Jeremy Irons has been studying Sir Michael Caine's performances as he prepares to take over the role as Batman's butler Alfred. The Alfie star played the superhero's devoted servant opposite Christian Bale in Christoper Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, and Irons will take over the role when the Caped Crusader is brought back by Ben Affleck in Batman vs. Superman.
Irons has now revealed he has been taking tips from Caine's onscreen performances.
He tells Britain's Absolute Radio, "I don't know how my Alfred's going to be... I've been watching him (Caine) closely. He's a bit different from me though."
The movie is slated to go into production this spring, but Irons admits he hasn't seen a finished script.
He adds, "We haven't started work yet... The script isn't entirely finished. It'll be as much of a surprise for me as it is for you... I've read a script. I think it's not finalised yet."
The Man of Steel sequel is set to hit theatres in 2016.
Actor David Mazouz has landed the role of a young Bruce Wayne in the Batman prequel Gotham. The Touch star will join Sean Pertwee in the series, which will be based around character James Gordon, a police rookie who later rises to the rank of commissioner, and his career before the emergence of the Caped Crusader.
Newcomer Camren Bicondova has also been cast as thief Selina Kyle, who was portrayed by Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises.
Former The O.C. star Ben McKenzie will play Gordon, opposite Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor and Donal Logue.
And with that, the McConaissance is now complete.
Matthew McConaughey has won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, completing a career trajectory that absolutely no one saw coming. In Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey played Ron Woodroof, a Texas cowboy, who after years of rough living, contracts HIV. Woodroof transforms from a beer-swilling bigot into drug-smuggling crusader for patient's rights. McConaughey utterly transforms himself for the role, becoming absolutely skeletal to portray a man teetering on the edge of life and death. As we all know, playing a skeleton gets you some serious awards cred from the Academy. But other than looking the part, McConaughey also taps deep into the desperation of a man knocking on death's door, and the triumph of a man taking his life in his own hands.
McConaughey taking home the top acting prize was a foregone conclusion at this point, with the actor having snapped up the Golden Globe and SAG awards for Best Actor in the run up to the Oscars. In his speech, McConaughey thanked his fellow performers, and then launched into another classic McConaughey awards speech ramble where he sweetly thanked his father, wife, gumbo, and his future self. He also managed to slip in an "Alright, Alright, Alright!" in there for good measure.
Actor Seth Green is not a fan of Ben Affleck's upcoming role as Batman, insisting the A-lister is not "scary" enough to play the legendary Caped Crusader. The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is a well-known comic book enthusiast who even penned his own graphic novel in 2005, and now he's adding to the list of Batman purists who are critical of the Argo director's latest gig.
During an interview with veteran newsman Larry King, Green insisted that Affleck going head-to-head with Henry Cavill's Man of Steel in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film will not be convincing in the least.
The comic book aficionado explains, "You've got to remember that at the core of that character, Batman's a crazy person. Batman has no powers. Batman is a rich, screwed-up kid whose parents were killed in front of him, who with his money and insanity decided to become a vigilante symbol to combat darkness.
"If this movie is meant to be the idealistic alien, humans-before-all-else Superman, and this is supposed to be the grizzled, weathered Batman who's been living in Gotham, fighting crime himself for 10 years, you need a guy who's older. You need a guy who's got more weight. And you need a guy that a Henry Cavill Superman is gonna be actually scared of."
When King noted that Affleck should be praised for his acting abilities, Green replied, "Yes, but there is only so much you can act a role before people are or are not going to believe you in that role."
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is heading back to TV in a villainous role for the Batman prequel Gotham. The Matrix star will play The Penguin's ruthless crime boss Fish Mooney.
Gotham will be based around character James Gordon, a police rookie who later rises to the rank of commissioner, and his career before the emergence of the Caped Crusader.
Former The O.C. star Ben McKenzie will play Gordon alongside Robin Lord Taylor, Donal Logue and Sean Pertwee.
Fox's Batman prequel Gotham is officially starting to take flight. The show, which will chronicle the career of Detective James Gordon and the way the city's crime was handled before the Caped Crusader swooped in, recently added four new cast members to its ranks. Joining Southland alum Ben McKenzie as Gordon will be Zabryna Guevara, who will play Captain Essen, Gordon's boss and head of the GCPD homicide squad; Sean Pertwee, who will take on the role of Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne family's loyal butler; and Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, and ER doctor and Gordon's fiancee. However, it's the final bit of casting news that's really going to excite Batmans fans: Robin Lord Taylor has been tapped to play Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin, Batman's most gentlemanly of arch-rivals.
