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Batman, Harry Potter Coming To NBC Peacock Streaming Service

Batman, Harry Potter, and a lot more movies are coming to the NBC Peacock streaming service which recently launched on July 15. While the news may seem odd with Warner Bros. launching their own HBO Max streaming service in May, in regards to Harry Potter, the move of all eight movies to NBC Peacock in …

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David Goyer Defends Man Of Steel & Talks Christopher Nolan Batman

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David Goyer recently appeared on a Nerdist podcast where he talked about creating the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, mentioned how studios want to emulate Disney and Star Wars, and he also defended Man of Steel.

Below you can check out the podcast and text (via indiewire):

Nolan Batman:

“We got lucky in that ‘Batman and Robin’ had not done well. And there had been a lot of who people who had attempted to do Batman films in the interim. Mark Protosevichhad written another one, and there was going to be an R-rated [Darren] Aronofsky one, and Boaz Yakin was going to do ‘Batman Beyond,’ and[Andrew] Kevin Walker did a ‘Batman [and] Superman, there were all these stillborn things that had not happened in the intervening period. So by time Chris and I came along they knew they had to do something radical. And they were kind of desperate. I just remember when I got the job, everyone was saying, both online and amongst my friends, ‘Oh, that’ll never get made.’ “

“We knew that we were coming in from a deficit. There was negative connotation with the character, so we had to get past that, much less it even being a good movie. We were aware that it had to be radically different, but that said, it wasn’t the guiding principle. I don’t think you can create something just as a reaction to something. The guiding principle was, ‘What if we play it straight?’ And then reverse engineer it down to everything, the utility belt, the Batmobile…the previous Batmobiles that had been in the [Tim] Burton films, that was not a practical car. You could barely turn a corner. So we just said, ‘What if it’s real?’ ”

Shared movie universes:

“I think [audiences] are savvy to do the idea that, ‘Oh, this isn’t a film, this is a piece of commerce now, in this ongoing franchise.’ If you go to the studios now, everyone wants story universes because they’ve seen what Marvel or what Lucasfilm has done. Not to say that what Marvel and Lucasfilm have done isn’t amazing, but all the other studios want to do the exact same thing. And so you’ve got, whether they’re successful or not, all these different studios saying, ‘How do we keep up with our own elite universe?’ Now it’s not just enough to say, ‘Oh, I hope this is a three movie franchise,’ it’s ‘Oh, I hope this is a nine movie…’ — it’s a ten year plan.”

“You’ve got all these projects — and I won’t name them — that are going out there that’s like, ‘This is going to be the first in a projected eight movie thing.’ And you’re like, ‘How about starting with just making a good movie?.’ There have been a lot of good sequels, and it’s really hard to do a third film. It’s incredibly hard to do it the third time out, especially if you’re not designing them to be one long story. In the Batman films, we weren’t. When we finished ‘The Dark Knight,’ we didn’t say, ‘We’ve set these seeds to do x, y and z.’ We had no idea what we were going to do. Chris always felt like, each movie has to have its own integrity, and if you have a great idea, use it, and don’t think about a sequel. And if you do that really well, it becomes harder to do a sequel. But at the same time, if you’re trying to do a presumptive trilogy, I think audiences are starting to catch on to this, and be a little weary of it.”

Man of Steel:

“The way I work, the way Chris works, is you do what’s right for the story. That exists entirely separately from what fans should or shouldn’t think of that character. You have to do what’s right for the story. In that instance, this was a Superman who had only been Superman for like, a week. He wasn’t Superman as we think of him in the DC Comics…or even in a world that conceived of Superman existing. He’d only flown for the first time a few days before that. He’d never fought anyone that had super powers before. And so he’s going up against a guy who’s not only super-powered, but has been training since birth to use those super powers, who exists as a superhuman killing machine, who has stated, ‘I will never stop until I destroy all of humanity.’ “

“If you take Superman out of it, what’s the right way to tell that story? I think the right way to tell that story is if you take this powered alien who says, ‘You can have your race back, but you have to kill your adopted race,’ the moral, horrible situation to be in is to actually be forced to kill, not wanting to, the only other person from your race. Take Superman aside, I think that’s the right way to tell that story.”

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Jonathan Nolan Comments On Batman Begins Teaser

With Batman Begins now on Netflix, the movie has been receiving some new attention.

