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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


1:00 PM on 07.03.2014

First look at Henry Cavill as Superman in Superman vs. Batman

Here it is. I think someone might have been waiting for this. Stunningly he looks almost exactly the same as he did in Man of Steel. I know, your mind is blown. I suppose confirmation of no change is good if you liked how he looked already.  Can we get a cleaner look at Batman now?

Matthew Razak



Dear Warner Brothers: an open letter regarding your fledgling cinematic universe photo
Dear Warner Brothers: an open letter regarding your fledgling cinematic universe
by Sean Walsh

(Spoiler alert ahead.)

Dear Warner Brothers,

You don't know who I am, but that's okay. I'm just another avid comic fan who is excited about the prospect of a cinematic universe that could possibly counter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a fan who straddles the line, reading equal shares of Marvel and DC, I couldn't be more excited at the prospect of a Shazam movie, or a Green Lantern/Flash team-up, or a badass Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot that would make Clash of the Titans look like an Asylum film.

That all being said, you have a wonderful opportunity on your hands and, as an enormous fan, I beg you: DO NOT BLOW IT. That opportunity, of course, is to merge your film universe with the surprisingly rich world of Arrow. Why? I'm glad you asked...

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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

11:00 AM on 04.25.2014

Cyborg also in Batman vs. Superman apparently

The still without an official title (that we've been dubbing Batman vs. Superman for simplicity's sake) sequel to Man of Steel adds yet another character. Joining Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Ben Aff...

Nick Valdez

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



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