Christopher Nolan, the brains behind the rebooted Batman franchise, is bringing the Man of Steel back to the big screen in a new installment following Bryan Singer's 2006 offering Superman Returns.
Nolan, who will act as a producer on the film, recently hired Watchmen moviemaker Zack Snyder to direct it, and Affleck has now revealed he was "tempted" by the job, but decided to leave the superhero movie to a director better acquainted with big budget blockbusters.
He tells Deadline.com, "The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money. With Superman, I think they're going to do a great version. Chris Nolan is brilliant and they've got a great director for it.
"I've love to do something like Blade Runner, but a lesson I've learned is to not look at movies based on budget, how much they'll spend on effects, or where they will shoot. Story is what's important. Also, there are a lot of guys ahead of me on the list to do epic effects movies."
Affleck previously donned the superhero's cape to play Superman actor George Reeves in 2006 film Hollywoodland.
The actor struggled to comprehend the complicated twists and turns of the sci-fi movie and spent hours talking with Nolan about his character Dominic Cobb, a thief who steals information from his unconscious victims while they dream.
DiCaprio tells the Hollywood Reporter: "I needed to know implicitly where we were. It got incredibly confusing at certain points in the beginning, but the more we talked, the more I understood."
Meanwhile Inception's producer Emma Thomas, filmmaker Nolan's wife, has praised DiCaprio for making the movie more accessible for fans, adding: "The work (Leo) did on his character with Chris made the movie less of a puzzle and more of a story of a character audiences could relate to."
The actor insists The Dark Knight Rises will be his final outing as the comic book superhero - unless director Christopher Nolan has other plans.
Bale says, "This will be, I believe, until Chris says different, the last time I’ll be playing Batman."
The public relations mogul was shot multiple times while driving her Mercedes-Benz car through Beverly Hills on her way home from the premiere of Cher and Christina Aguilera's new film Burlesque.
Her death has shocked the showbiz world, and many stars have been quick to pay tribute to Chasen, including her screenwriter/director brother Cohen.
He says, "She was my sister and best friend and we shared so many wonderful times together. Ronni was a loving and caring person who treated her clients like they were her own family."
Producers Lili and Richard Zanuck worked with Chasen on the Oscars campaign for Driving Miss Daisy - which went on to win the 1989 Best Picture honour - and were devastated to learn of her death.
A statement from Richard reads, "Lili and I are shattered by the unthinkably sad news about Ronni. She has been a loving and dear friend for so many years. To think of not being able to get her on the other line of the phone is unimaginable. She was the best publicist in the business in our opinion whose tireless and determined energy combined with her love of movies made her one of a very special breed."
Film composer Hans Zimmer, who was also a client of Chasen, adds, "I'm profoundly sad, devastated, mad, incredulous and lonely. She was radiant. She knew everybody in the room. She took Chris Nolan over to the next table and introduced him to George Lucas. I was watching her (and) standing there listening to them and I thought, 'There's my friend Ronni, introducing two great directors to each other. She's on top of her game.'"
Police have launched an investigation into Chasen's death.
The Dark Knight Rises is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated sequels of all-time, so it makes sense we're pooping our pants with excitement.
Anyway, we have more Batman news. Hooray! Deadline reports that Christopher Nolan will meet with six actresses for two female roles in the upcoming Dark Knight sequel -- one as the love interest of Bruce Wayne and the other as a villain (dun dun dun).
The six lucky ladies? Some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Keira Knightley.
So, wow! That's quite the list. Aside from Lively, I could see each one of these women working with Nolan. But, if I have to choose, I'd say the best bet would be Rachel Weisz as the love interest, and Natalie Portman as the villain. Think about it. Yeah, Weisz has quite a few not so good films on her resume, but she is an Oscar winner. If Wayne's love interest would be someone like Lively, I'm afraid it'd become a little too unrealistic and cartoonish, mainly because she's an awful actress. Plus, I've always imagined Bruce Wayne as a fan of brunettes.
And as far as the villain goes, no one fits better than Portman. First of all, she's a terrific actress. But more than that, remember how extremely badass she was in V For Vendetta? And that was on the heroic side. Now imagine if she channeled all that badassery into being Batman's arch-rival. Someone like -- Catwoman. Yeah, I know. Awesome idea, right? You're welcome, Nolan. You're welcome.
Oh yeah, and since we're talking about Batman, our opinion of the new movie's name is still the same: it's lame. Check out our much better suggestions right here.
Nolan is refusing to give up more information about the plot or characters involved in the blockbuster - but he has told the Los Angeles Times not to expect one Batman villain.
He says, "It won't be the Riddler."
The media has been speculating about who will play the famous villain for months after insiders claimed The Riddler would be Batman's foe in the film.
Hugh Jackman is pumped up for Wolverine 2 -- literally.
"Expect to see four chicken breasts and a whole pile of steamed broccoli on my plate,” he told Vulture. "I'm starting; I’m having my six meals a day."
He also confirmed that Darren Aronofsky will indeed be directing Wolverine 2. He claims that it will not be the "usual" X-Men movie. And honestly, it's Aronofsky. That's not too surprising.
Jackman can't seem to contain his excitement to work with Aronofsky again. The two last collaborated on 2006's ambitious sci-fi romance The Fountain, and have developed a good relationship as a result.
