Movies – Warner Brothers Reveals Official Title and New Logo for “Batman v. Superman”

In a recent press release, Warner Brothers Pictures revealed the official title and logo for Zack Snyder’s anticipated Man of Steel sequel. As this film is the prequel to the upcoming Justice League film, the title Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice makes sense.

The new logo is also quite interesting because it incorporates both of the iconic Batman and Superman symbols.

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Details about production and shooting locations were also revealed in the press release:

“Principal photography is underway in Metro Detroit, Michigan

BURBANK, CA, May 21, 2014 – Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific.

Set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.”

What do you think of the title and the stylized logo? Are you looking forward to getting more details about this film as production continues? Sound off in the comments!

“Batman vs Superman” Director Gives Sneak Peek of New Batmobile and Costume

Zack Snyder, the director of the upcoming Batman vs Superman film tweeted out a sneak peek of the new Batmobile and Ben Affleck’s costume.

The director tweeted a picture of the rear wheels and axel of the famous vehicle with the caption, “Could be time to pull the tarp… Tomorrow?”

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We were treated to the full picture today.

The picture features a look at the new Batman costume and a top view of the Batmobile. The vehicle, designed by Patrick Tatopoulos, is much anticipated and is much speculated about by fans, as it follows the “revolutionary” Batmobile from the Christopher Nolan films.

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The film, which is currently untitled, stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Superwoman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. The movie is set to premiere on May 6, 2016.

What do you think of the re-designed costume and Batmobile?

Casting News – Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join “Batman Vs. Superman”

Warner Brothers Studios shared some exciting Batman Vs. Superman casting news today. Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have officially joined the awaited Man of Steel sequel. Eisenberg will be taking on the role of Lex Luthor and Irons will be portraying Alfred.

It is quite exciting that both of these characters will be brought into the franchise as Lex Luthor is a staple character in Superman and Alfred is a major character in the Batman universe.

(Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)
Jesse Eisenberg (Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)

According to an article on Variety, the film is still in early pre-production. This also became evident when it was announced recently the studio will be pushing the blockbuster from a prime July 2015 position to May 6, 2016.

Batman Vs. Superman is being directed by Zack Snyder and the screenplay will be penned by David S. Goyer. Plus, the cast also includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)
Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)

What do you think of these casting choices? Do you think Eisenberg and Irons are right for these roles? Are you looking forward to seeing them as these characters? Stay tuned for more Batman Vs. Superman news as production continues!

Sources: VarietyFlickr.com, and IMDb

Casting Exclusive – Gal Gadot to Join “Batman Vs. Superman” as Wonder Woman

Warner Brothers and director Zack Snyder announced today that they have officially cast actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the highly anticipated Batman Vs. Superman film.

The actress has been in three Fast and Furious films. She and many others are mourning the tragic passing of co-star Paul Walker. However, playing this iconic role could be a major breakthrough for Gadot as Warner Brothers is gearing towards doing a more with a Justice League movie franchise. She also had supporting roles in romantic comedies, Knight and Day and Date Night.

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Zack Snyder had this to say about the iconic role of Wonder Woman: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. 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.”

What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think Gadot will do well with the role of Wonder Woman? Are you looking forward to the Batman Vs. Superman movie? Be sure to check in for more news about Batman Vs. Superman as early production continues!

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Sources: Deadline and IMDbPro

Casting News – Ben Affleck Joins “Man of Steel” Sequel

Many Hollywood stars were surely coveting the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. Several casting rumors have been circulating over the past few days, but we finally got an official announcement today that actor Ben Affleck will be portraying the iconic superhero.

Director Zack Snyder will be returning to lead the production and actors Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne are all currently set to return as cast members. News about this exciting sequel is slowly starting to come out as production begins its early stages.

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In a recent interview, president of Warner Brothers production Greg Silverman, had this to say about casting Affleck in the role: “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular super heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also weighed in on the casting choice by saying:  “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

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Warner Brothers has the sequel is under the working title of Batman VS. Superman and a worldwide release date set for July 17, 2013! What do you think of this interesting and unexpected casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more production news about Batman VS. Superman?

Source: The Wrap

TrulyLuminary Exclusive – “Man of Steel” Review!

I was lucky enough to attend an exclusive screening of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel last night! I am very excited to share my first movie review with you all! Will you be seeing Man of Steel today? Did you go to a midnight screening? Read my thoughts and let me know if you agree in the comments below!

Man of Steel has all the ingredients to become the successful summer blockbuster Warner Brothers has been pushing. The strapping male lead, the strong female lead who later becomes the damsel in distress, the terrifying and evil villain, and tons of action. When thrown together, these ingredients made for an enjoyable viewing experience. However, there were a few things about this film that were not as enjoyable and took away from the overall experience.

