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Just under a couple weeks ago, we highlighted a cool new animated short from Bruce Timm, the man behind the spectacular "Batman: The Animated Series." The short is just one of many special things happening this year in order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Batman. And now a second animated short from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment has popped up online, this one using the world of the animated series "Batman Beyond" to pay tribute to The Dark Knight. Fans will hear the return of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne and Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis, and it's a cool short to celebrate Batman turning 75. Watch!
With Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment holding firm on their Batman vs. Superman release date of May 6th, 2016 to open against Disney and Marvel's Captain America 3, all we can do is wait and see what each of the superhero films do as they move through development and closer to production. Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel already has a pretty full cast with Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck as Superman and Batman, not to mention Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, but now we have another name added to the behind-the-scenes roster with Hans Zimmer confirmed to compose the score.
In March, news surfaced that Captain America 3 was the mystery May 6th, 2016 release from Marvel Studios that was already in place when Warner Bros. pushed their Man of Steel sequel (frequently called Batman vs. Superman) to the same date. With two superheroes coming together for the first time on the big screen, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were certain Marvel wouldn't dare go head-to-head with their blockbuster, especially with a superhero that didn't break $200 million at the domestic box office. But this week, Marvel confirmed that Captain America 3, hot on the heels of the huge success that Captain America: The Winter Soldier enjoyed last weekend, would indeed hit the summer 2016 release. Now what?
With the larger roles cast in the developing Warner Bros. sequel to Man of Steel, which may or may not be called Batman vs. Superman still, the supporting cast is starting to fill up. Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are in the hero roles of Superman and Batman, and Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot is taking the role of Wonder Woman. The most recent casting additions were Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as mentor/butler Alfred. Now Deadline reports Holly Hunter (The Incredibles, Broadcast News), Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) and Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire) have also joined. Read on!
Out of nowhere this afternoon, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced two new cast members for the recently delayed 2016 release of Batman vs. Superman, or whatever the sequel to last summer's Man of Steel will be called, and they are surprising to say the least. First off, The Social Network and The Double star Jessie Eisenberg has been set to play Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor and Die Hard with a Vengeance bad guy Jeremy Irons has been slated to play Bruce Wayne's trusty butler Alfred in the film from director Zack Snyder. These casting choices are out of left field, and neither name has been rumored for either role.
The packed movie year of 2015 just got a little less crazy. After rumors swirled that Batman vs. Superman, or whatever the Man of Steel sequel from director Zack Snyder will be called, was going to be shot back-to-back with a Justice League follow-up, we have some disappointing news. Variety reports Warner Bros. has decided to push back the film to May 6th, 2016, instead of releasing it on July 17th, 2015 as originally planned. The film is still in pre-production, and we're betting that recent developments like Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman have proven to be a little more complicated than originally thought.
With the gestating Batman vs. Superman bringing on Gal Gadot as female superhero Wonder Woman, joining Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, we know there's going to be a handful of superheroes in Zack Snyder's comic book sequel. There's even been rumors of The Flash and Green Lantern popping up at some point, and now we might have a more immediate reason for cramming in all these heroes. Latino Review is reporting that Warner Bros. wants to follow-up Batman vs. Superman with Justice League, and supposedly the studio wants to move very quickly by shooting the films back-to-back.
We already know that Jason Momoa is in the running for some sort of villain/hero role in the gestating comic book sequel Batman vs. Superman, the follow-up to this year's Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder, but now we have word on a potential talent being lined up for the film's primary villain. Variety has word that Warner Bros. wants to get their Her leading man Joaquin Phoenix for a role in the film, but it's still very early in the process, so it's far from a done deal. The actor has strayed away from blockbusters and is currently considering a role in Sea of Trees, the next film from Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant.
Add one more cast member to the growing roster of Batman vs. Superman. Just last week we learned that Fast & Furious actress Gal Gadot was taking the role of Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) in the ever-expanding DC Entertainment adaptation at Warner Bros., and now one more cast member has entered the mix. THR has word that former "Game of Thrones" and Conan the Barbarian reboot star Jason Momoa has landed an unknown role in the sequel pitting Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck against each other as the Man of Steel and The Dark Knight. Could Momoa be playing an unknown villain, or another hero?