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We've already seen Liam Neeson play Ra's al Ghul in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins," and now the character is set to be the main villain in the third season of the "Arrow" TV series. It has yet to be revealed who will play Ra's a Ghul, but there's already an actor who is more than interesting in taking on the role. That actor is Liam Neeson. While promoting his "A Walk Among the Tombstones" movie, MTV asked him if he has been approached to reprise his role on the TV series. "No, I haven't," he replied: adding: "I would [do it] in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah. Very much so." But if it doesn't happen, Neeson has some advice for whoever ends up taking the role. "They have to believe in their philosophy. Ra's al Ghul absolutely believed what he was doing was ultimately saving civilization, and it »
At Comic-Con 2014 this year, The CW Network revealed that the primary villain in Season 3 of Arrow will be none other than Ra's al Ghul, although the character hasn't been cast yet.
The villainous League of Shadows founder was most notably played on the big screen by Liam Neeson in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. MTV recently asked the actor if Warner Bros. or The CW Network have approached him to play the villain on Arrow. While he hasn't been asked to reprise the role yet, the actor did say he would play him again in a heartbeat.
"No, I haven't (been approached), I haven't at all. I would, in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah. Very much so."
Well, that actually looks...amazing! It's hard to imagine Christopher Nolan ever tackling an animated movie (though you never know), but if he does, make it a dark superhero family drama made by Pixar. It doesn't sound like a Marvel/Pixar collaboration will ever happen - more on that can be found by clicking here - but a Nolan/Pixar one sounds even better, especially if you thrown in Hans Zimmer on scoring duties. So, who wants to start the petition to get Nolan to helm The Incredibles 2? Check out the video above and share your thoughts below. »
Ever since its debut episode, the comparisons between The CW’s Arrow and Christopher Nolan’s most recent reboot of Batman have been impossible to miss. But since then Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his surrounding cast of DC Comics heroes and villains have grown out of the Dark Knight’s shadow, adopting a similarly grounded style, but incorporating characters from the realm of “Batman” comics that even Nolan left off the big screen.
And with Season 3 of the series promising to introduce a brand new take on ‘League of Assassins’ leader Ra’s al Ghul, the pressure is on to live up to the strong performance Liam Neeson first delivered in Batman Begins. However, the showrunners ...
- Andrew Dyce
We’re still waiting to hear which actor will portray Ra’s al Ghul for his starring role as the main villain of Arrow season 3, but it seems that Liam Neeson is more than willing to reprise his role from Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, should the opportunity present itself.
“No, I haven’t [been approached], I haven’t at all,” Neeson tells MTV during a promotional interview for his new film A Walk Among the Tombstones. “I would [do it], in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah. Very much so.”
While Neeson is keen, it is of course unlikely that we’ll see him joining The CW show, but he did offer up some advice for whoever ends up suceeding him in the role:
“They have to believe in their philosophy. Ra’s al Ghul absolutely believed what he was doing was ultimately saving civilization, and »
- Gary Collinson
Pixar’s The Incredibles was absolute perfection. I couldn’t be happier that director Brad Bird is working on the story for the sequel. As light and fun as the movie was, it had some dark and intense moments — small children were in perilous situations half the movie and a whole lotta superheroes were killed. Bobby Burns took those darker scenes and laid Syndrome’s more menacing speeches over them in this fake trailer that imagines The Incredibles as a Christopher Nolan film. He even cuts it to Hans Zimmer’s music from the Dark Knight trilogy to great effect.
This trailer features a lot of Syndrome. If they ever decide to do a live action film about the superhero family (I hope they don't), Tj Miller would make for the perfect Syndrome. He sounds enough like Jason Lee (the voice of Syndrome for the animated film) and looks just like the character. »
- Eli Reyes
Get More: Movie Trailers, Celebrity News Ra's Al Ghul was recently revealed to be the big bad of Arrow's third season, and while we still don't know who will play the villain in The CW series, we do now know of at least one actor interested in taking on the role even if does just so happen to be someone who's already played him! Asked by MTV News whether he's been approached about making a return, Liam Neeson told them: "No, I haven’t, I haven’t at all," but if asked, "I would, in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah Very much so." Of course, the chances of the network being able to afford an actor of Neeson's calibre or Arrow linking to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy in this way are pretty much slim to none, but it would still be interesting to see! »
We can debate all day which comic book hero is cooler: DC or Marvel? Superman or Spiderman? Justice League or The Avengers? Batman or anyone who isn’t cool enough to be Batman? But it’s no question that Marvel has a serious leg-up on DC in the movie business.
