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Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder caused quite a stir when it was announced that Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me) had secured the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman.
We've already heard the thoughts of Clancy Brown, the long-time voice of Lex in DC's various animated offerings, and now it's the turn of Superman Returns star Kevin Spacey, who shared his opinion the casting during an interview with Empire Online...
"First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor. He's just going to fucking own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."
So, short and sweet from Spacey, but do you agree with him? Let us know your comments below or head on over to The Flickering Myth Forum...
- Gary Collinson
Beware the Batman Storms onto Australian Television
All-new Warner Bros. Animation series a ratings hero on Go!
The Dark Knight has returned to Australian television screens with the hit new series Beware the Batman from Warner Bros. Animation, airing on Go! Since its 10 January premiere on Go!, Beware the Batman has been a favourite for Australian viewers, averaging 64,0001total viewers per episode.
A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie.
- Matt MacNabb
A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.
With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for…
- Eli Reyes
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, Son of Batman, Teen Titans Go! and more...
Well, they sure made us wait, but this week Marvel Studios gave us our first look at August's cosmic superhero adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, and boy did they deliver, with the reveal of the first trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! leading to what's been described as a "social media smash", with more mentions in the first 12 hours across Facebook and Twitter following its release than Man of Steel managed in 24 hours. The fun got underway on Monday with the arrival »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to superhero movie news, Warner Bros. has taken a back seat to Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox and Sony this past week, but with a lull in Batman vs. Superman headlines, Latino-Review has thrown up another casting rumour for the Man of Steel sequel, claiming that the studio is looking to add another DC superhero to the ever-expanding roster of the follow-up to last year's Superman reboot.
According to the site, WB is looking to cast a young and physically fit black actor in his early 20s for a small role in Batman vs. Superman, with a view to appearing in multiple future DC movies (the obvious candidate here would be Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg). The report goes on to claim that Snyder has met with Michael B. Jordan about the role, but with Jordan set to play The Human Torch in The Fantastic Four, »
- Gary Collinson
It has been announced that the latest chapter in Warner Bros.' DC Universe Animation Original Moies line, Son of Batman, will receive its world premiere at WonderCon Anaheim, which is set to take place between April 18th and April 20th. Check out the official press release from WonderCon, after a brand new still:
The world is turned upside down when Batman—one of the world’s greatest superheroes—finds out he is a father in the newest DC Universe Original Animated Movie, Son of Batman. This all-new, PG-13-rated film will have its world premiere at WonderCon Anaheim with a screening and panel discussion.
The screening at WonderCon marks the sixth DC Universe Animated Movie premiere at the event. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have premiered Justice League: The New Frontier (2008), Wonder Woman (2009), Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011), Superman vs. The Elite (2012), and Superman Unbound (2013) exclusively at WonderCon over the past 6 years. »
- Gary Collinson
Batman Vs Superman casting new mystery African American role,new details. According to a new report from Comicbookmovie.com and their sources, "Batman vs. Superman" movie director, Zack Snyder, is currently looking to cast an Athletic, African American actor that's in his 20's. The role will be a cameo appearance for a character that will return throughout the DC cinematic universe, and will only shoot for a couple of days for this movie. Latino Review's Elmayimbe is the one who dropped the new intel, and he mentioned that his sources said, The Fantastic Four reboot's Human Torch, Michael B. Jordan, met with Zach Snyder to discuss the role! There was no mention of who this character is,exactly, so it will remain a mystery for now. However, they are speculating that it could be characters: Victor Stone aka Cyborg or John Stewart aka Green Lantern. But again, it's definitely just speculation at this point. »
Got an interesting Batman Vs Superman tidbit this morning. With the ultra secrecy surrounding the project, casting breakdowns at this stage are the only things that offer any real clues. The last casting breakdown that I reported about turned out to be Wonder Woman and now we May have another one for a hero.
According to sources, the production is currently looking for a black actor in his early 20s who is also physically fit. Here is the kicker though: the part is for a small role in the untitled Batman Vs Superman movie But will be recurring in other upcoming Dcu films.