The Penguin is one of Batman's oldest and most conniving foes, and he has played a significant role in almost every Batman storyline since his introduction in 1941. However, it's been some time since he was last seen onscreen in a live-action production; the character last appeared in Tim Burton's 1992 film Batman Returns. He was famously left out of Christopher Nolan's trilogy, and since his absence upset some fans who would have loved to see him terrorize Christian Bale, choosing the Penguin to be the main villain of Gotham could be a good way for the show to win over the more reluctant parties. Regardless of how physically deformed his character is interpreted to be, the Penguin tends to be one of the easier Batman villains to adapt, since his mafia connections and criminal behavior allow him to become implicated in just about any storyline.
It seems like those connections will play a significant role in his Gotham storyline, since according to the official character description, he "is a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor," with "the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal." Although the description does set up the possibility that the Penguin will first come to the attention of Det. Gordon through his work for Mooney, it is notably missing any mention of his affinity for birds and his high-tech, weapons-grade umbrellas. It's possible that since the show will be focusing on the backstories and origin stories of many of its characters, the plot will start before Cobblepot has properly transformed into his villainous alter ego, and since he is described as being a "low-level" thug, it seems as if Gotham will chronicle his rise to super villainy, forcing him to face off against Gordon before he can take on Batman.
The show's description of the Penguin also doesn't mention any physical deformities that Cobblepot might have, although that is a characteristic that tends to vary in appearance and severity depending on the artist and the adaptation. In the comics, he is often depicted as being a short, rotund man with thinning hair and a beak-like nose — none of which are features that Taylor shares. Of course, since Gotham is designed as a prequel, viewers could see his looks grow increasingly similar to those of his comic counter parts over the show's run... or they could be going for a more realistic approach, and simply find other ways to hint at the ways Cobblepot resembles his namesake bird. The more contentious issue, however, would be his missing flippers. Although the flippers were only developed for Burton's film, where the Penguin was conceived as a former circus freak intent of getting revenge on all of the upper-class snobs who mistreated him, they were adapted into the comics and television cartoons for some time. Now, though, many artists have stopped drawing him with flippers for hands, and it seems to be more of a characteristic that can change depending on the storyline, and what the artist needs the Penguin to be.
It would make sense for Gotham to get rid of the flippers, especially if they're going for a grittier, more realistic approach to the material. The description does leave room for Cobblepot to have a physical deformity, as it would likely not have any bearing on his employment, but it seems as if they are veering away from the "circus freak" backstory for the Penguin, in favor of having him climb the ranks of the criminal underworld, much like he did in the original comics. Like with his nose and stomach, there is still plenty of time and room in the storyline for him to develop the flippers later on, whether through some sort of tragic accident, or a conscious decision on his part. Since we're still unsure of exactly how far ahead of Batman's storyline the events of Gotham will take place, the writers have a lot of room to play with the different histories and personality traits in order to find one that works best for the story they wish to tell.
From the looks of it, choosing the Penguin to be the main villain of Gotham bodes well for the future of the series, as it gives them a great deal of possibilities in terms of plot and character development. As a character, the Penguin is eccentric enough to be compelling and unpredictable, and his different histories allow them to pick and choose the qualities that they need as they need them. At the same time, he is one of the few sane villains in the Batman universe, which makes it easier to ground him in a more realistic universe. Since the protagonist of the show is Gordon and not Batman, the villain needs to be someone he can play well off of, and since Gordon is generally more straight-laced and grounded in reality than Batman is, it helps to have a villain who can exist in that same realistic universe. Batman being a superhero allows for the villains to be more off-the-wall, but since Gordon is a police officer, it helps to have an antagonist who isn't a complete cartoon.
Part of the reason that the Penguin was left out of Nolan's films is because he wanted to make a point about the decline of humanity, which he did through a universe that was full of anarchy and chaos, both physical and mental. Because the Penguin is sane and more interested in furthering his own personal and business goals rather than causing chaos for chaos' sake, he doesn't quite fit in that universe — but that is exactly what makes him perfect for the universe of Gotham, which will allow him to grow from a low-level criminal into the super villain that we all know and love. The show already has a full-season order, which means the writers can get creative with how much they reveal of the Penguin's transformation, and how quickly, and watching his career progress alongside Gordon's will help give the show some dramatic tension, especially since we already know what the final result of that transformation is.