Outside of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, DC has had a harder time making their characters stick and is even behind the ball in planning their lineup of films. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was one of the highest grossing films of last year, but it was forgotten as a dour, colorless, over-important mess as soon as it arrived. And yet this model may be the template DC is pursuing with all their future projects.
- Brian Welk
An actor prepares to face the final curtain of his career in “The Humbling,” director Barry Levinson’s free-form adaptation of Philip Roth’s penultimate novel, about a star of stage and screen beginning to lose the tricks of his trade (and possibly his grasp on reality). In one of those curious quirks of timing, Levinson’s film arrives hot on the heels of another polymorphous movie about an actor in crisis, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman,” in whose deservedly large shadow it may be doomed to dwell. But where Inarritu’s exuberant style piece calls to mind the likes of Fosse and Fellini, “The Humbling” feels closer to the intimate theater/film hybrid works of Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn (“My Dinner With Andre,” “Vanya on 42nd Street”) in its lo-fi aesthetics and gently playful sense of art imitating life imitating art. , though doing so will surely prove to be an uphill climb. »
- Scott Foundas
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
If you watched the second season of Arrow then you no doubt heard the mention of supervillain Ra's al Ghul. Unsurprisingly he will be the main antagonist of the third season which is set to premiere on October 8, 2014. While people are still waiting to hear which actor will portray Ra’s al Ghul for the starring role, Liam Neeson has mentioned he is more than willing to reprise his role from Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. He said to »
- Graham McMorrow
Up until now, Legendary Pictures has been a production company exclusively associated with high concept, big budget popcorn fare (they've been responsible for everything from Christopher Nolan's Batman movies to "Pacific Rim"), but with the success of "Paranormal Activity," and similarly low-cost genre material, the studio is branching out by going small. This week's "As Above, So Below," a grainy, archeology-themed found footage movie that uneasily mixes "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with "Flatliners," is the first effort under this new initiative. While the movie certainly has its share of thrills, it's clear that it lacks that zeitgeist-capturing magic that the best low-budget horror films offer. If Legendary is looking for a potential franchise, they might have to dig elsewhere. Even with its ridiculously pretentious title, "As Above, So Below" has the most basic of genre set-ups: a team of archeologists and urban »
- Drew Taylor
Just last week we got a look at the trailer for Up if it had been directed by Michael Bay. Using the all of the tricks, lens flares, and explosions the filmmaker is known for, the clip was a good one. Now, we have another mash-up, this time combining two of the best superhero films of all time: The Dark Knight and The Incredibles. Imagining the Pixar classic as if it were helmed by Christopher Nolan may be the closest we will ever get to seeing what his vision for Watchmen may have looked »
- Alex Maidy
Batman has had a lot of crazy adventures over the years. From the early, pulpy days to the campy Adam West-style sixties stories and back full circle to the dark and moody yarns that inspired and were inspired by Christopher Nolan’s films, there’s been plenty of opportunity to weirdness in all of its forms. Over his 75-year history he’s had some iconic storylines, some strange turns, and some shocking twists that came out of somewhere. There are Batman graphic novels which we wouldn’t mind handing over to non-comics readers, so sure are we of their literary significance and sequential storytelling aplomb. Then there are the other Batman stories.
The ones that get everything wrong which stories like Year One and The Long Halloween get right. The storylines where our masked hero acts entirely out of character and we’re less likely to daydream about being him, »
- Tom Baker
Summer in Hollywood iced over early, and never recovered.
Despite an August thaw that saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” shatter expectations, the summer box office will likely finish at its lowest point in eight years. Ticket sales are running 15% below last summer’s.
