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In what might be the first bit of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice casting news that won’t send fans into a tailspin, DC and Warner Bros. are reportedly adding Scoot McNairy to the cast of the upcoming blockbuster. However, though Deadline revealed the news, the character that McNairy will be playing is being kept securely under wraps, along with whether or not his role is a Zack Snyder original or if he’s someone comic book fans are already familiar with. Since he’s joined the cast this late into production, it seems unlikely that McNairy’s character will play a large role in Dawn of Justice, but we have to imagine (considering his cult acclaim) it will be one of thematic sigificance. All of this leads us to believe that even though McNairy might not have a lot of screen time in this film, he’s most likely going to play a larger role in one of the other films that the studio has lined up. In other words, his Batman V Superman cameo might be the inception of McNairy's role as a member of the Justice League.
Since DC has the Justice League film slated for release immediately afterwards, it would be a good way to introduce fans to McNairy without throwing him immediately into a major superhero role. Many fans seem to be speculating that he will bring The Flash to the big screen, which is most likely due to his appearance and previous roles, as well as to the fact that DC hasn’t revealed whether they plan to recast Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern... but of course they won't.
Casting McNairy as The Flash – or any major superhero, for that matter – would be a change of pace for Warner Bros' DC series, a company that has thus far stuck to actors who are already household names for this film, between Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jeremy Irons. Even Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill, who were unknowns when they were chosen to help fill out the Justice League, are blockbuster stalwarts (Gadot broke through to the mainstream in the Fast and Furious movies, while Cavill had roles in everything from Immortals to Red Riding Hood). McNairy, by contrast, is a character actor, one who is well-respected amongst critics and cinephiles, but not particularly well-known by the average moviegoer.
McNairy brings something of an edge to a cast that is already packed with A-List actors and respected talents. Affleck might have more awards, by McNairy is far more "hip"; he’s still an underground celebrity, which appeals to a different kind of audience than his co-stars might. It’s an avant-garde choice for DC, a step away from the standard big-name approach that they’ve been taking recently to turn an acclaimed indie actor into a major superhero. In fact, it seems much more like the kind of casting decision that Marvel would make. This is their equivalent of casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man or Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Or just about anybody in Guardians of the Galaxy.
If McNairy does join the cast, it would be the closest that DC has gotten to following in Marvel’s footsteps. It doesn’t matter how quickly you can churn out blockbusters, or how much money they make, or even how heavily intertwined your universe is if you don’t have the right actors on board to inhabit the heroes. Sometimes, that means casting the best actor you can find instead of the most famous or the best looking one. McNairy would be a step in the right direction for DC in terms of building a solid cinematic universe, and depending on how fans respond to his character, it could be the model that the studio should follow when casting other roles. McNairy would give them a talented, well-liked actor with plenty of indie cred who could probably play any role they asked him to, and it would definitely benefit DC to have someone like that on their roster.
And it would benefit the rest of the world to finally see McNairy become a household name, rather than just “that guy who was in that thing.”
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Actor Jason Momoa has reportedly been cast to play Aquaman in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The Conan the Barbarian star will join Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot as the king of Atlantis in the superhero film, which is set to hit theatres in May, 2016.
According to Hitfix.com, director Zack Snyder has finalised his designs for the character and shooting with the actor will take place soon. Momoa previously denied he would appear in the film, but his representatives are now refusing to comment on the new reports.
The Man Of Steel sequel, which will feature Ben Affleck as Batman, has been named Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Warner Bros. executives revealed the blockbuster's title on Wednesday (21May14) as production began in Michigan.
Zack Snyder is directing the film, in which Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Clark Kent, aka Superman.
The movie will also feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Batman's manservant Alfred and Holly Hunter, while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will reprise their characters from Man of Steel.
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Ever since Marvel kicked off the shared universe trend two years ago, movie studios have been rushing to create their own film franchises based on superheroes. Sony has Spider-Man, Fox has the X-Men, and Warner Bros. jumped on the bandwagon with last year’s Man of Steel. Now, not only are they planning a sequel (Batman vs. Superman, which released its first images yesterday) but a Justice League movie as well. However, DC already has success on TV with The CW’s Arrow, which is getting a spinoff: The Flash. Plus Fox is debuting Gotham in the fall and NBC will be launching Constantine. With all these DC superheroes in film and TV, should they try to create a cohesive shared universe?
