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There's an unintentional 'The Walking Dead' Easter egg in 'Batman v Superman' and fans are loving it

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Warning: There are spoilers ahead if you haven't seen "Batman v Superman."

If you head out to see "Batman v Superman" and are a fan of "The Walking Dead," you're in for an extra surprise.

The beginning of the film has an unintentional nod to the show.

Viewers are introduced to Batman's famed origin story, which quickly shows Bruce Wayne's parents murdered on the street after leaving a theater. Actors Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan play the couple, Martha and Thomas Wayne.

If you're familiar with "The Walking Dead," those two actors should sound very familiar. 

Cohan plays fan-favorite Maggie Greene. 

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Dean Morgan will soon be introduced as the show's next villain, Negan.

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead."

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"The Walking Dead" reunion is extra funny if you're familiar with the comics. 

During Negan's big entrance in issue #100 of "The Walking Dead," he brutally murders Maggie's husband, Glenn. He doesn't just murder him, he bashes his skull in with a barbed-wired baseball bat. It was one of the most shocking moments in the comic series.

Negan is expected to make his big entrance onto "The Walking Dead" during the season six finale April 3. He was just teased in an upcoming series promo. Fans are anxious to see if the iconic scene will play out on screen. 

So to see the man who plays Negan lovingly alongside the actress who plays Maggie is pretty funny, especially weeks before "The Walking Dead" finale, and when you know that Maggie is currently pregnant on the AMC series.

Fans are loving it.

Yes, it would be.

"Batman v Superman" is in theaters now.

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Meet Gal Gadot — the Wonder Woman actress who steals the show in 'Batman v Superman'

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Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, and she's stealing the show.

For those unfamiliar with her name, the 30-year-old actress is best known for her roles in four "Fast and Furious" films.

But before she was in action films, she was Miss Israel and served two years in the Israeli army.

She's bringing the comic-book Amazonian princess to life alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," out March 25 and she's a fan favorite. 

Many critics are saying Gal Gadot is the best part of the movie.

She'll also star in the standalone "Wonder Woman" film scheduled for 2017 and (at least) two "Justice League" movies.

Get to know the scene-stealing Wonder Woman below:

Gal Gadot was born in Israel on April 30, 1985. Her mom was a teacher, and her father was an engineer.

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Growing up, Gadot wanted to be a choreographer before switching her sights to law, but her plans changed after she met a pageant scout.

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She participated in the 2004 Miss Israel contest and won, which launched her into a modeling career.

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The best movies and TV shows coming to Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, and more in April

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We're coming up on April, better known as "'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is finally available to stream month."

If getting a physical copy of the latest "Star Wars" isn’t your thing, in April you'll be able to buy a digital copy of the movie on Amazon.

And there are other big titles available to stream next month from the big and small screen like Jennifer Lawerence’s Oscar-nominated “Joy,” the latest season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” and the much-anticipated premiere of “Game of Thrones” season 6 on HBO.

Here’s the complete list. We’ve highlighted some titles in bold you shouldn’t miss.

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iTunes

Available April 5

“Joy”

Available April 12

“The 5th Wave”
“Ride Along 2”
“Krampus”

Available April 19

“The Choice”
“Fifty Shades of Black”



Amazon Prime

Available April 1

“Amistad”
“Ant-Man” (w/ Starz subscription)
“Bananas”
“Batman”
“Crimes and Misdemeanors”
“Cube”
“Cube 2: Hypercube”
“Cube Zero”
“Death Wish”
“Dennis the Menace”
“Deuces Wild”
“Dr. T. and the Women”
“Dream Lover”
“Ferris Bueller's Day Off”
“Gang Related”
“Gremlins”
“House of Lies” (Season 5, w/ Showtime subscription)
“Into The Blue”
“Lars and The Real Girl”
“Liberty Stands Still”
“Maximum Overdrive”
“Men in Black II”
“Music from Another Room”
“Naked Gun 2&1/2: The Smell of Fear”
“Nurse”
“Payback”
“The Peacemaker”
“Pootie Tang”
“Pumpkin”
“Pumpkinhead”
“Rare Birds”
“Rescue Dawn”
“Risky Business”
“Ronin”
“Santee”
“Simon Says”
“Skipped Parts”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (FOR PURCHASE ONLY)
“Step Into Liquid”
“Swimming With Sharks”
“Teen Wolf Too”
“The Arrival”
“The Big Lebowski”
“The Dead Zone”
“The Devil's Advocate”
“The Holiday”
“You've Got Mail”

Available April 3

“He Shed, She Shed” (Season 1)

Available April 6

“The Transporter Refueled”
 
Available April 7

“Nasty Baby”
“Outlander” (Season 2, w/ Starz subscription)

Available April 8

“Catastrophe” (Season 2, AMAZON ORIGINAL)
“Joy”
“Ricki and the Flash” (w/ Starz subscription)

Available April 9

“Maggie”
“Sliding Doors”

Available April 10

“Billions” (Season 1, w/ Showtime subscription)

Available April 12

“Mad Max” (1979)
“Ride Along 2”

