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7:30 AM on 09.11.2014

Update: Batman v Superman's Batmobile is half classic, half Nolan

Update: And we have an official view from Zack Snyder, which you can see in the gallery. Actually looks even more throwback than I originally thought.  One of my less-than-favorite things in the Nolan Batman films w...

Matthew Razak


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Rumor: Warner Bros has a
Rumor: Warner Bros has a "no jokes" policy for its DC comics movies
by Nick Valdez

Folks, superhero movies are dumb. I don't care how many famous actors fill the roles, how many Oscars you think a performance should get, how many famous directors take on the stories, or how gritty each series is, superhero movies will always involve folks in speedo jumpsuits punching each other into explosions or something along those lines. It's when you forget how inherently dumb each property is that you'll run into trouble.

According to Drew McWeeny at HitFix: 

Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point.

"No jokes."

What? While it explains the stupidly serious photos of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman in the rain, it seems like a terrible direction for WB's nine (NINE) DC comics films going forward. Sure the reasoning is admittedly business sound (apparently it's because Green Lantern, full of jokes, bombed), but having all of these movies be all same-y and serious is a bad, bad idea. Remember Man of Steel? Oy. 

What do you all think? Ready for the gloomy guses?

[via HitFix]

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6:00 PM on 08.06.2014

Batman v. Superman changes release date, WB announces dates for 9 DC films

Following in their competitor Marvel's footsteps, Warner Bros initially set Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice's release to May 6th, 2016...the same day Marvel had chosen for a then undesignated film, which later turned out ...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 07.28.2014

First look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

After teasing for months with two pictures of Batman and a Superman with zero changes from Man of Steel, it's now Wonder Woman's time to shine. After Gal Gadot was cast as the Amazonian princess/goddess/badass in Batman v. Su...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Here's another image of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice's Batman

My biggest question: Does he still fight for family and live for love?  [via DC Comics] 

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 06.24.2014

WB once had to defend Tim Burton's Batman in this 1988 video

Before Warner Bros puts Superman and Batman in the same movie, we should remember how we got to this point. While Tim Burton's take on Batman was liked by most fans for reasons, Warner Bros had to prove to shareholders ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 06.16.2014

Jason Momoa is Batman v. Superman's Aquaman

Jason Momoa has been rumored for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (that title is going to wear on me the more I have to type it) for quite some time now, but it seems he has finally been confirmed for a role no one guessed...

Nick Valdez



Rumor: Warner Bros. to release 7 DC movies from 2016-2018 photo
Rumor: Warner Bros. to release 7 DC movies from 2016-2018
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Marvel has been having amazing success with its cinematic universe, and they show no signs of slowing down. But their two-films-per-year schedule is pretty solid, and any more superhero movies would really have the potential to cause the general public to lose interest (there is absolutely too much of a good thing). But if a new report from journalist Nikke Finke is correct, my hypothesis will be tested in 2016, because Warner Bros. will be releasing at least seven movies in just about two years. The current lineup is as follows:

  • May 2016: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • July 2016: Shazam (Captain Marvel)
  • Christmas 2016: The Sandman
  • May 2017: Justice League
  • July 2017: Wonder Woman
  • Christmas 2017: Flash and Green Lantern
  • May 2018: Man of Steel 2

Three movies per year for 2016 and 2017 and at least one in 2018? Wow... And that's on top of the two we'll be getting from Marvel each year, and doesn't count the inevitable adaptations from other publishers that seem to come out every year or two. But despite my apprehension, I'm fascinated by that last entry: Thus far, everyone has assumed that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (ugh) was replacing Man of Steel 2, but this doesn't seem to be the case. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

Either way, are you excited about the incoming glut of DC movies, or do you think they would be better served by spacing their lineup out?

[Nikki Finke, via The Verge]

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice gets logo photo
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice gets logo
by Matthew Razak

Man, if there was ever a movie title that teased a sequel before the first film came out it's this one. Not only do we now have an official title for Batman Vs. Superman in the form of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that title totally rolls the entire thing right into a Justice League movie. Pretty damn awesome. Maybe DC will get things right from here on out.

The update comes courtesy of the newly created Facebook page for the film. The official title comes with an official confirmation that cameras are rolling on the film and a new logo that incorporates the Dark Knight Returns inspired Batman logo into the the design. We got a good peak at this logo in that image of Ben Affleck looking all sad. It's all sorts of sexy. 

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Ben Affleck makes his debut as Batman beside Batmobile photo
Ben Affleck makes his debut as Batman beside Batmobile
by Matthew Razak

Update: AMC (who the hell knows why they have it) gives us a closer look at the Batsuit, showing off more of the fibery style than the Snyder pic. 

