Aug. 23, 2013 | 2:05 p.m.
Batman fans aren’t exactly applauding the news that Ben Affleck will be the next actor to portray Bruce Wayne on the big screen. Despite Affleck’s twin Oscars and chiseled jaw, Thursday’s casting announcement for Zack Snyder’s sequel to “Man of Steel” was more commonly met with shock and dismay, especially over social media, where superhero enthusiasts tweeted their displeasure and made alternative casting suggestions using the hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck. The news was surprising to say the least, but then again, so was Heath Ledger’s landing the role of the Joker (remember fans calling for a command performance from Jack Nicholson?) in “The Dark Knight,” and Anne Hathaway’s casting as Selina Kyle in “The Dark Knight Rises.” In both instances, the actors demonstrated keen instincts for the DC characters. Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his mesmerizing turn. With Affleck’s less well […]
Aug. 23, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.
Word that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel disappointed Dark Knight fans, who took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their displeasure — and to poke some fun at the former “Daredevil” actor. Friday morning, #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck was trending on Twitter, with users offering suggestions as to who would make a better Batman. A few examples: I would have even been ok with them giving it to Joseph Gordon-Levitt #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck http://t.co/tLFmo1G8b7— Kevin Neely (@kevnee96) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck Josh Brolin— M▲RIO (@MarioGee21_) August 23, 2013 Matt Damon would do a better job #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck— (@klassiqkal) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck Sorry guys, but Christian Bale will always be THE BATMAN http://t.co/Arjayw6Mvj— Mitz (✿◕‿◕) (@mitZ1507) August 23, 2013 #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck 2 Chainz http://t.co/utwZmkFHgm— Mikey (@fsmikey) August 23, 2013 #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck Meryl Streep http://t.co/cLcyqxuBmZ— Michelle Gray (@grayz93) August 23, 2013 […]
Aug. 22, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.
Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in the “Man of Steel” sequel, Warner Bros. announced today. In a statement, director Zack Snyder expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’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.” Snyder, who directed “Man of Steel,” is set to co-write the story with David S. Goyer, who will pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin next year, with a July 17, 2015, release date. POLL: Who should play Batman instead of Ben Affleck? Affleck, of course, has a history […]
Aug. 01, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.
In Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman/Batman movie, Henry Cavill is reprising his “Man of Steel” role. But who will play the Dark Knight? The new Batman has yet to be cast. The film, which is still being written, is slated for a summer 2015 release, with production expected to begin next year. Snyder is directing as well as co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who co-wrote “The Dark Knight” trilogy with Jonathan and Christopher Nolan. “Whilst our ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy is complete, we have every confidence that Zack’s fresh interpretation will take the character in a new and exciting direction,” Christopher Nolan said in a Warner Bros. news release. “His vision for Superman opened the door to a whole new universe, and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.” FULL COVERAGE: “Man of Steel” With Nolan’s […]
July 31, 2013 | 12:14 p.m.
Batman and Robin are battling some of their oldest enemies in the latest installment of “Batman ’66,” the digital-first comic that revisits the Dark Knight’s campy early years. With Batman trapped on the Penguin’s iceberg, “Batman ’66″ Chapter 5 pits Robin against the beak-nosed villain and his accomplice, Mr. Freeze. The chapter — available today for digital download via the DC Comics and ComiXology apps as well as on readdcentertainment.com and comixology.com — is written by Jeff Parker, with art by Ty Templeton (previous issues were illustrated by Jonathan Case). Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek of the issue. Check out the first four pages in the gallery above or by using the links below. Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 “Batman ’66″ draws inspiration from the Caped Crusader’s over-the-top antics […]
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 20, 2013 | 4:10 p.m.
Superman and Batman will share the big screen for the first time, surprise guest Zack Snyder revealed to 6,500 fans in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. The announcement confirms the news Hero Complex broke this morning about the project. “I know there’s been a lot of speculation about what we’re doing,” the “Man of Steel” director teased the audience when he took the stage at the end of the Warner Bros. panel. “It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie.… I sort of pored through the DC universe to look for a way to tell this thing … and I came across a thing that I feel sort of sums it up.” Harry Lennix, who played Gen. Swanwick in “Man of Steel,” then took the microphone and read a famous excerpt from Frank Miller’s landmark comic “Batman: The […]
July 20, 2013 | 2:26 p.m.
Why does Bruce Wayne love Gotham City, “Batman” writer Scott Snyder asked a packed room during the “Zero Year” panel Saturday morning at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “His parents were killed there, he doesn’t live there. Why would he protect it? His answer: “He loves it because he knows it’s the greatest antagonist in the world, and if you stay there it will burn you down and build you back up. If you can survive that, you will come out the greatest pinnacle of human achievement and the hero you know in your heart that you could become.” He and artist Greg Capullo – who have teamed on the bestselling “Batman” since DC’s New 52 continuity reboot began in the fall of 2011 – talked about their thinking in telling a new version of the Caped Crusader’s origin story […]
July 20, 2013 | 9:08 a.m.
Warner Bros. is about to bring together two of its most iconic heroes: Superman and Batman will unite in a new film, the follow-up to “Man of Steel,” set for release in 2015. According to two sources with knowledge of the movie, Warner Bros. intends to announce the news at its Comic-Con International panel Saturday morning. Said a Warner Bros. spokesperson, “We don’t comment on rumors regarding these properties.” “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder is expected to reunite with screenwriter David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill for the new film. It’s unlikely Christian Bale will step back into the bat suit, as the actor has indicated publicly that he has moved on from his days as Bruce Wayne. “Man of Steel” producer and “Dark Knight” trilogy director Christopher Nolan is expected by some to produce the project, but […]
June 24, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.
Superman and Batman are teaming up in a new comic series by writer Greg Pak (“X-Treme X-Men,” “Justice League: Darkseid“) and artist Jae Lee (“Before Watchmen: Ozymandias,” “Inhumans“). “Batman/Superman” issue No. 1, out Wednesday, features the DC heavyweights’ fateful first meeting in the New 52. In a guest essay for Hero Complex, Pak pays tribute to the Man of Steel, who turns 75 this year. This coming Wednesday, the first issue of “Batman/Superman” hits comic book stores, written by yours truly with art by the brilliant Jae Lee. It’s my first DC comic book and my first stab at writing Superman. And I absolutely love it. So in this 75th anniversary year of Superman’s first appearance in “Action Comics” No. 1, here’s a quick list of why I love the big guy. 1. Superman’s an Everyman This seems contradictory, doesn’t […]