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Update: Riesman has since clarified his comments on Twitter, saying that when he spoke to Nelson she expressed “no ill-feeling towards Snyder.”
Ever since we got our first look at Justice League with last year’s Comic-Con trailer, there’s been a lot of talk about the production having being reworked from top to bottom after the mixed reception to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. These rumours only intensified when we learned that Joss Whedon was replacing Zack Snyder as the movie’s director for its extensive reshoots.
In particular, it was often said that Warner Bros. were looking to make the film lighter and funnier, so as to get away from the gloomy tone of BvS that proved so controversial. Not only that, but as a new quote that’s surfaced today reveals, the studio simply didn’t agree with Snyder’s vision for the franchise.
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- Matt Joseph
Fans weren't the only people who were disappointed Zack Snyder's vision for the Dceu. A new report suggests that DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson and others within DC didn't agree with what Zack Snyder was putting up on the big screen. Last month, Vulture published a large piece about the future of the Dceu, which contained interviews with Geoff Johns and Nelson that mostly talked about some changes that were made behind-the-scenes as well as an idea for a grander for version of the Dceu that differed from Zack Snyder's original vision.
The writer behind the Vulture article, Abraham Riesman, was recently on the Batman on Film podcast where he revealed a new quote from DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson that did not make it into the final article. The new quote from Nelson suggests that Zack Snyder's version of the Dceu didn't quite match with what DC initially had in mind, »
Two interesting nuggets of Justice League news broke this evening.
Firstly, to the shock of nobody, the film has been officially rated PG-13. While that comes as no surprise, it does at least suggest that Warner Bros. have finally finished their extensive editing process, and probably won’t need to call Ezra Miller back again to deliver some more snarky one-liners that they can awkwardly edit into the action scenes.
The other, more interesting, story is that Zack Snyder will take the sole directing credit, with Joss Whedon to either go uncredited or receive some lesser billing. Given the complexity of the Directors Guild of America’s rules on crediting, it’s unknown whether they’d have allowed the film to be billed as being “directed by Zack Snyder & Joss Whedon,” but it does suggest the Warner Bros. still ultimately considers this Snyder’s project.
Reports have varied on how »
- David James
New Mutants isn’t the only 2018 blockbuster to be tinged with horror; as Hollywood veteran Willem Dafoe noted late last week, Warner’s hotly-anticipated Aquaman is also steeped in the genre of shrill music and jump-scares, which isn’t all that surprising given it’s coming by way of The Conjuring mastermind, James Wan.
Placing Jason Momoa’s King of the Seven front and center, the Aquaman standalone pic has naturally taken a backseat to Justice League, which will find Momoa’s Atlantean rubbing shoulders with Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and The Flash late next month. There’s also the resurrection of Superman to consider, though we imagine Zack Snyder’s DC blockbuster will spend time establishing the titular team before drafting Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel into the fight.
- Michael Briers
It's officially Aquaman week! Warner Bros. has released another new TV spot for the highly-anticipated Justice League, which brings the entire superhero team together once again, except for Superman (Henry Cavill). While the Man of Steel was finally shown for the first time in the final Justice League trailer that debuted just a few days ago, don't be surprised if we don't see him again until the film is in theaters November 17. If that wasn't enough, Warner Bros. has proclaimed that this week is also Aquaman Week, with a new video of Jason Momoa in action plus a motion poster as well.
While it's unclear why "Aquaman Week" is starting on a Wednesday (unless it's running until next Wednesday), a new video from Justice League Twitter features Jason Momoa, where he reveals that, "all week long, we'll be taking a deep dive into what makes Aquaman a true master of »
The latter undoubtedly stole the headlines earlier this week, when Lucasfilm and Disney unleashed the dazzling first trailer in order to tee up the next chapter in the storied Skywalker saga. Even now, the hype and excitement swirling around The Last Jedi is palpable, but whereas Lucasfilm exercised some restraint in its marketing, Warner Bros. has adopted an all-guns-blazing approach for Justice League, as today has brought forth yet another TV spot for Zack Snyder’s big-budget tentpole.
Arriving on the heels of multiple promos and an extensive featurette, not to mention a collection of cool concept art, this newly-released spot is all about Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader. Imbued with a renewed sense of hope »
- Michael Briers
The latest installment of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s opus, Dark Nights: Metal #3, takes a powerful turn as Superman gets sucked into the Dark Multiverse like the gullible nut he is. While most of us thought this was lining up to be another Batman-centric event, it appears as if the Man of Steel was the one who Barbatos wanted all along.
