When our own Peter Sciretta visited the set of Justice League a months ago, director Zack Snyder and his team had an obvious mission: they were dead-set on getting the people who didn’t care for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to get excited for the latest superhero team-up. Between that set visit and the footage screened at Comic-Con, we were seeing glimpses of a less serious-minded, more fun comic book movie, one with things like banter between characters and the occasional smile. So while I remain skeptical, I’m certainly willing to give the DC Extended Universe another shot. I like the DC comic book world too much to become completely disinterested! And despite not caring for Batman v Superman, I still enjoy most of Zack Snyder’s movies and think that he may have a terrific Justice League movie lurking inside of him.
So, does a new sizzle reel of behind-the-scenes footage from the film alter my thoughts at all? Will it alter yours? Let’s answer that question right now!
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Just how bad was the attempted Justice League of America pilot on CBS from the late 1990s? What does Samuel L. Jackson have to say about the rivalry between Marvel and DC movies? What ties does the new director of SHIELD have to Marvel comics? Want to see that outstanding artwork Hugh Jackman gave to Bryan Singer? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
A few weeks ago, Ben Affleck posted a brief video revealing that Deathstroke would be making his way to the DC Extended Universe. Shortly afterward, Geoff Johns confirmed that Joe Manganiello had been cast in the role for Affleck’s Batman solo movie, which is expected out around 2018 or 2019. But it looks like we might get to meet the villain a little bit earlier than that.
Director Zack Snyder has posted a behind-the-scenes photo from the set of next year’s Justice League, which doesn’t look like much of anything at first glance but upon closer examination seems to suggest Deathstroke will appear in that movie. Read More »
How much did the Batpod from The Dark Knight sell for at auction? What differences did FourSquare find that exists between Marvel and DC fans? Which Marvel Studios movie just got knocked out of the Top 50 Highest Grossing Domestic Films of All Time? How many things did CinemaSins find “wrong” with Captain America: Civil War? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Is Ghost Rider exactly what Agents of SHIELD needed? Do some new Spider-Man: Homecoming set photos confirm the presence of Mary Jane at some point? Which Marvel villain does Bryan Cranston have an interest in playing? Is Ron Perlman really the only one trying to get Hellboy 3 made right now? Want to see footage from a canceled Ghost Rider game? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Which character from The Flash will be coming back in Kevin Smith‘s episode from the third season? What did Wolverine 3 director James Mangold have to say about reports of Mr. Sinister in the movie? How will Agents of SHIELD be affected by Doctor Strange this fall? Which major character died recently in Batman Rebirth? Is Superman being used to much to promote the second season of Supergirl? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Every time a costume is revealed for a new superhero movie, the internet goes into overdrive to analyze it, nitpick it, and discern the purpose and meaning of every design choice. It happened when Justice League director Zack Snyder revealed Batman’s newest suit last week and it’ll continue to happen until the comic book movie craze comes to an end (which may coincide with the sun burning itself out).
Of course, every final costume design is the result of dozens of other options being thrown the wayside. Countless sketches are whittled down to stack of fully rendered paintings. The best of that stack may get a quick 3D dimension sculpt. Ideas are blended and merged. No final design is reached easily. And that’s why alternate designs are so fascinating – we can see what could have been, what was ultimately rejected in favor of what we got. Currently on the table: alternate takes on Cyborg and The Flash that are quite different from how they actually turned out Justice League.
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Today is Batman Day. What does that mean? Well, basically it’s an artificial holiday created by DC Comics to celebrate The Dark Knight. This particular date isn’t the anniversary of the debut of Batman in Detective Comics (which happened in May of 1939), and the previous two Batman Day celebrations happened on July 23rd during San Diego Comic-Con in 2014 (for Batman’s 75th anniversary) and September 26 in 2015. This year, DC decided to celebrate on September 17, so here we are.
There have been a bunch of Batman related articles, sweepstakes and sales all over the internet, but the best contribution to Batman Day came from Zack Snyder in the form of the first official look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League. Check out the photo after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’ve spent far too many words explaining why I’m not a fan of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but one thing the film completely nailed was Batman’s look. The costume worn by Ben Affleck is the best costume worn by any Batman actor yet, stepping away from the rubber of the Tim Burton years and the bulky armor of Christopher Nolan’s movies and delivering something streamlined, intimidating and instantly recognizable. It also helps that Affleck brought the perfect mixture of charm and rage behind the cowl. Remove the parts where he executes a couple of dozen people, and you have yourself a damn fine Batman.
While we can safely assume that Batman will wear his regular tights in the upcoming Justice League, a new photo from the set has revealed an alternate outfit dubbed the “Tactical Batsuit.” Because it wouldn’t be a superhero sequel without everyone getting a new costume!
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There have been rumblings for some time that we might see characters from Suidice Squad appear in Justice League. We know that Warner Bros really wants a connected universe and say what you will about the film, but people responded to the characters in Suicide Squad. Even when I was visiting the set of Justice League, there were even rumors that we might be seeing a scene which involved some of the Sqwad. Of course, that didn’t happen. And now we have confirmation that Jared Leto’s The Joker will not be appearing in Zack Snyder’s superhero team-up film.
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