Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we love to share our favourite – Comic Book, Video-Game and Cult movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek, dear agents, once more…
Don’t Fret Batfans, Ben Affleck Is The Batman…
Rumours do not make for great news, let’s be honest. I have to wonder how some of the larger geek websites (read: corporate… though corporate and geeky are two words that really shouldn’t go together!) ever made it to the top of the proverbial nerd pile when such rookie mistakes as reporting on an ill informed rumour as if it were fact happens, especially when, less than 24 hours later they have to retract said articles after finding out that… hey guess what… IT WAS A RUMOUR! Phew!
The latest victim of inadequate fact awareness is Matt Reeves’ much anticipated upcoming adaptation of the masked manhunter – Batman. Several rumours surrounded the Dark Knight’s newest solo escapade this week, first and foremost that Batman v Superman star Ben Affleck had stepped away from the role as the Caped Crusader, and also that the movie itself was a standalone effort not tied into DC’s burgeoning shared cinematic universe, thankfully neither were true.
In response director Matt Reeves took to twitter to answer the rumour mill:
To clarify the point, Reeves’ Batman adaptation retains Ben Affleck as its lead, and will be part of the larger DC extended universe, but, it will primarily be a movie about Batman… no surprise there then considering IT’S A BATMAN MOVIE!! If dearly departed 60’s Bat actor Adam West was still with us he would definitely be reaching into his utility belt for his Anti-Rumour Bat Spray about now!
Raging Joker!? Legendary Director Martin Scorsese In Talks To Produce A Joker Origin Movie…
The Joker is quite possibly the most infamous comic villain of all time, and has seen many onscreen interpretations of his maniacal character over the decades, from Cesar Romero’s 60’s version through to the more recent Jared Leto rendering. Warner Bros are currently in talks with legendary film director Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Departed) to produce an origin tale for the clown prince of crime… a highly unexpected but rather awesome piece of news indeed!
Because the film will delve back into The Joker’s past, a younger actor will be portraying the mirthful maniac, which obviously precludes Jared Leto from reprising his role. But fear not Leto-Joker fans (myself included here) Jared has confirmed that he will be stepping out as the murderous maniacal maestro once again in a new movie that will centre on Mr J and his long suffering partner in madness Harley Quinn in what Warner Bros are calling a “Criminal Love Story”. I’m envisioning Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” with Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis’ roles recast as Harley and her puddin’… now that would be cool!
Titans Live Action Series Has Found Its Starfire…
We absolutely adore Starfire here in Precinct1313, which you probably already realise if you’re long time reader of the site. And when news hit that DC are in the process of creating a live action television series based upon the iconic team of teen superheroes, we were overjoyed at the idea of Koriand’r getting her first non animated debut on the small screen, and now it’s a definite reality as “24: Legacy” star Anna Diop has been cast in the role of the Tamaranean Princess.
The Titans series is being produced by sensational scribe Geoff Johns and TV writer/producer Greg Berlanti, and will debut on DC’s upcoming digital showcase channel. Anna will join already announced fellow cast member Teagan Croft, the Australian actress cast as the mystical Raven. Excitement overload in three… two…
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DEATHSTROKE JOINS THE DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE…
Finally… It’s the news all DC Comics’ fanatics have been waiting for, Slade Wilson better known by his alter ego ‘Deathstroke the Terminator’ has been revealed to be joining DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe after ‘The Batman’ himself, Ben Affleck shared a mysterious clip of the world’s most dangerous mercenary.
It is increasingly looking like he will be the main antagonist in Batman’s solo film, but in the footage he appears to walking through the cargo bay of the Flying Fox, the large aircraft which will be used as a mobile base of operations for the Justice League, so could we be getting a cameo appearance from the mercenary with the most in the currently filming Justice League flick? We certainly hope so. Check out the footage below fellow fans of fantastic fiction…
BLACK LIGHTNING WILL STRIKE THE SMALL SCREEN…
Film and television writer/director Greg Berlanti has confirmed that he is in the process of pitching a series based upon DC’s popular Superhero ‘Black Lightning’. Berlanti is the brains behind such televisual hits as Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
Black Lightning, (real name Jefferson Pierce) was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, and made his first appearance in ‘Black Lightning #1’ in April 1977. Jefferson is one of the first major African-American Superheroes to appear in comics, he has been an on/off member of The Justice League, and a regular in the Batman created team ‘The Outsiders’. Jefferson’s powers include – the generation and manipulation of electricity, flight, and the ability to conjure force fields. He is also a gold medal winning decathlete and master of various martial arts.
