Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins Wolverine

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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With the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios raised the bar not just for comic book movies but for comic book movie universes. The project’s success sent Fox and Warner Bros. scrambling to get their own superhero stables in order, and Fox set Mark Millar to oversee its Marvel properties and WB began working toward an Avengers-style Justice League teamup. But Millar isn’t so sure that his competitors over at WB know what they’re doing.

In a new interview, Millar blasts the entire idea of a Justice League adaptation as “an excellent way of losing $200 million,” thanks to the “disastrous” logistics of team members like Green Lantern, Aquaman, and The Flash, not to mention the fact that all of the characters have been around for decades. Apparently he’s had quite the change of heart since last summer, when he gushed that he’d heard Will Beall‘s script was “dark and mature.” Hit the jump to read his comments.

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On paper, a Justice League movie sounds like a fantastic idea. The Marvel Cinematic universe proved that a cohesive superhero universe could earn high critical praise and staggering box office grosses, and the core members of the Justice League are arguably even more famous and beloved than those who make up the Avengers. Done well, it’s a project that could conceivably blow The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises out of the water.

In practice, however, it may be a different story. Though a few details have leaked out here and there, Will Beall‘s script is cloaked in mystery for the moment. Now some worrying reports indicate we may never get to see it come to life at all. According to anonymous insiders, WB has soured on Beall’s take and could be bringing in new writers to start fresh. Hit the jump to read more.

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Latino Review just dropped another juicy piece of information about Warner Bros. Justice League. The film still doesn’t have a director, a green light, or a set release date, but it does have a villain and, now we know who the five stars will be: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Flash. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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