Available April 15

“The Whistleblower”
“Thunderbirds are Go!” (Season 1, AMAZON ORIGINAL)

Available April 18

“Home Fires” (Season 1)
“The Widower” (Season 1)

Available April 19

“The 5th Wave”
“Tangerines”

Available April 20

“Storage Wars” (Season 9)

Avilable April 21

“Inside Amy Schumer” (Season 4)
“Veep” (Season 2)

Available April 22

“Pawn Sacrifice”

Available April 25

“Penny Dreadful” (Season 3, w/ Showtime subscription)
“Rebellion” (Season 1)
“Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson”

Available April 27

“The Great Fire” (Season 1)

Available April 30

“Ides of March”



Hulu

Available April 1
 
“Shades of Blue” (Season 1 Finale))
“You, Me & the Apocalypse” (Season 1 Finale)
“Alfie” (2004)
“American Loser”
“Amistad”
“And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird!”
“Arctic Tale”
“The Arrival”
“Away From Her”
“Bad Boys II”
“Bananas”
“Barbershop” (Complete Season 1)
“Basic Instinct 2”
“The Bear”
“Bloodsucking Bastards”
“Brighton Rock”
“Carlos”
“Chelsea Walls”
“Cinema Paradiso”
“Count Yorga, Vampire”
“Cube”
“Cube 2: Hypercube”
“Cube Zero”
“Dead Heat”
“Dead Man”
“The Dead Zone”
“Death Wish”
“Deuces Wild”
“Donnie Brasco”
“Dr. T. and the Women”
“Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story”
“Dream Lover”
“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
“Ferris Bueller's Day Off”
“From Dusk Till Dawn”
“Gang Related”
“Gravy”
“The Grifters”
“The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant”
“Into The Blue”
“Lars and The Real Girl”
“The Last Survivors”
“Liberty Stands Still”
“Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane”
“Loosies”
“Lucky Number Slevin”
“The Manchurian Candidate”
“Match”
“Maximum Overdrive”
“A Mighty Heart”
“Murder in the Dark”
“Music from Another Room”
“My Best Friend's Wedding”
“My Five Wives”
“Naked Gun 2&1/2: The Smell of Fear”
“Nurse”
“Open Your Eyes”
“The Package”
“Paddington”
“Paris”
“Payback”
“The Peacemaker”
“Pootie Tang”
“Pumpkin”
“Pumpkinhead”
“Rare Birds”
“Rescue Dawn”
“The Riot Club”
“Ronin”
“Santee”
“Scream, Blacula, Scream”
“Second Arrival”
“Shopgirl”
“Sicko”
“Simon Says”
“Skipped Parts”
“Step Into Liquid”
“Swimming With Sharks” (1994)
“Teen Wolf Too”
“Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls”
“The Wicked Within”
“The Wraith”
“Zombies of Mass Destruction”

Available April 2

“The Duff”

Available April 4
 
“11.22.63” (Series Finale, HULU ORIGINAL)
“Teen Mom” (Season 5 Finale)
 
Available April 5
 
“Awkward” (All Episodes)
“Faking It” (Season 3)
 
Available April 6
 
“American Idol, American Dreams” (Special)
“Family Therapy” (Series Premiere)
“Mob Wives” (Season 6 Finale)
“Teachers” (Season 1 Finale)
 
Available April 7
 
“Idiotsitter” (Season 1 Finale)
“Workaholics” (Season 6 Finale)
 
Available April 8
 
“American Idol” (Series Finale)
“Game of Silence” (Series Premiere)
“All Things Must Pass”
 
Available April 9
 
“Sleepy Hollow” (Season 3 Finale)
“Sliding Doors”
“Maggie”
“Chappie”
 
Available April 11
 
“Love & Hip Hop” (Season 6 Finale)

Available April 12
 
“The Mindy Project” (All New Episodes)
“iZombie” (Season 2 Finale)
 
Available April 15

“Before the Fall”
“The Whistleblower”
“Girl on the Edge”

Available April 18
 
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (Season 1)
 
Available April 19
 
“Hard Candy”
“Tangerines”
 
Available April 23
 
“It Follows”
 
Available April 30
 
“Hell’s Kitchen” (Season 15 Finale)



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Daisy Ridley stunned 'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams during this audition for the movie

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The Blu-ray edition of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits shelves on April 5, and fans are eager to feast their eyes on behind- the-scenes footage and bonus materials included on the discs. 

In advance of the release, BuzzFeed released an exclusive preview of one bonus feature: Daisy Ridley’s original audition for Rey. The clip shows Ridley acting out one of the film's emotional confrontations, a battle of mental agility between Kylo Ren and Rey as he tries to break into her mind using the Force.

Director J.J. Abrams describes watching Ridley's audition in the clip. "She just blew my mind," Abrams says. "She’s reaching this depth of struggle and tears are streaming down her face."

Daisy Ridley Star Wars audition tape Buzzfeed"I thought, 'this is unbelievable,'" Abrams remembers. He had her stop, and gave her a few notes before running through the scene again. "She just did it again, and I thought 'Oh my god.'"

Watch the full video over on BuzzFeed, and check back here for coverage on features from "The Force Awakens" Blu-ray. We already know about several deleted scenes contained on the discs, but there's surely more to come. 

