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New T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Movie & Franchise Expansion Announced

HUAYI BROTHERS MEDIA CORPORATION, BATMAN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MICHAEL USLAN TO PARTNER ON TREASURED T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS FRANCHISE   Veteran Producer & Originator of Batman Film Franchise to Lead Major Chinese Studio’s Initial Foray into Super Hero Movies, TV, Gaming Using Celebrated 50-Year Comic Book as Centerpiece   NEW YORK, NY – October 10, 2015 – The sky was …

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Possibly No Major Batman Announcement Coming At NYCC

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Possible bad news, Bat-fans.

While Batman Vs. Superman is confirmed to have a presence on the floor of the New York Comic-Con with a LexCorp booth, the speculated “major announcement” teased by producer Michael Uslan from a few days ago may not actually be Batman-related.

Michael Uslan, who has been a producer on every Batman movie, told USA Today last Friday that a major announcement is coming at the NYCC on Saturday at 1:45pm.

As DC is holding a Batman panel around the same time, many online (us included) speculated the announcement to possibly be related to the rumored Ben Affleck solo Batman movie.

However, now it’s learned Michael Uslan is actually a part of a THUNDER Agents panel that takes place Saturday at 1:45pm.

Of course, it’s always possible something Batman Vs. Superman could still be announced at the DC Batman panel, with Uslan simply not being in attendance.

Here is the official info sent out by WB regarding THUNDER Agents:

Saturday, 10/9

1:45PM to 2:45PM – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents panel

Room 1A24

Panelists:

Michael Uslan, producer

David Uslan, producer

Olav Kjørven, Director of Public Partnerships, UNICEF

Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division, United Nations

Sean Southey, CEO, PCI Media Impact

Info:

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTSCELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY

WITH SPECIAL OCT. 10 PANEL AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

 

Exciting Announcements from Batman Executive Producer Michael Uslan,

Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, CEA Group, IDW, UNICEF and

United Nations Spotlight Saturday, October 10 Panel in Javits Center

 

NEW YORK, NY – October 5, 2015 – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, the landmark comic featuring the first truly international super hero group, celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a series of special announcements and groundbreaking news from respected Batman franchise Executive Producer Michael Uslan, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, CEA Group, IDW, UNICEF and the United Nations during a Saturday, October 10 panel at New York Comic Con.

After 50 years of protecting the globe, The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves (aka T.H.U.N.D.E.R.) Agents still stands as the first and only truly international comic book super hero group set up to work for the United Nations. Brought to life in 1965 by comic book legend Wally Wood, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agentshas been blessed throughout its first half-century with some of the finest artists in the industry, including Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Mike Sekowsky and Dave Cockrum. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents’message of global peace, teamwork and unity has even greater significance in today’s international climate.

Panelists for the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents celebration – which will be held in Room 1A24 of the Javits Center from 1:45-2:45pm – include Michael Uslan and fellow producer David Uslan; Olav Kjørven, Director of Public Partnerships, UNICEF; Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division, United Nations; Sean Southey, CEO, PCI Media Impact; IDW President Greg Goldstein; renowned comic artist Bob Layton; screenwriters Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton; and surprise appearances by notable luminaries from the realms of comics and world relations.

The panel will spotlight the history of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and some exciting special announcements regarding the ever-expanding future of the franchise. In addition, the panelists will unveil new details of the benevolent United Nations/UNICEF initiative, “Comics Uniting Nations,” a partnership with non-profit organization Reading With Pictures to develop comics that illustrate the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, and includes IDW Publishing’s participation throughout the world.

All fans attending the panel will receive exclusive T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents gifts. 

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Batman Vs. Superman Producer Reveals Batman’s Age

It has become known what age Bruce Wayne will be in Batman Vs. Superman as producer Michael Uslan mentioned it in a recent interview.

Uslan told the Ashbury Park Press that Bruce Wayne will be in his mid-40s while discussing the controversy surrounding roles from the previous Batman movies.

