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Michelle MacLaren to Direct Wonder Woman!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some more film news and today I will be talking about the big announcement relating to DC’s upcoming Wonder Woman film. The following information comes from superherohype:

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It was just over a week ago that word broke that Warner Bros. Pictures was keen on signing “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” director Michelle MacLaren to helm their long-awaited DC Comics adaptation Wonder Woman. Today, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that the deal is done! MacLaren will both develop and direct the solo film with Charles Roven and Zack and Deborah Snyder producing.

Gal Gadot is already set to headline Wonder Woman with the character planned to make her first cinematic appearance in 2016′s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She may even make additional appearances across DC’s new cinematic universe before her solo film sees release on June 23, 2017. It’s pretty much a guarantee, too, that Wonder Woman is also going to play an important role in Justice League Part One, hitting theaters November 10, 2017.

Recent rumors have suggested that, as a franchise, Wonder Woman is being targeted for development as a trilogy with the first film planned to take place in the 1920s, revealing Themyscira’s first encounter with the outside world and Wonder Woman’s own experiences with a USA that still had a lot to learn about equal rights. Then, it is alleged, a sequel would take place in the 1940s and will be set against the backdrop of World War II. A third film, then, would finally bring Wonder Woman’s solo adventures to a contemporary setting. Take all of that with a grain of salt, however.

MacLaren’s directing credits also include episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers” and the upcoming “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul.” She’s also well-known for serving as co-executive producer on the final two seasons of FOX’s “The X-Files.”

All I can say is, “This is some g mean that in a good way for anyone who was assuming otherwise haha. Now I remember hearing about the rumoured frontrunners for the directing role for this film, but I didn’t think much of it because 1) It was all rumour and 2) I was not fussed about any of the choices because I’m not overly familiar with the Wonder Woman source material, plus I can’t say that I cared that much. That being said, now that he have a director on this film, I can start to speculate and get an idea of how this film will start to take shape, and the choice of Michelle MacLaren is certainly a good one. MacLaren has an impressive resume working on shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Leftovers, and while she doesn’t have any film experience from my understanding, it seems like her work on TV will definitely give this new film an interesting kind of flavour. MacLaren sort of reminds me of Alan Taylor when he was brought on to direct Thor: The Dark World, he didn’t have experience in film but had worked on Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire and he was able to add something interesting to the MCU, let’s hope that MacLaren can do the same for DC.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Batman vs. Superman’s Batstuit and Batmobile Revealed!

Howdy ladies and gents, again I return to my blog about some news in the world of media that has just broke. Now every once in a while something of some degree of importance drops on the internet that blows the whole thing up and it seems like Zack Snyder has done it again as we have a our first look at not only the new Batmobile but also the new Batsuit.

Check it out below:

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So what are my initially impressions? Well it kind of went like this: “Erm, I don’t know how I feel about this… Though one thing is clear, the ears on the cowl are too small!”

I hate to go all fan boy on one single image, but like many other fans across the world I have my idea of what Batman should look like in a live-action film, but obviously I’m not a filmmaker and since everything is constantly being changed and modified for live-action superhero films, it should come as no surprise that there are some changes along the way.

Anyways, let me talk about the Batmobile first and then talk about the suit.

The Look of The Batmobile

In terms of the car, I like it. That little teaser image that got dropped online a few days ago gave us a rough I idea of what to expect and I think everyone’s thoughts were correct; that Batman’s new ride is gonna be a fusion of the Batmobile looks from the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan films. I think it has a nice, sleek design with an armoured look which is still practical. Stylish and practical is what I’m getting from this image. Now obviously the whole car isn’t shown here but from what I can see it looks pretty nice.

