Mark Ruffalo tried to talk Joss Whedon out of casting him as Hulk

Mark Ruffalo tried to talk Joss Whedon out of casting him as the Hulk in The Avengers.The actor was best known for starring in dramas such as The Kids Are All Right, Zodiac, and Shutter Island before he was approached by the director and Robert Downey …

Mark Ruffalo tried to talk Joss Whedon out of casting him as the Hulk in The Avengers.

The actor was best known for starring in dramas such as The Kids Are All Right, Zodiac, and Shutter Island before he was approached by the director and Robert Downey Jr. about the possibility of starring in the Marvel blockbuster as Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego.

Talking to Variety, the 52-year-old confessed he was terrified of playing the scientist on the big screen due to the extensive technology and special effects needed to transform him into the Hulk.

“I did try to talk them out of casting me. I said, ‘I don’t know if I’m the right guy, I’ve never done anything like this.’ Between Joss and Robert, they were pretty convincing that I could do it,” Ruffalo recalled, before admitting that he is still scared, even after playing the Hulk in four more Marvel movies.

“I was scared. I was really scared. I’m still scared. The technological aspect of it makes it really hard to work that way. I struggle with it all the time. But my motto is make fear your friend. Just keep pushing yourself into those places where you feel scared or challenged,” he added.

Don Cheadle, who plays James Rhodes and his superhero alter ago War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, said the pair bonded during filming the Avengers franchise as they both had to wear motion capture suits.

“Mark and I get to share that misery,” Cheadle joked. “Everyone else is walking around in their cool clothes. Mark and I are walking around in these unitards with symbols and dots and balls attached all over them.”

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Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck call for release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut

Justice League stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have called for Warner Bros. chiefs to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film.The filmmaker was in charge of the DC Extended Universe, but was forced to pull out of directing Justice League midway through p…

Justice League stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have called for Warner Bros. chiefs to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film.

The filmmaker was in charge of the DC Extended Universe, but was forced to pull out of directing Justice League midway through production to deal with a family tragedy, leaving Avengers director Joss Whedon to complete the movie, which was panned by critics upon its 2017 release.

A version that stays true to Snyder’s vision still exists, and now several of its stars are calling on studio bosses to make it available to fans.

Both Gadot, who played Amazonian hero Wonder Woman, and Affleck, who portrayed Batman, tweeted the hashtag, “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut,” with Snyder also backing its release.

“This ancient Amazonian can’t be wrong. #releasethesnydercut,” he wrote after quoting Gadot’s post.

Ray Fisher, who played Justice League member Cyborg, also backed the release of the cut, posting a photo of himself in an American football uniform – a scene that did not appear in the original cinematic release.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa claims to have seen Snyder’s version of the movie, telling MTV News earlier this month: “I have seen it. I have seen the Snyder Cut, so… think the public needs to see it.

“I’m obviously indebted to Warner and DC, and I don’t know how they feel about it. As a fan, I’m very, very happy that I got to see it.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. executives have no immediate plans to release Snyder’s cut of Justice League, but other reports have claimed it could debut on WarnerMedia’s planned HBO Max streaming service.

The original Justice League was eviscerated by critics and disappointed at the box office, earning $657 million (£508 million) worldwide against a mammoth $300 million (£232 million) production budget.

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Zack Snyder plots filmmaking return for Netflix

Director Zack Snyder is returning to work for a new zombie movie, 20 months after stepping away from the spotlight following the death of his daughter. The filmmaker walked away from post-production work on superhero movie Justice League in May, 2017,…

Director Zack Snyder is returning to work for a new zombie movie, 20 months after stepping away from the spotlight following the death of his daughter.

The filmmaker walked away from post-production work on superhero movie Justice League in May, 2017, two months after his daughter Autumn took her own life, and Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought into help complete the DC Comics blockbuster.

Last year (18), Snyder signed on to a drama called The Last Photograph, while he also expressed an interest in adapting author Ayn Rand’s 1943 book The Fountainhead for the big screen.

However, it appears his first project to move into production will be Army of the Dead, a sci-fi horror movie for bosses at streaming services Netflix.

Based on a story by Snyder, the film follows a group of mercenaries which attempts a daring heist at the height of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas – and Zack promises fans it will be one of his wildest pictures to date.

“There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought this was a good palate cleanser to really dig in with both hands and make something fun and epic and crazy and bonkers in the best possible way…”

“This is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though a genre. It will be the most kick-a**, self-aware – but not in a wink-to-the-camera way – balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose (like this).”

Screenwriter Joby Harold penned the script, which Snyder will produce with his business partner and wife, Deborah, for their company Stone Quarry.

Casting details have yet to be released, but principal photography is expected to begin later this year (19), and Snyder will be getting back in the director’s chair with a renewed passion for filmmaking.

“I love big action, I love big sequences,” he continues. “My movie brain starts clicking around and I was like, ‘We need to be shooting this now!’ Constructing these sequences really fired me up.”

Snyder is no stranger to the world of zombies, having made his directorial debut with Dawn of the Dead back in 2004.

Army of the Dead has actually been in the works for over a decade, as it was initially set up at Warner Bros. studios back in 2007.

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Zack Snyder eyeing film adaptation of The Fountainhead

Zack Snyder is looking to adapt 1943 novel The Fountainhead for the silver screen.The filmmaker was prompted to withdraw from post-production work on Justice League in May 2017 following the death of his daughter, with Joss Whedon employed to finish re…

Zack Snyder is looking to adapt 1943 novel The Fountainhead for the silver screen.

The filmmaker was prompted to withdraw from post-production work on Justice League in May 2017 following the death of his daughter, with Joss Whedon employed to finish reshoots.