The role also shoots for only a couple of days. At first I thought it was some little role but then I also found out that Zack Snyder has met with hot actor Michael B. Jordan for the role. Remember, Zack doesn’t just meet with anybody. »
- El Mayimbe
Some actors like to chew the scenery. Hamming it up is mostly a fun alternative to grimly spewing out dull lines, but even Shakespeare’s plays can work well with an actor who’s prepared to commit to the most overdramatic interpretation possible (take Richard III). Still, there’s a difference between overacting on occasion and playing all your roles as if you’re in a Warner Bros. cartoon, and all of these actors crossed that line a long time ago.
When you see these actors onscreen, you aren’t seeing the character they’re playing but waiting impatiently for the bizarre line reading or grandiose monologue which you know is coming. It’s sometimes a welcome distraction and sometimes it takes you right out of the film. Some of these actors have made a whole career out of their stylised performances, and others are wasting their talent »
- Grace Murray
Last month, it was announced that Jesse Eisenberg had secured the role of Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, and now long-time Lex voice actor Clancy Brown has shared his thoughts on Eisenberg's casting during an interview with Comic Book Resources to promote his latest movie Sparks:
"I think Jesse Eisenberg is a great choice. I think he's a really sharp choice, and I know a lot of people don't agree with that, but I think he could be spectacular. I liked [Michael] Rosebaum's take on it, but that was kind of a WB show. But I just love the idea that the Facebook guy is Lex Luthor. That's just perfect.
"He's a pretty specific actor. He's not a chameleon like [Gene] Hackman or [Kevin] Spacey. He has a similar smugness the way that Spacey does -- that highly-intelligent, super-smug, almost effeminate kind of smugness »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. latest DC animated movie Justice League: War arrives on shelves today, and much like the New 52-launching Justice League: Origin story arc from which it is based, it seems the direct-to-video feature will launch a shared continuity for the line of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
This will definitely be the first salvo in doing new movies that are in continuity with each other," James Tucker, Warner's DC animation supervising producer, tells ComicBookResources. "Our next movie's going to be Son of Batman, and that Batman will be the same Batman that you see in Justice League: War. Basically, we'll have two concurrent series of Justice League movies and Batman movies, and they'll be in continuity with each other. So it's kind of world-building.
Tucker went on to review that the plan going forward is to release two "in-continuity" movies a year and one stand-alone feature (this year's »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a new clip from Justice League: War. It features The Flash meeting Batman for the first time, and Flash is a little bit starstruck. It's a pretty fun clip. Yesterday it was reported that this will start a cinematic continuity between the DC animated films. Comic Book Resources spoke to James Tucker, producer of Justice League: War, who had this to say,
This will definitely be the first salvo in doing new movies that are in continuity with each other. Our next movie’s going to be ‘Son of Batman,’ and that Batman will be the same Batman that you see in ‘Justice League: War.’ Basically, we’ll have two concurrent series of Justice League movies and Batman movies, and they’ll be in continuity with each other. So it’s kind of world-building.
That should definitely make these movies a lot more fun to watch. »
- Joey Paur
For much of the past decade though, Warner Brothers abandoned that idea. Instead they've released standalone direct-to-video movies based on DC Entertainment comic books from "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" to "Superman: Doomsday".
With this month's "Justice League: War" though, that changes back to shared continuity again. Producer James Tucker says: "This will definitely be the first salvo in doing new films that are in continuity with each other. Our next movie is going to be 'Son of Batman,' and that Batman will be the same Batman that you see in 'Justice League: War'. Basically, we'll have two concurrent series of Justice League movies and Batman movies, and they'll be in continuity with each other. So it's kind of world-building. »
- Garth Franklin
While Warner Bros. wrestles with how to put Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman together in a live-action setting, the studio’s animation arm continues to churn out movies more narrowly aimed at the hard-core fanbase, usually with pretty satisfying results. Held up against that high standard, “Justice League: War” loses the battle mostly by biting off more story than it can comfortably chew. Not only bringing together seven heroes but pausing to provide an origin for one of them, the interplay yields its share of moments but ultimately proves too frenzied and chaotic to deliver more than a few revisionist thrills.