The Look of The Batsuit

Now let’s talk about the bigger aspect of the image, the new look of Batman. Now I love Batman’s costume in general, its cool, badass and unique. In live-action the suit’s only ever looked like the comics once and then was in the fist two Tim Burton films (which the exception of the colour grey). The Dark Knight Trilogy did a decent job with their versions of Batman’s suit but they never did connect with me like other superheroes. So now we have then latest live-action suit and to be honest I’m in two minds about. While it does look cool with the cape and nicely shaped cowl, I’m not keen on the look of the suit and the fact that it doesn’t have that classic look to it. Plus the ears on Batman’s cowl are small, I hate for such a tiny, insignificant and stupid thing to bother me, but it has bothered me since I kid. Batman’s ears just need to be a certain height or I get a bit grumpy. My guess for the look of the suit is that they are adapting it from  Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns in which Batman was a bit older, chunkier and sported a new suit and Batmobile. I guess if the filmmakers are going that route with the film and are actually going adapt that story for the sake of this upcoming film then this image makes a lot more sense and if it is their intention then I’m down.

Conclusion

So yeah in conclusion while I’m not over the moon like some fans are on several of the sites I’ve checked today, I’m definitely intrigued by this new imagery and am interested to see what comes next.

So what do you make of this image of Batman’s new suit and vehicle? Are you down with it or do you have something to complaint about? Whatever tour thoughts are leave them in the comments below! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Zack Snyder Officially Set to Direct Justice League!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and this is definitely something worth talking about as we have some pretty massive news emerging from the realm of comic book movies as you can see from the following info that comes from superherohype:

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Justice League feature film is not only officially on track today, but has also announced a director. The Wall Street Journal reports that Man of Steel helmer Zack Snyder will make the ensemble blockbuster his follow-up to 2016’s Batman vs. Superman.

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman tells the outlet. “’Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’”

Although no Justice League cast is official at this stage, the project is likely to again star Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg (with a view that other JLAers are expected to be announced in the future).

The article also offers a slightly less optimistic update on the status of a Wonder Woman solo film, noting that, while the studio is open to the idea, they feel the right script has not yet been found.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit posted the following tweet, indicating that Batman vs. Superman and Justice League will shoot back to back and that we may see the latter as early as 2017.

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Well damn, seems like the people over at Warner Bros. and DC have finally grown some balls and decided to make an announcement that’ll shock and excite their audience. So we finally have the announcement that there is a Justice League film.. And it isn’t Man of Steel 2 aka Batman Vs. Superman! Well with this announcement, I think anyone who was sceptical about this new Man of Steel sequel secretly being Justice League can put those rumours to rest, but who could blame people for thinking that it was the new JLA film? The amount of cast and characters that were being introduced was mad and very in line with the JLA. That being said I guess Batman Vs. Superman will probably be something similar to Iron Man 2, where it introduces characters who will play a bigger role in future films.

I think the bigger aspect of this news story is the fact that Zack Snyder is directing. Now I don’t know if this is a good thing. I mean if you wanted the guy for the visual flair and great presentation, I take no issue there, but I’m curious why Warner Bros. doesn’t want to venture out and try getting a new director. Is Snyder really that great that he can handle more than just Superman, but also Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, etc? Who knows? Maybe the Snyder is really good at what he does, maybe the studio don’t want to lose him, there are a number of factors that could come into play.

Ane then of course there is that 2017 release date and the fact these films may shoot back to back. Shit, that’s quick, but it’s also smart and I like that. Again if this is al true, then the wheels are in motion which means that DC and Warner Bros. may not actually be the scaredy cats some have believed them to be. But hey, I won’t believe anything until filming happens and we get those online photos and videos of these comic book films going down.

Anyways that’s my thoughts on this new announcement, how about you lot out there, what do you think of this news? Is it good or bad? How do you feel about Snyder directing Justice League or the idea that both films will be shot back to back? Please comment below and let me know! Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Zack Snyder Talks Batman vs. Superman’s Costumes, Casting and Continuity

Howdy ladies and gents time for a bit of late film news. Now there has been a fair amount of news circulating about the Man of Steel sequel, but to be frank, I don’t care. Nothing substantial has taken place since the internet freaked out about Jesse Eisenberg being Lex Luthor. But now Zack Snyder has appeared out of the wood work with some interesting comments about the upcoming film and comic book fan backlash. The following info comes from superherohype:

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300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters this Friday and writer and producer Zack Snyder is doing the publicity rounds. Earlier today, we brought you his response to Joel Silver’s recent comments about Snyder’s big screen take on Alan Moore and David Gibbons’ Watchmen. Now, Snyder has spoken with The LA Times, where he dropped a few details about the status of the much anticipated Batman vs. Superman.

