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Batman gets top billing in Superman's sequel, 'Dawn of Justice'

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Age before beauty.

At least that’s part of the thinking at Warner Bros. when it comes to its Man of Steel sequel, which includes Ben Affleck as Batman. The studio announced today that the 2016 blockbuster will be officially titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The subtitle, “Dawn of Justice,” is a not so subtle nod at the Justice League movie that Warner Bros. and DC Comics already have on the calendar for 2018. (Or maybe it’s a sly reference to director Zach Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead…) READ FULL STORY

Superman-Batman movie pushed to 2016, nine months later than first planned

Warner Bros. announced on Friday its decision to move the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled Batman-Superman movie to May 6, 2016. The studio said their move allows “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” This follows word that the production starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck  had been pushed to begin in the second quarter of 2014 rather than its originally planned winter start date. In their statement, Warner Bros. also took the opportunity to announce that Joe Wright’s live-action untitled Peter Pan adventure would now slide into the July 17, 2015 release date.

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution, went on to say “We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next Super Hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever. The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright’s ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide.”

 

'Batman vs. Superman' brings superhero rivalry to the football field

The last time football was featured in a Batman movie, a pro stadium was being decimated by deadly explosions. But Gotham football fans are apparently resilient.

Tomorrow, in East Los Angeles, director Zack Snyder is filming scenes for Batman vs. Superman during a college football game between East Los Angeles College and Victor Valley College. Though the community colleges aren’t exactly the sort of traditional football factories that pop up on SportsCenter, the teams that will square off at halftime are comic-book powerhouses: Gotham City University versus Metropolis State University.

Batman-News.com even has the team’s uniforms (see above), with both squads wearing colors that reflect the styles of their hometown hero. Gotham City University’s black and gold unis even echo those of their ill-fated professional franchise, the Gotham City Rogues. Nicknames and mascots for the college teams haven’t been revealed, but can we get some support for the Gotham City Knights and the Metropolis State Crusaders?

Snyder plans to spend 20 minutes filming the two imaginary teams squaring off at the 20,000-capacity Weingart Stadium, which will stand in for Gotham’s home field. It’s safe to assume that the cities’ ultimate bragging rights in this upcoming blockbuster won’t be determined by what happens on the field — but it can’t hurt to deliver a blow for civic pride.

Superman: 75 years of heroic history in a 2-minute animated short -- EXCLUSIVE

Want to see Superman’s history flash by faster than a speeding bullet?

In honor of the hero’s 75th anniversary, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and DC animated universe maestro Bruce Timm have crafted this two-minute animated short, which blasts through the highlights of the character’s many incarnations, from comics, to movies, video games, and even pop art.

“The idea was to start with Siegel and Shuster and end with Henry Cavill, stopping at all the high points and iconic moments in between,” Timm tells EW. Check out the entire film below… READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck explains to Jimmy Fallon how he first discovered Batman backlash

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“[Your kids] have to be psyched, ’cause Daddy’s going to be Batman now.”

Bravo, Jimmy Fallon. Last night, the TV host steered his adorable conversation with Ben Affleck about their children directly into the issue that you were most eager to hear. Affleck, who was on the show to promote his new movie, Runner Runner, hardly blinked and gleefully launched into the story of how he came to get the job of Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie for director Zack Snyder.

Affleck took the most delight in recalling the internet reaction to his casting — a reaction the studio apparently prepared him for. “I’m a big boy,” he said he told the studio after they suggested he not use the internet for a few days. “I handle sh-t. … I’m very tough. So I saw the announcement and I look on [the internet]. I look on the first comment. It’s like “Ben Affleck is going to be Batman.” The first one just goes, “Nooooooooooooooooo!”

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Christian Bale: About that $50 million offer to play Batman...

Extra! Extra!! Christian Bale offered $50 million to play Batman again!

