The Dark Knight Returns, writer/illustrator Frank Miller’s acclaimed four-issue comic miniseries from 1986, casts a huge shadow over the Zack Snyder-directed DC Extended Universe movies. The filmmaker was heavily inspired by that comic to create specific imagery in movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it turns out that Snyder is not content with being able to craft those nods and winks to the source material.
In a new interview, the director says he still wants to make a full-fledged adaptation of the comic for the screen, but without Batman v Superman stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the lead roles. Read More »
What’s in the latest update for Marvel’s Avengers? Who has just joined the cast of Superman & Lois? Could Marvel be hinting at an origin change for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver‘s powers? Who might be the frontrunner to play Cyclone in Black Adam? Is Amber Heard partaking in Zack Snyder’s Justice League reshoots? Does John Walker get the Captain America moniker in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Which Constantine star has joined Supergirl as an alien villain? What was Stan Lee‘s response to learning Iceman is gay? Who is writing The Dark Knight Returns IV? Will we see a crossover episode for The Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow? How does Old Man Logan pay tribute to Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Zack Snyder‘s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t an adaptation of Frank Miller‘s epic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, but the film’s roots are directly inspired by that comic story. So did Snyder hide an homage to the iconic cover of The Dark Knight Returns in the new film? Lets take a look.
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DC Comics has announced that Frank Miller will write a third Batman series to complete what will now be a trilogy begun with The Dark Knight Returns. The Dark Knight: The Master Race is planned as an “epic conclusion of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga.”
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Zack Snyder‘s reveal of Ben Affleck‘s new Batsuit was international news. Fans everywhere analyzed the photo like it was evidence in a murder trial, dissecting the costume’s texture, the size of specific elements, Affleck’s muscular structure, and more. Snyder specifically released the photo in black and white, leaving the color of the suit up for debate. Photoshoppers everywhere took the hint and colored-in the image giving fans a bunch of options of what the suit might really look like.
Some might remember, long before the world saw the suit, director, Batman fan and friend of Affleck Kevin Smith admitted he’d seen it. “You have not seen this costume in a movie, on film before,” Smith said at the time, “For a comic book fan, it was mind-bending.” Well, the photo Snyder released kind of looks like other suits, so Smith clarified his original statement. He said the suit he saw was the Frank Miller-designed, Dark Knight Returns combo of blue and grey. Read More »
When Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. announced that the follow-up to Man of Steel would feature a conflict between Batman and Superman, many questions were raised. The title is one; we’re using Batman vs Superman for the time being, but the final title could be different. The precise story is another question, especially since Snyder used a line from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns to introduce the concept to an audience at Comic C0n. While we know that the film won’t be a direct adaptation of Miller’s series, that planted a seed of expectation in fans.
The other big question is: who will play Batman? Warner Bros. needs a new actor, as Christian Bale’s time in the cowl expired with the end of Christopher Nolan’s directorial run. Armie Hammer, once cast as Batman in a Justice League film that never happened, has been once name people are asking about. He says he doesn’t want to do it. Armie’s interest or lack thereof might not even matter, as the new rumor is that Warner Bros. is willing to cast an older actor in the role — fueling more speculation that The Dark Knight Returns will be more of an influence than Snyder suggested at first. Read More »
OK, here’s the official word about the future of the DC Universe on screen via Warner Bros. Or the official suggestion. Zack Snyder took the stage at the end of the DC panel, gesturing that moderator Chris Hardwick should move aside. Snyder said, “I’m gonna take the lectern from you, because some shit’s going to happen up here.”
It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie. And you say, Zack, what is the movie about? But you don’t want me to tell you that. You want to go and see the movie. But I can say that maybe there’s a single element that will be in the film that I could… help you out with. I was thinking about how to do that. I pored through the DC Universe to look for a way to tell this thing. We’re writing the thing now, but I came across a thing I found that’ll help you understand it.
And then Harry Lennix read this line, from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns: “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember your hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” That’s Batman speaking to Superman from the end of Miller’s story, and that quote blew the roof off Hall H. Read More »
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You’re reading that headline correctly: this is the trailer for The Dark Knight Returns, rather than The Dark Knight Rises. The film in question is the animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s 1986 Batman graphic novel that changed the direction of the character and inspired Christopher Nolan’s take on the hero.
The first part of Warners’ direct to disc (and digital) adaptation of Miller’s story focuses on the terrible state of Gotham City after Batman’s ten-year absense, and the conflict with a gangland leader that brings the Bat back into the game. Read More »
Has the new Iron Man 3 armor been slyly revealed? What’s up with this rumor of an Avengers Extended Cut? Is Batman Begins coming to IMAX a big deal? Want to see a behind the scenes feature on The Dark Knight Returns? Which characters are on the new Amazing Spider-Man poster? Is Batman heading to Smallville? How does Matthew Modine describe his character in The Dark Knight Rises? Which Avengers concept art graces the cover of a new comic book? Read about all this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits?
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