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'The Lego Batman Movie' gets a funny new trailer that pokes fun at Batman's aging

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It's time to give a big pat on the back to Warner Bros. marketing.

Flooding promotion of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has helped the film nab record-breaking box-office numbers over the weekend, and at the same time the studio has cleverly teased another one of its Batman properties, "The Lego Batman Movie."

The studio released a second teaser for the film Monday, less than a week after premiering the first one.

This time around, we find Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), hanging out in Wayne Manor. Dressed in a smoking jacket and a Batman mask, he talks to the picture on the wall of his parents about his saving Gotham — again.

After Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) sneaks up on him, he looks back on all the other times Batman missed his parents, recapping the years of the previous Batman movie releases, including flashes of images like Ben Affleck as the current Dark Knight and the nipple suit from the Val Kilmer/George Clooney era.

"I have aged phenomenally," Batman acknowledges.

Watch the funny teaser below. "The Lego Batman Movie" opens February 2017.

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Here's the biggest problem with 'Batman v Superman'

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batman v supermanWarning: There are spoilers ahead if you haven't seen "Batman v Superman."

"Batman v Superman" debuted in theaters Friday and has been receiving a lot of flak. The film has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

While there are a lot of things wrong with "Batman v Superman," it's not deserving of the storm of negative reviews critics have unloaded upon it. It's no masterpiece, but it's better than the disparaging reviews that would immediately make you believe this is only a few steps up from "Zoolander 2" (24%) and "Fifty Shades of Grey" (25%).

I've seen bad movies. This is not "After Earth" or "Jupiter Ascending" bad. "Batman v Superman" has a lot of good moments and some great performances that are muddled down by an exhaustive narrative that tried to act as several movies to set up Warner Bros.' on-screen DC universe.

I'm not going to go through everything wrong with the film in this post; however, what bothered me the most, and what I imagine may disappoint some seeing the film, is that the trailersgave away most of the film.

If you watched every trailer, TV spot, and piece of footage released for this film, it wasn't that difficult to piece together most of the film.

After a December trailer showed off Superman nemesis Doomsday, it was increasingly clear to see that there was more at play than Batman and Superman duking it out. There was a larger force at play, setting the overall plot of the film in motion — Lex Luthor.

Subsequent articles came out confirming that the real point of the film wasn't Batman and Superman fighting; it was that Luthor was pulling the strings to have these titans face off. Trailers showed that Luthor was the mind behind creating Doomsday and that he would be using the corpse of General Zod, the big bad villain from 2013's Superman movie, "Man of Steel," to bring the Kryptonian deformity to life.

That's OK. We still had that big Wonder Woman reveal to look forward to in the film, right?

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Nope. Her entrance was also revealed in the trailers.

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All of these big moments would have been more exciting to see revealed on-screen.

"Batman v Superman" must be one of the worst kept secrets before coming to the screen. It made little sense when a video with director Zack Snyder welcomed fans and press at early screenings asking for them to not spoil the film after seeing it. Warner Bros. already did a lot of that. There wasn't much left to spoil.

Just three moments surprised me during "Batman v Superman." The first was when Lex Luthor blew up the Senate, killing his assistant and countless others just to point the blame at Superman. The second was when Luthor pushed Lois Lane (Amy Adams) from a skyscraper. The last moment was when Superman was "killed" by Doomsday; however, fans should know he's not staying dead for long. Warner Bros. has (at least) 11 more films to go in its cinematic universe.

And while we had a few sneak peeks at some of the rest of the "Justice League" members, if you were following reports online, you expected these, too. It was thought they may all join together at the film's end to take on Doomsday. But even when they were finally shown to audiences, not in the flesh, but in video surveillance footage screened through a computer, their reveals were slightly underwhelming. Well, except for the Flash.

This is something far too many films are doing. It was a pleasant surprise when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" came out and I felt as if we hadn't seen as much of that film given away. I wish more films would replicate Disney and Lucasfilm's marketing strategy, that less is more, moving forward.

There are ways to market a big-budget picture without giving away most of the film's plot points.

We didn't even need to see Doomsday in marketing before the release of "Batman v Superman." A movie about Batman fighting Superman was going to sell tickets on its own. The Dark Knight has had more successful movies at the box office than any other hero. The previous two Batman movies in "The Dark Knight" trilogy alone each grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

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Warner Bros. has been trying to make a "versus" movie between the two widely recognized superheroes for years. Hearing that Wonder Woman was going to make her first on-screen film appearance and that other DC heroes would be teased in the film? Those were just bonuses for die-hard fans to come out opening weekend.

At that point, who else are you trying to persuade to see this film?

Because, let's be honest, Doomsday looks pretty awful (to be fair, he's never really looked that great in any animated adaptation either), and, if anything, his inclusion made fans slightly worried about the impending film.

Since the film came out, many don't seem that thrilled with the CGI character.

It looks as if neither critiques nor spoilers are hurting the film at the box office. "Batman v Superman" is on track for an opening weekend of more than $180 million.

Its follow-up, "Justice League," is planned for a 2017 release.

