Joseph Gordon-Levitt Says Goodbye to New Line and Sandman Project

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What a quick 180 from a couple of days ago for the Sandman project. It wasn’t but a day ago that news came through that the Sandman movie for New Line Cinema had found its scriptwriter in Eric Heisserer. After taking a big leap forward in the next stages of making this film happen, they take a huge leap back with the departure of Joseph Gordon-Levitt who was set to direct and star in the Live Action adaptation of one of DC/Vertigo’s most enchanting and complex characters in Sandman.

Citing creative differences as the reason for leaving, Gordon-Levitt left a detailed explanation for his fans to read on his Facebook page only moments ago. You can follow the link or read it below.

RE: SANDMAN

So, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a producing deal with Warner Brothers to develop a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN. Neil himself came on as an executive producer, we hired the excellent screenwriter, Jack Thorne, and we started in on the ambitious task of adapting one of the most beloved and boundary-pushing titles in the world of comics. I was pleased with the progress we were making, even though we still had quite a ways to go.

Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta “ownership” (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed hands when Warner Brothers shifted the entire catalogue of Vertigo comics (an imprint of DC) to their subsidiary, New Line. And a few months ago, I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be. So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.

I’d like to thank all the great people I’ve had the opportunity to work with on this one. I’ve had a blast with and learned a ton from David and Jack. Niija Kuykendall, Greg Silverman, and everyone at Warner Brothers have been fantastic, as have Geoff Johns and everyone at DC. And it’s been a particular privilege as well as a rocking good time getting to know Mr. Gaiman, whose generous insights and masterful work have certainly convinced me that the Lord of Dreams and the Prince of Stories are one and the same Endless pattern.

This sounds like a big blow to New Line Cinema as they will have to find a new director, but it had to be something pretty big for Gordon-Levitt to leave a project he was so invested in from the beginning as a huge Sandman fan himself. Either way, the project looks like it will still continue on but at this point no one has any idea of the direction it will go. Whatever the outcome, as a big consumer of all things Sandman and DC/Vertigo, I will be front and center to see it all play out.

Source: Facebook

 

Rock Out to Queen in the New Suicide Squad Trailer!

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That’s right folks, with the tunes of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody playing in the background you are witnessing a dawning of a new age of superhero movies. With the new Suicide Squad trailer you get a peek of what it looks like when dangerous villains are tasked with becoming unlikely heroes. Well, that and the kind of dysfunction that inevitably will be within the team.

Here in the new trailer we get extended looks at all the major characters including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and of course the crown prince of evil himself, The Joker.

Whatever hesitations you had about the movie before, I hope some of them have been put to rest for the moment. It’s a fantastic spot and one that was sorely needed after the last major follow-up trailer release from DC (lookin at you BvS). Suicide Squad looks to bring the laughs along with plenty of action.

To find out what Task Force X (that’s the name of the suicide squad for those of you who don’t read comics) is up to and what The Joker may have to do with it all, check out Suicide Squad when it hits theaters on August 6th, 2016.


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Warner Bros. Releases First Look at Suicide Squad!

Well it wasn’t supposed to come out, but the leak from San Diego Comic-Con made it impossible for Warner Bros. to keep the teaser under wraps any longer. The first official look at David Ayer’s Suicide Squad sees three minutes of footage showcasing all the biggest characters including Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), and of course… The Joker (Jared Leto)!

While many are still a bit unfamiliar with the concept of the Suicide Squad or what it might mean for DC’s expanding cinematic universe, it looks to be a fairly original approach at showcasing villains as the focal point of an arena dominated by super heroes. Look out for this one when it hits theaters August 5, 2016.


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First Look! The CW Network Reveals DC’s Legends of Tomorrow!

With Arrow ending it’s third season this past Wednesday and The Flash Season Finale coming this Tuesday, it’s no surprise that the CW will be making another spinoff show.

Titled DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, it follows a team created out of both rising heroes and villains that have been seen in both Arrow and The Flash. The team consists of Firestorm (played by Alia’s Victor Garber), White Canary (Arrow’s Caity Lotz), Hawkgirl (Broadway Star, Ciara Renee), The Atom (Arrow’s Brandon Routh), Captain Cold and Heatwave (Prisonbreak’s Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell) and are led by Timemaster, Rip Hunter (Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill). Their mission? To stop the destruction of humanity’s future by Vandal Savage and his powerful army.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres next year on The CW Network.


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Batman v Superman Trailer is Here!

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After some footage got leaked the day before, I guess director Zack Snyder and co. decided now would be as good a time as any. Sure some of those people who were going to the special IMAX showings will be disappointed, but does it really matter because it is here and it is awesome!

Say what you want, but they really have a flair for the dramatics over at Warner Bros. studio. Hopefully those who were going to see the IMAX release of the trailer aren’t too upset. They still get to see it exclusively in IMAX and no one else gets to say that. For everyone else, it’s just a good time to be a fan.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.


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Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor,

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The folks over at Entertainment Weekly have given us the first look at what Jessie Eisenberg’s character Lex Luthor will look like in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which oddly enough is exactly one year away). Enough discussion has been had about whether he can pull off the look (as well as whether he can seriously bring the character to life) and it seems as though it comes off very well. Zack Snyder, who is the director for the project, also had give some insight to give regarding the character itself and what we may expect to see from Eisenberg in his role.

“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course.  Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake.  He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.


 

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DC Scheduled to Have A Big Announcement at WonderCon!

dee9ec2ac1fe879f76c29010f2b9fa2eWonderCon, much like ComicCon in San Diego and New York, is a main attraction for all things pop culture. People come from around the country to get a first look at what’s upcoming. Well, those of us who are lucky enough to be going this year will get a special treat from DC as they will be there with a big announcement.

No details have been given about what will be said, but it could be anything. Future plans for the DCU, another “unite the seven” unveiling, or even the much-anticipated trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Many are speculating that the trailer is set to debut there but as far as anyone knows, that’s just a big rumor (and even if it did, it won’t make it out of WonderCon unless it’s on a camera phone). No one knows a thing right now which makes it all the more interesting. With only a couple of weeks left before the convention starts (April 3-5), I can’t wait for what DC and all the other companies have to show as WonderCon is shaping up to be quite the event this year.


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