I’m done with people who think Aquaman is lame. It’s less an argument than a played-out meme that draws its evidence from two ridiculous sources: Super Friends, a TV show that no one under the age of 30 actually watched; and Entourage, a TV show that everyone under the age of 30 watched, God damn our rotten souls. Aquaman’s classic costume is silly—green and orange, booties and gloves—but his backstory has ten Game of Thrones‘ worth of awesomely kookbat mythology. He can control all sea creatures, which yes hahaha he talks to dolphins OH LOOK OUT SMART GUY FIFTY SHARKS JUST ATE YOUR FAT FACE OFF. READ FULL STORY
Tag: Batman vs. Superman (1-10 of 16)
Finke, careful to note that the situation is still in flux, says that the studio plans to release two more films in 2016, after Batman v Superman comes out in May of that year: a Shazam film in July 2016, and Joseph Gordon Levitt’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman in December 2016. According to Finke’s source, Warner Bros. decided to push Batman v Superman‘s release date back to May 2016 because it plans on using the film as a launch pad for the Justice League feature — and therefore wants to fit in as many superhero cameos as it can.
The fun, however, does not stop in 2016. The Justice League film that was announced in April and slated for 2018 release has apparently been moved up to May 2017. We can also expect a solo Wonder Woman film, most likely starring Batman v Superman‘s Gal Godot, in July 2017, followed by — try to contain yourselves, DC Comics fans — a Flash and Green Lantern team-up film around Christmas of that same year. (Ryan Reynolds reportedly will not be reprising his role as the Green Lantern.) Finally, a direct sequel to Man of Steel is reportedly scheduled for May 2018. There’s a lot to parse here, so let’s go down the list, one topic at a time: READ FULL STORY
Warner Bros. still refuses to move their upcoming Batman/Superman movie from its May 2016 release date, putting the Man of Steel sequel-slash-Batman reboot-slash-Justice League backdoor pilot on a collision course with Captain America 3. But the studio keeps on adding more superheroes to the movie. Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman have now been joined by a fourth character with a name familiar to comic book fans, Saturday-Morning-Cartoon aficionados, and no one else: Theater actor Ray Fisher will play Victor Stone, a young man who is better known as the superhero Cyborg, because he is a cyborg. READ FULL STORY
Jesse Eisenberg is a great choice for Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg is a terrible choice for Lex Luthor. It sort of depends on what kind of Luthor they’re going for. Eisenberg was great as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and he was great as Magical Mark Zuckerberg in Now You See Me, so him joining the still-untitled Man of Steel sequel seems like a net positive.
Of course, Michael Shannon is a great actor, and he spent half of Man of Steel encased in a weird exoskeleton ranting about the genetic codex. Remember the genetic codex? It was the whole reason anything happened in Man of Steel, a movie which made a lot of money, but I bet if you asked someone who just saw Man of Steel to explain what the genetic codex was, they would stare blankly into space or maybe think you were trying a weird new pick-up line. READ FULL STORY
Stan Lee won't cameo in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' thinks Ben Affleck will make a 'wonderful Batman'
Stan Lee spent 2013 continuing the ongoing story of the time-traveling con man who appears in every Marvel movie, this time popping up in Iron Man 3 as a beauty pageant judge and Thor: The Dark World as a patient in a mental institution. 2014 will see the release of four Marvel-based movies…but Lee will definitely not appear in one of them. In an interview with Ora TV’s “DweebCast,” Lee admits that he will not appear in the space oddity Guardians of the Galaxy. “This is the one group that I didn’t create,” says Lee. “I’m not even sure who they all are.” So there you have it: Stan Lee knows exactly as much about Guardians of the Galaxy as you do. READ FULL STORY
If you’re someone who questioned the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman Vs. Superman because the Fast & Furious star isn’t exactly buxom, she has her response ready. Asked by an Israeli entertainment show if Wonder Woman’s notorious comic-book shape would change, Gadot answered in her native Hebrew: “Hmm. I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world. Breasts… anyone can buy for 9000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go ‘by the book’, it’d be problematic.” (That’s as good as Idris Elba’s response when he was forced to address a self-proclaimed “mini, mini uproar” when he was first cast as Heimdall (known as the “White God”) in Thor: “Thor’s mythical, right? Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That’s okay, but the color of my skin is wrong?”) READ FULL STORY
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Remember when Zack Snyder officially announced his intention to put a Batman movie inside a Superman movie? On Wednesday, he got even more ambitious: Warner Bros. officially announced that Gal Gadot was playing Wonder Woman. We’ve all had a day to work through our complicated feelings about that news. But now it’s time to move on to more important things. Snyder’s incipient Superman saga always carried the implicit promise of bigger things: A whole multimovie mega-franchise focusing on different DC superheroes, all leading up to a franchise-knitting superteam film.
