In a new interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, actor Brendan Fraser recalls the time he auditioned for the role of Superman.
Back in 2002, J.J. Abrams had written a script titled “Superman: Flyby” which was in development at Warner Bros., with Brett Ratner hired as director. The film was eventually cancelled, reworked, with Bryan Singer coming on board to film “Superman Returns” instead.
“You feel kind of invincible, [like] ‘I can fly,'” recalls Fraser. “The cape actually makes you think you have the power of flight even though you know you don’t.”
“The script was printed on crimson paper with black ink so it couldn’t be photocopied,” he continues. “I was allowed to sit in an office and read it for an hour. It was like a covert operation.”
The script for the un-made “Superman: Flyby” film by J.J. Abrams is available for download (4.6mb PDF).
You may recall that rumors circulated around last year that “Kingsman” director Matthew Vaughn was in talks to direct a new Superman movie.
In an interview with Polygon, Vaughn revealed that, while talks have since fallen through, his film would have been the first of a proposed trilogy in which almost the entire film would have been set on Krypton, and focused on Jor-El and the impending explosion of Krypton. Though the alien planet would still have faced destruction, although Kal-El would have grown up on his home planet and gradually become familiar with Earth, maturing into an adult before having to reckon with his loyalty to both planets.
Even though Vaughn is no longer in discussions with Warner Bros., he did say “It’d be hard to say no,” if he was offered the opportunity to helm a new Superman film in the future.
Warner Bros. has announced that the proposed “DC Super Pets” movie has been pushed back a full year to May 22, 2022.
Originally scheduled to be released on May 21, 2021, that date has now been taken by the recently announced “John Wick Chapter 4” film starring Keanu Reeves.
“DC Super Pets”, from directors Jared Stern and Sam Levine and producer Patty Hicks, is based on characters like Krypto the Super Dog, Streaky the Super Cat, Beppo the Super Monkey and Comet the Super Horse. The Super Pets concept has been around since “Adventure Comics #293” (dated February 1962), and have also been seen in animated form across a number of cartoon and animated series over the years.
It’s not known yet whether the upcoming “Super Pets” movie will be based on DC’s “Legion of Super-Pets” or the Cartoon Network series, or whether it will be something completely fresh and new. With very little details available as yet, we’ll have to wait and see just how many of the Superman family of Super Pets will be included in the film.
We reported on the upcoming release of “Brightburn” a few months ago, the film which asks: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Ed Gross has published a piece at CloserWeekly.com, asking Superman fans and experts on their thoughts on the film’s obvious connection to the Man of Steel.
“The complaint,” notes Steve Younis, webmaster of the Superman Homepage, “for those who don’t ‘get’ Superman is that he’s too good, and therefore boring and ‘uncool.’ These people are usually fans of the antihero archetype, preferring the darker characters like Batman, Wolverine, Punisher, etc. So to ‘fix’ Superman – like he needs fixing – they try to turn his story towards this type of model: ‘How cool would it be to see Superman turn bad?'”
This is a philosophy which obviously plays into Brightburn. Says James Gunn (producer and Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director), “I love this movie because it’s an entirely new take on the superhero genre. It is something we have never seen before. It’s coming at the superhero movie from a pure horror angle. It’s also a more honest way of coming at the superhero myth, because there’s something terrifying about the idea of a super-powered alien that would come to Earth. In every way we watch this movie, he is a ghost, he’s a demon child, and we treated the movie exactly like that.”
THE DARK KNIGHT MATCHES WITS WITH HIS MOST FORMIDIBLE ADVERSARY AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DC PRESENT
COMING JULY 20, 2019 TO DIGITAL; ARRIVING AUGUST 13, 2019 ON 4K Ultra HD BLU-RAY combo pack & BLU-RAY COMBO PACK
A mysterious villain puppeteering Gotham’s most dangerous forces leads the Dark Knight into uncharted waters in Batman: Hush, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 20, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and the DC Universe streaming service on August 13, 2019.
Batman: Hush will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD). The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.
An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life – which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
"Batman: Hush" trailer - YouTube
Batman: Hush boasts a stellar voice cast led by primetime television stars Jason O’Mara (The Man In The High Castle) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time) as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle, respectively. The cast also includes Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Billions, Stand By Me) as Superman, Rebecca Romijn (The Librarians, X-Men) as Lois Lane, Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Lex Luthor, Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) as Amanda Waller, Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Joker, Peyton List (Bunk’d, Jessie) as Batgirl, Peyton List (Gotham, Mad Men, The Flash) as Poison Ivy, Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary) as the Riddler, Sean Maher (Firefly) as Nightwing, Maury Sterling (Homeland) as Thomas Elliot, Bruce Thomas (Legally Blonde, Kyle XY) as Jim Gordon, Adam Gifford (Longmire) as Bane, Sachie Alessio (Justice League Dark) as Lady Shiva, Stuart Allan (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) as Damian Wayne, James Garrett (Batman: Bad Blood) as Alfred, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go!) as Harley Quinn, Chris Cox (Family Guy) as Scarecrow, and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Reporter.
Director Justin Copeland (Reign of the Supermen) helms Batman: Hush from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) & Alan Burnett (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) are co-producers. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Michael Uslan is executive producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen).
“Batman: Hush has long been on the fans’ priority list of essential Batman stories, and we have worked closely with Warner Bros. Animation and DC to put together a combination of excellent filmmakers and superb actors to bring this intense, engaging tale to animated life,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.
Batman: Hush Enhanced Content 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
DC Showcase: Sgt. Rock (Animated Short) – From executive producer and director Bruce Timm comes the first new DC Showcase animated short since 2011’s Catwoman, bringing DC Comics’ gritty World War II hero to animated life in an all-new adventure.
Batman: Love in Time of War (Featurette) – Dangerous. Seductive. Villain. Hero. This is the story of Selina Kyle and the relationship she has forged with the world’s greatest detective.
Audio Commentary – Executive Producer James Tucker, Director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker share their thoughts and insights on Batman: Hush.
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.
From the DC Vault – The Batman/Superman Hour: “The Underworld Underground Caper” From the DC Vault – The Batman/Superman Hour: “Partners in Peril”
Batman: Hush will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own Batman: Hush via purchase from digital retailers beginning July 20, 2019.
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS:
On July 20, 2019, Batman: Hush will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On August 13, 2019, Batman: Hush will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
Blu-ray Languages: English, French, Spanish, German
Blu-ray Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish
4K Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
4K Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 82 minutes
PG-13 for violence and action, suggestive material, and language.
In the latest Superman Homepage Member Poll we asked you the following question:
How would you rate the “Justice League vs. The Fatal Five” animated movie?
Most of those who voted (30%) haven’t even seen this animated movie yet! Of those who have, most thought it was good. Not sure why 13% of people have no interest whatsoever in watching this animated movie. Odd…
Here’s the complete voting breakdown:
How would you rate the "Justice League vs. The Fatal Five" animated movie?
I haven't seen it yet, but I plan to 29%, 44 votes
44 votes - 29% of all votes
4/5 - Good 23%, 35 votes
35 votes - 23% of all votes
3/5 - Average 21%, 31 vote
31 vote - 21% of all votes
5/5 - Excellent! 14%, 21 vote
21 vote - 14% of all votes
I haven't seen it yet and I don't plan to 12%, 18 votes
18 votes - 12% of all votes
1/5 - Horrible! 1%, 2 votes
2 votes - 1% of all votes
2/5 - Bad 0%, 0 votes
0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 151
April 25, 2019
- May 2, 2019
Voting is closed
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