Marvel Studios has been testing the waters of the shared universe with their cinematic universe along with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and their yet-to-be released Netflix shows. Although it’s working for the Disney-affiliated company, it might not be so easy for DC. The first season of Arrow was already over — and season two production had already begun — when Man of Steel hit theaters. There has, thus far, been no mention in Arrow of Superman, Metropolis, or the events that took place in Man of Steel. To weave those separate stories together in the third season of Arrow wouldn’t make sense, and would weigh down what has been a fun and entertaining superhero series.
What about Gotham or Constantine? Could they fit within the DC Cinematic Universe? Although Gotham will feature Bruce Wayne, it will be as a child, which will be a far cry from “Batfleck” in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Again, weaving these television shows into the timeline of DC’s film franchise would be incredibly difficult and probably detract from what these movies and TV shows could accomplish on their own.
So what about a shared DC television universe? The timelines might — and I’m seriously stressing that “might” — be able to align a bit easier, but there’s the problem of the networks. With Constantine on NBC, Gotham on Fox, and Arrow and The Flash on The CW, it would be near impossible to have crossovers between the four series.
Ultimately, creating a cohesive shared universe takes a lot of work. Remember, Marvel started constructing the MCU even before Iron Man premiered in 2008. Warner Bros. and DC, along with Fox and NBC on the TV front, are trying to capitalize on superheroes while they’re the big thing in pop culture; they don’t have time to spend four or five years building a universe.
For that reason, it would be best avoid a shared universe and so that each network and studio could focus on their own projects and make them the best they can be. Similar to how Marvel Studios has the Avengers, Fox has the X-Men, and Sony has Spider-Man. It’s good for fans because we’re getting more superhero movies and TV shows than we know what to do with.
Zack Snyder, director of enough obtuse mediocrity to justify suspicion of blackmail behind his landing the gig directing a movie about the two most beloved comic book characters in American history, has given the world its first glimpse of his take on the Dark Knight. Two shots from the set of Batman vs. Superman hit the web today via Snyder's Twitter account, showing off the latest version of the superhero's famed uniform and trusty ride.
Though we can only guess how star Ben Affleck, depicted here with a glower for the ages, will treat the long familiar Bruce Wayne, we are offered a healthy glance at the Batsuit we'll be spending time with in this film. Just a costume, you might claim, but perhaps just as lively and vivacious as the man it cloaks (in Kilmer's case, even more so). In fact, if you look back through the history of the Batsuit — with our scientific breakdown — you'll find it has evolved quite a bit...
Batman: The Movie (1966)Starring Adam West, directed by Leslie H. MartinsonSUITIS ORIGINALIS
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Back when people wore things made of fabric and cloth, the Batsuit was a simple entity.
Batman (1989)Starring Michael Keaton, directed by Tim BurtonSUITIS SHIFTICUS
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The 1970s must have seen a nuclear power plant lay waste to the waters of Gotham, because the genetic code of the Batsuit shifted dramatically between its first and second big screen incarnations. Here we see an all-black (save for the yellow pelvic logo) suit comprised ostensibly of galvanized rubber, armed with defensive wristular fins, and topped with a substantually more constricting headpiece. Because the '80s weren't about silly things like comfort or functionability.
Batman Returns (1992)Starring Michael Keaton, directed by Tim BurtonSUITIS CONSISTICUS
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Keaton and Burton's second go saw few changes to the Batsuit... though that mask does seem a little angrier this time...
Batman Forever (1995)Starring Val Kilmer, directed by Joel SchumacherSUITIS NIPLICUS
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Doing away with any semblance of subtlety, the '95 tin-plated model was mostly about intimidation: Abs. Pecs. Nipples.
Batman and Robin (1997)Starring George Clooney, directed by Joel SchumacherSUITIS REGRETIBLUS
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Batman Begins (2005)Starring Christian Bale, directed by Christopher NolanSUITIS SERIUS
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Now things are getting serious. With a mask that allows not even for the occasional smile, the suit that reared its upsetting head in the Nolan era did away with any hint of color (be it yellow, silver, or gray), kept its contours angular, and found a fair balance between statuesque and athletic.
The Dark Knight (2008)Starring Christian Bale, directed by Christopher NolanSUITIS ANGRICUS
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Taking a page from the Kilmer book, The Dark Knight slapped Bale's sophomore uniform with a bit more pizzazz in the torso area — not showing off human muscles, per se, but an exoskeletal design reminiscent of weaponry. Dark times, those aughts.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)Starring Christian Bale, directed by Christopher NolanSUITIS CROSFITUS
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Sleeker, slighter, and stocked with arm straps and shoulder pads. The most extreme species of Batsuit we've yet to see.
