Man of Steel

April 03, 2014 | 11:08 a.m.

Superman/Batman cast adds Holly Hunter, Tao Okamoto, Callan Mulvey

Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto have been cast in the "Man of Steel" sequel. (Kristian Dowling / Getty Images; Francois Guillot / AFP / Getty Images; Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)
Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto will star in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel, an as-yet-untitled Superman/Batman film. All three actors will play characters newly created for the film, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Thursday. The trio joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, as well as Jesse Eisenberg as the villainous Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth. (Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the casting decisions so far.) POLL: Who should play Batman instead of Ben Affleck? Snyder has not released details for the newly created characters, but praised the actors. “Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses,” he said of the Oscar-winning actress in a press release. “She has immense talent and is always […]
March 03, 2014 | 4:57 p.m.

Zack Snyder: ‘Man of Steel’ sequel explodes Superman, Batman universes

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 […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 2:02 p.m.

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: Twitter reacts to Batman/Superman casting

Jesse Eisenberg will star as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Jim Lee / DC Entertainment; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
News that Jesse Eisenberg will play famous villain Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in Zack Snyder’s untitled Batman/Superman sequel to 2012′s “Man of Steel” is fueling some fiery reactions on Twitter. The casting decisions, announced Monday, came despite rumors that “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston would play Superman’s arch-nemesis. Eisenberg and Irons will join Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, as well as several returning “Man of Steel” cast members. (Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the casting decisions so far.) Eisenberg, of course, is best known for his roles in “Zombieland” and “The Social Network,” the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination for his performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. PHOTOS: The roles that led Ben Affleck to Batman “What’s great about Lex […]
Dec. 12, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.

Batman casting: Josh Brolin ready for Ben Affleck as caped crusader

Josh Brolin, left, and Ben Affleck. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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 […]
Nov. 08, 2013 | 4:47 p.m.

‘Man of Steel’ Blu-ray: Watch live fan event, exclusive clip

“Man of Steel” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, and Warner Bros. is ramping up the hype with a live fan event Saturday. Director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent) and Amy Adams (Lois Lane) will talk about the film and the franchise’s future as well as take questions from fans in the streaming online event, to be held at 9 a.m. PST on Yahoo Movies. Kevin Smith will host, and fans can upload video questions to this site or submit their questions using Twitter, with tweets to @ManofSteelMovie using #AskManofSteel. The event will also include a clip featuring a discussion between Snyder and actor Michael Shannon (General Zod) about the making of the film. The fan event comes in time for Tuesday’s home video release of the Superman film. Hero Complex readers get a sneak peek at one […]
Aug. 23, 2013 | 4:39 p.m.

Batman and Ben Affleck: Whom would you rather see in cape and cowl?

Many fans are unhappy with Ben Affleck's casting as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. Whom would you have cast in Ben Affleck's place? Click through the gallery for eight possible Bruce Waynes. (From left: Los Angeles Times; Getty Images; Los Angeles Times)
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.

Ben Affleck as Batman: Roles that might inform Dark Knight portrayal

Batman actor Ben Affleck as Daredevil (featured image)
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.

Ben Affleck’s Batman casting in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel sparks backlash

Ben Affleck (featured image)
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 in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel, due July 17, 2015

Ben Affleck. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
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.

‘Superman/Batman’: Who should play Dark Knight in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel?

Who should be the next actor to don the bat-cape? Click through the gallery for a peek at some potential Batman actors.
(Associated Press; Los Angeles Times; Associated Press; EPA)
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 […]
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