“We’re getting ready to start shooting in a month or so,” Snyder says. “It’s going great. I’m very excited… We were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn’t even with the actors, right? It was just to see ‘em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other and I was like, ‘Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before!'”

Snyder goes on to discuss the shared continuity of the 2016 release, hinting that the big screen release won’t necessarily adhere to any specific comic book storylines.

In ‘Man of Steel,’ we had to create an origin story,” he continues, “a mythology. There’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun! …[it] literally takes the ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman’ universes and explodes them.”

Set to feature the return of Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, Batman vs. Superman features Ben Affleck debuting as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Although more names are expected to be confirmed in the near future, Snyder says that online comments are, to him, a mixed bag.

“We know the material,” he promises. “Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint.”

Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on May 6, 2016.”

Okay, so let’s cover his comments covered paragraph by paragraph. Firstly Snyder talks about the suits for Batman and Superman, he’s seen them, he likes them, great… But hey, we can’t see them. The fans don’t know how great these suits supposedly are. Until we get official images, the suits might as well be invisible.

Secondly the talks about creating the origin story in MoS and then meshing the worlds of Batman and Superman together too. He sounds really excited. Good for him. But again it is just it is all just talk, I want to believe that he knows what he is talking about, however MoS wasn’t the epic tale that I wanted for Superman, so this sequel is gonna have a hard time winning me over. But then this sequel has Batman in it, so it will at least be a lot better.

And finally Snyder basically takes a second to reaffirm that he and his team know the source material, that they’re doing their best and will put their own spin on it. For me I am not overly confident with him, Snyder makes things look good, no doubt about that. But I have yet to see a film of his that will end up in my favourite films of all-time. With all the changes and dark aspects that went into MoS that wasn’t how I would have done Superman, I just have a hard time trying to see this film being good. I want to believe that it’ll be great, I want a good Batman and Superman film, but I’m gonna have to be convinced with some visual material.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Cast in the Batman Vs. Superman!

Well damn, the world of film news just gets more and more controversial by the day, in another crazy news story from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film we get some new casting news and it already has the internet in a frenzy. Trust me when I say there is no way I’d miss out on talking about this myself. Anways the following info comes from superherohype:

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“Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Snyder stated, “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

The director added, “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

Eisenberg received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award nominations for his starring role as Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s The Social Network. He also starred in Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love and Louis Letterier’s Now You See Me. He next appears in The Double and NightMoves.

Irons won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune. His work in the film also garnered him a Golden Globe Award. He won an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for his performance in the TV miniseries “Elizabeth I,” opposite Helen Mirren, and recently starred on the small screen as Rodrigo Borgia in Neil Jordan’s highly acclaimed Showtime series “The Borgias,” for which Irons earned a Golden Globe nomination. He was recently nominated for a SAG Award for the PBS Great Performances television miniseries “The Hollow Crown,” for his performance as Henry IV.”

Ah shit, looks like crazy stories be happening again and it honestly makes for some great blogging material. I swear the people working on Superman Vs. Batman are doing this on purpose, just hiring actors to send the internet into a frenzy. First they did it with Ben Affleck, then Gal Gadot and now Jesse Eisenberg, its bloody mental. So let’s start with Irons first and then move onto the bigger casting news surrounding Eisenberg.

jeremyirons-alfredSo now we have Jeremy Irons as good ol’ Alfred Pennyworth. At first I was not overly jolly about his choice just be cause I wasn’t sure if he had the right look I personally imagined, plus I didn’t think of him as that old. But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’m okay with it. He is a great and established actor, also at the age of 65 he fits into the role age-wise just fine and while I haven’t seen too many of the films he’s in what I have seen makes me feel like he’s up to the task.

