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With Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice preparing to ask the world whether Superman's actions at the end of Man Of Steel were reckless or justified, the world of DC's superheroes is about to be developed full steam ahead. While Zack Snyder's next entry into the canon is set to be released next March, the creative team is already working hard on the look of future franchises in the DC Comics line. We know this, because word is coming from those involved in the process that Justice League is not only the start of the world's finest hero team, it's also the beginning of the Batman franchise's visual language. In Empire's Batman v. Superman Dawn Of Justice issue, there's a particularly revealing interview with production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, who revealed: With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating »
Recently, Empire Magazine got to chat up "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" production designer, Patrick Tatopoulos, and he dished out some new spoilers in reference to the Batmobile and weapons that Batman will be working with in the flick. It turns out that we're going to see some rough, tough and grungy stuff from Ben Affleck's version of Batman. Patrick told them, of the Batmobile and the weapons: "He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking. Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged.” From there, he said: "Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, »
- Andre Braddox
Of all the Bat-gadgets, perhaps the most popular is the Batmobile. Each interpretation of the Caped Crusader has put its own spin on his favorite ride, and as we’ve already seen in the promotional materials, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is no exception. In a new interview, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos talks about what makes this Batmobile special, […]
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- Angie Han
It's been a fairly busy day for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice news, with plot details coming from the director and cast that reveal one very big connection between the superhero epic and the super villain adventure Suicide Squad. It seems Batman put all those bad guys away in prison. Earlier this morning, we also got 8 new photos from the Man of Steel follow-up. Empire has released yet another photo, this one featuring Bruce Wayne standing alone in his Batcave, staring at his Batsuit, ready to suit up for the title bout against Kal-El before he faces off against Lex Luthor.
This is a fairly familiar look at Ben Affleck's millionaire and his crime fighting costume. But it's still neat to see it from this angle. While the look and feel doesn't deviate too far from what we saw in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, it is a bit damper. »
If you haven’t already had your fill of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, following new stills, interviews and the fact that it will feature a “f*cked up” Caped Crusader, Empire Online’s coverage of Zack Snyder’s event film has brought forth further information about next year’s tentpole, specifically in relation to Bruce Wayne’s vehicular companions. After all, we can’t let Bats and Supes have all the attention now, can we?
Long before Warner Bros. released any official footage from Dawn of Justice, it was the Batmobile that drew a lot of interest thanks to a slew of leaked photos, forcing Snyder’s hand to debut the official snap you see above. As a mishmash of the hulking Tumbler and elongated speedster from Tim Burton’s films, the new take on the Batmobile is quite unique in style, and Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulos would »
- Michael Briers
Whew, what a day for Batman v Superman news, eh? So far, we've had new images, some big Batman reveals, Justice League details, Marvel vs. DC talk, another magazine cover, and even news on where Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent call home in Dawn of Justice. Now it's time to talk about the Batmobile. Production designer Patrick Tatopoulos describes the process of bringing that vehicle back to the big screen as, "[Truly] an emotional process - it's about what feels right. I showed Zack and Zack said, 'Cool.' Sometimes it just clicks. These films are very grounded. THere will be tons of CG, but also a lot of real stuff - especially with Batman. Of course, building a car from scratch is challenging. The car drives, jumps, pretty much does everything. We got the best people." "He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he's driving a tank that is very »
Following on from the fresh stills earlier this week, Empire has now published their feature story about Zack Snyder's upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" film and the greater overall DC cinematic universe initiative. First up, let's look at the new details revealed about "Batman v Superman".
Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne is being played as a mid-40s version who has been working as the Caped Crusader for around twenty years and has "lost those near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age of disease." Snyder says the arrival of Superman changes Wayne's perspective:
"We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: 'I've been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted »
- Garth Franklin
In the Comic-Con trailer for Batman v Superman, we saw Wayne Manor in ruins. The Batcave however could still be seen in good condition, but where Bruce Wayne actually calls home is hard to say. Well, those reports about him living in a house away from the mansion were correct as production designer Patrick Tatopoulos has confirmed that his new premises is set next to an idyllic lakeside and known as the Glasshouse. "Its footprint is minima, it is part of nature," he says. "You are designing a house that would have been designed by van der Rohe, how ballsy is that?" So, there go stupid fan theories that Bruce is going to be living either in the Batcave or like some sort of hobo in the ruins of his old home. "Bruce is the Bruce Wayne you know. He's a playboy, he's got money," Tatopoulos confirms. "He has this strength, »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Anticipation for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is higher than ever after the first trailer debuted last week, even though we still have just under a year before it hits theaters. Today, we have a new video from Bleacher Report where the site surprises Los Angeles Clippers player DeAndre Jordan, who is the biggest Batman fan in the NBA, with a tour at the Warner Bros. lot's Batman exhibit. There he got to see the new costumes and the Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
This video gives us probably the best close-up look at Ben Affleck's Batman suit, where Warner Bros.' tour guide John Kourounis explains that Batman has "a larger frame" than Superman (Henry Cavill), as we can see his costume literally towers over The Man of Steel. The NBA player is also shown the new Batmobile, which was designed by Dennis McCarthy and Patrick Tatopoulos. »
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NBA star DeAndre Jordan recently toured the Batman exhibit and was treated to an up-close look at not only the new Batmobile that Ben Affleck will be driving in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, but the costumes that DC’s holy Trinity will be donning.
Thankfully, he took the tour with a camera crew and has now posted a video of what he saw. Check it out below:
Several new things stick out here. As far as the costumes go, Wonder Woman’s suit has more color than we initially thought, while Batman’s is even more detailed than comic book fans expected. Not only does the Bat’s utility belt have dark yellow accents, but his gloves have steel-plated knuckles, which should help (slightly) when he engages in fisticuffs with the Man of Steel.
- James Garcia
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