Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

Development of the first standalone Batman movie featuring Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight has been somewhat difficult recently. After being attached to helm the movie for months, Ben Affleck pulled out of the project as director and has since handed off duties to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves.

This change behind the scenes has created a production delay for The Batman (which still hasn’t been confirmed as the official title) as the script is being rewritten from scratch. This explains why previously announced star Joe Manganiello, who was meant to play the villain Deathstroke, no longer sounds very certain about his role in the movie.

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Kong Skull Island Alternate Opening

Kong: Skull Island had quite the legacy to live up to after being based on one of the most highly regarded classic films of all time, not to mention following up Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake which was at the very least a crowning technical achievement, even if you weren’t moved by the epic approach to the movie monster’s story. Thankfully, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts created something completely different that was able to stand on its own two feet, rather literally when you consider that this new Kong is a giant biped. And to make sure everyone understood that, he almost opened the movie by throwing some shade at the King that came before it.

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The Matrix Reboot Details

The internet got into a tizzy earlier this week when news came that Warner Bros. Pictures was considering some kind of reboot of The Matrix. The initial report indicated that it wasn’t clear what form this project would take, but many assumed that The Matrix reboot was just going to retread the same story of the original movie. Those who thought more outside the box understood that the studio was approaching The Matrix universe in the same way that Disney and Lucasfilm are approaching Star Wars with movies like Rogue One.

Zak Penn is the writer tasked with scripting whatever this new project set in the world of The Matrix will be, and he recently took to Twitter to clarify that The Matrix reboot isn’t really a reboot at all. Find out more below. Read More »

Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL

After Hans Zimmer completed his work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he shared the news that he was no longer scoring comic book movies. “[Batman v Superman] was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language,” he told BBC Hardtalk. “I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you; to me, it was 11 years of my life.” A part of the reason why he might’ve struggled to find a new language is because, during those 11 years, he was inspired by what Christian Bale brought to Batman.

Below, learn more about why we won’t have the pleasure of experiencing more Hans Zimmer Batman scores.

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Green Lantern Corps Director

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment already have Aquaman shooting this year, taking the December release date vacated by Avatar 2. But they also hope to have another piece of the DC Expanded Universe in front of cameras before the end of the year. One of the less likely options was Green Lantern Corps, a film that doesn’t have a director (just like The Flash), but there may be one waiting in the wings.

A new rumor indicates that Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice writer David S. Goyer, who is co-writing Green Lantern Corps with Justin Rhodes, might end up directing Green Lantern CorpsRead More »

DC Films Logo

As of now, Aquaman is the only DC Comics movie that’s set to go into production for Warner Bros. Pictures this year. However, with a full slate of films announced to be in development, the studio is hoping to get at least one more film in the DC Expanded Universe going in 2017. Since The Batman is now delayed, there are five other possibilities, but which one will get the green light? Let’s sort through our options.
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Aquaman

Warner Bros is shifting the release of James Wan’s Aquaman, pushing the DC comics adaptation back two months to Christmas 2018. Find out moire details about the new Aquaman release date, after the jump.

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the matrix reboot

The film industry has been all about chasing trends since its earliest days. So when something works, everyone making movies can’t help but pause and take note and wonder “Okay, that’s cool – how do we do that?”

We saw this happen most recently with Marvel Studios and their “shared universe,” where various characters exist under one larger franchise and can influence each other’s movies. It was seismic. Everyone wanted in on that business. And that brings us to a new trend peaking out over the horizon, one that feels very much like a continuation of the shared universe concept: the in-universe spin-off (or whatever everyone decides it should be called).

So let’s take another look at the reboot of The Matrix Warner Bros. is apparently working on right now. In fact, maybe we can throw out the word “reboot,” which is sooo 2005. It’s entirely possible that the studio is eyeing Disney’s new Star Wars model…and that the gears are turning.

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The Matrix Reboot

When news hit that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of rebooting The Matrix, the world groaned as one. Is no film safe? Not if it’s over 10 years old, it appears.

A reboot of what’s almost universally regarded as a terrific, trend-setting film is a genuinely terrible idea, especially since the Wachowskis aren’t even involved. But the universe of the Matrix can certainly be mined for more stories. The comics and The Animatrix prove that there are dozens of tales to be told about the nature of reality, of the struggle of man versus machine, of what makes humanity human. While we probably would have been much better off with The Animatrix 2 instead, Warner Bros. surely wants another franchise that they alone control, similar to what Star Wars has done. Thus, a reboot.

There might not be any way to dodge what we have coming at us, but there’s a way to mitigate the damage. Here are 12 directors we think could actually give us an interesting take on the film. Here are filmmakers that may actually do the impossible and make us excited about a new Matrix movie.

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Kong Skull Island Trailer

In today’s edition of sequel bits:

  • The new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales international poster.
  • Jokes about a Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) prequel to Kong: Skull Island.
  • M. Night Shyamalan provides an update on Split 2.
  • Director J.A. Bayona and executive producer/co-writer Colin Trevorrow enjoying themselves on the set of the Untitled Jurassic World sequel.
  • A theory about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘s Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).
  • Seth Rogen on why a Sausage Party 2 is unlikely.

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