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Ben Affleck’s first photo as Batman has been revealed by director Zack Snyder.
Ben Affleck is pictured standing next to the Batmobile in the brooding black-and-white shot, taken on set of the forthcoming Superman vs. Batman film.
Although the actor was a controversial choice to play the caped crusader, the new photo has had a positive reception.
Many have suggested it shows the older Batman from Frank Miller’s four-part comic book The Dark Knight Returns.
Ben Affleck’s first photo as Batman has been revealed by director Zack Snyder (photo Twitter/Zack Snyder)
Ben Affleck was not a universally popular choice to take over from Christian Bale.
A petition on Change.org urging film studio Warner Bros to “remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie” has gathered more than 97,000 signatures since his casting was announced last summer.
Ben Affleck has laughed off the criticism, saying he is “a big boy” who can “handle” the backlash.
“When you get into the arena of those kinds of movies, these superhero movies, particularly ones that are working with characters that everyone’s known for so long, everybody’s got these strongly held opinions and preconceived ideas about what it should be,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“At the same time, I don’t think projections about something that hasn’t happened yet are all that meaningful.
“I think at the end of the day, it’s like any other movie or project: You go out and make it great, people will say it’s great. If you go out and miss, you’ll hear about it.
“The stuff beforehand is kind of just the noise that happens.”
Ben Affleck will make his debut alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman, on May 6, 2016.
The as-yet-untitled film is a sequel to Man of Steel and will also feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
Details of the plot are a closely guarded secret, but screenwriter David Goyer told San Diego ComicCon: “We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”
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Jesse Eisenberg will play villain Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film, Warner Brothers has announced.
Jesse Eisenberg, 30, is most famous for his Oscar-nominated performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.
Superman vs. Batman, which will also star Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, is due out in 2016.
The film is being directed by Zac Snyder, who worked on the Superman reboot The Man Of Steel.
The Man of Steel, released in 2013, took the Superman franchise back to its start.
Jesse Eisenberg will play villain Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film
The movie was a financial success, taking more than $660-million at the worldwide box office.
Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman, with Ben Affleck starring as Batman.
Speaking about the latest casting news, director Zac Snyder said Jesse Eisenberg allows the film to take Lex Luthor, Superman’s most famous adversary, in “some new and unexpected directions”.
Lex Luthor was previously been played by Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey.
Jeremy Irons will play Alfred, the butler to Bruce Wayne, Batman’s real identity.
Other stars on board include Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Amy Adams (Lois Lane).
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The big screen’s team-up Superman vs. Batman has been delayed by almost a year, film studio Warner Bros has confirmed.
Originally scheduled for July 2015, Superman vs. Batman release date is now set for May 6, 2016.
A sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, the as-yet-untitled film sees Ben Affleck stepping into the Batman role, next to Henry Cavill’s Superman.
It was reported the delay was triggered by Ben Affleck sustaining a leg injury, but that has been dismissed by the studio.
Instead, the release date has been pushed back to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story,” it said.
The film has recently gained a third superhero – with Fast and Furious star Gal Gadot signed up to play Wonder Woman.
Originally scheduled for July 2015, Superman vs. Batman release date is now set for May 6, 2016
Filming had already started before the announcement, with some incidental footage of an American Football game shot before Christmas.
However, director Zack Snyder was not due to call “action” on the main scenes until spring.
The move away from 2015 means the Superman vs. Batman blockbuster avoids a crowded marketplace, with new installments of The Avengers, Terminator, Jurassic Park and Fast and Furious all scheduled to hit cinemas over the summer.
Warner Bros says it will still make use of the July 17 date, scheduling a new Peter Pan film by director Joe Wright for that weekend.
Meanwhile, Superman‘s release date had already been earmarked for an as-yet-unannounced film from comic book rivals Marvel – which could mean a superhero stand-off at the box office, as well as on the silver screen.
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Batman and Superman are to appear in the same film for the first time, it has been revealed.
The surprise announcement was made by Zack Snyder, who directed the most recent Superman film Man of Steel.
Speaking at a comic convention in San Diego, California, Zack Snyder said the script was still being written.
Production is expected to begin next year and the film is scheduled for release in the summer of 2015.
