Man of Steel 2

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It’s only a coincidence that I’m writing this on the day Man of Steel hits home video, and it has nothing to do with the approaching 35th anniversary of Superman: The Movie. Rather, it’s something I’ve been wondering during the discussions of the latest Marvel movie post-credits “stingers.” Thor: The Dark World finishes with three separate teases. The first (not a stinger) comes before the credits and hints at something that will presumably be dealt with in Thor 3. The next comes midway into the credits and introduces a character and teases plot that is part of the larger Marvel/Avengers franchise storyline. And the third is just a funny post-credits scene that I expect to be the vaguely reported link between the film and an upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. Personally, I have no problem with these or any stingers. The midway scene in Thor 2 is pretty goofy, though, and has been met with the usual confusion that, hopefully for Marvel’s sake, translates into curiosity instead of annoyance. And perhaps the way they’re done is a little tired, so maybe it is time to try something different. Like a prologue stinger. I don’t know if that phrase makes sense (I’m not totally sure of where the term stinger comes from), but here’s what I mean: set up the next film before the latest even begins. For the one and only example, as far as I know, look to the opening of the first Superman, which features the trial of […]

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Ten years ago today, The Matrix: Revolutions was released in theaters. This is, of course, no monumental cinematic anniversary. It’s quite likely that nobody will ask you today, or any day for that matter, where you were the first time you saw the third Matrix film. At most, this revelation will be a reminder that you, like me, are getting older, and the space between decades ain’t what it used to be. But much has changed in studio tentpole filmmaking in the past ten years – in practice, if not, well, “quality.” On this rather unceremonious anniversary, the third Matrix film has a surprising lot to tell us about how studio franchises have developed since the early Bush era, and where they likely will and won’t go moving forward. The Matrix, a film series initiated by a late-90s cyberpunk sleeper hit that arguably overshadowed the return of f*cking Star Wars, by its final chapter came to be treated by Hollywood as a failed prototype never to be repeated again.

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Bryan Cranston

As a devourer of movie culture, you probably caught the Cosmic Book News “story” that Bryan Cranston had been cast as Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2: Ben Affleck Boogaloo, and you most definitely recognized that it didn’t pass the smell test. Six appearance deal for the baddie? Matt Damon as Aquaman? Thirteen appearances as Batman for Affleck? Right. It’s weird to think the scoop came from a site notorious for making things up. But now that Rolling Stone has lazily broadcast the bullshit, simultaneously giving it credibility without lifting a finger to do any research, it becomes slightly more important to spread the word that Cranston hasn’t been cast in the role. Tell your excited Breaking Bad fans the news and be there to hold them or remind them to still hold out hope. And if Cranston eventually does get cast, can I lobby for a non-bald Luthor? There’s nothing like watching a Superman movie and wondering why he’s battling Walter White.

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Batfleck

Try to picture this: it’s ten years from now, and Ben Affleck has shaken off the hatred he earned for signing up to play a superhero by carefully choosing his acting and directing projects. In a rebound of public opinion, he’s delivered several trenchant performances — fulfilling the potential he showed back in the 90s — and crafted several prestigious films that prove his salt as a storyteller. With that, welcome to 2013, Daredevil haters. It’s good to have you here.

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Per The Wrap, Ben Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming sequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Go ahead. Bitch, moan, complain, and vent about how terrible this casting is because of Gigli or Daredevil or his association with Kevin Smith. We’ll wait.

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Superman and Batman

Breaking news out of Comic-Con this morning. Hero Complex is reporting that Warner Bros. will announce the sequel to this summer’s big DC Comics adaptation Man of Steel, with a big caveat: Superman will be meeting Batman in the sequel. According to sources with knowledge of the project, “director Zack Snyder is expected to reunite with screenwriter David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill for the new film. It’s unlikely Christian Bale will step back into the bat suit, as the actor has indicated publicly that he has moved on from his days as Bruce Wayne.” Assuming this is true — we will know soon enough, as the Warner Bros. panel begins in about 45 minutes — it would fit in perfectly with Warner Bros.’ intention to lay down a path toward a Justice League film, just as Marvel did with its Avengers over the course of the past four years. The big question about Justice League is “how will they get there?” How will they bring all of their characters together in a way that feels fluid, on a time frame that is far more brief than what Marvel had to work with. Step one appears to be uniting their two biggest names: Superman and Batman. From there, the possibilities begin to unfold. We will be keeping our ears to the ground as more comes in from San Diego this afternoon. So buckle in, DC fans, as this afternoon could be a lot of fun. UPDATE: THR is reporting that The Flash could be getting a stand-alone movie […]

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Man of Steel

Man of Steel made all the money this weekend, rocking the third highest opening June weekend (adjusted) with $125M domestic and another $71.6M international for good measure. The extent of its success will depend on whether audience reactions are positive enough to propel it to large numbers in the following weeks (because getting to a billion isn’t easy), but it’s not surprising that the team at Warners is excited about the sequel/franchise possibilities. In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal, they might be looking to release Man of Steel 2 as early as next year. But how realistic is that? It’s true that Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer are both back as director and writer respectively, but even with main talent in place, the timeline seems truncated. After all, it was three years between Christopher Nolan sharing Goyer’s concept with Warners and the release of the new Superman. Plus, Man of Steel took at least 7 months to shoot — that’s without counting post-production and effects. So, essentially, they’d better start tomorrow if they want a Summer 2014 slot.

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Man of Steel biz

Too busy trying to get over the season finale of Game of Thrones and rearranging your Mad Men conspiracy theories and, damn, you just missed all the hot news jams fresh out of Hollywood? Not to worry, we’ve rounded up everything you may have missed and packed it up into a fun little gift box we call our afternoon Biz Break.

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