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Warner Bros. waiting on “Man of Steel’s” success before pushing “Justice League”

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The decision to follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula and push a “Justice League” movie always seemed a bit risky for Warner Bros. from where we are standing. The studio has had a hit-and-miss track record with DC comics films, with projects like Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy being massive successes and then films like the Ryan Reynolds “Green Lantern” movie failing.

Now “Man of Steel” is being released, and it could mark a new era for Warner Bros.’ DC films. The movie comes out on June 14 and could set the tone for the planned 2015 “Justice League” film. According to Variety, WB is waiting to see how well “Man of Steel” does in theaters before it really starts pushing “Justice League” forward.

“A ‘Justice League’ film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of ‘Man of Steel,’ which opens June 14, before moving further ahead,” the outlet writes.

Honestly, that’s not too surprising. Will Beall has been developing a script for a while, but Warner hasn’t chosen a director despite much Internet speculation. This seems like the right route to go, since “Man of Steel’s” failure would not bode well for a “Justice League” film with an entirely new cast. Fortunately for WB, “Man of Steel” looks like it will actually be pretty fantastic.

Meanwhile, “Man of Steel” writer David S. Goyer opened up about his take on the film in a new interview with Empire (via ComicBookMovie.com). In the interview, he talked about how Superman will be portrayed as “a man, yet he’s not a man” in the upcoming film. He also explained how he and director Zack Snyder tried to ground the movie in reality.

“It is obviously a much longer process with a character like Superman. It is much easier to do a realistic take on Batman. You know nothing can hurt Superman, presumably other than Kryptonite,” he said. “The challenge was simply: can we figure out a way to make those elements work, quote unquote, in the real world? It’s very much a story of a man with two fathers.”

“Man of Steel” stars Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013 in IMAX and 3D.

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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Russell Crowe promises a “complicated” and “really complex” “Man of Steel”

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Could “Man of Steel” actually be as good as everyone involved says it is? Judging by the most recent comments by Russell Crowe, yes. He praised the movie as being “complicated” and “really complex,” and teased that it gets inside the psyche of Superman. Consider us intrigued.

“I don’t think anybody has really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman and what people would really respond like in a modern society if somebody like that just popped up,” Crowe told Reelz. “I think Zack Snyder was given a great deal of responsibility because, when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films, the top of the food chain is Superman. I think the biggest indicator for me of how it’s looking is that the financier of the film has sent me gushing emails; he just loves it.”

Crowe plays Jor-El, the Kryptonian father of Superman, in the film. Apparently Snyder will put his CGI skills to the test by bringing Krypton to life, and Crowe said the results are fantastic.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing it, it’s a massive undertaking,” he said. “It takes you on the ground to Krypton, it takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours and you get to experience that stuff and if you’ve seen the trailers you realize that this Superman is not just floating through the air held up by a wire, this Superman is super sonic. I’m really looking forward to the way that people will respond to it.”

“Man of Steel” stars Crowe, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013 in IMAX and 3D.

What are your thoughts on “Man of Steel”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Justice League” character roster revealed?

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There is a lot we think we know about “Justice League,” and not a lot we know for sure. It’s been rumored that the villain is Darkseid and the story for the film will be based on comics issues 183-185, but Warner Bros. has neither confirmed nor denied either story. Now a new report claims to have the list of the character being featured in the film, though we’re going to have to take it with a grain of salt.

Cosmic Book News has a list of DC characters from Superman to Alfred Pennyworth who will allegedly be featured in the new movie. Though none really come as a shock, it’s still debatable if this will be the lineup in “Justice League.”

- Superman is essentially the same character from Man of Steel, and Zack Snyder is consulting regarding the writing of the character.
– Batman: The strategist of the group. Batman doesn’t really want to be involved with these super powered beings he considers too powerful. Easily the most complex written.
– Wonder Woman: She has only been in man’s world a few short months. The Wonder Woman script Michael Goldenberg is developing will be set before the Justice League movie.
– Green Lantern: Will be Ryan Reynold’s character from the Green Lantern movie, but will be freshly written with a more serious tone.
– Flash: The most popular hero in civilian eyes who loves media attention, but when called upon is very serious.
– Martian Manhunter: Alien who has lived on Earth in secret for over a hundred years who has knowledge of Darkseid and his reign.
– Aquaman: Will be the King of Atlantis who has a key role in the film.
– There will also be a heavy military presence in the film which in future rewrites could include characters featured in Man of Steel or even Amanda Waller (Angela Bassett) of which neither are included in the first draft.
– Alfred Pennyworth is in the film in a minor appearance.
– Lois Lane is also in the film in a cameo.
– Darkseid’s Elite will be featured who go up against the Justice League early on in the film.

“Justice League” is due out in the summer of 2015. Thus far, no director has been chosen to helm the project, though many names have been rumored for the role. “Gangster Squad” scribe Will Beall is currently writing the script.

Do you think this character list is accurate? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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