‘The Dark Knight’ Was Almost Set In The DCEU, Says ‘Man Of Steel’ Writer

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‘The Dark Knight’ Was Almost Set In The DCEU, Says ‘Man Of Steel’ Writer

Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer has revealed that Warner Bros. originally had plans to set The Dark Knight trilogy in the DCEU.

David S. Goyer has lent his creative talents to tons of DC properties, including Man of Steel, which he helped shape alongside The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan and Watchmen helmer Zack Snyder. Prior to writing the script for Man of Steel, Goyer wrote Batman Begins and the stories for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, solidifying him as Warner Bros.’s go-to DC writer. When Man of Steel was being launched in 2013 as the start of the DC Extended Universe, many were wondering if Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy would be retroactively considered as the actual start of the DCEU. Unfortunately, Nolan’s Batman trilogy remained stand-alone, and Ben Affleck was brought on to play Bruce Wayne for the DCEU.

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However, early conversations between Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, and Warner Bros. indicated that the studio was insistent to see The Dark Knight trilogy be a part of the DCEU. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Goyer confirmed that early plans saw the Batman trilogy being set in the same universe as Man of Steel but Nolan was the one who struck the idea down.

 “Chris always wanted to keep the Dark Knight films as a separate entity and [the studio] kept wanting, understandably, to pull him into a whole DC expanded universe.”

“Chris obviously was a producer on Man of Steel, and it’s tempting to think they were linked, but they really weren’t. I mean, I’m sure one could retroactively do it.”

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Henry Cavill’s Superman, the first hero in the DCEU, was last seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Here is a plot synopsis for the film:

“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”

The Snyder Cut stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, JK Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The Daily Stream: Whether You Watch the Olympics or Not, ‘Ikiru’ Is Essential Viewing

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.) The Movie: Ikiru Where You Can Stream It: The Criterion Channel The Pitch: Hit with a terminal illness, a widower stuck in a bureaucrat’s job rediscovers what […] The post The Daily Stream: Whether You Watch the Olympics or Not, ‘Ikiru’ Is Essential Viewing appeared first on /Film.

The Daily Stream: Whether You Watch the Olympics or Not, ‘Ikiru’ Is Essential Viewing

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)

The Movie: Ikiru

Where You Can Stream It: The Criterion Channel

The Pitch: Hit with a terminal illness, a widower stuck in a bureaucrat’s job rediscovers what it means to live.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: The commencement of the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo this weekend has put Japan in the international spotlight. With that in mind, there’s no better time to explore the work of the country’s greatest filmmaker: Akira KurosawaIkiru is one of his masterpieces and though it deals with death, it might actually be his most life-affirming film. Beyond the usual round of inspiring athletic achievements, we could all use a little life affirmation, couldn’t we?

The Olympics are on and even if you’re not a big fan of sports, it’s a good excuse to catch up on Japanese cinema. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete whose face is on a box of Wheaties to appreciate these words: doing is living.

Ikiru means “to live” in Japanese. However, it’s not until the protagonist of Kurosawa’s 1952 film, Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura), is looking down the barrel of death that he finally overcomes the ineffectual bureaucracy that is his world.

Watanabe’s doctor withholds the official diagnosis from him, but he knows he’s dying. Faced with stomach cancer, he seeks comfort from post-war Tokyo’s nightlife, but to no avail. He’s drawn to the youthful vitality of one of his co-workers, but hitching himself to her isn’t a long-term solution, either. That’s the problem: Watanabe doesn’t have long. In the end, he might derive more fulfillment from seeing a simple playground built.

Sure, Toshiro Mifune is great, but Kurosawa’s other frequent collaborator, Shimura, is my Japanese wife’s favorite Japanese actor. His soulful, expressive eyes communicate with a glance what no mere line of dialogue could ever hope to convey. This is our It’s a Wonderful Life, an annual holiday viewing tradition for us. You’ve heard of Christmas in July? Well, as a cinephile, it might just feel like Christmas if you give Ikiru a watch. Kurosawa is the gift that keeps on giving.

The men at Watanabe’s wake, his coworkers, carouse and vow to change their ways and live fully, in his honor. Yet they’re stuck in the same cycle of inaction that he was before he died. Who’s really dead, them or him? Are the plans we ourselves make just plans, or is the dreamer in us going to become a doer (and thereby truly live)?

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