Ben Affleck in Daredevil

Ben Affleck was not the Internet’s top pick to play Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, to put it mildly, in part because we all remember what happened the last time he donned a superhero costume. But if it’s any consolation, Affleck is just as aware as you are that Daredevil sucked, calling it “the only movie I actually regret.”

Hit the jump to read his thoughts on Daredevil, plus his comments on how his Batman “doesn’t compete” with Christian Bale’s.

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What happens when Dane DeHaan is confronted with the poster from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? How is Ben Affleck‘s Batman different from Christian Bale‘s in Batman vs. Superman? Will Harry Lennix be back for Batman vs. Superman? Is Zack Snyder already working on iconic imagery for that film? How will Ant-Man be different from other shrinking movies? Want to see some gorgeous Thor: The Dark World concept art? Does Casey Affleck understand all the Bat-sanity? And just how informed is Lou Ferrigno when it comes to upcoming Hulk movies? Read about all this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Affleck Damon Sleeper

Ben Affleck isn’t only bringing Batman to the big screen over at Warner Bros., he’s teaming up with his old pal to produce a lesser known DC Comic, too. Affleck and Matt Damon will produce an adaptation of the Ed Brubaker Vertigo comic Sleeper for the studio. Sleeper follows a man with the ability to absorb and pass along pain as he goes undercover in the world of organized crime.

Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi were circling the project back in 2008 but this current iteration will be adapted by writers Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and David Wiener (Last Resort). Read More »

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Kevin Smith moderated a chat with Zack Snyder over the weekend to promote the blu-ray release of Man of Steel, and while there wasn’t a lot of big overt news about the film, a couple of small things did end up online. One was in the fan Q&A itself, in which Snyder dropped a small reference to Lex Luthor, in a way that suggests Luthor will be in Batman vs. Superman.

And then Smith, on one of his own podcasts, said that he’s seen the new Batsuit, and promises that  it represents a new direction for Batman on film. Read More »

Robin Costume

Before Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, much of the conversation surrounded Joseph Gordon-Levitt being Robin. Rumors said “Yes,” other sources said “No,” and in the end the answer was, kind of, both. His name was Robin, but not the Batman sidekick we all remember.

Those talks are about to begin again thanks to Latino-Review. Their latest report is Batman vs. Superman, directed by Zack Snyder, will feature Dick Grayson, the real identity of Robin/Nightwing. Read More »

Jersey Boys Affleck

Briefly: Warner Bros. has just given release dates to two upcoming Oscar hopefuls. Clint Eastwood‘s musical adaptation of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will be released next summer, on June 20, 2014.

Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, will be released December 25, 2015. That means he’ll shoot it after playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman, which has a release date set for five months prior to the new Live By Night date. You can read more about the projects at those links.

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Certain core facts about Batman don’t change much from incarnation to incarnation. You can pretty much always count on his parents being dead, his alter ego being a millionaire playboy, and his costume consisting of a dramatic cape and pointy bat ears. But the details change every time he launches a new comic book miniseries or movie franchise, and Ben Affleck‘s version in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel will be no different.

While it’ll be some time yet before Warner Bros. unveils the first official look at the Batfleck, a new report suggests that a 2011 graphic novel titled Batman: Noël could hold the key to his latest look. And he isn’t the only one getting a makeover for the new film. General Motors is reportedly working on his new Batmobile, while an army of costume designers is revamping the Superman suit. Get the scoop after the jump.

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Ben Affleck is a busy guy. He’s shooting Gone Girl now, for director David Fincher, and then will put on Batman’s outfit for Zack Snyder and Batman vs. Superman. Plus, he’s got his own next directorial effort, Live By Night, ready to go forward. Or it was ready to go, before Snyder’s movie got in the way; but by the time Affleck is done with the bat-suit he should be able to get moving quickly on the Dennis Lehane adaptation.

But Affleck has other stuff in the pipeline, too, and the latest is a new, currently untitled story that is “an examination of the moral ambiguities of how philanthropy and foreign assistance veers into modern day neocolonialism.” In case that sounds too heady, it’s also an action movie. Read More »

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