UPDATE: Israeli actress Gal Gadot has officially been cast as Wonder Woman in Batman Vs. Superman. Gadot has previously appeared in The Fast and The Furious series as Gisele Harrabo.
EARLIER: Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman/Superman film has yet to be adorned with an official title but that doesn't stop rumours from spilling out of every crack and crevice of the internet.
Warner Bros producer Daniel Alter, who is not directly involved in the project but apparently still privy to information surrounding the film, tweeted the most noteworthy information when he let slip that Superman villain Doomsday will appear in the film. For the uninitiated, Doomsday is a mindless killing machine who is best known for 1992 comic book story "The Death of Superman," in which he succeeds in killing the the Man of Steel. While Doomsday's inclusion in the film is interesting, especially considering his role in one of Superman's most controversial stories, there certainly needs to be a villain with more complicated motivations beyond mindless killing to fully round out the film's antagonists. Luckily, Henry Cavill has also been talking Batman/Superman. Cavill stated in an interview with Comic Book Movie that there's a good chance that Lex Luthor will be introduced in the film. Luthor and Doomsday would prove to be a formidable duo for Batman and Superman to contend with, bringing both brains and brawn to the arena.
Alter also tweeted that the characters Wonder Woman and Nightwing would be appearing in Batman/Superman as well. DC has been struggling for years to get Wonder Woman her own film, and has even entertained the idea of creating a new Wonder Woman TV show in the past. Wonder Woman's inclusion in the film would mark the costumed heroine's first live-action adventure since the 1970s television series featuring Lynda Carter in the role as the Themyscirian princess. This seems to be the opposite tactic of rival comics publisher Marvel, a company that prefers to parcel out each of its heroes in their own standalone movie before bringing them together for a big superhero teamup, and this tactic does raise some interesting questions about Warner Bros' confidence in the character. Perhaps Warner Bros wants to test the waters and ease into the idea of a Wonder Woman standalone by giving the character a supporting role in Batman/Superman first. It seems like the studio isn't convinced that a big-screen female superhero movie will work just yet. Regardless, all of this gives us a feeling that Batman/Superman might run the risk of being overstuffed with too many superheroes without the added benefit leaving introductions to individual movies. Hopefully, the film will be able to balance all of its superpowered elements.
Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 star Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the Man Of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress will measure up to Superman Henry Cavill and Batman Ben Affleck in the film.
Director Zack Snyder has confirmed the news in a statement that reads: "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."
Gadot reportedly beat out former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko for the part.
Tragic Paul Walker's celebrity fans, friends and colleagues continue to offer up tributes to the late star as the news of his death travels around the world. The Fast & Furious star was killed in a car crash in California on Saturday (30Nov13) and the news of the tragedy is still sinking in for those who knew the actor or simply appreciated his talent.
New Twitter.com tributes from Jamie Bell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joshua Jackson and his Varsity Blues co-stars James Van Der Beek and Ali Larter have emerged, while Ryan Phillippe wrote, "Paul was a good dude. Conscientious & not caught up in Hollywood. He knew there was more to life & lived like it. Nice to know you brotha."
Walker's Varsity Blues co-star Amy Smart posted a photo of herself with the late actor on the set of the 1999 film and wrote, "What a tragic loss. Paul Walker was such a gem, so kind and always had a smile on his face."
And Israeli actress Gal Gadot joined her Fast & Furious castmates in remembering Walker. She posted a photo of herself with the smiling actor on the set of Fast & Furious 6 along with the caption: "Lost a dear friend today. So sudden and tragic - @RealPaulWalker was a great man with a big heart and passion. RIP."
Michelle Rodriguez also followed her Fast & Furious castmates and offered her thoughts on Walker's passing on MOnday (02Dec13), tweeting, "I'm gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and I'm gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to."
Actor Adam Driver has emerged as the frontrunner to play Robin to Ben Affleck's Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel. The Girls star is currently in talks to take on the role of Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, according to The Wrap.com.