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This 'Batman v Superman' deleted scene hints at a future 'Justice League' villain

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Monday, Warner Bros. released a deleted scene from "Batman v Superman," and the studio is really doubling-down on its hints for an impending villain in the DC Extended Universe.

The 44-second clip gives some more context on where Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) was in the moments before we was arrested at the film's end. 

It looks like he was just hanging out in the Kryptonian ship, getting chummy with some other alien life form.

First, give it a watch.

Okay. What's going on?

This looks like it's another hint at a future villain, Darkseid. Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) has a vision hinting at the popular DC villain earlier in the film.

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If you're not sure who Darkseid is, you can read up on our explainer here.

Now, here's a shot of the character we see Luthor speaking with:

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Is that Darkseid? Probably not. It doesn't really look like him. 

This is one illustration of the Superman villain from the comics.

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So, who are we looking at?

Fans seem to believe this is Steppenwolf, one of Darkseid's generals, who Luthor is channeling.

He certainly has the right look:

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What do you think? We'll probably have a better idea when DC's "Justice League" movie is out in 2017.

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Jessie Eisenberg explains how he got the Lex Luthor role after turning down another iconic Superman character

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Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Like much of the reaction to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor has been met with mixed feelings. Some love his portrayal of a young version of the villain, while others felt his rapid-fire speak and nervous mannerisms were a bit too much for the role.

It was a gutsy move by director Zack Snyder, which came to him after meeting Eisenberg for another role, the brief cameo in the movie of Daily Planet photographer-turned-CIA agent Jimmy Olsen, a favorite from the comics.

“Zack came to me, and I didn’t know the character he wanted me to play. He just described something very vague,” Eisenberg told Business Insider on Monday while talking about his upcoming independent film “Louder Than Bombs” (opening April 8). “Zack is a more visual guy, so his explanation included a lot of things I don’t excel at, including camera movements and effects. But what I left from it was I didn’t think I could do a good job in that role.”

The Jimmy Olsen character, who briefly appears in the beginning of the movie when Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is in the Middle East to interview a terrorist, is killed when it's revealed that he’s a CIA agent.

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Snyder told Entertainment Weekly that originally he wanted a known actor like Eisenberg to play the role, for the added shock value. But when Eisenberg turned down the opportunity, Snyder went with a lesser-known actor, Michael Cassidy, and it's never mentioned in the film's dialogue that the character is Olsen (the only reference is in the end credits).

But "Batman v Superman" wasn’t done with Eisenberg. Months after turning down the role, the actor said he came on the radar of the film’s coscreenwriter Chris Terrio, who was doing rewrites, while Eisenberg was in an Off-Broadways play.

“Chris had seen me in 'The Revisionist' and the character I play can be seen as despicable, and he liked me in that,” Eisenberg said.

Soon after, Eisenberg was given the “Batman v Superman” script with an offer for him to play the infamous villain Luthor.

“I was thrilled,” he said of being considered. “As soon as I read it, I felt excited by it.”

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is currently in theaters.

SEE ALSO: It turns out the "Batman v Superman" box office opening isn't as big as first reported

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A fan created an awesome video to show 'The Force Awakens' is really just 1977's 'Star Wars'

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Many dedicated "Star Wars" fans noticed that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" had more than a few nods to the original film, 1977's "Star Wars: A New Hope." But one fan took it to the next level.

Zachary Antell, a freelance videographer and Syracuse University student, created a slick side-by-side comparison of "A New Hope" with last year's "The Force Awakens." Not only were big plot moments from "A New Hope" revisited in "The Force Awakens," but the fan cut shows how the scenes were visually framed to harken back to the original film.

Keep reading to see how the two space epics line up:

Darth Vader's first appearance in the original film is recreated when Kylo Ren emerges from the First Order ship to capture Poe Dameron.



Check out how Poe's capture and rescue in "The Force Awakens" lines up with Princess Leia's capture and rescue from "A New Hope."

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The climactic finale of "The Force Awakens," the terrifying power of Starkiller Base, was also a carefully constructed nod to the original.

 

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A new 'Suicide Squad' trailer shows off its most terrifying supervillain

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Fresh off the opening weekend success of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," Warner Bros. released a new international trailer for "Suicide Squad."

Set for an August 5 release, the film is the next entry in the DC Extended Universe and will feature the onscreen debut of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), a new Joker (Jared Leto) and Deadshot (Will Smith) alongside a host of other DC bad guys teaming up on a suicide mission to take down an even bigger villain. 

Some of the new footage revealed in the trailer revealed El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) unleashing his flames and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) winding up to strike squadmate Katana (Karen Fukuhara). 

katana-croc-fightdiablo-flamesHere's the full trailer, in all its Japanese subtitled, "Bohemian Rhapsody" glory : 

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The 'Batman v Superman' director added hidden references to this one author throughout the movie

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The most controversial part of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' isn't Batman or Superman. It's Zack Snyder. 

