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Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, World's Finest, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man 3, Runaways, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Fantastic Four, Arrow, Teen Titans Go!, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Wolverine: Origin and more...
As you'd expect with just three weeks to go to its release, Warner Bros.' publicity department ramped up the marketing for Man of Steel this past week. Pick of the promotional goodies was a brand new fourth trailer, which saw a heavy focus on the epic action set to be unleashed in Zack Snyder's hotly-anticipated reboot when General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Faora (Antje Traue) arrive »
- Flickering Myth
A couple of months back it was rumoured that Christopher Nolan was set to produce a potential Justice League / World's Finest movie, which would have seen Christian Bale donning the cape and cowl once more to team up with Henry Cavill, star of the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel. While the initial report turned out to be little more than wild, inaccurate speculation, Henry Cavill has now offered a few thoughts about the possibility of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight appearing together on the big screen.
"I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman / Superman conflict because they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different," said Cavill during an interview with SFX. "And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. »
- Flickering Myth
Mumbai, May 24: Actors Arjun Rampal and Irrfan, who play Raw agents in Nikhil Advani's forthcoming thriller "D-Day", trained with Hollywood stunt director Tom Struthers for real action sequences in the film. Arjun calls him the "backbone" of the movie.
"We trained a lot with Struthers. I wish he was here. He has given us some great skills and techniques of fighting, how a Raw agent would fight," Arjun said here Thursday at the first-look launch of the film.
- Ketali Mehta
The Flickering Myth writing team sit down to talk about the fourth trailer for Man of Steel....
After releasing what felt like a million posters (albeit awesome ones), Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures gave us a fourth trailer for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel this week - this time featuring more of Michael Shannon's General Zod.
So, what did the Flickering Myth writing staff think?
Martin Deer: This trailer compliments the epic third one so well: we've had the hope that is Superman, now we have the very real threat that is Zod. The stage is perfectly set. You can really see the 'First Contact' scenario at play, with Zod's message - which is brilliant, that would be a terrifying moment in real life and I imagine the story will capture that.
To address complaints I've seen: Superman can be pissed off. In fact, it is »
Coinciding with the release of today's rather splendid action-packed fourth theatrical trailer for Man of Steel, The New York Times has posted an article featuring interviews with director Zack Snyder (Watchmen), producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) and screenwriter David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), as the trio discuss how they intend to make 'The World's Greatest Superhero' relevant for the 21st century.
"When they try to dress him up, put him in jeans and a T-shirt or a leather jacket with an S on it, I go: ‘What? Guys, it’s O.K. It’s Superman. He’s the king daddy. You should all be bowing down to him,'" states Snyder. "He’s a really cool mythological contradiction. He’s incredibly familiar Americana and alien, exotic, bizarroland, but beautifully woven together. All of us, in a weird way, are that same kind of contradiction — no one’s that simple. »
- Flickering Myth
Who knew, when Brandon Routh took on the alien Kal-El in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns," that fans would split so divisively? The 2006 movie, which paid homage to the Richard Donner "Superman" movies without completely updating the franchise the way Christopher Nolan did with "Batman Begins," grossed $391 million worldwide off strong reviews for a genre sequel. But it cost more than $232 million. Warners felt it could have performed better with more action and a powerful villain--and no Superman kid. So Singer was taken off the franchise. The debate continued to rage about what Warner Bros. should do with the DC Comics super-hero. Fans clamored all over the web for a complete reboot. Warner Bros. motion picture chief Jeff Robinov struggled with what to do. As the last movie didn't break the mold --Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor was very been there, done that--and wound up in some kind of middle limbo, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
With just over three weeks to go until its release, Warner Bros. has released an action-packed fourth - and presumably final? - trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Superman reboot Man of Steel, which you can check out below.
Directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen) from a story by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Man of Steel sees Henry Cavill (Immortals) donning the cape as Superman as he looks to protect Earth from General Zod (Michael Shannon; Boardwalk Empire) and his right hand woman Faora (Antje Traue; Pandorum). Also featuring in the cast are Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane (Secretariat) as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne (Contagion) as Perry White and Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons) as Lara Lor-Van.
