Mike Sampson Biography

Mike Sampson is the Editor-in-Chief of ScreenCrush. He studied to become a lawyer and worked as an architectural planner after graduating college but neither of these professions afforded him the opportunity to watch movies and TV for a living. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of JoBlo.com for 10 years. He lives in New Jersey and probably spends too much time playing video games and overthinking things.

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Is Not a ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel, Says Henry Cavill

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by Mike Sampson July 7, 2015 @ 9:55 AM
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For a long while, it was reported that Batman vs. Superman was in actuality a sequel to Man of Steel (albeit one that has Batman in it). It has the same cast, the same director and it’s a direct follow-up to Man of Steel, even dealing with the fallout from that movie. But, if you think Batman vs. Superman is just another Man of Steel movie, Superman himself, Henry Cavill, says you’re wrong.

Rachel McAdams in Talks to Join Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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by Mike Sampson July 6, 2015 @ 2:48 PM
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Doctor Strange already boasts an impressive cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, but Marvel isn’t ready to stop there. In addition to those three Oscar-nominees (with Swinton winning for her role in Michael Clayton), they have also reportedly offered Rachel McAdams a role in the upcoming superhero film.

New ‘Ant-Man’ TV Spot Gives Away a Big Marvel Cameo

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by Mike Sampson July 6, 2015 @ 10:11 AM
There’s a fairly sizable (just the first of many size-related puns in this article) cameo in Ant-Man from someone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel had been doing a good job keeping that secret. Until now. The latest Ant-Man TV spot reveals the Avengers cameo, so if you’re dying to know who shows up to meet with Ant-Man, you don't have to wait until the film opens.

New ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Pics Revealed: Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor Has Hair!

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by Mike Sampson July 2, 2015 @ 9:32 AM
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As revealed yesterday, Batman vs. Superman will have a major presence at Comic-Con. The entire cast will be there to show off new footage from the film, and if rumors are to believed, we’ll also have the new Justice League assembled on stage. But, if you aren’t going to Comic-Con this year (or you simply can’t wait another week), we have some good news for you: Warner Bros. has released five new Batman vs. Superman photos for your viewing pleasure.

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Comic-Con Details Announced

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by Mike Sampson July 1, 2015 @ 3:01 PM
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With Marvel sitting out Comic-Con 2015, everyone assumed that Warner Bros. would use this opportunity to make a big splash at Comic-Con with their Justice League universe. Today, as Warner Bros. officially announced their Comic-Con plans and confirmed those suspicions with news on their Batman vs. Superman panel, which superheroes will be attending and promises of “unexpected offerings”.

New ‘Steve Jobs’ Trailer: A Fascinating Look at the Late Apple CEO

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by Mike Sampson July 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
The first trailer for the new Steve Jobs biopic (titled Steve Jobs) didn’t show much from the film, specifically Michael Fassbender’s performance as that late Apple head. Today, a new trailer has been released that gives us a much better look into the film (and the life of Steve Jobs) and that’s both a great thing, and a not-so-great thing.

Lionsgate Rolls the Dice on New ‘Monopoly’ Movie, Hires Oscar-Nominated Writer

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by Mike Sampson July 1, 2015 @ 9:20 AM
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If you didn’t get your fill of board game movies with either Battleship or Ouija, don’t worry, the trend isn’t going anywhere. After years in development, Lionsgate is moving forward with a Monopoly movie with a script by Oscar-nominated writer Andrew Niccol.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Says ‘Spider-Man’ Will Be Like a John Hughes Movie

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by Mike Sampson June 29, 2015 @ 9:43 AM
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A lot of Marvel fans were a little concerned about the age (both actual and perceived) of new Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. Let’s face it, he has a baby face, and with that came a lot of detractors who said, “it’s Spider-Man not Spider-Boy.” This logic is highly flawed (Spider-Man was 15-years-old when bitten by the radioactive spider, four years younger than Holland), but Marvel president Kevin Feige has explained the choice to go young with Spider-Man saying they were very much influenced by John Hughes’ films.

Lexus Just Created a Working Version of the ‘Back to the Future’ Hoverboard

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by Mike Sampson June 26, 2015 @ 9:33 AM
With 2015 being the year Back to the Future II envisioned as the future, everyone is looking to celebrate what the future of 1989 was supposed to look like. Earlier this year, Nike announced they’d be releasing a version of Marty McFly’s self-lacing Air Mags. And now, Lexus may have one-upped them, releasing a teaser video revealing a sneak peek at an actual working hoverboard.

Ben Affleck Will Reportedly Direct and Star in New Batman Film Set For 2018

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by Mike Sampson June 24, 2015 @ 8:42 AM
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When Warner Bros. announced their upcoming superhero schedule last year, one title notably missing was a solo Batman movie. Sure, Batman was going to be a big part of both Batman vs. Superman and the two Justice League movies, but would Batfleck be getting his own trilogy, a la The Dark Knight? It turns out, yes, yes he will. Latino Review is reporting that Ben Affleck will both star in and direct the spinoff, titled The Batman, which is set for November 2018.