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Simon Kinberg (X-men: The Last Stand, Star Wars Rebels) produced 2011′s X-men: First Class and co-wrote the upcoming X-men: Days Of Future Past and Fantastic Four. Now it’s looking like he will shape a shared universe for 20th Century Fox’s Marvel properties that will combine all of their characters and tell shared narratives across multiple films.
This dosen’t come as a massive shock after Marvel Studios changed the superhero movie making game with Avengers Assemble, and subsequently showed the world that not only can a shared universe work but it can also make a tonne of money at the box office. Marvel studios have Joss Whedon to guide their film universe, and Warner Bros have David S. Goyer signed on for a similar role in order to produce a DC Comics cinematic universe. Now 20th Century Fox are following their lead and will be combining the Marvel »
- Ben Read
On a certain level, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer’s vision of a brooding and conflicted Superman for the 21st century was an undeniable success, with their superhero blockbuster Man of Steel having grossed $663 million worldwide and given rise to a developing sequel (tentatively known as Batman vs. Superman) that will blow the doors open wide on a larger DC Cinematic Universe by introducing both a different Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), as we learned earlier this week.
However, the fact of the matter remains: Man of Steel has also divided both professional critics and hardcore Superman fans, even more so than other ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Kinberg is heavily involved in both "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot at Fox. He and his Genre Films banner have now signed a new three-year first-look deal at 20th Century Fox.
As part of the deal, Kinberg will play a key role in expanding both franchises in a way that allows for Fox to have its own linked superhero cinematic universe - one that allows for crossover potential.
Kinberg says: "I have a lot of ideas on how to built those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel. I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies."
He also wants to expand beyond established brands, making original »
- Garth Franklin
Click Here To View More Man Of Steel Concept Art 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, »
Think McFly Think are reporting that their Warner Bros. source (who told them about David Goyer writing the Man of Steel sequel and Gotham being developed for TV) has now given them an update on the casting process for Lex Luthor in Batman Vs. Superman. Denzel Washington (2 Guns) was apparently the top choice, although "nothing ever materialized", and Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) was considered before his deal with Marvel Studios put an end to that idea before it even really got started. However, one actor who has been approached is Arrow's David Ramsey. The site points out that this doesn't mean Luthor will definitely be played by an African American actor. They also claim to have some details on the planned Justice League movie, saying that the team will be portrayed as the "United Nations" of superheroes. Apparently, "The concept we’ve heard plays Superman represents the »
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our Wonder Woman. After months of speculation, and after rumour broke out a few weeks ago about actresses auditioning for the role, Warner Bros. has officially announced that Israeli actress Gal Gadot will be playing the Amazonian superheroine in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel (tentatively titled Batman Vs. Superman).
Gadot is perhaps best known for her role as Gisele in the Fast and Furious franchise, and her name was one of those originally rumored for the part, beating out actresses Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) and Jaimie Alexander (Thor) to play the iconic role. Wonder Woman hasn’t been seen in live action since Lynda Carter played her in the 1975 TV series, and fans have been clamoring (read: begging) for the character to get her turn in the limelight for years.
Zack Snyder, who will once again be in the director’s chair, had this to »
- James Garcia
Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment have announced a plan to release two lower-budgeted film projects per year --one in the springtime and the other in the fall-- alongside their bi-annual big-budget releases.
In terms of volume and variety, the cinematic competition between Marvel and DC has been pretty one sided up till now. That may change soon. Warner Bros. and DC studios executives having been dropping hints about upcoming movies based on their stable of comic book characters, albeit on a smaller scale.
We know that the tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman is due out in 2015, and there are semi-concrete plans to release a Justice League movie in 2017. But aside from those mega budget releases starring Superman and Batman—the only characters DC seems to have any faith in for big screen releases—DC has been reluctant to pull the trigger on some of their other characters, possibly due to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Batman Vs. Superman or Justice League? With the news that Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot has been cast in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up – not to mention reports that The Flash is also confirmed to make an appearance – you would be forgiven for thinking that the movie is in fact more about DC’s version of The Avengers than just a simple team-up between their two biggest characters…
Either way, fans are ecstatic at the news that they will not only see Henry Cavill’s Superman fighting alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman, but also perhaps even the rest of the Justice League. If the team does come together in this movie, the door will be kicked wide open for a feature with them all working together, but right now the biggest news is undoubtedly the fact that Wonder Woman is finally going to get the big screen treatment she deserves. »
- Josh Wilding
Welcome to Issue 25 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: Warner Brothers and Sony look at their massive properties and decide to go big or go home. All praise the balls (ovaries) on these folks!
It’s not a sheer number of people. The Ocean’s 11 films don’t get worse the more A-List stars come on board. It’s about story and it’s about a single story despite all the franchise juggling that’s tempting the studio suits.
There’s nothing wrong with rapid universe expansion as »
Batman and Superman are set to collide in Zack Snyder’s sequel, with Cavill commenting: ‘The next instalment, as we all know, is involving another rather important character, and i’m looking very forward to that interaction, because ultimately they’re two sides of the same coin.’ Argo director Affleck is set to take over from Christian Bale as The Caped Crusader, a controversial casting but one Cavill is happy with. ‘How they interact, how they clash and how they ultimately aim towards the same goal is going to be an interesting relationship,’ he added, ‘and I look forward to playing that with Ben especially.’ Related Content: David S. Goyer Is Warner Bros.' Kevin Feige? Micro-News: DC Comics Movie Adaptations DC All Access Episode 5 - Zack Snyder And Kevin Smith Running Time: Filming in progress Release Date: 17 July 2015 (USA) MPAA Rating: PG-13 (probable) Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, »
Warner Bros' upcoming sequel to this summer's Superman reboot Man of Steel will bring Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen. The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015. Henry Cavill will return to play Superman, a.k.a Clark Kent, with Ben Affleck (Argo) playing Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, in director Zack Snyder and writer David Goyer's entirely new incarnation of the character. Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are also slated to return. Variety broke the news that model turned actress Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6, Entourage) has been cast as Wonder Woman, one of the film's female leads. This will be the first live-action feature film incarnation of DC Comics' iconic Amazonian superhero. The Flash is »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
With news of DC Comics’ television universe coming together after numerous reports have claimed that a number of shows are in development, many were left wondering about DC’s big screen film universe. With this years Man Of Steel hinting at larger elements of the DC cinematic universe, its sequel Batman Vs. Superman will break it wide open in 2015 with the plot rumoured to include a vast array of characters including Wonder Woman and Nightwing.
