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“It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes,” Gunn joked. “In really horribly brutal fashion.”
Jokes aside, Gunn confirmed that all five original Guardians will be back, along with unspecified other characters from the first film, and that fans may see the team adding members. Gunn also said the new film will uncover some secrets posed in the first.
“I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing ‘Guardians 2,'” Gunn said. “I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”
He also »
- Kevin Noonan
While Tom Hardy was recently listed as being up for a role in the forthcoming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, the first film that will follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he's got another comic book project chasing him too. The Wrap reports that The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star is also being courted for the titular villain role in X-Men: Apocalpyse. Funnily enough, Hardy was also shortlisted to once be up for the role of Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch, the latter of which is still in the running for that role as Marvel continues to find someone to take the lead role in their Phase Three film. The likelier role for Hardy would be Suicide Squad, if only because he's worked with producer Charles Roven before on The Dark Knight trilogy, and he's very involved in what's happening with all the DC Comics universe films. »
- Ethan Anderton
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Lego Batman, Lego DC Super Heroes, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Civil War, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Powers and more….
Well, it’s been a huge week for superhero news – so much so that it was a toss-up between Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios for our lead story this week. However, as we’ve been inundated with Marvel news, we’ll get things underway with Warner and its big DC Cinematic Universe announcement. Yes, the studio has finally revealed its plans post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Gary Collinson
Along with the aforementioned duo, Djawadi’s previous credits include work on Clash of the Titans and this year’s Dracula Untold. Now, the experienced composer will take a trip to Azeroth along with Moon director Duncan Jones, who recently confirmed that production had wrapped on the live-action epic.
But Warcraft is far from completion, what with Industrial Light and Magic knee deep in special effects work. And given the fantastical setting of Jones’ film, it may be some time yet before we see a full-length trailer.
That said, during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con event, lucky attendees were fortunate enough to see some early footage for the film, which has since been billed as combining the epic scope found in The Lord of the Rings »
- Michael Briers
Update, 4:50 Pm: The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is also looking likely for Suicide Squad. It looked like she was going to star in Ghost In The Shell for DreamWorks, but those talks fizzled. I’ve heard DreamWorks has instead made a $10M offer to Scarlett Johansson, whose action price has risen to that level after Lucy and her work as Black Widow. Robbie, who stars alongside Smith in the upcoming Focus, should slip nicely into the Warner Bros film. The studio would not comment.
Previous, 4:04 Pm: Warner Bros, which this week identified the DC Comics property Suicide Squad as one of its priority projects that will be released in 2016, is apparently moving aggressively on the film that will be directed by David Ayer as his follow to the Brad Pitt-starrer Fury. I’m hearing that both Will Smith and Tom Hardy are circling the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice crew has started constructing a large set in the desert in New Mexico. What could it be? Your guess is much better than mine in this case, so please speculate away in the comments. It could be Themyscira, the home of Wonder Woman. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons star in the superhero faceoff directed by Zack Snyder. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016. Hit the jump for a glimpse of the New Mexico structure. The Albuquerque station Koat 7 posted a brief news story on the production [via Cs]: Click here for all our Batman v Superman coverage or browse recent links below: Wonder Woman’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Origin Revealed Producer Charles Roven Says Ben Affleck Was the First Choice to Play Batman »
- Brendan Bettinger
Having served as producer on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, Charles Roven is now involved with the latest incarnation of the Caped Crusader, as Zack Snyder’s brings together Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel for the eagerly-anticipated 2016 sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. During a Hollywood Masters interview for Lmu Film School, Roven has now spoken about the casting of Ben Affleck, as well as stating how this interpretation of Bruce Wayne / Batman differs from previous versions, and teasing the expansion of the DC movie universe leading up to the Justice League movie.
