'Beauty and the Beast' actor says he was "just having some fun" after hinting he might be set to play the Batman villain.
Could Lindsay Morgan be the new big screen Batgirl? Well, how about that – barely a day after news broke that Joss Whedon is in talks to write and direct ‘Batgirl,‘ we have our first rumour as to who may be in line to take the title role in the Warner Bros/DC movie. Speculation is rife that Lindsey Morgan of TV’s ‘The 100’ may have been cast as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon – although admittedly the evidence isn’t exactly watertight.
As well as giving us our first proper look at the team in action (including a curiously Iron Man-esque Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher), this trailer also gives us our first brief glimpses of some other new characters, including Amber Heard as Mera, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. There’s also a quick glimpse of Amy Adams as Lois Lane – although, as necessitated by the ending of ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ one rather notable absentee is Henry Cavill as Superman.
It’s little secret that the DC Extended Universe, the Warner Bros-owned comic company’s attempt at a rival to the mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe, is struggling. Whilst its three existing movies – 2013’s ‘Man of Steel,’ and 2016’s ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ – all performed well at the box office, none of them have won over audiences or critics the way Marvel have. This means that, at present, the only DC movie lined up for release in 2018 is ‘Aquaman.’ However, it has emerged that the studio are contemplating filling the gap left by ‘The Batman’ by accelerating the development process on one of their planned films.
This November’s ‘Justice League’ will see the introduction of a new Commissioner Jim Gordon to the DC Extended Universe – but it sounds like it will be a pretty short introduction. JK Simmons, who will make his debut as the time-honoured ally of Batman in the superhero ensemble piece from ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman V Superman’ director Zack Snyder, has revealed in a new interview that he won’t be in the film much. Reintroduction might be the better word, given that Commissioner Gordon has been a staple of the ‘Batman’ movies, played by the late Pat Hingle in the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher movies, and most recently by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy.
Henry Cavill has taken to Instagram to not just show that he’s back in training as Superman, but to also tease his appearance in ‘Green Lantern Corps’. The English actor has slowly been recovering from knee surgery.
One triumph of The Lego Batman Movie is its ability to simultaneously satirize and celebrate the legacy of the Dark Knight, a rich history spanning eight decades of comic books, TV shows, and, especially, films. From Will Arnett’s Christian Bale-inspired gravelly growl to callbacks to the 1940s serial, The Lego Batman Movie is overstuffed with cinematic references and inside jokes. The pilot immediately calls out the Joker, pointing out how his previous big-screen endeavors were thwarted by the Caped Crusaders, alluding to both 2008’s The Dark Knight and 1989’s Batman.
Early word is that Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman solo movie may be something of a who’s-who of the Dark Knight’s greatest adversaries – but it seems one key character will not be making an appearance. Sienna Miller told me tonight that she wants to play Catwoman in Affleck’s Batman movie.
This claim comes from The Wrap, who simply state that “a member of the Green Lanterns Corps. This line-up has counted several humans over the years, including Hal Jordan (as portrayed by Reynolds), John Stewart and Guy Gardner. It is anticipated that more than one of these characters will appear in ‘Green Lanterns Corps,’ due from Warner Bros in 2020.
Watch out, puddin’ – it looks like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn movie has found its writer. On top of which, the report would appear to confirm that the as-yet untitled film will not be a Harley Quinn solo movie as such, but will also feature other female DC characters – including, this report says, the Birds of Prey. As previously reported, Robbie will produce as well as star in the film, although there remains no official confirmation of which other characters will appear in the film, nor any hint of casting news.
Comic book movies may have become the dominant form of blockbuster entertainment in cinemas worldwide, but taking super-powered characters from the printed page to the big screen isn’t always as neat and tidy a process as film studios might like.
It takes a woman to win a war in Wonder Woman, the next superhero film in the DC Extended Universe. The new trailer explains why the Amazon princess Diana (Gal Gadot) leaves her isolated homeland to fight alongside American troops in World War I as Wonder Woman. Although she finds turn-of-the-century fashions restrictive — “How can a woman possibly fight in this?” she asks while trying on a corseted dress — her bullet-deflecting bracelets and warrior skills are definitely an asset to the Allies.
Director Doug Liman has spoken briefly about his upcoming project ‘Dark Universe’ (otherwise known as ‘Justice League Dark’), and while he doesn’t reveal much, he seems sure it won’t be your average comic book yarn. As the title might suggest, ‘Dark Universe’ centres on an alliance of the more macabre heroes of the DC comics pantheon, including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and Deadman.
Arguably DC fans are most excited to see how the upcoming ‘Wonder Woman’ turns, hoping it’ll be the turning point where the studio can begin to compete with Marvel for big screen prowess. While ‘Wonder Woman’ is in cinemas next summer and Patty Jenkins’ production is shaping up nicely, it’s perhaps Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ that looks set to be the film that competes with Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ series. With all the buzz around the character, Snyder (who’s directing ‘Justice League’ and is responsible for ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’) has shared a brand new image of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman on Twitter.
Wonder Woman is 75 years old – and marking the occasion, two generations of the character have met at last, at no less a venue than the United Nations. Gal Gadot, the first actress to play the character in live action on the big screen, appeared alongside Lynda Carter, who famously played the role in the much-loved 1970s TV series, at a UN ceremony in honour of the DC superheroine’s 75th anniversary. The ceremony at UN headquarters in New York saw Wonder Woman named honorary UN ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls.
It seems that Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ solo movie is shaping up to be something quite different from the (admittedly few) existing DC Extended Universe movies. Since the biggest complaints of the DCEU’s launch pad films ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (and to a lesser degree ‘Suicide Squad’) is that they were far too downbeat, it seems that all at Warner Bros/DC have been eager to push a more light-hearted, optimistic outlook in their future films.