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One person who has been offered comic book movies in the past and has turned them down has been Jake Gyllenhaal. At times the actor was under heavy consideration for perhaps the two biggest superheroes there are - Batman and Spider-Man.
Gyllenhaal was being lined-up for "Spider-Man 2" after Tobey Maguire was injured and looked like he would not be returning to the role. Maguire ultimately was able to return to do the work. Gyllenhaal was also up for the lead in "Batman Begins," a role that ultimately went to Christian Bale.
He didn't get either role, and speaking with The Daily Mail he says it didn't really impact his career or life one way or another:
"I believe whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles (of Spider- Man and Batman). However at a certain point you realise there is always someone more interesting, »
- Garth Franklin
It’s impressive enough that most actors can go from role to role in quick succession. But the world likes to freak out when that transition is visible. With the release of the new boxing film Southpaw last weekend, the internet has been filled with videos and gifs of Jake Gyllenhaal’s transformation into a boxer. It took five months of training for Gyllenhaal to go from his skinny, un-muscled frame that we saw in Nightcrawler to his extremely toned and six-packed self in Southpaw. An impressive feat, but that doesn’t totally explain the complete awe and fascination. Sure, it is Jake Gyllenhaal we’re talking about. Attractive: yes. A talented actor: heck yes. So why are people really only talking about the physical transformation and not so much the mental?
Obviously this isn’t the first time people have fawned over an actor who has gone through such »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
With numerous Robin Hood-themed projects in the works, Lionsgate is looking to get ahead of its rivals and is moving fast on its "Batman Begins"-style take on the dashing Nottingham hero which is currently titled "Robin Hood: Origins".
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" star Taron Egerton heads up a shortlist that includes Dylan O'Brien ("The Maze Runner"), Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class"), Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") and Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age of Extinction") for the title role in this gritty, revisionist version of the Sherwood Forest outlaw which Joby Harold has penned.
Scheduling is said to be a major issue but reportedly Reynor had a successful session with director Otto Bathurst ("Peaky Blinders") and is said to have been the only actor of the bunch who has done such a meeting. No decisions have been made yet but filming is aiming to begin in the first quarter of next year. »
- Garth Franklin
Ten years ago, Batman was a Warner Bros. property that had run its course, and needed a reboot delivered with fresh, creative insight. That job landed in the lap of Christopher Nolan, and on June 15, 2005 his vision of The Dark Knight arrived with "Batman Begins," and it was a game changer. Gone were the toy-sale-oriented incarnations of the past, and instead there was an adult, thematically rich approach that went far beyond its darker surface. Speaking with Forbes, Nolan reflects on how he and screenwriter David Goyer decided to tackle the iconic character. "I think the idea that Bruce Wayne perceived of Batman as a symbol that could rally the good people of Gotham was something that very much came to David Goyer and myself as we explored the logic behind his actions. We were setting out to try and tell a more realistic version of the story, and of the origin story, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Since it premiered, Game of Thrones has basically taken over the world and created a ton of superfans in the process. So it's only natural that those who aren't as infatuated with the show might get a little annoyed with the constant character references, episode recaps, and just overall viewer obsession. Read on to find out why blogger Geraldine DeRuiter of The Everywhereist has vowed to never start watching Game of Thrones. Like, ever. Source: HBO Dear Game of Thrones-Obsessed Friend, You know I love you, right? And that I always have? Well, maybe not always. To be honest, when we first met, I sort of found you annoying. But over time, you've become someone who I've grown to love and tolerate. Someone with whom I can be honest. And in that spirit of honesty, I have to tell you: I'm never, ever going to watch Game of Thrones. I know. »
It.s been over 10 years since the release of Batman Begins, though to some of you it may just feel like yesterday that Christian Bale was donning the cape and cowl and erasing the stain of Batman & Robin from our minds. The film not only gave a fresh start to Gotham City.s Dark Knight on the big screen, but also popularized the idea of reboots. As with any making of any film, a lot of time went into making Batman Begins a unique product both in front of the camera and in post-production, including one decision that might not seem like a big deal at first glance: placing the title card at the end of the move rather than the beginning. Director Christopher Nolan explained to Forbes that the film.s title was deliberately dropped after the movie finished so that people would realize that correlation to the journey »
Charles Dance (TV’s Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game) and Rutger Hauer (Sin City, Batman Begins) star in this epic adventure about a 17th century Dutch admiral, who must lead his fleet to defend his homeland from the terrorising forces of England.
