Superman’s BvS Look Revealed

Warner Bros. has just released the first official picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in the forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and well…it looks exactly like an official picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel except with a Dark Knight Rises background photoshopped in (so mission accomplished?). Check out the picture and some comments from returning director Zack Snyder after the jump. Continue reading

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Joshah Hex

Well regarded actor Josh Brolin (American Gangster) is in talks for the titular role in the forthcoming adaptation of Jonah Hex from Crank writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Based on the DC Comics property created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, the film is a western focusing on an anti-hero type character.

The right side of his face is horribly distinctly scarred. He was an officer for the Confederacy during the American Civil War, fought at Gettysburg and is normally shown wearing a tattered Confederate States Army jacket. Hex is surly and cynical, and is in many ways similar to Clint Eastwood‘s Man with No Name or The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Jonah Hex is set for 2010. Brolin previously played cowboy Jedidiah Smith in the mini-series Into The West (pictured above) and The Mist actor Thomas Jane has previously expressed interest in the role, going so far as to personally do costume/makeup tests for his own enjoyment. Who would you rather see in the role?

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The Gosling Lantern

Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling (Fracture) is apparently the frontrunner for the lead in the forthcoming adaptation of the DC Comics property The Green Lantern. If you’re not familiar with the comic book, created by unofficial Batman co-creator Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell, The Green Lantern is not a single superhero but rather an interplanetary corps of peacekeepers. According to Wikipedia:

Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. While the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was magically powered, the rings worn by all subsequent Lanterns were technological creations of the Guardians of the Universe, who granted such rings to worthy candidates. These individuals made up the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.

The film, which is to be directed by Everwood creator Greg Berlanti and is set for 2010, will reportedly focus on the character of Hal Jordan, easily the best-known of the human Green Lanterns. What do you think of Ryan Gosling as Hal Jordan?

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Links of the Week

Last week’s /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark.

/Film’s David Chen interviews Eagle Eye producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci here.

Friends, family and fellow thespians chime in about the recently deceased Paul Newman here.

Marvel Studios teams up with Paramount Pictures to distribute films here and DC’s The Green Lantern may start filming in early spring here.

Probably realising her film career is prettty much dead, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Return) is planning her return to TV here…hey, at least she lasted longer than fellow hasbeen Jennifer Love Hewitt (CBS’ Ghost Whisperer)!

A first look at Alice In Wonderland, the anticipated new movie from Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Streethere. Also Tweedledee and Tweedledum have been cast here.

Must see: legendary film critic Roger Ebert answers a Disaster Movie fan here.

Y: The Last Man to be a Warner Bros movie (duh)

With his latest thriller, Eagle Eye, premiering in some countries next week, suddenly hotshot director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) is already hard at work on his next project, an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series Y: The Last Man. The script, written by Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth, was submitted to Warner Bros last week, which some insist is big news but actually isn’t at all since Y: The Last Man is a DC/Vertigo series, and thus belongs to Time Warner.

According to Wikipedia, Y: The Last Man is “about the only man to survive the mysterious simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth”. Planned for 2010, the film will unite Caruso and star Shia LaBeouf for the third time. Caruso is reportedly considering Alicia Keys (The Nanny Diaries) for the part of the hero’s “protector”, 355 and has stated that the hero’s pet monkey will be real, not CGI. Y: The Last Man will be the first part of what is hoped to be a trilogy and will adapt the comic’s first 14 issues.

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Superman: The Man Of Steel cancelled, series reboot planned

Following months of rumors, Warner Bros honcho Jeff Robinov has finally confirmed that Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns sequel has been cancelled, and that the company is now planning to relaunch the franchise…again. The Wall Street Journal has the details:

“Superman [Returns] didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” said Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned. Had Superman worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009. But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”

Robinov goes on to say that Warner is hoping to have eleven big movies a year starting 2011, two of those based on DC Comics properties. No word on when we can expect the new Superman movie and who will be involved, but annoucements should be made within a month or so. Also, following The Dark Knight‘s mega success, they’re looking to make Superman (and possibly other superheroes) darker.

I thought Superman Returns (which took a freaking 13 years to see the light) was a decent movie, but it was still somewhat disappointing and did have its share of silly (*cough*Superkid*cough*). It’s too bad that Singer and team won’t get to follow through with their vision, but in Caesar’s words alea jacta est. As a Superman fan, all I can hope is that they get the franchise on its feet. Earlier in the year, Wanted creator Mark Millar has expressed interest in rebooting the franchise, though Warner will probably want to look at several pitches before taking a decision.

What I really wonder is what this means for Brandon Routh? Logically, if they want to sever ties with Superman Returns, Warner will have to let him go, which is a shame since he was simply perfect casting. If a new actor has to be found, could Tom Welling be a possibility? With Smallville‘s forthcoming eight season rumored to be its last, the new Superman film franchise could follow-up. I’m convinced this could be very interesting, what do you think?

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