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There's so many tidbits of information hitting the web due to the leaked documents and e-mails from the hack of Sony Pictures that it's hard to keep track of it all. Well, over the weekend, one story finally got some traction after being online for a few days before that. While plenty of details are leaking concerning various projects at Sony Pictures, the hack is also creating some potential secrecy issues for other studios as discussions in the e-mails mentions unknown details about projects outside of Sony. The latest revelation is that Warner Bros. and DC Comics may have a director for Aquaman already, and it's not Zack Snyder.
You wouldn't know it since there hasn't been much pomp and circumstance, but this year is the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's influential adaptation of Batman from 1989. The film inspired a wave of popularity in comic books and bringing them to the big screen (though the big boom wouldn't come for another decade), and while the film is a little dated, it's still really fun to watch. And if you want to go back 25 years, you should check out this awesome 25-minute documentary special from behind the scenes of the film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, which was never available on home video. Watch it!
After a whole slew of Marvel news yesterday arriving with Benedict Cumberbatch officially announced as Doctor Strange, and confirmation that Ryan Reynolds would play Deadpool in 20th Century Fox's adaptation of the meta anti-hero comic book, it's time for the DC Comics side of things to get an update. THR reports that the developing Wonder Woman movie has landed a writer. Jason Fuchs, the man behind Joe Wright's fantasy adaptation Pan (watch the first trailer with Hugh Jackman right here), has entered talks to script the movie set up at Warner Bros. Pictures and slated for release on July 17th, 2017.
There's a certain amount of nostalgia that fans of The Dark Knight will always have when it comes to the original 1989 adaptation of Batman from director Tim Burton. That film and the sequel paved the way for more mature comic book movies, even if they don't hold up quite as well with the passage of time (though I still love them). Well, here's something cool you may not have known about Batman Returns. In what feels like perfect mimicry of the real world, there was once a plan for Batman Returns to feature a scene that took place in a Batman store, right in Gotham City. It was scrapped, but here's proof it existed.
After weeks of casting information surfacing little by little, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment have officially announced the cast of Suicide Squad, and it's one hell of a line-up. Will Smith will be playing Deadshot, Tom Hardy is Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Jared Leto is The Joker, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) plays Boomerang and Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) is Enchantress. All of these characters form a super villain team recruited by the government for secret missions. Production begins in April and lasts through September with an August 5th, 2016 release set.
We recently just got word that just one sequence in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot using IMAX cameras, and it turns out another big blockbuster might be using the giant film stock under the radar as well. SlashFilm noticed a tweet from Mike Eisenberg, a Chicago man who owns and operates his own production company, saying, "I can confirm with my own eyes that Batman vs Superman is filming at least the Wayne murder scene with full IMAX film cameras." Now the internet is full of lies, but this seems to be a legitimate observation on the set of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as Before the Trailer corroborated the claim and Batman News also said the same. So just what were they shooting in Chicago?
After hearing that Jared Leto was up for the role of The Joker and Margot Robbie in talks to play his female sidekick Harley Quinn, yet another member of the Suicide Squad has surfaced. Variety reports A Good Day to Die Hard and future Terminator: Genisys star Jai Courtney is in talks to play Deadshot, a Batman villain who becomes part of the team. Deadshot has a strong tie with Catwoman in the comic books, so that may also mean we'll see another iconic Batman villain in the film, but that's no guarantee. As for Deadshot, he's an assassin with flawless aim, thanks to a mask with target sight and a plethora of weapons. Read on!
There it is. Following the news from the end of last week, our friends at Collider are reporting that actress Margot Robbie has been actually cast to play Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad movie. Last week, a big casting story broke saying that Jared Leto was being considered for The Joker role in Suicide Squad, to be directed by David Ayer coming off of the critical success of Fury. There have been rumors Harley Quinn might be in this too, and casting reports have mentioned Margot for months already, but now it seems to be confirmed from Collider's source - she will be playing Harley Quinn and we'll probably get more Joker, too.
Earlier this year, we already learned that Hans Zimmer was going to compose the score for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice after previously working with director Zack Snyder on Man of Steel. However, now we have a little more on the score for the film, as Zimmer has revealed to Comic Book Resources that he will be working with The Dark Knight Rises score collaborator Junkie XL for the DC Comics mash-up. In addition, it sounds like they'll be approaching the score for the film in a unique way, in that Superman and Batman will have their own themes and whatnot. Zimmer explains the situation below.
Not too long ago, we pointed out a helpful infographic that laid out the next six years of comic book movies, which will see 40 films scheduled to arrive in theaters before the end of 2020 (and now we know all about what Marvel has in store for Phase Three in addition to the plans Warner Bros. has for DC Comics titles). Now Dorkly (via SlashFilm) has decided to take things even further by crafting a timeline that shows all of the comic book films on the way from 2020 through 2025. There's some pretty promising projects on the way like Rocket Raccoon and Groot Meet The Flintstones and a sequel to Meteor Man too. Look!
Earlier this month, Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot was said to be circling a role in Paramount and MGM's remake of Ben-Hur. However, according to THR, it turns out the actress' previous commitment to become Wonder Woman in the imminently expanding DC Comcs cinematic universe will keep her from finalizing a deal due to scheduling not working out. In fact, it sounds like Gadot will be rather busy as the Amazonian superheroine because Bleeding Cool has learned that Warner Bros. has their sights set on making a Wonder Woman trilogy, and they even have rough details on the setting of each film. Read on!
When Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment announced their full slate of films planned for release from now through 2020, many were surprised to see that the next film to follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice would be Suicide Squad. The film is set for release on August 5th, 2016 and while we've heard that Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie may end up starring in the film, there's another interesting casting move the studio wants to make. Deadline reports Warner Bros. is in talks to have Jesse Eisenberg reprise his Batman v. Superman role as villain Lex Luthor in the film. Read on!
If you weren't already planning on seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures might have a good reason for you to show up. Aside from being the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic, Forbes has heard that there will be some sort of teaser trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice attached to the film. It makes sense since Warner Bros. is behind both franchise films, and while the film will be nearly a year and a half away at that point, the film has been shooting for awhile, and fans are hungry for something. It might arrive online before the, so stay tuned. As for The Battle of the Five Armies, it sounds like that will be epic too.
In a report looking at the upcoming onslaught of superhero movies arriving from now through the year 2020, THR noted that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are keen to get a female director behind the camera for their big screen take on Wonder Woman. The studio already has Gal Gadot in the lead role, and with the film set for release June 23, 2017, they're on the hunt for a filmmaker to bring the heroine to life. Well, Forbes seems to have a line on the shortlist the studio is looking at, though they caution that other names could easily be in the running. It's a mix of film directors and some TV talent too.