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Zack Snyder – of 300 fame and Watchmen infamy – has been in a very giving mood these last few weeks. His Twitter account, an essential follow for those who want to stay in the know regarding the new Justice League, has been flooding with DC cinematic universe tidbits.
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill get top billing in Zack’s newest film, Dawn of Justice, so it makes complete sense that the two superheroes they play, Batman and Superman, are front and centre in the film’s first two posters. Hopefully Gal Gadot will get her own Wonder Woman poster eventually.
- Sasha James
The Flickering Myth team react…
The film may still be 11 months away, but we’ve been given our first look at Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice via a teaser trailer! It was first leaked online (who didn’t see that coming?!) and then it was officially released less than 24 hours later. But did the release of the excellent teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dampen the spirits of the Flickering Mtyh writing and editorial staff?
Let’s find out…
- Luke Owen
Next year, Warner Brothers are trying their hand at building a super hero universe, and the opening salvo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has just debuted it's first trailer. While a good number of the Justice League will appear, this teaser is more concerned with building up the inevitable clash between two of DC Comic's biggest heavy hitters. Make no mistake about it, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up is cranking the grimdark dial all the way up to eleven. While I kinda dig that they are directly addressing the destruction happy approach Superman had to saving Metropolis last time we saw him, Warner Bros.' 'gritty' approach to DC's superhero is appealing to me less and less. It's obvious Snyder is drawing from Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns (he always wanted to adapt it, and, god bless him, he is, throwing in some of »
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We thought this might happen! Around about 24 hours after it first leaked (badly) Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice director Zack Snyder has shared the official trailer himself on Twitter with the amusing hashtags #NotBlurry #NotPirated, which is more than fair enough.
There’s obviously been a lot of excitement over another legendary title but this first look gives us a huge insight to where things are going. It seems that Supes, the old Man of Steel (Henry Cavill), has taken on a God-like persona and he doesn’t appear to be fighting the love. I’m assuming that our older, angry Batman (Ben Affleck) isn’t too happy with what he sees and will be out to bring back order and balance.
Snyder’s already trademark style is all over what you see here and as long as it’s a far distance from Sucker Punch, it’ll still grab my attention. »
- Dan Bullock
Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »
- Emily Rome
When David Ayer unveiled the cast photo from the recent Suicide Squad table read yesterday, the most notable absence was Jared Leto. That could mean only one thing: Ayer is going to tease us even further in regards to Leto's transformation into The Joker. And teasing us he is. Following on from photos that showed Leto finally got a shave and a haircut, Ayer has tweeted this The Killing Joke, considered to be definitive Joker story, inspired photo of the actor sporting the character's signature green hair. Not to mention the extremely creepy no eye brows look. The allusions to The Killing Joke are interesting. Written by comics legend and lovable madman Alan Moore (best known for the seminal Watchmen), the one off story found The Joker at his darkest and most insane, subjecting some of Batman's supporting players to unspeakable acts of cruelty in order to drive them insane, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Stars: Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Merritt Patterson, Jason Momoa, Janet-Laine Green, Melanie Scrofano, Adam Butcher, Philip Maurice Hayes, Miriam McDonald | Written and Directed by David Hayter
I, like many horror fans, know that the werewolf movie is the hardest of all the horror sub-genres to get right. For every American Werewolf in London, there’s an American Werewolf in Paris… But once in a while a movie comes along that successfully captures what makes the genre great. Wolves is one such movie.
