March 03, 2014 | 4:57 p.m.
The untitled “Man of Steel” sequel hasn’t yet gone into production, and it’s already the most controversial movie in fandom. Chalk that up to director Zack Snyder’s somewhat unconventional casting choices. First, comics stalwarts expressed surprise and skepticism in August with the revelation that Ben Affleck would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale, taking on the role of Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in Snyder’s much-anticipated superhero sequel, the follow-up to his 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office. Then came the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, would play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the movie, and the uproar started anew. Just last month, fresh fandemonium was heaped upon the movie with the announcement that boyish “Social Network” star Jesse […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Dec. 12, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.
Before Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel featuring Superman, Batman and a recently announced Wonder Woman, actor Josh Brolin had been widely tipped for the role of Gotham City’s caped crusader. In a new interview over at The Envelope, The Times’ site devoted to all things awards season, the actor talked about his familial connection to the character — his father appeared on the 1960s TV show starring Adam West — and also his surprise at the outpouring of Internet vitriol that greeted the news that Affleck had won the role. “You read stuff like, ‘I wish Ben Affleck would die,’” Brolin said. “It’s Armageddon because he’s going to play Batman. What’s happening? You can’t listen to any of it. It’s like a kid in a cereal aisle screaming, ‘I want Froot […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.
Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen. Gal Gadot has been cast as Diana Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming untitled Superman/Batman film. The film is set to begin shooting early next year and to make its way into theaters July 17, 2015. “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said in a statement. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.” PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 Gadot, the Israeli actress and model who is best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, will join a star-studded cast […]
Aug. 23, 2013 | 4:39 p.m.
Disappointed in Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman? You’re not alone. Despite Affleck’s big-screen cred, news that the Oscar winner will don the Bat-cowl for Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel has sparked the ire of many fans, who took to Facebook to voice their disapproval. A petition posted on Change.org calling for Affleck’s removal from the film has already garnered more than 10,000 signatures. And on Twitter, Batman fans suggested alternate casting decisions, using the hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck. Though it’s unlikely that Snyder and executive producer Christopher Nolan will take note, it’s still fun to ponder who might have been more suitable to play the Dark Knight opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman. Hero Complex has narrowed down your Twitter suggestions to an elite eight. Check out the nominees in the gallery above, and cast your vote in the poll below. – […]
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 […]