It took Marvel four years, three successful mini-franchises, and one nonstarter Hulk franchise to get to Avengers. Warner Bros. is clearly hoping to accelerate that timeline. Batman Vs. Superman Plus Wonder Woman points directly to a Justice League movie by Q3 2017, if not earlier. It’s equally possible that the studio has a more ambitious architecture in place: They could be plotting to launch their other superheroes in team-up movies from 2015 onward, with Ben Affleck on retainer to play Batman for half an hour in each movie, essentially serving as franchise booster rockets. (DC Comics has been doing this for years. Launching a new comic book? Put Batman on the cover as an issue 1 guest star.)
Whatever: The point is, casting for the rest of the Justice League has moved from an ambient years-forward possibility to an immediate probability. Which means it’s never been more important for us to collectively tell Warner Bros. how to cast the rest of the Justice League. It’s a tricky gambit: They need people who will form a fun ensemble right away, but who can also suggest a possible movie waiting to be built around them. (They require Ruffalo-Hulks; they could settle for Johansson-Widows; they need something better than Renner-Hawkeyes.) Forthwith, the best possible casting choices, with careful consideration given to extra-film details like “How will Twitter react?” and “How will they look on a panel at Comic-Con 2015?”:
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1. Wonder Woman is a larger-than-life icon, a character who has existed for more than 70 years. She will probably still be important when everyone breathing now is dead. But for the last decade, she has existed most prominently as a casting rumor. They tried making a movie out of her, or several movies, or a Justice League movie that would’ve produced a Wonder Woman spin-off — a process that engulfed geek demigod Joss Whedon in a mid-’00s Dark Period so painful he has (maybe accidentally, maybe not) devoted years of his life to DC’s comic-studio archnemesis. They tried making a TV show out of her, a process that served no purpose beyond squandering Adrianne Palicki’s post-Friday Night Lights glow; they tried making another TV show out of her, this time a prequel sans costume, and that didn’t work either. For more than 10 years, the idea of a human female playing Wonder Woman onscreen has been a hotly contested debate, conducted in dark rooms between producers and in the internet echo chamber.
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You’ll likely see a lot of drunk newsmen this Halloween — and it won’t just be the guy covering the local parade.
Fandango has released its list of the most popular movie-inspired Halloween costumes, and, if their data is any indication, the Anchorman crew will be visible at more than just a few San Diego bars. The movie site polled thousands about what film alter-ego they would be adapting this year, and while some popular costumes are expected — you’ll see plenty of arrows and side braids à la Katniss from Hunger Games — some are a little more, well, octogenarian than expected.
Check out the top five for men, women, and teams below. READ FULL STORY
The Internet suffered a near-fatal outrage-gasm back in August when Warner Bros. announced that recent Oscar winner and bygone-Daredevil Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. The Internet has long since moved on to new near-fatal outrage-gasms — did Miley Cyrus do anything today? — but Affleck has now admitted that he, too, was quite skeptical about the idea of Ben Affleck playing Batman. “Initially I was reluctant,” he tells Al Norton at 411Mania. “But once Zack showed me the concept … I was excited.” READ FULL STORY
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