BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE trailer attached to MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!

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Ever since Warner Bros. announced its MAN OF STEEL follow-up, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, I’ve been waiting to see a trailer. Obviously those at Comic-Con International last year got to see a tiny bit of footage from the film, but WB never officially released it, so most people have yet to see anything. Which brings me to today’s update.

After speaking with a few sources, Collider is reporting that the first BATMAN V SUPERMAN trailer is on the cusp of being released. Apparently it’s absolutely attached to all copies of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, which is an obvious place for it to debut seeing as how MAD MAX is WB’s first big movie of the summer. Warners probably isn’t sure it wants to release the trailer while AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is destroying records and driving all social traffic during the end of April and early May. If they wait until the weekend MAD MAX opens on May 15th, AVENGERS will have already been out for two weeks and they can take over the conversation at a time when everyone is ready to talk about Batman and Superman. The bottom line is: we will absolutely have seen the first BATMAN V SUPERMAN trailer by May 15th.

While some of you might be saying they should release the trailer now and throw caution to the wind, the science behind marketing is much trickier than simply releasing something when it’s ready.

When you’re building the campaign to a hugely expensive movie that has to open to massive amounts of money and kick open the doors to future DC movies, you need everything to be perfect. You need to make sure everyone is talking about your trailer and, by extension, your movie. If you release the trailer during the surge in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON interest, which will also have the new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS trailer on it, you run the risk of people comparing your footage to STAR WARS and AVENGERS and/or getting lost in a crowded conversation. Even if your trailer is jaw dropping and you think you’ve got the goods, why risk it? I think WB is making the smart play here with the way they’re unveiling the BATMAN V SUPERMAN trailer. Go with MAD MAX. Get a bit of breathing room between BvS and Disney’s big guns, take over the conversation, and own the middle of May all to yourself.

Of course things change all the time in Hollywood, so it’s possible the BATMAN V SUPERMAN trailer could end up getting released before AVENGERS so Warner Bros. can be first. But no matter when the trailer actually gets unveiled in the coming weeks, if you see MAD MAX: FURY ROAD in a theater, you will also get to see some footage from what’s sure to be one of 2016’s biggest films.

And I cannot wait.

I absolutely love Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL. I love the way he grounded Superman in the real world, only finding his smile when he discovered who he really was. I loved the amazing, iconic score by Hans Zimmer. I loved the opening scenes on Krypton, which felt like a real place and was everything the GREEN LANTERN movie should have been. And I loved the entire cast, which was made up of great, eclectic actors who each brought their A-game. If MAN OF STEEL is ever on or playing in the background, I’m hooked. It’s just one of those movies that has its teeth in me.

I’m hoping BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE has the same effect when it opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.

Audi commercial features new AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON footage!

We’re nearly one month away from the release of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, which means it’s time to brace for the famous Disney marketing onslaught. It’s around this time with every big Disney movie (especially the Marvel films) that the advertising kicks into overdrive, and fans are forced to decide whether they want to tease themselves further with the risk of seeing footage they’d rather not see, or if they want to spend the next month averting their eyes from any and all promos/TV spots/trailers.

Today’s new AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON promo doesn’t have too much new footage, and luckily it still looks as though they’re keeping the third act out of the marketing (for now), but there are a few bits here and there that might be of interest. This promo was put together in connection with Audi so prepare to maybe have a strange desire to purchase a car after watching.

The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Hayley Atwell, and James Spader. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON opens on May 1st.

Hugh Jackman to star in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s APOSTLE PAUL!

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APOSTLE PAUL is based on the story of the Jewish man who converted to Christianity to preach the word of Jesus and wrote 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament. According to Deadline, Hugh Jackman has been tapped to star, and produce alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Deadline stresses that this is a “faith-based” film, which is an interesting way to describe it. Will this really be a film about preaching the Word, or is this a movie in the vein of NOAH or EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS where the Bible is used as source material to provide a mainstream story that takes a great deal of caution when invoking or even mentioning God?

Jackman, Affleck, and Damon have never been champions of Christianity (at least in public), so it seems odd that they would work together to put together a message film, which is at the center of all Christsploitation flicks—they’re an attempt to convert non-believers while ultimately only speaking to the converted. Additionally, they’ve brought in screenwriter Matt Cook, who previously penned the upcoming crime thriller TRIPLE 9, so it’s tough to see where the religious angle enters the story beyond pulling from a religious text.

