Feb. 12, 2015 | 1:09 p.m.
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer forge an unlikely alliance in the first trailer for “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a big-screen take on the 1960s espionage TV series. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the new “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” from Warner Bros. casts Cavill as veteran American spy Napoleon Solo, a CIA agent who finds himself engaged in a joint mission with KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Hammer). The clip for the film, which also features Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant and Jared Harris, includes plenty of high style, fast action and a touch of winking humor. Overall, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for spy cinema — this weekend, Ritchie’s former producing partner Matthew Vaughn offers his own update on the genre, with “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” The gleefully violent spy send-up/homage centers on the “Pygmalion”-style relationship between veteran agent […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 2:29 p.m.
Batman and Superman will no longer be staring down Captain America the next time they appear on the big screen. Warner Bros. will now open “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Zack Snyder’s follow-up to “Man of Steel,” in 3-D on March 25, 2016. The film previously had been set to open May 6, 2016, opposite Marvel’s third “Captain America” film. The studio also revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on Aug. 5, 2016; June 23, 2017; Nov. 17, 2017; March 23, 2018; July 27, 2018; April 5, 2019; June 14, 2019; April 3, 2020, and June 19, 2020. A new release date schedule also includes two untitled Warner Bros. “event” films — opening Nov. 16, 2018, and Nov. 20, 2020. PHOTOS: The roles that led Ben Affleck […]
July 26, 2014 | 3:12 p.m.
In conjunction with Saturday’s Comic-Con appearance by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot and director Zack Snyder, fans got their first glimpse of the new Wonder Woman when Snyder tweeted out the first photo of Gadot in costume. It’s been a busy week for those awaiting the highly anticipated 2016 follow-up to “Man of Steel,” as Snyder also recently shared a new close-up photo of Ben Affleck under the cowl. Even in its earliest stages, the upcoming movie, which brings together a triumvirate of DC heroes and sets the stage for a future “Justice League” film that Snyder will direct, has been the subject of strong commentary in the fan community. Many openly criticized the director’s casting choices — including Affleck as Batman, Godot as Wonder Woman and “Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg […]
July 26, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.
Usually when a studio has a surprise to unveil at their Comic-Con panel, they save it for the end to keep people guessing. But Warner Bros. tossed out that playbook for the packed crowd at its Hall H presentation and pulled out the big guns right off the bat, so to speak, offering fans an early, albeit brief, look at its much-anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” From the moment the presentation began, it was clear that something major was afoot, as curtains pulled back to reveal jumbo-sized screens wrapping around the front of Hall H. As concept art from “Batman v. Superman” began flashing on the screens, fans, not surprisingly, erupted. Then moderator Chris Hardwick brought the film’s director, Zack Snyder, to the stage. With the film still early in its production, it’s anyone’s guess how much has actually been […]
July 03, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.
Henry Cavill strikes a pose in a new still from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Released Thursday, the image sees the actor in dramatic form, staring down the camera in a rain-soaked environment that resurrects the ominous gray palette of 2013’s “Man of Steel.” Set for release on May 6, 2016, the new film will, like its predecessor, be directed by Zack Snyder, with Cavill reprising his “Man of Steel” role as Superman. Ben Affleck takes over as Batman and Israeli actress Gal Gadot portrays Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the film, which will lead in to a planned “Justice League” movie that Snyder also will direct. Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed which characters will appear in the “Justice League” film. Holly Hunter will feature in a role newly created for “Batman v. Superman.” Other […]
May 12, 2014 | 12:49 p.m.
Bat-fans take note: Zack Snyder, the director of the “Man of Steel” sequel that will bring together Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, is hinting that he’ll reveal the new design for the Batmobile on Tuesday. Snyder took to Twitter on Monday with a message that included a glimpse of the new machine. Check it out below. Could be time to pull the tarp…Tomorrow? http://t.co/Nmm0QqWYYH pic.twitter.com/E6iKluZNDj — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 12, 2014 Set for release on May 6, 2016, the superhero sequel will see Henry Cavill reprise his “Man of Steel” role as Superman, with Ben Affleck taking over as Batman and Israeli actress Gal Gadot portraying Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the film, which will lead in to a planned “Justice League” movie that Snyder also will direct. Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed […]
May 02, 2014 | 12:24 p.m.
Warner Bros. confirmed earlier this week that “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder will, in fact, unite the heroes of the Justice League for a feature film after his follow-up to the 2013 Superman movie arrives in theaters in 2016. The question is, which heroes will be featured in the cast? The collection of the World’s Greatest Superheros, originally known as the Justice Society of America, made their 1940 debut in “All Star Comics” No. 3. In 1960, the group was revived under the League moniker and received its own title, featuring the classic seven-member incarnation of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. PHOTOS: Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” cast Since then, the group has had more than 100 members, including one-shot inclusions and heroes with multiple alter egos. When it comes to Snyder’s […]
April 28, 2014 | 7:33 a.m.
Zack Snyder is set to direct a “Justice League” movie for Warner Bros. Word arrived Sunday that the filmmaker will follow his upcoming sequel to “Man of Steel” with a film that will bring all the members of the Justice League together on screen. Speculation had been growing for some time that Warner Bros. was moving toward uniting the heroes on screen — Batman, as played by Ben Affleck, and Wonder Woman, as played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, are already set to join Henry Cavill’s Superman in the “Man of Steel” sequel set for release May 6, 2016. That grouping seemed to pave the way for the entire group of DC good guys to band together on film. The story was first reported on the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, with Warner Bros. executive Greg Silverman saying that “‘Superman vs. Batman’ […]
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. 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 […]