When it was revealed that the sequel to 'Man of Steel' would actually be 'Batman vs. Superman', fans were both excited and concerned. To some, it sounded like the best thing ever. To others, it seemed like desperation after Superman's epic return didn't do 'The Dark Knight'-sized business. However, director Zack Snyder has officially gone on record explaining why the Caped Crusader will be in the film ... and it turns out that he's been thinking about this for awhile.
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ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, an iconic take on Batman returns, 'Sinister Six' really starts to come together, and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' brings back some big names.
Thanks to the likes of Captain America, Batman and Superman, May 6, 2016 has become the most talked about day in the relatively near future. That cushy summer date is currently home to both 'Captain America 3' and the unofficially titled 'Batman vs. Superman,' with neither Disney or Warner Bros. backing down. In fact, Marvel made their official release announcement the other day. The great Marvel vs. DC battle officially left the aisles of your local comic shop and entered the multi-billion dollar world of corporations, movie studios and $200 million summer movies.
With filming set to begin soon, the cast for the still-not-officially-titled 'Man of Steel' sequel that everyone keeps on calling 'Batman vs. Superman' keeps on expanding. The latest round of announcements includes one name that has us very interested indeed: Oscar-winning actress Holly Hunter.
'Batman vs. Superman' was originally dated for the summer of 2015, but as the script hasn't been finished yet, Warner Brothers pushed the film to May 6, 2016. That date was initially called by Marvel, and it seems they're not going to back down, meaning we're going to get an old fashion comic book rumble.
Just a few months ago, Tom Hanks wondered aloud why he was never cast in a superhero movie. "They don’t ask me and I keep trying … Come on, I can do it. Let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I’ll do anything, call me!" he said. And, guess what? They almost did. It turns out Hanks was on a very shortlist of contenders to play Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman.'
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, re-watch the Super Bowl movie trailers for 'Captain America 2,' 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and 'Transformers 4'; check out some major 'Batman vs. Superman' casting; and watch Bryan Singer try to clarify the mess that is 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.'
Yeah, it's jarring casting. It's out of nowhere. Jesse Eisenberg is very possibly the last person anyone expected to be cast as Lex Luthor. And, in an odd way, that's why it may be completely brilliant.
After a vast amount of rumors circled as to who could be the villain in the highly anticipated 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, Warner Bros. finally made the big reveal today by announcing Jesse Eisenberg of 'The Social Network' fame in the role of iconic Superman nemesis Lex Luthor. But that's not all! Jeremy Irons also joins the cast as the new Alfred, Bruce Wayne's famous butler.
With 'Man of Steel 2'/'Batman vs. Superman'/'Justice League 1.0' delayed until 2016, we have an additional 12 months to sort through the rumor mill and try to piece together what the heck is going on in this increasingly bizarre production. The latest tidbit should prove interesting to hardcore DC superhero fans and possibly a little baffling to the comic book laymen. It seems that the 'Arrow' TV show may take place in the same universe as 'Man of Steel' since series star Stephen Amell says he's discussed the future 'Justice League' movie with Warner Bros.