Gugoo has drawn this brilliant “You Are Not Alone” portrait for the hugely anticipated ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up/Superman vs Batman movie. Last Saturday, ‘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 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 $630 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.
For those that aren’t already aware, the self-contained world of Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy will be left behind, and Zack Snyder’s Superman movie, ‘Man of Steel,’ will begin to open up a DC Movie Universe. A few weeks back Christian Bale reiterated that he won’t be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the future DC Movie Universe. “We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy,” says Bale. “Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.” Expect news about the upcoming film shortly. Check out the above piece in hi-res here.
Stylish Alternate Vintage Posters For ‘Rush’ – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl & Olivia Wilde
Doaly has put together these top-notch alternate posters for Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama, ‘Rush.’ Doaly’s description for the piece is as follows: “After watching the first trailer for Rush I was in love with the nostalgia of the golden age of motor racing, the art of this period had a very distinctive look and I wanted to pay homage to this in my poster. I did a lot of research so my work would look of the era and could happily sit side by side with vintage motor racing posters, this was definitely a passion project as when you have a biopic and it is of a particular period in history you want to reflect that. I hope I’ve done it justice.” Head on over to Doaly’s website, Facebook or Twitter for more excellent designs.
Set for a September 13th release in the UK and September 20th bow in the US, ‘Rush’ centers on the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British driver James Hunt. ‘Inglorious Basterds’ star Daniel Brühl is playing Lauda with Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of Hunt. The likes of Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) co-star. Helmed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the script for ‘Rush’ is by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).
The good people over at Empire have debuted four new stills from ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.’ The film, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, isn’t precisely a new twist on the 1947 film starring Danny Kaye or an update of the 1939 short story by James Thurber. Instead, it’s a romance-comedy-adventure about a daydreaming photo editor (Stiller) who goes on a series of quests – ostensibly to locate a missing image (taken by a photographer played by Sean Penn), but in fact to find his true self. ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ is Stiller’s first directorial effort since 2008’s ‘Tropic Thunder.’ The film arrives in cinemas on December 26th. The likes of Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt also star.
THR bring word that Samantha Barks, who starred as Eponine in ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’ actor Charlie Cox, Icelandic star Thor Kristjansson and ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Art Parkinson have joined Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper in the cast of ‘Dracula.’ Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.
‘Dracula’ will be directed by Gary Shore and is eyeing an August start in Belfast. The movie has an August 8th, 2014 release date. Samantha Barks made her film debut with ‘Les Miserables,’ winning several awards for her breakout performance. Thor Kristjansson most recently starred in ‘Black’s Game,’ which is the largest grossing film in Iceland and recorded the third largest opening in Iceland’s history. It is directed by Nicolas Winding-Refn’s protégé Oskar Thor Axelsson. Art Parkinson plays Rickon, the youngest Stark child in ‘Game of Thrones,’ HBO’s acclaimed hit show.
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in ’2 Guns,’ an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.
When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way. Set for August 2nd in the US and August 16th in the UK, ’2 Guns’ co-stars Paula Patton, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos. Baltasar Kormakur directs.
After portraying a series of intense characters in recent years, I understand you had been searching for some humor in his next role – and you found that in agent Bobby Trench?
Denzel Washington: Yeah. I was looking to do something lighter, and when I read this script it really made me laugh. Bobby does whatever is necessary to get the job done. He says there is no code; you do whatever you got to do, whatever it takes. I think he is an honest cop, but he doesn’t live by the honor codes. And mine and Mark Wahlberg’s characters, these two guys are undercover and they come from very different disciplines and backgrounds. They come together to take-down this big drug dealer… and they have fun doing it. And with this film, what also excited me was that I knew that Mark was very funny, I’d seen him in ‘The Other Guys,’ him and Will Ferrell, that film really cracked me up – and then of course ‘Ted’ and ‘The Departed.’ I was looking to do something lighter and this definitely was that.
With the release of the film on the horizon, Universal Pictures has unveiled 4 clips and 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ The superhero sequel is directed by Jeff Wadlow, with ‘Kick-Ass’ helmer Matthew Vaughn co-producing and co-writing the screenplay. An adaptation of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr comic, ‘Kick-Ass 2′ is set for a August 16th release.
For ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz are reprising their respective roles of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, while Christopher Mintz-Plasse will return as the villainous Red Mist. Newcomers to the sequel include Jim Carrey as The Colonel, Donald Faison as Dr. Gravity, Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia, Robert Emms as Insect Man, Lindy Booth as Night Bitch, Daniel Kaluuya as Black Death, and John Leguizamo as Javier, a bodyguard who is assigned to protect Red Mist (though that name will soon become “The Motherf–er” in the sequel). Morris Chestnut replaces Omari Hardwick as Sergeant Marcus Williams. The official synopsis for ‘Kick-Ass 2 can be read below.