Marvel Famous Firsts

How does Jesse Eisenberg describe Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman? What location is Clark Kent investigating in the movie? Which actors have been cast in Agent Carter? What does the first season 2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo show? Which superhero distracted a local news helicopter? Why was Batman speeding around the streets of China? Can you get the Batarangs from Batman and Batman Returns? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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No Jokes in DC Movies

Years back, there was a real divide between DC and Marvel. DC was the stoic old guard, Marvel the young upstart. Despite the fact that the ’60s saw some incredibly wacky characters grace the pages of DC comics, the conception amongst comics fans, especially when modern comics fandom came of age in the ’80s and ’90s, was still that DC was the “serious” house and Marvel the playground.

While it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, that characterization has been carried forward into the films produced by DC and Warner Bros., and those from Marvel Studios. Inspired by Christopher Nolan’s films (which were inspired by the wave of ’80s comics that included Frank Miller’s vision of Batman), DC’s films are monochromatic and relatively grim. Zack Snyder isn’t the guy one turns to for “fun.” Marvel’s movies are colorful and unabashedly fun.

Now a report says there’s an actual “no jokes in DC movies” mandate at Warner Bros., which could enforce the differences between DC and Marvel movies in a set manner. (Update: While two sources support the “no jokes” argument, Seth Rogen says otherwise.)

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Batman v Superman Lego

How should the Batman v Superman Comic Con teaser have ended? What is Michael B. Jordan saying now about Fantastic Four? Is Jason Momoa fed up with being asked about Aquaman? What extras are on the 25th anniversary Blu-ray of Batman? Did Olga Kurylenko read for the part of Wonder Woman? Want to see a Sin City: A Dame to Kill For commercial that was rejected from TV? How about an awesome art print from the sequel? Has Katee Sackhoff talked to anyone at Marvel about playing a role? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Batman v Superman Henry Cavill header

While photos of the main heroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have been released, we have yet to see images of the heavy. That would be Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. We’ve heard rumors about how the character plays into the story, having to do with the destruction in Man of Steel, but we hadn’t heard how he plans to wreak havoc on Batman and Superman themselves. We now have an idea thanks to quotes from an extra on the film and another site.

If true, these are massive, massive Batman v Superman spoilers so beware. Read More »

Ben Affleck Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

We’ve known Ben Affleck was going to be the next Batman for almost a year. Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. made the surprise announcement on August 22, 2013 and even then, the vision was incredibly strong. “[Affleck] has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said at the time. That quote, plus the connection to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, made it clear the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Caped Crusader was a much different version than we’re used to.

Now, one of the film’s producers has honed in on exactly how much older Bruce Wayne is than not just Clark Kent, but previous Batman’s before him. Read the Ben Affleck Batman info below. Read More »

Justice League

The biggest news this week came from Warner Bros, who gave release dates to ten upcoming DC Comics movies through 2020. Nine of those are untitled and the first, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will be out March 25, 2016. While untitled, we have a pretty good idea what a few of those movies are going to be. Justice League is a lock. Wonder Woman has a good shot. Shazam is a strong possibility and a few others.

Fortunately Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, spoke to Entertainment Weekly and said some of the titles will officially be announced later this month. He also commented on the seemingly strange strategy of opening a massive blockbuster in March and teased that Justice League might follow Dawn of Justice quickly. Read about the potential Justice League release date and more below. Read More »

zack snyder

This is so good. Friday morning, a Detroit radio station was talking crap about how Aquaman could fit into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Then someone named Zack called into their show. This person claimed to be director Zack Snyder, and having talked to Zack Snyder in the past, I’ll say it sounds just like him. /Film has since independently confirmed, yes, this is Zack Snyder.

The director wouldn’t say if Aquaman was in the movie or not, but defended the character’s abilities and how they might match up against, say, those of Superman. Listen to the Zack Snyder Aquaman phone call below. Read More »

Batman v Superman villains

The title reveals that Batman and Superman are going to fight in their upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But with two heroes like that in the same movie, they film is gonna need some bad guys, too. We already know about the powerful Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) but if Zack Snyder and David Goyer are bringing in additional members of the Justice League (Cyborg, Aquaman, Wonder Woman) you’d think there might be some other villains, right?

According to Latino Review, that’s exactly the case. They reveal three new villains — smaller, but important ones — will be in Zack Snyder’s 2016 sequel. We’ll reveal their identities after the jump. Read More »

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