"This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope," he said. "Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different."
"This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark," Jackman said. "But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky's] going to make it fantastic. There's going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure."
Personally, after hearing Jackman's excitement about the proposed production, I think this is exactly how Wolverine should be done and there's no one better to handle it than Darren Aronofsky (well, except for maybe Christopher Nolan. But if I had my way, he'd remake every superhero film ever made). These words -- dark, meaty, different -- are what has me particularly stoked about the film. These words cannot be used to describe X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That film definitely lacked character and depth. after Aronofosky's terrific work in The Wrestler and Black Swan, it's clear that he's on a roll and I can't wait to see him examine Wolverine with the same microscope that he's used to explore the dark corners of the human spirit in his past films.
Everyone who is writing this article and is either not a fan of Inception or not excited about the third Batman movie, please stop writing right now and go take your medication.
Ok, glad we got that out of the way. We feel much better now. In what is to be the second biggest announcement about the movie, Tom Hardy has joined the cast in a major role. No word on who (or WHAT) he will be playing but seeing as the role of Batman and Alfred has been taken and the last love got (SPOILERS) killed (END SPOILERS), we’re fairly certain he’ll be a villain. Also, we're fairly certain he won't be Robin because that would just be silly.
Hardy was a pleasant surprise in Inception. I was familiar with everyone else in the cast except for him and he turned out to be one of my favorite characters. And have you seen pictures of him in Bronson? Holy jacked-up prison rage Batman! That man can get stacked!
Let the speculation begin on his role! Killer Croc seems to be the latest possibility, according to the people who have no involvement with the project whatsoever. I think this could potentially be a cool villain, I trust Christopher Nolan with at least 8 of my 9 personalities, and Killer Croc was cool in the video game Arkham Asylum. But I was personally hoping for David Tennant or Joesph Gordon-Levitt to play The Riddler, but it doesn’t look that way. Or maybe it still will be! As soon as I calm down from hearing what Hardy will play or the most trivial bits of news, we’ll let you know.
According to reports on Monday, Darren Aronofsky is in -- and Ben Affleck is out of -- the running to direct the new Superman movie at Warner Bros.
Christopher Nolan is producing the new film and is looking for a director who is able to handle the elaborate production and willing to collaborate, reports Heat Vision.
Rumored meetings taking place include sit-downs between Nolan and Warner execs and such directors as Duncan Jones, Jonathan Liebesman, Matt Reeves, Tony Scott and Zack Snyder.
According to HV sources, Affleck met about Superman last week but is no longer pursuing it.
Aronofsky, said HV sources, is still in active talks. The Los Angeles Times reported similar source chatter.
Per HV: "If [Aronofsky] were to get the gig, there would be some irony: A decade ago, Aronofsky was attached to direct a Batman movie loosely based on a storyline written by Frank Miller. That didn't happen, and it paved the way for Nolan to direct Batman Begins."
HitFix has put together its own list of candidates, which includes Gore Verbinski, Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Bay.
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A few days back - maybe a week ago - Warner Bros. announced their intention to announce major updates on the futures of their stable of DC Comics characters. Last summer, DC was reformed as DC Entertainment, a self-functioning production company not unlike Marvel Entertainment that will develop and produce films, television shows, digital content and other forms of multimedia to be distributed through Warner Bros.
Then those announcements got pushed back a few weeks, but while we wait for the wonders that WB plans to unleash, we now know a few filmmakers that The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan wants for his upcoming reboot of Superman, temporarily titled The Man Of Steel (he is producing the film, but will sadly not have time to direct. That's okay, we're more excited about his third Batman film anyway).
According to Deadline, Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman, Duncan Jones and Zach Snyder are all being considered to take on the massive undertaking of making The Last Son Of Krypton relevant again. From these names, we can draw one definitive conclusion about the tone of the movie - it's going to be serious, dead serious. Maybe not dark like so many have claimed it would be under the influence of Nolan, but none of the fore mentioned filmmakers do anything peachy, so prepare for a pretty grounded reinvention of Superman.
Now let's talk about the directors themselves. Here's what we know. Jonathan Liebesman, who helmed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning as well as Sony's upcoming Battle: Los Angeles, has already signed on to direct WB's Clash Of The Titans sequel, due in the spring or fall of 2012. If he sticks to this project, then you can immediately count him out, because the studio wants their new Superman pic out for the 2012 holiday season which gives him no time to get the job done. I'd also say that Tony Scott is an unlikely candidate as he and brother Ridley develop so many of their own projects together that it doesn't make sense for him to take two years out of his already busy schedule to work on an epic production like this.
Of the remaining three, I'd say that Zach Snyder is the golden child. His pre-existing relationship with Warner Bros. is as valuable to the studio as it's rapport with Nolan, having directed 300, Watchmen, Legend Of The Guardians and the upcoming Sucker Punch for the company over the last few years. His schedule will be open during the period of time that Superman will be made. He's also well versed in comic book vernacular and has a great deal of credit within the geek community as a filmmaker who understands their favorite characters and respects the fans. Additionally, he's used to productions of Superman's size, and Jones and Reeves - though undeniably talented - are not.
Of course, by the time a decision is made, all of these guys could be out of the running. The entertainment industry gets ADD from time to time and jumps from candidate to candidate when mulling over important choices like this. We'll let you know the deal as soon as we can.