Zack Posts Batmobile Photo — and Batman!

Batmobile2014IIBatman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder just posted another image on his Twitter of the new Batmobile — and Batman is standing next to it!

In his accompanying Tweet, Zack wrote:

I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham

If that is indeed Ben Affleck (and not a lighting stand-in) he looks really great in the new Batsuit! I’ve always been a fan of the short-eared look. Bats looks gruff and solid, like an experienced hero. He is going to kick Superman’s ass!

The new Batmobile appears to be a fusion of the brilliant Tim Burton version from 1989’s Batman and the more utilitarian Tumbler from Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight films.

Batmobile vs. Superman: the Tease

Batmobile2014Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, who is helming the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, used his Twitter account (@ZackSnyder) today to tease the Batmobile that will appear in the 2016 sequel by revealing the rear end of the vehicle that has had many onscreen designs.

Snyder’s accompanying Tweet teased the possibility of revealing the whole thing tomorrow — or will the tarp just be pulled back a little more? Stay tuned…

 

Did Disney Exec Just Sabotage ‘Captain America 3’?

cap3With Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier mowing down the competition at the box office, the already-greenlit Captain America 3 looks like a total no-brainer — however, Disney studio execs cannot resist overthinking things, and talking about it may just undercut the 2016 event film before it even starts shooting.

Disney may have done what no supervillain has been able to accomplish onscreen: hit Cap where it really hurts. It’s never a good sign when the boss expresses doubt about sending his champion into battle against a new untested foe; it makes the big guy look like a paper tiger and conveys instant credibility on the rookie.

As fans are no doubt aware, Marvel/Disney’s next Captain America sequel is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016 — and Warner Bros. has slotted its Man of Steel sequel, tentatively dubbed Batman vs. Superman, on the very same Friday, setting up a clash of titans between the comic book rivals and moving it from the page to the screen.
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Designing Wonder Woman’s Movie Outfit: ‘Scary Prospect’

WonderWomansThe costume designer for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman (working title) movie is Michael Wilkinson, the same guy who came up with the textured supersuit for Man of Steel, Babydoll’s schoolgirl seifuku in Sucker Punch, the high-tech bodystockings of TRON: Legacy, the realistic superhero costumes for Watchmen and the minimalist battle togs in 300.

In addition to making some fixes to Superman’s (Henry Cavill) uniform and creating something new for Batman (Ben Affleck), Wilkinson — a frequent collaborator with director Zack Snyder — also had to design some version of Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) classic star-spangled costume that would feel new but also respect her 70+ years of history. Wilkinson told TheWrap that the process was a “thrilling and slightly scary prospect.”
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Jeremy Irons Named as Batman’s Faithful Alfred

ironsalfredEveryone knows Batman is nothing  without Alfred, his faithful manservant/father figure, and now that Man of Steel sequel — tentatively called Batman vs. Superman — has cast Mr. Pennyworth with respected Oscar-winning master thespian Jeremy Irons.

Director Zack Snyder commented on the casting in a Warner Bros. statement:

“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.”

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Jesse Eisenberg IS Lex Luthor!

jesselexOne of the baddies for the Man of Steel sequel — though apparently not the Big Bad — has been officially named and cast: Lex Luthor will be played by Jesse Eisenberg, who is probably best-known for playing boy genius Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

Eisenberg received an Oscar nomination for best actor for that 2010 Facebook-based film, and has been a standout in films like Zombieland and Adventureland and several movies without “land” in their names, such as The Squid and the Whale and last year’s heist movie Now You See Me.

In a statement released today by Warner Bros., director Zack Snyder said:

“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.”

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DC Triples-Down on Wonder Woman

gal-gadot-wwWarner Bros. and DC Entertainment have done a complete 180 on Wonder Woman. The publisher and studio have switched from having absolutely no confidence in the property at all — they nixed a WW film written by Joss Whedon, for Hera’s sake!!! — to committing her to appear in three upcoming movies, including one solo adventure.

Controversial casting choice Gal Gadot revealed that when she signed to play the Amazon in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Man of Steel sequel  Batman vs. Superman (working title), she actually committed to a three-picture deal. According to showbiz bible Variety, she will be paid $300,000 for each of her appearances. First up after Bats v. Supes, Variety says:

“Gadot will play the role in a Justice League movie and a Wonder Woman stand-alone film.”

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Batman vs. Superman Pushed to 2016

superbatslogoI’m sure we will all need to sit down and catch our collective breath after reading this item: DC Comics and Warner Bros. are actually doing something right in connection with Batman vs. Superman: The movie’s release is being pushed back to May 6, 2016. Yes, fans will have an additional 12 months to obsess over Ben Affleck taking up the bat cowl opposite Henry Cavill’s Kal-El, but the filmmakers will get a chance to take their time.

Not only does this give director Zack Snyder some breathing room to polish his Man of Steel sequel rather than merely crank it out, it also sends  DC biggest guns into direct battle with Marvel Studios, which previously announced it was releasing a yet-to-be revealed movie in May 2016 (Doctor Strange, perhaps?). Marvel has owned May forever, with the Spider-Man flicks, The Avengers, Iron Man… you name it, so this could backfire on DC — but at least they’re trying.
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Wonder Woman Actress Defends Herself

galWWgadotGal Gadot, the actress who would be Wonder Woman, has responded to knee-jerk fandom criticism of her casting in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman.

Seemingly within moments of the announcement of Gadot winning the role, the bashing started: “not pretty enough,” “too skinny,” “her boobs aren’t big enough” — the backlash against this virtually unknown actress (most recognized for a smallish role in the Fast & Furious franchise) got ugly fast.

Gadot was rather inelegantly interviewed by top Israeli entertainment show GOOD EVENING WITH GAI PINES recently, and got a chance to deflect the mean-spirited bashing:

Q: It’s been said that you’re too skinny for the part. Wonder Woman is large-breasted, is that going to change?

Hmm. I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world. Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go ‘by the book’… it’d be problematic.
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Meet… Wonder Woman!

WWo1After many weeks of speculation as to whether Wonder Woman will appear in the Man of Steel sequel alongside Superman and Batman, her presence has been confirmed by Variety, which announced the casting of an actress to play her: Gal Gadot.

Director Zack Snyder, who helmed MoS and returns for Batman vs. Superman, talked to the magazine about casting Gal, who reportedly beat out Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung for the role:

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time,  and a fan-favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature-film incarnation of this beloved character.”

The Israeli actress is a virtual unknown, perhaps most recognized for her role as Gisele in some of the Fast & Furious movies. As a definite plus, the F&F movies saw her doing a lot of action scenes.
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