"In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent »
- Flickering Myth
It's hard for Hollywood to make a decent video game film, but it's even harder for the gaming industry to make decent video games based off movies. E.T. remains at the top of worst game lists. The Tron game was a big flop, and sure Batman has had his fair share of good games...but he's also had Batman Forever and Batman Begins which speak for themselves in their mediocrity. I composed a list of some of the best video games directly spawned from a movie. Enjoy!
5. Power Rangers: The Movie: The Videogame (Snes/Sega Genesis)
I replayed this game recently, and I have to say it holds up much better than the movie. It's challenging, fun, and an all around great clone of the ever so popular arcade fighter you'd play in the 90s! Sure, it doesn't have music by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, but the option »
- Mick Joest
Warner Bros. Pictures' has a great new Man of Steel trailer up "Fate of Your Planet," which can be seen via the player below. This makes an excellent addition to the recent posters we added featuring Zod, Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman. The film directed by Zack Snyder opens on June 14th and is scripted by Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception helmer Christopher Nolan produces alongside Deborah Snyder and Emma Thomas. David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan write based on the characters created by DC Comics' Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. »
The 39-year-old actor shaved his head and put on weight to star in David O Russell's true-life crime drama set in 1970s New York, and was recently photographed on set with a comb-over and slight paunch.
We take a look at other roles played by the Oscar-winning actor that required physical transformations - from his shockingly emaciated frame in The Machinist to his bulked-up buff body just one year later for Batman Begins. »
PVR Pictures is all set to release heist thriller Now You See Me in India on June 7, 2013. Based around a robbery done by four illusionists, the film is a visually spectacular blend of astonishing illusions and exhilarating action. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers), Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Isla Fisher (Confession Of A Shopaholic), Michael Caine (Batman Begins) and Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises, Olympus Has Fallen, Oblivion). Read More »
The Dark Knight trilogy has many memorable performances throughout each film. Whether it be actors who reprised their roles such as Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as Alfred or Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, to actors who shined in their respective roles in only one of the films, such as Heath Ledger as the Joker or Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent… the trilogy is filled with examples of excellent portrayals.
However, there are performances throughout the trilogy that do not receive quite as much positive attention as they should get. Here are 5 performances that are overlooked in The Dark Knight trilogy…
5. Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox)
Morgan Freeman’s depiction of Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight trilogy is one example of seeing an accomplished actor portray the same character in the trilogy. Fox is one character who had yet to be included in a Batman film before the first film in the trilogy, »
- Matt Grazel
"Surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences." Out of nowhere, one more threat from Michael Shannon as villain General Zod has surfaced in a trailer for Man of Steel. With a whole slew of new footage featuring the alien villain threatening Earth and the last son of Krypton, this trailer is even better than the full length trailer that came out about a month ago. Shannon might give Benedict Cumberbatch a run for his money as best villainous performance in this year's summer blockbusters. This trailer delivers all the action fans have wanted from a Superman movie for decades. Watch the trailer now! Here's the new trailer for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel from Warner Bros. Pictures: Man of Steel, the new DC Comics Superman reboot, is being directed by Zack Snyder, of Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen & Sucker Punch previously. Christopher Nolan is producing, and »
- Ethan Anderton
Casting directors are among the most powerful figures in showbusiness, able to make or break careers. But what exactly do they do? Laura Barnett talks auditions, callbacks – and tears
Up in his office on the sixth floor of the Palace theatre, in the heart of London's theatreland, Stephen Crockett is letting me in on a secretive world. The walls are lined with posters for hit shows he has worked on: from Chicago to almost every Andrew Lloyd Webber musical; from Mamma Mia! to Jerry Springer: The Opera. His desk is buried beneath piles of newspapers, CVs and headshots. But – showing me a photograph of performer Dianne Pilkington, just cast in Mamma Mia! – he assures me it's organised chaos. This is the mysterious world of the casting director.
