MAN OF STEEL
With “Man of Steel” opening in over 4,000 American theaters today, there’s a wealth of news surrounding Zack Snyder’s take on Superman. Beyond the reviews (CBR’s Erik Amaya took on the film earlier this week), there are plenty of interviews with the cast and crew — including one by CBR contributor Todd Gilchrist with director Zack Snyder about his work on the film and how it might set the stage for “Justice League.”
“The truth is that unless you get Superman together, you can’t do anything with the DC Universe, in my opinion,” Snyder told CBR. “Superman is the hardest nut to crack, but he’s also the chairman of the board, and unless you got him together, I mean, what kind of Justice League movie are you going to make without Superman? I mean, it’s ridiculous. So from my point of view, if he works, and he’s working well, then the cuffs are off and let’s see what happens with the rest of these cats. And in a weird way, those stories serve Superman, in my opinion. And I don’t know what movie would get made with the Justice League, but if you think about it from that philosophical standpoint, then you’re in a place where you can really start to talk about what kind of movie you could make.”
In fact, “Justice League” seemed to be on the minds of many reporters. David S. Goyer spoke with HeyUGuys and Bleeding Cool, implying to both that the possibility exists for a “Justice League” feature film.
“It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe,” Goyer told Hey U Guys. “And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven’t had various conversations on set, around ‘what if’ and ‘moving forward’.
“That having been said, it’s all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more Man Of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception. If that happens, I would be happy, and nervous, to dive in.”
Finally, Comic Book Movie has posted a TV spot for the feature film with some new footage. Check it out below.
Now in theaters
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
GQ UK spoke with Joss Whedon about everything on his plate — including the upcoming “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series.
“It basically opens with the idea that since The Avengers things have changed,” Whedon told GQ. “Now everybody knows that there are gods and monsters, and what is the world like? It’s about being the people who aren’t super and what it is like for them. There will be people with powers and there will be exciting otherworldly mysteries and all that good stuff, but it’s all in the service of finding the humanity of the thing. And [Agent] Coulson was that in the movies; he was the voice of us, the one who says, ‘I don’t know what’s going on – these guys are super, they’re from this other place… but we’re dealing with it.'”
Airs Tuesdays this fall on ABC
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Comic Book Movie has posted photos from the set of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” that show the Falcon in flight.
Opens April 4, 2014
UNKNOWN MARVEL MOVIES
It looks like Disney has set dates for two Marvel mystery projects — one for May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017. It’s likely the kick-off for Marvel’s Phase Three of its Cinematic Universe. CBR’s Kevin Melrose speculates one of the films to be “Doctor Strange,” which has been confirmed to be a part of the studio’s plans for its third block of films. Other films in various stages of development include films starring Black Panther, Iron Fist, Blade and Captain Marvel — not to mention the long-rumored “Runaways” film.
It seems likely that Marvel will have something to say about these two future films come Comic-Con International 2013 in July.
According to an interview with The Arnold Fans, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed he’d be coming back to the “Terminator” franchise in “Terminator 5” as a Terminator robot.
“In fact, I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in ‘Terminator 5’ and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January and I’m also going to do ‘King Conan’ — to play that role and also to do another ‘Twins’ movie,” Schwarzenegger told The Arnold Fans. “So I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I’m looking forward to doing those films.”
HUMANS AS ELVES WATCHING HUMANS
Peter Jackson has posted a most entertaining video on his Facebook page involving Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace reacting to fans reacting to the “Desolation of Smaug” trailer. It’s really meta.