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While there exists little doubt that we are living in the golden age of superhero films, sometimes great ones simply don.t get made. For every legendary Iron Man or The Dark Knight, there is a Superman Lives that never came to fruition . for better or for worse. One such superhero movie that never made it to the silver screen was a version of Doctor Strange created by legendary writer Neil Gaiman and visionary director Guillermo del Toro. According to Slash Film, Gaiman recently took to Twitter to talk about this early version of Doctor Strange, and the reason the film ultimately never went into production: @KurtBusiek I still wish Marvel had been interested in a @RealGDT & me Dr Strange movie, because I wanted to write Clea so badly after 1602. . Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 27, 2015 So it looks like before Marvel began production on their current iteration of the Sorcerer Supreme »
Yesterday, we brought word regarding two exciting rumors: one stating that The Flash may crossover with Supergirl this spring and another saying that John Constantine will play a key role in Season Two of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Today, there seems to be more information concerning said rumors, some of which may not make you feel as jubilant as you did last night.
Bleeding Cool is expanding upon one rumor and somewhat retracting the other. In the past, they have had some great TV scoops and have an even more solid reputation when it comes to rumors surrounding the comic book industry, so this is definitely worth paying attention too.
First, let’s discuss that Supergirl/Flash rumor. It was previously thought that a crossover would be impossible, but it’s important to remember that CBS has a sizable stake in The CW. After all, The CW is really short for “CBS/ WB. »
- Eric Joseph
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic (Black) Friday? A new video celebrates 20 years of memorable Pixar movies, we have a supercut of improbable movie weapons and the top 10 movie scenes of all time. But wait, there's more! We have a new breakdown of Easter Eggs in the first Captain America: Civil War trailer and a humorous comic that shows what superheroes are thankful for! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs
After breaking down all of the Easter Eggs in Marvel's Jessica Jones earlier this week, Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a new video that showcases the Easter Eggs and references in the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. »
Heaps of set photos are out of shooting on the John Wick sequel, Matt Damon filming scenes for the fifth Jason Bourne film, a new shot from the 1970s UK set The Conjuring 2, Emily Blunt filming The Girl on the Train, and Zoe Saldana showing off her make-up prep for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Saif Ali Khan ("Phantom") will star in a Bollywood remake of Jon Favreau's comedy "Chef". Favreau starred in the original as a professional chef who quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant and reinvents himself with a food truck. Khan will play the role in the Hindi-language remake which will have a more Indian palate to the story and food. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1
Pencils by Andy Kubert (Backup pencils by Miller)
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Brad Anderson (Backup colors by Alex Sinclair)
Letters by Clem Robins
Published by DC Comics
After legions of variant cover announcements, some scintillating black and white unlettered previews, and no small amount of Internet tongue wagging, the third chapter of Frank Miller’s legendary Dark Knight saga The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 finally debuted. And Miller isn’t alone in bringing yet another tale about an aging Batman, a dying Gotham, and a mistrust of god-like heroes to life as he is joined by co-writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), penciler Andy Kubert (“Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader”), inker extraordinaire Klaus Janson (Daredevil), and colorist Brad Anderson (Convergence ), who adds a dark or light digital sheen to the proceedings depending on the situation in the story. »
- Logan Dalton
DC is getting ever-closer to its dream of having a shared cinematic universe and a superhero team of its own to rival Marvel’s Avengers at the box office. The ongoing war between the two venerable companies may have started at the newsstands, but the real battle is now being fought in the cinemas and getting the Justice League onscreen is now DC’s main priority. A lot of the groundwork is being done in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but there are still some important roles that remain unfilled (officially at least).
DC is already making some of these characters more popular with the general public through TV shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow but unusually they aren’t looking to bring the pr-established versions and their actors onto the screen. Instead Warner and DC are casting separate cinematic counterparts and reintroducing »
- Mark Grainger
In 1986, writer/artist Frank Miller changed the world of superhero fiction forever with his epochal four-part Batman comics series, The Dark Knight Returns. But if his vision of Batman’s tone was glaringly obvious (dark, angry, punch-prone), his vision of Batsy’s politics was maddeningly ambiguous. On the one hand, he was a perfect vision of an ’80s reactionary: He came out of retirement to beat back the forces of an overly forgiving criminal-justice system and rowdy urban youths. But at the same time, his main rival was a Superman who did the bidding of Ronald Reagan. No, seriously. Today, nearly 30 years later, Miller just made Batman’s politics even more interesting. The first issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race — a Dark Knight sequel co-written by Miller and Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert — just hit stands. Within its pages, the Caped Crusader tackles an issue that »
- Abraham Riesman
Parents, you must guide your young padawans into using The Force wisely. "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" was given a rating of PG-13 for "sci-fi action violence." Five of the previous six "Episodes" had ratings of PG -- although they were also noted to have "sci-fi action violence" and in some cases "brief mild language." Only "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," which came out in 2005, was also give a PG-13 rating, for "sci-fi violence and some intense images."