According to Batman myth, Grayson, who is better known as Robin, adopted the identity Nightwing after growing out of his other alter-ego, aged 18.
Bosses at Warner Bros. studio are also currently searching for the female lead in the film with Olga Kurylenko, Gal Gadot and Elodie Yung emerging as the top actresses to portray Wonder Woman and her alter-ego Diana Prince.
Batman vs. Superman, which also stars Henry Cavill, is set to hit theatres in 2015.
If you saw Fast Five this summer, you’ll know quite well that the franchise is in no hurry to slow down. In high octane fashion, the movies continue to amp up the action, the story and its characters, giving everyone more to do (and usually tying it in to some crazy, explosive action).
Jordana Brewster’s Mia is a keystone to the group dynamic. She’s ta female lead who looks out for her family while jumping in on the action when necessary. Mia’s no damsel in distress—and Brewster’s hands-on approach turns her into one of Hollywood’s few action starlets. A much needed role in today’s cinematic scene.
I talked to Brewster in anticipation of the Fast Five Blu-ray release (the disc hits October 4) and got a ton of info on what goes into making a Fast movie, where Mia’s character may go from here, info on her upcoming role in the new Dallas TV show and a little bit on her parking skills:
Matt Patches: I don’t know if anyone thought in the beginning, that the Fast franchise would make for such a wonderful playground. Why do you think it’s such a rich place to go back to?
Jordana Brewster: Well, I think there’s the action, and the cars, and the set pieces…the potential for different set pieces, because we can go around the world. Now, having Brazil, having Rio was like having another character in the movie. So that added a completely different element. But I think one of the most important things was having a sense of character, and a sense of family, and a sense of code that they have amongst each other. And there are also so many rich characters to draw from, given that there are four different The Fast and the Furious movies. Adding Tyrese and Ludacris to this one—from the second, 2 Fast 2 Furious—and then having The Rock in addition. There are all different kinds of combinations that luckily work.
So at this point, are you guys hanging out all the time? Is making a Fast movie one big party?
It’s amazing. Every time we do work together, or every time we’re promoting the movie, or are on set, it’s just so easy now. There was weird transition period between the first movie and the fourth one for me, because I hadn’t seen anyone in so long. But between the fourth one and the fifth one, it was just lovely, because it was like hanging out with friends and just having fun.
Always a good feeling. Working on a movie with so many wild stunts, how much of your time on set is spent figuring out how to avoid death? I imagine there’s a lot of, like, ‘Now, don’t do this and this…because you’ll die.’
[Laughs] Yeah. Yeah. Paul [Walker] is really adept at doing stunts. So, he’s a good guy to have on your side. And he was holding my hand when we did the massive jump.
But yeah, you have that little voice in the back of your head saying, ‘What if I take one extra step? What if I slip? I’m screwed!’ But, you know, it’s really just about doing it once. Then after doing that one jump, or that one giant stunt, you then wanna do it over and over and over.
What’s your training regimen like for this? How do you prepare to leap off a cliff?
For me, jumping off a cliff, running across the villas, or pretending to shoot guns…all of that’s easier than driving a car. Driving a car, when you have to hit a mark in a very specific place, or when there’s an entire crew of people who you don’t want to hit, or very expensive camera equipment that you don’t want to hit, that’s a lot more pressure for me than just jumping off a cliff. That’s fun—it’s the driving that’s more stressful!
At this point, are you capable of driving cars the way you do in the movies?
Um…I can’t drive stick. I took a lesson in L.A., and I told Justin [Lin, director of Fast Five], ‘Listen, I’m totally gonna learn this time.’ And he’s like, ‘Great!’ And I went to the Westwood driving school, and we didn’t make it outside of the parking garage. He’s like, ‘No, we really need to drive.’ And I was like, “’No, we’re really not going to. We’re just gonna drive up and down this for two hours. And it’s gonna be awesome.’
More importantly: Can you parallel park?
I can, but I don’t need to that much. But my rims would say otherwise.
Can you talk a little about working with Justin? He’s done two movies with you, three Fast installments in a row. How does he approach shooting the action and bringing the characters to life? And maybe how his approach is different than some of the other people you’ve worked with?
