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7 WTF Moments From the “Batman v Superman” Trailer


Yesterday the curtain was pulled all the way back at San Diego Comic Con with the grand unveiling of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice feature length trailer. Last night, the number of views on a particular version of this trailer on an unnamed video site was 341. This morning it was up to over 7 million. No one is surprised by this. If you haven’t seen the trailer, for the love of Pete watch it now before some movie site ruins it by breaking down the best bits and speculate about them. As for the rest of you, let’s break down the best bits and speculate about them shall we?

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Batman vs Superman SDCC Trailer – You’re Welcome Forever

Remember how excited everyone got when we heard the first teaser for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer came out? Remember how you nearly had to throw your undies immediately in the bin next to your desk when you saw the trailer leaked online in Spanish? And then you got to see the real thing the very next day! Remember all that? Well you’re about to flush out of your memory because the full length trailer for Dawn of Justice is here, and it will blow the roof off your soul, folks!

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“Batman v Superman” Will Get the Kryptonite Treatment!

If there’s a binary of the Incredible Hulk in the DC Universe, it is without a doubt the badass element kryptonite. Why? Because it’s green, it doesn’t say much and it makes some of the strongest heroes look like jittery wimps of the highest calibre. What? Solomon Grundy? No, shut up, it’s kryptonite. Anyway, when will we get a chance to see the DC Hulk in action? A lot sooner than you think, if the reporters that be are to be believed. Continue reading “Batman v Superman” Will Get the Kryptonite Treatment!

First Chilling Look at Jared Leto’s Joker For “Suicide Squad”

Put down everything you’re doing, you’re not gonna wanna miss this one. There’s been a whole lot of back and forth recently about the nature of Jared Leto and what his decision of ultimate villain The Joker will be like in the upcoming DC universe building block Suicide Squad. As much as David Ayer‘s superhero flick is more than capable of keeping interest afloat until it’s release, a solid percentage of discussion has been focused on Jared Leto. Well, all that speculation can end, since director Ayer has been enough to provide us with a straight up, no nonsense still of Leto in full Joker attire. Or no attire, as the case may be.

Screenrant and everyone else on the planet has reported today that the image was made available via Ayer’s Twitter account, stating that it was in honour of Mr J’s anniversary. The result is by no means understated. Have a look at the shot below:

Jared-Leto-Joker-Tattoos-Teeth

In case your computer won’t let you see it, we’ve got a short-haired metal-toothed shirtless tattoo-laden Joker on our hands. I won’t sugar-coat it, it’s a bold-ass move. There have been comments that the tattoos are a little tongue in cheek, using grins and hahas all over the place, not to mention a J on the cheek and “damaged” scrawled across his forehead. As on the nose as they may be, they certainly suit the look and make a stronger case for the Prince of Crime having a long prosperous career in Gotham’s criminal underbelly. Could those metal teeth be the result of savage beatings or self mutilation. There is of course one purple glove to hark back to the Clown’s classic era three piece suit. Is this a look that exists in this universe or is it just a farewell to old ways. Oh wait, is that a latex glove?

We’ve had a few nibbles in the joker pond leading up to this. After the cast photo for Suicide Squad was released sans Jared Leto, we got a greenhaired shot with a camera in homage to Alan Moore‘s joker tale Killing Joke (this latest picture pose certainly makes winks know that direction), as well as a shot with crude lipstick. But there isn’t a trace of red lips in this final version, making for a grittier, balls to the wall Joker. And after seeing Ben Affleck‘s tale on Batman in the Batman v Superman trailer, it certainly looks as though the two could have some perfectly wonderful adventures together.

This is of course the only shot of a cast member in full costume we’ve seen so far. Are the other criminals going to be more modestly dressed since they’ll be carrying out covert government work? Or will Margot Robbie be sporting a similar mad look as Harley Quinn? We can’t be sure yet, but it’s sage to say that Jared Leto will be bringing plenty of madness to the table. But will the Squad be able to keep up?

We’ve got a long way to go before the Suicide Squad is unleashed on cinemas, and a lot of reveals between here and there. Let’s just hope DC hasn’t blown their load too soon.

Choose Your Side: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Teaser

What could be more exciting than finding out that the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer will hit theatres on May 20th? How about a sneaky teaser of the trailer to wet your beak? Yes, yes I thought you’d like that. In the followup to the highly anticipated Star Wars celebration which will see the release of a new trailer and poster for Force Awakens, Zack Snyder revealed that a short aperitif to the Batman v Superman trailer would appear an hour beforehand.