Now let’s move onto the casting news that’s gotten loads of fanboys panties in a twist…

jesse-eisenberg-lex-luthorBAM! JESSE EISENBERG AS LEX LUTHOR! CRAZY RIGHT? WHO SAW THAT COMING? ANYONE WHO CLAIMS THAT THEY DID IS LYING! XD

So yeah I read this and I thought I was reading the article wrong, but nope, it’s confirmed and is as real as I am a Sonic-obsessed nerd. Firstly I don’t understand. Of all the people in the world, Eisenberg gets chosen. And don’t misunderstand me, I really like Eisenberg. He was good in Zombieland, brilliant in The social Network and pretty good in Now You See Me. But when I see him I don’t immediately think “Ah yeah Lex Luthor!” I dunno if Eisenberg has the emotional range to carry such an iconic villainous role, plus I can’t see it in his face. Plus Eisenberg as much as I like him he kind of acts the same way in most of his films so that doesn’t give me much hope for a great Lex Luthor interpretation. I’m gonna give the guy a chance because I like him, but damn he’s gonna have a battle on his hands trying to fight off all the haters that wished that it was Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston) and not Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.

So now I pass it onto you lot, what do you think of the casting news? Are you in support of it or do you loathe it with passion! Drop your comments below.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Contract Covers Three Films

Okay people, time for yet again another news story and this time it isn’t on a Marvel film, but on a DC one. Will wonders never cease? Anyways there’s been a lot of talk about Batman vs. Superman (most of which I don’t care about besides the recent setback the film had) and now we learn of Gal Gadot’s contractual obligations. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“Cast in the iconic role of Wonder Woman for Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman late last year, actress Gal Gadot revealed today to Israeli entertainment show “Good Evening with Gai Pines” (via Batman-News) that her contract has her signed for three feature films. Although that may sound like exciting news for fans anxious for Justice League and/or Wonder Woman solo films, it should be noted that multi-picture deals tend to be the norm for big screen franchises and such a contract is not a definite sign of anything in development outside of the May 6, 2016 team-up.”

While this news story is small, at least we have an idea as to how far Gal Gadot’s contract as the character will go. Rather than being signed on to do a six-movie deal like what most of the actors and actresses at Marvel Studios, Gadot’s been signed on for half of that and from the number we can assume the films that she will be in are the following: Batman vs. Superman, Justice League and her own Wonder Woman film right? And with that in mind this means one of two things:

  1. DC and Warner Bros. are serious about making sure that she sticks to the role
  2. It doesn’t mean shit because while actors are always signed on to do more in follow-up films they’re easily interchangeable and can be dismissed at any time.

I’ve seen that a lot of hardcore fan boys hope that it’ll be the latter of these two options but I guess we’ll see how this unfolds when she gets into her role eventually in 2016 (damn that sounds so far away now).

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Gal Gadot Cast as Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some superhero-related film news and after several uninteresting new stories I FINALLY have something to talk about! For the longest time DC and Warner Bros. have been hinting about new Justice League elements being added to the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film and now it seems like after all the rumours, something has come out as concrete. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“Warner Bros. has announced this morning that Gal Gadot, most well known for appearing in the “Fast & Furious” films, has landed the role of Wonder Woman/Diane Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.

In a statement, Zack Snyder stated: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Batman vs. Superman will feature the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, facing off against Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Also starring Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, the Zack Snyder-directed Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on July 17, 2015.”

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Well damn! Did not see this coming at all. I thought DC and Warner Bros. were still too afraid to venture outside of their boundaries with Batman and Superman films, but now they’re ACTUALLY doing it. These studio people and filmmakers are actually taking the first steps towards creating their own cinematic universe of DC characters. Now we finally have someone cast as Wonder Woman, and how do we feel about this? Erm, I’m not quite sure.

To be honest I am happy that at least ONE member of the JLA is finally making their film debut and it is great that is such an important female figure like Wonder Woman. But at the same the time it does raise some questions like 1) How much involvement will she have in this new film? And 2) Will she be fully introduced with a backstory or will she just be dropped in?

