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 The unexpected move sets up a game of chicken with Marvel Studios, who previously staked out that date for unannounced film. Marvel has traditionally released films the first weekend in May, including this past year’s Iron Man 3 and 2012’s The Avengers.

Sony and Fox have also released Marvel-adapted films on that weekend, and Sony will release next year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2 2014) on that weekend. Of course comic book reader also know the first weekend in May as the traditional weekend Free Comic Book Day is held.

Warner  Bros. pushing production on director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up that will also star Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman to second quarter 2014, after initially being scheduled to begin shooting this winter.

“We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases,” Warner Bros. president of domestic distributionDan Fellman said in a press release. “We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016.  Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”

“We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next super hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever,” Warner Bros. president of international distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg added in the press release.

Warner Bros. also announced they have moved their Peter Pan/Captain Hook origin storyPan, which will star frequent superhero himself Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, to the July 17, 2015 date.

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From BleedingCool

Rumour: Christian Bale To Play Batman In Justice League, Directed By Zack Snyder, Produced By Christopher NolanWhen it comes to shared-universe comic book movies – which are, like, so in right now – Warner Bros. are definitely playing catch up. But they do seem to be moving with competitive speed.

According to “knowledgeable people close to the studio,” and quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Warners are looking to fast track a sequel to Man of Steel for release in 2014. That would probably mean they have to get into production in the next six, maybe nine months.

And what’s more, the nameless, knowledgable ones say that the Justice League movie:

could come out as soon as 2015.

Which is actually what we were expecting a half-dozen set backs ago. I guess box office like Man of Steel‘s can really light a fire.

Films can be turned around this quickly and still turn out well, but I am always disappointed by the studios’ insistance on setting release dates before they even have screenplays, let alone actual films.

If Warner Bros. really want to play Marvel at their own game expect locked-in release dates announced by, or maybe at, San Diego Comic-Con.

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BleedingCool – A Film Based On A Comic Book Just Won The Palme D’Or At Cannes

CinemaBlend – Composer Carter Burwell Leaves Thor’s Dark World

ComicBookMovie – Thor: The Dark World Debuts New Stills And An Official Website

ComicBookMovie – THE WOLVERINE Director James  Mangold Talks 3D, Easter Eggs And Possible After-Credits Scene

CinemaBlend – Joss Whedon Won’t Let The Villain Overshadow The Heroes In The Avengers 2 – “I’m very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him. But if you watch my shows, the one thing I’ve never been very good at is guest stars, because I’ve always been interested in the ensemble. With The Avengers, I’m still most fascinated by them.”

ComicBookMovie – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER  SOLDIER Shoots A Car Crash In Cleveland Set Video

ComicBookMovie – James McAvoy Reveals More X-MEN:  DOFP Details; Wolverine The One Who Travels Back In Time? – “Hugh’s got a big part,” the Scottish actor teased. “You throw Hugh  Jackman in there and he comes with so much rage. I’m really looking forward to  working with him. He’d better [frick]ing bring it.” – Even though I have thought and still think Wolvie could be the time traveller, this is not convincing to me. It could be 1973 Wolvie that is running around with the gang. Though I am a bit dismayed at him having ‘a big part’. This is X-Men, not Wolverine and some Other Guys

ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman Reveals His  Enthusiasm For An AVENGERS And X-MEN Movie Crossover –  “I actually just asked the other day, I said, ‘I don’t know what the legal  situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it  possible?’ Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr.  and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great.”

io9 – Uh, DC just randomly killed the hell out of a major character – and the annoying part, I usually get this title but for some reason didn’t get it today when I got my pull list…

io9 – 7 Television Shows That Took Potshots at Fanfic Writers – let’s face it, Supernatural did it the best…

CinemaBlend – Theater Owners Want To Limit Trailers To Two Minutes Long

Empire Magazine – The Wolverine Empire Cover Is Here!

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CinemaBlend – Bryan Singer Hints About Peter Dinklage’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past Character
“He’ll be himself. Not that he’ll be playing Peter Dinklage, he’ll be playing this character. It’s not a shy character. He’s just such a phenomenal actor; I’m a huge fan of Peter’s and Game of Thrones. He was my first choice and I was really happy [about the casting]. It’s so funny to talk to him because he does that impeccable accent [on Game of Thrones] and then you talk to him and he’s this guy from New Jersey.”

ComicBookMovie – Bryan Singer Teases Return Of  Scott And Jean In X-MEN: DOFP; Hints At Shared Fox Universe
When the site put it to him that a lot of fans would like to see Scott and Jean  return, he teased: “Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? [Laughing] That’s all I can  say. The good news is that we’re all on the same page!”

ComicBookMovie – Bryan Singer Talks About His  Role In X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
“It would be [weird to direct Days of Future Past]  if I didn’t write the story for X-Men: First Class. I wrote the story to that  movie and I produced it and I was instrumental in the casting, in design and  involved in the post-production, so I was part of that movie. I initiated that  movie and originated it so in that way, and worked with Matthew and I was the  one who actually hired Matthew so in a way I feel like I’m not completely  entering someone else’s franchise. I’m entering one that he executed  wonderfully, but one that I was also part of.”

