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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Vixen, Supergirl, Batman: The Killing Joke, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Thunderbolts, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gods and Secrets and more…
We got another peek at Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this week with the release of some new stills featuring the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) [see here, here and here], while some new rumours emerged regarding the possibility identities »
- Gary Collinson
Will Robin Hood become the next box office superhero? The legendary outlaw of Sherwood Forest is at the heart of multiple competing blockbuster projects at the moment, and today brings word that Lionsgate is eyeing an assortment of red-hot young actors, including many British thesps, to possibly pick up a bow and arrow for its Robin Hood: Origins.
According to Deadline, the starry shortlist for the lead role is headed up by Taron Egerton, who broke big earlier this year in Kingsman: The Secret Service. If a Kingsman sequel gets the green-light, he could be out of the running, but as of now, Lionsgate is high on the newly christened Hollywood star.
The studio is also looking at Brits Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Irish-American actor Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and American-born Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) for the part of Hood. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Empire’s cover story on next year’s superhero blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was chock-full of new photos and information about what’s surely the most anticipated film of 2016 (all necessary apologies to Finding Dory fanatics), and thanks to Batman-News, we’ve now been able to sort through every sentence of that magazine’s story to pull out some very interesting tidbits.
It was already known that Wonder Woman was beginning to shoot this fall and that Justice League was set to begin filming next spring, but the story indicates that pre-production on the latter film is already well underway.
Additionally, the piece confirms Zack Snyder’s status as the linchpin in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. Along with his producer and wife Deborah Snyder and producer Charles Roven, Snyder is overseeing the entire cinematic universe and even has a whiteboard in his office with the whole Dceu sketched out. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Rumours that Jena Malone is going to appear in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice have been flying around the internet ever since she visited the set last year. Ostensibly she was there to check-in with her Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder, but we weren’t buying that for a second.
The popular thinking was that she was playing Carrie Kelly, the female Robin who featured in The Dark Knight Returns, on which the film is (incredibly loosely) based. That’s looked increasingly less likely with the development that Bruce Wayne is a recluse mourning the death of a Robin (probably Jason Todd), played by Eli Snyder (Zack’s son) in flashback. Instead, rumours have been flying around that’ll she’s actually Barbra Gordon, daughter of the (in this universe) deceased Commissioner Gordon and the most memorable version of Batgirl.
Latino Review are now saying this »
- Alex Leadbeater
We still have eight months until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters, but that.s not going to stop the rumor mill from spinning. The latest scuttlebutt to make the rounds involves the possible identity of Jena Malone.s character in the movie. Be warned, there are potential spoilers beyond this point. If you.re averse to such things, leave now. You.ve been warned. According to Latino Review.s industry sources, the Hunger Games and Donnie Darko star will appear in Dawn of Justice as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and the civilian alter ego of both Batgirl and Oracle in the comics. This latest bit of news runs contrary to earlier reports that Malone is playing a version of Robin based on the Carrie Kelley character from Frank Miller.s The Dark Knight Returns. Most fans dismissed this after the latest Dawn of »
It’s been a pretty good week for DC fans, what with some new images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [see here and here] and comments from the likes of Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck. And now we have a couple of rumours to chew on, concerning the identity of the characters played by Jena Malone and Callan Mulvey…
According to Latino-Review, Jena Malone – who has been heavily rumoured to play Carrie Kelley, the female Robin from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – is actually portraying Barbara Godon, who may or may not be in her Batgirl or Oracle guises. Meanwhile, Heroic Hollywood is claiming that Callan Mulvey will appear as the DC villain Anatoli Knyazev, a.k.a. KGBeast, who has long been rumoured to make an appearance.
As always, take these with a pinch of salt, particularly given the sources…
- Gary Collinson
When it was revealed that Jena Malone had been cast in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (a role she dyed her hair red for), fans immediately began speculating that she would be playing Carrie Kelly. After all, this movie is taking inspiration from Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns, so that theory made at least some sense. Then, The Hollywood Reporter weighed in by indicating that they had heard that was indeed the role The Hunger Games star had been chosen for. Maybe not! According to Latino-Review, Malone has actually been cast as Barbara Gordon, a character better know to us all as either Batgirl or Oracle! They're not sure what exactly her role in Batman v Superman will be, but Snyder could really go either way with the character here. Malone always seemed a bit old for Carrie, and Barbara - another redhead - seems like »
Earlier this week, scanned photos from Empire Magazine's latest issue gave us a fresh look at Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and many more characters from the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Today, Empire has released the high-res images online, giving us a better look at these heroes. As you can see, Batman is using heavy artillery and Gal Gadot's Diana Prince is having a night out in her civilian attire. But it's the Superman photo that is most intriguing.
The Superman photo clearly features this superhero locked in his epic battle with Batman, a fight which has ben teased in a teaser and full-length trailer. It also features a nod to Superman lore, with the actor showcasing his iconic hair curl. The lates Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice footage shown during Warner Bros.' Hall H panel at Comic-Con showcased a few scenes that »
While Marvel Studios have a habit of signing their actors up for multi-picture deals, it seems that Michael Douglas didn’t get the typical Marvel contract for Ant-Man, with the actor revealing that he hasn’t signed on for any future appearances as Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Pym, although he’s open to a return.
“I’m not signed up to anything more,” Douglas tells Yahoo Movies. “I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!”
