The 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?)
Batman 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.
Man 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…
With 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.
The 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.”
Everyone 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.”
One 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.”
Warner 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.”
I’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.
Most fans know that Bryan Singer was working on a sequel — known as Superman: Man of Steel — to his relaunch film, Superman Returns (2006), before Warner Bros. decided to… go in another direction. What few people know is just how far Singer got: He had the plot worked out, Brainiac was going to be his Big Bad — and there was actually a visual for ol’ Brainy.
ComicBookMovie.com uncovered some preproduction art by Michael Anthony Jackson that shows us what Brainiac would have looked like:
Yeah, not too overly original — a bit of Mars Attacks! alien, a pinch of the comic book’s look and a splash of Darth Vader.