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Here is the latest trailer for “Justice League”.

The film brings together Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

Probably not a big surprise. Frank Miller helped Zack Snyder on “300”, but news comes that Miller and Snyder are meeting to discuss the upcoming Batman and Superman film. Word is that it is a sequel to “Man of Steel” and that Bruce Wayne/Batman will be a supporting player to Clark Kent. Henry Cavill is returning as is Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, so that makes sense. Just one pesky question remains…just who will play Batman?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Bale shoots down rumors

Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” started up talk about a “Justice League” film. If it does happen, Christian Bale, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy said he won’t be back.

”I have no information, no knowledge about anything,” he told EW.  “I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it. It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.”

They could go with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, however.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

News about the “Justice League of America” film has been…sparse. There was news that Ben Affleck was going to direct (he’s not), then it was perhaps the Wachowskis (as far as we know, they’re not). Then there was a script, but Warner Brothers decided to do a page one rewrite. Casting rumors have been just as confusing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in as Batman, then he wasn’t. They were going to keep Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern…but then maybe not. It’s clear WB has no idea what they are doing. That could be changing. Rumors are out there that Christopher Nolan is taking on the overseer as WB’s DC properties. He’s already producing Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, so this makes sense.

That’s not all though. Rumors are also out there that Christian Bale is returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman for the film. But that may not be for a “Justice League” film. It might be a team up film with Henry Cavill (Superman). If you’re asking how this would make any sense what-so-ever given the mythology created by Nolan in “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises”, I’m just as confused as you.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Batman Beyond movie?

Before Christopher Nolan took his vision for Batman with Christian Bale, Warner Brothers was seriously considering a “Batman Beyond” movie, even going as far as hiring people to write the script. Obviously, they went a different route, but could we see the BB movie come to light? Michael Uslan, the executive producer on all the Batman films from Tim Burton’s to Nolan’s, had this to tell the crowd at a recent screening:

“Now if I could put my ‘fanboy hat’ on, not my ‘producer hat.’ How cool would it be to see a Batman Beyond movie? Bruce Wayne in his 80s training a young Batman. And how cool would it be to see Clint Eastwood as Bruce Wayne in his 80s?!”

Obviously nothing is in development. But, this could pose an interesting theory for the Justice League film. Why not introduce a younger Batman? It would give his solo films a much needed different tone from Nolan’s films.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The Latino Review is reporting that Warner Brothers’ “Justice League of America” will feature five superheroes. Those five will be: Superman/Clark Kent, Batman/Bruce Wayne (maybe). Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Wonder Woman and Flash. The Latino Review did say there may be a couple cameos from other heroes, but this will be the focus.

Obviously Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent will set up that character. My guess is we’ll see a cameo of at least one of these other heroes.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Reports surfaced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Robin character from “The Dark Knight Rises” was set to play Batman in the upcoming “Justice League” film. His agent has since contested that piece of news, but it does spark the debate: Should JGL play Batman? We all know that WB is going forward with the JL film and that “Man of Steel” is likely setting up Henry Cavill to play Clark Kent/Superman in both films. Now comes the hard part. There won’t be any other individual films before JL. So, JGL makes a lot of sense. His character is already established thanks to Christopher Nolan. JGL is a rising star in Hollywood, though “Premium Rush” proved he’s not a huge draw yet. Let’s face it, Batman and Superman are the most important characters in the Justice League so having these two characters established would be a great benefit.

There are a couple risks. Most notably is will fans buy into having a Batman that’s not Bruce Wayne? Also, if JGL is chosen, the JL will be compared to Christopher Nolan’s universe. If the JL is bad, it will dilute Nolan’s films. Can Nolan’s realistic universe fit into a more fantasy one?

There’s also another question about the JL and that is how the TV series “Arrow” might fit in. Could we see secondary characters introduced through the show? Do enough people watch it for that to be practical? Until we get some directors, we likely won’t know exactly the direction WB is taking. But, one thing is clear, they are not handling this well.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Well, the one thing we know about WB’s upcoming “Justice League” movie is that we know nothing at all. Now that Christopher Nolan has said no, we’ve heard everything from Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” starting to set up a shared universe to Ben Affleck on board to direct (he’s not) to having two sets of Superman and Batman actors, one for the JL movie and one for the individual films to Joseph Gordon-Levitt taking over the mantle (maybe). The list of directors reportedly includes the Wachowskis (I hope that one is true). But, here’s another one for you. Armie Hammer is reportedly under consideration to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in the JL movie. This isn’t the first time his name was brought out. He was supposed to star in a JL movie as Batman when George Miller was attached. Since then, Hammer’s had a breakout role in “The Social Network” and is starring along side Johnny Depp in “The Lone Ranger”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

With Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, which stars Christian Bale and Tom Hardy among others, still raking in cash, a lot has been made about Bane. And, one of the criticisms of the film has been a lack of clear backstory for Bane, only being referenced and alluded too. Well, turns out Nolan had some very clear scenes about his backstory. In an interview with GQ, costumer designer Lindy Hemming had this to say:

“The thing that you should have seen during that sequence is [Bane] being injured in his youth. So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury. Even if he hasn’t got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces. In that scene in the prison, where he’s learning to fight the same way Batman learned to fight, he’s wearing an early version of his waist belt. It’s showing support, but it’s not the finished one he eventually wears. He’s also wearing an early version of his gas mask, all glued together … If you look at the film, unless they’ve cut it—and I’m sure they haven’t—there’s a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he’s fighting and being taunted by people. He’s got chains on him, and he’s standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he’s wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask.”

Except, that obviously didn’t make the cut. She was informed of this fact (she hasn’t seen the finished film). But, could be an interested deleted scene.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Christopher Nolan has changed comic book films through “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises”. He never really got sentimental about it…until now. This is the foreword from “The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy”.  It’s very well written and..well just see for yourself:

Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.

People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.

I never thought we’d do a second—how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out—a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on—destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.

I never thought we’d do a third—are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.

Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.

Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.