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Batman VS Superman Casts Lex Luthor and Alfred

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Batman VS Superman has just been delayed for 10 months and will now be coming out in 2016 rather than 2015. When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman people took to the internet to complain. I don’t know how people will react to this current casting news as it is very fresh.

Jesse Eisenberg star of The Social Network has been cast as the main villain Lex Luthor. Now I was very surprised by this as everyone was saying that Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong and Joaquin Phoenix would be cast in the role. I understand that they wanted someone younger for the role as they aimed to have him the same age as Superman but I don’t think that Eisenberg has the presence to stand up against Cavill. I thought an older actor would have been more suited to the role.

Bruce Wayne’s Butler has also been cast. Alfred will be played by Jeremy Irons which I think is a great choice. I think he is a great actor and in some ways the role seems to small for him but I reckon he can pull off the same sympathy and conscious of Alfred that we saw from Michael Caine.

We are likely to keep on getting more rumors as well as casting updates over the next few months so watch this space.

What do you think of the casting? Who would you rather see play these roles? Please comment and thanks for reading.

Batman VS Superman Film Delayed

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One of the the most anticipated films of 2015 was Batman VS Superman. Was. Production on the Man of Steel sequel has been delayed for 10 months. Filming was due to start in February 2014 and the film was due for release in the summer of 2015. Rumors are that Ben Affleck has suffered a leg injury and this has caused filming to be delayed. The delay has also been put down to the trouble with casting and that people may end up getting recast due to scheduling conflicts. Or maybe this is to work around the scheduling conflicts.

The current rumors floating around on casting are that the villains of the film will be Lex Luthor and Doomsday. Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong and recently Joaquin Phoenix have been rumored for the role. For Doomsday Jason Mamoa was rumored but has denied involvement and recently it was announced that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is going to appear in the film and would be playing Doomsday.

Another rumor is that Synder needs more time to complete his vision and the film will be released in 2016.There were rumors a few days ago that stated that this film and the Justice League movie would shoot back to back. This delay may allow that to happen. Maybe this is just rumors for now we just have to wait and see.

All of these could be true or they could be exaggerated. I think that Batman VS Superman will now not be released until 2016 and it will likely shoot back to back with the planned Justice League movie which is scheduled for 2017 but that has not been set in stone.

How do you feel about the delay? Who would you recast? Please comment and thanks for reading.

Iron Man 3 Review

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man back in 2008 and led the The Avengers which is the highest grossing film of all time. Robert Downey Jr has brought Tony Stark to life and there is no doubt that people love this character so much. Robert Downey Jr has portrayed Tony Stark 5 times including a brief cameo in The Incredible Hulk and will reprise the role in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Something has surprised me about the standalone Iron Man films. People love the character of Tony Stark but find the films a bit rubbish. I did think Iron Man was good and I think the series is decent but they are not without its flaws. Iron Man 3 for me has a great many flaws which  I will discuss.

First of all Tony Stark is an eccentric billionaire, playboy. philanthropist and is a narcissist and overly arrogant. Iron Man 3 went for a much darker tone similar to what Christopher Nolan did with his Batman trilogy. I do think this was a mistake to make Tony Stark a darker and weary character. I think Marvel have lighter tones to their films and have a great deal of comic relief. Seeing someone we love suddenly become weary may be interesting for some but not for all. I think Tony is this film was too depressing and even though the film had its lighter moments it was aiming for a darker tone.

The plot for me is nothing special and seems to be not much more than a simple revenge movie. The plot does deviate quite a lot and the film is full of plot holes. I do not like discussing plot holes as frankly we are not watching real life and nothing is perfect so I can let most plot holes go. Part of the film sees Tony Stark turn up in Tennessee and the world presumes that he is dead. I feel that these scenes had no relevance whatsoever and were forced upon the audience.