Adapted from the graphic novel by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, “War” begins at a time when heroes like Batman (voiced by Jason O’Mara, a pallid substitute for frequent Dark Knight animation alter ego Kevin Conroy) and Green Lantern (Justin Kirk) have yet to meet, and only vaguely »
- Brian Lowry
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Constantine, Justice League: War, Son of Batman, Batman & Robin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3, Thor 3, Ant-Man, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more...
So, Henry Cavill in Michigan and production reportedly set to get underway, we've finally found out who'll be playing Kal-El's nemesis Lex Luthor in Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman. No, it's not Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington, Idris Elba, David Ramsey or any of the other names plucked out of thin air these past few months, but rather The Social Network and Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg. "Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, »
- Gary Collinson
Bon appétit! It is the chef, or the cook if you will, that makes all the magic happen with the food we eat. The right chef can take your ordinary meal and make it extraordinary… or is that Hamburger Helper? Anyway, here are the Top 9 Sinister Chefs in horror.
With the release of Serving Up Richard (review), we decided to dig down deep and remember some of our favorite chefs and cooks throughout the history of horror.
Whether they be chefs of the gourmet variety, or they just threw something (like a boiling bunny) on the stove, the following list of ne'er-do-wells all know their way around a kitchen. And that's one of the reasons why we love them.
As always, we'll give you a few honorable mentions to get things going. Glenn Close's previously referenced character, Alex Forrest, was perhaps not a true chef, but she sure knew »
- Scott Hallam
Feature James Hunt 30 Jan 2014 - 06:25
Comic book movies are solid blockbuster fare now, but there are plenty of adaptations that didn't get the love they deserved...
You might argue that fans of comic book adaptations have had a pretty good decade or so. Between The Avengers movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, and multiple Spider-Man and X-Men films, some of the biggest-grossing action movies of all time have been based on comics. Not bad when you consider that only recently, the medium was considered the preserve of dateless man-children alone.
But here's the thing: not every comic book adaptation lends itself to being a summer tentpole CGI-fest, and just as many get overlooked or forgotten completely by the time the next one comes out. Comic adaptations are coming out thick and fast, and with so much forward momentum it's sometimes worth taking a moment to look back on what's come before. »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Justice League, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Son of Batman, Superman: Flyby, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (and 3), X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four and more....
Well, Batman vs. Superman might have been pushed back ten months to May 2016, but if talk is to be believed production is still set to get underway as planned in February (as opposed to the rumoured May start date), with a report late last night suggesting Ben Affleck has been forced to pull out of directing Fox's TV pilot The Middle Man as the "main players" on the Man of Steel sequel have been called up to start work right away. Of course, while we wait for official confirmation, »
- Gary Collinson
A new year and a new installment of Panel Discussion and this time round I’m taking the reigns to talk about two new comics from the folks at Titan Comics: Batman/Superman #1 and Batman: Arkham #1. As with many of Titan’s UK-released superhero comics, these two issues are made up of already-released DC Comics, in the case of Batman/Superman (obviously titled to cash in on interest in the forthcoming movie) it’s Batman/Superman: Cross World which was part of DC’s “The New 52″ last summer, and Injustice: Gods Among Us - the videogame tie-in that did very well for DC as a low-priced digital comic (here we get 4 chapters instead of the one chapter at a time you got digitally). Meanwhile Batman: Arkham features another digital comic as it mainstay, Batman: Arkham Unhinged, with back up stories taken from both Detective Comics and Batman: The Dark Knight. »
- Phil Wheat
Video games adapted from movies get a bad rap, and most of the time rightly so. It most often appears that publishers fritter away so much money trying to get their hands on the product’s license that they don’t allocate enough money for decent voice acting and visuals, and more importantly a strong developmental core in regard to gameplay.
Now, I’m not going to tread over old ground and include games like Atari’s infamous E.T., because frankly, did many people really expect that to be a good game? It’s not like the movie was particularly action packed, and the same goes for the famously bad video games based on Wayne’s World, Bill & Ted, and so on. And definitely not Catwoman, because the movie sucked, so why wouldn’t the game be a steaming pile of dung?
Also, Superman 64 sadly misses out »
- Jack Pooley
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