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Does Warner Bros. Have a No Jokes Rule for DC Movies?

27 August 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

"Why so serious?" Is the popular refrain floating around as the rumor about Warner Bros.' 'No Joke' rule rapidly spreads across the Internet. According to a report at Hit Fix, The studio doesn't want any funny business in its impending slate of DC Comics superhero movies, a mandate that began with Man of Steel in 2013 and will continue on as WB sets up Justice League.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be a completely serious affair according to this new report, so don't expect to see Jesse Eisenberg hamming it up as Lex Luthor. It won't be anywhere close to what Gene Hackman did in the 1978 Superman. This has struck some as ludicrous, due to the sometimes colorful and humorous tone of the comic books. And this comes just as Marvel is making a name for itself with its equal measure of laughs and action in most of its movies. »

- MovieWeb

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DC superhero movies that never got the greenlight

27 August 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…

Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.

However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.

We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »

- ryanlambie

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Rare Comic Featuring Superman's First Appearance Fetches $3.2 Million on eBay

25 August 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million. New York comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo said Monday they submitted Sunday's record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 book in which the superhero first appeared. It's believed to be the highest price ever paid for a comic book, surpassing $2.1 million for a similarly high-quality copy of the same book in 2011. "It's hard to believe that a kid's 10-cent comic could be worth that much money, but it is Superman. That's an iconic thing," Fishler said. "It's »

- Associated Press

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First Superman Comic Sells For $3.21 Million at Auction

25 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Man of Steel's first appearance commanded a lot of gold this weekend. In an eBay auction held by Federal Comics of Washington State, a remarkably well-preserved copy of “Action Comics” No. 1 sold for $3,207,852 to a user listed only as “s***p.” Also read: Henry Cavill's Superman Costume on Display in New ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Set Photo No indication whether that means Snoop Dogg, though that'd be amazing. The comic, which marked the first appearance of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's iconic Kryptonian, was published in 1938. The copy sold over the weekend was rated »

- Jordan Zakarin

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" Trailer Revealed

18 August 2014 3:56 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ a low-res version of the first teaser trailer, supporting director Zack Snyder's currently shooting "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", screened @ the 2014 San Diego "Comic-Con":

"...'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' stars Henry Cavill in the role of 'Clark Kent'/'Superman', Ben Affleck as 'Bruce Wayne'/Batman'...

"...Gal Gadot as 'Diana Prince'/'Wonder Woman', with Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane', Laurence Fishburne as 'Perry White', Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent', returning from 'Man of Steel'...

"...Jesse Eisenberg as 'Lex Luthor', Jeremy Irons as 'Alfred' and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

"'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is based on 'Superman' characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, 'Batman' characters created by Bob Kane and 'Wonder Woman' created by William Moulton Marston. »

- Michael Stevens

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What’s So Bad About Origin Story Comic Book Movies?

18 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Not only is Doctor Strange not going to tell us how Stephen Strange became the Sorcerer Supreme, but starting with that movie, Marvel Studios is done with origin stories altogether. That’s a scoop revealed by Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci while a guest on Meet the Movie Press last week. It’s an unconfirmed piece of information, particularly the broader point about the whole franchise, and of course it doesn’t apply to Ant-Man, which goes into production today, way ahead of the Dr. Strange vehicle. Still, whether true or not, there’s a certain excitement spreading around in fanboy and movie geek circles as a result of the possibility. Origin story movies are apparently a much-hated part of superhero cinema. But why? Because it’s the expected start of any series to set up the character, especially for audiences who aren’t as familiar ahead of time as the geeks are? Too »

- Christopher Campbell

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Interview: Composer John Ottman on 'X-Men,' Honey Boo Boo, and his favorite score ever

18 August 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Poznan, Poland—John Ottman is a traditionalist. The composer for such films as “XMen— Days of Future Past,” “Superman Returns,” “The Usual Suspects,” “X2: XMen United,” and “Apt Pupil,” writes scores in the style of his musical heroes, John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. Here at the Transatlantyk Festival in Poznan, he talked to attendees about the emotional points film music should hit and lamented the lack of finesse in so many of today’s scores. Ottman is unique among composers in that he serves not only as the scorer for Bryan Singer’s films, he also edits them, which severely limits the amount of time he has to score. He recently emerged out of a three-year work jag that included working on “Jack the Giant Slayer,”  “X-Men—Days of Future Past.” My colleague Kris Tapley interviewed Ottman about “Days of Future Past,”  in May so I decided to do »

- Melinda Newman

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On The Bat-Suit

16 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek close-up images of the 'Bat-Suit', worn by actor Ben Affleck in director Zack Snyder's currently filming "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

"...'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' stars Henry Cavill in the role of 'Clark Kent'/'Superman', Ben Affleck as 'Bruce Wayne'/Batman'...

