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Batman vs Superman Movie: 3 Reasons To Be Excited & 3 Reasons To Worry

Published June 8, 2014 by gossipzoo

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After Man of Steel’s Easter Egg of the Wayne Enterprises logo, many fans believed it was possibly a lead up to a Justice League film, much in the same way Marvel built up to The Avengers at the start of their Phase One films. With the announcement that Superman and Batman will be onscreen together for the first time ever at Comic-Con, fans have collectively screamed in excitement at the prospect of seeing two of the most famous superheroes fight crime or, quite possibly, each other.

There are a number of reasons to be excited for Batman vs. Superman or whatever it will be called, but there are however just as many reasons to be worried about this eventual team-up when it takes place in a couple of years. Is it too soon for this to come out? Would you prefer a solo-Batman film or some other DC hero first? Do you want Christian Bale to come back as Batman?

In this post I give you three reasons to be excited and three reasons to be worried for the film.

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Batman vs Superman Movie Title Confirmed!

Published May 11, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Or it’ll be Superman vs Batman… Warner Bros can’t decide which one they like the sound of most just yet.

Man Of Steel writer David Goyer confirmed during the Superman 75th Anniversary panel (via ComicBook) that there’s only two contenders for the title of the film;

“So the next film we’re making, we’re already in pre-production, comes out in summer of 2015 and it’s-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.”

Warner Bros have also since registered the domain names,, and

In truth, once it was revealed this movie wasn’t going to be a straight and full adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, it was only ever going to be a vs. title.

It’s by far the most attention grabbing title and is likely to lead to untold riches at the box office for Warner Bros. I suspect Warner Bros are aware that Batman vs Superman is a better title but are concerned that Superman is likely to have more screen time and that it may be more true for it to be called Superman vs Batman… as The Dark Knight is likely to be more of the villain.

Right now, Goyer is co-writing the story for the movie with director Zack Snyder that will begin production in 2014, for release in the summer of 2015. Man Of Steel star Henry Cavill will return as Superman but no actor has yet to be cast as Batman.

Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will all return.

Click “next” below to read our article from yesterday – 10 Ways Zack Snyder Can Screw Up Superman Batman

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Superman vs Batman Movie: 3 Reasons It Could Succeed & 3 Reasons It Could Fail

Published May 10, 2014 by gossipzoo

The sound you're hearing is guaranteed bank. Probably.

Hooray! It’s great news right? I mean, look at that logo – That’s EXACTLY what we want from a DC movie, isn’t it? I mean, what can go wrong?

I mean, everyone loved “Man of Steel”…..oh, wait.

I’ll be blunt – the now confirmed team-up movie is only going to work if the strongest features of Batman and Superman films make it in, and some problems from Snyder’s and Nolan’s visions don’t….There’s no doubt this’ll make money, but so did “Man of Steel” – and that left MANY fans feeling less than warm and fuzzy about a Superman sequel. If anything, the cynical would say that teaming Batman up with Superman solves the “How do we get people who are jaded to come back?” problem – Because, naturally, there’s no WAY they could possibly screw this up……

Of course there is. But there’s a lot that’s on this movie’s side, and it actually fixes some problems that “Man of Steel” had – And that’s important seeing it’s the same people on board for this in some capacity.

So, let’s get to it….Starting with the “good bits”….

3. Superman Is Perfectly Cast, And His World Is Right For Batman To Show Up In

“Stand back! Unlike a lot of other things in this movie, my role seems critic-proof.”

There are many, many niggles about “Man of Steel” and those won’t get ignored. BUT, one of the most encouraging things about this pairing is that it brings something most agree the film got right to the fore, and that’s Henry Cavill.

Let’s face it, if this is done right it’ll be a buddy-movie in the extreme – Both have different agendas and conflicts, but ultimately their goal – To fight injustice and protect the innocent – is going to be the common ground they find. And that’s probably going to happen (ideally) through intense interaction and conflict, eventually arriving on common ground. Cavill could’ve used more “human to Kryptonian” moments in “Man of Steel”, and this certainly means that for all the action this movie will almost certainly have, Batman vs Superman will need to have some solid acting chops on display as these two icons come to an understanding and common ground.

Cavill’s up for the challenge, based on not only “Man of Steel” but his past work as well. I’ll sound out his role in “The Tudors” specifically as Charles Brandon, who had to alternate “the way things were done” and “The spoilt git that Henry VIII can be” with his conscience, personal loves and desires, and what he felt was right. Though “Man of Steel” was light on interpersonal development outside of its flashbacks, Cavill’s got the chops to handle it. More importantly, in a film that conflicted everybody about its story and execution, Cavill seemed the one thing everyone was OK with. Even though I have some issues about the movie, I was definitely up for seeing Cavill put on the cape for another outing.