See Also: Marvel releases official image of the prototype Wasp suit from Ant-Man
So, at this point we »
- Gary Collinson
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation will finally hit screens this weekend, but the early chatter from reviews and preview screenings is that it is yet another worthy addition to a franchise that just seems to get better and better with age. But how did Christopher McQuarrie manage to top the efforts of Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams. most recent installments to the series? Well, he took inspiration from The Dark Knight. More specifically, the antics of the superhero sequel.s villain: The Joker. Christopher McQuarrie, who has both written and directed Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, made this revelation during a recent roundtable interview that ComicBook.com was privy to. McQuarrie admitted that he found evil to be a "really tough concept" to get his mind around as he always believed the idea of a villain that is evil just to be evil rather "absurd." However, there is one key »
Arlene Holmes, the mother of convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, testified on Wednesday that she and her husband were unaware that their son was having suicidal and homicidal thoughts, or that he was afflicted with a “serious mental illness,” before his July 20, 2012 rampage in which 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured.
“He has a serious mental illness,” she told the court. “He didn’t ask for that. Schizophrenia chose him. He didn’t choose it, and I still love my son.”
The jury in the trial has rejected the defense’s argument that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. Earlier this month, they found Holmes guilty of 165 counts of first degree murder and attempted murder.
In the sentencing phase, the jurors are weighing whether to impose the death penalty. The defense has been presenting testimony from family members and friends in an effort to spare him capital punishment. »
- Ted Johnson
It's been a fairly busy day for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice news, with plot details coming from the director and cast that reveal one very big connection between the superhero epic and the super villain adventure Suicide Squad. It seems Batman put all those bad guys away in prison. Earlier this morning, we also got 8 new photos from the Man of Steel follow-up. Empire has released yet another photo, this one featuring Bruce Wayne standing alone in his Batcave, staring at his Batsuit, ready to suit up for the title bout against Kal-El before he faces off against Lex Luthor.
This is a fairly familiar look at Ben Affleck's millionaire and his crime fighting costume. But it's still neat to see it from this angle. While the look and feel doesn't deviate too far from what we saw in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, it is a bit damper. »
In a key leadership transition, Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll is expanding her duties, as domestic distribution head Dan Fellman prepares to step down after nearly four decades at the Burbank studio.
Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. As part of the management shift, international distribution chief Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will take over Fellman’s day-to-day responsibilities, continuing to report to Kroll. Her title will be president of worldwide distribution.
Fellman, who will stay on until the end of the year and then consult for the studio and other clients, is widely respected both within the creative and exhibition communities, and is considered an effective broker in the disagreements that periodically flare-up between studios and theater owners over movie terms. He has been with the studio since 1978, overseeing the successful releases of such hits as “The Dark Knight” trilogy, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
2012: a British man, playing an online slot machine for 30p on his laptop, is suddenly greeted by the sight of Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker taking over his screen. Not crude 8-bit interpretations, but full HD actual animation from the Chris Nolan blockbuster – complete with voiceovers.
The player is urged to “take a side” and spin a virtual Wheel of Fortune. The prize at stake: almost £6 million.
The wheel spins, accompanied by the Joker’s maniacal “all it needs is a little push”, and the wheel comes to a random stop on the Mega Jackpot symbol. Hans Zimmer’s score has never seemed so dramatic. The jackpot is won and the player – known only as ‘John’ – goes away a multi-millionaire.
The prize won that day? »
- Kyle Reese
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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
Batman: The Long Halloween #1-13 (1996-97)
Written by Jeph Loeb
Penciled by Tim Sale
Inked by Tim Sale
Colored by Gregory Wright
Published by DC Comics
Not only does Batman boast one of the greatest rogues’ galleries in all of comics, his villains have become so iconic that his rogues’ gallery rivals that of Andrew Jackson’s, Axl Rose’s, and that of the 1978 New York Yankees. The villains that torment the Dark Knight are so impressive that any one of them can carry a compelling story by themselves. However, something as monumental as the heavy hitters like Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and eventually Two-Face all coming together during the events of The Long Halloween is only a small part of that story’s overall success. There are so many things that make The Long Halloween the seminal Batman story that it becomes impossible to try and isolate one specific facet »
- Andrew Doscas
Hello again, dear readers, and I hope a lot of you have gotten out to see Ant-Man at this point. To help make up for my recent absence, this week’s return of Trailer Trashin’ brings you my looks at both of the big DC Comics movie trailers to come out of San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month. Now, I use my X-ray vision on the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Premise: Gotham City’s own vigilante, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), travels to Metropolis to take on Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill), fearing what would happen if the latter is kept unchecked. As Batman and Superman confront one another, a new threat arrives to put mankind in greater danger than it has previously known.
My take: Before we start, I’ve decided to again change the format I use for these columns. In order to »
- Timothy Monforton
It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since we first met the Griswolds in National Lampoon's "Vacation." The 1983 original followed Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an overly enthusiastic dad who just wants to have a fun family trip to Wally World, a California amusement park. Unfortunately, it all goes to hell as they encounter a series of misadventures along the journey. The film sparked a number of sequels, including "European Vacation," "Christmas Vacation" and "Vegas Vacation." Fast forward to 2015, as the latest installment in the hilarious franchise, "Vacation," his theaters today. The new film focuses on a fully-grown (and once again recast) Rusty Griswold, as he takes his own family on a disastrous getaway. Ed Helms is taking over the lead role, Christina Applegate plays his wife and Leslie Mann fills the role of sister Audrey. Before we welcome the Griswolds back to the big screen, we're taking »
- tooFab Staff
Interstellar was another amazing movie by The Dark Knight Trilogy’s Christopher Nolan, and moviegoers have been waiting since the day it was released to find out what his next project will be. Well, now we know, and it’s fair to say that it’s most likely not what you expected! It’s been revealed to be a
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- Josh Wilding
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