"...Gal Gadot as 'Diana Prince'/'Wonder Woman', with Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane', Laurence Fishburne as 'Perry White', Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent', returning from 'Man of Steel'...

"...Jesse Eisenberg as 'Lex Luthor', Jeremy Irons as 'Alfred' and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

"'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is based on 'Superman' characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, 'Batman' characters created by Bob Kane and 'Wonder Woman' created by William Moulton Marston...

"...appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment. »

- Michael Stevens

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How High Will Superman Fly on eBay? Superhero’s First Comicbook Up for Auction

15 August 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bids already have soared as high as $1.65 million on eBay for the first comicbook that introduced Superman to the masses.

A copy of “Action Comics No. 1″ was put up for auction on eBay on Aug. 14, with parts of the final price going to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Bidding began at $1 million.

The auction can be accessed here. Bidding is restricted to pre-approved buyers only. Fifteen bids have been received so far.

Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent appears for the first time in the comicbook, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, that was published in June 1938, who fights crime in Metropolis as Superman.

Given that the copy is in mint condition — it garnered a 9.0 from the Certified Guaranty Co. — it could easily double the current asking price Aug. 24 when the auction ends.

Nicolas Cage previously paid $2.16 million for another copy of “Action Comics No. 1,” and received a 9.0 from the Cgc. »

- Marc Graser

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6 movie adaptations that, like 'The Giver,' came too late

15 August 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If you were to go see The Giver this weekend without knowing a thing about the book it was based on, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s some sort of suburban Hunger Games ripoff. In reality, Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel predates just about every modern Ya film franchise, from The Hunger Games to Divergent to The Maze Runner—you might even say it established the authoritarian dystopia motif that’s in vogue these days. Unfortunately, all of those other books beat it to the big screen. Instead of looking like the groundbreaking, thoughtful story that’s in the novel, »

- Joshua Rivera

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Christopher Reeve's Family Honors Robin Williams for His 'Steadfast Friendship'

12 August 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

To the world, Robin Williams will be remembered for the manic humor and emotional characters he portrayed onscreen. But to the family of Christopher Reeve, the actor and comedian will be remembered for the "simple, steadfast friendship" he unwaveringly offered for decades. Williams, who died of an apparent suicide Monday at 63, befriended Reeve, who died in 2004 at 52, when the two were aspiring actors and roommates at Juilliard in the early '70s. The friendship endured as they found fame, and their bond only grew stronger after Reeve's 1995 horse-riding accident rendered him quadriplegic. Now, Reeve's family is honoring their father's funny and loyal confidante, »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd and Liz McNeil

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Robin Williams: In Memoriam

12 August 2014 6:57 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it”

If ever there was a quote that summed up the great Robin Williams it is the above. His genius - of which there is no doubt - was always accompanied by a delicate stroke of madness...but as Aristotle once said, No great genius has ever existed without a stroke of madness’.

Like many across the globe today, I am still trying to comprehend this loss. Words escape me, even as I type this, and all I feel is a sadness that cannot be explained. Robin Williams was no direct relation of mine, and yet I feel as if I have lost a brother, a father, a mentor. Perhaps it is credit to the man himself, that such a visceral reaction is evoked following his untimely death...it’s hard to say. However, what is evidently clear »

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Robin Williams Death: Meryl Streep Says It's ‘Hard to Imagine Unstoppable Energy Stopped’

12 August 2014 6:29 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Meryl Streep paid tribute to Robin Williams on “Today,” saying it's “hard to imagine unstoppable energy stopped.” “He was such a generous soul,” she told Matt Lauer. Also read: Conan O'Brien Salutes Robin Williams (Video) Streep recalled how Williams was roommates with “Superman” star Christopher Reeve at Juilliard, and remained friends with Reeve and his wife, Dana. She noted that she had never worked with him herself. “Today” was one of many news outlets that recounted the friendship between Williams and Reeve on Tuesday, a day after Williams died of an apparent suicide at 63. Willie Geist recalled how after Reeves’ crippling accident. »

- Tim Molloy

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New Release Date Announced for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Nine Dates Set for Untitled DC Movies

6 August 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With this past weekend seeing another movie added to the Marvel films family in Guardians of the Galaxy, Warner Bros. is setting their sights on a similarly structured future with the unveiling of nine release dates for untitled DC films through 2020, while also revealing that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be moved from its May 6th, 2016 slot to an earlier spot on that year’s calendar.