I’m not campaigning to see more faith-based films, but if I had to guess at what they’re going for, it’s a secular drama revolving around a noteworthy person. Of course, this will all become clearer if and when a director comes on board.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje to play Killer Croc in SUICIDE SQUAD!

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We have our first defector in the Marvel vs. DC movie war. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who played both Algrim the Strong and Kurse in Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD, has now been set in a role for Warner Bros.’ DC Comics adaptation SUICIDE SQUAD. But this isn’t just any supporting character: The Wrap reports that the Lost alum will be playing the villainous Killer Croc in the DC film, which revolves around a group of villains enlisted by the government to perform high-risk missions in exchange for commuted sentences.

It’s unclear how big of a role the character will play in the SUICIDE SQUAD proceedings, but since the ensemble cast is growing quite large, I imagine it’s not a major character. Much of the movie takes place at Arkham Asylum so he’s likely a prisoner, though he could certainly reappear in future DC Comics movies down the line. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a “betrayal” against Marvel either, since Akinnuoye-Agbaje was covered up by makeup in most of THOR: THE DARK WORLD and his character eventually bit the dust.

The Wrap adds that Karen Fukuhara has also been set in an undisclosed role in SUICIDE SQUAD, which added Scott Eastwood to its cast yesterday, apparently as Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor. Filming on director David Ayer’s adaptation is going to begin in a matter of weeks, so the final pieces of the casting puzzle are coming together right now. This is a big movie for WB as it acts as the follow-up to BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and will be the studio’s first non-Superman movie of its new DC Comics universe, and I’ve been impressed with the team that’s come together thus far.

SUICIDE SQUAD also stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, and Jay Hernandez and opens in theaters on August 5, 2016.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES set for February 19, 2016!

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After years of languishing in development hell, I’m still surprised that PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES actually got made, let alone that it’s coming to theaters. Screen Gems has announced Burr Steers’ horror-comedy, based on the parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, will finally open on February 19, 2016.

The story follows Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her sisters Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) as they try to navigate societal pressures of the landed gentry and fend off hoards of zombies. I’m almost surprised the studio didn’t move the film up a week and get in that already insanely crowded Valentine’s Day weekend. Of course, that would put it against the heavy competition of DEADPOOL, ZOOLANDER 2, HOW TO BE SINGLE, and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS. Fortunately, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES has the next weekend to itself.

The film also stars Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Sam Riley.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS trailer to officially land with AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON!

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When will we see a new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS trailer? Mark May 1st on your calendars, if you haven’t already. I’m hearing that the new trailer for J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel is definitely attached to every copy of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON that will play in theaters, giving it a guaranteed massive audience. Of course, Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm so this is was an obvious place for the next trailer to play (and at the beginning of the summer movie season, no less), but if there were any doubts, those can safely be put to rest.

The new trailer will first premiere at the Star Wars Celebration convention, which runs from April 16th to 19th, and AGE OF ULTRON’s international release starts rolling out on April 22nd, so the question is when Disney/Lucasfilm will decide to put the STAR WARS trailer online to avoid a low-quality version hitting first. Will they put an HD version of the trailer online immediately or shortly after it premieres at Star Wars Celebration, or will they want to give those in attendance a short “exclusive” window before it goes wide to audiences across the globe? If Disney’s approach to the teaser trailer launch was any indication it will likely be the former, but we can’t say for certain.

We can, however, confirm that fans will absolutely get to see it on the big screen in front of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Marvel’s THE AVENGERS had a whopping $207.4 million opening weekend domestically and went on to gross over $1.5 billion worldwide, so AGE OF ULTRON is just about the biggest theatrical platform of the year with which to launch this new STAR WARS trailer. Could it provide our first looks at Harrison Ford and the Original Trilogy trio back in costume? Luckily we don’t have too long to wait to find out.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens in theaters on December 18th.

MASTERMINDS trailer looks hilarious, film due August 7, 2015!

Relativity Studios has released the first MASTERMINDS trailer for director Jared Hess’ (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) upcoming action comedy. Based on true events, the story revolves around an unassuming armored truck driver (Zach Galifianakis) who is lured into a heist scheme that points to him as the scapegoat. Now on the lam, he must evade the cops, survive a hit man (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables back on those that double-crossed him.

The movie looks appropriately silly, with Galifianakis donning a variation of his “Seth Galifianakis” accent for a character that was once to be played by Jim Carrey. I like all of the actors involved, so hopefully this makes for a nice (and significantly odd) summer comedy. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Ken Marino.

MASTERMINDS opens in theaters on August 7th.