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At the very tail end of the weekend, filmmaker David Ayer unveiled his first look at most of the costumed cast of Suicide Squad, his DC superhero/anti-hero/villain movie that’s scheduled to follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year. This comes on the heels of Ayer also officially showing off Jared Leto as The Joker recently, making for an unusual amount of promotional material for a film coming second in line during 2016. At the same time though, it suggests something pretty different for DC and Warner Brothers, perhaps even in a way becoming their version of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Not in tone, of course, but in terms of being a possibly top tier outing due to a different feel from the rest of the pack. Having a recent Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor in the cast playing an iconic part won’t hurt either. »
- Joey Magidson
We told you there would be more exciting events coming to Vulture Fest, and we're keeping our word: Banks and St. Lucia will co-headline our concert at Webster Hall Saturday night. Here's a little introduction if you need one:And no doubt, you've heard us humming Banks's "Begging for Thread": Lisa Kudrow will also be sitting down with our TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz to talk about reviving The Comeback, and our film critic Bilge Ebiri will moderate a roundtable with some of today's leading screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Fault in our Stars), and Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), with more names to come. We still have more events to announce! To see the full lineup, go to vulturefestival.com. All events are on sale now and are getting snapped up fast. Concert tickets will go on sale Wednesday, »
- Vulture Editors
When it was announced last week, many were upset by the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass. Rocksteady revealed little about what content was actually going to be included and instead, all they told us was that it would supply Dlc for the game for six months following its release and come with a hefty $40 price tag. Thankfully, the studio has heard the reaction from fans and has now issued some additional details on what the bonus content will entail.
The most interesting piece of the Dlc, at least to me, is the “Batgirl: A Matter of Family” story expansion. Taking place before the events of Arkham Knight, little is known about the story outside of the fact that this is the first time Batgirl has been playable in the franchise and that it will take place in a brand new location.
Other major story expansions set to be included in »
- Eric Hall
The superhero boom arguably started with Spider-Man 2, and really exploded in 2008 with Iron Man and The Dark Knight. It will take another two years to get the first major female superhero movie into theaters when Wonder Woman opens in 2017 and it will take Marvel another year with Captain Marvel in 2018. This is after fans were practically begging for a Black Widow spinoff following 2012’s The Avengers and yet we're still at the "discussions" point. Last night’s Saturday Night Live perfectly skewered our lack of female-led superhero movies, and the lack of good, female-led films in general by creating a trailer for Black Widow: Age of Me starring host Scarlett Johansson. While it does get a little goofy, it also nails how studios are willing to churn out formulaic rom-coms but can’t seem to crack any other kind of movie starring a woman. [caption id="attachment_450969" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Marvel Studios[/caption] »
- Matt Goldberg
Coming June 23, 2015, Batman: Arkham Knight is the epic conclusion to the Rocksteady Batman: Arkham Trilogy. For the first time ever, watch Batman: Arkham Knight’s exciting new “Dual Play” mechanic in action as you switch seamlessly between The Dark Knight and his allies including Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman in free-flow combat. With his back against the wall, Batman turns to his closest allies to help him save Gotham City from the clutches of Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight’s army. A familiar face also returns to give The Dark Knight a message he cannot ignore… »
The much anticipated, inaugural image of Jared Leto as the Joker has officially hit the internet. Both newer fans and Clown Prince traditionalists alike became instantly up in arms over the grill-sporting, self-referential tattoo baring, Insane Clown Posse-looking Leto.
For rabid fans, the memories are still fresh of a time when we were ready to take to the streets when the teen heart throb from “10 Things I Hate About You” was cast as the Ace of Knaves in “The Dark Knight”. Thankfully, Heath Ledger turned out a performance so legendary, it practically erased “A Knight’s Tale” from public memory.
Ledger’s Joker certainly isn’t the first time someone flexed a little creative liberty in their portrayal of Batman’s arch-nemesis. Since the Joker’s inception in 1940, he has been portrayed as silly, inept, brilliant, savage, debonair, handsome, gruesome and he has even been…a she! »
- George J. Rutherford
Late last night we brought you some promo artwork from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, and now the Trinity is complete with a new image surfacing of Wonder Woman, which suggests that the Amazon Princess will be donning a cloak when she makes her big screen debut in next year’s DC ensemble…
What do you make of that look for Wonder Woman?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016 and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick) and Christina Wren (Carrie Farris) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg »
- Gary Collinson
If you were filling out an Sat Question that read as follows:
32) If not Watchmen, then ____________.
You’d fill out the answer with “The Dark Knight Returns.”
It’s a seminal, treasured tome, signaling Batman’s return to the dark and gritty hero of the night instead of the campy, smiling Batman of much of the 70’s and 60’s. This book has been examined, and read over and over again by readers of all ages and backgrounds; its been quoted, cited, and used as material to use as inspiration in almost every single Batman feature film; it even has its own two-part animated film from DC Animated Universe movie world. There’s no denying it’s impact on the comic book world, and by extension, pop culture and beyond. Instead of »
- Jessie Robertson
When it comes to the movies, the Marvel vs. DC argument seems unnecessary. Having a preference for one or the other is fine, but hoping one company will fail is ridiculous, because any true comic book fan should surely just be glad to live in a time when The Avengers and Justice League are heading to cinemas instead of Catwoman and Ghost Rider.
That’s not to say fans should be happy with any old rubbish thrown their way, but with countless superhero movies set to be released over the next few years, it’s hard to escape the feeling of being in some sort of golden age for comic book adaptations. Unfortunately, many of these upcoming releases seem destined for failure, or mediocrity at the very least.
