Moses and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) as Ramses. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the final trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is set for release on »
- Gary Collinson
It's a common misconception that winning an Academy Award can significantly alter an actor's earnings or even turn them into movie star with serious box office clout. Speak to movie fans or even people who work in the industry and you'll find them making one false assumption after another. Here's one commonly heard example: Halle Berry received a per-picture salary boost after her Oscar-winning turn in "Monster's Ball." Sure, but she'd booked her role in the blockbuster "Die Another Day" long before she took home the big prize and was already under contract for the two remaining "X-Men" movies at the time. Those two franchises had just as much to do with her landing a "Catwoman" paycheck as her Best Actress Academy Award. Moreover, winners such as Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Morgan Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Kristopher Tapley
On the surface, the news is strange: an Aaron Sorkin-penned script — an ambitious one, to boot! — about one of the modern world’s great visionaries just can’t get made. But upon closer examination, it seems clear that Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic was never going to pan out. With the news (via Variety) that Sony has effectively tossed their long-gestating project into a teensy, tiny trash can somewhere (perhaps someone just slid their mouse over an icon, clicked, held, and moved?), it seems as if this feature may never come to fruition. News that Universal may pick up the feature is initially heartening, but we’ve got a better idea: just don’t make it. Or, perhaps more accurately — and yes, far less salaciously — just don’t make it as is. We’ve previously covered the film’s long and winding road to the big screen, and you can refresh yourself with that right here »
- Kate Erbland
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