Critics have focused in on the director and his penchant for weighty dialogue about mythology, godhood, and religion. Many outlets said it made the film convoluted and confusing. Snyder, who hit back against the critics panning the film, clearly wanted to make an action epic that could not only build a franchise, but had a particular ideological point of view. To do that, as the Village Voice review astutely noted, he's leaned heavily on author and researcher Joseph Campbell, in both subtle and obvious ways. 

Receiving his Master's Degree from Columbia University in 1927, Joseph Campbell wrote frequently about mythology and religion and is credited with the idea of the "monomyth," the idea that all myths across all cultures follow a common narrative pattern. 

If that sounds familiar, it's because Lex Luthor, when talking to Senator Finch, says all myths are based on metahumans like Superman. There's a similar line later in the film when Clark watches TV commentators debate if the world "needs" Superman.

But more than just paraphrasing Campbell's work, direct quotes are hidden in the film: 

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The film's production notes reveal that Superman's suit has a Joseph Campbell quote, chosen by Snyder, written in Kryptonian script. Taken directly from the notes: 

The quote from Campbell that Wilkinson integrated into the costume speaks to the film’s themes with respect to the character: “And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”

That sounds a lot like Luthor's dialogue, doesn't it? There's more. As revealed by the "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Tech Manual," Wonder Woman's sword is also engraved with a Joseph Campbell quote, chosen by Snyder: 

The translated Joseph Campbell quote engraved on Wonder Woman's sword reads, "Life is killing life all the time and so the goddess kills herself in the sacrifice of her own animal." 

And finally, when Luthor taunts Superman on the roof, he reveals his full name: Clark Joseph Kent. More than just a coincidence, it seems like another nod to the author who was a huge inspiration to Snyder.

Critics thought the film was too talky and introspective for an action film, but Snyder, at least, had a clear vision: he wanted a big budget action film with both an action and a philosophical edge. 

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'Deadpool' just beat out 'The Matrix' movies for another box-office record

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Even the most optimistic executive at 20th Century Fox wouldn’t have thought this was possible.

After just over a month in theaters, “Deadpool” is now the worldwide highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, with a current total of $745.7 million

The film passed the worldwide gross of 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded” ($742 million) for the top spot after box-office numbers came in Monday.

But “Deadpool” is still not the domestic highest-grossing R movie. That honor goes to 2004's “The Passion of the Christ” with $370.7 million

The domestic take for “Deadpool” is currently at $349.3 million, the third-highest for an R movie domestically. In the coming weeks, it will surpass second-place finisher “American Sniper” ($350 million).

“Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds as the wise-cracking Marvel superhero, opened on February 12 with a record-breaking $132 million weekend. It went on to become the highest-grossing film in the US over President’s Day weekend, highest opening all-time for an R-rated movie, and the highest-grossing for the month of February.

Though Fox has not officially announced a sequel to “Deadpool,” the film’s screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick told Entertainment Weekly they are in the early stages of a script for a second film.

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Jesse Eisenberg says he doesn't know if his Lex Luthor will be back for another movie

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Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” may have answered those who wondered whether it had the stuff to open to huge box-office numbers, but the movie itself still left us with a lot of questions.

Like, why did Wonder Woman really need that photo Bruce Wayne ended up emailing her? And what exactly was The Flash warning Wayne about? Plus, how does Lex Luthor factor into the cinematic DC Comics universe going forward?

The super-rich madman, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is left by the end of the movie with a shaved head and spouting “the end is near”-like chatter to Batman. He seems to know a lot of what's going to happen, but will he be in the mix of bad guys who are certain to come?

Eisenberg himself doesn’t know yet, but he'd be happy to return.

“I don’t know if they are so settled on where my character goes,” Eisenberg told Business Insider about Luthor showing up in future movies. “I only hope I have another opportunity to work with these wonderful people and play this interesting character.”

It's hard to imagine that the film’s studio, Warner Bros., would have one of the most famous villains from DC Comics vanish from the franchise after one film, especially when the actor playing him says he’d be “thrilled” for the job again. The rest of the main cast in "Batman v Superman"— Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot — have signed on for multiple movies.

In the meantime, Eisenberg will go back to more realistic projects, like the indie drama “Louder Than Bombs,” opening April 8 and the Woody Allen movie “Café Society,” which will open the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

In the back of his mind, however, he wonders where Lex is headed.

“The character has so many different faces,” Eisenberg told BI. “He has a public persona that appears charming and friendly and then a deeply disturbed private persona, so it will be interesting to see where he goes.”

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is currently playing in theaters.

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We finally know what everyone is saying during Rey's strange vision scene in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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Warning: There are spoilers ahead if you have not seen "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." 

One of the most talked about scenes in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" happened when Rey touched Luke's old lightsaber for the first time and she was catapulted into a series of jarring visions. Her mysterious "Force vision" sequence seemed to be a flashback of sorts, since we actually caught a glimpse of her younger self.

Not only was the vision revealing about Rey's past, but it also left us with a lot of questions. A few mysterious voices could be heard in the background of the chaotic visions. We knew Ewan McGregor reprised his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi to record lines. His voice was later mixed with the late Alec Guinness' who played the original Kenobi to make it into the film.

Frank Oz (Yoda) was supposed to have dialogue, too. However, hearing Yoda over the noise of the visions was nearly impossible to do in a crowded theater. 