Also there is the choice of actress. Now Gal Gadot, she is a gorgeous woman, no doubt about that, Gadot has an incredibly beautiful face and a slender body. However I’m not sure if she is WW material. I mean I’ve only known her from the Fast & Furious series and she’s alright in those films, but I’ve not really seen her in much else to judge her acting skills. Also no offence to her but she is very on the slim side, anyone that knows WW knows that she is a strong and firm-bodied woman with tone and muscle too and in order to embody this role, Gadot is seriously gonna have to put on some weight and gym it up to the maximum. And lastly does Gadot have combat experience? Besides some of the action bits in the F&F films, I’ve never seen her in any proper fighting or combat-based stuff. WW is all about the combat, hand-to-hand combat and being able to move around with all the superhuman strength and agility. I hope Gadot will get some proper training and learn to fight hardcore, Gina Carano style and then some.

Overall while I’m glad they cast someone as WW, at the same time I’m not sure Gadot is the right choice. Hey I’m not hating, just expressing my opinion. I’m still kind of sad that Jaimie Alexander won’t be taking up the role because I think she has the screen presence, action experience and acting talent to pull off such a role. However I’m happy for Gadot and I hope she will do okay.

So now onto you people of the internet, what do you think of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman? Are you down with her in the role or did you hope for someone else? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀 😀

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Ben Affleck to Play Batman in Man of Steel Sequel

So yeah this is probably the biggest news to hit the superhero film scene for a while and while I’m a bit late to this party I still gotta blog about it so let’s get cracking! The following information comes from IGN:

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Ben Affleck is set to star as Batman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, Warner Bros. has announced.

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some” said Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. earlier today. “His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” added director Snyder. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

“We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman,” continued Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution President Sue Kroll. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Warner Bros. has a longstanding relationship with Affleck. His most recent hit for the studio was 2012’s Argo, which won Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Affleck’s next directorial effort, Live By Night, will also be produced by Warner.

Affleck is no stranger to the superhero gig, having played Daredevil in 20th Century Fox’s 2003 flick of the same name. His will be the fifth big-screen Batman since Michael Keaton donned the cowl in Tim Burton’s 1989 effort.

The Man of Steel sequel, which will likely be called Batman vs Superman, was announced at Comic-Con earlier this year. The film will be penned by Snyder and Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, and is currently slated to open worldwide on July 17, 2015. The sequel will reunite Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams and Diane Lane.”

Alrighty then so Ben Affleck is going to be the next Batman? Damn, those words just don’t compute in my mind. When I heard from John Campea of AMC Theatres that he thought that Warner Bros and Zack Snyder already had their eyes on an actor for the role of Batman I thought “That’d be impressive but unlikely.” And now here we are with a pretty seasoned actor taking on the role.

So what do I think of this new development? Well I’m kind of in two minds about. Firstly the good:

  • They could have picked a lot worse
  • Ben Affleck definitely has the acting skills necessary to pull off a character like Batman
  • Affleck looks like he could have the Bruce Wayne/Batman look down if the costume people do their work properly
  • This guy has won Oscars and has the right amount of star-power to pull in new casual fans

And now for the bad:

  • His last superhero film, Daredevil sucked and I’m not gonna let that go
  • Having someone like Affleck be directed by a more inferior director like Snyder seems questionable
  • Even though I dunno I would have picked as the next Batman I’m not sure he was the only choice

So yeah I dunno if you agree or disagree with my points, I’m basically just getting my thoughts out there. I am now really interested to see how this ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ thing is gonna play out.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Man of Steel Video Review

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Alrighty then well Man of Steel is out and I’ve already done my written review a little while ago. But in case you’re not keen on reading I’ve done a video review for you lot to have a look at if you’re interested. Please check it out as I would like a few more views please! 🙂

Here’s the link below:

So what did you think of Man of Steel? Do you agree with me or think I am mental for my score? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya one the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Man of Steel Review

Okay then, now it’s time review what is probably the biggest film of the year, Man of Steel. There has been a lot of hype and marketing promotions going around to make sue that people know that this film is coming out. It has been suggested many moons ago that this would be the film of the year. So now that I’ve seen it, is Man of Steel the triumphant return of Superman? Well I can say that this is finest Superman film that’s come to exist since the original 1978 film.