CinemaBlend – Captain America: The Winter Soldier Will Be A Political Thriller

ComicBookMovie – James Gunn Meets With DnA On  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

CinemaBlend – Fantastic Four Reboot Adds Matthew Vaughn To Its Team

CinemaBlend – Stan Lee’s New Project Annihilator Brings Us A Chinese Captain America

ComicBookMovie – Doing Business With Marvel Studios – interesting…

CinemaBlend – Watch The Trailer For The Inspirational Batman Doc Legends Of The Knight

CinemaBlend – Megan Fox Joins Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film – I thought these two didn’t get along?

ComicBookMovie – VIDEO GAMES: ESRB Has Rated  Deadpool the Video Game ‘M’ for Mature – anything less would be criminal

io9 – The 8 Incredibly Gross Powers Superman Doesn’t Even Realize He Has

io9 – Real-life Spidey Sense suit tingles when objects get close

Facebook – New Mandarin poster for Iron Man 3

Twitter – James Mangold shares another The Wolverine behind the scenes photo.

io9 – A mash-up of real-life bad guys with comic supervillains

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SupermanAnother petition has cropped up, this one in response to DC hiring Orson Scott Card to write the new Adventures of Superman anthology. See their write up below:

OUTRAGE: DC Comics has just hired anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card for their new digital Adventures of Superman.

He’s written publicly that he believes marriage equality would lead to the end of civilization. He’s also on the board of a notorious anti-equality organization.

We need to let DC Comics know they can’t support Orson Scott Card or his work to keep LGBT people as second-class citizens. They know they’re accountable to their fans, so if enough of us speak out now, they’ll hear us loud and clear. Sign and share!

This is the kind of thing that, unless you just want to offer the facts of the matter only, you’re going to end up sounding political/religious/soap boxy. I want to make clear that I have no intention of turning my blog into a soap box for personal beliefs outside of my thoughts on writing, television, movies, comics, etc.

With that being said, I’ve offered my opinion of the other petitions, so here is all I have to say on the subject of this petition:

I’ve never liked Orson Scott Card. I read Ender’s Game several years ago because everyone raved on how great a book it was, always getting on those top-10 lists… but I absolutely hated it to the point I couldn’t finish the last fourth of the book. There was a creepy vibe and weird subtext to it that literally kept me from finishing the book. I didn’t know about Card’s beliefs on homosexuality until last week when this controversy first came to my attention (and on hindsight this shouldn’t have surprised me about him). I don’t know if anyone is planning to boycott/petition the movie adaptation of Ender’s Game which is set for release Nov 2013, but I’ve not heard anything of the kind during the production of the movie. It seems to me that if you want to complain about one, you should complain about the other.

Secondly, he’s a writer, and the mark of a good writer is to be able to give characters their own personalities, even if that personality requires beliefs which do not mesh with your own. The mark of a good fan-fic writer (and lets face it, once the subject has moved away from its original creator the only difference between pro-fiction and fan-fiction is money) is the ability to write a character, um, in character, despite any beliefs which may differ from your own. Just because he is anti-LGBT doesn’t mean this will affect his work, especially when he has the DC overlords leaning over him and you know they are going to be putting their noses into things regardless. The possibility does exist that he could slip in something… but why not wait and see before jumping to the conclusion that he will. I’m reminded of Superior Spider-Man and the huge uproar about how it was supporting what was tantamount to rape… only none of what everyone thought was going to happened actually happened.

In a CBR article a comment is made by comedian Michl Hartney, “There’s a difference between having conservative political beliefs and being an active force of bigotry and hatred. Card is the latter.” This is true. But shouldn’t anti-gay activists have the right to complain if an active pro-gay activist writer (who in their mind is a force of immorality) is put on a book? Yes, because that’s called Freedom of Speech. Disagree with the man all you want but he’s as entitled to be anti as you are entitled to be pro. So while I don’t begrudge this petition as it is itself a Freedom of Speech, the only way you’d actually affect any change would be to just not buy the comic. DC won’t continue to publish something that doesn’t make any money. Bullying them into firing Card is the worst kind of ‘force of change’ and in its own way a kind of bigotry and hatred, especially when he hasn’t actually done anything yet in regards to his job at DC. Punishing him for what he ‘might’ do is the Magneto approach to solving a problem.

Lastly, I’m more than a tad bit annoyed and just a little sickened that a petition against a single writer who may or may not put his personal beliefs regarding homosexuality in a comic could get over 8k signatures so quickly… while a petition to stop a Marvel title that pits high-school students against each other in a death match, these kids literally murdering each other and dying for no other reason than Arcade’s personal entertainment… hasn’t even broken 200 yet.

