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First Look at Superman in “Man of Steel” and Selina Kyle in “The Dark Knight Rises”

5 Aug

Yesterday, the first picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was released, and it looks pretty impressive.

He definitely looks a lot darker than Brandon Routh in Superman Returns, plus he looks a lot more jacked. The outfit looks fairly traditional, with a couple of updates to make it appear more modern. While I am hesitant to get my hopes up for this film, I gotta say that I at least like the look so far.

Another photo popped up yesterday as well, this one from another major superhero release next year, The Dark Knight Rises. This is probably one of the most buzzed about movies that I can recall, and Christopher Nolan seems to be taking delight in teasing his fans with mysterious looks at the final installment of his Batman franchise. The photo is a first look at Anne Hathaway playing Selina Kyle:

While the fan boys were all excited about Superman in Man of Steel, the buzz about this photo is very confused. The Dark Knight Rises website did not mention whether this was Selina Kyle in the final Catwoman outfit, and if it is there was a lot of disappointment about it. If it is, I don’t mind it so much. While it is less traditional, I trust that Nolan will make her compelling character, so the outfit is easily overlooked. If it isn’t, it makes me curious what they are going to add and how it will turn out.

What are your thoughts about these photos? Is that a good look for Superman? What about Selina Kyle? Let me know in the comments!


Where Does Hugo Strange Fit in The Dark Knight Rises?

26 Apr
Late last year we kicked off a flurry of The Dark Knight Rises rumors with speculation on who the villain would be for Nolan’s third installment.  We now know for sure that both Bane (Tom Hardy) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) will both be involved in the plot, but at the time the popular rumor was that Hugo Strange might make an appearance.  These rumors have since fallen off with the announcement of Bane and Catwoman, as well as additional rumors of Talia Al Ghul, The League of Shadows, and Alberto Falcone.  However, the Hugo Strange rumors ramped back up this past week thanks to My Entertainment World.

An unconfirmed plot synopsis for the next Batman film hit the internet including a plot line for Hugo Strange.  In this synopsis, Dr. Hugo Strange, a villainous psychiatrist, concocts a a plan to destroy Batman and ultimately replace him.  Though Strange will appear as a villain with similar motivations in the upcoming video game Batman: Arkham City, this plot line seems to fit nicely into Nolan’s universe and gives the film a more intellectually formidable villain opposite Batman.  It could also explain Bane’s presence in Gotham as he was created by Hugo in the comics. 

This, however, can never be explained

I’m still not convinced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard’s characters are as advertised and I think it’s possible Nolan and Co. could be intentionally leading us astray with some of these announcements and/or rumors.  I’d personally like to see Gordon-Levitt play a villain like Strange as opposed to an “ambitious cop”, as Strange appears to be a character with much more depth and importance.  However, we’ve seen villain over-kill in superhero films before so the inclusion of a third opposition to The Dark Knight must be handled with care.

What do you think, is everything “as advertised” with The Dark Knight Rises or are we purposefully being fed false rumors and announcements?  Would you like to see Hugo Strange in this next Batman film given what we already know about Bane and Catwoman?  The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release July 20, 2012.

Quick Take: Martha Kent Cast & TDKR Plot Leaked

3 Mar

Rumors and news for the two DC Comics projects coming in 2012, Superman: The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, have kept us busy speculating and anticipating what will be seen on-screen next year.  Over the past 24 hours some of that speculation has transformed into certainty and likelihood with these two announcements.

The cast of the upcoming Zack Snyder directed Superman: The Man of Steel is continuing to take a more definite shape with our second official casting.  It has been announced that Diane Lane will portray Kal-El’s adoptive mother Martha Kent in the newest installment to the Superman franchise.  Martha Kent’s age ranges depending on which Superman canon is being referenced so it is not unlikely to have the 46-year-old Lane in this role (Cavill is 27).  However, Diane Lane does not look her age and for her to convincingly pull of the role of Ma Kent Snyder and co. may need to disguise or simplify her appearance.


Meanwhile in Gotham City, multiple plot details have been leaked about Christopher Nolan’s third installment of his Batman franchise.  Badass Digest is reporting from a source on the film that Anne Hathaway will in fact be playing both Selina Kyle and Catwoman.  This comes as no surprise as she sort of leaked this herself on Oprah after the Oscars, but that’s not all.  Catwoman’s role, at least by the end of the film, will be an ally to Batman.  Also featured in TDKR will be the League of Shadows (once again) this time headed by Talia Al’Ghul and aided by Bane (Tom Hardy).  Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role at this point is still not certain but the source says he is an antagonist who is also involved with the League of Shadows.