And to a lesser degree, his Earth/Metropolis/universe is pretty welcoming of a Batman. Nolan’s severe and realistic Gotham couldn’t have welcomed Superman, be it Cavill, Routh, or even Reeve. In the same way you knew Poison Ivy, the Penguin, or Clayface would never turn up (WAY too fantastic and “unrealistic”), an alien from Krypton would’ve plunged Nolan’s Gotham into a black hole of implausibility – Why not help Wayne solve this Bane situation in under 10 minutes (If even that, if we’re being honest)? And if we’re following on from “Dark Knight Rises”, I’m not sure anyone would be interested in a retired, old Batman meeting a superpowered being from another world in his prime – There’s a film for that called “Watchmen”, and when Snyder made that he couldn’t please everybody no matter how hard he tried. Better to bring a new Batman in than try to reconcile Cavill with “The Dark Knight”. “Man of Steel” wasn’t a perfect movie, but it had a great Superman and a world Batman could comfortably exist in.

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5 YouTube Movies We Wish Were Real

Published November 4, 2013 by gossipzoo

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How many times have you been lured into watching a movie trailer for an epic blockbuster you didn’t realise was being made only to find it’s a fake trailer made by fans? Plenty we’ll bet. But for every rubbish fan made movie trailer there’s always one that actually looks completely awesome and you would give your right ball for the chance to go see it.

Often the rubbish attempts to convince us of a movie are made up of footage from existing films and are so poorly cobbled together that they could only fool the most simple of minds. One example of this that springs to mind is someone’s horrible attempt to make an Inspector Gadget all action reboot trailer featuring both The Spirit and Rorschach in place of the real bumbling detective. Despite being a dire mishmash it is still better than the real Gadget movies but is one of the best examples on YouTube of poorly made fan trailers.

After hours of trawling through the best and worst the internet has to offer we think we’ve found 5 of the very best examples of YouTube films we wish were real movies. Have a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below. But before you start check out the example below to see exactly how these kind of things should NOT be done.

What was the point of all the Dolphin scenes? Click NEXT now …

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Batman Fans Rage Against Ben Affleck Casting

Published September 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

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I recently wrote about ten moments that gave fanboys a bad name. Well now I’d like to add a belated eleventh spot to that list because the Batman fans are at it again, thanks to the latest announcement about the impending reboot of the character

On the 23rd of August, it was announced that Ben Affleck (Director of Argo and co-writer of Good Will Hunting) has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman crossover film. But it seems that, amongst comic book fans, Affleck’s performance in the poorly received Daredevil film of 2003 is still lingering over his career because it’s safe to say that this casting decision has gone down well as a plate of veal chops at a PETA rally.

As you’d expect, the fan rage has erupted in the more predictable ways such as Facebook groups, YouTube videos, and angry forum posts; but the Affleck casting has caused some fans to go beyond standard futile anger and to start actively trying to convince Warner Bros to recast the role by introducing petitions into the mix. Which will make about as much difference as trying to change the course of a missile by shooting at it with an air rifle.

A fan named John Roden from Ludlow, Kentucky has started a petition on demanding that Warner Bros recast the role which, at the time of writing, has over 22,000 signatures. is a website that was created to draw attention to serious issues like Russia’s institutionalised homophobia and other injustices. Not for fanboys to rant about a casting decision they disapprove of before the film is even made.

But most astounding of all is that somebody tried to petition the White House to intervene and make it illegal for Ben Affleck to play the Caped Crusader or any other superhero for the next 200 years. That petition has since been removed thanks to a much welcomed attack of sanity from the White House website’s managers. A large part of me thinks (and hopes for that matter) that this particular petition might have been a parody but I wouldn’t put it past at least one person to make such a petition sincerely.


But this isn’t exactly a new phenomenon since petitions were circulated in the late 1980s after Michael Keaton was cast in the role for Tim Burton’s Batman film, and there was significant grumbling from fans decades later when the late Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Both of whom went on to be very well received after the angry fans paused for breath and actually watched them play the characters. And it’s highly likely that this will be the same for Ben Affleck. Good luck to him and I hope that he proves the doubters wrong.

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8 Incredible Batman Film & TV Concept Designs That Were Never Used

Published August 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

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I think it is safe to say that no character has undergone as many redesigns as Batman has during his history, which now spans nearly three quarters of a century. Almost every generation of comics fans have their version of Batman. This includes, naturally, evolution not only in his iconic costume, but also in his various gadgets, cars, planes, and supporting characters. While there is certainly something to be said for the idea that something so instantly recognizable should not be messed with, one of the most fun things about being a geek is nerding out over new concept designs for upcoming Batman movies, rejoicing when someone gets it right and complaining really loudly when they get it wrong.

Here, therefore, are some of those designs that did not make the grade.

8. David Russell’s Unused Batwing Design

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David Russell, the storyboard artist for anything from Star Wars to Moulin Rouge, non-surprisingly also drew storyboards for Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. Among them is a glimpse at the originally planned design for the Batwing plane Batman brings out for the final climactic confrontation with the Joker.

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In the film, the plane dramatically aligns with the full moon to form the famous insignia. The concept had apparently not yet materialized at the storyboard stage, however, as the plane there looks more like an actual stealth aircraft, the triangular shape imitating the spread cape of Batman. It’s a pretty interesting design, but not even nearly as fitting with the Tim Burton-established unpractical, but dramatic style as the one that ended up in the film.