The latest is regarding the above Batman Begins teaser trailer that WB used to convince audiences of their different approach to the Dark Knight, which was no longer campy, but darker, grittier and more serious in nature.

The trailer is currently topping Reddit, with Jonathan Nolan, brother to Christopher Nolan and writer on The Dark Knight Trilogy, offering an inside look.

A fan commented:

Damn the movie was already awesome but I wouldn’t have minded having that little speech in the movie. That being said, it was the perfect teaser. Built interest without giving away too much.

With Jonathan Nolan responding:

thanks dude. I wrote this in a couple hours in my brother’s trailer while he was shooting the scene in which Bruce is arrested for stealing Wayne corp supplies on his ‘journey.’ Remains some of my favorite writing from these films. Was written specifically for the trailer. Wouldn’t have worked in the film.

Another fan commented:

Thanks Jonathan. We have genuine respect for the craft you and your brother have brought to cinema over the last decade, and more. All the best for the future; you guys are writing the future of cinema.

With Jonathan responding:

Thank you! Appreciate it. Hopefully my future also includes a nap. edit — I really need that nap.

Jonathan Nolan is currently involved with HBO’s Westworld series and is currently directing, producing and writing episodes.

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WBHE 2015 NYCC Includes LEGO Justice League, Batkid Begins & Batman: Bad Blood

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WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

PRESENTS FIRST LOOKS AT BATMAN: BAD BLOOD,

LEGO®DC COMICS SUPER HEROES – JUSTICE LEAGUE: COSMIC CLASH,

PLUS SCREENING & DIRECTOR Q&A FOR

AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY BATKID BEGINS

AT 2015 NEW YORK COMIC CON

 

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring a trio of highly anticipated titles to New York Comic Con (October 8-11) including panels featuring first-looks at footage from both Batman: Bad Blood and LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash, plus a screening of the award-winning documentary Batkid Begins. The presentations will spotlight never-before-seen footage, discussions with film talent and, for the two animated movie panels, exclusive prizes for inquisitive fans.

On Friday, October 9 at 8:00pm on the Main Stage of the Javits Center, WBHE returns for its annual unveiling of the next DC Universe Original Movie exclusively for New York Comic Con fans. The Batman: Bad Blood panel will include the first official film clips and an enthralling panel led by the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Complications, Terra Nova); the introduction of Batwing, voiced by Gaius Charles (Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights); and keen filmmaking insights from producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva and character designer Phil Bourassa. Moderator Steven Smith (Going Off Track) might even introduce a few possible surprise guests … and he’ll definitely hand out special NYCC-exclusive DCU prizes. Batman: Bad Blood arriveson Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in early 2015.

Batman: Bad Bloodpanelists will also be available to fans for an autograph session on Friday, October 9 from 2:30-3:30pm at the DC Entertainment booth, located at the farthest south end of the Javits Center lobby.

On Saturday, October 10 at 7:00pm in the IFC Center, WBHE will present a full screening of the inspiring documentary, Batkid Begins. In 2013, the world rallied around one 5-year-old cancer patient’s wish to be Batman. Fans will have the opportunity to see this award-winning documentary that examines the rich, impassioned “why” behind this flash phenomenon, then enjoy an audience chat with director Dana Nachman. Batkid Begins will be available on DVD from WBHE on October 6.

On Sunday, October 11 at 11:00am on the Empire Stage of the Javits Center, the bricks will fly when fans see the first official footage of Brainiac challenging the Justice League in the upcoming WBHE release, LEGO®DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash. Intermixed with the animated clips will be a lively panel discussion featuring the voices of Batman and Brainiac – Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham City, BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us) and Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, Pulp Fiction), respectively – alongside producer Brandon Vietti, director Rick Morales and screenwriter Jim Krieg. Moderator Tiffany Smith (DC All-Access) will helm the panel with a few other potential surprises and special prizes. LEGO®DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clashcomes to Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD in early 2016.

WBHE’s two animation spotlight panels – Batman: Bad Blood & LEGO®DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash– will be live-streamed for fans unable to make the trek to New York. Please check the NYCC website (http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com) for streaming details.

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Josh Hartnett Talks Turning Down Batman & Christopher Nolan

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Prior to Christian Bale, Josh Hartnett was Christopher Nolan’s possible choice to play Batman.

Back at the time when Batman Begins was released, Hartnett was all the rage in Hollywood having come off Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor; however, instead of embracing his fame, the twenty-something year old actor chose to spend more time with his family and friends.