So, this has happened time and again, and it happened with Affleck. To go back to the original thought of Bruce Wayne in his mid-40s, I think he’s going to be extraordinary.

Ben Affleck is 41-years-old and has recently been spotted on set with a bit of added grey hair.

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“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Batman Vs Superman Producer Talks About Ben Affleck Compared To Michael Keaton (Video)

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Batman fans have producer Michael Uslan to thank for the dark and gritty version of the character that has been such a hit throughout the years on the big screen.

Uslan and Tim Burton brought the 1989 Batman movie to life which featured Michael Keaton, and Uslan has gone on to be a part of every Batman film ever since.

Talking with EPDaily.TV, Uslan compares the reaction to the Ben Affleck casting to his own reaction in regards to Michael Keaton being cast as Batman. 

I led the charge the first time that I heard Tim [Burton] was thinking of hiring Michael Keaton. I go ‘Oh, my God. All the work that I’ve put in all these years to do a dark and serious Batman, he is going to higher a comedian.’ And I could envision the posters: ‘Mr. Mom is Batman.’ [I thought] ‘Oh, no.’ But then he explained his vision. He had a vision. He was right. This is all about Bruce Wayne. It’s not all about Batman. It’s all about Bruce Wayne. If you are trying to do a serious dark superhero, people have to believe in Bruce Wayne as that obsessed driven guy to the point maybe of almost being psychotic. A guy who would get dressed up as a Bat and do what he did. So we went through the hooplah of Michael Keaton. The fans had the same reaction that I did initally. Then when they went to see the movie, they never wanted anyone else to play Batman.

Uslan also compares the reaction to Heath Leger as The Joker and mentions Zack Snyder is a big fanboy of the stuff. 

Check out the video below for more.

“Batman Vs Superman” has a newly announced May 6, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Exclusive: Kaley Cuoco In Batman Vs. Superman? Zack Snyder Directing Justice League Movie & More Updates

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Cosmic Book News has a batch of updates from our DC Entertainment source regarding the Man of Steel sequel as well as the Justice League movie.

Before I get into that there is a name popping up on my radar, and it’s Kaley Cuoco who may have a role in Batman Vs. Superman. I don’t have a confirmation or any other information, so take it for what it’s worth. Her name did pop up around the same time when I learned Mercy Graves is in the movie as well as when the rumor of the Ben Affleck girlfriend casting call surfaced. It’s possible she could have something to do with either of those roles (possibly one and the same?), something different or not at all. Kaley Cuoco was also dating Henry Cavill for a short while.

Also there has been some question online with Bryan Cranston being cast in Batman Vs. Superman. The information came from a trusted source close to Warner Bros. (different than our DC Entertainment source). I believe the source 100% so much so that if the information isn’t correct I’ll be making a donation to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Regarding some of our other information from our DC Entertainment source, which didn’t pan out, it’s thought the information was part of a different plan Warner Bros. would have went with by featuring more Superman standalone movies followed by Justice League if Man of Steel would have better peformed at the box office.

 

Now on to the latest that our DC Entertainment source told us:

Batman Vs. Superman

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We are told the title for the sequel will either be Batman Vs. Superman or Superman Vs. Batman, not World’s Finest, as it is believed the first two titles are better for commercial purposes.

The budget is said to be $250 million.

The production staff is being recruited now. The cinematographer from Watchmen, Larry Fong, is indeed on board, which is better for those comic panel shots.

Zack Snyder wants Hans Zimmer to return to score the film.

Our DC Entertainment source confirms Lex Luthor is definitely in Batman Vs. Superman as is Mercy Graves.

David Goyer has completed his first draft of the Batman Vs. Superman script; expect a couple of revisions as is normal. It is believed that Christopher Nolan will look over the script and offer bits of advice here and there, but won’t have actual scripting/story duties as he did on Man of Steel. This is very much Snyder and Goyer’s baby. It is believed that when Batman Vs. Superman begins shooting next year, David Goyer will begin a full treatment for the Justice League movie set for a mid-2017 release.

