18 items from 2015
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Constantine, Batman vs. Robin, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Carter, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Black Cat, Powers and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which gave us a new shot (well, new angle) of Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight thanks to an image of Batman alongside the previously released promo shots of Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Gal Gadot’s Amazon Princess, as well as some promotional artwork of the World’s Finest squaring off, »
- Gary Collinson
With the launch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still over a year away, Warner Bros. is continuing with preparations for the rest of the films they have announced for their DC Cinematic Universe.
One of those announced and already in pre-production is Aquaman, the aquatic hero who can talk to fish, starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), who is reported to have signed a four-picture deal with WB. The solo film is set for a 2018 release, and the cogs are moving quickly on the project.
Rumours abound that there are two scripts in the mix for the film, both of which are are big budget adventures, putting the Aquaman film into a huge, expansive adventure. All of that will of course follow Momoa’s appearance in Dawn of Justice next year, alongside Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader, Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, »
- Scott J. Davis
Zack Snyder built the foundation for the DC Cinematic Universe with 2013’s Man of Steel, and will be at the helm of another three big installments as well: Next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League Part 1 in 2017, and Justice League Part 2 in 2019. As if that weren’t enough to suggest that the director holds a lot of the power about how the Dccu shapes up, we’re now hearing that he may have been responsible for getting another filmmaker’s foot in the door as well.
According to Latino-Review, 300: Rise of an Empire helmer Noam Murro is “on the list” of contenders to helm the upcoming Aquaman film – a list that also includes the previously-rumored Mud director Jeff Nichols. Murro closely emulated the trademark style that Snyder utilized in the first 300 film, so one has to wonder if he’d do the same for Aquaman if given the chance. »
- James Garcia
Warner Bros is certainly planning ahead when it comes to its DC movie universe, as by the sounds of it, it's slowly moving people into place for its 2018 Aquaman movie.
We already know that Jason Momoa is set to take the title role in the film (and may well also debut the character in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice next year). But it's now being reported that Warner Bros has a pair of potential directors in mind too.
Sheridan will play a younger version of Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, Turner will play the telepath Jean Grey, and Shipp will play Storm, who can control the weather.
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- Linda Ge
He’s part of Warners and DC’s big push to get the Justice League and others on to screens to start competing with Marvel, and from the sounds of new rumours, Aquaman will be a big event for the studio. Warners is reportedly hoping to score Karl Urban’s services in an unspecified role, though one that could see him going up against Jason Momoa’s hero.The new information comes from Latino Review’s sources, which means that it has to stay in the rumour decompression chamber for now, despite the site’s increasing reputation for superhero scoops. We already know that both Gangster Squad’s Will Beall and 300: Rise Of An Empire’s Kurt Johnstad have been working on different script concepts and now there’s another link to the latter film, with its director Noam Murro joining Mud's Jeff Nichols on the list of potential megaphone folk. »
Last month, rumor spread that Mud and Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols was being considered to direct WB/DC's Aquaman solo film starring Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa. Now Latino-Review reports that 300: Rise of an Empire director Noam Murro is a new contender for the job, although a final decision hasn't been made as of yet. As Lr notes, the Murro possibility makes sense considering his ties with 300: Roae producer Zack Snyder who, though not officially considered a godfather of WB's superhero franchise, is about as close as it gets considering he'll have directed Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and both parts of the upcoming Justice League (at least) when all is said and done.
- Ben Pearson
The aftermath of the massive Sony hack not only revealed inside information about several of the studio's projects, but even a few that were being put together elsewhere. Last month, leaked documents revealed that Warner Bros. is eyeing Jeff Nichols (Mud) to direct their Aquaman movie, which has Jason Momoa attached to star. Today, a new report from Latino Review reveals that Jeff Nichols is still in the running to direct, but now Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) has emerged as another directorial candidate, with Warner Bros. also eyeing Karl Urban for a supporting role that may be the villain.
Warner Bros. is reportedly waiting for Karl Urban to start and finish production on Star Trek 3 sometime this year, so they can lock him in to join the cast of Aquaman. The studio has set a July 27, 2018 release date for Aquaman, but it isn't known when they may actually start production. »
Latino Review broke the news and also says that "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Trek" star Karl Urban is being sought for a supporting role in the film which may be the villain (Ocean Master maybe?).
Jason Momoa will play the title character in the film. Momoa will make an appearance as the character in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" ahead of this solo film due for release in July 2018. Momoa apparently has a four-picture deal to play Aquaman, the other two films of the deal being the two-part "Justice League" movie
- Garth Franklin
As the director of Man of Steel as well as the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League movies, Zack Snyder clearly has quite a bit of sway when it comes to the growing DC Cinematic Universe at Warner Bros. So far this clout has led him to direct some huge blockbusters, but it seems it may also be opening the door for his friends. Hence, Noam Murro - the director of 300: Rise of an Empire - is now rumored to be eyed for the helm of Aquaman. This story comes to us from the folks over at Latino-Review, who also add that Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols is still in the Aquaman race as well - as we reported last month. While this rumor - like any other - should be taken with a grain of salt, apparently Noam Murro is on the list because »
Even though "Aquaman" isn't due in theaters until 2018, there's no time like the present to start planning. Warner Bros. currently has dueling drafts of the script on the go, but the bottom line is, any movie set on water is going to be expensive. Toss in what audiences expect from superhero movies these days, and unless you're careful, you could wind up with "Waterworld" on your hands (a movie that actually isn't as bad as its reputation). At any rate, Warner Bros. appears to be trying to piece together the talent to bring the movie to life. Latino Review reports that Noam Murro ("300: Rise Of An Empire") is now in the mix to direct, joining Jeff Nichols on the list of possible filmmakers. The former proved he candle a big budget, and watery special effects, with '300,' while the latter has his first major studio movie, "Midnight Special, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It looks like Entourage wasn't that far off when it came to Aquaman.
