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While fans are still calling for Warner Bros. to release the Snyder Cut of their live-action Justice League movie, they got to experience the next best thing recently when Synder hosted a live streaming of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where he added his personal comments on various aspects of the movie and his plans for the DCEU. At one point, the filmmaker commented on actor Harry Lennix's character of General Swanwick.'Harry Lennix is pretending to be a human being but does a great job, but has this relationship with Lois that started in Man of Steel if you kind of track their relationship. Harry understands there's a relationship between Lois and Clark, who he knows, of course, is Superman.'
Last year, Zack Snyder had confirmed a fan theory that had been making the internet rounds for some time. That General Swanwick was actually the Martian Manhunter in disguise, a fact that would have been revealed in Justice League.
In the comics, the Martian Manhunter is an alien superhero who makes Superman look underpowered by comparison. Aside from superstrength, super speed, and flight, the Manhunter can also change his shape at will, emit martian vision attacks from his eyes, and read minds. This last power is of particular use to the character in finding out the identity of other heroes and villains.
General Swanwick was first introduced in Man of Steel, as one of the military men who confront Superman and aid him in his fight against the rogue Kryptonians. The movie ends with Superman and Swanwick meeting one last time, when the two appear to have come to an uneasy truce.
Batman V Superman shows Swanwick working alongside Lois Lane, and since Swanwick was the Martian Manhunter in disguise, it would have been an easy matter for him to read Lois's mind and find out everything about her boyfriend Clark Kent.
If Snyder's plans for the DCEU had been followed, Swanwick would have revealed his true identity to the world in Justice League and joined the team's ranks. As it is, those plans got scuppered after Snyder left the project midway, and was replaced by Joss Whedon. The finished movie found no mention of either Swanwick or the Martian Manhunter, leaving fans with a dangling plot thread and dreams of what could have been.
There is something to be said for Whedon's decision to exclude the Martian Manhunter from the Justice League. The team already had one ridiculously overpowered character in Superman. Add the Manhunter to the mix, and there would have been nothing left for the rest of the heroes to do except stand on the sidelines and cheer on the two aliens.
As it is, any future plans to add the Martian Manhunter to the DCEU have been negated by the studio's decision to reboot the franchise and focus on standalone features. But fans of the character can still see his live-action portrayal on the CW show Supergirl, by actor David Harewood. This news comes from Heroic...
Week three of no theatrical releases. That will technically change soon — Universal’s premium VOD-opening “Trolls World Tour” has a handful of still-open drive-ins to play don’t expect any grosses reported. But it was a week full of important stories, with particular interest in a series of release date adjustments. However, no date can be realized if theaters aren’t open, and nobody knows when that will be.
• Exhibitor trade organization NATO held a webinar Friday. President John Fifthian raised hope that some theaters might be open by late May or early June. AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron, who oversees the most screens in North America reiterated his hopes for mid-June.
• With the COVID-19 still in its early stages of national spread, uncertainty about the curve flattening, and signs that in China, which had the earliest outbreaks three months ago, that viral decline doesn’t equal viral defeat, the reality is it could be weeks before anyone can make a reasonable assessment on reopening.
• Countering industry optimism that after weeks indoors, people will flock to theaters is a survey by Performance Research about public attitudes on return to public events. It saw 49 percent of respondents saying feeling safe about returning to theaters ranged from in a few months to never, with 28 percent saying if they do return, it will be less often. That said: This is a snapshot taken nearly two weeks ago, and shouldn’t be considered predictive. It showed similar or worse results for sporting events, concerts, and theme parks.
• Sports league executives spoke with President Trump, who urged resumption as soon as possible. However, Dr. Alan Sills, chief medical officer for the NFL, cautioned it is premature to believe that football can return this fall. Governors in some states that aren’t fully shut down, like Nebraska, encouraged voluntary compliance — with the threat that if the virus isn’t contained, their ardent fans might not have a season. Sports, of course, demand close player and spectator contact, and are more vulnerable even than theaters to the ongoing threat of contagion. But the idea that it is conceivable the country could have a year with no more sports is even more shocking than disruption to theaters.
• The key takeaway from multiple studio release schedule changes is, in re-dating titles, they don’t expect theaters to be fully operational until July at the earliest. Though key June and July titles like Pixar’s “Soul” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” remain in those months, “Mulan” on July 24 is the earliest rescheduled date for any major title. Other date changes act as a diversion while theaters are closed, but the reality is everything is written in pencil, not pen.
