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This year saw Henry Cavill joining the likes of George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Tom Welling and Brandon Routh by donning the red cape as Superman for Zack Snyder's reboot Man of Steel. However, had Tim Burton had his way, we'd also be adding Nicolas Cage to that list, with the pair both attached to a reboot entitled Superman Lives during the mid-90s; now, if you're even vaguely familiar with this project, it's unlikely that you'll shed too many tears over the fact that the plug was pulled, but according to Cage himself, it means we've missed out on a "gutsy" take on the Man of Steel.
"Very close, " Cage told Metro when asked how close Superman Lives came to being a reality. "Look, I’m not going to be one of these guys that’s going to be, like, lamenting things. But is Tim Burton one of my favourite directors? »
- Gary Collinson
After the mega-success (and mostly positive reception) of Zack Snyder’s DC hero reboot, Man of Steel, not to mention the upcoming shared universe story to be featured in its Batman vs. Superman sequel, it’s easy to forget that Warner Bros. struggled for over 20 years to relaunch the fan-favorite franchise. Without question, Christopher Reeve left an indelible mark on the Kryptonian hero and will be, for many, not just A Superman but The definitive take on the character. Nevertheless, since that time several other actors have prepared to don the super-boots and cape in a wide range of attempted projects.
A few actually made it to the screen, Brandon Routh starred in Brian Singer’s ...
- Ben Kendrick
If you're getting in the Christmas spirit, you'll want to head over to the Paramount on Sunday for 35mm screenings of Love Actually. They've got two afternoon matinee showings. If that doesn't work for you, it's also a Girlie Night booking at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz on Tuesday, but that appears to be a digital screening (for those of you, like me, who care about such things).
Speaking of the Ritz, they've got a Kung Fu Double Feature on Sunday night from the American Genre Film Archive, Richard Donner's Superman in 35mm on Monday and Sweet Smell Of Success on Wednesday night. If you've got six hours to spare on Thursday evening, they're also showing a double feature of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug in 35mm. If you want to forgo the high frame rate/IMAX/3D options, it's a rare opportunity to see new releases on film. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
While I personally loved Zack Snyder’s modern day reinvention of the Superman legend in Man Of Steel, it certainly divided fans and critics alike and the film’s controversial ending is still a strong topic of discussion even now. However one aspect of the Superman reboot that went down well extremely with audiences and critics was Henry Cavill’s new take on the character, which cemented his place in the superhero history books along with the likes of Christopher Reeve, Christian Bale and Robert Downey Jr.
When Man Of Steel destroyed the box office and went on to gross almost $700 million worldwide (which is brilliant for any film let alone a reboot), a sequel was quickly announced for 2015 that would pit both Superman and Batman together. In August, it was announced that Ben Affleck will play the upcoming sequel’s new interpretation of The Caped Crusader, a mere three »
- Ben Read
In the comics, Aquaman is, more or less, King of the Seven Seas. In Hollywood, the veteran superhero is treated like a three-day-old tuna fish sandwich.
Despite his long tenure in the pages of DC Entertainment’s comics, the sea-soaked adventurer has, over the decades, seemed all wet. While Aquaman is recognized as king of the undersea country of Atlantis, writers have had problems dealing with him when he’s asked to take part in land-based adventures with the publisher’s vaunted Justice League of America, of which he’s a charter member. And despite a multitude of page-turning exploits – he’s had part of his arm amputated and, in a family tragedy rarely seen in the four-color pages of the comics, lost a baby son to villainy – Aquaman is still viewed as decidedly second-tier.
Is it his odd orange-and-green wardrobe? A writer’s fear of the water? Telepathic fish-commanding »
- Brian Steinberg
Super-8 Movie Madness is teaming up with Roger’s Reels and The National Children’s Cancer Society for the third annual Super-8 Children’S Cancer Fundraiser Movie Madness which takes place Tuesday December 3rd at The Way out Club. The cover charge is $4.00 and all of that money will be donated to the St. Louis-based National Children’s Cancer Society.