Now in an interview with Playboy, Hartnett explains turning down the Batman role, which cost him a role in The Prestige as well. Any fan of the Christopher Nolan movies knows the director likes to use the same actors throughout all his movies, so with Hartnett turning down Batman, Nolan went with Bale.

I’ve definitely said no to some of the wrong people. I said no because I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family. That’s frowned upon in this industry. People don’t like being told no. I don’t like it. I learned my lesson when [writer-director] Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn’t for me. Then he didn’t want to put me in The Prestige. They not only hired their Batman for it, they also hired my girlfriend [Scarlett Johansson] at the time.

Hartnett goes on to discuss how he now feels things should have been different (Hartnett also turned down roles for Spider-Man and Superman).

That’s when I realized relationships were formed in the fire of that first Batman film and I should have been part of the relationship with this guy Nolan, who I felt was incredibly cool and very talented. I was so focused on not being pigeonholed and so scared of being considered only one thing as an actor. I should have thought, Well, then, work harder, man. Watching Christian Bale go on to do so many other things has been just awesome. I mean, he’s been able to overcome that. Why couldn’t I see that at the time?

Hartnett also says now he wouldn’t turn down a superhero role.

Yeah, I have, for sure. I know now that I wouldn’t turn something down just because it’s a superhero role. I was born in the era of Michael Keaton playing Batman. That is Batman to me. He’s awe-inspiring in that role—so quiet, like a ghost, and then every once in a while this incredible thing just pops up in him. It was such a cool performance, especially since he’d been known for such big, broad performances.

Josh Hartnett stars in “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime.

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Christian Bale Admits Wanting To Play Batman Again

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It seems Christian Bale may have been pretty close to doing a fourth Batman movie as the actor admits he wanted to play the role again.

Bale also recounts hearing the news about Ben Affleck cast as Batman for Batman Vs. Superman and was envious of the decision.

Speaking with Empire Magazine, Bale said, “I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.'”

It has been rumored that Bale was offered an obscene amount of money for a fourth Batman film, which may have been the case, but obviously the decision was made to go with Ben Affleck.

“So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour,” Bale said.

Christian Bale stars in “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” out December 12th.

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Watch: Batman: The Dark Knight Trilogy Fight Scenes

Check out a cool compilation of fight scenes from The Dark Knight Trilogy, which includes Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

The fight style used is known as Keysi, which is said to be by its creator, Justo Diegueza more real world approach to fighting as it focuses on using the environment and multiple attackers. 

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Steven Price To Score Ant-Man Movie: Worked On Gravity, Lord Of The Rings & Batman Begins

The Ant-Man movie now has an official composer as director Edgar Wright has announced Steven Price will score the Marvel Studios movie.

Edgar Wright took to his Twitter to announce the news, which followed Steven Price winning the BAFTA for Gravity.

Price also worked on Lord of the Rings (music editor) and Batman Begins (lead music editor). 

Ant-Man has a July 31, 2015 release starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang.

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Watch Eion Bailey & Cillian Murphy Batman Begins Screen Test (Video)

More video has made its way online from The Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-Ray Collectors Set, this time featuring that Batman Begins screen tests for Eion Bailey and Cillian Murphy.

We also see this is part of the Christian Bale and Amy Adams feature that hit the net a couple days ago.

You can order The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray through Amazon at a discount.

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Christopher Nolan & Jeff Robinov Talk Batman Pitch (Video)

Another special feature from the The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray has surfaced online this time of the Batman pitch.

Director Christopher Nolan and the former head of WB movies, Jeff Robinov, discuss the pitch.

We learn that WB green lit Batman after Nolan pitched his take which only lasted 15 minutes.

Other special features we have seen include Christian Bale auditioning with Amy Adams and Christopher Nolan discussing his realistic take on Batman.

You can order The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray through Amazon at a discount.

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Watch Christian Bale’s Batman Audition With Man of Steel’s Amy Adams

New video has surfaced online of Christian Bale’s Batman audition where we see not only is the actor using Val Kilmer’s bat-suit, but Amy Adams is present as well.

The video is a special feature from the The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray.

We learn Amy Adams did the producers a favor and participated in the screen test. Prior to Batman Begins, Amy Adams auditioned for Lois Lane at least a couple times, and now we see she helped them out with Christian Bale.