One of the major issues with the film is the Mandarin plot twist. Now this is a SPOILER so if you have not seen the film or are aware of the twist then I suggest you stop reading. However I assume most people have seen this by now or at least heard about the outrage of the plot twist. Anyway, the trailers showed us that Ben Kingsley is portraying The Mandarin but after Tony and Rhodes raid his compound they discover that he is a fake and is a British actor who is working for the real villain Alrdich Killian played by Guy Pearce. I guess it was an interesting plot choice but I was really upset that they changed the Mandarin. Killian also later claims to be the real Mandarin and sports a dragon tattoo. However there is a rumor going around that Ben Kingley is working on a short marvel film in which he plays the real Mandarin. That would be cool if it turns out to be true.

The action sequences in the film are cool and I was surprised to see them done so well with Shane Black directing as he has not directed a film of this scale before. However because of what Iron Man is some of the fight sequences seem a bit too faced paced and I feel that audiences will not get to savor how good the fights are. However I am sure fans were happy to see fight scenes in such a large scale.

I do give some credit to the film as although the other Avengers are not in the film we do not miss them. I feel that Tony Stark is interesting on his own to carry a movie and to be honest he is the main character of The Avengers films. I do think that this film gives Rhodes a lot more to do and I feel that his character was underused in both the previous Iron Man films. Don Cheadle does not steal the show but he plays an interesting contrast to Tony which I think audiences did enjoy.

Overall I do think that this film did a decent job and is no doubt entertaining. I know that die hard fans do not like it as they feel that it betrayed the original content of the comic. This is more like a sequel to The Avengers than Iron Man 2 and I suspect the  action taken by Tony at the end of the movie will lead to the events of Age Of Ultron. Until I see that I cannot really say much but I do think this film has a great deal of relevance to the next Avengers film.

6.5/10

What did you think of the film? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

The LEGO Movie Trailer Review

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Lego has been a popular toy for generations and there have been many stop animation films on the web created by fans. The LEGO Movie is due out early next year and I have to say I’m excited. Like many other people I grew up with Lego and despite I do not buy it anymore I will always have a look in the Lego store if I am passing by. This film has its own narrative and is going to follow a specific story but features many of the classic and new Lego min figures.

The trailer does have a great deal of humor in it and I do think that is down to the cast as well as good writing. Chris Pratt is playing Emmet the main character and his voice is so perfect for this role. The mannerisms of all the characters in the trailer looks cool and adds a comedy element to it. The film also features Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, WIll Ferrel, Will Arnet and Liam Neeson. For an animated movie this does have a great ensemble cast.

This film may just be an attempt to make money through merchandise but I don’t really care if it is. If I can feel a sense of nostalgia to my childhood that would be a great experience. I hope this film is fun for both adults and children. I will definatly be seeing this when it is released.

How about you? Do you want to see this film? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

Ben Affleck Is The New Batman

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Last week it was rumored that Christian Bale may once again don the cowl and portray Batman in Man Of Steel 2. Bale did not take the $50 million offered and it was announced that now Ben Affleck will be portraying Batman. This has caused a lot of people to be upset.

Ben Affleck was not my choice or frankly an obvious choice for me to play Batman but I trust the studio as they are the ones with the script so they know who will portray the character best. I also think it is unfair people slating Affleck over this. This is such an iconic role for any actor to have and fans already hate him.

People are also bringing up the fact that there was controversy over Michael Keaton portraying Batman and many consider him to be the best portrayal. I personally like Bale the best but maybe thats because Bale was Batman in my teenage years and I got to see the films at the cienma which is more fun that watching it on television.

I have been reading what people have been saying and some things I am concerned about but I am not going to let it get to me. Affleck is a brilliant director and has really changed as an actor over the last five years. People are comparing this to Daredevil already. Actors usually get better with age in my opinion.

Affleck will need to make this version of Batman his own. If he copies Bale directly people will slate him There are so many different versions of Batman and it will need to be different from Nolan’s Batman. Affleck and Synder need to make this version as different as possible in order to be accepted.

I am very pleased that an older actor is playing Batman. Affleck is 41 and like I said he has matured as an actor so I am very looking forward to a weary but confident portrayal of Batman. I can only aassume that this Batman will have already been Batman for a few years before facing the Man of Steel.