Batman vs. Superman (2016)Starring Ben Affleck, directed by Zack SnyderSUITIS AFLECUS
The diminutive ears of the original, the light feel of the Keatons, the abdominal audacity of the Kilmer era, and the colorless palate of the Bale/Nolans... plus, inscrutably, so many veins. Affleck's Batsuit has taken a few traits from each of its ancestors (except the Clooney one) to become a species all its own.
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The first image of Ben Affleck as Batman has been released by moviemaker Zack Snyder. The Man of Steel director tweeted the photo of the new Caped Crusader as he shoots the sequel to the 2013 Superman film in Detroit, Michigan.
Affleck will make his debut as Batman in the film, opposite Man of Steel's Superman Henry Cavill.
Snyder also showed off images of Batman's new Batmobile.
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Where one goes, the other is rumored to follow. Not long after Zack Snyder revealed that Batman Vs. Superman would lead into a Justice League movie, TheWrap reports that rumors are circling about Matt Damon taking on the role of Aquaman for an onscreen reunion with Ben Affleck. The character is expected to play a role in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman, although, like Cyborg, it will most likely only be a brief appearance. As of right now, Damon is one of a few actors whose names are being thrown around in connection with Aquaman - Game of Thrones' Jason Momoa another rumored contender - but as we learned with the Bryan Cranston/Lex Luthor casting reports, these rumors might not have any truth to them.
Of course, it would be unfair to not even consider Damon for the part. He's a big box office draw, he can do both action and serious character moments, and he's got more charm than the rest of the Justice League combined. Plus, he starred in three films with the word "ocean" in the title, and that has to count for something. In order to prove that Damon is perfect for the role, we've adjusted some lines from his most famous movies so that they could easily be spoken by Aquaman:
"What Freud said about the people who live under water is: We're the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis. Mostly because we have real issues we need to deal with. Like sharks." - The Departed
"I'm not asking for your crown, Walter. If I wanted it badly enough, I'd just take it. Because I'm the King of the Ocean, and if anyone around here deserves a crown, it's me." - The Legend of Bagger Vance
"He better be worth it. He better go home and clean the oceans, or invent a longer-lasting illicium." - Saving Private Ryan
"I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six boats in the harbor. I can tell you that that trout is left-finned and the manta ray sitting on the ocean floor weighs 215 pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a harpoon is that cove over there or the grey submarine outside, and at this water pressure, I can swim flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How can I know that and not know who I am?" - The Bourne Identity
"I always thought it would be better to be a fake superhero than a real fishbody." - The Talented Mr. Ripley
"He owns all of the shore south of Beijing. Let me put it to you this way: try building a sandcastle taller than three stories on the beaches of the Tiangjin province, and see if his name comes up." - Ocean's Thirteen
"Don't you swim away from me!" - Stuck on You
"We bought an aquarium." - We Bought a Zoo
"Being somebody's boyfriend, I didn't picture my life like this. I wanted to be a marine biologist." - Behind the Candelabra
"I gotta go see about a mermaid." - Good Will Hunting
You can picture him in the Aquasuit already, can't you?
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There are three things certain in this life: death, taxes, and the Justice League movie. After Zack Snyder delivered a successful Superman movie in Man of Steel, it was only a matter of time before a Justice League film would eventually follow suit. Now, Warner Bros. has announced that the sequel to the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman will, in fact, be the Justice League. Snyder will grace the director's chair once again, and the film will star Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and the newly cast Ray Fisher as Cyborg. According to The Wall Street Journal, The script is still in development, so the film is unlikely to come out before 2018.
Promise of a genuine Justice League film has kept the rumor mill spinning for nearly a decade, with seemingly every blockbuster director under the sun having his name mixed up in talks for helming the project. Call it the comic book geek in us, but we wonder what all those possible Justice League films would look like in the infinite parallel universes where different directors were actually the ones hired to direct the film.
McGRelevant Films: Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation, 3 Days to Kill What would his Justice League look like: Beyond a penchant for violence and quick pace, the director has never really had a distinctive style to call his own. He’s certainly never been big on taking chances. We have a feeling his Justice League would be serviceable but generic offering that will please some, but not be the big, ballsy, game changer that WB needs this film to be in order to compete with Marvel's cinematic dominance. It would be passable, but not a film anyone will be still raving about by the time summer wanes into fall.