The premise for this film is as follows:

“Clark Kent is a humanoid alien who after being transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton, was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero named Superman to protect Earth and its people.”

The story in this film definitely was different. In comparison to the previous Superman films it is a lot more serious, realistic and modernized from the original source material. We get to see more of Krypton, learn Zod and his crew and have more for Superman do too. The film’s overall narrative works though it doesn’t always feel cohesive at points. This film finds a way to tells Clark’s story through flashbacks and for the most part it works, though sometimes it doesn’t work as effectively. In truth I found the first half of the film not as interesting as the second half, some points just felt like they dragged or didn’t properly connect, but eventually the film finds its feet and gets really cool especially towards the end.

Also for those who have seen Superman 1 & 2, you’ll notice the similarities to the previous films and how some of these story elements or characters have been updated/changed for this film. Some of it works a lot better in this film whereas some of it works in the classic films instead. I can’t go into spoilers so watch the film and then you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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When it comes to the characters of the film the cast do a great job of bringing these characters to life.

Let’s start with Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman/Kal-El (he has many names lol). Cavill shows that he has true star power as he gives us probably our best version of Superman. I like how this version of the character is conflicted, isolated and a little more serious and had a good sense of justice too. I guess my only nitpick would be that Cavill was a little too serious and wasn’t too jolly and that’s something I missed from the Reeve version of the character. Then there’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane, I like Adams as an actress and I thought she was good in the film, all I need to say really. Now to talk about Michael Shannon as General Zod. I really was looking forward to seeing Shannon in this film because I’m a massive fa of his and while he was good in the film, I guess he wasn’t as epic as I thought he’d be (believe me he can be even more intense than this.

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Russell Crowe as Jor-El was definitely different and had a more active role than Marlon Brando back in the old films, I did like this version of the character Crowe did it was cool. Also Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent were awesome, I loved their portrayals of the characters, they were active in Clark’s life and offered some great advice and life lessons for him and I felt like this was the best version of the characters I’ve seen so far. Laurence Fishburne was as Perry White but I wish I’d seen much more of him. Antje Traue as Faora, one of Zod’s followers, she was pretty badass in the film but I didn’t really care for her character as much as Superman and Zod. And lastly Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van was lovely as Kal-El’s mother, she had a much more active role than the actress in the first film and I liked how this film made her feel a lot more relevant.

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When it comes to the presentation I can easily say that it’s the BEST aspect of the film. This film looks amazing, the cinematography is great, the look and style of the film was nice and the CGI was great. The visual feats crafted in this film was nothing short of amazing. This film finally gave us a film where Superman looks and feels like Superman. His powers were beastly and really came to life in this film in ways the previous films couldn’t do (like Superman’s laser eyes, they were perfect in this film). Plus we get to see Superman fight people IN ACTUAL COMBAT AND IT WAS BADASS. The scenes were intense, epic in scale and great to watch. As for the soundtrack, it was handled by the brilliant Hans Zimmer and I really liked it. Obviously it was a tough challenge to follow-up the iconic score and themes created by John Williams, but Zimmer does a great job at giving us some beautiful and dramatic that sometimes sounds similar to Inception on occasions too.

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In conclusion Man of Steel wasn’t a disappointment by any means, I guess I just expected more because of the critics who hyped this film up to the heavens. I had absurdly high expectations and I guess some of them weren’t met. That being said, Man of Steel is the definitely a good modernized and dramatic take on the classic character and its also most action-packed DC film I’ve seen for a while now. While I’ll probably have to see the film again before I can truly tell whether I love it or not, most people will fall in love with it straight away. Go check this film out, it’s finally a Superman film that works in the present realm of superhero films.

Rating: 7/10 (The most epic Superman film that’s come into existence)

So what did you think of Man of Steel? Did it met your expectations or were you let down? Do you agree with me or think I am mental for my score? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya one the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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