The planned 'Justice League' movie has been in a state of constant fluctuation on both the casting and director fronts. It felt like as soon as George Miller got the job helming the project, he just as quickly lost it shortly after news of his lead actor picks came out. While Warner Bros. is still shopping around for the right person to lead the 'Justice League' team, they might at least have gotten one step closer to deciding who should follow in Christian Bale's footsteps as Batman.
It's bittersweet to think that 'The Dark Knight Rises' marked the end of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, considering many moviegoers were in agreement that it was not only the highlight of the summer, but also the best of the three films. And yet, it's sad to see it come to an end.
On the other hand, there's still more images and footage to be seen. 'The Dark Knight Rises' DVD and Blu-ray edition hits this December 3, and will be filled with a lot of extras everyone can enjoy. But while we're waiting to purchase what will most likely be a treasured edition to our movie libraries, newly released photos of a rarely seen photo shoot for 'The Dark Knight' give us a closer look at another iconic moment from the movie trilogy -- Heath Ledger in full Joker makeup and costume.
Granted, 'Arrow' has already and will continue to receive a number of comparisons to 'Batman Begins,' what with their gritty origin stories of non-super-powered billionaires returning to their hometowns after years thought dead, and starting dark vigilante campaigns. Still, 'Arrow' plans to incorporate a wealth of additional DC characters and continue for much longer, so which way does the first full clip lean?
The popular thought on the 'Justice League' movie being planned at Warner Bros. was that the studio would structure it much like how Marvel went about building 'The Avengers.' Introduce the characters through standalone films, then combine them for one super superhero film. But perhaps that's not how Warner Bros. is planning 'Justice League' after all. According to one report, the 'Justice League' movie could have nothing to do with 'Man of Steel' or the planned 'Batman' reboot.
Last November, 4-year-old Jayden Barber was diagnosed with a terminal case of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) leukemia. Jayden's dying wish was to meet Batman, so friends and family teamed up to have local actors pose as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Captain America and meet Jayden as he rode in a Batmobile and flashed the Bat signal.
But shortly after that event, Jayden got a call from the "real" Batman, Christian Bale, who flew Jayden and his entire family to Disneyland, where the two finally got to meet. And you'll never believe what happened next.
Warner Bros. has a sticky situation on their hands when it comes to Batman. The Christopher Nolan trilogy has just ended, satisfying (for the most part) the fanboy community, and the moviegoing public at large, as the definitive take on the Caped Crusader. And while on the surface it would seem crazy to even think about reinventing the character all over again less than a month after 'The Dark Knight Rises' the simple fact is: Batman = money. No Batman = less money. And the studio cares about money, so they're going to reboot the character, sooner rather than later.
So it goes that the time to do that is with the 'Justice League' movie Warner Bros. is actively preparing.
The CW's forthcoming Green Arrow adaptation 'Arrow' has been on a bit of a casting spree lately, most recently casting DC superhero The Huntress for a multi-episode stint in the series' first season. Huntress joins a number of other DC characters present to tangle with Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen, including Deadshot, China White and Deathstroke the Terminator, but what of DC's most recognizable characters? Which four is the series swearing off, and why?
Here's a little perspective for you on this slow news day: Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' sold 12 million fewer tickets than Tim Burton's 'Batman,' released in 1989. Are fewer people heading to the theater these days? It's hard to believe more people were excited for Burton's film than Nolan's.
For years, fans of The CW's 'Smallville' wondered about the possibility of bringing the caped crusader into Clark Kent's world, finally providing that live-action Batman/Superman team-up we've been clamoring to see for ages. Rights couldn't be worked out with Warner Bros' sensitivity toward the Christopher Nolan Batman films, but with the franchise ended, could The Batman find his way to The CW's new DC effort 'Arrow?'
When we were at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, we got to see a screening of the upcoming action flick 'Dredd.' While we didn't get a close look at our guy Karl Urban, (duh, 'cause he kept his helmet on for the entire film) we did get a close-up snapshot of Lena Headey as Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal. Let's just say, we were a little more than frightened.