If you’ve scanned the superhero sites, you’ve inevitably read reports that Bale is being lured back to the Batcave with a $50 meeellion offer to square off against Henry Cavill’s Superman in Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel. Fans of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Bale’s dark portrayal of the Caped Crusader immediately rejoiced, convincing themselves that Bale’s previous denials and his desire to pass the torch to another Batman could quickly be erased by cold hard cash. Perhaps that will eventually be the case. But not today.

The recent online buzz erupted after the British Sun newspaper reported that “Bale is facing extraordinary pressure” to return to the character for a huge payday. The Sun‘s sources, however, aren’t exactly Warner Bros. insiders or members of Bale’s inner circle. Instead, the tabloid was blindly relying on a new ebook titled Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma. It’s a 27-page mini-book from an author named Vincent Russel, who’s also written an unauthorized biography of WWE superstar CM Punk.
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Is the 'Man of Steel' sequel actually titled 'Batman vs. Superman'?

As you may have heard if you have been on the internet or around another human being in the last 72 hours, Warner Bros. is making a sequel to Man of Steel, and it will feature both Henry Cavill’s Superman AND another presumably-attractive actor playing Batman. (Gosling maybe?) The press release announcing the movie introduced the creative team (everyone who made Man of Steel) and a release date (summer 2015). It did not, however, explicitly state the title of the movie. However, at a different Comic-Con panel celebrating Superman’s 75th anniversary, screenwriter David S. Goyer claimed there were only two options. “We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman.”
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'Godzilla,' 'Warcraft,' Tom Cruise, and Batman: Ranking the buzz from the Warner Bros./Legendary program

Saturday is the busiest and buzziest day of Comic-Con, with the major studios taking over the massive Hall H with a varied slate of mega-budget blockbuster hopefuls, genre curios, remakes, cartoons, potential Oscar nominees, and January dumping-ground dreck. The Warner Bros./Legendary program, which kicked off today’s Hall H schedule featured six full panels and a sneak peek-ish original scene from a long-in-the-works videogame adaptation — the studio wound up conquering Twitter just by putting a couple of logos together.

Obviously, it would be ridiculous to offer any kind of qualitative assessment of these projects: Comic-Con panels are basically extended infomercials (albeit occasionally very charming infomercials). But here’s a semi-scientific ranking of how much positive buzz each project generated. (Fun Fact: Batman appears in at least two of these projects.
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Original General Zod Terence Stamp talks about why 'Man of Steel' made him 'sad' and discusses removal of Richard Donner and Marlon Brando on 'Superman II'

Critics and fans have been divided about Man Of Steel. But one person in particular was not too happy when he heard about the new Superman reboot: the man who originally played General Zod in Superman and Superman II, Terence Stamp. Stamp stopped by the studio of Entertainment Weekly Radio (channel 105 on SiriusXM) to talk about his new movie Unfinished Song (which opens this weekend), and we asked him for his take on the new Superman film, which features Michael Shannon now playing intergalactic villain General Zod.

“When I heard they were remaking it, or they were doing a version of it, I was kind of sad in a way,” said Stamp. “Because it was the benchmark for all of these comic book movies. There’s never been anything quite as good as those Dick Donner movies. And since then, big movies have become computer generated. They’ve become unemotional, and so I was sad. I thought it would be diluted, in other words. And that it would be a personal dilution because it was such an incredible moment for me to come back, and to come back and play my first comic book villain. I was sad, but the truth is, I’m sure it’s vastly different…. But, hey, you know, they wanted to pull on the Kryptonite boots? Good luck to them. They’re big!” READ FULL STORY

Christian Bale will not be in 'Justice League,' insists 'Dark Knight' and 'Man of Steel' writer

It’s no secret that Warner Bros. hopes that Man of Steel will lead into a whole shared-universe of DC superhero movies, culminating in a mega-spinoff team-up Justice League film. It’s also no secret that Warner Bros. wants that Justice League movie to feature Batman, by far the most popular superhero in the DC lineup thanks to the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Much has been speculated about whether Justice League would tie into the Dark Knight films — which, after all, were incredibly popular.
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