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'Captain America 3' Gets US Release Date

Disney and Marvel have dated "Captain America 3" for May 6, 2016. That's neck-and-neck with Warner Bros.' untitled "Superman-Batman" movie, slated for release the same day.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 1:42 PM
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New Cast Join Affleck, Cavill in Superman/Batman Flick

Director Zack Snyder has added Oscar-winning character actress Holly Hunter to the cast of the still untitled Superman/Batman movie that Warner Bros. has wisely pushed back to May 6, 2016. He has also cast muscled action players Callan Mulvey ("300: Rise of an Empire") and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine"). Departing from the established DC canon (something Marvel rarely does), all three actors will play characters newly created for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 1:39 PM
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How Does Hans Zimmer Do It? Hack or Genius? "I am still an architect"

Hans Zimmer: "I am still an architect. Authorship seems to be more difficult for other people. My head runs over with ideas. I can't sleep at night, I get home and get another idea, I go back to studio and do it. I am surrounded by brilliant musicians. It's a give and take, constantly. The original concept is mine."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2014 6:38 AM
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Gal Gadot of 'Fast and Furious' Franchise Is Wonder Woman in 'Batman vs. Superman' UPDATED

UPDATE: Actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman." Gadot is best known for her role as Gisele in "Fast & Furious," "Fast Five" and this past summer's "Furious 6."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2013 1:56 PM
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More Details on Ben Affleck in Snyder's Superman/Batman UPDATED

Ben Affleck would not play Batman unless he had a role in how this script turns out. He will have a strong hand at Warner Bros., which backed him on "The Town" and the Oscar-winning "Argo." If this works out he could have a major franchise to play with for years ahead. Affleck tends to do better as an actor in his own pictures--which are often smarter than average studio fare.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2013 11:10 PM
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POLL: Who Should Play Batman in New Batman-Superman Mashup?

As we all know, the big news out of Comic-Con was that Zack Snyder will direct a "Man of Steel" sequel for Warner Bros. that will feature a Superman-Batman team-up. Beefy Henry Cavill is Superman; but Christian Bale won't be returning to Gotham. So the question remains: Who will play Batman? Take our poll, below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 5, 2013 1:56 PM
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Why Batman and Superman Mashup is a Bad Idea--And Reveals Warner Bros. Weakness

You know Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink"? That moment when you look at something and you know it's wrong? That happens to me when studios announce a new project that is a really bad idea. Some movies based on good ideas just turn out badly, and plenty of great movies turn out to to be less than commercial, or cost too much to turn a profit. The Superman and Batman movie is a bad idea.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2013 1:18 AM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Man of Steel' Set Visit: Making Superman Relevant Again (VIDEO)

There's no better metaphor for "Man of Steel" than the Faded Glory emblem on the side of the building behind Henry Cavill's Superman. Zack Snyder's existential reboot is all about returning the glory to DC's legendary superhero (which turned 75 this year), and making him stand tall again beside Batman in the 21st century. In fact, I asked Snyder about faded glory during a visit to the Smallville set two years ago in Plano, Illinois, outside of Chicago, where you could glimpse the wreckage of General Zod's attack on Clark Kent's hometown.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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WATCH: New 'Man of Steel' Trailer; How Nolan, Goyer and Snyder Reinvented the Big Blue Boy Scout

Who knew, when Brandon Routh took on the alien Kal-El in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns," that fans would split so divisively? The 2006 movie, which paid homage to the Richard Donner "Superman" movies without completely updating the franchise the way Christopher Nolan did with "Batman Begins," grossed $391 million worldwide off strong reviews for a genre sequel. But it cost more than $232 million. Warners felt it could have performed better with more action and a powerful villain--and no Superman kid. So Singer was taken off the franchise.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 22, 2013 3:43 PM
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CinemaCon: Warner Bros. Reveals Slate Led by Nolan/Snyder 'Man of Steel,' 'Pacific Rim,' 'Gatsby'

Warner Bros. believes in franchises, none more than Superman, which studio chief Jeff Robinov has been struggling to reboot for some time now--after audiences protested Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns." Thus "Man of Steel" was the high point of the 90-year-old studio's CinemaCon presentation this week, hosted by always awkward Robinov--who might as well let his popular distribution czar Dan Fellman do the honors. Robinov boasted about the studio's fourth year marking over $4 billion worldwide in 2012, and being the only studio to pass the $1 billion mark domestically 12 years in a row, as well as current hit "42," which pulled the studio out of a post-"Argo" box office dip.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2013 4:29 PM
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