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Justice League cinematographer wants a Zack Snyder director’s cut

The cinematographer for Justice League, Fabian Wagner, has called for a Zack Snyder cut of the film.

There are a fair few people, after seeing Justice League, which would like to see what a full-blown Zack Snyder cut of the film would have looked like – Snyder had to step away from the production after a family tragedy, leaving Joss Whedon to take his place.

Wagner was the director of photography when Snyder was in the director’s chair but couldn’t return for Whedon’s reshoots due to scheduling difficulties. Second unit photographer Jean-Philippe Gossart ended up replacing him.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Wagner said that he enjoys the time Snyder takes to tell his stories; speaking with regards to Justice League’s fairly short running time:

“This one was even shorter than I expected, so there are scenes that aren’t in there. I really hope we get
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Denis Villeneuve on why Blade Runner 2049 tanked at the box office

Blade Runner 2049 was by far this fall’s biggest box-office upset. A film that was almost unanimously praised by critics, but was a complete failure financially. The entire situation has made many people question if there is even a place for cerebral cinema in today’s market; a world saturated with sequels, comic-book adaptations, and big explodey summer blockbusters. So, more than a month later, the question still stands: why?

Well, chatting with Yahoo Entertainment, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve seems like he is still trying to figure that out:

“I’m still digesting it. … I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long [2 hours, 44 minutes run time]. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies — I don’t sell them.”

Admittedly, there were some who didn’t enjoy the film, keywords being boring, or over-long.
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Superman finally joins the Justice League marketing campaign

Now that Justice League is here and the “surprise” – Spoilers – that Superman makes his return to the DC Extended Universe, Warner Bros. has decided to release an updated version of its poster and banners featuring Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel; check them out here…

See Also: Jason Momoa defends Justice League, says it could have been two movies

See Also: Fans petitioning Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too
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Jason Momoa defends Justice League, says it could have been two movies

Jason Momoa, one of the stars of Justice League, has defended the film from critics and stated that it could have been two movies.

Justice League is now playing on screens around the world, suffering a critical pounding and a disappointing opening weekend at the box office. The team-up blockbuster has the lowest opening for a Dceu film so far.

One of the film’s stars, Jason Momoa (who plays Aquaman), has defended the film – much like you might expect.

In an interview with EW, the actor said that he isn’t reading the negative feedback the film has received:

“I try to stay the fuck away from what people say,” Momoa said. “Some of my friends said, ‘Justice League isn’t doing well’ and it kind of bummed me out. But I didn’t want to look it up. I don’t want to look up the bad and the negativity.
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Henry Cavill keen to “show Superman in his full colors”, contracted for one more DC movie

In the build up to the release of Justice League, Henry Cavill revealed that he felt the resurrected Man of Steel in Justice League is “the first time we see the true Superman” in the Dceu, and now the actor has been talking to The Los Angeles Times about how this sets the stage to tell a definitive Superman tale going forward.

“He’s definitely different from previous incarnations,” said Cavill with regards to Justice League’s Superman. “I feel like this is the natural progression from the end of Man of Steel into what he is now. This is a rebirth of the character, to coin the D.C. comics franchise right now: It’s a refresh. This movie highlights the qualities of Superman that exist in the comic books. That’s something I’ve always been very keen to highlight in the character. This rebirth provided the opportunity
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Ray Fisher discusses a deleted Cyborg scene from Justice League

If you kept up to date with all of the marketing material for Justice League and have now seen the final film, chances are you’ll have noticed that a couple of Victor Stone’s pre-Cyborg scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.

In addition to the above shot, the trailers also featured a glimpse of Victor playing football, and it seems those weren’t the only two scenes of the character pre-accident that were shot for the movie.

“There were some things that you’ll probably end up seeing later on, that didn’t make it into this version of the film,” actor Ray Fisher tells Gamespot. “There’s a scene with Victor Stone, when he still was Victor Stone, and his mother, that was really special to shoot.”

Fisher also spoke about the changes to the film as a result of the reshoots, stating that: “You’re shooting and testing,
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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Fans petitioning Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League

While director Zack Snyder certainly has his critics, he’s also got a very devoted fan base – one which has launched a new campaign for Warner Bros. to release his original version of Justice League with a petition on Change.org which has so far attracted almost 60,000 signatures.