While Marvel look to continue going from strength to strength, other studios are making some odd decisions to try and »
- Josh Wilding
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opening night box office was booming. Variety reports that the film raked in $27.6 million from opening night screenings. The Avengers pulled in $18.7 million from opening night screenings, although keep in mind that pre-midnight screenings became far more prevalent after the Aurora shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Nevertheless, Age of Ultron is already speeding towards breaking The Avengers’ all-time opening weekend of $207 million. I’m more curious about whether or not the movie will have legs. Reviews for Age of Ultron have been slightly less positive and there's no longer the novelty of seeing these characters share the screen. The question is what film will be able to dethrone Avengers at the box office. For all of our Avengers: Age of Ultron coverage, click here or on our recent stories below: Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review Watch: Joss Whedon and the »
- Matt Goldberg
Well, this is impressive! Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted with $27.6 million last night, a considerable amount more than The Avengers' haul of $18.7 million back in 2012. That obviously indicates a huge weekend at the box office for the sequel, and those estimates of a record shattering $230 million total are looking more and more likely at this stage. The Marvel vs. DC fanboys should also be glad to hear that the movie broke the Thursday IMAX record of The Dark Knight Rises, taking $3 million compared to that threequel's still impressive $2.3 million. So, where does Avengers: Age of Ultron stand right now? It's taken $27.6 million domestic, $287.3 million internationally, thereby giving it a worldwide total of $314.9 million. That's after just one week of release and less than 24 hours in North America. Have you seen the sequel yet? Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., »
Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
Lucius Fox: “You want to be able to turn your head.”
Bruce Wayne: “Sure would make backing out of the driveway easier.”
―Lucius Fox and Bruce Wayne
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, and Christopher Nolan have all left their mark on Batman’s cinematic incarnations with varying degrees of success. Burton’s distinctive gothic style redefined Batman for a new generation and brought the character back to his pulpy roots. Schumacher’s neon soaked version of Gotham City lifted the vibrant world of comic books right off the page and onto the silver screen. Nolan grounded Batman in a realistic world, fighting against the kind of terrorist onslaughts that send chills down the collective spine of a post 9-11 society. Each filmmaker’s interpretation varied so wildly that it is peculiar to see that they all have one striking similarity. Not one of the seven live-action Batman films fully captured Batman »
- Victor Stiff
Thanks to Batman-News, we’ve got a few pieces of promotional art from Warner Bros.’ hotly-anticipated DC superhero offering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which features The Dark Knight in both his cape and cowl and armored Batsuit, as well as a couple of shots of the Man of Steel…
And here’s some boxing match style promotional posters…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016 and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick) and Christina Wren (Carrie Farris) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) as »
- Gary Collinson
If there’s on thing you learn spending any sort of time on the internet, it’s that there’s pornography for literally everyone. And if there’s one thing you learn from spending any sort of time on the internet with safe search switched on, it’s that people have a lot of opinions about Batman.
When Ben Affleck was cast as the Dark Knight in the upcoming Batman V Superman, people were instantly deriding his performance. Dawn Of Justice, by the way, doesn’t come out until next year; nobody has seen more than a few fleeting glances at Ben Affleck as Batman. See? The character just really gets people’s backs up. But then, when a character is around for 75 years and has seeped into almost all parts of pop culture, people do tend to get attached.
But because Batman is a character that’s »
- Tom Baker
From what camera angles to use, to how they like their Frappuccino Mocha Latte, directors have a million and one decisions to make when creating a film. But one of the hardest choices for a director to make is, when all is said and done, which scenes should be consigned to the cutting room floor.
By the time principal photography wraps, filmmakers often find themselves with seemingly endless footage, which they then have to take into the editing room to cut down to a manageable length. The subsequent decision to remove scenes doesn’t always come down to a basic need for a shorter movie. Sometimes a scene can slow the pace down or simply not mesh tonally with the other sequences.
- Jesse Gumbarge
jPosters/Warner Bros. Pictures
After an initially, shall we say, volatile reaction, people have really come around to Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And why not? He looks to be the best thing in Zack Snyder’s super-sequel, with both the acting pedigree and the chin to pull off the Dark Knight (even if his Bat-voice goes even further than Christian Bale’s).
The steady release of images showing Affleck in costume has certainly helped prove that the former-Daredevil is the right man for the part. The first black and white Tweet from the director served as a solid statement of intent for this take on the character and, following a typically dark and saturated look in the teaser released a couple of weeks back, the world now has its first image of the new Batman in glorious colour.
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- Alex Leadbeater
Amongst Americans such as myself, there is a certain stereotype about our neighbors to the north. There’s a belief that Canadians are, for lack of a better word, nice. That during a visit to Canada, an American would be more likely to ride a moose around like a horse than hear the F-word. That hockey players are the only remotely dangerous people you could possibly meet in Canada, and even then, that they would only pummel you under the watchful eye of a referee whom they will later respectfully follow to the penalty box. This stereotype is perhaps best summed up by this scene in Michael Moore’s lone fiction film, Canadian Bacon, where Dan Aykroyd politely upbraids an invading group of American revolutionaries for not printing their anti-Canada graffiti in both English and French.
As stereotypes go, it’s a fairly positive one. But making stereotypes, even positive ones, »
- Mark Young
With Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen confirming they are also joining the cast of Captain America: Civil War, the cast seems to be ever growing by the day to the point where it’s another Avengers movie before we get Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2. With his movie set for release in the next few months, will we be seeing Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man join the rest of the McU in Captain America: Civil War?
“Um…I don’t know,” he told Uproxx with a smile. “I’m trying really hard to make my case for it.”
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd, »
- Luke Owen
Everyone has something to say about merits of having the word 'damaged' tattooed across his forehead (we think it's a bit on the nose - or just above at least).
1. Heath Ledger
Obviously, our uncertainty was unfounded. Ledger's performance was the weirdest and most unsettling that we've seen on the screen - who can forget his »
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