Sad news today as it is being reported that James Bond and Superman actor Vincent Marzello has passed away at the age of 68. The tragic announcement came from Marzello's wife, Lorelei King, who broke the news of the actor's passing on Tuesday morning.'The love of my life, my darling husband Vincent Marzello, died this morning. To those who knew him, I'm sorry to post this news rather than contact you personally, but I am overwhelmed. My heart is broken.'
Though she did not share any details surrounding the death of her husband, she let friends and supporters know that he had passed on via a post on social media. Despite an official cause of death not being given, it has been reported that Marzello was being treated for cancer in 2009. Following his successful treatment, he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
Vincent Marzello was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, back in 1951, and began his acting career in the mid-1970s, first appearing in the TV series The Brothers, a British television series, produced and shown on the BBC between 1972 and 1976. He then followed that up with a number of fairly minor roles on the small screen before he decided to make the leap to the big screen and motion pictures.
Marzello appeared twice in the James Bond franchise, the first time as an unnamed crewman in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me which starred Roger Moore as the iconic secret agent. His second appearance in the hugely popular Bond series was in the role of Culpepper in 1983's 'unofficial' Bond flick Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery.
Marzello then bounced back and forth between movies and television, alternating guest roles with bit parts in several high-profile releases including Richard Donner's comic book outing Superman starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel.
In addition to his work in the James Bond franchise, Marzello also appeared as Luke's Father in director Nicolas Roeg's dark fantasy comedy The Witches, the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1983 novel of the same name. During the 90s, Marzello also appeared in movies such as A Kid in King Arthur's Court, The Fragile Heart and the ode to 1970's glam rock, Velvet Goldmine starring Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
More recently, Marzello has lent his voice to several different animations and video game projects, with the most prominent being that of the U.S. version of beloved children's show Bob the Builder, in which he voiced the characters Robert and Farmer Pickles. Sadly, Marzello isn't the only name behind Bob the Builder to pass away in recent weeks. William Dufris, who voiced the titular construction worker in the series, died earlier this month at the age of 62. Dufris passed away on March 24 from complications of cancer which was announced by Pocket Universe Productions, the company he co-founded.
Marzello's last credited role was in the family fantasy series The Magical Music Box. He is...
With so many new comic book movies winning awards and making a killing at the box office, it is difficult to determine which of the current crop will be considered true classics of the genre in time. But for veteran actor Michael Caine, who played Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, that particular series is something truly special, as he explained to The Hindu, starting with his first meeting with Nolan.'He came to the front door of my house in the country with a script. I could see him through the glass but I couldn't recognize him. The moment he introduced himself, I knew exactly who he was because I was a great fan of his three small films.'
Today Christopher Nolan is known as one of Hollywood's biggest filmmakers. But back in 2005, he was seen as more of an indie director, with his most acclaimed work thus far being the low-budget thriller Momento. But despite the lack of big-name projects to his name, Nolan had already begun making a name for himself as a filmmaker to watch out for when Warner Bros. brought him on to reboot the Batman franchise towards a more realistic path. Caine was aware of this when Nolan came to him to be a part of the planned origin movie about the Dark Knight, Batman Begins.'I told him, 'I am too old for Batman. Do you want me to play the butler? What would my dialogues be? Would you like another beverage or more custard?' So, I did the movie and it was one of the greatest things I have done in my life.'
Clearly, Michael Caine has a great deal of respect for the world that Nolan crafted for his version of Batman, and most critics and audiences would agree. The Dark Knight trilogy is widely considered one of the best comic book movies of all time, with the second film in the series, often singled out as the best comic book film ever made, with a once-in-a-generation, Oscar-winning turn by Heath Ledger as the maniacal Joker.
The respect is returned by Nolan, who has put Caine in each of his films ever since the two got together on the sets of Batman Begins. There have even been jokes about Caine having become a necessity for a Nolan film to be successful, so much so that the actor was roped in simply to provide a voice-over for Dunkirk, and received a billing in the credit title for the effort.
Caine is also a part of Nolan's latest film, Tenet, which, in typical Nolan fashion, is shrouded in mystery even after the release of its first trailer online. There are rumors of the movie being a sequel to Inception, and involves some elements of time travel. Apart from Caine, the film stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, who coincidentally is set to take over the mantle of Batman for director Matt Reeves's upcoming feature. This news comes from The Hindu.