With me, it is three, because I also worked with him on Annapolis. And it was funny, because we were on post for Annapolis when we were offered The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. I was so excited for him, because he was going to take over a franchise that I had been a part of. He’s such a wonderful person to work with. He is one of the people who consistently retains his calm. And when you’re working on such a massive movie, that’s saying a lot.
He knows exactly what he wants in terms of the action scenes. He had created pre-vis to show the actors, which is almost like a mock-up of what you’re going to do or what it’s going to look like—so that was always a treat for us. Not only did it show us in terms of direction what we needed to do, with the cars and whatnot, it also was just such a cool sneak-peek at what we were working on.
And he was also just very collaborative on the characters and growing the characters and building strong women. That was also very important to him, that Gisele's [played by Gal Gadot] character and Mia’s character…that we’re not just accessories there for the guys. We’re actually part of the action and very important to the story. Especially now with Mia evolving. She has so much to protect and she’s on the run with the guys. And that was very important to both of us.
H worked with Paul and Vin Diesel on a couple of movies is there anything specific that you think that you’ve learned from them? Or fond memories from shooting?
One of the most fun things is promoting the movies, and traveling with friends. That’s wonderful. With Vin, he was always more of a big brother type with me. He gives me career advice. I love watching him, because he’s done such an amazing job with his career. He’s also a great actor, and he’s very focused, but he’s also very playful onset, which is fun. And Paul is also a wonderful guy, because he’s just fun.
It’s good vibes on the set.
It really is!
Is their movement on a sixth Fast movie? Obviously the end of Fast Five leaves it open for more and there have already been rumblings about reuniting the gang…
Yeah, I’ve heard rumors. I’m on the internet like everybody else. That’s where I get my info from! But I haven’t heard anything officially.
Hopefully Justin keeps you in the action, even with Mia having a baby on the way.
No. If anything, I think it would raise the stakes for her, because now she really has a family to protect. So she’d be even more, sort of ferocious and out there.
Exactly. And jump even further.
I know that you’re going to co-star in the new version of Dallas. Is that next summer?
It is. I keep saying the new version as well, but it’s not really the new version. It’s a continuation.
It’s picking back up a few years later. How is this going to stand apart from the original? Dallas, I feel, spawned a lot of copycats in its wake. A lot of shows like it sprang up. How do you think this new version isg oing tocompare to everything else that’s on TV?
I think the—I don’t wanna say the soap format…but the nighttime soap drama…now that Desperate Housewives is off the air too, or soon to be off the air, I think that’s kind of missing. So hopefully, it’ll fill that a little bit. And there’s so much to draw from in terms of family drama, money versus happiness, which was always Bobby versus J.R.. All of these themes are coming back and manifesting themselves in the next generation.
Who do you play on the show?
I play the cook’s daughter. I grew up with the boys. I grew up with Christopher, who is Bobby’s son. And John Ross, Jr., who is J.R.’s son. I’m also in a love triangle with them.
So you have a lot on your plate.
Yeah. I do have a lot on my plate. She’s a really fun character to play. And I’ve been watching the original—now I’m on the third season. It’s just so good!
Oh, you’re studying!
Yes I am! It’s like the best homework ever.
June is going home for her sister’s wedding toting a mess of car parts from a junkyard in Wichita apparently the best place in the country for scrap parts. At the airport she twice bumps into a mysterious fellow with dynamite bangs. Just when she feels she might be falling for him she returns from the airplane lavatory to find he has killed everyone onboard. What follows is 110 minutes of your life siphoned painfully from you that you can never reclaim.
Knight and Day is the pinnacle of studio laziness: two pretty people forcefully crammed into an empty vessel in the hopes that their celebrity will dupe more than a few rubes into buying a ticket. This movie is lifeless; it has no pulse from beginning to end. I’m not naive. I know why movies like this exist and I know that I am not the target audience. But what really burns me about Knight and Day is that it fails to deliver on the one note on which movies like this typically bank: cheap romance.