Gym Jones founder Mark Twight will once again be working-out with Henry Cavill for Batman Vs. Superman. Twight will more than likely be working with Ben Affleck, as well. Affleck, it is believed, will begin to work with Twight once he has completed his base training. They will try to get Ben Affleck massive, and then rip him up tight, so he looks lean and big.

Bruce Wayne in the movie will be about 37/38 (something like that). Late 30s is what the DC Entertainment source is told.

 

Justice League Movie

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Cosmic Book News is told by our DC Entertainment source: “100% Zack Snyder will be directing Justice League.” His wife Deborah Snyder will be producing alongside Charles Roven. Zack Snyder will be co-writing the story along with David Goyer. The source is unsure if Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas will be on board as executive producers, but it is a possibility. 

Geoff Johns will be on board as Creative Consultant for Justice League working with David Goyer and Zack Snyder on the story. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are likely to be credited as executive producers on Justice League as Batman is in the film. The budget for the film isn’t confirmed, but will probably be around $280 million. Filming on Justice League will likely start early 2016.

Our DC Entertainment source has no details on the plot for Justice League as David Goyer only has a few pages of story notes so far, but it is more than likely that Batman and Superman will be the basis of the film much like Iron Man and Captain America were in The Avengers. When Batman Vs. Superman begins filming, and a final script is in place, then Goyer will begin working on the Justice League treatment followed by the script.

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Batman Beyond Movie Being Talked About Again

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Back in late January we first heard mention of a possible live-action Batman Beyond movie.

It was something that producer Michael Uslan had mentioned if he could put his “fanboy” hat on.

Uslan wondered how cool it would be to see a live-action Batman Beyond movie starring Clint Eastwood as an aged Bruce Wayne in his 80s.

Uslan mentioned that it was basically just wishful thinking, but also said “hey, you never know.”

Well, now we may know as a report has surfaced that Warner Bros. may be considering a Batman Beyond film for the reboot.

Batman-On-Film reportedly heard “whispers” of a Batman Beyond film from Warner Bros., but goes on to mention it’s one of many ideas on the table.

Speaking of ideas, our own DC Entertainment source previously provided us with information that the Batman reboot could be based on the popular Batman Arkham video games.

We’ve also previously been told it could feature a Batman in his second year of being a hero and is tentatively titled “The Batman.”

Whether any of this holds true with the new management team on WB movies remains to be seen, but something about the Batman reboot could be announced as soon as this week’s Comic-Con.

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Batman Beyond Live-Action Movie? Producer Michael Uslan Thinks It’s A Good Idea

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Warner Bros. continues to put out hit animated movies based on the DC Comics properties with the latest being Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Part 2 comes out this week and the premiere was just held in NYC.

Jay Oliva, an artist on the animated movie, notes that the reason these keep being made is that they are such good sellers, and that when he sees them on Amazon.com behind something like The Avengers movie that it’s awesome.

Then Michael Uslan, producer on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns as well as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, chimes in about a “Batman Beyond” live-action movie.

“Now if I can put by fanboy hat on again for one second,” says Uslan. “Not the producer thing, the fanboy thing. How cool might it be if one day to see a Batman Beyond live-action movie?”

Ulsan continued to the roar of the crowd,” When I think of Bruce Wayne in his 80s training a young Batman, how cool would it be to see Clint Eastwood as as Bruce Wayne in his 80s? He could pull up Batman a chair,” he joked. “You never know.”

Batman Beyond was an animated TV series from 1999-2001 that takes place in the future centering around Terry McGinnis as the new Batman trained by an elderly Bruce Wayne, and also has a new digital comic book currently out as well.

Regarding the next Batman movie, it’s currently thought to follow the Justice League Movie and debut sometime in 2016 or 2017.

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