WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE shooting schedule revealed!


SUICIDE SQUAD is currently in production and BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is in post, but when you’re dealing with something as ambitious as the Warner Bros’ DC Cinematic Universe slate, you’ve got to keep pushing forward year-round, full force. Empire first unveiled the BATMAN V SUPERMAN cover a few days ago and now all the new information from their coverage is surfacing.

We got images, details on the Batmobile and information on the SUICIDE SQUAD connection, but now it’s time to get a clearer sense of the big picture courtesy of ComicBook.com. The outlet caught a tweet from Steele131 with an image of Empire’s coverage pertaining to the DC/Warner Bros. shooting schedule. Here’s how Empire breaks it down:

“As Batman V Superman gains its coat of special effects, and the various stages of editing, scoring, grading and sound mixing are completed, Deborah Snyder, along with Roven, is watching over a sandbox that stretches around the world. Jenkins is in London prepping Wonder Woman, which will shoot there this autumn. Suicide Squad, already well underway in Toronto under the earthy gaze of Ayer, will shoot through to September. ‘I do watch the dailies,’ she promises, enthusing about the film’s ‘street quality’ They are already doing soft prep for the Justice League, which will begin shooting in the spring, and overseeing the script for Aquaman, which James Wan will direct.”

So there you have it. Patty Jenkins will shoot WONDER WOMAN in London in the fall and Zack Snyder‘s JUSTICE LEAGUE will go into production in spring 2016. WONDER WOMAN starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine is scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2017 followed by JUSTICE LEAGUE PART 1 on November 12, 2017 and then JUSTICE LEAGUE PART 2 on June 14, 2019.


Thrilling new BLACK MASS trailer arrives, film due for September 18, 2015 release!

A new trailer for director Scott Cooper’s BLACK MASS has gone online .The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger, who simultaneously worked as an FBI informant and committed horrible crimes throughout the Boston area for decades. While the previous trailers highlighted Depp giving what looks to be a terrific performance, this new one zeroes in on the plot and turns Bulger into more of a mythic figure, a devil terrorizing Boston at the acquiescence of FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). It’s a terrific trailer, and I can’t wait to see this film.

BLACK MASS also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Corey Stoll, Jesse Plemons and Dakota Johnson, and opens September 18th.

Touching trailer for Chilean miner story THE 33 lands, film due November 13, 2015!

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the Alcon Entertainment and Phoenix Pictures drama THE 33. Based on the true story of the 2010 disaster, the film revolves around the 33 miners who were trapped in a 100-year-old Chilean mine as an international team worked tirelessly for 69 days to get them out. It has a solid cast, and director Patricia Riggen (GIRL IN PROGRESS) appears keen on delving into not only the personal lives of those above and below the surface, but also the political machinations behind the rescue attempt as well.

THE 33 stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bob Gunton, and Gabriel Byrne and opens in theaters on November 13, 2015.

Tom Cruise says MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6 and EDGE OF TOMORROW 2 are in the works!


MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION opens this Friday, and I’ll say right now that the film looks terrific and I definitely want to see the sequel as soon as possible. However, Tom Cruise rarely rushes the films and they usually take 4 – 6 years for each new installment (compare this to other franchises that try to push out a new entry every 2 – 3 years), and there hasn’t been any word yet on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6. During last night’s The Daily Show, Cruise revealed that they’re currently working on the sixth installment and would like to begin shooting next summer.

If they stick to that schedule, they could conceivably get the next MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film out as early as 2017 depending on the VFX work and where Paramount wants to slot it in the release schedule. That would make it the fastest turnaround yet on a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movie yet, and I’m wondering if Cruise’s age might have something to do with it. He’s still in amazing shape and doesn’t look anywhere close to his 53 years, but I assume it gets harder with every passing year to do the kind of stunt work these films require. Of course, he could just get a stunt man like every other actor, but that just wouldn’t be the Tom Cruise way.

Assuming they’re on the fast track to get MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6 made, the question becomes “Who will direct?” When Collider spoke with Cruise on the red carpet at the ROGUE NATION world premiere in Vienna, he said he liked working with a different director on each installment, so does this mean ROGUE NATION helmer Christopher McQuarrie won’t be coming back? And if not, who would be his replacement?Whomever gets the job, he or she will have a very tough act to follow.


One of the more unlikely delights of last year’s movie season, EDGE OF TOMORROW is now looking to hit repeat again. While fielding questions at the New York premiere of MISSION IMPOSSBILE: ROGUE NATION, Tom Cruise admitted to MTV that he has not only pitched his idea for EDGE OF TOMORROW 2, but that the original film’s director, Doug Liman, and writer (and ROGUE NATION writer-director) Christopher McQuarrie were the first to hear his ideas concerning another go at the mech-suit warfare bonanza. ““I pitched it to McQuarrie and Doug. We were there one night and I was like, I’ve got an idea for it,” Cruise said, but proved mum on any word as to what the new storyline would concern. Cruise did, however, say that he already talked to co-star Emily Blunt about the project and that she responded simply with “give me another year, please.”