“We the undersigned make this petition, because during the last few months, the film Justice League underwent a few changes in terms of composer and runtime,” reads the petition. “Zack Snyder, director of the film, screened Justice League to Warner Bros. executives earlier this year, they where happy with the film, but the director himself felt the film needed something more, he contacted Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, to write a few additional scenes with plans to shoot them over the summer, but an unfortunate tragedy in his family happened and he understandably had to step down,
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Movie Review – Justice League (2017)

Justice League, 2017.

Directed by Zack Snyder.

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Diane Lane, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Billy Crudup, J.K. Simmons, and Jeremy Irons.

Synopsis:

Inspired by Superman’s heroic sacrifice, Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team of heroes to tackle the demonic Steppenwolf.

Lots of big films have troubled productions, but few go through such publicised woes as DC’s latest. Zack Snyder, director of the Dceu’s first two instalments, left the project while it was in its final stages due to a family tragedy, and Joss Whedon was promptly roped in to handle reshoots and to oversee post-production. This was met with mixed reactions from the fanbase ? some were excited because Whedon had managed to craft successful and entertaining ensemble pieces with The Avengers and (to a lesser extent) Avengers: Age of Ultron,
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Samuel L. Jackson Wraps His Role as Mr. Glass in Split 2

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Samuel L. Jackson Wraps His Role as Mr. Glass in Split 2
The highly-anticipated sequel Glass, which brings together characters from both M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 film Unbreakable and this year's low-budget hit Split, started filming just last month, and it seems that principal photography is already winding down. Director M. Night Shyamalan took to Twitter over the weekend to reveal that Samuel L. Jackson has already wrapped his role as Elijah Price, a.k.a. Mr. Glass, with production ending next week. Here's what the director had to say on social media.

"1 week left of shooting #Glass. Yesterday was @SamuelLJackson last shot. Had to fight back tears. These are more than movies to me."

The news comes just weeks after we caught our first glimpse of Samuel L. Jackson on the Glass set with new set photos, but it seems his time on the project has already come to a close. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds David Dunn (Bruce Willis
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Latest rumours on The Batman claim it will be a Justice League sequel with or without Ben Affleck

I’m struggling to think of a project which has had as much rumour and speculation surrounding it as Warner Bros. and DC Films’ planned Dark Knight solo movie The Batman.

For months now, it seems a day hasn’t gone by without some report claiming to drop “insider information” on the status of the film, and that stepped up a gear this past week when Ben Affleck revealed that he was yet to sign on for the movie, and looking to “segue out” of the role.

To bring you up to speed, a rumour emerged a few days ago claiming that Reeves has identified Jake Gyllenhaal as a replacement for Ben Affleck, and that he is considering two ideas for his trilogy – one which would serve as a prequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the other as a standalone series of films.

Well, we now have
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Justice League suffers lowest opening weekend box office of the DC Extended Universe

Warner Bros.’ long-awaited DC team-up Justice League has suffered a rather tough time at the U.S box office in its opening weekend, with the film grossing $96 million across the Friday-to-Sunday period.

While it’s obviously ridiculous to call a $96 million opening a disaster (it is an astronomical number after all), the film – which brings together DC’s most iconic characters – had been tracking between $110 million and $120 million, and instead debuted to the lowest opening weekend of the DC Extended Universe to date, and the second lowest opening weekend of 2017 for a superhero movie.

For comparison within the Dceu, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened to $166 million, followed by Suicide Squad on $133.7 million, Man of Steel on $116.6 million and Wonder Woman on $103.3 million. In terms of the year’s other superhero blockbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 leads the way with $146.5 million, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on $122.7 million,
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Lego unveils its Justice League BrickHeadz sets

Coinciding with the release of Justice League, Lego has revealed its 2018 BrickHeadz sets for the superhero team-up movie which includes Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg; check them out below…

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League reunites Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash,
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Justice League performing weaker than expected in the U.S., on course for second-lowest superhero movie opening of 2017

We’ve seen on many occasions that box office tracking figures are often wide of the mark, usually underestimating a film’s opening weekend. However, it seems the opposite may be the case with Justice League, as Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros.’ latest DC blockbuster is on course for a lower-than-expected debut in North America.

