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Looks like we know one more of one of the many projects Warner Bros and DC Entertainment want to bring to the big screen with their release schedule staked out through 2020. THR has just reported that Fury director David Ayer is currently circling an adaptation of Suicide Squad, based on the DC Comics property of the same name. This was one of several projects David Goyer was said to begin developing late last year along with Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7. Justin Marks was previously attached to write the script in 2009, but has lain dormant since Batman v. Superman and Justice League began swirling.
There's been a fun little back and forth between the productions of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars: Episode VII over the past few months. Director Zack Snyder kicked it off with a picture of Henry Cavill as a Jedi (inexplicably with a red lightsaber), and went on to create an action figure scene with Batman on Tatooine with R2-D2 and most recently, a Stormtrooper getting caught trying to steal the new Batmobile. Bad Robot previously fired back with a picture of C-3PO protecting Gotham City and now they've released a new video of the life-size Millennium Falcon set piece, and there's a special treat.
For some reason, there was a rumor that a Batmobile had been stolen from the set of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Bleeding Cool picked up the story from CBS News of all places, but it turned out to be completely false. How do we know? Well, aside from the official confirmations that not even one of the several Batmobiles on set had been stolen, director Zack Snyder decided to continue his Star Wars photo gags (previously seen with a Jedi Superman and Batman on Tatooine) by having another recognizable character from a galaxy far, far away apprehended by police for trying to steal Batman's ride.
Now that is a Batmobile! Oh yes! In response to the first sneaky fan-taken set photos leaked to the web this week, Zack Snyder has taken to Twitter to reveal an official and spectacular first look at the Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Filming is now underway, and the photo was taken by Snyder's goto set photographer Clay Enos, who also tweeted some particulars. This shot they've revealed makes it look a lot more suped up than any of the set photos from around Detroit, or the one in the background of that first Batman shot, and I can't wait to see it in action. Is this everything you wanted? Or is it too much?
With Warner Bros. staking out two dates every year through 2020 for films based on DC Comics' properties, you can be sure there's plenty of projects in development that we don't know about. While Justice League is expected to be one of the films following Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, along with rumors of standalone films for Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman, no one has been very sure just what else might fill the extensive superhero calendar. Now we have an idea of one of the titles coming as a rumor from Latino Review reports Legion of Super-Heroes is out to writers. Read on!
Just yesterday, Dwayne Johnson finally made the choice to play the villainous anti-hero Black Adam in the DC Comics adaptation Shazam. And while fans have been excited to see how this character will tie into Justice League and everything else that's coming after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, they might end up being slightly disappointed. You see, Shazam will be a New Line Cinema production, and while they call Warner Bros. their home, their head honcho Toby Emmerich has revealed that it won't be in line with what Zack Snyder and the studio are doing with the other DC Comics properties coming soon. Read on!
Just a couple weeks ago, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he was having trouble deciding what role he wanted to take in the DC Comics adaptation of Shazam set up at Warner Bros. He was either going to take the title superhero role or the villainous anti-hero role of Black Adam, a role that he was linked to as far back as 2007. Now the Fast & Furious and G.I. Joe action franchise star has made his choice clear with the reveal on Twitter pointing to Black Adam. In addition, Variety has confirmed the news and adds that Darren Lemke (Turbo, Jack the Giant Slayer) has been hired to write the film, but there's no director yet.
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!