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Before Star Wars Episode VII casting news gets the Internet rage machine going, we welcome any and all Batman vs. Superman news. Warner Bros. has just announced the casting of both Lex Luthor and Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Man of Steel. Jesse Eisenberg will be playing Luthor in the untitled Batman vs. Superman film, while Jeremy Irons will be taking the role of Batman’s trusted companion Alfred.
Warner Bros. recently pushed the release date of Batman vs. Superman from July 2015 to May 2016, production is still to start in the next couple of months. Eisenberg is 30 years old, so my first thought of him in this flick would not be that of Lex Luthor who I still think of as a bald asshole. Perhaps they are going in a different direction with his movie, get some young actors to get some young butts in the theaters? Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad was once rumored to be taking on that role, now that would have been something to see.
Snyder had this to say about Eisenberg:
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”
As for Alfred, Irons taking on the iconic role is perfect if you ask me. He looks like he could have been Batman himself in an older role, so I expect him to be more than a butler this time around and more of side kick.
“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”
The movie opens May 6, 2016.
Warner Bros. has announced a new release date for the Man of Steel sequel or Batman vs. Superman depending on who you ask. The movie will now open May 6, 2016 instead of the planned July 17, 2015 release date. The reason for the delay is explained for “allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”
That May is pretty busy as it is so I fully expect the date to change again or for other movies to bow out of the hectic time period as an untitled Marvel movie and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse are set to be released then.
Check out the history of this ongoing production:
The LEGO Movie is going all out with marketing and no one is complaining here. The latest posters for the outrageous looking movie shows off Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum) and Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), the two DC characters are set to square off in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated adventure next month.
The LEGO Movie hits theaters on February 7, check out the posters below:
A Batman spin-off series, based on police commissioner James Gordon, has been commissioned by the Fox television network. The prequel will be titled Gotham and will follow James in his days as a detective, before Bruce Wayne put on cape. It will be interesting to see if a young Bruce makes an appearance though;, and what role the Wayne family might play. The series will feature some of the series’ best-known villains too! [THR]
Fox has made a series commitment for Gotham, no pilot testing here. What are your thoughts citizens? Sound off in the comments.
FYI: Gordon first appeared in Detective Comics #27, the same issue that introduced the Dark Knight.
A week ago today it was announced that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel [my review]. The anticipation for a Batman/Superman movie has been hard for fans; the endless rumors and teases (like this Easter egg) have put a drain on the whole idea. So when it was announced the movie was a go, the Internet could hardly contain itself.
So instead of anticipation in the air, there is instead focus on the casting of Affleck. The hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck blew up as people shared their disdain for the casting choice.
It is similar to the backlash that Heath Ledger received for being cast as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. He was a pretty boy who kissed another man in a romantic movie once, so nuts to that right? Well, that was acting, great acting actually. He acted brilliantly then and once again in The Dark Knight, he won Oscar for the role and shut a lot of people up in the process. Fans were also not very pleased with Tim Burton’s choice of Michael Keaton as Batman in his 1989 film, but that turned out just fine. Is it that much different from Affleck?
Since his creation all the way back in 1939, when he appeared in issue 27 of Detective Comics, Batman continued to rise in popularity, so that he is now a hugely important figure in modern popular culture. Batman has invaded all aspects of entertainment, whether it be comic books, television shows, movies, video games, toys and even gambling – yes, Batman plays slots when he’s not busy saving Gotham from the latest supervillain.
Most recently, Batman has hit our silver screens in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Batman’s extremely wealthy, orphaned alter-ego. The movies have been extremely popular and received a lot of plaudits. The third in the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, is the eighth highest grossing film of all time, having made over $1billion worldwide.
Batman is always popular and is always there – seeing young children walk around in their Batman outfits is not a rare sight, nor is it to see an adult wearing a Batman t-shirt, but recently he has really been thrust back into the spotlight. These three movies took the Batman phenomenon to a new level – the excellent special effects coupled with the high-tech costume design, A-list actors and brilliant writing were a far cry from the occasionally gimmicky world in which superheroes can sometimes reside, and created films well worth watching even for those who aren’t particular fans of superhero movies.
There have been many different interpretations of Batman over the years, particularly since he gained his very own comic book in 1940. In the 1960s he was famously given a camp rebrand for a television series which stuck to the character for many years to come, even after the show finished airing. There were several attempts to return Batman to his darker original self, none of which were more successful than Nolan’s recent movies, but the light-grey spandex style Batman is one which is still extremely popular and is the one which adorns many Batman costumes despite it looking almost nothing like the batsuit Christian Bale wears when depicting The Dark Knight.
However people choose to portray Batman, it does not matter. These different versions mean that he can appeal to different people’s tastes. As a fictional character, there is nothing wrong with him existing in several forms, just as his enemies have over the years. The Joker, perhaps Batman’s greatest nemesis, has gone from cartoon villain for dark, twisted psycho, for example. What is for certain is that Batman is as popular now as he ever has been, and he won’t be disappearing from popular culture any time soon.
Well I’m stunned. The Daredevil himself is stepping up to play another superhero. Ben Affleck will be switching comic books to play Batman in the untitled Man of Steel sequel. The film will bring Superman and Batman together for the first time on screen and is set to open July 17, 2015.
I have to say I didn’t even think of him as a possibility, but I think this works. Affleck has matured as an actor and as great director, he’s ready for this. The Internet is sure to explode with its own opinions and reactions that fair or not, this movie is happening folks.
As reported by The Wrap, Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. said:
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” added director Synder. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
FYI: Affleck has played Matt Murdock (Daredevil) as well as George Reeves playing Superman in Hollywoodland.
Read the full press release from Warner Bros. below:
It’s official folks, Superman and Batman will team up in a live-action movie and sooner than you might think – 2015! Warner Bros. will develop the project as a sequel to Man of Steel, which means Henry Cavill will return as Superman. Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer will return as director and writer respectively. Christopher Nolan is expected to return as a producer.
It was not too long ago I was reminded of this project in our Easter Egg post and now it’s really happening, I don’t know what to think – I can’t see it yet. These two icons of culture together, interacting on the big screen…yowza. WB is also planning for Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017. We know Christian Bale has no plans to return to Batman (at this point), so who will play the caped crusader this time around? Joseph Gordon-Levitt had an opening, but it’s a tall order – he may not be ready in the studios eyes.
Check out the full press release below:
For those of you who haven’t already picked up these films, now would be the time. Amazon.com recently dropped the price of The Dark Knight Trilogy on Blu-ray to $24.99. Included are the three Christopher Nolan films, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. This offer expires on July 20th, so get it while you can!
Also, for those of you who remember that The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collectors Edition is coming, you can pre-order that set on both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. That set will be released on September 24th of this year.
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“I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary” – Heath Ledger on his preparation for The Joker role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
After all these years, there is still next to nothing in terms of behind the scenes footage or special features looking at Heath Ledger and the making of The Dark Knight. It’s a shame really, but understandable; being exploitative is not in the nature of Nolan and Company, or Ledger’s family.
Time has passed and while being respectful, it’s interesting to take a look into the late actor’s life while making the film. Below is a brief video of Ledger’s “Joker Diary” that has surfaced. It will definitely leave you wanting more. It’s an extract from the documentary “Too Young To Die”. Kim Ledger, his father, speaks, watch it below: