‘Batman-Superman’ Pic Adds Holly Hunter, ’300′s Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto

Mike Fleming

hhunterWarner Bros has added Holly Hunter, 300: Rise Of An Empire star Callan Mulvey, and The Wolverine‘s Tao Okamoto to join Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Jeremy Irons … Read More »

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Squash Those Petitions! Why Ben Affleck As Batman Is Good Move For Warner Bros

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 1:36pm PDT
Mike Fleming

OPINION: I was as surprised as anyone when Ben Affleck was named the new Batman by Warner Bros. While I know I will be incurring the Wrath of Khan from a certain segment of Deadline readers for saying this, I do not share the alarm expressed by just about all 300+ Deadline commenters who’ve condemned the move and feel it’s awful for Affleck, Warner Bros, and humanity as a whole.

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This is the biggest Affleck surprise I can recall since I saw Gone Baby Gone and was surprised to see that he was a helluva filmmaker. I guess what I’m saying is, Affleck has earned some rope from us; he  knows what he is doing. I know he’s read the script, and he loves the concept. After watching Robert Downey Jr unexpectedly (at the time) establish himself as a global superstar after he auditioned for and won over Marvel for Iron Man, I see a lot of upside for Affleck to bolster his global viability, without a lot of career risk. This is a giant coup for the fledgling Greg Silverman-Sue Kroll regime at Warner Bros. Not only in their effort to create global hits, but also in their effort to strengthen studio ties to Affleck after the turbulent exit of Jeff Robinov (who’ll be looking to bring guys like Affleck over if and when he ever takes the top film job at Fox).

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Even though I couldn’t understand all of the gravelly dialogue lines he delivered from beneath the Batmask, Christian Bale’s three turns as the Caped Crusader gave him global cred. They didn’t discount his other screen performances, either. That’s because, like Affleck and Downey, Bale wasn’t a newcomer when he took the job (newbies from George Reeves to Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh seem to get imprinted by the role and disappear after). His Batman persona also didn’t stop Oscar voters from giving Bale the trophy for his performance in The Fighter.

Affleck isn’t the same guy he was when he made 2003′s Daredevil, or when he hurt his career by starring with off-screen squeeze Jennifer Lopez in Gigli. After that, he smartly worked his tail off to write his career a second act as a writer-director who stars in his own films. That is his identity now. He’s the guy who directed, produced and starred in the reigning Best Picture Oscar winner Argo, and he has The Town and Gone Baby Gone under his belt. Name another filmmaker outside of Christopher Nolan whose last three films stack up with that kind of quality? Even if he moonlights as Batman, it doesn’t change that true identity. And I thought he did a great job acting in Argo and The Town.

Also, those painful career lessons made Affleck shrewdly selective. If this works, he will have created a great role he can return to in between his directorial outings, the same way that Downey will do for future Avengers installments. Affleck won’t have to carry these movies himself, and I’d be surprised if he made a freestanding Batfilm.

I have been waiting for Warner Bros to turn a corner with its DC Comics crimefighter universe, beyond Batman and Superman. They’ve taken a step in that direction even if it is by combining those two characters. Now, they have a bona fide leading man in the fold (because Henry Cavill could not pack a movie house right now if he wasn’t wearing the red cape). Suddenly, the next step, the inevitable Justice League film, looks intriguing and I bet more big names will enlist by the time that movie gets made. Sure, I’d feel better if Nolan was still steering it all, but a lot of people liked Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel. The DC franchise effort seems to be in good hands. And imagine if Affleck really likes the job enough to rescind his previous pass and direct that Justice League movie? Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Man Of Steel’

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT

The final prerelease look at Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot starts with about a minute worth of Kal-El/Clark Kent’s rather unconventional youth and gives way into a quick-cut melange of explosions, outer-space action and general mayhem. But it also finds time for a brief tender moment between Our Hero (Henry Read More »

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‘Man Of Steel’ Will Land In China Within A Week Of Its US Release

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 10:11pm PDT

Warner Bros‘ highflying Superman reboot will open June 20 in the world’s most populous country, a China Film Group subsidiary said today. Man Of Steel, the superhero tentpole starring Henry Cavill in the … Read More »

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Henry Cavill In Talks For ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Lead

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 5:54pm PDT

Sources confirm that talks are in a very early stage with Henry Cavill to replace Tom Cruise as the lead in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Deadline’s Mike Fleming reported last week that Cruise was … Read More »

