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New Ben Affleck/Batman Image Surfaces Online

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

A new close-up image of Ben Affleck as Batman from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice surfaced online this week.

The image made its debut on the floor of Comic-Con International this week before DC Entertainment officially released it July 24.

Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice will see Affleck’s Batman cross paths with Henry Cavill’s Superman. The movies comes out May 16, 2016.

Source: Yahoo Movies

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Sony Announces The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Sinister Six Release Dates

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The near future of the Spider-Man movie franchise has officially been set by Sony.

This week, Sony announced Sinister Six will hit theaters November 11, 2016. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and written by Drew Goddard, it will mark the first time a Spider-Man film has been released outside the summer.

In the Marvel Universe, the original Sinister Six consisted of Doctor Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter. Various incarnations have since existed since the group’s debut in 1964.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will then follow in 2018.

Spidey’s most recent film venture, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, made more than $706 million worldwide.

Image from marvel.wikia.com.

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Superman (Apparently) Comes to Gotham in New Superman v Batman Teaser

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Judging by Warner Bros’ new promo image for Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice, Superman is coming to Gotham City.

Released this week, the image shows us Henry Cavill’s Superman for the first time since Man of Steel, standing in a dark and rainy city. While it’s not “officially” Gotham City, it can certainly be considered Gothamesque.

In an interview with USA Today, Snyder confirmed Superman will indeed come to Gotham in the new movie, and that he will be interacting with various other heroes. Snyder added these interactions will change his view of the world at large.

In addition to Batman, Cavill’s Superman may be crossing paths with Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (rumored to be played by Jason Momoa).

Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice comes out May 16, 2016. Principal photography is in progress.

Image from usatoday.com.

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Kevin Feige Talks Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Marvel Studios Kevin Feige recently opened up about three upcoming installments in the saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange.

Feige was interviewed at Barcelona’s CinaEurope, and noted that the title role in Doctor Strange will likely be cast within the next two months, before production begins in Spring 2015.

“[Doctor] Strange is very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis,” Feige said. “There’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel Universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.”

Another character Feige cites as “very important” is Ant-Man, who will get his own cinematic spotlight in July 2015.

“We like that people don’t necessarily know what Ant-Man is,” Feige said. “We like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he’s a very key Marvel character. He’s a key Avenger. He’s an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we’re on the road to the best version of ‘Ant-Man’ that we could have.”

Of course, Marvel fans can look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy this August. Feige noted that the Guardians franchise could go in several different directions after this initial film.

“There are dozens and dozens of Guardians of the Galaxy storylines,” Feige said. “There’s a group that came about in the ’60s, were revamped again in the ’80s and they changed into this incarnation that you see in this movie about eight or nine years ago. So there are a lot of other characters and worlds and stories. So should this film work, should the audience come out for this one, there are definitely places we can take it and we have ideas of where we’d like to go with it.”

A key character in Guardians of the Galaxy? Thanos, who moviegoers saw during the credits in The Avengers.

“We learn a little bit more about him in Guardians of the Galaxy, and he – and his band of followers – is the biggest piece of connective tissue that will eventually lead us back into Avengers films in the future,” Fiege said.

Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1. Ant-Man comes out July 17, 2015.

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Rian Johnson Will Reportedly Write/Direct Two Star Wars Movies

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Rian Johnson, director of films like The Brothers Bloom and Looper, as reportedly been recruited by LucasFilm to direct Episode VIII and Episode IX in the upcoming new Star Wars trilogy.

While no official announcement has been made regarding Johnson’s involvement, Johnson did post a YouTube clip this week, perhaps hinting at his state of mind. The clip, from The Right Stuff, sees Sam Shepard’s character about to launch into space. Nervously, he whispers to himself: “Dear Lord, please don’t let me f*** up.”

Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, comes out December 18, 2015. Two additional Star Wars spin-offs have also been announced, one directed by Josh Trank, the other by Gareth Edwards.

Source: Yahoo! News

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Another Hulk Solo Movie in the Works?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While Hulk’s previous two cinematic ventures haven’t exactly been smash hits, Marvel may be willing to give the character one more go-around in theaters.

The news comes from Mark Ruffalo, who played Bruce Banner in The Avengers.

“I think [Marvel is] for the first time, entertaining the idea of it,” Ruffalo said in a recent interview. “When we did The Avengers it was basically ‘No!’, and now there is some consideration for it. But there’s still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut. I think the Banner/Hulk storyline is obviously not easy a tough nut to crack.”

When asked about the possibility of Hulk appearing in a team-up film, Ruffalo said: ”If they do Iron Man 4 and Banner’s in that, that would be great.”

 Source: ComingSoon.net

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Justice League, Wonder Woman, Flash/Green Lantern Movies May Be on the Horizon

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

If journalist Nikki Finke is to be believed, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are aiming to match Marvel at the movies by 2016.

While nothing outside of Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice has been officially announced, NikkiFinke.com reports this week that Warner Bros. is hoping to release the following films…

May 2016: Batman v Superman
July 2016 – A Shazam movie
December 2016 – A Neil Gaiman-inspired Sandman movie
May 2017 – The long-rumored Justice League movie
July 2017 – A Wonder Woman movie
Christmas 2017 – A team up film featuring Green Lantern and The Flash
May 2018 – A sequel to Man of Steel

This news was supposedly to have been broken by Warner Bros. this July at Comic-Con International.

Finke also reports that films based on the Suicide Squad and the Metal Men were in the works, but fell off schedule. The Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman will reportedly also have cameos in the Justice League film. In addition, Finke notes the Green Lantern in the aforementioned films will not be played by Ryan Reynolds.

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Channing Tatum Hopes to “Change the Superhero Movie” with Gambit

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While nothing is official at this juncture, signs continue to point to Channing Tatum portraying Gambit in upcoming X-Men films.

Different reports have pointed toward Tatum’s Gambit either showing up in X-Men: Apocalypse, or debuting in his own stand-alone picture. But in any event, Tatum seems to want the opportunity to shake up the superhero film genre with Gambit.

“We’ve talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the ‘hero, superhero movie,’” Tatum said in a recent MTV interiew. “Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He’s a thief. He walks on the gray. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.”

However, in the words of Tatum himself, his Gambit aspirations are only conversations and dreams right now, really.”

Source: MTV News

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Josh Trank Will Direct Star Wars Stand-Alone Film

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Coming off the recent announcement that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct a Star Wars stand-alone film, a director has been announced for another stand-alone: Josh Trank.

Trank has previously directed Chronicle, and will direct the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot for 20th Century Fox.

“The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood,” Trank said via press release. “The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”

Source: StarWars.com

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Game of Thrones, 12 Years A Slave Stars Cast in Star Wars: Episode VII

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

StarWars.com announced this week that Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Nyong’0 won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress earlier this year for her performance in 12 Years A Slave.

Christie is best known as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones. She will also be featured in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII comes out December 18, 2015.

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