The principal design of a film like this is to provide masturbatory fantasies for people who read gossip magazines. When you are making a film in that vein the only requirement of you is to create chemistry and steaminess between your two leads. Knight and Day managed to fashion a film like that without spending a lick of effort to create sexual tension between the characters. At no point in the film did I feel like they had a relationship -- or that they were even interested in one another -- until I was explicitly told that it was true.
Most of the absence of heat between them is a product of two veteran movie stars who obviously could not care less about the film they are making. If you are a fan of either Tom Cruise or Cameron Diaz I would highly suggest taking a trip to Madame Tussauds and staring at their wax likenesses because they will offer more skilled performances cast in wax than they did on screen. If Cruise’s performance were any more phoned in AT&T would’ve sponsored the film. To counterbalance that Diaz is a complete doorknob. Her “fish out of water” routine more often than not devolves into completely inauthentic stupidity and emotionless non-reactions. And I’m sorry Tom but even you have to exert yourself just an iota to be charming.
The plot of the film isn’t just generic it’s insultingly stupid. Take the actors out of the film -- hell take away the fact that the film exists -- if you were to recount the plot points of Knight and Day to someone as if it were a story that person would think you a moron. MacGuffins about batteries characters identified by their naiveté suddenly becoming fully cognizant of complicated schemes and being pretty serving as the only criterion for graduating to superspy all expected to be swallowed as fact.
At least it’s an action film so there are moments of sheer entertainment right? Wrong! The action scenes are as bland and unsatisfying as the rest of the script and offer little more than sweet retreat from the idiocy of the plot and the inadequacy of its cast. Please do not waste your time money or brain cells on this unmitigated garbage. If we collectively say no to movies like this perhaps the next summer vehicle for pretty people will have the good decency to be mediocre.
Teaming up Tina Fey and Steve Carell stars of 30 Rock and The Office is a tantalizing prospect for fans of NBC’s back-to-back Thursday night sitcoms. But their big-screen collaboration the action comedy Date Night yields surprisingly little of the comic synergy one would expect from such a potent one-two punch.
In fact it probably never could have — at least not with director Shawn Levy (The Pink Panther Night at the Museum) overseeing the action. Soon after Fey and Carell emerge on-screen playing a suburban married couple whose relationship has devolved into a dull domestic routine the mistake of their pairing becomes evident. Seeing them together serves only to heighten our recall of their TV work and we can’t help but pine for them as Liz Lemon and Michael Scott. But in Date Night they are stubbornly moored to their portrayals of Phil and Claire Foster two entirely normal people who get along perfectly well but who’ve grown a little bored with their daily lives.
Normal of course isn’t ever very funny (if it were Mormons would rule the stand-up circuit). As such the humor in Date Night is supposed to emanate from the extraordinary circumstances with which the Fosters are faced (a case of mistaken identity makes them the target of corrupt cops and the centerpiece of a criminal conspiracy) the desperate lengths they go to get out of trouble and the interesting personalities they meet along the way. None of which unfortunately director Levy or screenwriter Josh Klausner are equipped to provide. As a result two very funny actors are left to twist in the wind for nearly 90 minutes.
What the film cries out for most is a quality supporting player a Dwight Schrute or a Tracy Jordan to enliven the action and give stars Fey and Carell something — anything — to play against but no one in Date Night proves up to the task. Not the mirthless one-dimensional goons tailing the Fosters. Not the mobster played by Ray Liotta who looks more tired of his novelty Goodfellas shtick than we are. And most certainly not Mark Wahlberg whose comic routine in Date Night involves his face playing straight man to his pectorals.
The action is briefly energized by James Franco and Mila Kunis appearing together in a hilarious surprise cameo (oops!) as a feuding miscreant couple. Their comic spark instantly eclipses that of Fey and Carell yielding more laughs in a two-minute span than the two stars are able to conjure throughout the entirety of the film. Unfortunately for us they leave Date Night almost as quickly as they arrive taking their spark with them.