Roger will be bringing by three 16mm prints from his collection of classic TV sitcoms to share. They are episodes of: Happy Days: “Fonzie’s Hero”, I Love Lucy: “Lucy Meets Superman” with special guest star George Reeves, and The Andy Griffith Show: “Barney and the Choir”, considered one of the best episodes of that beloved show.
The Super-8 Sound films (condensed from features, they average 15 minutes in length) to also be projected on a large screen December 3rd are: Bette Midler in The Rose, Phantasm, Gene Hackman in The French Connection, »
- Tom Stockman
• Gallery: Batman – the dark knight through the years
The upcoming Batman v Superman movie, dubbed Man of Steel 2, is expected to have an official title that fails to mention either of its famous combatants, according to reports. The film, a sequel to this year's Superman reboot, Man of Steel, will see the last son of Krypton take on Gotham's dark knight.
Warner Bros registered dozens of web domains in advance of production. The studio broadly hinted about a likely title for Zack Snyder's film, which stars Henry Cavill as Superman. Potential titles include Man of Steel: Battle the Knight; Man of Steel: Darkness Falls; and Man of Steel: Shadow of the Night. Others you might see on screen? »
- Ben Child
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling in favour of DC Comics' parent company Warner Bros, reports Deadline.
It was ruled that a 1992 agreement, offering lifetime compensation to the heirs of Shuster, superseded their 1998 copyright termination notice.
The ruling was 2-1, with one judge dissenting because the law in 1992 would have only allowed spouses and children to file for copyright termination.
Shuster had no children - his sister and her son were his heirs and executors at the time of his death.
It is believed that this might mark a final ruling in the long-running case between Warner Bros and the Shuster heirs.
The past decade has been a tumultuous one for Warner Bros. regarding their flagship character. The company has been entangled in a lawsuit with the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, after the latter’s nephew Mark Peary filed a copyright termination notice in 2003. In 2008, the federal court ruled not only that the Schuster’s heirs would officially take ownership of the Man of Steel and his properties in 2013, but that if Warner didn’t produce another Superman film by 2011, they could be sued for lost revenue.
However, things started to look up for Warners in 2012 when Judge Otis D. Wright ruled that a 1992 deal Between Schuster’s sister and DC – in ...
- Jess Goodwin
In a statement, Warner Bros. said, “We are obviously very pleased with the court’s decision.”
The appellate court ruled 2-1 ruling in reaffirming the original ruling by District Judge Otis Wright III.
This ruling should close the case after a battle that began in 2003 when Shuster heir Mark Peary filed a copyright termination notice that led to these proceedings.
- Justin Kroll
Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian brood, doesn't remember a life before fame. What else in pop culture does she not remember?
Jenner pointed out that she had no clear memory of the time before her family became synonymous with reality television when talking to Us Weekly on Wednesday (Nov. 13). "It's kind of like I grew up into it. It's kind of like I don't know any different," Jenner said.
That makes sense. But what else does the young Miss Jenner not remember? Here are 16 pop-culture things that pre-date 16-year-old Kylie.
Warning: You are going to feel old reading this.
The movie that may best describe the lifestyle Kylie was born and raised in was released in 1995, two years before the girl's birth.
2. Ellen DeGeneres not being gay
While obviously Ellen DeGeneres was gay before 1997, she didn't make that entirely public knowledge before coming out on her »
The final film for the 2013 edition of Late Nite Grindhouse is a doozy. You might have been hearing about this film as of late but nothing can prepare you for what you will witness when you see The Visitor.
“The holiest of holy-fucking-shits and has the highest Jdpm (Jaw Drops Per Minute) ratio of any film of its era, Italian ripoff or not.” – The Cinefamily
In this unforgettable assault on reality–restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S.–legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… »
- Andy Triefenbach
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
Welcome to Issue #22 of The Marvelous Da7e!
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion and speculation of/on superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: In the back alleys of Los Angeles, rumors of a scrambling Warner Bros give weight to concept that no one knows what the score is for the DC Universe. On the flip side, Marvel makes a super-corporate but very symbolic tweak to their brand.
Disclaimer: The following conclusions are my opinion alone, me, Da7e Gonzales. They do not represent the editorial opinion of Latino Review as a publication or any of its non-Da7e contributors.