Whether this information is all accurate or is merely just a rouse purposefully leaked from the Nolan camp is obviously uncertain this early in the film’s production but it’s likelihood is enough to keep us interested in the film’s development.


What Happened to Hugo, The Dark Knight Rises to Feature Bane and Catwoman

19 Jan

After months of rumors and speculation regarding the casting and villains of the The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros Pictures announced today via press release that Anne Hathaway will be joining the cast alongside Tom Hardy and Christian Bale for the third Batman film under Christopher Nolan’s direction.  This comes as no surprise to many as news regarding Hardy’s casting along with rumors of Anne Hathaway’s have been circulating for months.  The real question many wanted answered was which two villains would be terrorizing Gotham this time around.  Today we got that answer

BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.” In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.” Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. “The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The casting of Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy as Catwoman and Bane comes as a shock to many of us who have been following the rumors and speculation regarding this film.  For Hardy, initial speculation was that he was to be cast as Killer Croc, and more recently Hugo Strange.  As for Hathaway, reportedly there were two female roles needed to be cast, one villain and one love interest.  The villain in question was thought to be Talia Al Ghul as recent as last week, but Catwoman was always an option in the back of everyone’s mind until it came to fruition today.

There is some pretty horrorific stuff back there

While I personally am not excited about either of these characters as they have both been portrayed in earlier Batman films, there was similar resentment following the announcement of Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker for The Dark Knight and that turned out well, to say the least.  Still, it is a bit of a let-down to know we won’t see any new villains on-screen and adapted into Nolan’s universe; personally I would have loved to see Hugo Strange, Harley Quinn, and Arkham Asylum.

Wish: Granted

What is your reaction to the casting of Anne Hathaway for The Dark Knight Rises?  Are you surprised to hear that Bane and Catwoman are the next villains in the Nolan films, how does this sit with your inner fanboy?

More Batman News… Sort Of

12 Nov

Brian “Pac” Sostak

It’s funny what passes for news these days when we’re talking about the Batman franchise.  Christopher Nolan has created so much  buzz and angst surrounding the release of his 2012 sequel to The Dark Knight that if he sneezes and it sounds like an actor or actresses name it makes headlines.  With that being said, I’m a complete sucker for all news (or rumor) Batman and I’m going to comment on it anyway.

Deadline is reporting that Christopher Nolan is meeting with a handful of actresses for two unknown roles in the third installment of his Batman franchise.  Though the specific roles were not released, rumor is that one of the roles is a potential love interest for Bruce Wayne and the other… a villain.  Names floating around the roles include Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Keira Knightley.

The same actresses have also floating around my dreams

This rumor is the second “news” of a villain coming to the screen in the next Batman film, remember not too long ago when we posted about Tom Hardy being cast to play an unknown villain.  Personally, I could care less about who is cast to play his love interest I just hope it’s not someone who almost ruins the movie.  The real news to me in this article is that Nolan is interested in casting a female for a villain lead.  When thinking of female villains in the Batman franchise there are two names that immediately come to mind, Catwoman and Poison Ivy.  I can’t believe that Catwoman will be the villain because this report states that he’s looking into two actresses, one to play the love interest and one to play the villain.  If Catwoman were scripted as the next villain, one would believe that only one actress would be needed to fill both roles. 

Poison Ivy seems like the more likely choice, and I like a few of these names for that character.  The last time Poison Ivy appeared on-screen was not the greatest success, and I’d personally like to see Nolan go in another direction.  My pitch to Nolan is for him to throw a dark horse out for a female villain, and bring us Harley Quinn.  Quinn would be the perfect villain to conclude the Nolan trilogy; though she hasn’t been part of the Batman history for very long (she was first introduced in 1992), she has been a fan favorite ever since her inception.  Introducing Harley Quinn would allow Nolan to continue on from the last film seamlessly despite the untimely death of Heath Ledger, leaving the Joker’s role in question.  Furthermore, it could introduce the audience to an aspect of the Batman lure that we haven’t seen portrayed in film yet, Arkham Asylum. 

The only PG picture of Harley Quinn I could find.

My infatuation with Natalie Portman has been documented previously in this blog, so it’s no surprise I’d love to see her play Harley Quinn.  Second to Portman, I support the casting of Anne Hathaway.  This would definitely break the type cast of Hollywood’s ultimate girl-next-door, but I think she is very capable of capturing this character. 

...very capable