Admiral Michiel de Ruyter is the most famous, and one of the most skilled admirals in Dutch history, most celebrated for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. He was held in the highest esteem by his sailors and soldiers, who used the term Bestevaêr (Grandfather) for him, as a result of his disregard for hierarchy and his refusal to back away from risky and bold undertakings despite his usually reserved and calculated nature.
We are giving one lucky reader the chance to win Admiral on DVD due to be released on 3rd August 2015. The winner will also receive a LG 42″ inch entry Led full HD TV, »
- Laura Holmes
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Even though he’s handling what many consider to be the most complex and intricate film of 2016, Zack Snyder has revealed his apprehension about a Batman solo movie, and how the rejuvenated DC-verse owes a significant debt to Christopher Nolan and his esteemed trilogy.
Speaking to Empire magazine after the outlet blew the lid off the director’s upcoming cinematic showdown, Snyder admitted that he doesn’t envy the director – said to be Ben Affleck himself – who takes on the mantle of The Caped Crusader’s standalone feature, as the prospect of bringing Bruce Wayne’s famed vigilante to the screen is a more difficult undertaking following The Dark Knight Trilogy.
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- Michael Briers
Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes #7
“The Man Who Falls”
Written by Dennis O’Neil
Art by Dick Giordano
Colors by Tom McCraw
Published by DC Comics
Written by Frank Miller
Art by David Mazzuccheli
Colors by Richmond Lewis
Published by DC Comics
Only separated by two years “The Man Who Falls” and “Year One” attempt to tell the origin of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman. Frank Miller’s story is much better known than Dennis O’Neil’s one shot, but O’Neil had a much bigger impact on the tone of Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan showcases Batman’s search for his abilities rather than giving them to Bruce Wayne at the beginning of the film. Thus, Bruce’s training and its effect is of paramount importance during the film.
“The Man Who Falls” is a short story about the travels of Bruce before he became Batman. »
- Adam Todd
On an especially warm, humid day last August, a van transported a handful of journalists to the west side of Chicago, headed to Studio City (the same facility which has been a host to productions like Batman Begins, The Dark… Continue Reading →
- Kristin Wicks
Spectre trailer embraces Bond movies past: Who's lurking in the shadows?
Daniel Craig will make his 007 comeback later this year with the release of Spectre, a continuation of the story started in Sam Mendes's Skyfall. Craig has re-energised the Bond franchise since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale, and all signs point towards Spectre being another worthy addition to the series.
Digital Spy runs down everything you need to know about Spectre ahead of its cinema debut on October 23.
The new trailer is pretty spectacular
A helicopter doing a midair cork-screw, a tip of the hat to the On Her Majesty's Secret Service theme... and was that Blofeld? The latest trailer for Spectre is something of a corker and promises to be an homage-packed action-fest aiming to top Skyfall. Consider us excited.
A threat from James Bond's past will return
With Warner Bros. new Batman set to hit the big screen in two different films next year, and reports of Ben Affleck directing the next solo Batman adventure, I've been thinking a lot about his rogues gallery, and the villains who deserve some big screen love. Come inside to find out why I think these five villains deserve a shot at taking down the Bat!
I really enjoy the Batman films Nolan has given us, but while they have some fantastical elements, his penchant for choosing more ‘real world’ type villains has left me wanting. Obviously, from what we've seen so far, DC's upcoming slate of films doesn't seem to be adhereing to that, and they're embracing the more ridiculous ideas and characters. Killer Croc is jumping to the big screen with a host of other crazy villains in next year's Suicide Squad, so the doors are obviously open for things to get crazy. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
It's early days in the DC movie universe. We're effectively one movie in, with Zack Snyder's 2013 Superman reboot, Man Of Steel, proving fairly divisive. For Warner Bros itself, it just about did the job, proving a far more commercial successful venture than its other recent non-Dark Knight trilogy comic book blockbuster, Green Lantern.
Over the weekend, the new, extended trailer for the second DC movie universe film, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice debuted, and seemed to be met more positively than the last. Warner Bros debuted the footage, along with material from its other 2016 DC release, Suicide Squad, at San Diego Comic-Con. The footage from both films has subsequently made it (legally) online.