Since then, Snyder has been attached to direct The Last Photograph, a drama about two men and the photograph that inspires them to travel to war-torn Afghanistan, and has now divulged that he is also looking to make a film version of Ayn Rand’s book.

In response to a fan question asking about his next project on website Vero recently, Snyder replied: “Fountainhead”.

The Fountainhead was Rand’s first major literary success and tells of an individualistic young architect named Howard Roark, who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision, following his battle to practice what the public sees as modern architecture.

It explores the complex relationships between Roark and the individuals who help or hinder his progress.

The Fountainhead was first adapted into a film in 1949 by director King Vidor, with Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey and Robert Douglas starring.

Although Rand wrote the screenplay for the film, she later criticised the movie’s editing, production design, and acting.

No details about Snyder’s potential adaptation of The Fountainhead, including studio, cast or release date, have been announced. While he is believed to be in the pre-production stages of The Last Photograph at present, he has no other directing projects currently lined up.

However, the 52-year-old has been named as a producer on several upcoming films as part of the DC Universe (DCU), including Deadshot, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2, Wonder Woman 2, and Aquaman.

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Batgirl movie taps Bumblebee writer as Joss Whedon’s replacement

Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson will be penning the script for the Batgirl movie.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the British talent has been announced as Joss Whedon’s replacement, two months after the 53-year-old decided to step down from…

Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson will be penning the script for the Batgirl movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the British talent has been announced as Joss Whedon’s replacement, two months after the 53-year-old decided to step down from the project. As well as creating the script for the Transformers spin-off, which is due for release in December (18), Hodson is also behind psychological thriller Shut In, starring Naomi Watts, and Unforgettable, a drama led by Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson.

Whedon, who directed the first two Avengers movies, was hired to write and shoot the DC Comics superheroine feature in 2017, but decided to quit the Warner Bros. job in February, citing a lack of inspiration for the screenplay.

“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realise I really didn’t have a story,” he confessed in a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m grateful to Geoff (Johns, DC president) and Toby (Emmerich, Warner Bros. boss) and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed?'”

The movie centres on Barbra Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, who is the most established version of the iconic character. The character has previously been played by Yvonne Craig, who starred in the 1960s Batman television series, and Clueless star Alicia Silverstone who bagged the role in Joel Schumacher’s 1997 movie Batman & Robin.

The Hollywood Reporter added that Hodson has already written the Batgirl character, having helped to develop a feature project based on the all-female crime-fighting group Birds of Prey.

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Black Panther comic writer offers to replace Joss Whedon on Batgirl movie

One of the writers of the Black Panther: World of Wakanda comic book series has offered to take over from Joss Whedon in writing the Batgirl film.Author Roxane Gay, professor and writer of The New York Times’ best-selling book Bad Feminist (2014), An …

One of the writers of the Black Panther: World of Wakanda comic book series has offered to take over from Joss Whedon in writing the Batgirl film.

Author Roxane Gay, professor and writer of The New York Times’ best-selling book Bad Feminist (2014), An Untamed State and short story collection Difficult Women (17), offered her services after Whedon stepped down from the gig.

Although Whedon, who helped craft the scripts of hit superhero movies The Avengers and Justice League, agree to take on the job of writing the pending film based on the superheroine, it was announced in a statement on Thursday the director and writer had decided to pull out of the project.

“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realise I really didn’t have a story,” he confessed in a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m grateful to Geoff (Johns, DC president) and Toby (Emmerich, Warner Bros. boss) and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed?'”

Warner Bros. chiefs have yet to name a replacement for Whedon, however, Roxane saw the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator’s departure as an opportunity to offer her services and got in touch with DC Comics on Twitter.

“Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob,” she said in a message to the company, who are also the team behind Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Though it was a speculative approach, it turns out that the organisation are genuinely interested in her proposal and invited her to get in touch to discuss further details.

“If you’re serious…contact me. michele.wells@dcentertainment.com,” the Vice-President of Content Strategy at DC Entertainment, Michele Wells, responded.

DC Films President Walter Hamada is reportedly also seeking a female director to work on the movie.

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Joss Whedon exits Batgirl blockbuster

Filmmaker Joss Whedon has departed the planned Batgirl blockbuster because he just “didn’t have a story”. The Avengers director switched allegiance from Marvel to DC Comics last year (17) when he was hired to write and shoot the superheroine’s stand-a…

Filmmaker Joss Whedon has departed the planned Batgirl blockbuster because he just “didn’t have a story”.

The Avengers director switched allegiance from Marvel to DC Comics last year (17) when he was hired to write and shoot the superheroine’s stand-alone feature, but almost a year after taking on the Warner Bros. job, Whedon has quit.

“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” he confessed in a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m grateful to Geoff (Johns, DC president) and Toby (Emmerich, Warner Bros. boss) and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed?'”

Warner Bros. chiefs have yet to name a replacement for Whedon, who came to their rescue last year (17) when he helped to complete reshoots for Justice League after original director Zack Snyder stepped down to mourn the death of his daughter.

Before walking away from Batgirl, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator explained he didn’t want a big Hollywood name to take on the titular role, the alter ego of Barbara Gordon – the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner and Batman associate James Gordon.

“I doubt it will be a (famous) name,” he told Variety last April (17). “This is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast her.”

The character was first portrayed on screen by Yvonne Craig in the third season of TV series Batman in 1967, while more recently, Rosario Dawson voiced Batgirl for The Lego Batman Movie.

Alicia Silverstone also played a version of the superheroine in 1997’s Batman & Robin. The Clueless star’s character, Barbara Wilson, was the niece of Batman’s loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

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