It’s interesting to note Henry Cavill also auditioned for Superman and eventually got the gig. Regarding Ben Affleck, he’s been eyed by Warner Bros. for a while as well and is the new Batman. Wonder who could be next?

Jake Gyllenhaal was also a favorite of writer’s David Goyer’s to play Batman, but Nolan went with Bale. We see Nolan make specific mention of Bale using the different voice, which may have landed him the role.

Video featuring Christopher Nolan from the Blu-Ray surfaced as well with the director talking about his realistic take on the Batman movies.

Check out video of Christian Bale and Amy Adams for the Batman audition below.

You can order The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray through Amazon at a discount.

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Christopher Nolan Clip From The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray goes on sale September 24th, and now a clip has become available with director Christopher Nolan.

In the clip, Nolan talks how his Batman movies feature a heightened realistic take and are operatic in nature.

“But it’s about what I suppose you might term a cinematic reality,” Nolan explains to USA Today. “It’s about giving the world of the films and the characters as much weight and validity as they would if your source material were not a comic book — if he was a character in another genre of film you were having to introduce to the audience for the first time and get them to believe it. That’s what my use of the reality is about. It’s not about a literal reality.”

Check out more from Christopher Nolan below.

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes “The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy,” with Guillermo del Toro, Damon Lindelof and Zack Snyder; a Nolan and Superman director Richard Donner taling about bringing iconic superheroes to the big screen; the IMAX sequences in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises; a trio of Hot Wheels  the Tumbler, Batpod and The Bat vehicles; collectible art cards and a 48-page hardcover book. 

The Ultimate Edition can be ordered through Amazon at a discount.

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Awesome Past/Present Superhero Posters Featuring Batman, Superman, The Flash, Spider-Man, Iron Man & Wolverine

Below you can check out six super cool superhero posters from California-based graphic designer Khoa Ho who posted the following “Past/Present” images of Batman, Superman, The Flash, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Wolverine on his website.

If you check out the posters closely, you will see the “past” as part of the “present” images.

Looks really nice.

Batman is the orphan; Superman the alien; Flash the scientist; Spider-Man the nerd; Iron Man the genius, and Wolverine the animal.

“In this poster series I took a dive into the origins of these individuals and who they were before they became superheroes to remind us that despite the trials of our past, what we choose to do moving forward is much more important to us and the world we share,” Ho posted in addition to the following quote from Batman Begins.

“It’s not who you are underneath. It’s what you do that defines you.”

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The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Officially Announced By WB

Warner Bros. officially released information and an announcement for the The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

The set hits stores September 24th.

See below for more.

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Press Release

THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY:

ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

BLU-RAY™ DEBUT SEPTEMBER 24

FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

All Three Films, New Special Features, and Memorabilia

 

Burbank, Calif. July 2, 2013 – Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005’s Batman Begins enjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success.

Now on September 24, Nolan’s three Batman films – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP.

About the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE):

*Disc 1 – Batman Begins Feature and Special Features

*Disc 2 – The Dark Knight Feature

*Disc 3 – The Dark Knight Special Features

*Disc 4 – The Dark Knight Rises Feature

*Disc 5 – The Dark Knight Rises Special Features

*Disc 6 – Bonus Disc of New Special Features (details follow)

NEW Special Features:

The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy – The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making….forever.  Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with  Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.

· Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation – For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark KnightTrilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.

· IMAX® Sequences: The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises – See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX© aspect ratio

Exclusive NEW Memorabilia:

· Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler

· Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul

· 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies

About The Films

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

The Dark Knight (2008)

The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Oldman, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

Dark Knight Rises (2012)

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Christian Bale stars, along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.

THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (BD)

Street Date: September 24, 2013

Order Due Date: August 20, 2013

Catalog/UPC #: 1000372133 / 883929308002

Pricing: $99.97 SRP

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

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First Look At The Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-Ray Collectors Edition

Coming out some time this year is The Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition, with unofficial details and images possibly having landed online.

The Polish fan site BatCave.pl and French site EditionCollector.fr have posted the following images revealing a look at The Dark Knight Trilogy Collector’s Edition contents.

We see the set features nine discs, artwork, three vehicles, with all-new special features said to be a part of the set as well.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy has grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide.

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Man of Steel Vs. Batman Begins Vs. Iron Man. Vs. Spider-Man Vs. The Avengers Sales Numbers & Memes

Visit any message board or popular news site and big on the comments is Man of Steel vs. The Avengers.

