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Two years ago, Zack Snyder took San Diego Comic-Con by storm to announce that Batman would be joining Superman on screen for the first time in history in the sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel. That project has since evolved to become Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and is no longer a straight-forward follow-up, but instead a gateway into a larger cinematic shared universe that all leads into two massive Justice League team-up films.
That’s the shape of things now, but what of Snyder’s original plan? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly – which just released the very first still images from the film – he opened up about his original ideas and revealed that Metallo was meant to be the villain of Man of Steel 2, not Batman.
“I remember talking about ‘What’s the next villain? We can’t do another alien invasion.’ Brainiac was definitely down the road. »
- James Garcia
We.ve known for some time that DC.s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice involves much more than just the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel throwing down. It.s also going to introduce other members of their impending movie universe. A key one of these is Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, and though we don.t know anything substantial about her role, the director assures us that it is going to be a vital one, especially moving forward towards the Justice League movies. Talking to EW, director Zack Snyder, who also helmed Man of Steel in 2013, revealed that Wonder Woman is indeed going to be a lynchpin role. He said: She plays a super-important part. In a lot of ways, she.s the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League. In all fairness, this quote doesn.t actually reveal how much Gadot and »
It has long been rumored that, at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans will be introduced to the full Justice League, with Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) coming together with Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). While we'll likely have to wait until next March to find out if this is true or not, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Wonder Woman has a very important role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, teasing that she is the 'gateway drug" to the Justice League.
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Yesterday Entertainment Weekly unloaded a batch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice images as part of its Comic-Con issue, giving us a peek at the hotly-anticipated DC movie ahead of next week’s Sdcc panel [check them out here, here and here]. Well, now they’ve posted some comments from The Dark Knight himself Ben Affleck, who described how he felt when he was first offered the cape and cowl.
“My first reaction was ‘Are you sure?’ At the time I was 40, 41, and had just finished Argo, and I felt like ‘This seems like a strange way to get to Batman.’ But Zack convinced me… I thought if I was going to direct a movie like this, which I would like to do at some point, I need to have something of a refresher course of how these movies are done.”
See Also: 4 DC Villains That Ben Affleck’s Batman Has To Battle
There has of »
- Gary Collinson
As Entertainment Weekly rightly points out, there hasn't been a single superhero movie released featuring a female lead since Iron Man and The Dark Knight rejuvinated the superhero movie genre in 2008. That's all set to change with Wonder Woman in 2017 of course, but we'll meet her for the first time in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, brace yourselves for more than just a cameo appearance from the character. "She plays a super-important part," says director Zack Snyder. "In a lot of ways, she’s the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League." That sounds huge, but Gal Gadot didn't let the pressure get to her though (at least not at first). That was mainly because she went into the audiotion with no idea that she was up for the role of Wonder Woman. In fact, Snyder had her read a scene from Pulp Fiction! »
Yesterday, we showed you new photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice courtesy of Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con preview, which featured Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and a long-haired Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Today, we have new scene descriptions from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which take place at Wayne Manor, the Batcave and the rooftop where these superhero icons square off. The Wayne Manor scene features Bruce Wayne and his butler Alfred (Jeremy Irons), both described as "comically grim," while the Manor itself has apparently seen better days, described as a "derelict husk" with "strewn leaves across the floor." Here's an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly's article describing this scene.
"Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and his loyal butler, Alred (Jeremy Irons), are gravely intoning their lines into a burned-out fireplace, as Bruce prepares for his Valley of Elah moment with Superman. The billionaire vigilante appears weary but determined, »
When DC Comics and Warner Bros. announced their crazy 9 movie line-up back in August of last year, many thought it was way too ambitious. Fans and pundits alike shook their heads, claiming there was no way it could happen. But the studios are proving them all wrong. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is completed and awaiting release next March, Suicide Squad is near the end of filming in Toronto and will soon move into post-production, and Wonder Woman is currently in the stages of pre-production and has a director attached in Patty Jenkins. Now comes word from EW that the script for Justice League Part 1 is finished!
