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A Rumored Batman for 'Justice League', Kravitz Leads Gaye Biopic and Dominik's 'Blonde' Moves Forward

Plus, which parts of 'Catching Fire' will be shot in IMAX?

Lenny Kravitz1.) Lenny Kravitz will star as singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic directed by Julien Temple. The film will focus on Gaye's battles with addiction during the early '80s before being shot to death by his own father in 1984. The film has reportedly acquired the rights to all the essential songs, which was a hurdle during previous attempts to film Gaye's story. F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator) was also attached to direct a Gaye biopic for the past few years before ultimately focusing his attention on his NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

The film will mark Kravitz's first time headlining a picture after playing supporting roles in Precious and The Hunger Games. As for Temple (the father of actress Juno Temple), he's mostly known as a music video director and documentary filmmaker, but he has directed a few features including the 1988 comedy Earth Girls Are Easy and the 1996 Mickey Rourke/Tupac Shakur gangster film Bullet. London Evening Standard broke the story and didn't give the film a title, though other outlets are calling it Midnight Love (the title of Gaye's final album).

2.) With Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly hitting theaters this weekend, the filmmaker is back to talking about the dream project he originally set out to make before Killing Them Softly. I'm talking, of course, about the Marilyn Monroe film Blonde, which he now hopes to shoot in 2013 and calls a "sort of Polanski descent-into-madness-type movie." Based on Joyce Carol Oates' novel, it covers Monroe's life from the age of seven until her death at the age of 36. "The lines between fantasy and reality become very blurred in the story," Dominik adds, noting that the long-attached Naomi Watts is still set for the role. Brad Pitt is also attached to produce the film. [The Playlist]

3.) Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly) will star alongside the previously cast Christina Hendricks in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut How to Catch a Monster. The film is a dark fairytale of sorts, with Hendricks playing a single mother who works in a fetish club. When her son discovers a secret underwater town, she must help him figure out various mysteries if they hope to make it out alive. Mendelsohn apparently impressed Gosling while they were working together on The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to Blue Valentine (due in March). And with Gosling looking to film Monster in May, it's hard not to wonder how many more of his previous co-stars will join the cast in the coming months. [Moviehole]

4) According to Josh Hutcherson, part of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is being shot in IMAX. "They're shooting, I think, all the stuff in the arena is going to be IMAX," he told MTV News. "So when you go see it in IMAX, you'll see the regular movie when we're in the Districts and in the Capital. When you see us go up in the pod in the games, it will open up into IMAX." It sounds like a cool effect that could be worth a few extra bucks, no?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises5.) I know any Batman news typically leads off these types of posts, but I figured I'd leave this rumor at the bottom since it pertains to The Dark Knight Rises SPOILERS, just in cast there's somebody somewhere who hasn't seen it yet. With the way that film ended, many wondered if Joseph Gordon-Levitt would take over the Batman mantle in future Batman films. Well, according to reports, yes and no. Drew McWeeny at HitFix has sources that say Joseph Gordon-Levitt will "absolutely be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman."

Furthermore, with the Justice League film still a few years off, he hears JGL could pop up in the Batsuit even earlier than that. He goes as far as speculating an Avengers-style drop-in for Batman and at least one other actor from the Nolan films during the Man of Steel closing credits. Brad already touched on Snyder's hints at such a connection yesterday. It makes sense given how successful that blueprint was for Marvel, but let's try not to get too excited right now.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    That'd be awesome if Catching Fire is shot with IMAX cameras, as long as it's 2D.

  • adu

    JGL as the new Batman would be fantastic. It was a great ending for TDKR, and continuing that forward will be pretty cool as far as I'm concerned.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    JGL as Batman in JLA is kind of genius. Seriously, it's like, Nolan's Batman wouldn't fit? Fine. Let's get a 'new' Batman in there. Perfect. I wouldn't even mind if it was a more new-age Batman. Just keep him badass and keep them nipples off the costume.

  • midnightshrink

    Unless JGL is there to play Bruce Wayne I already see the first slip up for the JL movies. That will happen soon or they will deny this ridiculous rumor. If they want to lose to Marvel by alienating their bread and butter they are on the right track.

    • drew sandoval

      I don't think they would be alientating their bread and butter. The Nolan Batman films are the crown jewels in the Batman franchise, wouldn't it be a worse idea to reboot the Batman concept than to continue the story audiences seem to eat up?

      This is based on anecdotal evidence, but people are more excited to see how the JGL Batman story continues than seeing a new Bruce Wayne reboot.

    • xSTEVEj

      Exactly. The problem isn't the casting of JGL, who is a phenomenal actor.

      The problem is his character is not Bruce Wayne. Unless they recast him as Bruce and decide to forget Nolan's trilogy, I don't think this is a good idea.

      You're messing with the dynamics of the Justice League. If it's not Bruce Wayne, then it's not really Batman.

      I will try to be open about this, but it just seems like a very bad idea.

      • Chris138

        The whole concept of a Justice League movie, and the way Warner Brothers seem to be going about it, sounds like a bad idea.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/hfriscia/ hfriscia

          I agree. WB doesn't seem to be up to par with the DC films as Disney with Marvel. Or how there going about it. Interesting to say, since I'm more of a DC fan than the other. That's why I mustly watch animated moves that go to Direct-to-DVD instead.

      • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

        Not sure if you follow the comics, but one stream had Dick Grayson dawn the Batsuit. Dick Grayson was Batman. Fans still bought and fans still read. Believe it or not, the appeal for most isn't Bruce Wayne, it's Batman. Heck, most complaints for TDKR related to their not being enough Batman. That's what fans really want. Bruce is compelling and he's what we're accustomed to, but I don't think people would turn down going to a Batman film because it was no longer Bruce Wayne... If anything they may be more interested by it. And you could still have Bruce, as a character, involved in a mentor position - or even have Caine, reprise his role to maintain some kind of connection.

        All I'm saying is, I think it's possible. And as someone else mentioned above, it would possibly bring help transition fans from Nolan's series into this film. It's exciting stuff in any case. Would be cool to see Supes and Bats on screen together for the first time... EVER.

  • Scott

    I read an article about a power struggle inside WB among major department bigwigs, leading to an uncooperative atmosphere that is not conducive to the company orchestrating a successful JLA. Wish I could remember where I read it.

  • FPS_D0UG

    i totally dig JGL as an actor, but there is no way you launch a JLA movie with someone other than Bruce Wayne as the Batman. Yes, as it's been pointed out, other characters have worn the mantle throughout the decades of Batman's history, but all of them were only temporary replacements for Bruce, and you can't have a JLA origin without Bruce Wayne.

  • Chris138

    It seems the JGL rumor for Man of Steel and Justice League has been debunked by his representatives.

  • MajorFilmFan

    On a different, non JLA related note, I like the route Francis Lawrence is taking with Catching Fire. He and Gary Ross both found ways to bring the audience NITO the action to make it seem more personal. For Ross, it was the much debated, highly controversial 'shakey Cam', and with Lawrence, it's IMAX cameras. As much hate as I'll get, I find that Catching Fire is my most anticipated movie of 2013, and not just because I love the books, but because I'm intregued to see what Lawrence does with the film.