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12:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Hans Zimmer returns for Batman vs. Superman

In news that should shock no one -- he scored Man of Steel, all three Nolan Bat films and probably enjoys getting payed money -- Hans Zimmer has confirmed that he'll be returning for Batman vs. Superman. The prolifi...

Matthew Razak


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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

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

First full trailer for The LEGO Movie photo
First full trailer for The LEGO Movie
by Nick Valdez

After the first teaser showed Ninja Turtles interacting with DC superheroes like only LEGO can, we've been all waiting for a better and more filling look of The LEGO Movie. It's got a style that's instantly grabbing, the voice cast is made of good actors and actresses (like Chris Pratt and Morgan Freeman), and LEGO's a big property, so I expect good things from it. Or I just plan to be charmed the whole time. Either's good. 

At the very least, this first full trailer for The LEGO Movie shows so much promise and character. Just hearing Arnett's lethargic Batman and Chris Pratt's hyperpositive Emmet try to save the world from President Business looks just amazing (and animated wonderfully!). The LEGO Movie builds a home in theaters February 7th next year. 

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2:00 PM on 10.16.2013

Flix for Short: Superman's 75th Anniversary Short

Regardless of what you believe Superman's become in the last few years, Superman is an iconic character for numerous reasons. Above all, Superman's a character that stands for truth, justice, and moral way. To celebrate Supe...

Nick Valdez

Superman 75th short screened at NYCC photo
Superman 75th short screened at NYCC
by Matthew Razak

At the Superman 75th Anniversary panel most of the discussion was on the legend of Superman and the comic book itself, but we got to check out two things from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Man of Steel, which lands on November 12. Despite what you think about what Man of Steel did to Superman it sounds like there’s going to be some great stuff on the release of the film for home viewing.

The awesome starts with a quick short that Zack Snyder and the creator of DC animated properties Bruce Timm put together. We got to watch it and it’s basically every bit of Superman awesomeness condensed into one minute of animation. The short starts with a pull out from Action Comics #1 and then dramatically flows through every iteration of Superman there’s been. It’s really cool to watch the animation styles sort of fade into one another as you go through the eras, and their take on all the live action portrayals is pretty spot on. I’m sure there’s a ton of head nods to Superman history that I didn't pick up on, but there are definitely nods to notable moments like when Superman boxed Muhammad Ali or less notable ones like Turtle Boy Jimmy Olson.

The other part we got to check out was a bit of documentary, which was pretty much the talking heads you've come to expect from special features on DVDs. Nothing actually special there and considering the short will be broadcast on TV and most likely eventually viewable on YouTube I don’t think either are worth buying the Man of Steel Blu-ray for if you weren't planning on it anyway. Definitely worth going out of your way to see the short, just not worth laying down money.

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4:00 PM on 09.13.2013

Warner CEO confirms "tired and weary" Ben Affleck Batman

So we have Ben Affleck playing Batman, and we have lots of opinions about Ben Affleck as Batman. But what sort of Batman will Ben Affleck be? According to Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the Batman in the forthcoming Superman/Bat...

Hubert Vigilla

Snyder offers up a BS excuse for the end of Man of Steel photo
Snyder offers up a BS excuse for the end of Man of Steel
by Matthew Razak

The conclusion of Man of Steel was a bit off putting for many people as Superman is basically responsible for the deaths of thousands without blinking an eye until suddenly he cares for a random family in front of him. It's bad character development, it's bad plotting and it basically made Superman not Superman. Thanks to the film premiering in Japan recently Snyder has been able to attempt to defend the ending of his film.  

"I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling," the director told The Japan Times in an interview (via THR). "In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don't have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman... is probably the closest we get. It's a way of recounting the myth."

*cough* bullshit *cough* That's like some English-101 student's first crack at explaining The Sound and the Fury. Ranting follows.