WONDER WOMAN TEAMS UP WITH BIONIC WOMAN FOR THE ULTIMATE 70’s NOSTALGIA FEST…
Iconic seventies TV superstars – Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman and Lindsay Wagner’s Bionic Woman will return in a spectacular team up comic! The joint project between DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment titled ‘Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman’ see’s our sterling Superheroines collaborating to take down the sinister sect known as ‘CASTRA’.
DC Comics’ series ‘Wonder Woman ’77’ has been a fantastic homage to the original 70’s TV show, a fun and camp comic with astounding art that has superbly encapsulated the nostalgia and atmosphere of the original show. The idea of Diana Prince and Jamie Sommers teaming up is awesome, and we are very much looking forward to this historic collaboration, consider our breath very much bated!
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Fearing the actions of an almost godlike alien super being, Gotham’s guardian, The Batman decides to take action against what he perceives as a threat to Mankind. But whilst the planet’s two greatest saviours battle it out amongst themselves, an even greater threat emerges that may ultimately cause the extinction of all life as we know it.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter. Written by: Chris Terrio and David S.Goyer. Directed by: Zack Snyder.
Take my hand dear reader, as I transport you back to a time when a wide eyed six year old child first discovered a character who would ultimately have a major impact in his life. It is the late seventies and a young boy is given an issue of Detective Comics #466 by his Mum as a gift. This was his first ever foray not just into the wonderful world of The Batman, but comic books themselves, and after devouring the issue a half dozen times in a row, he would go on to be one of the staunchest supporters of DC Comics and would conclusively tailor his life around these characters not just at home but also in the workplace.
The young boy I refer to is obviously yours truly, and it didn’t stop with the Caped Crusader, at nine I discovered the other character who would go on to be a life long obsession, the amazing Amazon, Wonder Woman. Since that time all those years ago, the one thing that I have longed to see were my favourite heroes united together on the silver screen, and finally that young lad’s dream has been fulfilled, with Zack Snyder’s astonishing adaptation of DC Comic’s original Trinity. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman finally stand united on the big screen for the first time… and it’s awe inspiring!
This will be a mostly spoiler free zone, so don’t fret if you haven’t yet managed to watch the film. There are minor details that have to be written about in the course of the review but none of them will spoil your enjoyment of the film.
Before we start with our review, let’s quickly address the response of the ‘professional’ critics, who have been generally unfavourable in their opinions. I refer you to a piece we wrote about this earlier in the week (right here).
Let’s begin with the character that most people are (let’s be honest) going to see the movie for… The Batman, and there just aren’t enough superlatives we can commit for Ben Affleck’s truly astounding performance as not just the Dark Knight, but also his alter ego Bruce Wayne. Affleck’s rendition of the World’s most popular Superhero is peerless, effortlessly eclipsing previous versions of the character with an emotional and staggering portrayal of an older, conflicted crimefighter, on the edge of losing himself to the very darkness that he has spent his adult life fighting against.
This IS The Batman, ripped straight out of the comic books themselves, brutal, calculating and unforgiving, yet also calm, collected and compassionate to those who deserve it. Affleck’s Batman is world weary after twenty years spent tangling with criminals and lowlifes, and ultimately feeling powerless as age encroaches, and a new breed of super powered hero slowly appear on the horizon. Distrustful of such immense power, Batman decides that, for the safety of human kind, he should rein in these heroes before another tragedy like the calamitous Metropolis incident two years earlier happens again. Not only does Affleck play the Batman to the Nth degree, his depiction of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne is also fantastic, contrasting the two sides of the same coin superbly. Credit where credit is due folks, this is a career defining performance from Mr Affleck.
Henry Cavill once again steps into the red cape and boots of Superman, following on from his promising performance in the 2013 Batman v Superman prequel – Man of Steel. Haunted by the demons of his recent past, after the traumatic events just two years previous when he had to use lethal force to stop a rampaging General Zod from completely destroying the city and people that he has sworn to protect. Held up on a pedestal by many and seen as a godlike saviour, there are those though who still blame him for the catastrophic loss of life in Metropolis and feel he needs to be held accountable for his actions.