Tech Insider received a review copy of the Blu-ray ahead of the film's home release April 5. As we've been going through the features, we naturally decided to turn on subtitles for this important scene. Now, it's very clear who's saying what.

Let's walk through the visions, now with added dialogue for context.

As soon as Rey touches the lightsaber, she screams as the world around her drops away and she is suddenly in a blue-lit hallway. As some have pointed out, it looks like she's in Cloud City during the dramatic fight between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in "The Empire Strikes Back."

Her younger self can be heard, yelling "no!" in an echoing voice.

lightsaber star wars force awakensRey turns, and begins walking down the hallway.

Here's when Yoda speaks for the first time. "Its energy ..." he says, trailing off. Rey breaks into a run as the hall turns sideways, knocking her into a new setting. Yoda speaks again: "... surrounds us ..."

An unidentified man then yells "No!"(It's worth noting that it seems like this person may be Luke screaming out in response to the slaughter of padawan we see in forthcoming scenes.)

Rey looks up, and the camera pans over to R2-D2 next to a hooded person (we presume this is Luke). Yoda says: "... and binds us ..."

star wars episode VII trailer r2d2 with lukeThe person places a robotic hand onto the droid's side, and then the scene shifts again. Rey is now crouched on the muddy ground and rain is pouring down as she turns her head in time to see a man stabbed through the back with a red lightsaber. The man screams.

kylo ren knights renRey stands up and begins backing away. Obi-Wan speaks for the first time: "The Force will be ..."

The frame zooms out to reveal Rey standing in front of a group of men: the Knights of Ren, led by Kylo. The young sith lord turns to look at Rey, and she backs away right as the scene changes again.

Now she's in the desert of Jakku, watching as her younger self is dragged by the arm while she looks to the sky and screams. The little Rey yells: "No! Come back!"

Unkar, the junkboss of Jakku who is dragging her away, says "Quiet girl."

Young Rey screams "No!" again, as present-day Rey turns to see what her younger self is looking at. It's a ship flying away, and the sky turns from blue to black and a red light beams outwards.

The scene changes again, and Rey is in a snowy forest.

kylo ren finn rey star warsAs Rey turns and begins running, Obi-Wan calls out "Rey?"

Kylo Ren steps out from behind a tree, activating his lightsaber. Rey falls backwards in fright, and Obi-Wan speaks for a final time: "These are your first steps."

As his voice fades, Rey looks around and she's back in the storage area where she first found the lightsaber.  

So — there we have it. The full vision sequence with every bit of dialogue you were probably straining to hear in theaters. Make what you will of the mysterious inclusion of both Yoda and Obi-Wan discussing the Force, but it's clear Rey is a powerful protagonist in this new trilogy.

Here's all of that dialogue together for easy reading:

Young Rey: (Echoing) No!
Yoda: (Echoing) Its energy...
Yoda: ...surrounds us...
Man: (Echoing) No!
Yoda: ...and binds us...
(Man screams)
Obi-Wan: The Force will be...
Young Rey: (Echoing) No! Come back!
Unkar: Quiet, girl.
Young Rey: No!
Obi-Wan: Rey?
Obi-Wan: These are your first steps.

The Blu-ray edition of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will available in stores on April 5. "The Force Awakens" will be available on digital HD April 1.

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Don Cheadle says he needed a white actor to get his Miles Davis movie made

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Don Cheadle has spent his career showing off his abilities in a diverse set of roles that are dramatic, funny, and complex. And all of those led him to playing Miles Davis in the movie "Miles Ahead" (out this weekend), which he also directed, wrote, and produced. 

The irony is that, for an actor who is best known for taking on biographical roles — particularly his Oscar-nominated performance in "Hotel Rwanda" as hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina, who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during the Rwandan Genocide — he did not want to do a straightforward Miles Davis biopic.

Instead, "Miles Ahead" (opening in theaters Friday) is an action-packed, drug-fueled heist movie that follows Davis during a dark period in his life and a reporter trying to write the legendary musician's comeback story (Ewan McGregor) as they race around Manhattan trying to score drugs and reclaim demo music that was stolen from Davis.

There are biographical themes throughout the movie, as Davis' music comes to the fore and we get flashbacks of his life, but the focus is on a broken man who is blocked creatively.

Getting the film made has been a 10-year journey for Cheadle. He talked to Business Insider at the Sundance Film Festival about the struggle to complete it, including needing a white costar, and why all biopics are fictional.

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BI: Was there ever a time when you wanted this to be a straight-up biopic?

Cheadle: Never.

BI: Would this have been made sooner if you went a more traditional route?

Cheadle: Only if I got a white actor to be in it some way. And that's the reality. That's when the money got triggered, is when we cast Ewan McGregor. They would have said, "That's great, I love the whole idea and the Miles music, now where's the white guy?" [Laughs] That's what the question continued to be.

But pre-dating any Ewan involvement, when [Davis' nephew] Vince Wilburn Jr. announced at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducting ceremony for Miles Davis in 2006 that they were going to do a Miles Davis movie and I was going to play him, which had not been told to me, people started calling me and asked when the movie starts and I'm like, "What are you talking about?"