After David S. Goyer (Blade Trinity/The Dark Knight trilogy) signed a three year deal with Warner Bros., the writer/producer/director has been all but confirmed as the new creative consultant for the DC film universe, similar to Joss Whedon’s role over at Marvel. Now a new report claims 2014′s big news is that Goyer is taking film treatments for lesser known DC properties that will be developed at a fraction of the »
- Ben Read
Warner Bros has put the future of their DC franchise in the hands of screenwriter David Goyer, who not only penned Man of Steel but also is writing its sequel Batman vs. Superman and supposedly the eventual Justice League movie. But that's not all! Bleeding Cool reports Goyer is being given producing power at Warner Bros, which will bring forth a string of lower budget DC-inspired movies like an adaptation of the Suicide Squad books. While Suicide Squad has taken a couple of forms, it's expected the version getting the movie treatment will be the antihero one crewed by collared super villains like Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and King Shark. This seems a smart pick for a lower stakes $20-40 million superhero adventure as Harley alone has been a major fan favorite since her debut on Batman: The Animated Series back in the 1990s. For a rundown on how this kooky »
Batman and Superman better make some room on the bigscreen. Under the guidance of "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Man of Steel" writer David S. Goyer, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are reportedly developing such lesser-known DC properties as "Suicide Squad," "Booster Gold," "Deathstroke," "Team 7," and others as lower-budget features. The move would allow DC and Warners to expand the "Man Of Steel" universe without breaking the bank. The goal seems to be for DC to build up a cinematic world similar to Marvel's, with 2015's "Man of Steel" sequel (unofficially known as "Batman vs. Superman") as its centerpiece and jumping-off point. »
- HitFix Staff
"There's one obvious [reference] which is now particularly obvious because of our next installment, involving Batman. We see Bruce Wayne Enterprises on the satellite in space. We also see some references to LexCorp, I actually have no further knowledge of this next story but there's a good chance Lex is going to be introduced soon or at some stage. What really intrigued me was Dr. Hamilton's connection to S.T.A.R. Labs, Cyborg I think would make a wonderful character and an incredible bridge between both superhumans and humanity in a different way than Batman. So I don't know where he's going to come in or if he's going to come in but that's one I'm particularly excited about." Related Content: David S. Goyer Is Warner Bros.' Kevin Feige? Micro-News: DC Comics Movie Adaptations DC All Access Episode 5 - Zack Snyder And Kevin Smith Running Time: 2 hrs 23 min Release »
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As a film blogger, sometimes I wonder "am I too cynical?". The sheer frustration I feel when reading certain things or watching certain trailers, like Michael Bay promising no goofiness in Transformers: Age of Extinction, is something that should belong to somebody past their mid-life crisis, not somebody in their early 20s. I suppose the frustrations comes from the fact that I appreciate the art of filmmaking so much. Movies are incredible, and when I see a lack of effort in a movie it irritates me no end. There are thousands of talented people who will never see their projects on the big screen, and so I think filmmakers need to keep that in mind and do the very best they can to make a movie as great as possible. I commend Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer for trying their hardest to make Man of Steel, »
- Gary Collinson
While David S. Goyer is heavily involved in Batman Vs. Superman, it seems that that isn’t the only DC property he’s working towards bringing to the big screen… Bleeding Cool is reporting that Goyer is also involved in adapting several other DC comics into movie projects, albeit on significantly lower budgets than the aforementioned mega-sequel. According to the report, the comics in question are Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Team 7 and Deathstroke, all of which could be made for around $20 – 40 million apiece. The idea is that...
- George Wales
Bleeding Cool has some news about a few of the lesser known DC comics and the plans DC and Warner Bros have for bringing them to the big screen.
From Bleeding Cool:
“… with David Goyer attached, Warners were looking at movie treatments for the likes of Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke, Team 7 and more.
“Suicide Squad is one specifically mentioned as only needing a $40 million budget, pre-marketing. Some could be made for as little as $20 million.”
The site says this could be DC/WB’s big news for 2014. The plan is to release two movies a year; one in the spring and another in the fall. The movies will hit over two years and expand on the DC film universe that began in Man of Steel.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of DC/WB going with a lower budget (read: lower risk) approach and releasing some »
- Philip Sticco
While David Goyer is busy working on the blockbuster DC Comics sequel Batman vs. Superman (or whatever the title turns out to be), that's not all he has in store with the comic book company and Warner Bros. As rumblings of Justice League and DC Universe cameos in the follow-up to Man of Steel swirl online, Bleeding Cool has word Goyer is also working on adapting some lesser known comics in lower budget films. Supposedly, DC Entertainment is poised to announce some new projects with treatments for Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7 in the mix, but not necessarily all will get produced. The source notes that some of these films would be made for as little as $20 million, with Suicide Squad being the more expensive film at around $40 million before marketing costs. The idea would be to release two of these films a year, one in the spring and one in the fall. »
- Ethan Anderton
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