Justice League

It’s a very quiet week in entertainment news, as the movie studios are all seemingly stepping aside to allow Disney to do their thing at Star Wars Celebration over the next few days. But the Warner Bros. marketing team isn’t letting this week go by without throwing a tiny bone to fans of the DC Extended Universe, so they’ve released a teaser poster for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. This poster, though…there’s something strange about it.
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Justice League Trailer

Following a barrage of new posters and trailer teasers, the new Justice League trailer is finally here.

Zack Snyder is back as director to bring DC Comics’ biggest superheroes together as a team for the first time on the big screen. Though Superman (Henry Cavill) is still in the ground, we know at some point he’ll be back to join the rest of the superhero squad. In the meantime, Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) are left to face threats to the world themselves, and according to Bruce Wayne’s Knightmare vision from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, eventually that will include Superman himself.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Watch the new Justice League trailer after the jump. 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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Ben Affleck Batman

UPDATE 2/23/17: It looks like Matt Reeves will be directing The Batman after all. Warner Bros. officially announced the hire today, with president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich saying they were “thrilled” with the decision. The press release (which you can read here) oddly does not mention Ben Affleck, even though he officially remains on board to produce and star, but Erik Davis has confirmation from the studio that Affleck is still set to play Batman.

Our original story from 2/10/17 (with our update from 2/17/17) follows.
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Rumor: Ben Affleck Doesn’t Want to Be Batman Anymore

Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

As soon as Ben Affleck announced that he no longer planned to direct Warner Bros.’ solo Batman movie, speculation began to swirl that he might step down from the starring role as well. After all, things aren’t looking terribly promising for the DCEU right now and Affleck has seemed frustrated by the pressure and hype surrounding this very high-profile role. Now, right on time, comes a rumor claiming just that — that Affleck would very much like out of the franchise, preferably before that planned solo movie.

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Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Release Date

From the outside looking in, just about every major film production looks like a total disaster. The world of movie news isn’t always kind to films that showcase growing pains as they come together – when you don’t have the full story, everything is a sign of serious trouble to come. This was the case with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year and it’s now the case with Warner Bros.’ The Batman. We still don’t know exactly why Ben Affleck vacated the director’s seat, but the internet immediately assumed the worst because that is what the internet does.

So how about some positive buzz for once? Specifically, it seems that the latest draft of The Batman has arrived and everyone is happy with what they’re seeing.

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The Batman Script Development

Since Ben Affleck announced his departure as director from The Batman at Warner Bros. Pictures, fans have been worried about the future of The Dark Knight on the big screen. Rumors are swirling of more trouble behind the scenes that meets the eye, and the studio isn’t doing much to quell those fears. Now new details have surfaced which indicate the studio is trying to figure out what to do in the wake of Ben Affleck’s step back from the creative process.

Many of the details regarding The Batman have been under tight wraps, but now new information reveals that Deathstroke (played by Joe Manganiello) wasn’t the only villain who would appear in the movie. The question is just how much of the original story will be kept once a new director comes on board. Find out more about The Batman script development after the jump. Read More »

Kevin Smith - Why Ben Affleck Left The Batman

Kevin Smith may not be everyone’s favorite filmmaker, but the guy has decades’ worth of experience working in the industry. As a filmmaker, Smith sees how the business side operates, and he’s been involved in the early stages of development on some attempted blockbusters. He’s also had bit parts in a few of them, as well as directed a couple episodes of shows like The Flash and Supergirl recently. That’s why everyone now and then, listening to what he has to say can be very valuable.

In the case of the news regarding Ben Affleck no longer directing The Batman, listening to Smith has even more advantages. First, Smith is a huge Batman fan just like millions of you out there; he even has a podcast dedicated to it called Fatman on Batman. Second, he’s known Ben Affleck for years professionally and personally (even though they haven’t talked in quite awhile, thanks to a rift created by the actor’s relationship with Jennifer Garner). So when Smith theorizes as to why Affleck might have turned down directing The Batman after working on it for a couple years, what he says just might hold some weight.

Find out what Kevin Smith says about why Ben Affleck left The Batman after the jump. Read More »

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne

The news that Ben Affleck would no longer direct Warner Bros.’ solo Batman movie came as something of a surprise, particularly since we knew he’d already put considerable time and effort into it. As far back as 2015, there were reports that he was writing the script with Geoff Johns. And more recently, it turns out, Affleck had even brought in his Argo writer Chris Terrio for additional help.  Read More »

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the batman director

Yesterday, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman. One day, someone is going to write a book explaining exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. that led to this revolving door of filmmakers on all of their projects. We’ll surely know someday. But not today.

So today is a day of speculation. As Matt Reeves and Mat Ross emerge as apparent frontrunners, it’s time to do that thing where we make a list of people who should direct the next Batman movie. Some of these names are totally plausible. Some are wishful thinking. Others are here just because the thought of them directing a big-budget superhero movie makes me giggle uncontrollably. Most of all, this an excuse for us to just goof off and daydream while Warner Bros. figures everything out.

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