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Zack Snyder on Man of Steel Criticism, Christopher Reeve, Real World Consequences

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Director Zack Snyder and the creative team behind Man of Steel took a great deal of flack for the amount of violence and destruction in the film. However, in a recent interview with Forbes, Snyder said he believes much of the criticism the film received in that respect has to do with the fans’ perception of Superman.

“…I think with Superman we have this opportunity to place this icon within the sort of real world we live in,” Snyder said. “And I think that, honestly, the thing I was surprised about in response to [Man of Steel] was how everyone clings to the Christopher Reeve version of Superman, you know? How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version but more the movie version… If you really analyze the comic book version of Superman, he’s killed, he’s done all the things– I guess the rules that people associate with Superman in the movie world are not the rules that really apply to him in the comic book world, because those rules are different…It’s just funny to see people really taking it personally… because I made him real, you know, I made him feel, or made consequences [in] the world.”

Snyder compared his work on Man of Steel to his work on the 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen.

“[In Watchmen]…We really wanted to show it wasn’t just like they thought, like the PG-13 version where everyone just gets up and they’re fine. I really wanted to show the violence is real, people get killed or get hurt, and it’s not fun or funny. And I guess for me, it was like I wanted a hero in Superman that was a real hero and sort of reflected the world we live in now.”

Zack Snyder will direct Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Superman/Batman film, which comes out on May 6, 2016.

Source: Forbes

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The Walking Dead Season 5 to See the Return of Morgan?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead is still several months away. But executive producer Scott M. Gimple may have already given fans a clue as to what’s coming.

In a recent interview on Larry King Now, when asked whether fans would see the Morgan character again, Gimple replied: “I am so determined to make that happen by hook and by crook that I can say definitively, ‘Yes.”…But there’s time and tide that can get in the way.”

Played by Lennie James, Morgan appeared in seasons 1 and 3 of The Walking Dead. Early in the series, he was the first non-zombie Rick Grimes met after waking up from his coma. In season 3, Rick, Carl, and Michonne found Morgan on the edge of sanity following the death of his son Duane.

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Bryan Singer Talks X-Men: Apocalypse

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Bryan Singer, director of next month’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as X-Men and X2: X-Men United, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the next film in the series, X-Men Apocalypse.

Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty are among those developing the film, which Singer says will not be an exact replication of the Age of Apocalypse storyline fans know from the Marvel comic book universe.

Singer said the film will focus on the returning cast members from X-Men: First Class. James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) are all scheduled to return for the film. We may also see younger incarnations of characters like Gambit and Nightcrawler. The movie will also reportedly take place during the ’80s.

“I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ’80s,” Singer said.

Singer noted that elements from Days of Future Past will influence Apocalypse, but the ending of the former won’t directly set the stage for the latter.

“You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse,” Singer said. ”What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen.”

Source: ComingSoon.net

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Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman on Late Show

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert, host, executive producer, and writer for Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will succeed the retiring David Letterman on The Late Show in 2015.

Colbert, who signed a five-year deal, gave the following statement: “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead. I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

The Colbert Report has been on the air since 2005, and has earned two Peabody Awards, as well as numerous Emmy Awards. The show is a spin-off of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, which Colbert had appeared on previously.

Comedy Central released the following statement today: ”Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades. We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best.”

Source: CBS News

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Ninja Turtles Co-Creator Speaks on New Movie

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Peter Laird, who co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Kevin Eastman in the ’80s, recently spoke to ComicBookMovie.com about the trailer for the new Jonathan Liebesman-directed movie.

An Overview of the New Trailer: “I was impressed with what I saw of the production values — if nothing else, it looks like the new TMNT movie will have a lot of stuff going on and looking good (that toppling tower, for example) — but the changes to the basic design of the Turtles seemed to me to fall into the “fixing what is not broken” category. It’s altogether possible that, in the context of this new movie, these designs will work well and not seem so odd, but I still point to what Jim Henson’s “Creature Shop” team did with their rendering of the Turtles in rubber and paint as the best translation (in live action, anyway) of the Turtles as Kevin Eastman and I created them. That being said, so far I have only seen this short trailer with just a few brief glimpses of the Turtles. My opinion could change…”

On the Additions to the Turtles’ Look: “It may just be a personal preference of mine — and one informed by twenty-five years with the Turtles as co-creator working on those green dudes — but the extra “stuff” added to the Turtles’ outfits just seems extraneous to me, and a bit silly in spots (I mean, thin bamboo armor for a Turtle’s shell?). Maybe it will work, but right now, I don’t see it. I prefer the simpler versions.”

