New Look at Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash in ‘Justice League’

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Zak Snyder has already begun teasing images from Justice League via social media but now we have a look at Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash assembling and ready for action in a new photo released by Entertainment Weekly.

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The photo doesn’t do much for me as I think Snyder is overly dependent on the use of green screen. Overall I think it makes the DC universe lack authenticity and feel artificial especially compared to Nolan’s interpretation of the Batman franchise.

“I’m super happy with the chemistry of my league of justice doers,” says Snyder who is currently locked up in the editing bay, readying the film for release next November before he exits the DCEU for a much-deserved break to helm his passion project The Last Photograph.

Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.

The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, JK Simmons, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jesse Eisenberg, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons, and Ciaran Hinds. Written by Chris Terrio. Directed by Zak Snyder.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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SOURCE: EW

New Look at Gal Gadot in ‘Wonder Woman’

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Last March, Gal Gadot stole the show with her incredible performance as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Next Summer, Gadot will be back as the amazonian warrior in her standalone feature debut in Wonder Woman. Warner Bros. has revealed a new image of Gadot alongside co-star Chris Pine who plays Steve Trevor in the film.

The image was released with an interview with the film’s director Patty Jenkins where she talked about harnessing male superhero tropes for women:

“We’ve spent years treating male heroes in certain ways. I just applied those same tropes to her, and all these incredible radical moments suddenly appear to an audience.”

Gadot also emphasized the importance of balancing those male tropes to empower feminism itself:

“We knew it was tricky. We wanted to find the balance between portraying her as confident and strong and feminine and warm. I didn’t want her to be a ball buster. I didn’t want her to be bossy. You can be powerful and also loving.”

As a white male, I find it incredibly refreshing to see women being empowered in film whether it be a superhero movie or epic science fantasies such as The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Female heroines in blockbuster movies are long overdue. Women deserve to be featured in the spotlight in these kinds of films whether it be solo or alongside male co-stars. These vehicles offer an entry point to women who would have otherwise been disinterested in action blockbusters because they either felt excluded or weren’t able to relate to the characters. We have a long way to go but I long for the day when we aren’t talking about these kinds of things anymore and boys and girls grow up playing with their action figures together.

Wonder Woman hit theaters June 9, 2017.

The film stars Gal Gadot in the titular role as Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope and Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta with a script penned by Alan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, directed by Patty Jenkins.

 “’Wonder Woman’ hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

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SOURCE: TIME

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Announcement Trailer

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Cue up that Vangelis. The long-awaited sequel to Blade runner from Denis Villeneuve is finally here. The announcement trailer doesn’t offer much in terms of the plot other than Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is looking for Deckard (Harrison Ford) but it does contain some stunning cinematography from Roger Deakins(Sicario).

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6, 2017.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick. Directed by Denis Villeneuve.

SOURCE: WARNER BROS.

‘Dunkirk’ Trailer Teases The Action and Despair To Come

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Rounding out the summer blockbusters of 2017 comes an epic war film from masterclass filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Shot entirely on 65MM, the film based on true events follows a group of soldiers during the evacuation of Dunkirk after allied forces were surrounded by the German army.

Dunkirk his theaters July 21, 2017.

The film stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark RylanceCillian MurphyAneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack LowdenBarry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, and Harry Styles.

“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

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SOURCE: WARNER BROS.

Ben Affleck is Taking His Time Writing Solo ‘Batman’ Feature

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The DCEU had a rough year in 2016. After Man of Steel got the cinematic universe off to a good start, Warner Brothers took a few steps backward when both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were met with a negative reception, deservedly so. The reaction to BvS caused some last minute changes being made to Justice League which was going under the lens right as BvS hit theaters. Rather than continuing with the doom and gloom tone crafted in BvS, Justice League was going to opt for a lighter tone, injecting some humor so that the audience could have a little more fun.

When it was recently announced that Zak Snyder would be taking a break from the DCEU to helm his passion project The Last Photograph, making way for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman feature to debut in between Justice League Part One and Two, the pressure seemed on to get the ball rolling on Affleck’s Batman which has been rumored to start shooting in the spring of 2017. But Affleck has revealed he is not phased as the actor, writer, director is more concerned with the quality of the film than he is the release date. While promoting his new film Live by Night, Affleck told The New York Times the movie will happen when and if they get the right script together:

I’m a real believer in not doing, not reverse engineering projects to meet a window or a date, but rather like when you get the right story or you get the right idea or you get the right thing, then you make the movie. And so that’s what we’re doing, and I’m hoping to get that done and spending a lot of time on that, but I’m also working on other stuff. And if I could, if I can find it right then there’s nothing I’d love more than to direct a standalone iconic great Batman movie.

It’s reassuring to hear Affleck is more concerned with having a good story than he is with the numbers at the box office but his words to little to inspire confidence if his attention is in fact divided between Batman and other projects. Warner Bros. has a lot riding on the film, Wonder Woman looks like it will help the cinematic universe get back on track, but Batman is the single most important character in the franchise and if his solo film isn’t up to snuff, which it will no doubt be under heavier scrutiny after BvS, it could significantly dilute the brand and leave the future of this cinematic universe in question.

SOURCETHE NEW YORK TIMES

‘Aquaman’ Adds Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master

Warner Bros. is continuing to bulk up the DCEU with A-list talent. Deadline reports Patrick Wilson will play the villainous Ocean Master in James Wan’s upcoming swashbuckling action adventure Aquaman.

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In the comics, Orm Marius A.K.A. Ocean Master was fully human half-brother of Arthur Curry A.K.A. Aquaman. He turned nemesis after growing up in Arthur’s shadow, resenting him and turning to technology as a high-tech pirate first attacking ships at sea and later moving on to causing natural disasters in an attempt to hold the world ransom.

The choice to cast Wilson in the role is a safe move for Wan and Warner Brothers. The director and the studio has a long history working with Wilson as he has starred in both installments of the on-going Insidious and Conjuring franchises.

Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, will be the fifth outing in the DCEU. The character was first introduced in this year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and will also be featured as a main character in the upcoming Justice League. Wilson joins the cast which in addition to Momoa currently includes Amber Heard as Mera, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko. An official synopsis for the film has yet to be released.

Warner Bros. has deemed October 5, 2018, as a day worthy for the King of Atlantis to make his big splash in theaters. The film will be debut in both IMAX and 3D.

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SOURCE: DEADLINE

First ‘Dunkirk’ Poster Teases The Films Massive Scale

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The first official poster for Dunkirk has been released by Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan’s World War I epic is one of Summer 2017’s most anticipated films. Shot entirely on 65MM the film based on true events follows a group of soldiers during the evacuation of Dunkirk after allied forces were surrounded by the German army.

Like every other blockbuster releasing next summer, Warner Bros. will also be taking the opportunity to release the trailer this week in time to run before the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it debuts in theaters late Thursday night.

Dunkirk his theaters July 21, 2017.

The film stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark RylanceCillian MurphyAneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack LowdenBarry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, and Harry Styles.

“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

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