Christian Bale in Batman V Superman

Based on the trailers, the tone of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice couldn’t be further removed from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy, because there is no way Doomsday or Wonder Woman would’ve felt right in Nolan’s reality. Director Zack Snyder is taking Batman in a new direction, which is why having actor Christian Bale in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice probably wouldn’t have been such a hot idea.

Snyder knew he couldn’t have Bale play the character again, but he would’ve loved to have had the actor play another role in his upcoming superhero epic.

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JK Simmons as J Jonah Jameson

J.K. Simmons, known to comic book movie fans as the guy who spent three films yelling at Spider-Man, will get to yell at some DC characters for a change. He’s just been cast as Commissioner James Gordon in Justice League, which begins shooting this spring under director Zack Snyder for release in 2017.  Read More »

Robot Chicken George Washington

Just yesterday brought word that Man of Steel and Watchmen director Zack Snyder has been considering making a movie about George Washington in the style of 300. Inspired by the fact that many of the paintings of the American Revolution hero aren’t far removed from the style of Frank Miller’s graphic novel, Snyder doesn’t think it would be too hard to make that movie.

However, it’s not exactly an original idea. In fact, back in 2009, the folks over at Robot Chicken predicted that the filmmakers behind 300 would tackle the story of the Revolutionary War with a flick called 1776. And yes, it included all the slow motion and stylized action from 300. Watch it below. Read More »

zack snyder george washington movie

George Washington wasn’t just the first American president – he was, and remains, one of the most fascinating figures in world history, a man of numerous contradictions who became a symbol against his will and still managed to operate with grace, strength, and tact. We’ve yet to see a truly great movie exploring the life of this soldier, general, hunter, planter, rebel, politician and total stud who had a knack for wooing ladies on the dance floor. Here’s a man who could have been a king and chose to step down, establishing a precedent that changed the world. The human being beneath the icon, the soul under the portrait on the one dollar bill, is as cinematic as they come.

And director Zack Snyder wants to tell his story. In the style of his smash-hit 300. Oh, boy.

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batman v superman ultimate edition

Superhero stories have been violent since their inception. Even when they mean well, they’re power fantasies at their core – someone with the power to make a change fights against a broken system to bring the bad guys to justice. The golden age comics of Batman and Superman may be sillier than their modern counterparts, but they still ultimately came down to tough good guys kicking villains in the pants. A superhero tale without fisticuffs is the exception, not the rule.

And yet, the conversation over violence in superhero tales has gotten louder and more prominent in recent years, as readers and critics alike have discussed where the boundary between acceptable and too far lies. Now, a new piece of of news has tossed a bucket of kerosene on that particular debate – there will be an “Ultimate Edition” of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and it will be rated R.

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justice league costumes

This week, it was revealed that Justice League will begin filming on April 11, 2016, which is a big, huge, crazy deal for two reasons. First of all, it’s a major step forward for the DC movie universe and will represent the first time this iconic superhero team has appeared in live action on the big screen. But more importantly, it represents Warner Bros.’ commitment to their plan and their faith in director Zack Snyder. Since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens a little over two weeks before cameras roll on Justice League, they’re doubling down on him being the chief architect of their new movie universe. No matter what happens, it’s all steam ahead at this point.

To drive this point home, Snyder tweeted a picture from straight from the film’s set. Or rather, straight from Warner Bros. studios in Leavesden, England, where a whole bunch of technicians and artists are deep in pre-production . Although the chief subjects of the photo are the director and Jason Momoa, a.k.a. Aquaman, the real objects of interest are linger in the background.

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Batman v Superman Footage

It’s a shame the buzz hasn’t picked up much for Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeBad timing hurt the first teaser, which was released the week we saw the immensely satisfying Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. The footage revealed at Comic Con was an improvement, but the third trailer was a tonal mess. The reveal of Doomsday didn’t help matters. The fourth trailer we recently saw raised expectations for some.

By this point, we’ve seen quite a bit of footage from Zack Snyder‘s superhero showdown, so, of course, someone cut it all together. Watch the video below.

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Batman v Superman Trailer

With enemies like these, who needs friends, right? The final Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer shows Batman (Ben Affleck) basically preparing to go to war with Superman (Henry Cavill). And to be sure, Batman makes a pretty solid argument in favor of taking down the Man of Steel. “He has the power to wipe out the entire human race,” says Bruce. “If we believe there is even a 1% chance that he is our enemy, we have to take it as an absolute certainty.”

What we know that they don’t, however, is that this is just a prelude a long and beautiful friendship, or at least frenemy-ship. As the part after the colon in the title suggests, they’re eventually going to wind up on the same team against the real villains. But as the Batman v Superman final trailer shows, it’s gonna take a whole lot of action and fistfights and big shiny explosions to get there. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

Zack Snyder's Batman

Zack Snyder is basically the God of the DC Comic movies right now. With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he’s not only setting up the two titular characters for future films, but also Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and maybe more. What he did with these heroes in the upcoming superhero pic will, most likely, heavily influence what Warner Bros. does going forward.

What does former Batman director Christopher Nolan think about the new direction Snyder is taking Bruce Wayne in, though? Does he miss the character at all?

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