March 07, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Nov. 08, 2013 | 4:47 p.m.
“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 […]