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‘Man Of Steel’ First TV Spot: Superman Film

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 9:54pm PDT

The first TV spot has dropped for Warner Bros‘ hotly anticipated movie reboot Man Of Steel. No new Superman footage — it’s basically a shorter version of the trailer that’s been out for a few months and aired tonight during the NCAA championship game. Henry Cavill stars along with Amy … Read More »

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Superman In Handcuffs Goes Viral As Studio Quietly Unveils ‘Man Of Steel’ One-Sheet

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 3:18am PST

Warner Bros did not officially release to the media its new poster for next summer’s Man Of Steel. It didn’t have to. I’m told the one-sheet simply showed up on Facebook and immediately went viral. “Thank you to all of the fans who helped unlock this exclusive Man Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailers: ‘Man Of Steel’

By | Saturday July 21, 2012 @ 11:51am PDT

Here are a pair of teaser trailers for Zack Snyder‘s Man Of Steel starring Henry Cavill as the title character. They’re pretty much the same but each has different narration. This one is “Pa Kent” (Kevin Costner):

This one is “Jor-El” (Russell Crowe):

Watch the teasers on YouTube: … Read More »

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‘Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill & Zach Snyder To Sign Autographs Today: COMIC-CON

By | Saturday July 14, 2012 @ 1:03pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Superman is coming to Comic-Con with a one-two punch. Deadline has learned that Man of Steel star Henry Cavill be joining director Zack Snyder today at the Warner Bros booth on the Comic-Con exhibition … Read More »

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Summit Moves ‘The Cold Light Of Day’ To Fall

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 5:01pm PDT

The Gold Light Of Day Henry Cavill Summit EntertainmentThe action thriller starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver had been slated for an April 6 wide release — the weekend featuring Paramount’s Titanic 3D (which opens that Wednesday) … Read More »

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Midnights For ‘Immortals’: $1.4 Million

By | Friday November 11, 2011 @ 1:55pm PST

Tarsem Singh’s Immortals chalked up an estimated $1.4 million in Thursday midnight screenings in roughly 900 locations. Frequently compared with 300, Immortals shares a couple of producers on that movie — Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari. It’s also of interest … Read More »

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Henry Cavill Talks New ‘Superman’ On Leno

The Immortals star confirms on The Tonight Show that he almost became the new James Bond (“down to Daniel and me”) and was Stephenie Meyer’s first choice for Twilight (“she apparently was very keen on me playing it, but by the time it came around to casting I was too … Read More »

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No ‘Expendables’ Sequel For Mickey Rourke; He’s In Talks For Martin McDonagh’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mickey Rourke is negotiating to star with Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths, the next film by In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh. That means Rourke will not be reprising his role in the Simon West-directed … Read More »

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Ayelet Zurer Replacing Julia Ormond As Superman’s Krypton Mom

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Superman is getting a new mom. Ayelet Zurer, the Israeli actress who starred in Angels & Demons and who played the wife of Avner (Eric Bana) in Munich, has been set to play the role of Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s … Read More »

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First Look At Henry Cavill As ‘Man Of Steel’

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros today released a first photo of British actor Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel, the franchise reboot that’s being directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan. Cavill stars with Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Julia Ormond, Russell Crowe, Chris Meloni, … Read More »

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Superman Won’t Soar Again Until Summer 2013

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros has pulled The Man of Steel from a planned late 2012 release date and has slotted it to open wide on June 14, 2013 release. The Zack Snyder-directed reboot of the Superman franchise feels like a summer film … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Immortals’

Mike Fleming

Months ago, Relativity Media released a teaser trailer for Immortals, the big-budget Tarsem Singh-directed pic that stars Henry Cavill, who subsequently was chosen by Warner Bros, Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan to be Superman in Man of Steel. Deadline’s comment contingent beat up on that teaser pretty good. Now, Relativity … Read More »

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Julia Ormond In Talks To Play Superman’s Mom

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Zack Snyder are in talks with Julia Ormond to play Superman’s Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van, in Man of Steel. I expect the deal to make shortly. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of  Jor-El, the … Read More »

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Forget Brando: Russell Crowe Could Be New Jor-El In ‘Man Of Steel’

By | Wednesday June 15, 2011 @ 1:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Russell Crowe is in talks to play Jor-El in Man Of Steel, taking the cameo role of Superman’s father that was played by Marlon Brando in the Richard Donner-directed 1978 … Read More »

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