Why would Joseph Gordon-Levitt sign on to be involved with the Warner Bros. film based on Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman? The obvious overarching answer is that WB has been wanting to put the actor/filmmaker in an even bigger role than he had in The Dark Knight Rises, and with Sandman he gets to be one of the people calling the shots.
But more specifically, why Sandman? It’s a property with a large, dedicated and detail-obsessed fanbase. A Sandman film that gets things wrong will be received particularly poorly, and bringing the story to the screen in an effective manner is going to be a tricky proposition. That could be an appealing challenge. As he puts it, for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, part of the appeal is the fact that Sandman is a unique large-scale project that is out of the typical groove of tentpole films.
And while he’s talking about the project, Gordon-Levitt explains that one of his Sandman tweets should perhaps not be construed as a harbinger of the first storyline to come.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
So far, Warner Bros.’ DC Universe has focused mostly on big, iconic figures like Superman and Batman. But the DC Comics stable stretches far beyond the Justice League, and now the studio is looking to bring some lesser known properties to the silver screen.
According to a new report, David Goyer is working on lower-budget adaptations of more obscure titles like Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke, and Team 7. Hit the jump for more details on these developing projects.
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Briefly: How eager is Warner Bros. to keep David Goyer happy enough to stick around to do more work on the studio’s superhero stuff? The studio has just signed Goyer to a three-year first look deal. The deal kicks off with the development of “an untitled Hitchockian thriller with a grounded sci-fi element” that Doug Jung is now writing, and which Goyer will produce and potentially direct.
Deadline quotes Goyer: “I was perfectly happy not having a deal [over the past six years], and just financed the overhead myself. Warner Bros graciously offered me a deal and they’ve provided the lion’s share of my employment over the last decade, so what the hell?”
You can bet that Goyer’s name and influence will be on Batman vs. Superman, and very likely on other DC Comics properties that the studio develops in the next couple years. The writer/director says the deal will involve “me helping the studio break story on some of their properties and them supporting me as a director,” and along the way this deal will hopefully allow Goyer the producer to get ideas pushed forward from new writers he works with via his television efforts.
A few weeks back, a European casting call said Zack Snyder would begin filming Batman vs. Superman overseas this weekend. We contacted Warner Bros. to confirm or deny this, but never heard back. Either way, filming on the highly anticipated film is definitely happening this weekend. But it’s happening in the U.S.
The East Los Angeles College Campus News is reporting production of the 2015 superhero film starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck will take place October 19 at halftime of a college football game between ELAC and Victor Valley College. The stadium will be transformed to Gotham City University for a game between GCU and Metropolis State University. Read More »
Looks like David Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman) is getting his hands on John Constantine before Guillermo del Toro can work him into the proposed “Justice League Dark” movie. Goyer is working with The Mentalist exec producer Daniel Cerone to create a show for NBC in which DC’s most devious, mean-eyed, magic-using Englishman will come to life.
To boil him down to basics, Constantine is a selfish guy who wrestles with his own nature as he fights the forces of darkness; his friends have an unpleasant tendency to end up dead in the process. Read More »
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When Zack Snyder shot Man of Steel, he did so about two years before its release date. Despite early reports, it looks like he’s following a similar schedule for the sequel, Batman vs. Superman. The release date for the film is July 17, 2015 and a recent article stated filming would begin in early 2014. However, the film’s screenwriter, David Goyer, recently teased that the movie is a bit “a further a long than what I think people realize.” So how soon could Batman and Superman do battle on camera? A European casting call says three weeks from now, October 18.
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Note: This article contains spoilers for Man of Steel.
The final act of Man of Steel is filled with a few things that caused all kinds of controversy. Besides the wanton destruction of Metropolis, many fans were not happy that Superman resorted to murder to defeat General Zod. Their argument is that Superman, a being who is (ideally) utterly good, would never have killed his enemy. He’s beyond such actions, and a “no killing” policy has been adhered to for decades in many of Superman’s stories.
David S. Goyer, however, disagrees. The writer of Batman Begins, Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman vs. Superman recently spoke about his work in the DC Universe. He doesn’t think the “Superman doesn’t kill” rule is necessarily valid in the films. He also suggested the act will have ramifications moving forward, in films such as Batman vs. Superman. Read his quotes and more below. Read More »
If you had questions about the portrayal of Superman as a hero in Man of Steel, you’re going to be interested in the latest comments from director Zack Snyder. The film concludes with a battle in Metropolis, during which Superman and General Zod pummel the hell out of one another, and in so doing destroy massive sections of the city. The aftermath looks recognizably like a real-life war zone.
For months, people have argued over whether or not Metropolis had been evacuated prior to the battle. If it wasn’t, then scores of people must have been killed in the battle. But if people had been killed we would have seen them in the film, right? We don’t see them, ergo there are no dead people. (And what of the idea that we would have seen an evacuation happen?) I got the impression that there are mass casualties, and the fact that the “hero” of the film did nothing to try to avert them was a source of conversation afterward.
Now comments from Zack Snyder suggest that, indeed, loads of people were smushed in Metropolis, all to enahance some sense of myth. Read More »
Briefly: More info as it comes once the Warber Bros. panel begins, but the big rumor at Comic Con over the past couple days is now almost confirmed by the LA Times.
The site reports that Warner Bros. and DC are set to announce a Batman and Superman team-up film to follow Man of Steel. The title is expected to be World’s Finest, but that’s open to question for another hour or so. According to the report, Henry Cavill will reprise the Superman role, and Zack Snyder will reportedly direct from a David Goyer script.
In other words, this is basically Man of Steel 2, designed in a way that will explicitly expand the DC Universe on screen, and bring a new Batman to audiences. The actor to play Batman has not been announced, but Christian Bale is not expected to be the name announced.