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"There's never been a better time to visit our great city." Whoa! Now these are cool TV ads, not just your conventional TV spots. Turkish Airlines has debuted two different 60-second TV ads that are also promoting Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman. Each spot is a travel ad for visiting either Gotham City, hosted by Wayne Enterprise CEO Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck; or Metropolis, hosted by Lex Corp's CEO Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg. There is mention of Metropolis' "heroes" and they show Superman flying around. I just love the way these TV spots are presented, like they're naturally a part of the world, and an airline deal is totally normal. They run back-to-back on TV and are very effective. I want to visit Gotham!
"With Justice League, you've really started to lay a foundation for a pretty expansive world…" DC is ready to challenge Marvel head on, and is introducing the next round of characters with short featurettes. Warner Bros hosted a special DC event on The CW last night, which is where the first footage from Wonder Woman also came from, and the new Suicide Squad trailer. In addition, plenty of new concept art has arrived for Zack Snyder's Justice League as well as extra footage from Batman v Superman. In the upcoming movies, Ezra Miller plays The Flash, Ray Fisher plays Cyborg, Jason Momoa plays Aquaman. Discussions with each are below, along with even more to see from the first Dawn of Justice film this March. Looking good?
"We're going to see her coming-of-age, the entire history, what's her mission." We'll meet the new Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie this March, but they've already started filming the solo Wonder Woman movie due out in 2017. Patty Jenkins is currently in the middle of directing Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian princess-warrior. It also stars Robin Wright, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and David Thewlis. This video features a chat between Geoff Johns & Kevin Smith, before showing just a few clips of footage from the film. We expect to see a full trailer sometime around March, but maybe sooner, you never know. Check this out below in the meantime.
"We're the bad guys. It's what we do." Warner Bros has unleashed the first official trailer for David Ayer's Suicide Squad movie, bringing the villains of the DC Comics world together for some fun. This is a more polished version of some of the footage first seen in the Comic-Con teaser, and it looks badass. Deadshot, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Enchantress, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang and Rick Flagg show up, along with some teases of other crazy characters from the DC universe. Love the way the Queen song is used. There's so much crazy footage in this, can't help but say I'm excited to see what Ayer has been cooking up. Fire it up!
Time to get acquainted with the Suicide Squad. David Ayer has released a new poster and WB has followed up with a full set of 10 character posters for DC's Suicide Squad movie. This artwork features stylized versions of each costume from the squad, and it even includes some of the bad guys and surprise characters we'll see in this movie. Ayer has also indicated that a new trailer for Suicide Squad will debut on Tuesday later this week. I really dig the designs for this, the comic book connection is clear and it really shows how much fun they're having with this movie. We'll follow up once the trailer premieres - until then, take a look.
"Stay down! If I wanted it, you'd be dead already." Warner Bros in Japan has released a new 30-second TV spot for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which the announcer just calls "Batman v Superman". It features mostly footage we've seen before, but no shots or mention of Wonder Woman at all, almost entirely footage of Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) fighting, and yelling at each other. This is definitely their marketing angle for Japan, whereas in the US it seems to be more about the "Dawn of Justice" side, and all the heroes we're going to meet. I'm still looking forward to seeing this.
This could be interesting. With the upcoming release of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight in 70mm, at least 100 different theaters have now been setup with 70mm projectors to properly run the roadshow version. Tarantino has been advocating for equipping more theaters with proper 70mm film projectors, and he has made things happen, though it has yet to be seen if it will pay off. Part of the concern is additional use in the long run. In article on THR about 70mm, it's mentioned that "a lot of people" are thinking about other things to show in 70mm - including classics like Lawrence of Arabia. But also hinted is that Warner Bros is considering a 70mm release of Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Really?!
There's only three more months to go until the release of Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warner Bros is sticking firm with the March 2016 release date, and has issued three new character posters for the three major heroes: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. I'm sure we'll see a few more superheroes in the movie (The Flash? Aquaman?) but these are the biggest sellers and the main guys in this battle. Ben Affleck plays Batman, Henry Cavill plays Superman, and Gal Gadot plays Wonder Woman. The most recent trailer seemed to be very divisive and upsetting to some, but that may be part of their plan with a series of DC movies in the works. For now, I'm still looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.
"Most of the world doesn't share your opinion, Mr. Wayne." Warner Bros has unleashed the third, very epic trailer for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the continuation of the Superman story started in Man of Steel. They really go all out in this, revealing quite a bit, including that the big bad villain is indeed Doomsday. Which is a bit crazy, but they're going all out. Ben Affleck stars as Batman, Henry Cavill stars as Superman, Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman, who finally gets some more time in this. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Lex Luthor, and the full cast has Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and many more. "The greatest Gladiator match in the history of the world!"
Meet everybody's favorite psycho killer, again. A photo of the newest Empire magazine cover has appeared online, and it's a very colorful, very fun shot of Jared Leto playing The Joker in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad. We've already seen that kick ass Comic-Con teaser trailer and the original Joker reveal photo, so it's nothing completely new, but it is cool to see more of him full-size like this. Plus, I dig the crazy wacky colorful design of the Empire cover. We still have yet to see the rest of the cast like this - Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Hopefully this is a good sign that a full theatrical trailer will be arriving sooner than we know it. Stay tuned for more.
Let's build a better tomorrow. Today. Well, this is getting interesting. The 2015 New York Comic-Con opens today in New York City, and LexCorp is making its mark. The company has announced that they are providing free wi-fi during the convention, and also distributing free "portable charging devices" (or mini batteries to charge your phone). This also ties in with the launch of a new website for LexCorp to tie-in with the movie and all this branding. Just a few days ago, Fortune magazine published a profile on LexCorp's Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and this is the continuation of that LexCorp viral marketing connecting into the real world. This is pretty cool so far.
"I don't know very many 'war mongers' who have a foosball table in the conference room." Nice one, Lex. This is pretty dang cool, actually. Warner Bros has hidden a sneaky viral article in Fortune magazine, and it's now available online to read in full. The article is about Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg in the movies, and his LexCorp company which became a Fortune 500 powerhouse soon after he took over. This is all a world-building promotion for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, getting in the DC characters again in big ways, but it's cool to see them diving into the deep end and embracing DC's universe.
Another up-and-coming director has been hired to make a big comic book movie. Following the news from last week that Taika Waititi will be directing Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok comes news, via THR, that young writer Seth Grahame-Smith has landed the job of directing DC's The Flash movie for Warner Bros. Seth Grahame-Smith is the screenwriter behind Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, the novel and the movie, as well as Dark Shadows for Tim Burton. While he has directed some episodes of "The Hard Times of RJ Berger", this will be Grahame-Smith's feature directing debut. Warner Bros is apparently finally ready to launch their big screen version of the character, with Grahame-Smith in negotiations to write and direct the movie. Read on.
While we wait patiently for more footage, let's take a closer look at a few behind-the-scenes images from Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman. Empire has debuted a new cover and photos and lots of info in their upcoming print issue. Along with new shots debuted online, a few scans of the magazine feature some cool behind-the-scenes shots of the set. We get to see Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Zack Snyder as Directorman, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. You can see the full Comic-Con trailer here. I'm really excited for this, now it's just a countdown to the release. Check ’em.