SUPERGIRL TV Series Uniform Unveiled

Here is the first look at what Melissa Benoist will be wearing when she appears as the title character in CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL pilot. It’s clearly a version of the fighting togs worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.

And I think that’s the point: DC Comics/Warner Bros want to establish a brand, and so they have to have a consistent look. If Supergirl’s uniform were all bright and cheery, that would conflict with the established grim-and-gritty feel of Superman’s look. Let’s just hope that Kara Zoe-El doesn’t go around casually breaking necks whenever it’s convenient,  like her cousin.
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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…

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.

First Look at Cavill’s Second Go as Superman

supesMos2The first glimpse of Henry Cavill back in costume as Superman for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has come courtesy of newspaper USA Today.

There are no noticeable changes to the red-and-blue jammies, but to me Cavill’s hairline looks… odd. When I saw this, the first thought that leaped to mind was: “Don’t you think he looks tired?” (Am I right, Whovians?)
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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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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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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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Man of Steel (2013)

cavillIt turns out there was a very good reason that this movie is called Man of Steel instead of using some variation of Superman in the title: There’s barely any Superman in it. Sure, the main character comes from the planet Krypton and wears blue longjohns and a cape — but he only very rarely behaves like Superman.

The movie opens on Krypton — which has been reimagined as a hybrid society of Game of Thrones and The Matrix, where liquid-metal robots exist side-by-side with dragons a man can ride to his high-tech cave — a doomed planet where scientist Jor-El (Russell Crowe) wants to save the planet’s genetic information from destruction, and General Zod (Michael Shannon) decides to stage a military coup even though the planet is falling apart around him. Defeated, Zod and his forces are exiled to the Phantom Zone just minutes before Krypton is destroyed. But not before Jor-El sends his newborn son to Earth (along with the Codex, the genetic that could one day rebuild Kryptonian society).
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