Batman and Superman are to appear in the same film for the first time
Warner Bros confirmed that the two superheroes would team up for the first time.
British actor Henry Cavill – who starred in Man of Steel – will again play Superman.
However, an actor for the new Batman is yet to be cast.
“They’re both alpha males,” fan Benjamin Ha was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. He added that he expected fireworks in the new film.
For many comic book enthusiasts it is a dream come true in what promises to be the ultimate superhero adventure.
The enduring popularity of Superman and Batman has seen the latest films featuring the two characters earn revenues of more than $1billion between them.
Reviews of the new film Man of Steel, the eagerly anticipated “reboot” of the Superman franchise, have been largely favorable, with some reservations.
The film is directed by 300’s Zack Snyder and starring British actor Henry Cavill as the superhero.
Total Film praised “an intelligent, earnest attempt to modernize and mature the original superhero”.
But The Guardian noted henry Cavill’s “frowning humourlessness”.
In his review, writer Andrew Pulver said the influence of producer Christopher Nolan – British director of Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy – was evident in early scenes where Superman struggles to accept his identity.
“Reminiscent, perhaps, of Batman Begins, this is superheroism as a burden, and a burden transformed into neurosis,” he wrote.
“It’s this early part of the film that is most successful,” Andrew Pulver continues.
Reviews of the new film Man of Steel have been largely favorable, with some reservations
“Nolan and Snyder, along with scriptwriter David S. Goyer, have created a plausible context for the introspection and self-doubt that dogs the adult version of their costumed warrior.”
Man of Steel sees Superman attempts to save the world while battling General Zod, a rebellious military leader from his home planet of Krypton – played by Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon.
In its four-star review, Total Film said the film’s action set-pieces made up for the lack of action in a previous attempt at a “reboot”, 2006’s Superman Returns.
“There are some truly titanic clashes here between super-beings, going at it like flesh-and-blood Transformers,” wrote Matthew Leyland.
Henry Cavill, he said, “doesn’t make heavy work of one of the biggest, toughest roles in comic-book cinema” but is overall “more solid than spectacular.”
Jersey native Henry Cavill, 30, is the first non-American to play the role of Superman on screen – a “tough gig” according to Empire magazine.
“While there are some interesting touches,” writes Dan Jolin, “his Kal-El is a bit stiff and slow to thaw” – a reference to Superman’s Krypton birth name.
However, he concludes: “It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise.”
In the US, reviewers have also picked up on the film’s darker tone and lack of humor.
Variety said Man of Steel “is undeniably impressive, in the sense that little if any expense has been spared in bringing Snyder’s vision to the screen”.
According to Scott Foundas, though, “this is a case where less would almost surely have been more”.
“Zack Snyder’s huge, back story-heavy extravaganza is a rehab job that perhaps didn’t cry out to be done,” said The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy.
But the film, he continues, “proves so overwhelmingly insistent in its size and strength that it’s hard not to give in”.
Man of Steel is out in the US and UK on Friday.
Superman’s home planet, Krypton, has been pinpointed by an influential astrophysicist hired by DC Comics.
The fictional planet Krypton would have orbited a red dwarf star called LHS 2520, says Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
As reported by SPACE.com senior writer Mike Wall, the star is 27.1 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation Corvus, also known as “The Crow”, says Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. The star is cooler and smaller than our sun.
The coordinates of LHS 2520 are:
Right Ascension: 12 hours, 10 minutes, 5.77 seconds
Declination: -15 degrees, 4 minutes, 17.9 seconds
Proper Motion: 0.76 arcseconds per year, along 172.94 degrees from due north
Superman’s home planet, Krypton, has been pinpointed by an influential astrophysicist hired by DC Comics
“This is a major milestone in the Superman mythos that gives our super hero a place in the universe,” DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in a company statement.
“Having Neil deGrasse Tyson in the book was one thing, but by applying real-world science to this story he has forever changed Superman’s place in history,” he said.
“Now fans will be able to look up at the night’s sky and say, <<That’s where Superman was born>>.”
The planetary details will be encompassed in a new Superman book titled Star Light, Star Bright, which comes out on Wednesday.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has a history of applying science to entertainment, will appear in the comic, aiding Superman on his adventure.