With the reveal of Taylor as the Penguin, it seems like Gotham is striving to create its own Batman mythology, one that not only looks at what turned Bruce Wayne into the Caped Crusader, but one that also tracks the way that Gotham City transitioned from your average, seedy metropolis to a haven for criminals, crawling with some of the most insane and unhinged characters in comic book history. Choosing to start tracking that journey with the Penguin is an unexpected choice, but it's one that will likely pay off for the show in the long run.
Former The O.C. star Ben Mckenzie is heading back to TV after landing the lead role in a new Batman spin-off. The former small screen heart-throb, who found fame opposite Mischa Barton in the teen drama, has signed up to play James Gordon, a police rookie who later rises to the rank of commissioner, in new superhero show Gotham.
The show will be based around the character and his police career before the emergence of Batman.
Commissioner Gordon has previously been portrayed by Neil Hamilton in the 1960s series about the Caped Crusader, while Pat Hingle played him in four films from 1989's Batman until 1997's Batman & Robin.
Gary Oldman most recently portrayed Gordon in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight film trilogy.
"I wasn't thrilled with the nipples on the batsuit. You know that's not something you really think about when you're putting it on. You figure all batsuits have nipples and then you realise yours was really the first. Batman was just constantly cold, I guess." George Clooney on his extremely detailed costume for his role as the Caped Crusader in 1997's Batman & Robin.
Superhero fans will have to wait until 2016 to see the Man Of Steel sequel Batman Vs. Superman after studio bosses delayed the project. Henry Cavill will reprise his role as the Man of Steel, opposite Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader in the comic book amalgamation, the first time the superheroes will be seen on the big screen together.
The movie was slated for a spring 2015 release, but executives at Warner Bros. studios have now decided to push it back until May, 2016 to ensure the movie is the best it can be.
A statement from company bosses reveals the move will give filmmakers "time to realise fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story".
An unnamed Peter Pan adaptation, directed by Joe Wright, will be moved into its original slot.
Affleck's casting last year (13) originally drew the wrath of comic book fans, who launched an online petition in a bid to have him dropped from the cast.
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Even though director Spike Jonze missed out on scoring a nomination for directing for his futuristic love story Her, he does have the distinction of being connected to three films going up for Oscars this year. So, what other actors and filmmakers took part in multiple Academy Award nominated films this year?
Louis C.K.: Blue Jasmine, American HustleThe hapless FBI supervisor with a story about ice fishing in American Hustle, and an adulterer in Blue Jasmine.
Kristen Wiig: Despicible Me 2, HerWiig played the other end of a phone sex hotline with very particular needs in Her, and Gru's new girlfriend in Despicable Me 2.
Matthew McConaughey: The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers ClubMcConaughey played Jordan Belfort's seedy stockbroker inspiration in The Wolf of Wall Street, and the bigot turned aids crusader Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.
Carey Mulligan: Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great GatsbyMulligan played the "beautiful little fool" Daisy from The Great Gatsby, and Llewyn Davis' Spurned ex-girlfriend in Inside Llewyn Davis.
Leo Dicaprio: The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall StreetDicaprio played the despicable cocaine hoover Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, and the dreaming and pining Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby.
Tom Hanks: Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. BanksHanks played the Stalwart and powerfully empathetic Richard Phillips in Captain Phillips, and a smoke-free Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks.
Amy Adams: American Hustle, HerAdams played the British accent wielding con-man Sydney Prosser in American Hustle, and Theodore's bestie in Her.
George Clooney: August: Osage County, GravityClooney played the endlessly charming astronaut, Matt Kowalski in Gravity, and was a producer for August: Osage County.
Cate Blanchett: Blue Jasmine, The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugBlanchett played a wealthy socialite in free-fall in Blue Jasmine, and the mystical elf leader Galadriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Spike Jonze: Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaJonze produced and directed Her, co-wrote Bad Grandpa (surprisingly), and played a stockbroker in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Catherine Keener: The Croods, Captain Phillips, Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaKeener played a protective cave-mother in The Croods, Richard Phillip's wife in Captain Phillips, and apparently, she was in Bad Grandpa.
Benedict Cumberbatch: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, August: Osage County, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a SlaveThe winner with four Oscar-nominated credits to his name this year is Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor played a dragon with a hoarding problem in The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug, KHAAAAAAN! in Star Trek Into Darkness, and the bungling "Little Charles" Aiken in August: Osage County, and the least evil slave owner in 12 Years A Slave.