I think in the end it’s all summed up by a quote here from me via my X-Men: The (fan fic) Series, Episode 1X01: “Sentinel”, by Northstar:

“It took me a long time to learn this, but people seem to forget that equality, means equal, not one pressing unreasonably on the other, otherwise we become those who hated us.”

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Newsarama – Rogue Returns to GAMBIT at the ‘Worst Possible Moment’
Asmus: In a serious way, I will say that I’ve had more female readers reach out to me over this book than anything else I’ve done. Even more so than Generation Hope, which is a largely female cast. This book really has some very vocal female readers, in a way that proves to me that this is a real audience for comics, and they’re being underserved.
One of those women being our very own Chellerbelle who has been giving Asmus reference assistance!

ComicBookMovie – Did Marc Webb Hint That THE  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Sequel Is Part of the MCU? – everyone wants to rid the Avengers cash cow, but Spider-Man/Sony seem to have the best chance of actually making something work out.

CinemaBlend – James Franco Also Thinks The Amazing Spider-Man Wasn’t Original Enough
“Asked by MTV at Sundance what he thought about The Amazing Spider-Man, Franco didn’t exactly trash it, but he certainly didn’t mince words about the film that he too thought was a little too similar to the original Spider-Man.”

ComicBookMovie – Screenwriter Stu Zicherman On  The Disappointing ELEKTRA
“…it was supposed to be this gigantic movie and then they decide they’re not going  to make an $80M movie they’re going to make a $30M movie, they bring in a  director we didn’t know, you get fired, someone else comes in and rewrites the  entire movie but you still get credit because you wrote the first draft.  Then  you go to the premiere in Las Vegas and 30-seconds into the movie you’re like  oh, [frick].”

Newsarama – MAN OF STEEL Product Licenses Outpacing SUPERMAN RETURNS – a good sign

BleedingCool – Superman And The Law &
ComicBookMovie – DC Has Notes And Sketches For A  Replacement SUPERMAN In Case They Lose The Rights

ComicBookMovie – Empire’s official stills of The Wolverine and Thor: Dark World movies have been released sans text.

ComicBookMovie – J.J Abrams’ “Superman Flyby”  script hits the web – i need to set down and read this sometime

Toy News International – Best of Warner Bros. Superman TV Collection On DVD May 7

ComicBookNews – Robert Downey Jr. Explains How  IRON MAN 3 Utilizes China; Comments On IRON MAN 2 Flaws

ComicBookMovie – Chris Pine Shares His Thoughts  On J.J. Abrams Helming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
Oh, and what are the odds of a cameo for Kirk in Star  Wars? “Now you’re really playing with fire,” he laughed. “I  wouldn’t say that even lightly.”

i09 – 12 Things That Ruined Superman

ComicBookMovie – Stephen Amell On The Success Of  ARROW

CinemaBlend – Read Harrison Ford’s Handwritten Raiders Of The Lost Ark Script Notes

CinemaBlend – Terence Stamp Reflects On The Misery Of Shooting Star Wars The Phantom Menace
“I didn’t rate him that much as a director, really,” he told the magazine. “I didn’t feel like he was a director of actors; he was more interested in stuff and effects. He didn’t interest me and I wouldn’t think I interested him.”

Marvel – Iron Man 3 Gets New Poster & Game Spot Teaser

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CinemaBlend – Man Of Steel’s Box Office Will Determine The Future Of The Justice League Movie – basically, the new powers that be decided that if MoS tanks, they are scrapping JL instead of using it as a reboot option.

ComicBookMovie – David S. Goyer: “We’re  Approaching MAN OF STEEL As If It Weren’t A Comic Book Movie…”
 “I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them. It just struck me that  there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today’s  audience. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first  of all this story would be a story about first contact.”

ComicBookMovie – THE WOLVERINE Teaser Will Be  With Us February 12th – I’m planning on seeing A Good Day To Die Hard so YAY!

ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman Promises The  “Definitive” Take On Logan In THE WOLVERINE
“And the longer I play the character, the more the desire to get him right  grows. The more I speak to fans and explore his world, the more it means to me.”

ComicBookMovie – MAN OF STEEL: “It’s Not A Dark Movie” Says Henry Cavill
“It’s not a dark movie by any means. Past representations of the character have been quite light… This is a more realistic view of the character, while still maintaining the very unrealistic, or potentially unrealistic features of an alien with superpowers.”

ComicBookMovie – Robert Downey Jr. On Potential  IRON MAN 3 Cameos

ComicBookMovie – Mark Millar Praises Henry Cavill’s SUPERMAN

BleedingCool – Amazing Spider-Man 2 Adds Paul Giamatti As The Rhino And Felicity Jones As…?

ComicBookMovie – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Will  Shoot In New York In February; Changes Working Title – Guess London won’t be Calling.

CinemaBlend – What Would Nicolas Cage Have Looked Like If He Played Superman?

Justice League. by ~CrudelyDrawnSky

Justice League. by ~CrudelyDrawnSky

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