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Plenty of people are familiar with the failed Superman Lives project that director Tim Burton tried to put together with a script from Kevin Smith and wacky actor Nicolas Cage in the lead role. We've featured a couple trailers for a Kickstarter documentary showcasing the making of the movie that never was, but there's another attempt to make a Superman movie that fewer people might know about. Before Bryan Singer would direct Superman Returns, Warner Bros. tried their hand at a film called Superman: Flyby, with a script from J.J. Abrams and questionable director Brett Ratner behind the camera. Watch now!
"Remember kid: this is the only law left in this town." Damn this is cool. A couple of friends, who grew up with Batman as their childhood hero, have decided to make a short film inspired by the classic 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series, 'Beware The Gray Ghost'. Titled The Gray Ghost, this short film chronicles the live-action adventures of "The Gray Ghost" aka Simon Trent. In the original animated series, Trent (voiced by Adam West) is depicted as a down-on-his-luck actor who was typecast for life playing a masked avenger on a black-and-white serialized TV show. This short film plays like a "lost reel" from the old serialized show, and it's very well done for something some friends made in their spare time. Check this out!
There have been some commenters saying that we don't talk about DC Comics films enough, so here's a provocative rumor that should get the masses talking. HitFix has heard from several different sources that Warner Bros. is making a big push to keep humor out of their forthcoming DC Comics adaptations that have been scheduled to hit theaters through 2020. Drew McWeeney (who isn't prone to just posting any ole rumor) says he keeps hearing a "no jokes" kind of mandate for these films in the DC Comics cinematic universe, and Badass Digest has also echoed those sentiments. But that seems more than a little extreme.
Before Comic-Con, action star Dwayne Johnson was teasing some kind of role based on a DC Comics property that hadn't yet been brought to the big screen. Johnson offered the hint that his character has "the power of Superman," which immediately led to fans guessing that Shazam would be the role. However, it sounds like Johnson has his choice of what DC Comics character he'll bring to life. Speaking with The Associated Press, Johnson is having trouble between playing Shazam or his arch nemesis, anti-hero Black Adam, one of the former wrestler's favorite characters from the world of DC Comics. Maybe fans will help?
We've heard that "Game of Thrones" and Conan the Barbarian star Jason Momoa will be playing Aquaman in the forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but due to the shroud of secrecy surrounding the film, that has yet to be officially confirmed. However, CBS Detroit (via SlashFilm) reported that for some reason, director Zack Snyder felt some sort of inherent need to call in to a Detroit radio station to defend the honor of the underwater superhero from DC Comics. This isn't a prank call as it has been confirmed the director really called in to this radio station, and he had a juicy defense of Aquaman.
Director Zack Snyder has been having fun on the set of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (which just moved up its release to March 25th, 2016), by mashing up his comic book film with the world of Star Wars. First he posted a picture of Henry Cavill wearing the Superman suit, but shrouded in a cloak and wielding a red lightsaber. Then last weekend he used action figures to create a scene on Tatooine with Batman and C-3PO. Well, the folks at Bad Robot decided to keep the game going by throwing up a pretty bad ass image of a familiar golden droid looking like The Caped Crusader, but with a different bat signal.
Just yesterday, Warner Bros. blinked in their face-off with Marvel that would have seen Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice going head-to-head with Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016. But neither studio would have won in that scenario, so Warner Bros. made the smart decision to move the film to March 25th, 2016. Either the studio aims to start summer early, or they see what's becoming more and more obvious: blockbusters don't need to open during the summer anymore. But along with this date shift, the studio also announced a slew of new release dates for DC Comics films through 2020, adding to Marvel's future slate that runs through 2019. But is this truly exciting stuff, or just overkill? More below!
It appears Marvel's box office performance this past weekend with the record-setting debut of Guardians of the Galaxy has shaken up Warner Bros. Pictures and their plans for the DC Comics mash-up Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The studio has just announced that they have shifted their comic book release away from their original May 6th, 2016 date, which would have pitted the film against Marvel's Captain America 3, to the more safe spring release of March 25th, 2016. No, that's not a typo. Warner Bros. is releasing this massive blockbuster in the spring, which almost seems like a punishment. Read on!
During Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder had a little bit of fun by posting a picture of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice star Henry Cavill in his Superman suit, but most of it was obscured by a robe. But what made the photo truly interesting was the addition of a red lightsaber from Star Wars for the British actor to hold. Snyder used the hashtag #SuperJedi, but he really looked more like a Sith. Well, over the weekend, Snyder decided to have a little more franchise mash-up fun, and he posted a new photo of what appeared to be Ben Affleck as Batman in the desert alongside R2-D2. However, this fun little picture was a little more tricky photographically than anyone initially anticipated. Is Snyder trolling? Look below!
Warner Bros. blew the roof off Comic-Con immediately by bringing director Zack Snyder out to Hall H, introduced with some awesome concept art in motion from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The footage shown was a teaser that seemed shot specifically for the convention with Ben Affleck decked out in a bulky, metal batsuit reminiscent of Iron Man, turning on the bat signal. And that's where Superman (Henry Cavill) shows up in the sky, floating down to a rooftop, flaring his heat vision eyes. But in addition, we also got to see a quick shot of concept art of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and she looks great. Look!
Right now production is underway on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while we've only seen photos of Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, the latest photo to come from the set is mindblowing. That's mostly because we're not sure why it exists. Director Zack Snyder took to Twitter with a photo featuring Cavill as Superman, but he was also wearing a cloak and wielding a red lightsaber. All he included with the photo was the hashtag #SuperJedi, which seems a little weird since the photo looks pretty dark, and we've never seen a Jedi with a red lightsaber, but there you have it. Look below now!
"He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector." Taking place this week is Comic-Con 2014, but it's also the 75th Anniversary of Batman, the comic book superhero created by Bob Kane. In honor of the anniversary, DC's booth is filled with Batman everything, including costumes, capes and masks from every single Batman movie (photos in our showfloor gallery). While many fans are scrambling for a look at the older costumes, few seem to realize the new "Batfleck" costume is there, too. They're showing off Ben Affleck's Batman cape & cowl from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (seen before) at the Con and we have photos.
With the beginning of Comic-Con just a couple days away, the influx of news about forthcoming comic book movies (like what titles Marvel has planned for release through 2019) will increase exponentially. And there's no official word on DC Entertainment having a presence at Comic-Con, we're betting the Warner Bros. panel on Saturday will have a couple of surprises, and one of them just might involve Dwayne Johnson. The actor has been teasing involvement in some kind of DC Comics property, and while past stories have linked him to Lobo, it sounds like our answer might have already come from the past. Read on!
He's back!! Warner Bros has dropped off the first official photo of Henry Cavill as Superman in the sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, currently in production. This compliments that first moody black & white photo of Ben Affleck as the Batman, which was our very first shot from the sequel. Thanks to an early leak of Henry Cavill on set supporting a charity, Warner Bros has followed-up and just put out this very comic book-like shot of Superman standing in the rain, with his full Superman outfit. There certainly seem to be a few tweaks (like extra ribbing underneath his actual ribs), but it otherwise looks quite similar.