On the More “Human” Look of the Turtles: “…When I watched that trailer for the first time, and came to that bit near the end where Michelangelo takes off his bandana, revealing his full face to April, complete with human-looking nose, I immediately flashed back to the early days, back in 1984 or 1985 when we were living in Sharon, CT and just beginning to take steps into the world of licensing the TMNT. It was during that time that we received a letter from a small movie company — I think it was New World — offering us a deal to do a live-action TMNT movie, wherein they suggested that the way to go was to choose some (at that point in time) “hot” young comedians, dress them up in Turtle costumes, but leave their faces bare… except for a layer of green paint, so their zany comic expressions could be easily visible.

As you probably know, we turned that one down. Remember, this was well before the first animated TMNT series was  even a glimmer in anyone’s eye. It’s intriguing to contemplate what the history of the TMNT might have been had we accepted that first live-action movie offer.”

It should be noted that Kevin Eastman has served as an advisor on the new film.

For the full interview, check out ComicBookMovie.com.

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New Suicide Squad to Debut in July

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

This July, DC Comics will relaunch its Suicide Squad series with a new creative team, new team members, and a new title: New Suicide Squad.

As the cover obviously indicates, the new team members are Deathstroke, Black Manta, and Joker’s Daughter. They are standing behind the inprisoned Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot, who were on the previous team.

Sean Ryan will write the series, and Jeremy Roberts will pencil.

According to IGN, the team’s first mission will be in Russia, and Waller no longer has “the autonomy she used to.”

The company will similarly relaunch Teen Titans in July

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WWE Reports The Ultimate Warrior Has Died

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

WWE has reported that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away.

The following is the official message from WWE.com

“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.”

The Ultimate Warrior, whose birth name was Jim Hellwig (he later legally changed his name to Warrior), just appeared on Monday Night Raw on April 7. He addressed his fans in the ring, going on one of his character’s famous tirades.

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Will Nathan Fillion Appear in Guardians of the Galaxy?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Having starred as Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, voiced Green Lantern in numerous animated movies, and crooning as Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible‘s Sing-Along Blog, Nathan Fillion has no shortage of fanboy cred. But he may soon get even more

During a St. Louis Comic Con panel this week, Fillion was asked whether he wanted a part in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Castle star’s response was: ”[Want] to get a part? Or maybe did. I’m just saying maybe. Maybe it’ll be a surprise. Maybe check the credits of the movie when you watch it.”

Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1.

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Kevin Feige: Marvel Studios Has Movies Planned Through 2028

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

In a recent interview with Bloomberg Business Week, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige noted the company has plans for cinematic ventures that extend nearly a decade and a half into the future.

The article reads: Feige can produce an unlimited number of films with interweaving story lines and characters, creating a vast audience for almost any Marvel movie. People might show up for The Avengers, meet the Black Widow, and come back for her movie, too. There’s a map of films reaching far into the next decade on the wall of Feige’s office. “It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it,’” he laughs. “They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”

Marvel Studios has produced movies based on Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, which eventually led to The Avengers. The studio’s upcoming films include Guardians of the GalaxyAvengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.

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The Riddler Cast in Fox’s Gotham

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Cory Michael Smith has been cast as Edward Nygma, a.k.a. The Riddler, in Fox’s Gotham, a prequel series to the Batman mythos.

Smith has a guest spot in the Gotham pilot, but the role reportedly has the option to expand to a series regular.

In the DC Comics universe, Edward Nygma/The Riddler is a villain who compulsively poses riddles to Batman, offering clues to his different crimes and heists. The Gotham version of the character is described as “”brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist who’s eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked.”

Smith has most recently been seen in Camp X-Ray.

The Riddler has previously been portrayed by Frank Gorshin on the 1960s Batman TV show, and Jim Carrey in Batman Forever.

The Gotham pilot is currently filming. The show is set to debut this fall.

Source: Newsarama

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