They are rarely interviewed. Few people outside theatre, film and TV know who they are. Yet casting directors rank among the most influential operators in showbusiness. »
- Laura Barnett
So now that we finally have our 12th Trek into the Stars on the big-screen, which opened to rave reviews and generous first weekend box-office returns, the sequel to critical and commercial success ‘Star Trek’ (2009) also helmed by J.J Abrams. That previous installment of the nearly 50-year-old franchise brought new-blood in both in front of and behind the camera, reinvigorating and one could say reenergizing the then stagnant Sci-Fi staple.
That movie, despite some narrative misgivings I had about it, accomplished exactly what it needed rebooting Star Trek. Giving fans and casual viewers memorable characters, shiny tech and nods to the past series as a whole. Which brings us to ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’, which finds the emotional Star Fleet Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) journeying into the deepest voids of space to seek retribution after a horrific terrorist attack perpetrated by a rogue Starfleet Agent.
- Jeffrey Stewart
Warner Bros. has released four new posters from Man of Steel as they are now getting into character poster mode. Above you see the banner featuring Henry Cavill as Superman and below you'll find a similar banner featuring Michael Shannon as the film's villain General Zod, a second poster featuring Zod and a third poster featuring Russell Crowe as Superman's father, Jor-El. With a story from Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) and a script from David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), Man of Steel aims to reinvent the Superman story for a new generation and I've been telling people in Cannes this is probably my most anticipated blockbuster of the summer now. At first I had my doubts, but some of the little things I'm hearing have converted me and I sure hope it all works out. I'd welcome the opportunity to be excited about another superhero franchise the way »
- Brad Brevet
Now that we've seen a big chunk of footage in the form of spectacular full trailers and some stunning TV spots, it's time to dive behind the scenes of Man of Steel, the promising return of Superman directed by Zack Snyder. This new featurette features some awesome new footage along with interviews with Clark Kent and Superman himself, Henry Cavill, along with the aforementioned filmmaker, his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder, The Dark Knight trilogy producer Charles Roven and co-stars including Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and more. Watch it! Here's the featurette for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel from Walmart: And here are the two new banners from Man of Steel, via ComingSoon: Man of Steel, the new DC Comics Superman reboot, is being directed by Zack Snyder, of Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen & Sucker Punch previously. Christopher Nolan is producing, and co-wrote the »
- Ethan Anderton
We're now a month away from seeing "Man Of Steel" on screens, and there's still several ways it could go. We could be looking at a "Batman Begins," a film that revives the franchise and goes on to bigger things. We could be seeing a "Superman Returns," one that pretty much stalls the DC hero and leaves it needing another reboot. Or we could be looking at something huge, an "Avengers" style hit. The trailers have been strong, the buzz good and screenings should be underway in a few weeks. Until then, to tide us over, a new featurette on the film has arrived, courtesy of Walmart of all people (they're sponsoring a series of early screenings the day before the movie opens; you can find out more here). There's a fair bit of new footage, as well as slightly puff-piece-y input from Zack & Deborah Snyder, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
He’s a director that has been established as a visionary from as far back as his second full-length feature Memento, and proved again and again with his Batman trilogy that he had many tricks up his sleeve. And though I’ve somewhat tarnished my personal view of the infallibility of Inception, I can’t escape that it’s a visual bravado of a film. And if you’ll notice, there are a few recurring motifs in Nolan’s writing that just make him perfect for the James Bond franchise. And, though it’s well-documented on the Internet, Nolan’s not been afraid to be vocal about his love for James Bond.
“I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film. »
- Cameron Carpenter
Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness) has offered some advice to Warner Bros. about their planned Justice League movie, which will tie together their superhero properties of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc - just like Marvel did with The Avengers / Avengers Assemble.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof was asked whether he would help WB solve their 'Justice League problem' if they called. He deflected the question with his superpower of Suggestion Shield...
"I think a lot of that depends on Man of Steel. The Justice League problem is not a problem of, who is the bad guy that Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, Superman, whoever you decide to pit them against. The problem is: What’s the tone of that movie? They’ve been struggling with launching their own tone. The tone of Green Lantern is very different from the tone of The Dark Knight. They »
- Chris Villeneuve
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