batman v superman plot

It’s a conversation you’ve had countless times before. You had it at sleepovers when you were a young kid. You argued over it in the aisles of your friendly neighborhood comic book shop. You chatted the semantics of such a showdown in late-night, half-drunk dorm room discussions. You regularly debate the details on internet forums.

Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman?

That question is the main appeal of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Everything else, no matter how effective, is ultimately window-dressing. People are going to see this movie, and we are going to talk about it until our voices die in our ruined throats, because that is the age-old hypothetical pop culture question. A new synopsis for Zack Snyder‘s upcoming film takes this fact and works it straight into the plot description.

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x-men reshoots

A lot of people see the word “reshoots” and immediately assume doom and gloom. Yes, sometimes reshoots reflect a troubled production. More often, reshoots are just a standard part of the filmmaking process that are built into the budget and schedule. A director gets to the editing bay and realizes he would really like another shot. A scene isn’t working, so the crew gets together to fix it. Reshoots aren’t always about trying to save a bad movie – they’re frequently about trying to refine a good movie so it becomes a great movie.

So take the news that X-Men: Apocalypse is currently undergoing reshoots in stride. Focus on who is returning for these X-Men reshoots: Hugh Jackman. We knew that Wolverine would play some kind of role in the new movie, but the fact that he’s being called in for reshoots is a potentially intriguing morsel of information. Speculators, start your engines.

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Tsuneo Sanda header

I was raised to do one thing… and that’s serve up Star Wars Bits. After the jump:

  • David Prowse has zero interest in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • What does “I will finish what you started” really mean?
  • The Force Awakens trailer gets meme-d, of course
  • Ooh and ahh over a stunning Star Wars Newsweek cover
  • Was the destruction of Alderaan justified?
  • A Star Wars-themed bar has opened up in Ottawa
  • Is this the working title of Star Wars Episode VIII?
  • Get way too invested in the state of Mark Hamill‘s facial hair
  • Peek at the Star Wars room on the Disney Dream cruise ship
  • Feast your eyes on a bunch of Vader Down variant covers

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civil war trailer

Earlier today, a rumor circulated that the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War would be attached to Spectre, which is set to make its North American bow next week. On one hand, this makes sense – why wouldn’t Marvel Studios want to piggyback off one of the most successful movie franchises of all time to hype their own massively successful movie franchise? But on the other hand, you wonder why they just don’t wait a few weeks. After all, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in December and that seems like a nice way to keep everything under the Disney-owned umbrella.

Well, the other hand seems to be right. The counter-rumor says that a Civil War trailer is on the way, but we shouldn’t expect to see it in theaters until Star Wars makes its grand return. If nothing else, Disney is a master of synergy.

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new joker images

Update #1: High resolution versions of the Empire covers featuring the Joker and Enchantress have arrived online. You can find them below.

Update #2: Harley Quinn and Deadshot now have their own Empire covers as well. Again, click the jump to check ’em out!

Few things have proven as instantly controversial in the world of online fandom as Jared Leto‘s take on the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. That first reveal is now the stuff of legend – you could hear the angry internet comments from orbit. Everyone seemed to chill out a bit when that Comic-Con trailer arrived online, giving us a brief look at the character in action. Still, even bringing up this retooled version of Batman’s arch-nemesis is like tossing a bloody hunk of meat into a internet forum manned entirely by sharks. People like yelling about the Joker more than they like yelling about Batman himself. It’s genuinely impressive.

Well, crack your knuckles, stretch your fingers, and prepare start typing in ALL CAPS because new photos of Leto as the Joker have arrived online. So get ready to hit the comments section of your choice and get to work. The internet is fueled by your rage, people.

Check out the new Joker images for yourself after the jump.

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Oscar Issac in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Marvel Comics’ four-issue miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire has come to an end, and it doesn’t really tell us much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But it does end with some questions which I wanted to dive into. For instance: what does that tree at the end of the story mean for The Force Awakens and the future of the Star Wars galaxy? What does the comic book series suggest about Oscar Isaac‘s character Poe Dameron? Letls try to unlock the mysteries of that Shattered Empire tree and figure out what it might all mean.

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krypton series update

You can’t bring up Man of Steel on the internet without wading into some kind of big argument about the moral implications of Superman punching buildings or how Marvel is better or some other kind of nonsense. But surely we can all agree that the film’s prologue, set on the planet Krypton shortly before its destruction, is pretty fantastic stuff? (Ed. note: No. But go on.) In just a few scenes, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer craft an entire science fiction world that demands further exploration. Any movie that features Russell Crowe dodging laser blasts while astride a giant bug-dragon is okay by us.

So the idea of an entire TV series set on Krypton, titled, uh, Krypton, sounds appealing, even if the ending is pre-determined by Superman lore (Spoiler alert: everyone dies). And while it’s been a year since the show was officially announced, Goyer has revealed in a new interview that yes, the show is still in the works, thanks for asking.

Check out Goyer’s Krypton series update after the jump.

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gambit directors

We don’t want to run around yelling things like “There’s something wrong with Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie!” because we don’t have a mutant power that lets us see behind the scenes of major film productions. However, based purely on everything that has been going on with this movie in public, it certainly seem like there’s something wrong with Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie. After all, it took months of searching (and a whole bunch of refusals) to land director Rupert Wyatt, who promptly dropped out of the project a few weeks ago.

Now, production on the X-Men spin-off has supposedly been delayed as the hunt for a director continues. Now, three new filmmakers are supposedly r in contention for the job. Like so many of the others who have passed on the film, they are one varied bunch: Doug Liman, Shane Black, and Joe Cornish.

Let’s dive into the potential Gambit directors after the jump.

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fantastic four movie rights

Update: As we expected, it’s starting to look like this rumor was just that – a rumor. Find additional details after the jump.

It’s the kind of story that, for many superhero movie fans, sounds too good to be true. According to a new rumor making the rounds, Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox have reached a deal that will see the Fantastic Four characters return home to Marvel, with the company’s “First Family” leaping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a film in 2020. So if this is true, find a comfortable place to sit down. It’s going to be a while. Then again, that much time is necessary to wash away the confusion and disappointment that accompanied this year’s Fox-produced reboot.

Ponder the new Fantastic Four movie rights rumor after the jump.

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