(via IGN)

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5:00 PM on 08.29.2013

Batman vs. Superman filming in Detroit in 2014

Things are rolling right along for Batman vs. Superman. We've got casting (and not casting), a screenplay by David S. Goyer and now shooting plans. The massive picture will be heading to Detroit to do some filming and also gi...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Watch Affleck, Cranston in fan-made Man of Steel 2 teaser

As you have probably heard, the internet basically blew itself up when it was revealed that Ben Affleck, most recently of Argo fame, has been cast to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in Zach Snyder's 2015 sequel,...

Liz Rugg

7:00 AM on 08.27.2013

Rumor: Bryan Cranston cast as Lex Luthor

Update: No, no he is not... yet. A few days after the Internet blew up with unwarranted hate towards the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, now we have news that we're guessing is going to go down a whole lot smoothe...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 08.26.2013

Nolan won't have creative input for Batman vs. Superman

The times, they are a-changing. With Interstellar underway, it seems like Christopher Nolan won't have as much (if any) creative input on Batman vs. Superman. Rather than serve as producer on the film, Nolan is now an executi...

Hubert Vigilla

Ten possible Batman actors worse than Ben Affleck photo
Ten possible Batman actors worse than Ben Affleck
by Nick Valdez

So Ben Affleck is going to play Batman in a few years (in a Superman movie no less) and a lot of folks are angry about that for some reason. Despite his Academy Award win and not being terrible for the last ten or so years, some people just can't get over it, "He was Daredevil! He was Gigli! He was Matt Damon!" You do realize this could have been worse, don't you? In fact, we should consider ourselves lucky that Ben Affleck was even considered for the job.

To prove Ben Affleck is the best Batman for the job, here are ten possible Batman actors that would have been far worse. 

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Ben Affleck is the new Batman for the Man of Steel sequel photo
Ben Affleck is the new Batman for the Man of Steel sequel
by Hubert Vigilla

After weeks of speculation about who will be Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel, we have an answer. Warner Bros. announced today that Ben Affleck will be playing The Dark Knight in Superman vs. Batman slated for 2015.

In an official press release, director Zack Snyder said the following of the casting choice:

Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry [Cavill]'s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can't wait to work with him.

Affleck is 41, so he does fit the profile of an actor in his forties playing the role. His previous foray into superhero movies was 2003's Daredevil, and let's just hope that's behind him and not a sign of things to come.

What do you think of Ben Affleck as Batman? Is he the hero we deserve?

[Deadline via USA Today]

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8:00 AM on 08.14.2013

Rumor: WB offers Bale $60 million to return as Batman

A number of names have been floated to play the Caped Crusader in the forthcoming Batman vs. Superman film. Some possibilities include Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Scott Adkins, and Orlando Bloom. Time to add another name ...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 AM on 08.12.2013

Scott Adkins has apparently auditioned to play Batman

UPDATE: New rumors suggest that both Orlando Bloom and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are also being considered to play Batman. Last week's rumors about Superman vs. Batman involved some older actors portraying the Dark Knight, includin...

Hubert Vigilla

8:30 AM on 08.05.2013

Rumor: 40-year-old Batman sought for Man of Steel sequel

A few rumors have been brewing over the weekend concerning the Superman vs. Batman movie. First of all, there's a report that Zack Snyder and Frank Miller will meet to discuss the new film, which fuels lots of speculatio...

Hubert Vigilla

Does Batman have a place in Snyder's Superman universe? photo
Does Batman have a place in Snyder's Superman universe?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

With the next Man of Steel film confirmed to be featuring Batman (and potentially being called Batman vs. Superman), it seemed only appropriate to ask whether or not that makes any sense. The world that Zack Snyder and his team have created in Man of Steel is vastly different from any Superman universe that has come before (and in many ways the character is as well). The rivalry between the characters, brilliantly depicted in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, is one for the ages... but this is a whole different beast.

Especially if, as the name implies, they're going to be fighting. Seriously, how is that going to work?

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