PG-13 wasn't even a thing until 1984, with "Red Dawn" as the first movie with that rating from the MPAA. That was after the original releases of "Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), "Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), and "Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983).
Last year, Forbes wrote a whole piece titled "Why 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Should Be Rated PG, »
- Gina Carbone
20th Century Fox
Every year film buffs decry the Oscars as a nonsensical popularity contest won more by marketing than good filmmaking, and the very next year those same people tune in again only for the cycle to repeat itself. Yes, not every great movie can get nominated, but the Academy are a notoriously crusty bunch, often sticking to tried and tested “Oscar-bait” formula rather than rewarding movies that transcend this and try something different.
These 13 movies are without question among the best films of the year and sure to be better than a number of movies which in fact end up being nominated, but because of their genre, small scale, difficult subject matter or one of a billion other reasons, they’ll miss out on getting to compete for the little gold guy.
One hoped after 2009’s Dark Knight controversy that a new age would dawn for the Academy, »
- Jack Pooley
For decades, the fabled studio of Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis maintained its dominance in the Hollywood pecking order, and held the promise of staying there — in recent years on the backs of such lucrative franchises as “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight.”
But in today’s high-stakes, competitive landscape, sustaining that lofty perch has proven excruciatingly difficult.
R. Kikuo Johnson for Variety
In the 2½ years since Tsujihara was named chairman and CEO, and took command of Warners’ massive ship, the company has been riding a sea of fundamental change. Entertainment is being consumed around the globe at record levels, but exactly when, where and how that happens has become more fluid in a rapidly shifting industry — making the job of any Hollywood chieftain more complex and perplexing than ever.
Consequently, Tsujihara »
- James Rainey and Cynthia Littleton
DC Entertainment today announced that the next chapter in Frank Miller’s heralded Dark Knight storyline, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (Dkiii) will be available tomorrow, November 25, in comic shops and online retailers everywhere. This eight-issue limited series is the sequel to the 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns and the follow up to The Dark Knight Strikes Again, published in 2001.
Reviewed by IGN.com as “A masterful return” and NY Daily News as “vital reading,” this newest installment comes to life courtesy of an all-star lineup of creative talent: Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker, Batman, Wonder Woman) joins Miller as co-writer, Andy Kubert (Action Comics, Batman, Detective Comics) provides art, along with Frank Miller’s longtime inking partner Klaus Janson (Superman, The Dark Knight Returns), reuniting with Frank for the first time in 30 years.
- Kellvin Chavez
We've already seen plenty of behind-the-scenes footage of The Joker's purple sports car in Suicide Squad. But since it was first introduced on the streets of Toronto this past year, it has often been misidentified as a Lambourgini. The creator of the car was recently interviewed by Fox 13 in Tampa Bay, Florida and he sets the record straight. He also gives us all a better look at this souped up ride.
The Joker's car is actually a Vaydor. And it was designed by Matt McEntegart of Vaydor Exotics, which is located in Florida. The designer gave some of the history of this flashy ride. He has always loved the looks of the expensive super cars introduced on the market by Lamborghini and Ferrari. He's just never had the money to buy one himself. Instead, he decided to custom build his own fiberglass body, with associated hardware and accessories that fit what he was looking for. »
The Dark Knight III: The Master Race gets underway this Wednesday, and DC Entertainment is already looking further ahead, giving us a first look preview of the second issue of the limited series; check it out here…
See Also: Check out a preview of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1
The unexpected finale to the Dark Knight saga continues as Carrie Kelly gets caught…that is, she finds herself…she gets into—well, you’re just going to have to read it yourself.
The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 is out on December 23rd, priced $5.99.