With so much talk of heavy metal, this issue touches upon the event’s music theme rather well, with Damian and Jon’s jam and Batman’s warning to Clark and Diana being significant to the plot. Coupled with the dark imagery, this book could very well be the prototype for Ghost’s next album if you ask me.
From a narrative perspective, there’s an interesting twist as Superman and Nightwing have differing views on what to do next. At first, it appears as if Snyder is »
- Sergio Pereira
Detective Comics #966 hits comic book stores today, and we have a preview of the issue for you here; take a look…
‘A Lonely Place Of Living’ part two! Tim Drake has been locked in Mr. Oz’s fortress – but now he’s free and roaming the prison while his captor faces off against the Man of Steel. But is he the only prisoner who’s been freed?!
Detective Comics #966 is out now, priced $2.99.
- Amie Cranswick
I guess there are plenty of adults now too young to remember when Christopher Reeve made his debut as The Man of Steel. It was a massive hit across the full spectrum of moviegoers. Warners is taking good care of everyone’s favorite undocumented visitor from Planet Krypton, and has assembled two separate cuts of his big-screen premiere.
1978 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 188 min. Extended Cut + 151 min. Special Edition orig. 143 min. / Street Date October 10, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Starring: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Jack O’Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, Sarah Douglas, Harry Andrews, Diane Sherry, Randy Jurgensen, Larry Hagman, John Ratzenberger, Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill.
Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Production Design: John Barry
Assistant Director: Vincent Winter »
- Glenn Erickson
Much like many of you out there, we remain in a state of excitement after viewing the final trailer for Justice League since it was released online this past Sunday. That said, we must maintain our composure because there’ll undoubtedly be much news coming our way between now and when the highly anticipated film actually graces cinemas on November 17.
In fact, the past few days have yielded some rather generous fruit in that regard. Not only have more promos surfaced, but we’ve also been treated to concept art, cast interviews and much more. Obviously, additional TV spots will be put out before you know it, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for more fresh footage.
Speaking of which, an ad that recently aired during a football game lent some rather interesting information. Spotted by Batman-News and posted on their Twitter page, the screencap confirms that none other »
- Eric Joseph
Action Comics #989 hits comic book stores on Wednesday, and we’ve got a preview of the issue for you here; take a look…
“The Oz Effect” part three! The startling revelation of Mr. Oz’s origin has stopped the Man of Steel dead in his tracks. With Superman distracted by disasters looming around the world, Mr. Oz has the time to confront Lois Lane.
Action Comics #989 is out on October 11th, priced $2.99.
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- Amie Cranswick
Ok. Hyperbolic title. Engineered to illicit a reaction. There are those of us who believe Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t a woefully mangled train wreck (the Ultimate Edition anyway). I’m still a fan of the Snyder’s visually engaging strange narratives. I think Man of Steel is a solid Superman movie with some interesting themes and Batman v Superman is a stoic and unique blockbuster. While on the topic of the Dceu, I loved Wonder Woman and think Suicide Squad is so bad it could be classified as cruel and unusual punishment by the Geneva Convention.
I’m excited for Justice League. There’s a palpable sense of anticipation for me. The icons of the DC Universe are my favorite superheroes and seeing them assemble for a feature film gets my juices flowing. There »
- Anghus Houvouras
Mark Allison Oct 11, 2017
Big film scores have changed over the past decade - and Hans Zimmer may be the reason why...
For every movie-going generation, there is a film score composer who ascends above all others and comes to encapsulate the sound of their era. In the 1940s and 1950s, the brooding and mysterious tones of Bernard Hermann would define a generation of suspense cinema. Decades later, it was John Williams who ushered in the blockbuster era with a series of bold and iconic melodies, from Jaws through to Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. Today’s cinema has its own musical zeitgeist. When future archaeologists uncover the buried ruins of our civilisation, they may well refer to it as the 'Hans Zimmer period'.
