JAMES SPADER TO PLAY ULTRON IN AVENGERS SEQUEL

Marvel Studios has announced that James Spader will play Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel scheduled for a May 1, 2015 release.

Marvel did not specify if Spader would be providing his voice only, or if he would physically appear in the movie.

Spader, 53, earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on Boston Legal and The Practice, and will return to television this fall in NBC’s The Blacklist.

Most recently, Spader was seen in Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN MOVIE TO FILM IN MICHIGAN

The Michigan Film Office has announced the Superman/Batman movie from Warner Bros. Pictures has been approved for a film incentive from the state. 

Production on the new film, directed by Zack Snyder, is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan in the first quarter of 2014. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is writing the screenplay. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. 

“This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan.”

“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” Snyder said. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”

The movie was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures.  

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BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN

Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman in Warner Bros.’ untitled Superman/Batman movie. The studio has also set a July 17, 2015 release for the movie.            

  The announcement was made by Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, and Sue Kroll, president, worldwide marketing and international distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. 

Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are reprising their roles from Man of Steel, with Zack Snyder again directing. 

Silverman said, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics; most enduringly popular super heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”       

Affleck, 40, directed the most-recent Academy Award-winning movie, Argo.    

He has a history in comic-book movies, starring as Daredevil in the 2003 movie. He also played Superman actor George Reeves in 2006’s Hollywoodland and played a comic-book creator in 1997’s Chasing Amy.   
 

JL-EH DC Comics has announced that Justice League of America will become Justice League Canada in 2014 as part of changes across the Justice League books following Forever Evil.

 

Jeff Lemire, who is from Toronto, will write the title, with art by Mike McKone.

 


 

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SENTINEL: X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has tweeted a picture of a Sentinel from the movie.  

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