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Why Marvel Studios Succeeds (And How It Will Fail If It Doesn’t Diversify)

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Guardians Of The Galaxy just enjoyed a very successful weekend at movie theaters, taking home around $94m, far in excess of expectations. The movie also stands at 92% positive reviews on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, joining all previous Marvel Studios movies in receiving predominantly favorable notices.

Marvel Studios is doing very well. In six years and ten movies, it has avoided both critical and commercial disasters, and frustrated naysayers who hailed the demise of the superhero movie at every step. Marvel's rivals at Fox, Sony Columbia, and Warner Bros, have enjoyed commercial success as well -- but not with the acclaim, consistency, or proliferation of Marvel. So how does Marvel do it, and can they keep doing it?

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New Portrait Of Ben Affleck’s Glorious Bat Chin Sighted In San Diego

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The cunning folks at DC Entertainment snuck an exclusive new image of Ben Affleck's Batman out into the world by hiding it in plain sight at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The DC booth features a montage of Batman images celebrating the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary -- and in among those images is a never-before-seen picture of Batfleck's impressive Bat chin in profile.

We already saw a fuzzy glimpse of Batfleck from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder earlier this year -- and we noticed at the time how very Frank Millery it looks. Earlier today we also gawked at Batfleck's cape and cowl on the convention floor -- and it was but a spectral apparition without a meaty Ben Affleck to fill it.

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This Town Needs An Enema: Ancient Film Industry Feared A Dark ‘Batman’ Movie Would Fail

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A whole lot can change in 25 years.

There may be no better proof of just how much pop culture can shift in a quarter century than the above, 20-minute video Warner Bros. produced in 1988 to show ancient movie distributors who were not so sure a film about a dark, intense Batman would be something anybody would want to watch -- which is pretty funny considering just how massive and influential the film turned out to be.

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Warner Bros. Releases First Image Of Donal Logue As Harvey Bullock In ‘Gotham’

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When Warner Bros. announced that Terriers and Grounded for Life star Donal Logue had been cast as Harvey Bullock in the new FOX series about a young Jim Gordon, Gotham, some wondered if the famously long-haired and bearded actor could look the part of the iconic character.

The studio released its first official photo of Logue in costume today, and it the costume designers seem to have pulled it off, though he's a little more slick looking than Bullock looks in the comics and the actor's goatee remains. Check out the full image after the jump.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Talks To Direct And Star In ‘Sandman’ Movie, Co-Produce With David Goyer

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The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is jumping from the DC movieverse to a more Vertigo live action landscape. Deadline reports that the 32-year-old actor and director is "finalizing a deal" to team with Dark Knight trilogy co-writer David S. Goyer to co-produce a Sandman film at Warner Bros., based on the 75-issue comic book series and its spinoffs written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by artists including Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, Michael Zulli and Dave McKean. What's more, Gordon-Levitt has confirmed on Twitter that he'll star as Sandman protagonist, Dream, the immortal physical manifestation of dreaming who works to reestablish his role in reality after escaping a 70-year imprisonment at the hands of human occultists.

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Gal Gadot Is Your Wonder Woman In Upcoming ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Film

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With the tremendous success of films like The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, as well as Hollywood's focus on turning as many popular super hero properties into films as possible, demand for a Wonder Woman movie is perhaps at an all time high. And while there's still no official movie in the works as of yet, it's possible we're now one step closer, as it's been announced that Fast and Furious star Gal Gadot has been cast to play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, representing the first time the pop culture icon will appear in a feature film.

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Leonardo DiCaprio To Produce Biopic On ‘Calvin And Hobbes’ Creator Bill Watterson

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It's been an odd year for Bill Watterson. The iconic Calvin and Hobbes creator -- whose reclusive nature has informed his legacy almost as much as his brilliant comic strip in recent years -- saw the release last month of a documentary about the cartoonist and his legendary comic strip. Shortly before its release, Watterson engaged in a rare interview as well.

After all of that, it seemed as if the increased attention on the cartoonist would begin to wane again. Instead, it's only going to increase, as its been revealed that actor Leonardo DiCrapio will be producing a biopic of Watterson.

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Even More Possible ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Titles Revealed

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Earlier this week, Warner Bros. reportedly registered a bunch of domains that could indicate the official title of the next Man of Steel movie, currently referred to as "Batman Vs. Superman." As titles go... they hit about the way "The Phantom Menance" did for Star Wars fans circa 1999.

The domains are hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-streetlamp thematic, and translate to titles like "Man of Steel: Black of Knight" and "Man of Steel: Beyond Darkness." There's scads of knight/night puns, Batman references and loads of DARKNESS. So we started thinking, why not come up with some titles of our own? There are so many possibilities, and so many puns involving "knight" that Warner Bros. seems to be leaving on the table. Hit the jump to enjoy our 18 alternatives. We even made graphics for them!

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DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson Explains Why DC Comics Is Moving West

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For DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, the decision to move the publishing wing of the company from its longtime home of New York City to Burbank, Calif., is simply one of practicality.

"Literally everything is more difficult" on two coasts, she told The Wall Street Journal.

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Warner Bros. CEO Says ‘We Need To Get Wonder Woman On The Big Screen Or TV’

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Fans who are clamoring for a Wonder Woman movie just gained a pretty big ally in the form of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

Speaking at an entertainment law conference this weekend, Tsujihara told the gathered crowd that the studio's lack of superhero movies outside of the Superman and Batman franchises was a "missed opportunity," and expressed his desire to focus on developing a Wonder Woman project, saying "We need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV."

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