The aquatic hero with the power to talk to fish is being portrayed by Jason Momoa for a rumored four-picture deal. We're hearing Warner Brothers is gearing up the 2018 solo outing for the hero and is ready to introduce the character to the public in a way that we won't make fun of him. If Marvel can do it for Groot, why not WB for Aquaman?
Currently there are two scripts in the running (as we've seen previously in WB/DC land, multiple scripts go at once) and both are Big in the budgetary department, putting the Aquaman film more into a world-building spectacle blockbuster like Avatar (see the Entourage connection?). The Aquaman character is going to see a hard push in the media after he's introduced in the DC Cinematic Universe to prepare general audiences for »
- Kellvin Chavez
It's been a while since we've heard anything on the Aquaman front, but now Latino Review have provided a few juicy details on who might just take the helm of Arthur Curry's solo movie in 2018. According to them both Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) and Noam Murrow (300: Rise Of An Empire) are the directors Warner Bros' are looking at to guide Jason Momoa through the perilous depths. Both have very different filmmaking styles, but that might fit with what the site are also hearing about 2 different scripts doing the rounds. As far as casting goes, word is that WB are waiting for Star Trek 3 to finish production because they are interested in Karl Urban (Dredd) for an "unspecified supporting role", which could well be the villain, Ocean Master. I think Nichols is a very inteetsing choice, but considering I named the 300 sequel as one of my worst »
“There has always been a part of me as a filmmaker that wants to pull back the curtain and explore the inner-workings of industry, and look at what’s really going on behind the scenes”
The feature debut of writer-director Sara Colangelo, Little Accidents is an intense small town drama that premiered to positive notices at the 2014 installment of the Sundance Film Festival, and is now seeing a release one year on. Starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas and Chloë Sevigny, it concerns several players in a town recently devastated by a fatal mining accident. There’s Amos (Holbrook), the sole survivor of the accident that killed ten of his colleagues; Owen (Lofland), whose father was one of those who perished; Bill (Lucas), a mining company executive whose role in the accident has made his family a target of contempt for the town’s anger and sorrow »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Well here's something you don't see too often. Just two months out from a planned March release, Warner Bros. has moved Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" all the way to Dec. 11, 2015. Let's all make the silly pun together: that's right in the heart of the Oscar season. The studio has a couple of options to play with on the prestige side next year. There's Joe Wright's "Pan" in the summer. There's Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass," though that's lingering in a weird September corridor at the moment. There's "The Intern" from Nancy Meyers in November and then there's one of the most anticipated films of the year for me, Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special," also in November. So there isn't a whole lot to play with for awards, I guess. Or a lot of question marks, anyway. So this is either faith »
- Kristopher Tapley
Jeff Nichols has been a steadily rising director since his excellent 2007 debut, Shotgun Stories, which first united him with star Michael Shannon, who has gone on to appear in all his features since. 2011’s Take Shelter, starring Shannon and Jessica Chastain, premiered at Sundance before hitting Cannes, while 2012’s Mud played in the main competition at Cannes before heading to Sundance. Each film has seen a significant increase in production value, so we’re not surprised to find Nichols finally working on a studio financed production with Midnight Special, starring Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, and returning cast members Shannon and Sam Shepard. A sci-fi film concerning a father and son that go on the run after discovering his child has special powers, this recalls a heyday of adult studio genre films from the 1980s, perhaps Stephen King’s Firestarter (1984)? We »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s no surprise that “Little Accidents” was a Sundance premiere. As a directorial debut from a promising new U.S.-based director, with a roster of reliable indie actors, plus the added gloss of the higher-profile Elizabeth Banks in the mix, set against the backdrop of a hardscrabble mining town, led by a child protagonist, and promising a minutely observed morality play, it ticks a whole warehouse full of “Sundance movie” boxes. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, but in the case of Sara Colangelo’s first film, it is certainly a very familiar one. Well-intentioned, competently shot and put together, solidly acted, especially by tomorrow’s superstar Jacob Lofland (who we’d call a revelation if he hadn’t already impressed us so much as Neckbone in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud”), and unafraid to swim in the traditionally shark-infested thematic waters of the American class system, »
- Jessica Kiang
A photo first posted on the imgur photo site this morning and found by AICN has sent the online world wild with a rumor that's both insane and yet vaguely plausible - "Batman v Superman" might be split into two.
The picture suggests the film will now be a two-parter starting with "Batman v Superman Part I: Enter the Knight" on October 23rd, followed by "Batman v Superman Part II: Dawn of Justice" on March 25th. Batman on Film got in touch with Warners and "got the standard 'we don’t comment on rumors' response" so even if true, they won't say.
On the one hand there's several reasons such a move would make sense:
The production was shot for a lengthy period (nearly a year) and was originally aiming to be ready for late this Summer, so there's no shortage of material and a little more breathing room than »
- Garth Franklin
18 items from 2015
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