- Amie Cranswick
Ahead of its home-entertainment release next week, Marvel has officially debuted another deleted scene from this year’s Ant-Man, which sees Scott Lang and his crew putting the Ant-Man suit to use in Las Vegas for a little wish fulfillment; check it out here…
See Also: Two deleted scenes and gag reel from Marvel’s Ant-Man
See Also: Follow all of our Marvel Cinematic Universe coverage here
Ant-Man will hit DVD and Blu-ray on November 30th in the UK and December 8th in the States. The film sees Peyton Reed (Down with Love) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, »
- Gary Collinson
Toy manufacturer Neca has unveiled a life-size foam replica of The Dark Knight from the hit video game Batman: Arkham Knight, which it is set to release in early 2016…
Strike fear into the hearts of evildoers in any room with an impressive life-size replica of the Dark Knight himself!
This actual size foam Batman replica figure is based on Batman: Arkham Knight, the final chapter in the acclaimed video game series. Standing a full 6’ 2” tall, Batman was created directly from the digital files used in the making of the game. The figure is made of foam rubber and latex that’s carefully hand-painted for incredible detail, and the finishing touch is the Dark Knight’s swirling fabric cape, tailored from mixed materials for game accuracy.
The Batman: Arkham Knight foam replica is set for release in March 2016; for more details, visit the official website here.
- Gary Collinson
Everyone seems to have Star Wars fever these days, as the countdown continues to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' release on December 18. During last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, director J.J. Abrams made a special appearance, where he shared never-before-seen "screen tests" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The video features cast members Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, along with a number of special guests.
Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong was featured imitating Sofía Vergara, in a screen test with Daisy Ridley. We also see Beck Bennett portray Javier Bardem, Jay Pharoah played both Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Tucker, Jon Rudnitsky as John Mayer, Kate McKinnon as Dame Maggie Smith, Taran Killam as David Beckham, Aidy Bryant as Wynonna Judd and Bobby Moynihan as George Lucas. The video also features a number of special guests, such as Emma Stone, Michael Bublé and Jon Hamm. »
The final film in the “Hunger Games” series debuted to numbers that few pictures in history have ever enjoyed, but not everyone seems impressed.
Indeed, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” is a victim of the franchise’s success. The film’s $101 million bow ranks as the lowest of the four installments and is off 17% from the previous film in the series. Globally, the picture also struggled to attract as big crowds. The $247 million it made worldwide fell short of the roughly $300 million that many analysts expected the picture would generate.
Outwardly, Lionsgate, the studio that nurtured the futuristic series and than saw its share price climb on the films’ success, said it was pleased with the results.
Others were less sanguine. »
- Brent Lang
Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman feature film, the highly anticipated action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”), starring Gal Gadot (the “Fast & Furious” movies) in the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.
The character will make her big screen debut this spring in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but the new film will mark her first time headlining a feature. Trailer
The film also stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead”).
Almost 75 years in the making… #WonderWoman is underway. »
- Michelle McCue
After a bumper edition of The Week in Star Wars last weekend, we’ve got even more new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a couple of TV spots and new images, Mark Hamill on keeping Star Wars secrets, Andy Serkis talking Supreme Leader Snoke, George Lucas on Disney changing his vision for the Sequels, and some other bits and bobs from the Star Wars Universe…
…Kicking things off this week with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and after the plethora of new footage from TV spots and on-set visits last week, we got two new spots this week. First up was our third TV spot which featured a few glimpses of unseen footage, and then we got our fourth spot that focused solely on John Boyega’s Finn. Last week I said we wouldn’t get anymore footage, which shows what I know…
…Absent from »
- Luke Owen
We've launched the Best Sound Editing category in our Oscars predictions center. The Oscars for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing tend to favor films that include a lot of loud action, like past winners "Skyfall," "Inception," "The Hurt Locker," "The Dark Knight," and "The Bourne Ultimatum." The categories also tend to award the same films: in the past 10 years, Mixing and Editing matched six times, including the pair of wins for "Gravity" in 2013. -Break- Predict Best Visual Effects Oscar: Is 'Star Wars' about to make a comeback? When the two categories split, it's usually because there's a musical in the running. Musicals tend to win the Sound Mixing award, but not Sound Editing, as was the case for the defending champion "Whiplash," as well as "Les Miserables," "Dreamgirls" and "Ray" in recent years. But Best Sound Editing a...' »
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