Mark Strong On Potentially Playing Lex Luthor In The ‘Man Of Steel’ Follow-Up/Batman Vs. Superman: “Watch This Space”
Ever since Zack Snyder announced last month at Comic-Con that he’s bringing together Batman and Superman for the first time on the big screen, speculation has shifted up a gear with regards to who’s playing Batman/Bruce Wayne in the 2015 film. While a number of names have been speculated for that role (Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Richard Armitage and Joe Manganiello), there’s also been some chatter with regards to who’s potentially playing Lex Luthor in the film.
Following the release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel,’ it was strongly rumored that Superman’s iconic nemesis would feature in the sequel, with Mark Strong named as one of several contenders for the role. Asked by Digital Spy whether there was any truth to the rumors, Strong has today responded: “All I can say is… watch this space.” This follows a series of Tweets from Latino-Review’s El Mayimbe that Bryan Cranston is in contention for the Lex Luthor role. Please note: it’s not confirmed that the character will even be featuring in the ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up/’Batman Vs. Superman’ movie at this moment in time ( although from all the Lexi Corp easter eggs in ‘Man of Steel’ it seems incredibly likely!).
Renny08 drawn this brilliant cartoon for ‘The Wolverine,’ which is out in cinemas now. Alongside Hugh Jackman as the titular character, ‘The Wolverine’ stars Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen, Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida, Tao Okamoto as Mariko, Brian Tee as Norubo Mori, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada/Silver Samurai, Rila Fukushima as Yukio, and Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper. ‘The Wolverine’ is directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, Knight and Day), while the script is by ‘The Usual Suspects’ scribe Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback.
‘The Wolverine’ takes inspiration from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character’s adventures in Japan. There, samurai steel clashes with adamantium claws as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed. The official synopsis for ‘The Wolverine’ can be read below.
Amazing First Trailer For George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men’ – Also Starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett
This first trailer has arrived online for ‘The Monuments Men,’ a Smokehouse production directed by and starring George Clooney. The action-thriller is written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Clooney and Heslov also produce the film through their Smokehouse Productions. It is their first production since winning the Academy Award for Best Picture for their work on Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo.’ The all-star cast includes Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. ‘The Monuments Men’ opens on December 18th.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, ‘The Monuments Men’ focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
The 57th BFI London Film Festival has announced that this year’s Festival will close on October 20th at the Odeon Leicester Square with the European Premiere of Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, ‘Mary Poppins’, and the testy partnership the filmmaker develops with the author during the project’s pre-production in 1961.
‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is directed by John Lee Hancock and stars two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson as the London-based author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. They lead a stellar international supporting cast including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Ruth Wilson. John Lee Hancock, Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are all expected to attend the Closing Night Gala. The 57th BFI London Film Festival runs from October 9th- October 20th. The full programme for the Festival will be announced on September 4th.
Sdwsileve has put together this great card art piece for the upcoming ‘Man of Steel’ sequel/Superman vs Batman movie. Last month ‘Man of Steel’ director Zack Snyder announced that he’s bringing together the two most iconic Super Heroes of all time – Batman and Superman – for the first time on the big screen. The Comic-Con announcement saw Snyder asking Harry Lennix (General Swanwick in ‘Man Of Steel’) to read an excerpt from Frank Miller’s graphic novel ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ before an image of the Superman logo, backed by the Batman symbol, flashed on the big screen. ‘Man of Steel’ has taken in more than $645 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing. Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back the likes of Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. The new Batman has yet to be cast. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015.
Focus Features send word that Kevin Macdonald’s ‘Black Sea’ has commenced filming in the UK. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law captains the cast of ‘Black Sea,’ the suspenseful adventure thriller. ‘Black Sea’ centers on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival. Joining Law in the cast are Grigoriy Dobrygin, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Sergey Kolesnikov, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sergey Puskepalis, British Independent Film Award winner Michael Smiley, David Threlfall, and Jodie Whittaker. ‘Black Sea’ will be released in 2014.