BI: So how did your name even get on his radar?

Cheadle: I think some writers that were going to write the script had mentioned me as a good person to play Miles, because at the time I was the biopic guy. Which was another reason why I didn't want to do it. I did not want to do another biopic. Thank you "Hotel Rwanda," it changed my life. "The Rat Pack" was great, and "Rebound" for HBO. Working with these real people, it was amazing. But I want to also do parts that are just regular dudes.

So I wasn't looking forward to the biopic idea. And when I met with them a week later after his announcement, all of their pitches were kind of that. And I said, "Thank you for thinking of me, I would love to play him if you come up with something that's kind of hot." I said, "I think you should do something where Miles is a G. I want Miles to be a gangster, I want it to be gunslinging and car chases and girls." I wanted to write a movie that Miles would want to star in. I said, "If you come up with anything like that I'm down." And I left. I was literally a block away and I thought, who's going to do that? I realized, only I can do it. And that started the journey.

BI: And directing the movie — is that another thing you realized only you could do?

Cheadle: Yeah, I was like, I guess I will have to do this, too. I have to pick up the whole thing and put it on my back. And when it became real, I didn't want to do it. When we were at points where we could get it made, we tried to bring in a director that was more seasoned that a studio or an independent financier would have more confidence in. We were just trying to get to a "Yes." So I tried to give the directing away, two or three years ago. Let me just be in it, I don't need to do both. But it became clear that it was only going to get made if I did it all.

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BI: You've worked with so many great directors. Can absorbing what they do on set help at all when you are then the director of a movie?

Cheadle: I think so. The best thing that I learned from the best directors that I worked with is that the best answer wins. They are ego-less when it comes to doing the most important thing.

BI: What did the Davis estate think when they saw footage of Miles playing, basically, a gangster?

Cheadle: There were several come-to-Jesus moments about many different things in the film. But at the end of the day, we kept hearing Miles' voice in our heads, which said, "Don't be safe." Any time it got sticky and people wanted to pull back, it was like, "Do you think Miles would want to pull back right now?" And they would all talk amongst themselves and would come up with, "Yeah, he was wild. He did do this." If you read his autobiography, he doesn't shy away from any of it. He says it all.

BI: Do you read reviews of your work?

Cheadle: I think if you're going to read reviews, you have to just concede that they are all right. And I think I read two very diametrically opposed reviews about my movie and I had to go, yeah, I agree with both of them.

BI: Is that the same when you're just starring in the movie?

Cheadle: I don't read reviews.

BI: But now being a director you were more curious?

Cheadle: I was brought into the curiosity of it because with Sony Pictures Classics, which bought the movie, they look into what the feedback is and base that off of how they release it, and you end up hearing the feedback and getting that early talk. So the reviews early on that were "bad reviews," they were kind of reviewing another movie.

BI: They wanted that biopic.

Cheadle: That's right. They felt there was some kind of bait-and-switch, though I have never said anything but the exact opposite. If anyone ever said biopic I would say, "It's not a biopic." We're fighting uphill against the weight of history. I was like, why don't we just call it historical fiction?

BI: Which is what a lot of biopics are.

Cheadle: Every. Single. One. Let me tell you. Paul Rusesabagina sat right next to me when we were making "Hotel Rwanda" and we'd finish a scene and I would turn to him and ask, "Was it like that?" And he would shrug. But I get it, it's a movie. You're trying to encapsulate somebody's life in 90 minutes or two hours. You cannot do it, and why do it? If you're going to do a Miles Davis story like that you need six movies.

BI: Do you have the directing bug? Do you want to direct again?

Cheadle: I direct on my show "House of Lies," but that's very different. I would be interested in doing a feature again. But I don't think I would do it like this again.

 

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Every weapon Batman uses in the fight against Superman

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Taking down a superhero? Better bring your A-game. 

Throughout "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," we see Batman use a lot of familiar weapons: the Batmobile, the Batwing, Batarangs, etc. But for his confrontation with Superman, he uses a small set of specially crafted weapons.

Bruce carefully designed this highly specialized arsenal of weapons, with each hoping to exploit one of Superman's weaknesses. 

We won't spoil who comes out the victor, but we did list each of these specially chosen weapons below. Here's every weapon Batman uses in his climactic fight against Superman. 

Similar to Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," Batman uses sonic waves to disorient Superman.

In the graphic novel, Batman attaches electrified weapons to his gloves and grabs Superman's head to stun him. In the movie, Batman remotely activates sonic weapons that stun him. In both cases, Superman is only momentarily disoriented. It's smart to target his brain and hearing system since Superman has unbreakable skin. 



Next, Batman uses remote activated guns that fire at Superman.

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Using his laser vision, Superman takes detonates the turrets with little more than a glance. 



Batman is well known for fighting from the shadows, and tosses a smoke grenade to help him hide.

It only works for a few seconds, but that's all he really needs. When Superman spots him, he's already in position with another weapon. 