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The Issue With Casting A Batman vs Superman Movie

Published August 12, 2013 by gossipzoo


After earlier reports and rumours it is now official that Warner Brothers will be going into production soon on the first of the modern DC Comic team-up movies. The first of these films will feature Superman and Batman together onscreen for the first time. This film has been hinted at for years, and most thought that it would never, could never or that it should never happen. And it when it was rumoured to happen after Batman & Robin, I would have agreed with them.

In 2013, things are a lot different. This World’s Finest film, likely titled Superman vs Batman, will be released in 2015. Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder will reunite with writer David S. Goyer, and maybe even producer Christopher Nolan for this ambitious film. Henry Cavill will return as Superman, but with Christian Bale not wearing the cowl again a new Batman will need to be found.

So, who will play The Dark Knight going forward, and I assume all the way to the Justice League film of 2017? This is a great question, for a while now there have been a copious amount of articles about this very topic. However, all discount the fact that this new Batman will be of the JLA/World’s Finest etc. He is not the dark loner, he is not the super serious ninja and is not the Batman of the Nolanverse. Instead he is an amazing detective, he creates things for the JLA to use and he is their most valuable asset. In summary, his role is something that will be different from every other live action film adaptation of Batman so far. That is a fact that may even upset some people when they see it.


And so a very different actor will be needed to play this role. Kevin Conroy nailed this portrayal of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series and its wider universe. Batman is everything you’ve seen before and can duke it out with the best of them when he is alone, but when he is with the JLA there is are subtle differences. These all boil down to the question: why would literally gods need a rich man’s help? In the JLA, Bruce Wayne has everything figured out before everyone else. Wayne has files on each JLA member’s weakness, he works constantly on upgrading various equipment and strategies and so on. Bruce Wayne makes can himself the most valuable member of the team.

However, to portray that Conroy understood that this Batman is lighter and must embrace the nature of a team-up. Batman cannot be alone, his sulkiness is mocked from time to time and a team brings a out new dimension to the character. In very much the same way that Robin alters the character. If you hate Robin, you will hate the JLA!

The danger with this film is that the Nolanverse misses the lighter side of Batman completely and goes ultra dark very fast. There is no need for ber- reality from this point on, and the universe of the New-52 is a good guide how to cast these films. They need to leave the door open for a Robin, for a Nightwing and even for Ace. Why? Because this film will change how people interact with Batman on screen; there will be no smoke vanishing nor one liners on a rooftop. This film requires character development to both Clark and Bruce. The more people that interact with both will only strengthen the bonds and investment that an audience will feel towards them.

This is the advantage of Christian Bale stepping down as the Caped Crusader. Overall, I loved his portrayal of the character and The Dark Knight Trilogy arguably contains the definitive Batman movie, The Dark Knight. This will be the benchmark for comic book movies for years to come. It cannot be debated that Bale did an outstanding job portraying both Batman and Bruce Wayne in the hyper-reality of the Nolanverse. However, moving away from this towards the unrealism of the JLA, a change is needed and needed badly. Bale’s portrayal of Batman cannot fit in a world in which Superman exists also, they would never work together. Superman would be another super villain like The Joker, Bane etc. The logic of Nolan’s Batman universe would see a metahuman with godlike powers as too dangerous to exist. There is no grey area in these films.

(The comics have explored this idea before…The Kingdom Come story arc pits an old Bruce Wayne against Superman. He tasks Shazam to defeat Superman. And on Earth 3, there was an evil Superman called Ultraman.)


Whoever is to follow on from Bale will have to capture the ethos of the JLA ideal; he will have to walk the line between serious a Batman and a Batman that is a team player who is not afraid to embrace humour, very much like the mood of The Avengers. I believe that man to be Karl Urban. And he has some serious geek credentials after having had roles in RED, Star Trek and Dredd 3D. In each of these roles he walked the line between serious and humour, his portrayal of Bones kind of speaks for itself. I want to draw attention to his portrayal of Dredd in Dredd 3D.

Dredd is a very similar character to Batman, although with the volume turned way up, and is very easy to turn into a joke. Urban understood that grit works, but too much grit is abrasive and off putting. Dredd was made likeable, and so rewriting the wrongs of Judge Dredd, or the 2000 AD franchise killer. Urban has proven that he can play this very tough role: he has the intensity to play Batman, along with a good look made for the cowl and a voice that is very close to the Conroy take on Batman. The important this we are not given a deadpan Bale Batman. Rather like Urban’s Dredd, this Batman needs moments of light-heartedness, inasmuch as Dredd/Batman can be light-hearted.

Come on just imagine his Judge Dredd with a Batman costume on instead. Karl Urban is a perfect fit for this role and he would no doubt leave a new stamp on this character of a lifetime. I must stress that whoever is to play Batman in these next few movies must have the talent to play the multi-dimensional character of comic book Wayne/Batman. Team-ups need a distinct character to hinge upon, it is the only way that these movies will work. Marvel learned this lesson with their casting choices: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is the best example of this. Marvel embraced the source material and cast based on the established comic book character for their team up series. Whoever they do decide to go with will be the lynchpin of this franchise’s success.


I know who I would choose, what about you? Let me know in the comments below, who would you like to see as Batman?

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