While I take the road that it’s really not fair to compare the two as The Avengers is basically a sequel to the Marvel Studios movies featuring all the superheroes, as a Justice League movie would a make better comparison.

And with the Man of Steel being the first in line of more to come, it might be better to compare the movie to an Iron Man, or probably better yet to an Amazing Spider-Man and Batman Begins in terms of character popularity.

That said, Man of Steel vs. The Avengers talk continues, and hitting Facebook are the two following memes which is only adding fuel to the fire.

Below you can also check out some box office numbers for Man of Steel, The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man and Batman Begins to put things in a slight perspective (estimated).

MAN OF STEEL

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THE AVENGERS

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(Note: Numbers in millions of dollars U.S. sales; advanced screening combined with opening day numbers; rounded; *adjusted for inflation)

  DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 TOTAL
BATMAN BEGINS (6/15/05) 46.5* 21.4* 18.6* 7.9* 6.4* 6.5* 107.3*
IRON MAN (5/2/08) 41.8* 40.4* 28.1* 7.5* 7* 6.12* 130.92*
THE AVENGERS (5/4/12) 80.8 69.5 57 18.9 17.6 13.6 257.4
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (7/3/12) 35.85 23.3 15.8 20.4 23.6 17.9 136.85
MAN OF STEEL (6/14/2013) 56 36.3 36.2 12.6 11.5 9 161.6

(Note #2: Batman Begins openened on a Wednesday, but we combined the Wed., Thurs and Fri. numbers)

(Note #3: Kept the Amazing Spider-Man numbers as it opened on a Tuesday during Fourth of July holiday)

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Man of Steel More Action-Packed Than Avengers; Compared To Batman Begins

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5975:]]Reports of early screenings have been hitting the net about Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill’s new Superman movie, Man of Steel.

The latest comes from a user at the NeoGAF forums who seems to be more of a Batman fan than a Superman fan as he compares the Man of Steel to his favorite, Batman Begins.

He compares the Man of Steel to The Matrix and The Avengers as well, and an earlier report compared it to the Assemblers vs. Watchmen.

There are really no spoilers posted, just general observations with some detail.

Here are the highlights:

• Gives it a top 3 among superhero movies

• Says Superman fans will love this

• Best live-action version of Superman

• Fans of Nolan Batman Trilogy will take to this quite quickly

• A reserved and more character focused tale, but it also has comic elements

• Slightly less serious/grounded than Batman Begins

• Potential Spoiler:

The first is him coming to terms with his role as a potential protector of humanity, a conflict fueled by various events in his life, which brings us the first amazing and climactic point of the movie with the birth of Superman. The second is the reality of the existence of Superman on humanity and him coming to peace with what that means for him and how he is perceived. This obviously brings us the major climax of the movie, supported by an ass whooping.

• Action is great; compared to The Matrix

• Potential Spoiler:

There are about four major setpieces. Then there are a lot of little action moments in between.

• There is one moment near the end where you will go, this is f-cking Superman.

• Says action is better than The Avengers:  “I enjoyed the action in this movie more than any other superhero movie because it just had a lot of weight behind it.”

• Also, damn Zod is badass. Too badass. He comes out with some next level quotes. 

• Kevin Costner is the “My-Cocaine” of the movie

• The music is very nice. At times slow and emotional, and at others sweeping and epic. The new theme is good. Different, but good. It fits the Man of Steel.

• More importantly, it’s brought Superman from being that little p-ssy who is always in the shadow of the Goddamn Batman, to more of an equal standing.

• Sequel is set up with villains hinted

Man of Steel opens June 14th in IMAX 3D rated PG-13 directed by Zack Snyder.

For more news, head on over to the Cosmic Book News Man of Steel hub.

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Listen To Christian Bale Voice The Dark Knight Before Batman Begins From A Disney Anime Movie

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5435:]]Believe it or not, Christian Bale actually voiced the Dark Knight prior to Batman Begins.

Well, not actually Batman, but he used the same voice in the 2004 Disney anime movie Howl’s Moving Castle.

I believe when actors were being auditioned for Batman, writer David Goyer‘s choice was Jake Gyllenhaal, but director Christopher Nolan went with Christian Bale after hearing his take on the Caped Crusader.

Guess they can thank Disney.

Here’s a description of Howl’s Moving Castle:

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.

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