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Dustin Hoffman reportedly slapped and taunted Meryl Streep on the 'Kramer vs. Kramer' set

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In the cover story for Vanity Fair's April issue, readers get an inside look at the making of the Oscar-winning 1979 drama “Kramer vs. Kramer,” and it doesn’t hold back on the on-set drama.

Publishing an excerpt from his upcoming biography, “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep,” author Michael Schulman writes about Streep’s grieving as she went into the film. The then-27-year-old had just lost her 41-year-old boyfriend, actor John Cazale, to lung cancer.

The movie would nab five Oscars, including Streep’s first Oscar win and best actor for costar Dustin Hoffman, but according to Schulman’s book, Hoffman did horrific things to Streep to get the performance he felt she needed to deliver.

Enabled by the film’s director, Robert Benton, according to the Vanity Fair story, Hoffman actually wanted to draw on Streep's loss of Cazale, best known for playing Fredo Corleone in “The Godfather,” months before she auditioned for “Kramer vs. Kramer.” The actor and director saw “an actress who could draw on a still-fresh pain, who was herself in the thick of emotional turmoil. It was Meryl’s weakness, not her strength, that convinced him,” Schulman writes.

The film follows the bitter custody battle over divorced couple Ted (Hoffman) and Joanna’s (Streep) son.

To get the emotion he wanted out of Streep, Hoffman allegedly slapped Streep on the set and would bring up Cazale to her.

According to Schulman:

“On the second day, they continued shooting the opening scene, when Ted follows the hysterical Joanna into the hallway. They shot the bulk of it in the morning and, after lunch, set up for some reaction shots. Dustin and Meryl took their positions on the other side of the apartment door. Then something happened that shocked not just Meryl but everyone on set. Right before their entrance, Dustin slapped her hard across the cheek, leaving a red mark.”

But Hoffman was just getting started:

"Improvising his lines, Dustin delivered a slap of a different sort: outside the elevator, he started taunting Meryl about John Cazale, jabbing her with remarks about his cancer and his death. 'He was goading her and provoking her,' [film executive Richard] Fischoff recalled, 'using stuff that he knew about her personal life and about John to get the response that he thought she should be giving in the performance.'”

Streep stormed off the set in a rage. But Hoffman’s tactics didn’t end.

In another scene, Hoffman had an idea that he didn't reveal to Streep. He asked a cameraman about a wine glass, “If I whack that before I leave, have you got it in the shot?” Eventually during filming, he indeed shattered the wine glass against the wall without warning, leaving shards of glass in Streep's hair.

During the divorce hearing scene in which Joanna has an emotional outburst on the stand, according to the Vanity Fair story, Hoffman knew what would set her off: saying John Cazale's name.

“Out of Benton’s earshot, he started whispering the name in her ear, planting the seeds of anguish, as he had in the elevator scene,” Schulman reports.

To Streep’s credit, she seems to have taken all the insane Method tactics Hoffman threw at her. And finally showed Hoffman, and the whole crew, she could shine on her own. In one of the final scenes shot for the divorce hearing, she came to Benton with a speech she wrote that Joanna would deliver on the stand during the hearing.

Here's the speech Streep wrote.

“Part of the pleasure she must have taken is showing to Dustin she didn’t need to be slapped,” the director says in the story. “She could have delivered anything to anybody at any time.”

A spokeswoman for Streep said regarding the Vanity Fair story: "Ms Streep has no comment on this book. It was unauthorized. She made no contribution to it, nor has she read it."

Dustin Hoffman's representative was not immediately available for comment to Business Insider.

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Here's how big 'Star Wars' ships would be compared to real-life objects

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Exactly how big is the Millennium Falcon? How about Kylo Ren's command shuttle? We used measurements from the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" book "Incredible Cross-Sections" to compare the ships in the new film to iconic monuments and real-world animals and objects. Keep reading to see how big the Millennium Falcon, Rey's speeder, and more are in real life.

Let's start with something relatively small. Rey's Speeder isn't too large.



You could compare Poe Dameron's X-wing to the size of a yacht.



Other ships are a lot larger. If you've ever seen the Rockefeller Christmas tree in person, Han Solo's ship would just edge it out.



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'Batman v Superman' has a clever Easter egg about the Man of Steel

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Superman always strives for justice. Even at his day job. 

In one of the best Easter Egg moments of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," the film pokes fun at Clark Kent's do-gooder tendencies and winks at the original Superman comic.

In an early scene in Clark and the Daily Planet's editor in chief, Perry, argue over the Planet's coverage of Batman. Clark argues their coverage of Batman is too soft and the Planet should take a stand against vigilante justice. 

Clark: "When the Planet was founded it stood for something!"

Perry: "And so could you if it was 1938. But it's not 1938."

In the universe of "Batman v Superman," the Daily Planet was founded in 1938. That's the same year that the original "Action Comics #1" debuted and the world was introduced to Clark Kent and Superman. 

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It's both a subtle nod to Superman's origins and a look at how the world of journalism has changed. Perry says that Clark is too tied to long gone ideals of activism and peace. People now are drawn to darker, more visceral stories, not grandstanding ones.

It's fitting that Clark is more tied to the ideals of the era that created Superman.  

"Batman v Superman" is now in theaters. 

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