In real life, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson made headlines in April after getting film director, James Cameron, to alter the night’s sky as seen in The Titanic due to inaccuracies. The correction was made and can be seen in the re-release of Titanic 3-D.
The original cheque used to buy the Superman comic character from its creators Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster has been sold in an online auction for $160,000.
Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster from Cleveland were paid $130 for all the rights to Superman by Detective Comics, later known as DC Comics.
The pair later tried to win back the rights to Superman in court, as it became part of a global industry.
The ComicConnect website has not revealed who won the auction.
“The concept of the superhero was born with Superman,” Vincent Zurzolo, the co-founder of ComicConnect, told Reuters.
“That $130 cheque essentially created a billion-dollar industry,” he added, with other characters such as Batman, Spider-Man and X-Men following in the footsteps of the Man of Steel.
Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster from Cleveland were paid $130 for all the rights to Superman by Detective Comics
ComicConnect told Reuters that when the first Superman movie came out in 1978, Joe Shuster was so poor he was working for a delivery company.
It was a box-office success followed by four more Superman films and a Supergirl version. Another is due for release in June 2013.
Although $130 is around $2,300 in today’s money, it is a tiny fraction of what the character has earned since then.
The heirs of the creators Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster are still involved in court battles with DC Comics as they try to reclaim their rights to the character.
The original cheque also paid the pair for earnings from other characters they were also working on for the company.
ComicConnect says the cheque was used in a court case in the 1970s, the last time Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster themselves tried to get the rights to Superman.
After their victory a DC Comics employee was told to throw away the court papers, but he held on to the cheque, recognizing its significance.
A collection of early comic books has been sold for $3.5 million at auction in New York.
The trove of 345 comics had been bought by the late Billy Wright from Virginia when he was a boy.
A copy of Detective Comics No. 27, which was sold for 10 cents in 1939 and featured Batman’s debut, got the top bid on Wednesday – raising $523,000.
The “jaw-dropping” collection was found last year when a relative of Billy Wright was clearing a basement in his house.
Batman first appearance was in Detective Comics in May 1939
“This really has its place in the history of great comic book collections,” said Lon Allen, managing director of comics for Heritage Auctions, which was overseeing the sale.
Lon Allen described the trove as “jaw-dropping”, adding that Billy Wright seemed to have a knack of buying the right comics at the right time.
Another book – Action Comics No. 1 from 1938 featuring the first appearance of Superman – fetched $299,000.
This remarkable collection might never have seen the light of day, as Billy Wright never mentioned it to his family when he was alive.
The neatly stacked comics – all in good condition – lay untouched in his home in Martinsville for 17 years.
Experts say the comic books collection is all the more valuable and significant because the books were kept by a man who bought them as a boy.
Herbert Chavez, from the Philippines, has had extensive cosmetic surgery to make him look more like Superman
Herbert Chavez, from the Philippines, has had extensive cosmetic surgery to make him look more like Superman.
Herbert Chavez, 35, a Superman fan, has dramatically changed his appearance using plastic surgery to look more like his favorite super-hero.
Herbert Chavez has undergone a variety of procedures ranging from chin augmentation to thigh implants.
According to a video report on the Philippines’ Bandila News, Herbert Chavez has been going under the plastic surgery since 1995 to achieve the transformation.
Herbert Chavez, whose profession is “pageant trainer”, has also an impressive collection of Superman memorabillia.
Herbert Chavez’ home in Calamba City, south of the capital, Manila, is stuffed with life-size statues, action figures, clothing, comics and posters depicting the comic book hero.
Herbert Chavez before and after plastic surgery
So far, Herbert Chavez has admitted to having the following procedures to make him look more like Superman:
Chin augmentation to give him Superman’s iconic cleft;
Rhinoplasty to transform his Asian nose into one more closely resembling Superman actor Christopher Reeves;
Silicone injections to his lips to make them fuller and thicker;
And thigh implants to make his legs appear more muscular.
Herbert Chavez look appears to be an amalgamation of all the actors who have played Superman, as well as comic book depictions of the fantasy character.