Screenwriter Chris Terrio has completed the screenplay, though it isn't known how many drafts it has been through, or how many polishes it will need before the movie begins shooting next year for its set release date of November 10, 2017. It's not the »
It.s no secret what.s going to happen when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.s titular protagonists meet next year: they.ll be throwing down in fisticuffs. As we saw from the teaser trailer, Batman is one of Superman.s many critics, and fearing that the Kryptonian poses a danger to humanity, will take matters into his own hands and try to take down Earth.s alien adoptee. Although partly inspired by the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns (just look at Batman.s high-tech armor), Warner Bros. has been keeping a tight lid on what this brawl will look like, but now we have a better idea of how intense this conflict will be. Director Zack Snyder showed off parts of the fight to EW (found via Heroic Hollywood) in his Pasadena editing bay. Described as "early passes of the money sequence," the scenes featured the two »
Fans have long debated the difference between DC and Marvel movies, a debate that will only get bigger as Warners expands its fledgling DC Cinematic Universe in coming years and offers a big push of that front at next weekend's Comic Con.
A few months back Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara was asked about the debate and said: "The worlds of DC are very different. They’re steeped in realism, and they’re a little bit edgier than Marvel’s movies." It was a comment that incited a lot of debate on social media networks.
"It is more mythic, it is more grand in that way, and it is a little more realistic. Just by their nature, these »
- Garth Franklin
Ben Affleck knows what you thought when he was cast as Batman -- because he thought it, too. The newly single star told Entertainment Weekly recently that he, like many fans of the DC Comics character, questioned whether director Zack Snyder had made the right decision in asking him to don the iconic Batsuit for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. "My first reaction was, 'Are you sure?'" Affleck, 42, recalled to the mag for its new issue, which debuted two days after the [...] »
Rumors regarding the villains for Man Of Steel 2 have been circulating since before Man Of Steel was even released. The likes of Doomsday, Brainiac and Metallo have all been linked to the blockbuster at some point or another, and it now turns out that there was just cause for fans to think the latter duo were going to be involved. Because they almost were. Zack Snyder made this admission to Entertainment Weekly, via Comic Book Movie, for the publication.s on-set visit, explaining that during their early discussions for where to take the DC universe, it was suggested that John Corben.s villainous alter-ego should be feature. Snyder admitted: I remember talking about, .What.s the next villain? We can.t do another alien invasion.. Brainiac was definitely down the road. Metallo, I think, was going to be the main bad guy of this movie. Metallo and Brainiac are »
Following on from yesterday's first look photos, new details have emerged about various key scenes in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" film . EW reports that one "comically grim" scene will take place at Wayne Manor and features both a weary Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and his butler Alfred (Jeremy Irons) sitting around a burned-out fireplace. In the scene, Wayne Manor is now a "derelict husk" and the pair are discussing Bruce's upcoming confrontation with Superman.
Another scene features the same pair having a discussion in the Batcave: "Bruce outlines his motivations to a skeptical Alfred, a bit of realpolitik reasoning that weighs the morality of a preemptive strike on Superman against even the minimal chance of humanity's destruction."
Yet another one is the extended fight between the two superheroes seen in the trailer. In the fight, the pair are seen "throwing each other through walls »
- Garth Franklin
For one weekend every year, film, TV, and comic book studios descend upon San Diego to present and preview some of their biggest and/or most exciting upcoming projects. Comic-Con is where Marvel first announced the title Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s where Zack Snyder took the stage to reveal that the Man of Steel follow-up would be a “Batman vs. Superman” movie, and it’s where Tom Hiddleston entered Hall H in character as Loki and bent thousands of people to his will. But Comic-Con is host to more than just panels previewing blockbusters. Last year David Fincher took part in a small panel looking back on Fight Club, and this year Joss Whedon gets the Hall H stage all to himself to do…something. With the Collider staff set to embark on our trip to San Diego next week where we’ll be bringing you recaps, interviews, »
- Adam Chitwood
A version of this story first appeared in the July 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Remember Comic-Con 2013? When Zack Snyder came onstage as a surprise guest at the Warner Bros./DC Comics panel and announced to a crowd of thousands that he’d be making another Superman movie, this one — incredible! — also starring Batman? It was the biggest moment of the convention … for about six hours. Then Disney/Marvel held their panel in Hall H, spilled a few details about Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age
- Rebecca Ford
"Daredevil" is one of the most derided superhero movies of all time, and apparently, its star agrees with that criticism.
