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'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Goes Trilogy, Warner Bros. Set To Announce DC Comics' Film Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 9:42 AM
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Fantastic Beasts,
With Marvel showing Hollywood how its done, setting up their movie series in Phases, signing up actors with extended contracts and creating an ever expanding tentpole universe, everyone else is following suit. Over at Fox, the X-Men series just keeps getting bigger, while they've also already announced a "Fantastic Four" sequel before the first movie has even shot a frame. And now Warner Bros. are promising to do the same, with big news apparently around the corner.

Rumor: 'Justice League' Co-Starring The Rock Planned For 2016, Will Shoot Back-To-Back With 'Batman Vs. Superman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 7:46 PM
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You might have missed it, but Dwayne Johnson kicked off the New Year teasing that he was meeting with Warner Bros. about a DC Comics project that would be in the works in 2014. Of course, this sent people digging for info and some rumors are surfacing of what it could be all about.

Read: Leaked Script For George Miller's Cancelled 'Justice League,' WB Says They Have “Huge Plans” For Wonder Woman

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 8, 2013 9:01 AM
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Marvel may have edged out over DC cinematically with their adaptation miracle of “The Avengers” and the goodwill that it afforded them, but if a series of calamitous episodes never befell director George Miller back in 2007, the record might have been a little different. Borne from the development of “Batman Begins” and decent reception for “Superman Returns,” the “Mad Max” director was tapped to direct a “Justice League” film for WB, but as the budget surpassed $200 million, tax incentives changed for the worse in their planned shooting location of Australia, and the writers' strike hit, the project quickly fell apart. Well, now the blueprints for the catastrophe have been revealed for any interested parties.

Ben Affleck Signed For Multiple Films As Batman & Will Help "Create" The Character; 'Live By Night' To Shoot In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2013 12:52 PM
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superman and batman
Better get used to it, folks. Ben Affleck is your next Batman. And as the Internet continues to have a collective short memory about the furor that greeted Michael Keaton when he was tapped to play Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton's films, or even Christopher Nolan's decision to cast Heath Ledger as the Joker, Warner Bros. is going about their business. We're still just under two years from seeing how Affleck will shade this new incarnation of the iconic superhero, and it seems he's got a few ideas of his own.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

More Warner Bros. Super Hero Plans: 'Flash' Movie Being Eyed For 2016, 'Justice League' Film For 2017

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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The Flash Movie
Well, the floodgates are open, the cat is out of the bag. Anything that Warner Bros. wanted to announce in secret at Comic-Con is out on the table. Corroborating the just released news of a Superman & Batman film is coming for 2015, THR is also advancing the story just a little: a "Flash" movie is being eyed tentatively for 2016 and a "Justice League" movie is looking like it will land in 2017. The bold move signifies that WB is finally ready to get into the ring with Marvel for super hero film box-office hegemony by staking some dates in the ground for their shared universe. At the same time, these plans sound like they are in the very early stages.

Sorry Folks, Christian Bale Says He Won't Play Batman In 'Justice League'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 6:14 PM
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It was only as recently as this past spring that rumors swirled of Christopher Nolan being asked to oversee "Justice League," with Christian Bale to once again reprise Batman. But any notion of either being involved seemed like something of a longshot. Nolan has always stressed that his "The Dark Knight" trilogy stood alone from anything else Warner Bros. was cooking up with their DC properties and even last month, screenwriter David Goyer stressed, "It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that ['Man Of Steel'] would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy..." But now we have word straight from the actor himself.

David Goyer Says Warner Strategy Will Go In "Opposite Direction" Of Marvel, 'Justice League' To Launch Spin-Off Films

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 18, 2013 11:45 AM
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With its record-breaking haul over the weekend, we’re not likely going to stop hearing about the “Man Of Steel” sequel or Warner Bros’ plans for the DC cinematic universe. As part of the reboot’s victory lap, writer David S. Goyer stopped by for a chat with Empire to clarify where things stand with the studio’s game plan.

'Man Of Steel' Writer David Goyer Talks Superheros & How World May React To Superman In Next Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 10:22 AM
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Man of Steel
With "Man Of Steel" now in theaters, the weekend will find everyone discussing Zack Snyder's job on the Superman reboot, which even on amongst the Playlist stuff has caused a wide range of reactions. But the one thing we can mostly all agree on is that while the execution may rankle some, the ideas contained within the film are bold and brave tweaks on the established canon. In short, Superman has been updated for our times and as writer David Goyer suggests, his story won't just be an American one, but a global one.

4 'Superman' Movies That Never Took Flight

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 12, 2013 1:49 PM
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5 Versions of Superman feature
This weekend, "Man of Steel" finally takes flight. An ambitious, massively expensive project devised by "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan (serving in a story writer/producer role), writer David S. Goyer, and directed by "Watchmen" filmmaker Zack Snyder, the film, while flawed, is an epic rejuvenation of the Superman mythos, encapsulating everything from the destruction of Krypton to the very human feelings of isolation and dread on Earth (you can read our non-spoilery review here).

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