There’s a question that’s on the edge of my mind whenever new Batman Vs. Superman non-news hits. It’s so-and-so for Wonder Woman and so-and-so for Nightwing. Batman’s costume is going to look like »
It’s only a coincidence that I’m writing this on the day Man of Steel hits home video, and it has nothing to do with the approaching 35th anniversary of Superman: The Movie. Rather, it’s something I’ve been wondering during the discussions of the latest Marvel movie post-credits “stingers.” Thor: The Dark World finishes with three separate teases. The first (not a stinger) comes before the credits and hints at something that will presumably be dealt with in Thor 3. The next comes midway into the credits and introduces a character and teases plot that is part of the larger Marvel/Avengers franchise storyline. And the third is just a funny post-credits scene that I expect to be the vaguely reported link between the film and an upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. Personally, I have no problem with these or any stingers. The midway scene in Thor 2 is pretty goofy, though »
- Christopher Campbell
Say what you will about Man of Steel's controversial ending, but there's no denying the box office hit is a hell of a lot of fun. Henry Cavill is the best Superman since Christopher Reeve, and Lois Lane gets a much-needed injection of gusto via the charismatic Amy Adams. So while Zack Snyder is busy dealing with Internet rage over his Batman vs. Superman casting news, Rolling Stone sat down with Colonel Nathan Hardy himself, veteran actor Christopher Meloni, to discuss everything from Man of Steel (available today on Blu-ray, »
Lets be honest, any meaningful actor without a full head of hair has a chance of being linked to the lead villain role in Zack Snyder’s untitled Man Of Steel sequel (possibly titled Batman Vs. Superman). A blockbuster that will see the Krytonian saviour take on or team up with the brooding Caped Crusader.
Most of the recent focus has either been on casting the inclusion of Batman (who as we now know will be played by Ben Affleck), his rumoured sidekick Nightwing or the lead female of Amazonian warrior Princess Wonder Women. All with many names attached. While the billionaire businessman with a penchant for making Kal-El’s life a misery has almost been forgotten about since both Mark Strong and Bryan Cranston were being talked up as potential favourites. Some even believing Cranston had signed a muti-picture deal.
Following the recent live event in which director Snyder »
- Craig Hunter
At 75, Superman remains the archetypal superhero and still relevant to comic books and the American people. When created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, he was an amalgam of the myths and pulps both boys devoured, a bit of wish fulfillment given how crappy their lives in Cleveland were. Little did they suspect their hero would become an icon for generations and become one of the most recognized figures around the world.
Zack Snyder attempted to bring that sense of gravitas to the is interpretation of Superman in this summer’s Man of Steel. The problem is, he made such a somber film that he totally drained it of the gosh wow feeling he was always intended to convey. He and screenwriter David Goyer made an interesting decision to make this a first contact story but both men should have remembered the sense of exhalation we got from the four-color comics, »
- Robert Greenberger
One of the many questions raised by Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel sequel Batman Vs Superman is who will the villain of the film be?. Many have assumed that Lex Luthor may make his cinematic return and become the primary antagonist of the piece however it is only now that Snyder has hinted at this being the case.
With the abundance of rumours surrounding possible appearances of characters such as Wonder Woman and Nightwing, fans have been left wondering who will take on these characters as the villain. Lex Luthor has been previously played by Gene Hackman (Superman The Movie) and Kevin Spacey (Superman Returns) which was the characters last appearance on the big screen. This of course not forgetting Michael Rosenbaum’s acclaimed take on the character in televisions Smallville that ran from 2001 to 2011.
Now Luthor may finally make his return to the silver screen in Batman Vs »
- Ben Read
Time to make believe that the 1979 weirdo-classic The Visitor hasn't been available on DVD since November 2, 2010, and show you new clips leading up to its theatrical run. Check 'em out.
Check to see if you're gonna be having a blast of insanity on the big screen by clicking here!
Drafthouse Films is releasing the phantasmagoric 1979 sci-fi/horror hybrid The Visitor in several U.S. cities throughout November and the rest of the year. The title will be hitting the big screen in major markets including Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Portland, and San Francisco. A VOD/digital and home entertainment release will follow in January, 2014.
Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. »
- Uncle Creepy
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