What's interesting is that the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer »
I believe David Ayer when he says that he's pissed about the leak of the "Suicide Squad" trailer over the weekend. I also believe he's got nothing to worry about when it comes to the official release of that footage this afternoon, because the more I look at it, the more I like what he's doing. It feels like DC Films is off to a wildly divisive start, and this is going to be more of the same, and frankly, I'm fine with that. It gets boring when everyone loves everything. One of the things that is clear from the response to the DC Films footage shown this weekend is that it will not be for everyone, and they are making big, clear choices about how they're going to approach this world they're building. "Maybe Superman served as some sort of… beacon," Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) says at one point, »
- Drew McWeeny
By the time that we meet Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) in Zack Snyder.s Batman v Superman, the man will have been through some shit. This isn.t Christian Bale.s bat-in-training from Batman Begins, or even Michael Keaton.s polished hero from the Tim Burton days. This dude is at a breaking point, and it seems it.s The Joker (Jared Leto) pushing him there. So many hints dropped to the Joker in the new Batman v Superman trailer that we.re beginning to wonder: will we see the Clown Prince of Gotham in Snyder.s 2016 movie? That.s a "friendly" note sent to Bruce Wayne following the death (murder?) of countless Wayne Financial employees in the final battle from Man of Steel. Bruce, as Batman, couldn.t save them, and The Joker just wants to remind him of the amount of blood on his hands. Naturally, this reminder »
So... Warner is running a little late. Maybe Zack Snyder is still exhausted from driving the Batmobile around San Diego last night. As always, Warner Bros. has added more screens, and it wraps around the audience further than every before. Aisha Tyler was brought out as a moderator of the panel, which is a nice change-up. The first big blast of footage was for "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", and it looks like a party. I have a huge fetish for '60s spy films, and it's pretty obvious Guy Ritchie does as well. Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill look like a really solid comic and action team, and Alicia Vikander continues her triumphant 2015 with a role that looks like it's going to be huge fun. Cavill, Hammer, and Vikander walked out to sit with Tyler, and they jumped into talking about the tone of the film, which is blatantly funny »
- Drew McWeeny
Since its release in cinemas a few weeks ago, Jurassic World has taken the box office by storm, breaking a number of box office records with its worldwide opening weekend receipts of more than $500 million. Though it hasn’t received critical acclaim universally across the board (it is currently sitting with an 82% audience score on RottenTomatoes and a 59 on Metacritic), its content has clearly resonated with audiences, who have continued to flock to see it in droves. The lucrative Christmas DVD/Blu-Ray release period will follow later in the year, where the film will likely compete with The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, for the coveted top sales spot.
The film is one of many reboots, remakes or long-in-the-making sequels (all henceforth grouped under the term of ‘reboots’) that have been released in recent years, as the revivification of franchises from the 1980s and 1990s has become more and »
- Alex Antliff
Paramount tried a few approaches in the new Terminator reboot. But if a franchise hits the doldrums, how can a studio resurrect it?
Fingers are being crossed at Skydance and Paramount Pictures that the critical mauling handed out to Terminator: Genisys last week won't be reflected fully in the box office numbers. So far, the plan for a new trilogy of Terminator films is arguably just about alive, courtesy of a total gross for the new film of $131m worldwide. That's below expectations, but if it can eventually crawl its way to $400m, that's probably enough to move ahead with a Genisys sequel (it'd be more than the hugely-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road).
But even if a new film gets greenlit, it's clear that things have to change again. As many have pointed out, the consensus is now that there have been more bad-to-middling Terminator films than good ones, »
With the much talked about Batman v Superman on the way and the equally speculated upon Suicide Squad on the horizon, the DC universe is really beginning to take shape. However, at the time of writing this, there has been very little in the way of talk regarding Ben Affleck’s first solo outing and more importantly who out of Batman’s vast rouges gallery he will be doing battle with. There are many a great option to be had and some equally obvious choices for who is most likely to appear in Batman’s first handful of outings since Christopher Nolan’s seminal Dark Knight trilogy, so lets dive in and take a look at a number of the most worthy candidates to terrorise the latest incarnation of The Caped Crusader.
Take a look at that face above, »
- Samuel Brace
Ahead of the San Diego Comic-Con International, Boom! Studios has revealed details of its new project from acclaimed writer Grant Morrison, who is teaming with artist Dan Mora (Hexed) for the six-issue Santa Claus origin series Klaus. Here’s the cover to the first issue, via Cbr…
“Weirdly enough, no one’s done the origin story [of Santa Claus],” said Morrison. “I wanted to do this, because my take on it was just to do it like a superhero. I think no one’s done that, and it was weird that no one’s thought about that character — what was he like when he was young? How did he get the sack? How did he get the reindeer? How did he get the sleigh? It seemed like such an obvious story… The first image that came to me, and this kind of sums it all up, is this ferocious-looking, almost Conan the Barbarian »
- Gary Collinson
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