Collider reports that Warner Bros. has moved the release of DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from May 6th, 2016 to March 25th, 2016, taking the film out of summer blockbuster territory. Some speculate that Warner Bros. pushed forward the Batman/Superman mash-up to avoid competing directly with Marvel’s Captain America 3, which is expected to hit theaters in May of 2016. Warner Bros.Gerard Butler-starring Geostorm has been removed from the March 25th, 2016 slot and will receive a new debut date. »

- Derek Anderson

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Adorable Batman V Superman Plush Fan Art

5 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

One of the biggest and most talked about events that took place at San Diego Comic-Con is when Zack Snyder showed off the first footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The crowd went wild. The movie definitely looks cool, but who knows how the story is going to turn out though?

While we wait to see more stuff from the film, artist Charles Paul Wilson III created this amusing fan art that reimagines Batman and Superman in his plush artistic style. 

Thanks to XombieDirge for the tip! »

- Joey Paur

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"- Trailer Revealed

30 July 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek a low-res version of the first teaser trailer, supporting director Zack Snyder's currently shooting "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", screened @ the recent San Diego "Comic-Con":

"...'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' stars Henry Cavill in the role of 'Clark Kent'/'Superman', Ben Affleck as 'Bruce Wayne'/Batman', Gal Gadot as 'Diana Prince'/'Wonder Woman', with Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane', Laurence Fishburne as 'Perry White', Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent', returning from 'Man of Steel', Jesse Eisenberg as 'Lex Luthor', Jeremy Irons as 'Alfred' and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

"'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is based on 'Superman' characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, 'Batman' characters created by Bob Kane and 'Wonder Woman' created by William Moulton Marston. »

- Michael Stevens

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Films that'd get a fairer hearing if they weren't sequels

29 July 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...

Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.

This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »

- ryanlambie

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"- 'Wonder Woman' Revealed

27 July 2014 5:42 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the first official image of actress Gal Gadot as 'Wonder Woman', in costume, as she appears in director Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", plus footage of Gadot, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, together @ the San Diego Comic-Con:

"...'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' stars Henry Cavill in the role of 'Clark Kent'/'Superman', Ben Affleck as 'Bruce Wayne'/Batman', Gal Gadot as 'Diana Prince'/'Wonder Woman', with Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane', Laurence Fishburne as 'Perry White', Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent', returning from 'Man of Steel', Jesse Eisenberg as 'Lex Luthor', Jeremy Irons as 'Alfred' and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

"'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is based on 'Superman' characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, 'Batman' characters »

- Michael Stevens

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First Photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

26 July 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Thursday, DC Entertainment gave fans a new image of Ben Affleck as Batman at Comic Con 2014.

On Saturday, director Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck surprised the crowd in Hall H with the first footage from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and revealed the first photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

From Hall H Variety reported on the early footage:

Superman’s red eyes stared down Batman’s phosphorescent white ones in the teaser from Warner Bros. Batman, played by Affleck, unveiled his newest night sky bat sign, and as the camera moved, Superman, played by Cavill, hovered in its way, frothing and red eyes ablaze.

Awkward silence and brooding ensues, but the packed house of 6,500 loved it so much that moderator Chris Hardwick played the footage again. Affleck and Cavill walked out onstage shortly after alongside Snyder and Gadot, who plays Wonderwoman. »

- Michelle McCue

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First Look at Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

26 July 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Warner Bros. had their Comic-Con panel in Hall H this morning and they did not disappoint fans who wanted a look at the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. In addition to an exclusive Comic-Con teaser video from the film, a first-look image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was unveiled.

Zack Snyder, the director of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, just revealed the Wonder Woman image via Twitter. Actress Gal Gadot can be seen wearing armor, wielding a sword, and standing amidst a pummeled landscape. We have the image below.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on May 6th, 2016. Directed by Zack Synder (Man of Steel, 2004′s Dawn of the Dead remake), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, »

- Derek Anderson

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