According to the site, Justice League grossed $38.4 million on Friday, meaning that the superhero team-up is on course to gross around $93.5 million across the Friday-to-Sunday period – down from tracking estimates of between $110 million and $120 million.

Should Justice League fail to hit the $100 million mark, it would find itself with the second-lowest superhero movie opening of the year after Logan on $88 million. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 leads the way with $146.5 million, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on $122.7 million, Spider-Man: Homecoming on $117 million and Wonder Woman on $103.3 million.

See Also: Read our reviews of Justice League
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon both auditioned for Robin in Tim Burton’s Batman

Last year, Ben Affleck donned the cape and cowl as the DC Extended Universe’s incarnation of The Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, reprising the role for Suicide Squad and this weekend’s big release Justice League.

However, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel, Affleck has revealed that he could have made his DC debut almost thirty years prior, with both he and his pal Matt Damon having auditioned for the role of Robin the Boy Wonder in 1989’s Batman from director Tim Burton. Here’s Affleck talking about their auditions…

The character of Robin was ultimately deleted from the script, with Marlon Wayans signing on for the role in Batman Returns, only for the part to be cut once again. Chris O’Donnell eventually portrayed Dick Grayson alongside Val Kilmer in Batman Forever, and returned opposite George Clooney in Batman & Robin.

See Also: Matt Reeves reportedly eyeing
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Warner Bros. reportedly concerned that Justice League could open lower than Thor: Ragnarok

The sixth and final superhero movie of 2017 hit cinemas today, as Warner Bros. assembles its greatest heroes for the DC team-up movie Justice League.

It’s the second superhero movie we’ve had in recent weeks after Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and according to THR, executives at Warner Bros. are apparently sweating over Justice League’s opening weekend, being concerned that it may fail to outperform its Marvel rival.

“If a B character from Marvel shut downs and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment,” the trade quotes an insider at the studio. “It’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners] execs.”

See Also: Read our reviews of Justice League here and here.

Thor: Ragnarok opened to $122.7 million domestically, while Justice League is said to be tracking between $110 million and $120 million – although as we’ve seen on numerous occasions, tracking is often wide of the mark.
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Justice League’s Rotten Tomatoes score finally revealed

The Rotten Tomatoes score for Justice League has at last been released, giving the comic book team-up flick a less than desirable 40%.

Many eyebrows were raised at the news of Rotten Tomatoes delaying their score for the much anticipated DC superhero movie Justice League. Normally the scores are released well in advance (as soon as the review embargo is lifted) but on this occasion Rt delayed the release until the day before the film arrives in cinemas.

What made matters more curious still was the fact that Warner Bros. – the studio behind Justice League – owns a stake in Fandango (Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company). This indicating to some that WB didn’t want the score getting out there and influencing audience’s not to see the movie.

All of this is in the past, however, as we now know that Justice League has a 40% score. This comprises of 136 reviews at this
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“Justice League” tries to save the day for DC

Today is the day for DC and Warner Brothers. At long last, all of their superheroes are sharing the screen. A few hours from now, the first public screenings of Justice League will begin, giving fans a chance to not just see Batman, Superman (yes, he’s in it…duh), and Wonder Woman on screen, but also Aquaman, Flash, and more. This has been the goal since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first given the thumbs up. So, what about the quality? Well, it’s better than Suicide Squad, I’ll give it that. Where it stands elsewhere, well, that’s something we’ll get to below… The film continues the story began in Man of Steel and continued in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Taking place after the events of the latter, the world now lives with the death of Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill). His
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Update: Matt Reeves reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal as replacement for Ben Affleck in The Batman

Update: In his latest video, John Campea is now claiming that Jake Gyllenhaal is being eyed for the role of Batman, and that Matt Reeves is considering two ideas for his trilogy – one which would serve as a prequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the other as a standalone series of films. Original story follows…

Ben Affleck has once again got the internet fired up over his recent comments about his potential involvement in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman trilogy. A month ago, it seemed Ben was in it for the long haul, but recent comments have seen him play a bit coy on the topic. Not to say he won’t sign on, but it does seem he is approaching the decision carefully. Regardless of the likelihood that he will stay involved, it’s understandable director Matt Reeves has started eyeing other actors. One in particular,
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