Hans Zimmer is a movie composer of singular acclaim. He is one of the only such artists with the clout to fill concert arenas across the world, »
Dany Garcia admits some people may have underestimated her when she began a Hollywood career, managing ex-husband Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “Dwayne is a big presence, a loud voice,” Garcia notes. “In our initial meetings, we would come in, he’d have a conversation, then hand it off to me. I would run with it and talk about business models and return-on-investments. And we loved watching the reaction in the room; it was always satisfying.”
Garcia is used to shattering expectations. Growing up in Miami the daughter of immigrants from Cuba, she says her plan was just to be financially successful. After majoring in international marketing and finance at the University of Miami, she rose to vice president at Merrill Lynch, then formed her own wealth management firm. But she left the world of finance behind to take on Johnson’s career in 2008, transitioning him from a wrestler with a few solid movies into a global superstar »
- Jenelle Riley
Warner Bros. has unveiled a new TV spot for Justice League that features new footage with Batman (Ben Affleck) assembling his team of "warriors." With just over a month left until this superhero ensemble hits theaters, hopefully we'll get much more footage of these heroes working together as a team, even if The Flash (Ezra Miller) isn't terribly confident in his skills. This footage features a new scene where Barry Allen reveals that all he really does is push people and then "run away fast." Still, Batman will need those skills, and the rest of his team, if they are to defeat the new threats that are coming.
Unlike the new Justice League trailer that dropped yesterday, which gave us our first look at Henry Cavill's Superman, this trailer doesn't feature the Man of Steel, like practically every other piece of marketing material thus far. While we know Superman will be back, »
The new story arc ‘Mind Games’ begins in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30 this Wednesday, and we have a preview for you here…
“Mind Games” part one! After reports of Sinestro’s return begin to spread, Hal Jordan travels to Earth looking to bring in his one-time Green Lantern partner. But a manhunt turns into a fight for his life as Hal must face the unmatchable power of the Man of Steel.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30 is out on October 11th, priced $2.99.
Via Newsarama »
- Amie Cranswick
It seems to be one train wreck after another for Justice League: a film that has failed to catch a single break over the course of its production. First, it had to build on the shaky foundations of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: a tall order for any film, no matter how conceptually promising. An early cut of the film was described by at least one Warner Bros. executive as being completely “unwatchable.” Several rounds of reshoots later, and Zack Snyder had to bow out of the production following a family tragedy, replaced by Joss Whedon who, by
‘Justice League’s Terrible New Trailer Fails to Inspire Confidence in the Beleaguered Upcoming Film »
- Brian Hadsell
Barring the last-minute clips and scintillating promos, Sunday’s grand trailer reveal was concrete proof that the Justice League marketing campaign is now beginning to enter the homestretch.
Set against a rather somber, yet fitting cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” the footage itself signaled Steppenwolf’s oncoming invasion, as the DC mega-villain waged war on Themyscira and its opulent army of Amazonians. Out of luck and out of time, Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader then begins scouring the globe in search of allies, eventually cobbling together a team comprised of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Flash (Ezra Miller). And that’s where the fun really begins.
In fact, if you’ve been longing for Superman’s return, the third and final Justice League trailer opened with a dream sequence, one in which Lois Lane (Amy Adams) welcomes the Man of Steel onto Kent Farm, »
- Michael Briers
Due to New York Comic Con, birthdays and anniversaries, it’s an abridged version of The Week in Spandex this week. Normal service will be resumed this coming Saturday…
The big news from the weekend was of course the release of the latest trailer for Warner Bros.’ upcoming blockbuster Justice League, while on the DC front we also had plenty of updates on the superhero team-up, as well as news on Batman, Aquaman, Constantine, and the various DC TV offerings. On the Marvel side of things, we’re still waiting on an Avengers: Infinity War trailer, but we do have plenty of Thor: Ragnarok promotional material, as well as rumours of Punisher delays, a first look at Runaways and more, and over at Fox Gambit may have found another director…
- Gary Collinson
Wonder Woman, 2017.
Directed by Patty Jenkins.
After a fighter pilot crash lands on her home island, an Amazonian princess leaves the safety of her home and joins the battle of Wwi, discovering her superpowers along the way.
It would be fair to say that the DC Extended Universe has gotten off to a fairly shaky start with some mixed reactions to the three movies already released, those being Man of Steel, Suicide Squad and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Wonder Woman, film number four, has proven to be a step in a more positive direction with a theatrical run that brought millions of paying customers through cinema doors to see the first full big screen adventure for the Amazonian princess. »
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