Zack Snyder

April 07, 2014 | 10:14 a.m.

‘Captain America 3′ to open May 6, 2016, opposite ‘Man of Steel’ sequel

Mark your calendars. The release date showdown between Captain America and Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman is now official — Marvel has confirmed that its follow-up to the box office smash “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will open May 6, 2016, the same date staked out by Warner Bros. for its “Man of Steel” sequel. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” soared to a domestic box office record of $96.2 million in its opening this weekend, making it the best-ever April debut of a movie. The latest in an unbroken chain of big screen successes for comic book movie powerhouse Marvel, the sequel, generated just more than $207 million in its first 10 days overseas. The follow-up to 2013′s “Man of Steel,” which will pair Henry Cavill’s Superman with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, is also set to […]
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 07, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

’300: Rise of an Empire’ director Noam Murro talks operatic approach

Sullivan Stapleton in "300: Rise of an Empire." (Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures)
Noam Murro had one question when he was asked to direct the follow-up to 2007′s bloody swords-and-sandals action film “300″: How do you make a sequel to a movie in which everyone died? The answer, in short: You don’t. Zack Snyder’s “300″ concluded with [spoiler alert!] Sparta’s King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his few, proud soldiers being gloriously slain while making a heroic stand against the overwhelming forces of Persian god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). The new “300: Rise of an Empire” uses that Leonidas-vs.-Xerxes narrative as a crucial plot point. In essence, the new film wraps its story around the earlier movie’s action to function as something more like a companion piece than a reboot. “What do you call it? A prequel? A sequel?” says Murro, 52. “It’s an equal, hopefully. It’s a different perspective of the same time. Thematically, […]
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 […]
Jan. 20, 2014 | 11:50 a.m.

’300: Rise of an Empire’ trailer teases vengeance, bloodshed, war

Lena Headey’s Queen Gorgo seeks vengeance for the events of “300″ in a new trailer for “300: Rise of an Empire.” Directed by TV commercial ace Noam Murro and produced by Zack Snyder, “Rise of an Empire” is not a sequel or a prequel but a free-standing tale set in the same world and taking place before, during and after the events of “300.” The story is based on Frank Miller’s “Xerxes” (“300″ was based on Miller’s landmark graphic novel of the same name) and the historical Battle of Artemisium, a naval engagement concurrent with “300′s” battle at Thermopylae. “If you took ‘300’ and you zoomed out, that’s what this movie is all about,” Murro said at Comic-Con International in San Diego last summer. “It takes place at about the same time as ‘300.’ It’s just bigger and it gives […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 6:22 p.m.

‘Superman/Batman’ film release pushed to May 6, 2016

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Fans eager to see Superman and Batman together on the big screen are going to have to wait a little longer. Warner Bros. has pushed the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled sequel to “Man of Steel” from July 17, 2015, to May 6, 2016. The film will team Henry Cavill as Superman with Ben Affleck as Batman, with Israeli actress Gal Gadot appearing in the film as Wonder Woman. The project was originally announced last year at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. A release issued by the studio said the move will allow “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” The “Man of Steel” sequel goes into production later this year, and is set to film in Michigan. Even in its nascent stages, the film has been the subject of some controversy. […]
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 […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.

Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman: Comics world reacts on Twitter

Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman (featured image)
Yesterday’s casting announcement that Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel drew a mixed reaction from the comics world. Gadot, best known for her appearances in three “Fast & Furious” films, competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel. She also spent two years in the Israeli army. Gadot joins the previously announced cast of Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman movie, acting opposite Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman — a casting decision that also drew considerable ire from DC Universe fans. Snyder praised Gadot as an “amazing” actress who possesses “that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.” But some in the world of comics, including “The Adventures of Superhero Girl” author Faith Erin Hicks, weren’t so sure, criticizing Warner Bros. for making Wonder […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 1:34 p.m.

’300: Rise of an Empire’ trailer spotlights Eva Green’s Artemisia

"300: Rise of an Empire" Eva Green (featured image)
The Greek and Persian warriors from Zack Snyder’s “300″ take to the sea in a new trailer for the film’s follow-up, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The trailer, released Wednesday, begins with scenes of violence and destruction on the water, with a voice-over from Lena Headey’s Queen Gorgo. “The oracle’s words stand as a warning,” she says. “Sparta will fall. All of Greece will fall. And only stout, wooden ships can save them. Wooden ships and a tidal wave of heroes’ blood.” Directed by TV commercial ace Noam Murro and produced by Snyder, “Rise of an Empire” is not a sequel or a prequel but its own free-standing thing, set in the same world and taking place before, during and after the events of “300.” The story is based on Frank Miller’s “Xerxes” (“300″ was based on Miller’s landmark graphic […]
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