Is Jena Malone Batgirl in ‘Batman v Superman’?

jenabatgirl2Rumors have been swirling that Jena Malone will be appearing in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at least since last October, when The Hollywood Reporter “confirmed” her participation in the movie.

Thing is, everyone has been assuming that she would play Carrie Kelley, the female version of Robin from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns, the source material for this movie. Sure, Carrie was 13 years old in the graphic novel and Jena is 30, but the character can easily be aged into her 20s, and Jena can play much younger. Bolstering the Robin assumption was the fact that Jena dyed her hair bright red, like Carrie’s.

However, Someone at Latino Review claims to have three sources confirming that Jena will instead be playing another DC Universe redhead, Barbara Gordon — but it is unknown which of Barbara’s two alter egos she will be: Batgirl or Oracle.
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Batman Take the Wheel — the Batmobile Through the Years, Comics to Screen

Warner Bros. Consumer Products Exclusively Unveils the BatmobileThere’s been a lot of fuss about the latest armored version of the Batmobile to be seen in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (right), but neither the idea of the car itself or constantly evolving versions of it are anything new.

Batman drove a car in his very first appearance in 1939’s Detective Comics #27, but it wasn’t christened the “Batmobile” until Detective Comics #48 in 1941. The vehicle has undergone a number of changes over the decades — and, perhaps not surprisingly, it has seen the most change during the modern “movie” era.
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Facing Down Lex Luthor

lexbaldyThe first image of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has surfaced in Entertainment Weekly, and it’s just what we expected: Lex is shaved bald and he’s glowering at the camera.

So, there’s nothing new, aside from his age.

Or is there?

Director Zack Snyder claims his version of Lex is an all-new character, telling EW:

He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure, other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course… Our Lex is disarming, and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.

BvS:DoJ opens March 25, 2016.

Presenting His Royal Highness, Aquaman!

aquamomoaKing of the Seven Seas Aquaman made his first official public appearance on the interwebs yesterday, courtesy of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder, and I will say that while Jason Momoa does look pretty badass, he doesn’t look anything like Aquaman.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing, and certainly not unexpected — no one thought the orange-and-green color scheme from the comic books was going to be attempted onscreen, and everyone expected the director to toughen up the Atlantean royal’s look.
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Director Pulls Tarp Off the Batmobile

batcarIt seems that a leak yesterday from the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice prompted director Zack Snyder to Tweet what he called “a real picture” of the newest version of the Batmobile.

You may recall that Snyder first revealed Batman’s new ride back in May (while simultaneously debuting Ben Affleck‘s version of the Batcostume). The rear end of the vehicle had been teased a bit earlier.

USA Today points out that this Batmobile combines elements from previous movie Batvehicles, such as the sleek cockpit and central chasis of the Michael Keaton/Tim Burton version and the combination tank/monster truck of the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Tumbler incarnation.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently scheduled to hit theaters March 25, 2015.

Superman & Lois Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Direct from the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams (Superman and Lois Lane) take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And, as befits a superhero, Cavill goes the extra mile:

In unfortunate related news, shortly after this, Superman flew to Metropolis and slaughtered 750 innocent bystanders. I guess old habits die hard…

Ben Affleck Can Handle the Batman Flak

AffleckBRUCEBy now everyone is well aware of both the casting — and the blowback — of Ben Affleck to play an older, battle-hardened Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And Affleck — one of the best new-ish directors around — has weathered the criticism and uninformed assumptions like a hero.

He told Entertainment Weekly:

Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, ‘Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions. To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s [Snyder] a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s a big part of this international sport.

So go ahead and do your worst, internet trolls. Batffleck can handle it.

And, for what it’s worth, I am totally behind Affleck on this. I think he can do the role justice.

Warner Bros Moves ‘Batman v Superman’ Away From ‘Cap 3’

batmansadIt was bound to happen, and it finally has — just as I called it: Warner Bros. has blinked and moved its DC Comics-based Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from its May 6, 2016, release date, bumping it up to March 25 and thus avoiding a head-to-head showdown with Marvel Studio’s Captain America 3.

Moving the unproven superhero team-up out of the path of the expected Marvel juggernaut is the right thing to do; an even better thing would have been to never have scheduled BvS:DoJ against the First Avenger in the first place. Cap 3 staked its claim to May 6 first. Now Warners and DC have to eat crow and back down beat a strategic retreat.
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She’s a Wonder of a Woman!

wonderpicDirector Zack Snyder shocked and delighted Comic-Con International: San Diego this morning (or so I hear, because I’m not there!) with teaser footage from the still-filming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice — and the reveal of Wonder Woman!

While the 20 seconds of film footage are not available, the image of Gal Gadot in all her Amazonian glory is. What do you think? Works for me!

After so many misfires onscreen and on the page, I think somebody (Michael Wilkinson, to be exact) got a modern Wonder Woman costume right! And Gal‘s glare looks pretty convincing, too.

Batman Does Not Look Amused

sdbatffleckThis new of Ben Affleck in costume and in character as a grizzled, older Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, should chill the alien blood of that careless Kryptonian killer, Superman (Henry Cavill).

The image is part of a 75th anniversary montage of Batman images created for the DC Comics booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego that shows various versions of the character over the years.

A statement from DC Comics confirmed that the image is from Zack Snyder‘s film:

Yes, as fans have started pointing out, within the dozens of photos and illustrations on the wall is a brand new image of Batman from the upcoming film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The filmmakers wanted to include this new cinematic version of the Dark Knight in the anniversary mosaic so it could be discovered by fans.