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The 3rd ‘Hobbit’ Film Now Retitled ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 24, 2014 11:07 AM
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Because "There And Back Again" sounded too casual and leisurely. Because "Into The Fire," a recent rumored title because Warner Bros. had registered the domain name, will probably just be used for a video game version . Because over $2 billion in worldwide grosses wasn't enough. Warner Bros. announced today they have changed the title of Peter Jackson's third 'Hobbit' movie and have retitled it, "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies." Does that mean the movie, as Slant tweeted this am will be broken up into "five more excruciating chapters?" Thankfully not, but you can understand the concern.

David S. Goyer Discusses Connecting The D.C. Universe For WB & Not Emulating Marvel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 8, 2014 1:43 PM
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David S. Goyer, D.C.
Connecting universes is cool these days, but only insofar as that a billion dollars is cooler than a million dollars. Proof in the pudding? With the release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the highest grossing franchise of all time domestically, beating both the "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" series.

Embittered Batman Reportedly Not On Speaking Terms With Boy Wonder; Is All About Drones In His Man Cave

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 15, 2013 1:39 PM
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Retired Batman
A new tweet has arrived people. A tweet! Yes, it’s Friday and we're all halfway into the weekend, so let’s get right into it. What are we carping on about? Superhero in-the-know blogger Umberto Gonzalez has been generally on the money with his “Batman Vs. Superman” reporting of late. This morning he tweeted he was about to retweet a “scoop” about the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed superhero film for Warner Bros. And so he did, retweeting film producer Daniel Alter who tweeted “Can't wait for #BatmanvsSuperman.. #batfleck semi-retired/not speaking to Robin anymore… Controlling drones from the batcave.”

'Dark Knight' Screenwriter David S. Goyer Signs Multiyear Deal With Warner Bros.

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 29, 2013 9:40 AM
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With Zack Snyder's “Man Of Steel” sequel set to begin production in earnest next year, with Ben Affleck donning the cape and cowl for a brawl with the Man of Tomorrow, screenwriter David S. Goyer and Warner Bros. have decided to make their professional relationship official. We expect their Facebook status should change any second now.

Warner Bros. CEO Teases “Tired And Weary” Batman For 'Superman Vs. Batman'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 13, 2013 9:37 AM
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When director Zack Snyder first announced "Superman Vs. Batman," at Comic Con this summer, he asked one of his “Man Of Steel” cast members to read from a key line in Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novels, “The Dark Knight Returns.” Batman said to his adversary, Superman: “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” And it would set the tone for all things to come afterwards.

Joel Edgerton May Star In Johnny Depp's Previously Deep-Sixed Drug Addict Crime Flick 'Shantaram'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2013 6:59 PM
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Felony Joel Edgerton
While some projects die on the vine and enter the hallowed "what if" halls of legendary projects that never got made, some eventually come creaking back to life. The latest lucky one to defy the odds is "Shantaram," a former Johnny Depp-led project that Warner Bros. is reviving. And while Depp has stepped back in the producers chair for his Inifinitum Nihil production shingle, he has handpicked a new lead: Aussie Joel Edgerton whose stock in Hollywood just keeps rising and rising.

Warner Bros Taps Guy Ritchie For Historical Love Story 'Empire Rising'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2013 8:35 PM
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While filming has yet to commence on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," his feature film adaptation of the beloved spy series starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, Warner Bros and director Guy Ritchie have already lined up their next project: "Empire Rising," a historical romance set around the construction of the Empire State Building. Author Thomas Kelly, who wrote the 2006 novel on which the film is based, will also provide the screenplay for the film. Something tells us that executives are comparing this to "Titanic" more than "Pearl Harbor," when it comes to epically staged historical love triangles. Sorry, Affleck.

6 Things You Can Likely Expect From Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman & Batman’ Movie

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 26, 2013 7:19 PM
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superman and batman
OK, we’re finally catching up with this near-exhausting week. Last weekend at Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. unveiled a huge bombshell. Nope, not a “Man Of Steel” sequel or a “Justice League” movie. Instead they unexpectedly went laterally and announced an untitled “Superman and Batman” film (perhaps much to the lament of pure Superman fans who are probably still reeling from the fact that the masked crimefighter just hijacked a second “Man Of Steel” right out from under them).

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.

The Problem With ‘Man of Steel’: Where Does It Go From Here?

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 20, 2013 5:03 PM
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Man of Steel
Is there a more loaded and fractious divide on a tentpole this year than Warner Bros. “Man Of Steel”? Yes, it made a ton at the box-office (though it was only the 15th biggest opening of all time, well below “Iron Man 3”), but audiences and critics have been heavily divided. One could argue that the movie has split people even more than the ending of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Movie writers have been gunning for each other's throats on Twitter, audiences are tearing each other apart in comments sections -- it’s all a bit of madness. And everyone feels like they have to weigh in. James Franco’s reviewed it, Kevin Smith has reviewed it and so has “Prometheus” writer Damon Lindelof.

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