Ben Affleck, who's playing a more high-profile hero in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," told Entertainment Weekly that director Zack Snyder's dark vision for that flick is much more advanced than the thinking that went into the production of 2003's "Daredevil."
"'Daredevil' didn't work, at all. If I wanted to go viral I would be less polite," Affleck told EW. "That was before people realized you could make these movies and make them well. There was a cynical sense of 'Put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, hunt some bad guys, and cash the check.'"
Those are some harsh words, but Affleck isn't exactly wrong. As EW points out, there seems to be a line in the sand »
- Katie Roberts
Entertainment Weekly has published an array of official on-set shots from Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, featuring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Israeli actor Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. So what do they tell us? Here’s a handful of superhero sleights of hand we did not quite see coming.
Related: Will Batman breathe life into Suicide Squad or just kill our buzz?
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- Ben Child
"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Cast includes Henry Cavill as 'Superman'/'Clark Kent', Ben Affleck as 'Batman'/'Bruce Wayne', Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane' and Laurence Fishburne as 'Perry White'. Also starring are Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent', Jesse Eisenberg as 'Lex Luthor', Ray Fisher as 'Cyborg' and Gal Gadot as 'Wonder Woman'/'Diana Prince'"
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- Michael Stevens
Sneak Peek a new official image of actor Jesse Eisenberg as criminal master-mind 'Lex Luthor', plus a behind-the-scenes look at him, with and without his wig and hairpiece, on the Detroit, Michigan set of director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" follow-up "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":
...described as "...a power-mad, evil scientist" of high intelligence and incredible technological prowess.
Luthor's ultimate goal of killing 'Superman' was to be a stepping stone to his evil domination of the universe.
In subsequent comic books, Luthor became hairless as the result of an artist's mistake. A 1960 story by Jerry Siegel expanded upon Luthor's origin and motivations, revealing him to be a childhood friend of Superman's who lost his hair when a fire destroyed his laboratory. »
- Michael Stevens
Marvel Studios have eleven hits under their belt, and Ant-Man looks set to be the twelfth if tracking is to be believed. Warner Bros. meanwhile have a lot of catching up to do, but they'll be making their impact felt in 2016 with the amazing looking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Is director Zack Snyder worried about moviegoers getting sick of the superhero movie genre before the DC Cinematic Universe get off the ground though? "If [this gеnrе] tаlks аbоut us аnd thе humаn соnditiоn, whiсh I think hоpеfully thеsе mоviеs dо in sоmе wаy, thеn I think thаt it dоеsn’t rеаlly hаvе аn еxpirаtiоn dаtе," the filmmaker revealed. "But l dо bеliеvе thе sоrt оf mаss-mаrkеtеd соnsumеrist vеrsiоn соuld gеt thin if yоu’rе nоt саrеful. Wе’vе just gоt tо bе саrеful." Ben Affleck is also pretty positive when it comes to the future of superhero movies, and went »
Entertainment Weekly unveiled a bunch of new photos from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," in addition to several story details. Check everything out below. According to director Zack Snyder, using Batman in a follow-up to "Man of Steel" came from an idea for a "Man of Steel" post-credits scene. "I said, 'What about at the end of the movie we do a scene where there's a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor,'" he explained. "Everyone was like, 'Okaay.' Once you say it out loud it's a problem because you can't unsay it." Kryptonite made it into the story. In fact, during a climactic rooftop fight between Batman and Superman, Batman will be wearing a reinforced suit that will not only give him super-strength, but is also lined with Kryptonite. One of the photos released by EW giving us a glimpse at the confrontation. And regarding »
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