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Simon Brew Dec 15, 2016
With a brief stop along the way for the Oscar-winning Birdman, Michael Keaton has only really appeared in three comic book movies, two of which we’ve seen, one of which we haven’t.
The two we’ve seen – 1989’s Batman and 1992’ Batman Returns – came from a different era of blockbuster filmmaking, where a sequel wasn’t even properly considered until the takings of the film before had been counted (the first two Superman films were effectively shot together, so only slightly break that rule).
Next year, though, he joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a key role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In it, he plays the villainous Vulture against Tom Holland’s webslinger. And in a new interview with Deadline, Keaton has been reflecting on just how much things have changed.
“Marvel? That is one well-oiled machine”, he said. »
The cast for Spider-Man: Homecoming absolutely exploded with talent after being announced. Marvel surrounded Tom Holland with a ton of excellent and exciting actors to make this movie something potentially very special throughout production. Robert Downey Jr. will even be reprising his role as Tony Stark yet again, but perhaps most exciting is Oscar nominee Michael Keaton being tapped to play Vulture, who will be the main villain in the movie. He has been pretty quiet since taking on the role, but now he is finally talking a little bit about the movie and it is nothing but praise.
Michael Keaton recently spoke with Deadline in honor of his new movie The Founder, which is going to be making its way into theaters shortly. Fortunately for Marvel fans, he was willing to talk a bit about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Even though he couldn't give much away, he had nothing but praise to offer, »
Rebecca Lea Nov 13, 2016
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The news that Academy Award winner J.K Simmons will take on the role of Commissioner Gordon in Justice League was met with great excitement when it was announced recently. This supporting character in the DC comic book universe has always played a significant, vital role – specifically in terms of the stories of Batman – and as such, he has been a consistent onscreen presence in the past decade, that has included Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
In comic books, Commissioner James Gordon was introduced at the same time as Batman, in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, and is most often depicted as the Police Commissioner of Gotham City. With initial indications suggesting he was a U.S Marine before joining the police force, Gordon is a reluctant supporter of Batman’s vigilante tactics – feeling that the Dark Knight is a necessary solution for the city he loves.
The character has rich history in live action, »
- Sarah Myles
Collider recently interviewed Oscar winner J.K. Simmons for his latest film, The Meddler, opening April 22nd in Los Angeles and New York City. During the interview, Simmons was asked about his role as Police Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder's upcoming DC Comics adaptation, Justice League.
Simmons was asked if he researched the part by reading Batman comics, to which Simmons replied:
“Well, to read the comics, yes, absolutely. I’m still a couple of months out from doing that and I have two other films before then, so I haven’t gotten started on that. Obviously, a lot of really wonderful actors have played that character previously, and most of them I saw at the time the movies came out, never imagining that I would be doing the same thing. So, I can’t say that I don’t have some impression of that character in my head that »
- J.B. Casas
After leaving his mark on the Marvel world by playing J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies, J.K. Simmons is now ready to enter the DC Extended Universe with his role as Commissioner James Gordon in both the upcoming Justice League movie and presumably Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film.
While Gary Oldman already did an outstanding job with the character in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, fans are certainly excited to see what Simmons can do with the part, and in a recent interview with Collider, the actor spoke about how he’s preparing to play the iconic character.
“Obviously, a lot of really wonderful actors have played that character previously, and most of them I saw at the time the movies came out, never imagining that I would be doing the same thing. So, I can’t say that I don’t have some impression of that »
- Mark Cassidy
Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor known for starring in CBS’ late ’70s sports drama “The White Shadow,” NBC drama “Crossing Jordan” and, more recently, for his appearances on “30 Rock” as well as for his presidency of SAG-aftra, died Wednesday. He was 71.
SAG-aftra announced that he died at his home near Los Angeles. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
“Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-aftra acting president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. “Ken was an inspirational leader and it is an incredible loss for SAG-aftra, for his family and for everyone who knew him. He was a light that never dimmed and was completely devoted to the membership. He led us through tumultuous times and set our union on a steady course of excellence. We will be forever in his debt. »
- Carmel Dagan
Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor known for starring in CBS’ late ’70s sports drama “The White Shadow,” NBC drama “Crossing Jordan” and, more recently, for his appearances on “30 Rock” as well as for his presidency of SAG-AFTRA, died Wednesday. He was 71.
SAG-AFTRA announced that he died at his home near Los Angeles. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
“Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-aftra acting president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement “He was an exceptional person and we are deeply saddened by his passing. He had a remarkable career and he never forgot what it was like to be a working performer. The merger of SAG and AFTRA was something of a ‘North Star’ for him and, once he fixed upon it, he never wavered from that goal. »
- Carmel Dagan
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't feature an appearance from Commissioner Gordon, the iconic DC Comics character will be making his Dceu introduction in Justice League Part 1. And it sounds like Warner Bros. has found the perfect actor to bring him back to life on the big screen. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has been cast as Gotham City's most trusted policeman, and he will be appearing alongside Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder is returning to direct Justice League Part 1. The movie will team Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman with a group of international superheroes that include Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. They will join together to fight a threat to the world that is bigger than all of them combined. It isn't yet known how Commissioner Gordon will factor into the story, or if he »
Grassroots petitions and sheer fan demand may be coaxing him back to the Marvel universe and Jon Watts’ Spider-Man reboot, but today The Hollywood Reporter brings word that J.K. Simmons has boarded Warner’s Justice League movie as Commissioner Gordon.
Just in time, too, considering that Zack Snyder’s superhero ensemble piece is set to lens at the beginning of next month, and Simmons is now on board as Gotham’s other watchful protector.
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There he’ll join Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, fresh off their roles in this month’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Gal Gadot rounding out the DC trinity as Wonder Woman. Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) will also feature, just don’t expect to lay eyes on Warner’s reinvented Green Lantern until Justice League – Part Two in 2019.
Recently portrayed by Gary Oldman »
- Michael Briers
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Oscar winning actor J.K. Simmons has joined the cast of Justice League as Commisioner Jim Gordon. There goes those theories that he'll reprise the role of J. Jonah Jameson in Marvel's Spider-Man reboot, eh? There obviously aren't any details on what he'll be getting up to in this movie, but it's a safe bet that he'll return down the line to star in The Batman alongside actor/director Ben Affleck. The latest in a long line of actors to play Gordon, Simmons joins a club which includes names like Pat Hingle (Batman), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Trilogy), and Ben McKenzie (Gotham). In Justice League, he joins a cast which includes Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Amy Adams. This casting is a massive win for Warner Bros., and yet another awesome addition to a pretty incredible cast. Tell us, »
Beloved Oscar winning actor J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash," "Spider-Man") has been cast as Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Justice League: Part One" which is set to begin production next month ahead of a November 2017 release.
The Commissioner Gordon role has been played by numerous actors from Neil Hamilton in the 1960s, to Pat Hingle in the 1980s, to Gary Oldman in Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy, to Ben McKenzie on Fox's "Gotham".
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Gorilla suits in Batman & Robin were made from old Santa wigs. And that cape swoosh? It was some old tarp...
It’s less of a thing now, but in the 1980s and 1990s, major blockbusters were sometimes accompanied by a making-of book. Sure, these tended to be quite glossy and promotional, but they also had to fill 100-200 pages with something. And in the case of Batman & Robin, one of 1997’s two notorious blockbuster flops (Speed 2 being the other), Michael Singer penned a 128 page guide to what was supposed to be the biggest film of the year.
It’s interesting, too, digging in far more detail than you might expect into the technical details. Here are 25 of the things that we found out from reading it…
1. Bob Kane was involved with the script
13 items from 2016
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