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'Batman v Superman' versus 'Captain America': The superhero showdown that everybody won

It’s been a good year for Marvel. Correction: It’s been a great year for Marvel. First, Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened huge in April and remains the biggest blockbuster of the year so far, outgrossing its 2011 franchise-starter around the world by 92 percent! Then, last week, Guardians of the Galaxy delivered a giant weekend, vindicating Marvel’s long-range plans for deep-cut superheros. The outside-the-box space epic is even ahead of Winter Soldier‘s box-office pace after five days. And if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, yesterday, Marvel received perhaps its most enjoyable gift of all: Warner Bros. announced that it was moving Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice off its May 6, 2016 release date, avoiding a potential opening-weekend showdown with the next Captain America sequel.

The news was met with hoots of derision: Warner Bros. and DC Comics had blinked. “Bawk bawk bawk!!!! WB is chicken!!!!” screamed the always eloquent internet. “Notice that they waited until one week after Comic-Con to make this announcement so they could avoid the mocking Marvel fanboy laughter,” sneered another EW commenter.

That Warner Bros. then immediately unveiled release dates for nine untitled DC superhero movies through 2020 didn’t exactly help matters. “There was a collective eye roll,” says an industry source familiar with Marvel’s thinking. “It’s almost like DC’s trying to create this fictitious PR war or this fictitious date war, but they’re coming to a gun fight with a knife. Guardians was Marvel’s 10th No. 1 movie, and it broke the mold. It’s a raccoon and a bunch of misfits. So Monday, of course, Sony comes out with their female superhero message, and then DC comes out with untitled dates until 2020—on the heels of Time Warner kicking Fox out of bed and announcing their earnings this week. Don’t think that’s all a coincidence.”

That might all be true, but here’s the thing: moving Dawn of Justice up to March 25—a month traditionally considered a box-office dead zone—might just be a brilliant maneuver. “There’s that perception [that Warner Bros. retreated], but I think at the end of the day, he who wins is just the one who’s smart,” says Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Rentrak. “They’re going to have an incredible amount of playing time before the Marvel movie kicks off. Putting this movie on a non-conventional date is going to pay big benefits for Warner Bros., for the theater owners—who love films that have legs—and for the audience. [Customers] will have a really cool movie to go out and see in March.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Emilia Clarke to headline indie psychological thriller; Plus Jason Momoa, Anna Kendrick, more

 Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will play the lead in the psychological thriller Voice From the Stone, based on the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo. Eric D. Howell will make his feature directorial debut with the story adapted by Andrew Shaw set in 1950s Tuscany about a nurse (Clarke) who gets caught up in an evil force inside the castle where she is taking care of a young boy dealing with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. Shooting is scheduled to begin in Italy in November. [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY

Zack Snyder tweets picture of Ben Affleck's Batman costume

Just one day after tweeting an image of the new Batmobile, Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder has posted a new image from the set of his upcoming Man of Steel sequel/Batman reboot/Justice League pilot/Aquaman sidequel. The photo shows a shadowy image of the new Batman costume, as worn by a human being who appears to be Ben Affleck. I say “appears to be” because the only exposed body part you can really see is the chin — although local Affleck scholar Jeff Labrecque insists that it is definitely Affleck chin: READ FULL STORY

Zack Snyder tweets Batmobile teaser photo

After months of casting news, Zack Snyder is almost ready to reveal another crucial element to his upcoming film tentatively known as Superman/Batman — The Batmobile.

Snyder tweeted a photo of his Batmobile covered by a tarp, promising to reveal the whole thing tomorrow. So for now, all we can do is speculate, speculate, speculate. Check out the tweet below:

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'Batman vs. Superman' delays Ben Affleck's 'Live By Night'

Even superheroes only have so many hours in a day.

Ben Affleck’s commitment to Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman — in which he’s playing the Caped Crusader — has forced a delay in the actor-director’s Prohibition-set crime drama Live by Night. Warner Bros., the studio behind both films, moved the superhero flick from summer 2015 to May 6, 2016, causing the subsequent push-back of Affleck’s next directorial venture. Live By Night, which was slated for a Dec. 25, 2015, release, will now hit theaters Oct. 7, 2016. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Erin Moriarty to star opposite Mel Gibson in 'Blood Father'; Plus, Paul Feig, Mark Strong, more

True Detective‘s Erin Moriarty will star opposite Mel Gibson (The Expendables 3) in the upcoming thriller Blood Father. Penned by The Town‘s Peter Craig, the upcoming film focuses on an ex-con who reunites with his 16-year-old daughter in order to protect her from the drug dealers trying to kill her. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

'Captain America 3' confirmed for May 2016 release up against 'Batman vs. Superman'

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Looks like Steve Rogers really is giving the orders now.

After about a month of rumored speculation, Marvel has officially confirmed that Captain America and his trusty vibranium shield will leap back onto the big screen on May 6, 2016 — meaning everyone’s favorite red, white, and blue super soldier will be facing off against another pair of costumed heroes in Warner Bros.’ Batman vs. Superman. READ FULL STORY

Superman/Batman: Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto join cast as new characters

Man of Steel, meet Elastigirl.

Holly Hunter is the latest addition to the Henry Cavill/Ben Affleck superhero mash-up, tentatively known as Superman/Batman, with Callan Mulvey of 300: Rise of an Empire and Tao Okamoto of The Wolverine also joining the Zack Snyder film. All will will be playing new characters, never before seen in the DC Comics universe. READ FULL STORY

Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor in 'Batman/Superman' film -- BREAKING

Jesse Eisenberg, say goodbye to that curly head of hair.

The Oscar-nominated star of The Social Network has been cast as the Man of Steel’s ultimate foe in Warner Bros. upcoming Batman/Superman film, the studio announced today.

He’ll be joined by another actor with Academy Award history: Jeremy Irons (won won Best Actor for 1990’s Reversal of Fortune) will co-star opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman as his butler and confidante Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed film.

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'Ant-Man' claims vacated Superman/Batman release date

Edgar Wright’s take on Marvel’s Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, will be released on July 17, 2015 — two weeks earlier than scheduled. Marvel announced the news on its site on Thursday. Its only direct competition now is Warner Bros.’ Pan.

This scheduling takes advantage of the fact that Warner Bros. just pushed its Man of Steel sequel back nine months to a May 6, 2016, release. It previously held the July 17, 2015, spot, which was likely why Ant-Man had built in that two-week buffer. Other July 2015 releases include the Terminator reboot, Minions, and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck.

It’s all speculation at this point, but in general, these moves are good for Ant-Man — another potential franchise in the Marvel universe.

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