As I am not a huge sci-fi or comic book fan, I must admit I did not know a ton about the story of Superman. With a strong and unique narrative pattern, crafted by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, the film was very interesting and effective in revealing the story of Superman without an overload of exposition. We begin on the planet Krypton, where Superman (Henry Cavill) or Kal-El is born. The people of Krypton, however, are in grave danger as their world is coming to an end. Kal-El’s father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) finds a way to protect his son from the destruction of Krypton and plans to send him to Earth where he can live a normal and safe life. Or so he thought.

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This is where the villain, General Zod (Michael Shannon), comes in. Zod does not agree with what Jor-El is doing and is focused on preserving the Kryptonian race. The high council of Krypton realizes that Zod and his followers are dangerous and treacherous people after they murder Jor-El and sentence them to the Phantom Zone. When Krypton is finally destroyed, Zod and his followers end up being released from their sentence and begin to search for a new planet to call home.

We then cut to Superman as Clark Kent and an adult living amongst the human world. This is where his hero’s journey begins and we see the first heroic act of the film. He is a greenhorn on a crab fishing boat and one day while out fishing, the boat receives a distress call from an oil rig nearby. Of course, being Superman he silently slips away and heads to the rescue. This incident, however, could expose him so after he saves the men from the oil rig he then leaves his job as a greenhorn. From there, he heads up to the Northern Territories of Canada.

Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is then introduced as she is investigating some news leads at a US military base. The US Army has found an object buried deep within the ice and is trying to find ways to get it out. But Superman is doing some investigation of his own. He uses his powers to get deep into the ice and discover the object is actually a Kryptonian spaceship. Lane becomes curious about a mysterious man working at the military base and starts doing some investigation into who he is. This is when their relationship begins to form.

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Lois follows him into the spaceship and finds herself in a bit of trouble. Superman then has to jump in and come to the rescue. Lane passes out after Superman uses his powers to try and save her from injuries she has sustained. He then moves her to a safer location and flies away in the ship.

After this incident, she wants to discover more about whom this mystery man is and why he has been very secretive. She finds out that he grew up as Clark Kent and was raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane). Lane also learns that as an adult, he has been moving between the United States and Canada. In his travels, he has held various jobs and covered up his tracks along the way.

Little does Superman know that rebooting the spaceship will cause a lot of trouble for him and his beloved Earth. Zod and his followers receive a signal back on their ship that another spaceship has been rebooted, which then leads them to Earth and Superman’s location. From here, there are some ominous scenes as Zod sends a warning message to Earth, requesting that they turn in Superman. When his request is fulfilled, Zod and his Kryptonian followers make their way back into space with Superman and Lois Lane. However, their safety is in jeopardy so they must find a way to escape. When the Sups and Lane finally do escape, Zod returns to Earth and unleashes his fury, attempting to reclaim Earth and turn it into another Krypton.

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Man of Steel did have downfalls in some areas. I felt that some of the product placement was quite blatant, which took away from the story. I would be engrossed in the scene and then a sign for Sears would become the focus, taking me away from the moment and the world of Superman.  There was also too much action and it felt like there was an action overload. However, the action scenes were beautifully shot and well choreographed.

Overall, Zack Snyder is a talented director who knows how to create visually stunning worlds and work with all of the aspects of film. From beautiful set pieces and costumes, to stunning lighting and cinematography. Hans Zimmer’s score was very well done, as always, and fitting for the film. The casting choices were also well done and Henry Cavill makes a perfect Superman. Personally, I think all of the actors did a great job with the roles and the universe they were given to work with.  Man of Steel was a strong film with a few downfalls, but this project will definitely be launching Henry Cavill into Super-stardom.

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Rating: Three Star review

Movie Exclusive – Final Trailer for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”

The final trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has officially been released by Warner Brothers! This trailer gives audiences an interesting perspective on the story as Russell Crowe’s character, Jor-El, is a primary focus. Through this trailer, we get a stronger idea of Jor-El’s storyline and how he feels about his son and the invasion being led by General Zod (Michael Shannon).

The trailer also features a lot of great music from Hans Zimmer’s score and allows audiences to get a feel of what his music will be like for this film. Watch the exclusive trailer here and take a look at an official synopsis for Man of Steel below:

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

This highly anticipated adaptation also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as the female villain Faora.

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What do you think of this stunning and action-packed new trailer? Are you looking forward to seeing the film when it hits theaters on June 14, 2013? Do you think this film will be a good boost for Henry Cavill’s acting career? TrulyLuminary will be present at an exclusive screening for Man of Steel next week on June 13 so be sure to check back for a review and screening coverage!

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