“We knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him against this young Superman, so we wanted a guy who was tougher, rugged, had signs of life, had lived a hard life,” states Roven. “We wanted the guy to have chops, for sure. »
- Gary Collinson
One of the major problems facing DC in adapting their characters to the screen is just how many times they have completely overhauled some of them. Case in point: there is some controversy this week after producer Charles Roven explained which version of the origin story of Wonder Woman will be featured when the character makes her debut in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice." Basically, they're making her Thor. This is the version of the character who is part of what's called the DC New 52 Universe. She is a demigod, and her father is Zeus. That's pretty much it. What makes the decision frustrating to many fans is that Wonder Woman isn't just a superpowered girl as originally imagined. She was a being shaped from the righteous fury of murdered women. There's something great and primal about the idea that the Amazons were all created from the »
- Drew McWeeny
Towards the end of a video interview with THR, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of justice producer Charles Roven spoke a little about how this film would integrate the highly skilled but superpower-less Batman into the world established in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, essentially setting up the Justice League movie. One super-powered being the caped crusader will be encountering in these films is Diana of Themyscira, aka Wonder Woman, and according to Roven we can expect to see the modernized "New 52" take on the character's origins. The classic DC telling of Wonder Woman's "birth" is pretty out there. Diana was created from clay, and gifted with the soul of the unborn daughter of the first woman to ever be murdered by a man. But the New 52 origin was much more conventional (well, we're still talking about Gods shagging here but you know what I mean) and saw Zeus and »
The growing call for a female superhero movie has long featured Wonder Woman at its heart. As the third of DC’s most iconic, successful and recognizable superheroes, her absence from mainstream culture has been increasingly noticeable. While Batman and Superman have both enjoyed reboot upon reboot in popular TV and film, the Amazon Princess has been restricted to the pages of her comic books – save for an all-too-brief 1970s TV show and appearances in relatively obscure animation.
Consequently, we know all about the tragic end of Bruce Wayne’s parents, and the heartwarming adoption story of Kryptonian Kal-El. Few are as familiar with the origins of Wonder Woman – but her upcoming appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice looks set to change all that, as producer Charles Roven has confirmed that this Wonder Woman will be taken from the most recent comic book reboot.
Now, apart from the »
- Sarah Myles
In a new interview, producer Charles Roven (Man of Steel) revealed that Ben Affleck was the first and only choice to play Batman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." "He was the first guy we went to. That's who we wanted," he explained. "We knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him with this very young Superman. So we wanted a guy who was tougher, rugged, who had signs of life, who had lived a hard life. So when we went down that list, there just weren't a tremendous number of guys who could carry that." Roven continued: "We also wanted a guy with big stature. Ben is 6'4. Henry [Cavill] is 6'1. We wanted Batman to tower over Superman. Not hugely, not like a basketball player. Superman needed to 'look up' to Batman. We wanted that dynamic, and Ben could do that, easily. »
The dust has long, long since died down on Ben Affleck inheriting the role of Batman, and particularly off the back of his excellent work in David Fincher's Gone Girl, it may be that some doubts have dissipated. Whether they have or haven't, he's still going to be playing the Caped Crusader on the big screen in Zack Snyder's 2016 movie, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
He added that "we knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him with this very young Superman. So we wanted a guy who was tougher, »
Wonder Woman may be one of the most popular superheroes of all time, but her origin story has always been somewhat of a mystery. For a long time, the story went that Baby Diana was sculpted out of clay by Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, who desperately wanted a daughter. When DC decided to revamp Wonder Woman's origin story, they simplified it by making her the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and Zeus, thus turning her into another demigoddess.
Now that Wonder Woman is finally headed to the big screen in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, one of the concerns may be the super-heroine's origin story. During a recent interview at the Loyola Marymount School of Film and TV, producer Charles Roven revealed that DC will be going with the New 52 storyline, in which Wonder Woman comes into being by having Zeus impregnate Queen Hippolyta.
Perhaps this is DC's way »
- Laura Frances
Talking about the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" with THR, producer Charles Roven revealed that Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in the film will have a quite different origin story than expected.
Roven says: "Wonder Woman is in it. We know that. She has powers. She's a goddess. She's a demi-god. Her father was Zeus." The quote hints that her origin story falls more in line with the New 52 DC Comics reboot version.
