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There’s a lot we don’t know about Warner Bros. planned Justice League superhero team-up film. We don’t know for certain what characters will be involved, who will star, or what the story will be.

We do know that Will Beall (the Gangster Squad screenwriter) wrote a draft at one point, and the general party line is that the studio has abandoned it in favor of a different take. We’ve heard that the future of the film depends heavily upon the success of Zack Snyder‘s Superman revival Man of Steel, and that Snyder’s Superman success is looking more and more like a guarantee based on reactions to trailers for his film.

The reported relationship between Superman’s fate and the super-team’s future has led to the supposition that Snyder would be asked to direct Justice League. Now there’s a new report to fan the flames of rumor saying that Snyder is WB’s choice for the job. Read More »

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Two of the biggest questions surrounding Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot Man of Steel would be how much of the original origin he kept intact, and whether or not the film would feature cameos from other superheroes. Answers to those questions are both provided, or at least strongly suggested, in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. The article details how the origin manages to be both similar to and radically different from the original version. It also confirms that the film “allows you to really introduce other characters in the same world.”

UPDATE: EW published a few more quotes that confirm Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale will not be a part of Justice League, but we can expect an announcement in that realm very soon. Read More »

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What new footage do TWO new Iron Man 3 TV spots reveal? Is the Warner Bros. Justice League movie in trouble? What’s going on on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did an extra from that film reveal something about Jamie Foxx as Electro? Where can you get a working Rorschach mask from Watchmen? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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It seems like just about every hot young star these days gets to tackle a superhero franchise, but Ryan Reynolds is the rare actor who has three under his belt. Unfortunately, none of them have quite worked out for him. Blade: Trinity didn’t have any successive sequels, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which he played Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool, was a critically panned box office disappointment, and Green Lantern fared even worse on both fronts.

Nevertheless, Reynolds remains enthusiastic about the upcoming Deadpool movie, which he reveals will actually acknowledge how terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine was. He seems somewhat less excited, however, about the impending Justice League film, in which he says he has “very little interest.” Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Joss Whedon said it’s “nonsense.”  Mark Ruffalo said it’s “not in the works.” Yet the idea of a standalone Hulk movie, maybe even a Planet Hulk movie, keeps coming up. The rumor gained real traction when Latino Review said The Avengers 2 would set up a Phase Three standalone movie with Hulk on a planet by himself, setting up an Avengers vs. Hulk showdown in The Avengers 3. That rumor was then seemingly obliterated. However, both Ruffalo and Whedon have recently clarified their thoughts on the whole thing. They haven’t changed their tunes, but each – especially Ruffalo – has left the door open a bit.

After the jump, read what the director and star had to say about Hulk as well as Whedon’s thoughts on a DC Cinematic Universe, how S.H.I.E.L.D. is going and Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »

Until Warner Bros. says something official about Justice League, the rumors about the studio’s plans for expanding the DC Universe are going to keep coming. The latest is that, despite his previous statements about being done with Batman, Christopher Nolan will oversee Justice League and the rest of the DC movie universe, with Christian Bale and Henry Cavill possibly appearing as Batman and Superman.

Furthermore, if the Superman relaunch Man of Steel does as well as early reports suggest it might, Zack Snyder could direct the team effort. Read More »

Rumor: Batman May Not Hit Screens Again Until Around 2019

In the film world, Marvel and DC are starting to look like a hoary old western stereotype: brothers who share the same basic qualities, but take very different life paths. Marvel is the one that grows up to be the priest, or the hero: successful, moving forward, respectable. DC is the outlaw, the one who tries quick schemes to jump-start success, with no long-term plan.

Warner Bros. is really fostering the perception that the studio has no idea how to handle its DC properties. Handing Superman to Zack Snyder was a risky move that looks like it might have paid off, if the early footage is a useful gauge. (It rarely is, as anyone who loved, say, the Prometheus trailer can attest. But we remain optimistic.) Nothing else is looking as promising. Nolan’s Batman is done. Green Lantern was a non-starter. Wonder Woman and The Flash are still incubating.

Efforts to make a Marvel-style team film with Justice League have been shaky. Despite the fact that WB hasn’t established a cadre of solo heroes along the lines of Marvel’s lineup, the studio was trying to jump-start a team movie. Key word there may be “was,” as the pervasive rumor is that the Will Beall script for Justice League has been scrapped, setting the project back a few steps.

Furthermore, WB may not make a real decision on Justice League until after the release of Man of Steel. If Snyder’s Superman reboot does well, there’ll be one set of branching paths: do three Superman movies and build up to Justice League, or put the team movie into action quick? If it tanks, there will be other paths.

And what of Batman? Plans were to introduce the new Batman in Justice League, then give him another solo film series. Fearful of destroying what Nolan built, the studio may now wait to reboot Batman without letting Justice League have its way with him, and until after Superman gets his time in the sun. That means quite a few years may pass before the character hits screens again.

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Nothing has done more for Ben Affleck‘s acting career in the post-Gigli era than his transformation into a respected filmmaker. Case in point: After the failure of Daredevil, it seemed unthinkable that Affleck could ever tackle a major superhero movie again. Now, however, a rumor indicates that Warner Bros. not only wanted him to direct Justice League, it also wanted him to star in the role of Batman. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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