Ben Affleck Relevant Films: Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo What would his Justice League look like: Affleck has shown his talents time and time again in the thriller genre, and has found the perfect middle ground between prestige drama and popcorn thriller. Affleck’s Justice League would probably be more moody and low-key, with more of an emphasis on character over bombast, at least more so than your typical summer blockbuster.
Joss Whedon Relevant Films: Alien Resurrection, Serenity, The Avengers What would his Justice League look like: Imagine if DC scooped up Whedon before Marvel did? All of Whedon’s films have that same talky, quick-witted, and airy sense of fun about them, which would be a huge about face from Snyder’s current vision of the franchise. Expect big, bold, primary colors, quip-laden banter, and an adventure that doesn’t take itself overly seriously. Oh, and someone’s gonna die before the credits roll.
Christopher Nolan Relevant films: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises What would his Justice League look like: If given the reigns over the film, Nolan would create the most prestigious, self-serious film about a spandexed green Martian and his super-powered friends ever created. Like his Batman films, The director would try to superimpose the Justice League into as close of a facsimile to real life as possible. And while that approach worked wonders for Batman, it probably wouldn't work with a group of heroes as fantastical as the Justice League.
Brett Ratner Relevant Films: X-Men: The Last Stand What would his Justice League look like: Ratner’s last foray into comic book film, X-Men: The Last Stand, buckled under the weight of a plot overstuffed with too many mutants. We doubt that a Justice League move, which would be similarly stuffed with heroes by necessity, would fair much better under Ratner.
Ruben Fleischer Relevant Films: Zombieland, Gangster Squad What would his Justice League look like: Zombieland is great, but the woefully miscalculated Gangster Squad makes us wonder what a Ruben Fleischer Justice League would look like. We speculate that a Fleischer directed Justice League to miss the mark, reveling in graphic violence and death, but not giving those things their due reverence, some of the criticisms leveled at Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.
Zack SnyderRelevant Films: 300, Watchmen, Man of SteelWhat will his Justice League look like: Now, for the one we're stuck with. Since Mr. Snyder is actually directing Justice League, we're hoping he learned a thing or two from the missteps taken in Man of Steel. Nonetheless, we're expecting a moody, brooding, self-serious take on the league — one that has some impressive visual sequences, but spends too much time trying to dazzle, and loses track of character in the middle of all the spectacle.
Director Zack Snyder is to take charge of the long-awaited Justice League movie following his upcoming blockbuster Batman Vs. Superman. The iconic DC Comics super-team is heading to the big screen for the first time, and the news was confirmed by Warner Bros. boss Greg Silverman in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
While the studio executive refused to give any further details about the project, he divulged, "It will be a further expansion of this universe. Superman vs Batman will lead into Justice League." A script is still in development and no release date has been set for Justice League, which assembles superheroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and Aquaman.
Meanwhile, Snyder is currently working on the Man of Steel sequel, in which Henry Cavill returns as Superman, and is joined by Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Affleck was previously rumoured to be the frontrunner to direct the Justice League film, but he denied the speculation.
Actor Josh Brolin walked away from the chance to portray Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel because he wasn't happy with director Zack Snyder's vision for the movie. The No Country For Old Men star had been among the hot contenders to play the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman project, but the role eventually went to Ben Affleck.
Brolin has now revealed the reasons for his withdrawal, admitting he wasn't completely sold on the idea of himself as the superhero in the first place.
He tells Yahoo, "Me and Zack had a conversation about it and there were several reasons why we said it wasn't the best idea on both sides. I had mine and Zack had his.
"To me, it's not about being cool and all that stuff. Looking back over your shoulder and saying that one line everyone's going to remember? Maybe I could do that. But I do roles that aren't necessarily all that cool. All my stuff is a little off."
Brolin also admits he was stunned by the negative reception Affleck's casting received from fans of the comic books and felt strangely protective of his fellow actor: "People were so disrespectful. How can you blame an actor for acting? I understand you're a fan, but people forget that actors are human.
"When you're sitting in front of a computer it's easy to go (write on social media), 'Well, I wish he would die. Send.' But somebody's going to read that. Their kids are going to read it and the wife is going to read it. We're so computer-oriented that we forget."
Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill as Superman, while Jesse Eisenberg has been chosen to play villain Lex Luthor.