Written and directed by David Hayter, who has penned such blockbuster films as X-Men and its sequel; and the film adaptation of Watchmen, Wolves tells the story of Cayden Richards. Your typical all-American jock, Cayden goes on the run following a vicious football incident and the murder of his parents – possibly at Cayden’s hands. You see Cayden is changing and not in your typical high-school teenager way. »
- Phil Wheat
Op-Ed: Why the Batgirl Cover Should Have Been Cancelled!by Matt MacNabb
In recent weeks a controversy has arisen in the comic book fan community over a variant cover to Batgirl #41 that pays homage to the dark 1988 Batman one-shot, The Killing Joke. The story has been picked up by national media outlets and some may be wondering why this is such a big deal. The idea that this is an issue of censorship has been thrown around, as has a huge movement by the predominantly male comic book community for Dc Comics to release the cover as scheduled. The request to not release this cover came directly from the artist, Rafael Albuquerque. We aren't talking about censorship here, or freedom of speech. Niether of those qualify in this instance. You have a private company that opted not to release a cover that they commissioned to be created, based on sensitivity to the public. »
- Matt MacNabb
We’ve seen Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and now it’s on to Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. EW has our very first look at Eisenberg without his signature curly locks and charming demeanor. This time around, he’s balder and more menacing looking than we’ve ever seen him. Here’s what director Zack Snyder had to say about Eisenberg’s rendition of the character: “He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure, other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course.” Snyder also added the following: “Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can »
- Perri Nemiroff
I knew I liked the directing team of Moorhead & Benson even before I talked with them. Their new movie Spring blew me away when I saw it at Fantastic Fest in Austin this past September, but when I saw writer and co-director Justin Benson sitting with a coffee mug bearing the face of my long time celebrity crush Eva Green (something he got as a gift from the director of Cockneys Vs. Zombies), I knew this was going to be a good interview. Now with a full cup of coffee in my own mug that sported a silhouette of the Frankenstein creature, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and I embarked on a long journey discussing monsters, love, Alan Moore, their upcoming Aleister Crowley film, and riding bikes around Cannes in $25 suits.
Talk about the process of writing, making, and getting Spring released
- Michael Haffner
In it, Terrence Howard wrangles a little extra footage as a creepy ice cream-lovin’ law enforcer (channeling Peaks‘ Dale Cooper with his sweet tooth one-liners). However, the main man of this show is Matt Dillon, a Secret Service Agent tasked with visiting the Northwestern ‘burg to unravel the mystery of two missing agents.
Along with Dillon, there’s a veritable ensemble all dipping into the crazy pool for their performances. Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Juliette Lewis, Charlie Tahan, Melissa Leo, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan co-star as the town’s inhabitants. Glimpses at a bloody, shrieking Gugino and Leo dishing out words of wisdom up the sheer eeriness of the preview. Check it out above, »
- Gem Seddon
The information below should be taken with a grain of salt for now, as there isn't much solid information to back it up aside from the rumor reported by Latino Review, but according to the site it seems Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) might be joining DC Comics' growing cinematic universe -- ahem, multiverse -- via a role in Warner Bros.' forthcoming adaptation of Suicide Squad. According to the rumor, Haley's name has been tossed around as a possible actor to take on the role of The Thinker, a supervillain who, per the comic book cell in the Instagram post embedded below, has "beyond genius-level I.Q., but suffers from a nerve-degenerating disease that is beginning to cripple him." In his most popular incarnation, as a failed lawyer turned villainous mastermind, The Thinker has technologically derived telekinesis and mind control via a metal hat, which is pretty cool if »
- Jordan Benesh
Latino Review's El Mayimbe is back with another Suicide Squad related scoop... or, as he admits himself, more of a rumor this time. Mayimbe has heard Jackie Earle Hayley's name "tossed around" for the role of The Thinker in the movie, but he cautions we should take it with a grain of salt until there's something more solid. Hayley will be best known to you CBMers as Rorschach in Zack Snyder's Watchmen, but he also played Freddy Krueger is the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, and most recently appeared as a villain in the Robocop reboot. The Thinker is an alias that's been used by several characters in the DC Comics Universe, but it's a safe bet the movie iteration will be based on the original: Clifford DeVoe; a genius inventor who harnessed his intellect as a weapon using his "Thinking Cap." DeVoe was a member of the Injustice »
Latino-Review's El Mayimbe is at it again with his Suicide Squad scoops, this time claiming he's heard Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Robocop) is being eyed to play The Thinker in the David Ayer film. While even he says to take this with a grain of salt, it's possible that The Thinker could still appear in the movie with a different actor playing the character. There have been three supervillains in the DC comics who have used the name The Thinker (or just Thinker), »
- Jesse Giroux
Thanks to his role as Rorschach in Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Jackie Earle Haley already has some big time comic book movie cred on his resume, but if new rumors are to be taken seriously, he may soon find himself in the growing DC Cinematic Universe playing the role of The Thinker in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. This story originates from a Latino-Review reporter, who claims that he's heard sources toss around Jackie Earle Haley's name in connection with the aforementioned role. It's worth noting that the post doesn't seem to have a ton of confidence in the rumor and suggests that it should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, given the actor's great talent and his history with Zack Snyder, it's not too hard to believe that David Ayer and the folks at Warner Bros. and DC Comics might have him under consideration. »
Latino Review’s Suicide Squad rumors just keep coming. Following the three potential bombshells that scoop guru El Mayimbe dropped last week regarding the roles of Deathstroke, Joker and Batman in David Ayer’s hotly-anticipated adaptation, he’s now reporting that Watchmen alum Jackie Earl Haley might be joining the Squad as well.