Cavill’s Superman is that of a grounded and humble saviour, cognisant of the damage wrought by his defence of Metropolis, and anguished over his inability to halt the vast loss of life brought on by his Kryptonian kin. Continuing his crusade to protect the people of his adopted planet, he eventually casts his gaze across the bay to the festering city of Gotham and it’s ruthless protector Batman, believing him to be as amoral as the criminals he hunts and vowing to put an end to his actions.
Rounding out our terrific trinity is Gal Gadot’s impressive entrance as Wonder Woman, stepping onto the big screen for the first time, this is a stand-out and crowd pleasing performance that kicks open the door for her solo performance in the 2017 dated Wonder Woman movie. Gal perfectly embodies the strength, beauty and compassion of the World’s premier female Superhero, easily holding her own alongside the two main leads. Though her role in the film is rather minor in comparison to the other characters, her performance is intensely memorable and she ultimately saves the day towards the end of the film.
Finally seeing Wonder Woman on the silver screen kicking all kinds of arse is rewarding enough, but nothing can prepare you for how well implemented she is into the story itself, at first an almost shadowy figure glimpsed at a socialite party by a beguiled yet wary Bruce Wayne, before shedding her Diana Prince alter ego to embrace her warrior’s way as she goes toe to toe with the film’s big bad, Doomsday in the breathtaking climax.
Alongside the big three is a talented and capable cast of extras that help flesh out the world, especially notable is the performance by Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s guardian and confidante Alfred Pennyworth. Irons is a consummate professional, and his portrayal of Alfred is taken almost completely from the comic book and animated versions of the character. The dry sense of humour, constant quipping and chastising of Bruce are all present, as good as the other versions of Alfred have been in previous films, Jeremy Irons nails the absolute core of the character beautifully.
This brings us to the main villain of the piece, Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor, played effervescently by Jesse Eisenberg. A divisive choice amongst fans, Eisenberg’s Luthor is a million miles from previous versions of the enigmatic criminal genius. This is a younger, crazier Luthor, though he still manages to retain all the characteristics that make up DC’s iconic Supervillain, a power hungry, psychopathic narcissist. No longer the centre of attention in Metropolis since Superman appeared, he uses his vast intellect and fortune to engineer the fight between Batman and Superman, so he can continue uninterrupted with his deadly scheme for ultimate knowledge and power.
Reprising their roles from Man of Steel are, Laurence Fishburne as the Daily Planet’s Perry White, Amy Adams as star reporter and Superman’s love interest Lois Lane, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Plus Kevin Costner makes a small cameo appearance as Jonathan Kent, Clark’s erstwhile adopted father.
The main event of the film comes at about the half way point, as our two leads finally face off on a rain sodden rooftop in Gotham City. This is an epic showdown lifted straight out of the comics, especially Frank Miller’s ground-breaking ‘Dark Knight Returns’. The build up to this fracas really hypes up viewer expectation and the ultimate confrontation is brutal, inventive and exciting, you will not be disappointed by their brawl, it more than delivers on the hype.
Of course this is just one of many action sequences in the film, others include an amazing chase sequence involving the new Batmobile and a heart pumping warehouse scene where Batman faces off against an almost impossible amount of Russian mercenaries, which may very well be my favourite movie fight sequence of all time. This scene showcases Batman’s skill and ferocity better than any previous movie, finally we have a version of the character worthy of the Batman legend.
Once again Zack Snyder delivers the goods with yet another outstanding comic book interpretation, following hot on the heels of his popular adaptations of 300 and Watchmen, Snyder is a comic fan, and it shows. He always successfully manages to encapsulate everything that is important about the chosen characters, every small nuance, every minute detail, cramming in as much lore as he can. His films are a delight to fans of the source material, but are epic and action packed enough to also appeal to the non comic fans.
Batman v Superman is the greatest comic book movie of all time, and I don’t say that lightly. A spectacular love letter to the DC Universe, I never actually thought a Superhero film would ever come along to topple the mighty Watchmen from its lofty perch, but this film has done just that. Ignore the critics, you will be kicking yourself if you allow some random internet review deny you from seeing this astounding film on the big screen. Big, brash and beautiful, Batman v Superman is a modern classic.
Precinct1313 Rating: 5 Anguished Bat Souls Out Of 5
The amazing Hong Kong based production company ‘Hot Toys’ who specialise in building lifelike one sixth scale collectable figures of comic book and film characters have outdone themselves with full size figures of Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and the Batmobile from the incoming blockbuster ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ movie, and they are incredible!