It seems that things are heating up for Batman vs. Superman as Zack Snyder is showing off the first images related to the film. Yesterday we got a little Batmobile butt action, but today we get a good clean look at what Batman is going to look like in the new film. Evidently the look is jacked as all hell. Gone is the armor plated style suit and it's replaced by muscles on top of muscles. 

It's an interesting change that shows a definite shift in direction for the look and feel of Batman from the Nolan films. The costume feels more visceral, and the photo lends a very somber feel to everything. That's definitely Affleck's (or as we have dubbed him here Sadffleck) chin, but those muscles not so much. I do like the new, more traditional style Batmobile that combies the tumbler from the Nolan films and Batman's original look a bit better.

What say you, folks?

 

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9:00 AM on 04.28.2014

Zack Snyder to direct Justice League movie

While we've known about Snyder's involvement with Warner Bros' Justice League team up movie for awhile (since Man of Steel's initial release), it's finally been confirmed. You could say WB is putting all of their money on one...

Nick Valdez





2:00 PM on 04.21.2014

First trailer for Batman: Assault on Arkham looks boring

Taking place within the same world as the Arkham series of Batman videogames (rather than the New 52 the DC animated films are in now) is Batman: Assault on Arkham. As the straight to home video DC films are hit and miss (fo...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Flix for Short: Darwyn Cooke's Batman Beyond

Boy did I love Batman Beyond. It was a sequel to the Batman: The Animated Series (technically Justice League Unlimited and Static Shock also), starred my main man from Boy Meets World (and Kim Possible) Will Friedle, bu...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Watch: BaneCat - a villainous cat that torments his owner

The Dark Knight Rises' evil Batman antagonist Bane has one of the most recognizable and most fun to parody voices ever. Enter: BaneCat, a short video about a villainous cat who torments his owner. It's a pretty funny little ...

Liz Rugg

2:00 PM on 03.03.2014

You cannot afford this Dark Knight Tumbler replica

Joining the line up of things we just can't afford (like the Bat Theater, Iron Man Statue, or HAL 9000), James Edition has cooked up a street legal replica of the Tumbler Batmobile from the Dark Knight Trilogy.  How much...

Nick Valdez



Jessie Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred photo
Jessie Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred
by Matthew Razak

Today is the day you can point to when the Internet blew up. We were close to it when they announced Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, but the surprise casting of Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is probably going to destroy everything. Deadline has the press release in which the casting is announced along with Jeremy Irons playing Bruce Wayne's dutiful butler Alfred. 

I can live with Irons as Alfred. He's old and looks good in a tux so those boxes are checked.

Eisenberg as Luthor is a bit harder to swallow. This is mostly because of his age, which is far younger than I ever pictured Luthor being. In fact the casting seems entirely out of left field, but if you think about it a bit it maybe could work. Eisenberg can definitely pull of megalomaniac as we saw in The Social Network, and he's almost always cast as a self centered genius thanks to that role. He's also a really great actor.

Still, he's so much younger than Luthor and we haven't really seen him take on a role as big and bombastic as Luthor should be. It's hard to wrap my mind fully around it, though I'm not entirely against it. It will definitely be interesting to see what direction they're taking the character after this news. One does wonder why they didn't force Brian Cranston to take the role at gun point, though. 

[via Deadline]

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12:00 PM on 01.20.2014

Batman vs. Superman delayed until 2016

It looks like 2015 is going to get a bit more breathing room. Instead of releasing next year to many fans' distress since the film still doesn't have an official title and seemingly adds more and more Super Friends everyday, ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 12.11.2013

Jason Momoa in talks for Batman vs. Superman

Although he may have been unsuccessful in joining Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, looks like Reboot Conan has worked his way to the other side of the comic book pond. Joining the recently announced Gal Gadot (as Wonder Woma...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 11.22.2013

WB registers terrible names for Batman vs. Superman

While we here at Flixist have been using Batman vs. Superman as a shorthand way of referring to the Man of Steel followup starring Batman, it was never the official title. David Goyer has been simply considering calling it th...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 11.15.2013

Flix for Short: Tim Daly's Batman vs. Superman

Tim Daly was once the voice of Superman in Superman: The Animated Series (before getting replaced by George Newbern in Justice League) and was pretty damn great at it. Recently he's been blowing up YouTube with The Daly Show...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 11.14.2013

These LEGO Movie character posters are the cutest thing

The LEGO Movie is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated films of 2014. With the first trailer looking as beautiful as it did and with Chris Pratt being adorably charming as he is, The LEGO Movie is going to be a damn go...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 11.11.2013

Batman vs. Superman is already casting for...Nightwing?

I remember sitting through Man of Steel and thinking, "This is close, so another movie could probably iron out these problems and give me a good Superman." Not once did I think, "You know what'd be great in this Superman movi...

Nick Valdez