At this time, Mayimbe admits that this is nothing more than a rumor, but he has supposedly heard that Haley’s name is being tossed around for the role of a Flash villain known as The Thinker. In the comics, the Thinker is a genius inventor by the name of Clifford DeVoe, who harnesses the powers of telekinesis and mind control thanks to a metal “Thinking Cap.” He was a member of both the Justice Society and the Suicide Squad, and has been through several iterations throughout the years.
This is casting that I can 100% get behind. »
- James Garcia
With production starting in Toronto next month on Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, it seems there are still more characters left to be cast. Latino Review's El Mayimbe reveals that Jackie Earle Haley is being considered to play The Thinker. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. and DC Comics at this time, and this is the first time we've heard this character even mentioned as being a part of the adaptation.
What remains unclear is which version of The Thinker will be used in Suicide Squad, if this rumor turns out to be true. It seems likely that the original character, Clifford De Voe, will be the one shown in the movie. Clifford De Voe was a failed lawyer who developed a thinking cap that could project mental force, which allowed him to become "the brains" behind the operations of several different villains. »
Wanna check out some new posters? Of course you do! The latest posters for several upcoming movies have landed online, and first up is the new one for Dwayne Johnson's disaster film San Andreas. Director Brad Peyton's (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) new movie looks like it is going to be all kinds of fun, and it also stars Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Carla Gugino (Watchmen) and Paul Giamatti. San Andreas opens on May 29, 2015. Actress Stefanie Scott looks »
- Jesse Giroux
Mark Millar is undeniably a comics phenomenon, a writer with his own, self-named comics line who attracts some of the best artists in the business to collaborate with him.
He sat down with Digital Spy to discuss his Kingsman: The Secret Service comic - which he created with Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons - as well as Matthew Vaughn's recent film adaptation and Millar's next comics, Chrononauts and Jupiter's Circle.
He addresses the Kingsman film's controversial joke, Vaughn's surprising political leanings and much more:
You famously corresponded with Dave Gibbons when you were a young fan. How did it feel to get to work with him on Kingsman?
"It was the most thrilling thing for me. I can remember first seeing Dave's stuff when I was about 12 and really getting into it, hearing all these rumours of projects he was doing at DC with Alan Moore. I think I've only »
The past thirty years has seen an increased in use of slow-motion, whether it’s more professional sports leagues getting with the times and implementing new technologies, or in movie theaters by directors to mark an important moment. Invenire Films has made a supercut of the 20 greatest slow-mo scenes, so cue the music and start walking slow. Running just under three minutes, the supercut is heavy on recent genre movies like “Zombieland” and “Judge Dredd.” Before you ask, yes, Zack Snyder is represented with both “Watchmen” and “300.” Fellow slow-mo aficionado, Wes Anderson gets a couple of shots in with both “Rushmore” and “The Darjeeling Limited.” Watch the supercut of the 20 greatest slow-mo scenes below, and let us know some of your favorites that we've left out. A great recent one, to start some conversation, is the hit of Ray Liotta in “Killing Them Softly.” [Live For Films] »
- Cain Rodriguez
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