These full scale figures are unbelievably detailed and uncanny in their realistic representation of the three main stars from the upcoming Superhero movie. The armoured Batman figure stands at an impressive seven feet in height, the film accurate figure has light up eyes and base and an astonishing attention to even the minutest detail.
The Wonder Woman and Superman figures also are an impressive sight to behold, but if you’re thinking of investing in one of these stunning sculptures (let alone the complete trinity) you may need a rather hefty bank loan, as each individual figure weighs in at about £5,000 ($7,000.)
Hot Toys will begin selling these astounding effigies in extremely limited numbers from May. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits the big screen on March 25.
New images have appeared today that takes fans on a short tour of Ben Affleck’s Batcave from the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” movie, the rather low res images give us an exclusive glimpse of the Caped Crusader’s base of operations, hidden deep beneath Wayne Manor.
Loyal manservant Alfred Pennyworth also appears in the above pic, played by English actor Jeremy Irons, whose version of the classic character will apparently be a lot more hands on than previous live action variants, bringing him more in line with the comic-book version.
The pictures come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck also had this to say on his version of the Dark Knight:
“Batman represents human beings, mortal men, in a world of Flashes, Aquamen and Supermen, there really needs to be that guy. It’s interesting that he became the leader of the Justice League in the books, I’m not sure how that will play out here, but his humanity is an asset.”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” will be released on 25 March 2016, directed by Zack Snyder and is the foundation block for DC Comics’ extended universe of interconnected movies that began with 2013’s “Man Of Steel.”
Pictures and interview excerpt courtesy of ‘Entertainment weekly’
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to “The Week In Geek,” where we list our favourite comic-book, video-game and cult movie news from the past 7 days for your perusal and pleasure.
New Wonder Woman set photos;
With filming currently underway in the UK, for Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman movie which stars Gal Gadot as the amazing Amazon, more photos have emerged showing Gal and her co-star Chris Pine (who is playing Steve Trevor… twice!) on set in Southend, Essex. The pictures show the actors in the first half of the film, which is (now confirmed) set during World War One, with the latter half of the film set in modern day. The Themysciran demi-goddess will be gracing the silver screen some time in 2017, but can be seen first in next years highly anticipated (especially by us!) “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.”
Become Ben Affleck in new Arkham Knight DLC;
Game developer Rocksteady released a new trailer for some rather interesting extra content for Batman: Arkham Knight. The DLC will feature the Batmobile and costume from next years Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie, giving the player a chance to play as Affleck’s version of the iconic crime-fighter a full four months before his big screen debut.
The DLC also includes two new missions that feature, Catwoman sneaking through a deadly toy shop that houses Edward Nigma‘s automated robot factory in “Catwoman’s Revenge”, and we follow Robin as he tracks down the duplicitous Two Face in “Robin: A Flip Of The Coin.”
Teen Titans Movie a possibility;
And lastly let’s finish on a little bit of rumour and speculation as a new post on JoBlo.com postulates that the planned 2020 “Cyborg” movie may actually be scrapped in favour of a Teen Titans flick. The 2020 Cyborg film is set to star Ray Fisher as the cybernetically enhanced Superhero, with the character making his initial silver screen debut in the 2017 planned Justice League film.
The much loved team of teens have already been stars of several animated series, and have a pilot in the works for a live action series at TNT. If this turns out to be true, it will be fantastic to finally see live action versions of classic characters such as Starfire, Donna Troy and of course one time Boy Wonder, Nightwing… fingers crossed on this one fellow Titans fans.
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Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive coverage of Zack Snyder’s forthcoming movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” included not only some fantastic film stills but also some intriguing morsels of info regarding this potentially epic Superhero movie.
Ben Affleck shared some interesting facts about the confrontation between DC’s two biggest characters. “One of the things I like about Man Of Steel was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing there are real people in those buildings, in fact one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s, so he knew people who died during that black zero event”
Batman has become more pessimistic and world weary when we catch up with him in the new film, at this point of his career he is an old hand at the crime-fighting game, though his outlook is definitely bleak and angry. Affleck mentioned that “He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in his other manifestations, but this version is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.”
Plus Director Zack Snyder had a few words about Wonder Woman’s part in the film saying “She plays a super important part in the movie, she is basically the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be released in March 2016, and we can’t wait!!
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman Copyright: DC Comics.
Pictures Copyright: Entertainment Weekly.