I did think that Affleck would play a great Batman but a lesser Bruce Wayne. But there is plenty of time for that to change. Until a trailer is seen I cannot really make a comment on it. Bale played Bruce Wayne really well and my only concern is Affleck will not be able to out do Bale.I will give Affleck a chance and I think everyone else should.What do you think about Affleck portaying Batman? Who would you have rather seen portray him? Comment below and thanks for reading.

Christian Bale May Return As Batman?

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I loved Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and feel that it will stand out as one of the best trilogies that have ever been made. The Trilogy itself had a defining ending and allowed this character of Bruce Wayne to be portrayed realistically. The film is set in a much more belivable universe compared to other superhero movies.

I have just found out this rumor that Bale is being offered $50 million to return as Batman in Man Of Steel 2. Whilst some may be happy about this I am not. I really think Bale’s batman running around with Superman will destroy the mythos of Nolan’s trilogy. Bale has said previously that he will not do another Batman film but would $50 Million change his mind.

I really hope that he does not appear again. To steal a line from The Dark Knight ‘Look whoever the Batman is, he doesn’t want to do this for the rest of his life. How could he? Batman is looking for someone to take up his mantle.’. I think this line reflects it. Bale does not want to be type cast as Batman for the rest of his life.

I do however think Bale portrayed a brilliant Batman and I am only upset if he would return because The Dark Knight Rises had a definitive ending. Maybe if he played a slightly different version of Batman I would be okay with it but most audiences would just assume it is the same incarnation and that would ruin the mythos of the trilogy.

Bale is the right age to be playing this new Batman. At almost 40 years old he is exactly the age Warner Brothers want to play this new Batman. Bale said last month ‘we were fortuante to make three films lets not get greedy’. So I hope that he sticks to what he has said.

I would rather he not return as Batman but if it is done correctly I may be able to accept it. We now just have to wait for the news to come in if he will star in it or not. What do you think? Would you like to see Bale return as Batman? Please comment below.

Batman vs Superman (Man Of Steel 2) What to expect

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In June I blogged about if the Justice League movie would happen or not. If it was to happen I suggested a few things. Those things have come true. I predicted correctly. I said that a Justice League movie should not be done till 2017 and that is the case. I said that Batman and Superman should team up in a film first, that is the case. And that other League members should be introduced in others films, so far A Flash movie has been confirmed.

I am happy that Warner Brothers are no rushing into a Justice League movie. I did think a Batman reboot should have been done first but after thinking about it, it is not necessary. We all know Batman’s origin story initially. We know what happens to his parents, we knows he is a billionaire, we know he travels the world to become a detective and a fighter. Why would another film get made to explore that.

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I did really enjoy Man Of Steel and it is a great starting point for a Justicec League movie. I am not sure at the moment how the film will work out. As with the title of the film it is unknown. We can assume that Batman and Superman are going to face off each other and eventually join forces. Will there be a villain they need to take down together? I really can’t say.

I do think that maybe Lex Luthor will appear as a minor role and maybe set up to be the main villain in Man Of Steel 3. Darkseid has been rumored to be the villain in the Justice League movie so I doubt he will be the villain. Others have suggested Doomsday will be the villain for this film. Maybe a Batman villain will be the threat of this one?

I am anxious about this film as I love Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy so much and I am very greatful that his creation is protected by him and will not appear in the Justuice League. If there is a new Batman it will have to be very different from Christian Bales’ portrayal. I think Luke Evans should play the role of Batman in this film. Others are already suggesting Ryan Gosling, Armie Hammer, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. Casting needs to be spot on if they are going to make this work.

Overall I am both nervous and excited about this project and I have felt that Warner Brothers only inteneded to make Justice League because of The Avengers. The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel all did well at the box office I don’t want to see this made as a pathetic attempt to try and get one over on Marvel. It should be done correctly or not at all.

What do you think of this film? Who would you like to see portray Batman? Who should the villain be? Please comment below and thanks for reading.