As much as EDGE OF TOMORROW felt like distinctly it’s own film, it’s certainly a narrative world that could yield more fascinating ideas than the conceptual morsels that denoted the hugely entertaining original. There was, for instance, an underlying comment on the repetitive, exhausting life of an action star (like Cruise) that went largely untouched in Liman’s film, though the overall aesthetic and design of that film made up for its philosophical thinness and general impersonality. There’s also the notion and a critique involving how America tends to mythologize war heroes, which the original largely ignored but could give the sequel some real meat on its narrative bones. Regardless, we’ll have to wait impatiently to hear what Cruise has to say about the salient details of the sequel before its apparent if he’s aiming for more bang or more substance.

New images and info from BATMAN V SUPERMAN; connections to JUSTICE LEAGUE, SUICIDE SQUAD teased!


A steady stream of new BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE content has been filing out recently, and it continues today with new images and some choice quotes from Empire Magazine’s latest cover story. Of course interest is still incredibly high in Ben Affleck’s iteration of Batman, on account of the character’s overall popularity and the sheer quality of Christopher Nolan’s DARK KNIGHT trilogy that’s still fresh in the audience’s minds. So how do you bring a new Batman into the fold without stepping on Nolan’s feet? Give fans a Batman they’ve never seen onscreen before.

Director Zack Snyder confirms that the age of Affleck’s Batman in the film is “45 or 46,” adding that he’s been Batman for 20 years by the time we meet him. Affleck reiterated that Snyder’s pitch for an older, “more broken, kind of f***ed up” Batman was what finally swayed him to join the project, and Snyder goes on to tell Empire how the arrival of Superman messes with Batman’s philosophy:

“We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter.”


The filmmaker goes on to say that Batman could be viewed as the villain of the film, but when the two superheroes do fight, whose side you’re on depends on your point of view, adding “That is why Dawn of Justice is the full title. What it does is allow us to start this conversation.”

Speaking of which, the Empire interview also sheds some light on Batman’s involvement in SUICIDE SQUAD, with Snyder confirming that all the criminals in Belle Reve were put there by Batman himself. Affleck himself shows up in the David Ayer film and we did see a stunt double riding on top of a car, but that could’ve been for a brief flashback sequence. It’ll be curious to see how/if the characters of SUICIDE SQUAD comment on the actions that take place in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Beyond that, though, Snyder admits to Empire that this whole universe began with the JUSTICE LEAGUE idea:

“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes. I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”

Check out a couple of the new Empire images below (via CBM), and pick up the latest copy of the magazine for the full story and even more images. BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.




Channing Tatum might drop out of the X-MEN spinoff GAMBIT!


20th Century Fox was banking big on GAMBIT starring Channing Tatum. Director Rupert Wyatt was gearing up to start shooting in Louisiana in October with a budget of $154 million, and the studio was likely hoping this would be their WOLVERINE replacement since Hugh Jackman is hanging up the claws after the character’s next solo picture.

Now it looks like GAMBIT could be in serious jeopardy as The Wrap is reporting that Tatum’s deal is in danger of falling apart, and he’s planning to exit the project. That’s incredibly shocking since he’s been such a major cheerleader for the film. The actor has been connected to the project since mid-2014, and came out on stage in Hall H at Comic-Con International a few weeks ago as part of 20th Century Fox’s presentation. This wasn’t a big of last-minute casting; Tatum was a key piece of the puzzle.

According to The Wrap, Tatum isn’t out yet as “reps are still in active discussions with the studio but acknowledged that ‘something is up.’” It’s also possible that Tatum could stay on board in a producing capacity, but it’s odd that he would exit the role with filming only a few months away, and the October 7, 2016 release date having been set since this past January.

The Wrap speculates that Tatum’s “larger ambitions” to direct may be factoring into his decision to exit GAMBIT. In a recent Grantland profile, GAMBIT co-producer Reid Carolin says he and Tatum are gearing up to make their directorial debut on FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK, so I suppose it’s possible that the actor wanted more time to focus on that.

It’s also possible that Tatum is negotiating in public, but he’s doing it when the project is already in the midst of serious pre-production as Wyatt was testing actresses for the female lead (including Lea Seydoux). It’s going to be a bit of a scramble to find a replacement if they can’t nail down Tatum for the role.

Trailer for Michael Bay’s Benghazi actioner 13 HOURS arrives, film due January 15, 2016!

Paramount Pictures has released the trailer for director Michael Bay’s Benghazi film 13 HOURS. Based on the non-fiction book by Michtell Zuckoff, the film tells the story of the six members of the security team that fought to defend the Americans stationed at the embassy in Benghazi when it came under attack. John Krasinski leads a cast that includes James Badge Dale, Max Martini (PACIFIC RIM), Pablo Schreiber (‘Orange Is the New Black’), and David Denman (‘The Office’), and the screenplay was penned by ‘The Strain’ author/writer Chuck Hogan.

From the opening shots it’s clear that this is a Michael Bay movie through and through (there’s even time for product placement), but 13 HOURS marks fascinating territory for Bay in that he’s not only telling a true story, but one that’s somewhat of a hot-button political issue. His filmography proves that he’s got the “heroism” thing down pat, but can 13 HOURS transcend being just another action drama to touch on something more timely? Or is Bay content to just translate his handle on action to real-world scenarios without delving deeper into character? It’s tough to get an accurate read on the movie based on this action-heavy trailer, which frankly looks like ZERO DARK THIRTY without the nuance, but I’m incredibly curious to see what Bay has up his sleeve here.

13 HOURS opens in theaters on January 15, 2016.