Thanks to the magic of CGI, cities crumbled on a weekly basis, defended by a rotating band of masked superheroes. But are these scorched movie metropolises a metaphor for a business being bombarded by newer, snazzier forms of non-theatrical entertainment, or is this a momentary stumble for an industry that’s still soaring?
“You can’t chalk it up to anything other than a weak slate of movies that didn’t resonate with consumers,” said Eric Wold, an analyst with B. Riley & Co. “We were expecting poor numbers to start with, and it got a lot worse.”
Studio executives and exhibitors argue »
- Brent Lang
The 41st Telluride Film Festival, which has become a harbinger of heavyweight Oscar contenders over the past few years, has announced its schedule for the fest – which opens Friday and runs through Labor Day — just as a charter planeload of industry festgoers departs Lax. Despite a well-publicized battle with the upcoming Toronto Film Festival over Oscar-buzzed movies, Telluride honchos Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger have some pretty impressive contenders in the mix. Of course, film-freak paradise that it is, Telluride is not all about hot awards titles but a mix of programming that always whets the appetite of movie lovers who flock here each Labor Day weekend.
That said, Oscar watchers will be eagerly lining up for Fox Searchlight and New Regency’s Birdman, which is coming directly from its opening-night slot at the Venice Film Festival where it received rapturous reviews — not only for star Michael Keaton »
- Pete Hammond
Warner Bros is rumoured to have a no jokes policy for its DC Comics film adaptations.
The studio is demanding that no humour make its way into the Batman and Superman films and its other franchises, according to HitFix.
The article speculates that Warner may have decided to move away from comedy follow the failure of 2011's Green Lantern.
Marvel Studios has found continuing success with the mix of comedy, drama and action in its own franchise.
However, actor and filmmaker Seth Rogen has denied the reports via Twitter, branding the claims as "bulls**t".
What if in the midst of the Ferguson protests, literally on the scene with actors intertwined with real demonstrators, someone was filming a fictional drama with a romantic plot? That would seem disrespectful, I’m sure, if only because those events have been centered around the death of an individual. It might be different if there was a Hollywood production filming in the middle of something less personal, like the Occupy Wall Street protests, as Warner Bros. had reportedly been considering doing for parts of The Dark Knight Rises. That didn’t happen, and maybe it never was supposed to, because that sounds like a logistical nightmare as far as release forms and such are concerned. Plus, in retrospect, it would have been an unfortunate cameo for the 99% given that the movie’s superhero comes off as anti-ows, even if Christopher Nolan doesn’t mean to be critical of the movement. In »
- Christopher Campbell
Drew McWeeny at HitFix is reporting that no fewer than five sources have told him that Warner Bros. has a strict “No jokes” rule for all DC superhero movies in development. McWeeny posits that the rule is likely a reaction to the failure of Green Lantern, a terrible movie that was chock-full of jokes. It seems likely that the huge success of the very, very serious Dark Knight Trilogy also played a role in the formulation of the No Jokes rule, but I think they have learned the wrong lesson from their failures and successes.
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy took itself very seriously, exploring fear and pain and chaos. Batman Begins was an exciting departure from the lighter, brighter superhero movies we were used to, and the sequels plunged us even deeper into the darkness. The Dark Knight was probably the best, most important superhero movie that has ever been made, »
- Mily Dunbar
Tentpole movies get kind of a rough ride in terms of public perception. In the realm of cinematic releases, the term has become synonymous with the Big Bad Movie Studios sucking all the air out of the box office, and suffocating smaller, independent fare. They are associated with a bland, focus-group tested, homogenized type of filmmaking that blindly draws in the masses and force-feeds them pointless narrative junk food. Everything that’s wrong with the modern film industry can be blamed on the over-inflated budgets of the tentpole movie – isn’t that right?
Well, not really. First of all, tentpole movies serve a purpose. In theory, it is the job of a tentpole movie to hold up, balance out and support the financial performance of a studio in any given year. The tentpole movie is supposed to give the smaller productions breathing space by giving the studio the financial confidence »
- Sarah Myles
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