In that version, Diana was born out of her mother Hippolyta's union with Zeus, the Greek god who still walks the Earth along with the other gods. How much of Wonder Woman's back story will figure into this film's action is unknown.
"He was the first guy we went to. That's who we wanted. »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier today, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice producer Charles Roven revealed new details about why they cast Ben Affleck as Batman in this highly-anticipated superhero adventure. At the very end of his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the producer revealed an intriguing tidbit about Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, that hints her origin story falls in line with the New 52 DC Comics reboot.
"Wonder Woman is in it. We know that. She has powers. She's a goddess. She's a demi-god. Her father was Zeus."
In the original DC Comics, Wonder Woman was literally molded from clay by Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons, who desired a daughter. The Amazons were created by the gods, using the souls of women murdered by men. There was one soul remaining, the unborn daughter of Hippolyta, the first woman ever to be murdered by a man. Hippolyta made a figure out of clay, »
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice producer Charles Roven recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway for The Hollywood Masters, and revealed some really interesting things about the Zack Snyder film currently in production. You can watch the whole segment where Roven talks about Dawn of Justice below.
Roven gives the fullest account I’ve heard so far about the decision to cast Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. Roven points out that among many other things, they really wanted Batman to tower over Superman. Seeing as Affleck is 6’4” and Henry Cavill is about 6’1”, Affleck certainly fits the bill. Roven recaps their plan to expand the universe, and also reveals that Wonder Woman is a demigod and that her father is Zeus. Unless that last detail was said in jest, it seemingly squashes previous rumors that this iteration of Wonder Woman could be Kryptonian. There are a »
- Eli Reyes
Wonder Woman is one of the most famous superheroes of our superhero-besotted century, but the character's backstory is confusing and hazy, rife with reboots and retcons and various frustrated attempts to reconcile the various far-flung aspects of Wonder Woman's history. Pretty much every version of Wonder Woman is some kind of princess of some kind of Amazons, a warrior woman from an all-female society. But the specifics shift, occasionally in bizarre directions. (For a long time, it was generally accepted that Wonder Woman was originally made out of clay.) The character will finally make it to the big screen »
- Darren Franich
Producer Charles Roven recently took part in an extended interview at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, and his comments with regards to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are quite interesting. We already shared what he had to say about Wonder Woman’s origin story earlier today, but more of the interview has now surfaced online, offering up even more revealing tidbits about director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up. Roven says that Ben Affleck was the first actor they approached to play Batman in the pic, adding that they were looking for someone who could physically tower over Superman and play a “very, very, very rough” version of Batman. Additionally, Roven talked a bit about Christopher Nolan’s involvement in Batman v Superman, saying he's acting in an “advisory capacity” on the film. Much more after the jump. In discussing the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, »
- Adam Chitwood
Recently, The Hollywood Reporter folks got to chat it up with "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" producer, Charles Roven in the new video clip (below), and he served up a lot of new spoiler details for the flick. It turns out that this Batman version is going to be a very,very rough dude. And his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, is going to be a social beast. Also, Christopher Nolan is involved as an executive producer, and was involved in getting Ben Affleck onboard for the Batman role. In the clip, Charles also revealed that they wanted a very mature Batman, because they wanted to juxtapose him with Henry Cavill’s young Superman. They wanted a guy with a large stature, so he could to tower over Superman. They wanted Superman to have to look up to Batman. Ben Affleck was the first actor they went to for the Batman role. »
The titular heroes of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may be getting most of the attention, but don.t forget that a certain Amazon princess will have an important role. Other than the casting of Gal Gadot and the official image of her released at San Diego Comic-Con, there hasn.t been much revealed about the cinematic Wonder Woman. Her look is obviously inspired by the New 52 (she.s rocking the lasso And the sword), but will her background be altered in any way? It wouldn.t be the first time a comic book movie has dramatically changed a character.s origin story. Fortunately, it seems that Diana of Themyscira.s origin will closely follow her current comic book incarnation.s past. While being interviewed at "The Hollywood Masters" series at the Loyola Marymount School of Film and TV, Batman V Superman producer Charles Roven stated that Wonder Woman »
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