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, Empire Magazine released its preview of this year's upcoming superhero movies (sans 'Guardians of the Galaxy'), 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' preps for New Year's Eve, and rumors speak of an expanding 'Fantastic Four' universe.
Batman and Superman
When it was revealed that Wonder Woman was going to be a character in the increasingly inaccurately titled 'Batman vs. Superman' and that 'Fast and Furious' franchise actress Gal Gadot would be taking the glowing reins, fan response was exactly what you'd expect it to be. But now we can start to cut through the noise. For the first time since landing the part, Gadot has spoken about taking on such an iconic role.
How little do we actually know about the upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman'? For starters, we don't even know the title and 'Batman vs. Superman' is just what everyone is calling it until we hear something more official. However, we do know that the film will act as a sequel to 'Man of Steel' and will also include the character of Wonder Woman, who will be played by 'Fast and Furious' franchise star Gal Gadot. Recently, producer Wesley Coller talked at length about the production and while he doesn't drop anything new about story details, he did have plenty to say about the Amazonian superhero.
Joaquin Phoenix gave us one of the best sci-fi films of the year with his performance in Spike Jonze's 'Her,' but will the star now turn his attention to the comic book universe? While Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. are looking to fill in the ranks of the upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, the studio is reportedly eyeing Phoenix to take on the villain role.
We still don't have much of a read on 'Batman Vs. Superman' (or whatever they call it, it's currently listed as 'The Untitled Zack Snyder Super Hero Film') other than it seems to be a super-sized warm up for 'Justice League.' And with Jason Momoa is in talks to join the cast for an unknown role, perhaps it's actually the 'Justice League' movie after all.
It looks like the 'Batman vs. Superman' casting rumors are true! After various reports and speculations that Wonder Woman would be joining Batman and Superman in director Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' follow-up, the character has been confirmed and actress Gal Gadot has been cast in the role!
Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder have been keeping mum on their upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman' film, despite letting slip that Lex Luthor will pop up as the new villain. With pre-production underway and the recent release of 'Man of Steel' on Blu-ray and DVD, though, stars Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck (Batman) have chimed in on what we can expect from the upcoming superhero follow-up.
As they continue to work toward the big 'Justice League' crossover, Warner Bros. is also planning the further expansion of the DC cinematic universe. Not unlike how Marvel has made billions off of second-tier characters, Warner Bros. is looking to do the same, releasing two lower-budgeted superhero films every year outside of the summer blockbuster season.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie news items. From Marvel to D.C. and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic-book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Sony teases the possibility of ‘Spider-Man’ spinoff films, DC comments on ‘Arrow,’ and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to yet another possible comic-book adaptation.
While Warner Bros. never confirmed it, most everyone has assumed the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie will be called 'Batman vs. Superman' because, well, duh. But, now comes a report that Warner Bros. has purchased a few related domain names, which indicates the studio is ditching the 'Batman vs. Superman' title for something more 'Man of Steel' friendly.