BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Tomorrow could very well end up being one of the most memorable days in the history of comic book movies. Both Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios will be delivering presentations to the crowds of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, and what's expected is a slew of major announcements about future superhero films. But while everything will become official tomorrow, that's not stopping stuff from leaking out early.
In the world of comic book movies, there is perhaps no bigger event in the world than San Diego Comic-Con. Every year, the major studios arrive in the coastal Southern California city to present previews of their biggest genre and fan-driven projects – and perhaps the most anticipated ones are the big blockbuster superhero films coming out over the next few years.
Just like we have with many of the other major blockbusters set to come out over the next few years, we have researched and gathered as much information about the development of the Justice League movie as we could possibly find to try and put together a picture of what we can expect from the superhero team up movie.
DC Comics has long had distinct advantage over Marvel where big screen adaptations are concerned. While the latter sold off the movie rights to many of its most popular characters years ago – including Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four – the former made a partnership with Warner Bros. pictures years ago that kept all of the company’s characters under one roof. Only now, however, does it appear that DC is finally taking advantage of this fact.
All in all, a total of six new projects were "revealed" to be following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and the list contained weird surprise after weird surprise. Three movies a year coming for two straight years. No new Batman movie on the horizon. Shazam and Wonder Woman getting solo movies in the immediate future. Man of Steel 2 not happening until 2018.
Clearly WB's got an interest in the character. They also have an interest in Darkseid, who has long been rumored to be the baddie for Justice League, which totally makes sense.
With DC Comics launching a new sneak attack regarding their plans to start their own cinematic universe, perhaps now's a good time to learn about just what their putting together.
Meanwhile, the DC properties languish as Warner Bros. figures out what to do with their franchises. But if rumors are correct, this Comic Con, DC and the WB are stepping out in a big way with a massive superhero roster, and a full schedule for the next few years that totally trumps Marvel's plans.
With news of a major new superhero movie comes absolutely insane and often hilarious rumor control, so it's only natural that yesterday's announcement regarding Zack Snyder directing the Justice League film has already been followed by plenty of of conjecture, hyperbole, and flat-out ridiculousness.
While Man of Steel ended up being one of the most divisive blockbusters of 2013, it's hard to deny its success. Made for an expensive $225 million, the film wound up being a great investment for the folks at Warner Bros., as the Superman film wound up making nearly $670 million worldwide. The high grosses were enough to secure director Zack Snyder the job of helming the sequel, the still untitled Batman vs. Superman, and now comes news that he has secured the job of directing the Justice League movie as well.
The contract that Gadot signed is half the length of the ones most stars get over at Marvel Studios - where stars are locked in with six-picture deals - and the reason for this is because Warners is still unsure about how audiences will react to the portrayal.
If this story gets confirmed, it could be the boost DC needs to catch up to (and possibly surpass) Marvel. The Rock in a DC superhero franchise? Massive.
One of the first casting rumors to hit at the time placed acting newcomer Armie Hammer taking the role of Batman. Hammer has since gone on to make a name for himself with starring turns in The Social Network, J. Edgar and, most recently, the big screen adaptation of The Long Ranger
It's been clear since the final moments of The Dark Knight Rises that Bale's Bruce Wayne was done with Gotham and super heroics in general, and though Man of Steel made reference to Wayne Industries, it had no explicit ties to Nolan's version of the Dark Knight. Henry Cavill is a new Superman, so he was getting a new Batman in the future… right?
“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three," Bale told the site. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy. Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.”
In hindsight, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel wasn't quite the bridge to a Justice League movie that we all thought it would be. While the film did contain some hints at a larger DC Cinematic Universe, with references to Batman's Wayne Enterprises, Supergirl and Cyborg, it didn't have anything nearly as epic as, say, Nick Fury appearing in the post-credits sequence of Iron Man to try and recruit Tony Stark for the Avengers Initiative.
Part of me thinks that Snyder and his team should be given time to develop what they have started in Man of Steel. At the same time, I can understand Warner’s sense of urgency, and a desire to strike while the iron is hot.
There's no moment in Man of Steel that explicitly announces itself as the beginning of a larger superhero universe, the way Nick Fury arrived at the end of Iron Man to tell him he wasn't the only superhero on their radar. But if you pay even the slightest attention to the way superhero movies are made these days, you know that Man of Steel is intended as the kickoff to a much, much bigger world of films
The plot of this clever short features exactly what you would want from a Justice League movie, with The Joker teaming with Lex Luthor for a diabolical plot that is foiling Batman, Superman and the entire team. The humor, meanwhile, pokes fun at everything we know about JLA.
It must be a weird kind of agony to be Zack Snyder right now, having a completed movie that he probably knows is pretty good, but not yet knowing how the audiences will receive it-- and how they have the power to completely transform his career.