It might be time to stop poking fun at DC's planned "Justice League" movie. If a new report pans out as outlined, Warner Bros.' answer to Disney's Marvel Studios epics is very serious indeed.
El Mayimbe at Latino Review reports that Christopher Nolan is in talks with WB to godfather the DC Universe to the big-screen, not unlike his role on Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel." If a deal shakes out, Nolan would produce "Justice League" along with Snyder. Snyder might even direct the film, according to Mayimbe's report.
What's more, Mayimbe reports that Christian Bale is being courted to resume his role as Batman, despite the fact that he and Nolan retired the character in "The Dark Knight Rises." According to the report, Bale could share the screen with Henry Cavill in a "World's Finest" team-up flick ahead of "Justice League."
Among the many newcomers to the "Iron Man 3" cast, one of the players we're most curious about is Maya Hansen, played by British actress Rebecca Hall. We're even more curious hearing that Hansen's been described as "the female Robert Downey Jr." by director Shane Black.
Hall stopped by MTV News this week to talk about her new miniseries "Parade's End," and we spoke with her about her work on the upcoming "Iron Man" threequel. Black's compliment aside, however, Hall claims she "can't even come close to matching wits with [RDJ] — but it was fun to try!"
by Ryan Rigley
Watch out, Starling City! There's a new troublemaker in town and he's stealing purses and hearts! Figuratively speaking, of course. Last night, Roy Harper (as played by "Teen Wolf's" Colton Haynes) made his big "Arrow" debut. Scheduled to appear in at least three episodes this season, it's quite apparent that Roy is more than just another lowlife.
"Roy is a troublemaker," agrees Colton Haynes in a recent interview with MTV Splash Page. "He thinks he can get out of every single situation but he keeps going for situations where he needs the help of someone a lot more powerful than he is."
A lot more powerful as in, say, the Hood? Read on past the jump!
by Brett White
Fox is both attempting to get their Wolverine franchise back on track and trying to create a cohesive universe with the time-spanning "X-Men: Days of Future Past." It's obvious that they're trying to capture the movie magic (and profitability) of Marvel's cinematic universe. It's still possible that the events of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will reset the original trilogy, giving those fan-favorite actors and characters a chance to live on, Phoenix-free and mutant-cure-free.
If Fox is attempting to create a universe to rival that of the Avengers one, there's no better set of characters to make that happen than the X-Men. With stories and spin-off series now numbering in the thousands, the possibilities for expansion are endless. Here are a few corners of the X-Men universe that Fox should bring to the big screen next:
We have an exclusive first-look at the 12th issue of "Thief of Thieves," the Robert Kirkman and Skybound comic book about Conrad Paulson, a master thief who steals from other thieves under the guise of Redmond. The issue, with story by Kirkman and James Asmus and art by Shawn Martinbrough and Felix Serrano, hits stands on February 20.
"James Asmus has delivered a great twelfth issue of Conrad Paulson’s story," Kirkman tells MTV of the issue. "Conrad’s already strained relationship with his son Augustus is put to the test as the two work together to rescue Emma from the Cartel."
If you haven't been reading "Thief of Thieves" and you're a "Walking Dead" fan, now's the time to start; it's on track to join Kirkman's zombie drama as a possible AMC TV show.
In addition the preview, we have first word on "Thief of Thieves: Experience," a partnership between Skybound and Internet Explorer that immerses you in a heist of your own.
See the "Thief of Thieves" preview and get more details on the "Experience" below!
We don't know who Peter Dinklage is playing in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" just yet. So let's just assume he's playing Tyrion Lannister, his brilliant award-winning character from "Game of Thrones." After all, "Days of Future Past" is already dealing with time-travel, juggling two separate eras of "X-Men" casts at once — would bringing Westeros' smallest giant into the realm of mutants and Sentinels really make things too weird?
(Yes, it would. Just roll with us.)
In fact, smart money suggests that Tyrion would actually handle himself quite well if he was put up against the X-universe. Sure, height isn't on his side, and he has no real powers to speak of beyond his razor-sharp tongue — but who needs Valyrian steel to compete with adamantium when wits are on your side?
So, let's put Tyrion to the test. We've turned to Sean T. Collins, comic book author and critic and blogger of all things "Game of Thrones" and "A Song of Ice and Fire" at All Leather Must Be Boiled, for his insight into how The Imp would fare against mutantkind.
Take it away, Sean!
by Brett White
With Bryan Singer snatching up actors from his previous tenure as X-director, it seems more reasonable to ask who won't be in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" when it hits theaters in 2014.
With Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin and Ellen Page all suiting up one more time, it's worthwhile to take a closer look at the actors Singer has yet to re-enlist. Is there room for them in a movie that's starting to make the sizeable Avengers team seem quaint? Let's find out!
Marvel Studios has a lot in store for fans with their wave of Phase Two films: "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World" in 2013, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" in 2014, and "The Avengers 2" in 2015.
But Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel isn't the only Marvel Studios release scheduled for 2015. In November of that same year, the world will finally see Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man," long-rumored but now on the fast-track towards reality as the official start of Phase Three.
"'Ant-Man' is definitely part of Phase Three," Marvel's Kevin Feige told MTV News during our recent interview. "Like 'Iron Man 3,' it's certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it's also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we're making the movie."
Joss Whedon is hard at work directing "S.H.I.E.L.D." right now, but when he's not on the Helicarrier, he's equally busy toiling away at the script and story of "The Avengers 2."
When MTV News spoke with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about "Iron Man 3" and beyond, he gave us a sense of where things stand with the hotly-awaited "Avengers" sequel.
"It's still early days," he said, "but I told [Whedon] after reading the first sketch outline he delivered — and there's a lot of work still to do, he has to sit down and turn this into a movie — but there are already seven things in there that are worth the price of admission alone."
"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" won't be entirely recognizable to "Sin City" readers. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's sequel to their 2005 hit comes packed with brand-new stories set in the noir world of Basin City, including one yarn called "The Long, Bad Night," featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cocky gambler Johnny.
Why mix in completely original tales with the comic book storylines fans are already familiar with? Rodriguez has a very clear answer, as he explained to MTV News: "The first film was based solely on existing material, and we thought, wouldn't it be fun to go a little bit different with this? Rather than just bring books to life that people are already familiar with and can go out and buy and know what's going to happen, what if we created a couple of new stories from new characters that still intertwine with some of the ones that exist and have an element of surprise for the audience? And for storylines that we really liked, let's pay them off, have them come full circle from the first movie and build a real arc."