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Sorry, MARVEL. Despite my massive love for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and all the care that my friends at Disney have been putting into their big screen adaptations, when it comes to comics, I grew up a DC kid. SUPERMAN and BATMAN were always my favorites as a kid, and they're still my favorites today. That said, following a cellphone leak of a subtitled trailer ahead of Monday's special IMAX event, Warner Bros has taken appropriate measures with the official online release of the first teaser for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. With Henry Cavill reprising his role as the MAN OF STEEL, and Ben Affleck picking up the cowl as THE DARK KNIGHT, the film sets the stage for the forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE film. Based on the two minutes seen here - I like it. I enjoy the darkness... the bleakness... and the way that Director Zack Snyder continues the path carved by his first SUPERMAN effort by emphasizing the foreign - alien - nature of Kal-El. Borrowing from Christopher Nolan's Bat-world, remember when Harvey Dent pointed out that "the night is always darkest just before dawn?" I think that applies here. Take a look...

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With just over a year to go until Warner Bros.' BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE comes to theaters, there's still plenty of time to speculate just how this superhero rumble will play out. One theory that's recently hit the web comes in the form of a fan-made video by BrickFlix utilizing the ever-popular LEGO style. What does Ben Affleck (still "the bomb in PHANTOMS, yo!") have to do with this Gotham City smackdown? You'll have to watch the video and see for yourself.

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BvSAs a kid who grew up on SUPERMAN as his #1 hero (though eventually, BATMAN took over), I loved Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL. Now, with BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE on the way, we're about to see SUPERMAN team-up with a new BATMAN, along with WONDER WOMAN and potentially a whole lot of other heroes as the JUSTICE LEAGUE takes shape. With filming taking place in Michigan right now, it's likely the "spy" pics are coming, and with that, Warner Bros. has released the first image of Henry Cavill as SUPERMAN from the new film. The costume has some tweaks, too - making it a lot closer to the comic books, with little flourishes and details making it different... yet the same. See the photo below, which was provided via Warner Bros. Entertainment. Credit goes out to Clay Enos for the shot (and click for Super high-res)...

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It's official - filming has begun in the Metro Detroit area on Warner Bros. Pictures' much-anticipated MAN OF STEEL follow-up, BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Directed by Zack Snyder, BvS stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. More from the official announcement can be found below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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I just had a major flashback to 2004. It was a decade ago(!), that I and a group of close friends, then-known as a ragtag band of independent troublemakers filmmakers that used the streets of Waukegan, Illinois as our personal backlot, paid a visit to the set of Christopher Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS. It was then that they'd come to film part of the epic "Chase to the Batcave" scene on the never-completed Amstutz Expressway - the famed "road to nowhere" used as a filming location for THE BLUES BROTHERS, GROUNDHOG DAY, and countless other film and television projects. Armed with a MiniDV camera, we provided (via IGN) the Internet one of it's first-looks at The Tumblr, the functional, real-world Batmobile (though never officially called that) that would feature so heavily in Nolan's DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY. But that was 2004, and here we are again for 2014...

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The Chicago Children's Theatre is answering the call for live theater for kids of all ages, with the addition of their Later Stages series. Launching this may, concurrent with it's presentation of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND OTHER ERIC CARLE STORIES, SUPERMAN 2050 and LULA del REY will be presented for ages 8 and up. Check out the details below...

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