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‘Man of Steel’ Sequel gets a title

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Warner Brothers has released the official title to the Man of Steel sequel, the film fans have been calling Batman vs Superman.  The official title is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  This does confirm the that movie will be a Batman against Superman.  Not sure how Wonder Woman is supposed to fit into this, but maybe she stops the fight.

This movie will serve as the prequel to Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Justice League which is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Well we all knew they were trying to lead up to a Justice League movie, but I am not sure this is the proper way to go.  The title Dawn of Justice does give us some idea of where they might be going with the movie.  With any luck it will emphasis the different approaches that Batman and Superman have when it comes to justice.  The end of the movie should highlight the similarities that they have when it comes to justice which would explain the creation of the Justice League.  Since the movie is only showcasing a Superman villain as far as we know, Bruce Wayne is probably going to have some business dealings with Lex Luthor.  Since we all know Luthor is shady, it would not be surprising to see Batman investigate Luthor and thus run into Superman.  Doing it that way would be a great way to highlight the differences between Batman and Superman.  I guess we are just going to have to wait and see.

What are your speculations about the movie?

Casting and Movie News for ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel

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Three people have been cast in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel; Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of the Empire), and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine).

Snyder had this to say about these casting choices:

“Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen,” Snyder said via press release. “I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her. I just had the good fortune to work with Callan on ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ and was very impressed with his incredible talent. He’s a fantastic actor and I’m looking forward to having the chance to work with him again. And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress. I’m really excited to have her joining us on this adventure.”

No news about who they will be playing but they are supposed to be playing original characters.  I guess well will not be seeing them play any iconic favorites.

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Also do not expect to see Russell Crowe reprising his role in the Man of Steel sequel.  Crowe had this to say, “I don’t think they’re going to use me again,…I think they’re jumping onto a different stream. … They’re going with the different superhero worlds colliding.”

I will not lie I am happy that we will not be seeing Jor-El again, because well there was too much of him in the first movie.  I have always been a Pa Kent fan so I would have liked to have seen more of that character.  Besides I don’t know about anyone else but Jor-El’s all-knowing thing was getting kind of annoying.

Are you happy that Snyder is creating some original characters or would you rather he use lore characters?

Gal Gadot signs a three picture deal

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Gal Gadot who will be playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, has signed a three picture deal with Warner Brothers.

They have confirmed it will include a Justice League movie and a Wonder Woman standalone movie. It looks like we will be seeing more of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the future.

Michael Wilkinson talks about the Wonder Woman costume

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Michael Wilkinson has been asked about the costume design for the Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie.

“It’s so important to get her right. She really deserves to be presented on-screen in her full glory. So what I do is I look at the history of how the character has been presented on the big-screen, and the small-screen, and in comic books, and graphic novels. We process it all. Then we kind of put that aside and work out what is right for our film, for the cinematic universe that our director Zack Snyder is putting together. We try and create a Wonder Woman that’s relevant for today’s audiences.”

This definitely helps confirm that they are planning on doing a Justice League movie because there would be no other reason to get her costume right otherwise.  I am happy that they are looking at all of her incarnations in order to create the costume.  I know many of the fans are trying to figure out what costume they are going to use for her.

Wilkinson was asked if it was realistic to have her fighting crime in her typical costume.

“Absolutely! I mean, you just have to look at the gladiators from ancient Rome, they did their thing in little loin clothes and a shield….It works for Thor, it works for 300, so let’s see what happens.”

I am not sure how I feel about that comment, while I appreciate that he is not trying to limit Wonder Woman because she is a girl.  The costumes and characters that are mentioned are all male.  At the same time Wonder Woman is female and let’s be fair women are looked at differently when it comes to fashion.  While those costumes, work for the male characters it might not work for a female character.

I guess we will have to wait and see.

Zach Snyder responds to Watchman comment and defends Batman vs Superman movie

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Zach Snyder has been in the new a lot lately, first with his response to Joel Silver’s comment about his version of Watchmen being a slave a to the comic and how Terry Gilliams version would have been better.  Of course Snyder had a response to that:

“….if you read the Gilliam ending, it’s completely insane…. So, honestly, I made “Watchmen” for myself. It’s probably my favorite movie that I’ve made. And I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labor of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world.”

This comment has elicited a few different responses from people but mostly people are not happy with the comment.  It does not solely have to do with that fact that he thinks it is his job to save us from the Terry Gilliams of the world.  It more so has to do with that fact that Snyder made the movie because he knew the studio would do it no matter what.  In that sense, he is telling us that he made the movie to basically be the lesser of two evils.  I really wish Snyder had not said that at all in his comment, before that he had actually said that he enjoys the comic and that this is his favorite movie that he has ever made.

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Now only days later Snyder is back in the news talking about his thoughts on the Batman vs Superman movie.

“[The movie] literally takes the Man of Steel and Batman universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In Man of Steel, we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!”

I am not really sure how to take this because is almost seems like Snyder is going with a completely new story.  At San Diego Comic Con, they had been quoting from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

Scene from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns"

Scene from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”

That led many fans to believe that they would be taking material or at least be influenced by that storyline.  I am not sure how fans are going to react to the possibility that he might be doing something completely different.  While I do appreciate an original story and idea when it comes to iconic characters it does sometimes help to take something from the original source material, otherwise we have another Catwoman movie.

“You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it’s an interesting historical thing. We were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn’t even with the actors, right? It was just to see ‘em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other. And I was like, “Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before.” We slightly dork out. Like, “Are you kidding me?!”

I will say this I am happy to hear that he is excited about the movie.  While many of us might be skeptical about the costumes and the casting, it is refreshing to see that Snyder is excited about his movie.  Speaking of casting, Snyder give a response to fan backlash about casting Ben Affleck, Gal Godot, and Jesse Eisenberg in the movie.

“There are two ways to think about it. We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint.”

I will give Snyder this; we don’t know the story or how he plans to make the movie.  As fans, we know the canon, the lore, and the characters.  From that standpoint, we just cannot see how these actors will fit into these iconic characters.

Filming for the movie is supposed to begin this year, so more information should begin coming out about the movie.  Here is to hoping for some leaked pictures that will help either confirm or contradict some of the fan outrage.