Slashfilm has reported that the teaser has gotten the full treatment, with limited seating Imax screenings and all the hype of a full length trailer. Warranted? Maybe, check out the trailer and see for yourself, courtesy of Youtube:

Consider your beak wetted! The main brunt of the tease is that we get a solid look at the costumes for bats and supes.We already had an idea of what these were going to look like, but it’s certainly a treat to see the dark knight’s cape and cowl up close.Ok, so it would have been nice to see Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill sporting their respective outfits, but that’s not what this trailer is for. It’s an exercise in tone as opposed to action, which makes sense at this point in the game with a trailer coming less than a week away. Still, a Pow! or two would have been nice.

Due in theatres March 26th 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill,Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jason Momoa.

What did you think of the tease?

Will Batman make an Appearance in “Suicide Squad”?

It’s an intriguing prospect that a Batman universe project like Suicide Squad would exist without Batman actually taking part. Whether or not people would agree with that depends entirely on how they fell about the recent TV show Gotham. In any case, that may not be an option for Suicide Squad, as Screen Rant reports rumours that Batman will have something of a significant role in the film that basically puts a bunch of his villains together.

According to Forbes, Batman will be making an appearance in the film near the end to take care of the Joker, who will potentially be escaping from Arkham. This follows on from a previous rumour that the Joker will not be an active member of the Squad (this was never really the case in the comics) but will serve as an insane consultant for the group. The idea is that this will act as a jumping-off point for a Batman standalone movie, which will supposedly be inspired by the Joker-portion of the Frank Millar graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. This would make sense, since Batman V Superman is already drawing heavily on the graphic novel for its plot.

Batman and Joker hugging it out in Frank Millar's "The Dark Knight Returns"
Batman and Joker hugging it out in Frank Millar’s “The Dark Knight Returns”

Just to clarify, a rumour that makes sense because it’s based on other rumours doesn’t make any of it more likely. But it’s a nice idea.

here’s what Forbes’ Mark Hughes said on the subject of Batman potentially poking his cowl through the door:

“This would set up the Joker as a possible/likely antagonist in the solo Batman movie that’s planned in the next few years, and which I’ve heard will take some inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic book series ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ – the third issue of which is a story about Batman facing off against an escaped Joker. I’m also told that Gotham City Police Commissioner Ellen Yindel (who replaces James Gordon during the comic book story) is planned for inclusion in the film.”

To be frank, the timing of this rumour makes a considerable amount of sense since the news that Tom Hardy would no longer be playing Squad leader Rick Flagg and would be replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal suggested there were issues with the project.

Other than that, the cast of the film remains unchanged:  Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

Ben Affleck as he will appear in "Batman V Superman". Hopefully he'll perk up if he gets this "Suicide Squad" gig.
Ben Affleck as he will appear in “Batman V Superman”. Hopefully he’ll perk up if he gets this “Suicide Squad” gig.

The benefit, I suppose, of including Batman in the Suicide Squad project, other than the fact that it would make complete sense, would be that DC and Warner Bros. could ease themselves a little more into the continuity universe structure. If it does happen, hopefully it pays off.

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“Gone Girl” Team to Remake Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train”

Despite not getting quite the amount of current awards attention of say Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel, David Fincher’s Gone Girl was both a critical and commercial success earlier this year. You can chop its minimal nominations up to poor timing or the fact that there’s just been too many good films this year, but it till stands to be a fan favourite of 2014. If you happen to be one of these fans then you might be interested to know that Fincher, Ben Affleck and writer Gillian Flynn are teaming up to take on a new project together. Cool, right? Maybe, maybe not.

Deadline reports that the trio will be collaborating on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. For those who don’t know, the film was an adaptation of the novel that follows a wealthy tennis pro struggling to divorce his wife who gets entangled with a delusional socialite who suggests they swap murders to cover their tracks. Things get a little mad after that as you can imagine, culminating in perhaps the most dramatic tennis match ever captured on camera. The plot for the remake will of course be tweaked for the modern day – here is what Deadline has to say about the plot:

Affleck will play a movie star in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger.

The original strangers...Farley Granger and Robert Walker, up to no good.
The original strangers…Farley Granger and Robert Walker, up to no good.

Not too shabby. The only problem is that Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train is kind of a classic, so there will be double the pressure from the studio and double the resistance from audiences than there would be with a straight book adaptation. Luckily they have Gillian Flynn on the case who adapted her own novel for the big screen, so they should be in safe hands.

Toe be fair, remakes of Hitchcock novels are nothing new: Rebecca, Psycho, The Birds and The 39 Steps are just a few  of his films that have been remade years later (check out an extensive list here). Hitchcock had a knack for taking novels with juicy plots and reinventing them on screen – with that many great stories to his name, other directors are bound to come looking for them.

Considering that Gone Girl grossed $350 million worldwide on a $60 million budget, there will be high hopes for this remake. My only concern is they’ve forgone the whole title of the original book and are just calling it Strangers…makes sense for the modern day reinvention but it just seems unnecessarily trendy. Ah, what do i know?

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