Ben Affleck No Longer Directing Batman

Ben Affleck not directing Batman

Even before Ben Affleck made his DC debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the plan has been for him to direct and star in a solo Batman movie. Over the past few months, talk about the project really began to heat up, and we were wondering if he was gearing up to get behind the camera sometime this year. But it looks like that’s no longer happening.

Affleck has officially announced that he no longer plans to direct the movie — although he still plans to star as the Caped Crusader, just under a different director. Read Affleck’s comments below.

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Ben Affleck / Live By Night box office

Live By Night probably sounded good on paper. Ben Affleck‘s last three directorial efforts were all well received, with Argo even snagging Best Picture in 2013, and Affleck’s career as a star is burning bright as ever thanks to Batman. All of which would have made Live By Night seem like a solid next step, possibly even an awards contender. But the gangster drama didn’t just disappoint — it flat-out flopped, and now Warner Bros. is looking at a reported $75 million loss on the movie.  Read More »

Justice League

The DC Extended Universe has been off to a rocky start, to put it mildly. Yes, their films have made money, but the audience reactions to Man of SteelBatman v Superman, and Suicide Squad have been divided at best. Still, they’ve got a few promising projects coming up on the slate including Justice League and The Batman. And those involved with the franchise would really, really like you to know that they’re going to be good.

In a new interview, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall talks up Justice League as “much more fun” and “much poppier” than its somber predecessors. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck reassures fans that, yes, he’s still planning to direct The BatmanRead More »

New ‘Justice League’ Photo Unites the Team

Justice League photo

We’ve already met all the individual members of the Justice League, but there’s still something thrilling about seeing all of them together. The latest official still from this fall’s superhero team-up features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), standing side by side and looking ready for action. Check it out below.
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Casey Affleck's Jersey Girl Review

Though plenty of people make jokes at the expense of Kevin Smith nowadays, more often than not the filmmaker is first to poke fun at himself, especially with regards to the kinds of movies he makes. One of his favorite targets from his own career is Jersey Girl, a film released in the spring of 2004 that didn’t get very good reviews and only earned $36 million at the box office on a budget of $35 million.

However, before Kevin Smith was able to poke fun at his own film, he was nervous about how it would be received. One person who got an early look at the movie, over a year before it would be released, was Smith’s longtime friend Casey Affleck. He saw the film in January of 2003 and decided to e-mail a review to Kevin Smith. It’s pretty funny, and it might be harsher than anything Smith has said about his own movie.

Read Casey Affleck’s Jersey Girl review below. Read More »

Ben Affleck's Batman Movie

Another day, another remark from Ben Affleck has come regarding the state of development on what is meant to be he first turn directing himself as The Dark Knight in the DC Extended Universe movie that may or may not be called The Batman.

Ben Affleck has consistently said that he wouldn’t direct a solo Batman movie unless the script was good, but more recently he sounded a bit more optimistic. However, now I’m starting to wonder if Affleck is just messing with film journalists, because he’s back to saying the project and his involvement is on unstable ground. Read More »

Justice League Cast

Since we’re coming to the end of 2016, movie studios are starting to push a preview of what’s in store for the big screen in 2017, especially on the blockbuster front. It’s going to be another crowded summer, but one of the more anticipated movies of the year won’t be arriving until this fall, and that’s Justice League. But that’s not stopping Warner Bros. Pictures from stirring up some hype.

Even though we have still a little under 11 months away from the release of Justice League, the studios included mention of the movie in their 2017 movie preview press kit. Within their brief bit of information on the superhero ensemble movie, they included one cast member who hadn’t yet been confirmed by the studio, and one that we hadn’t heard of at all yet.

Find out about the new Justice League cast details after the jump. Read More »

Live by Night

On paper, Live By Night has all the markings of an awards contender. It’s directed by Ben Affleck, whose Gone Baby GoneThe Town, and Argo were all very well received, and it’s based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, whose works have also inspired The DropShutter IslandMystic River, and the aformentioned Gone Baby Gone. But the buzz has been curiously muted on this one, even as we get right into the thick of prestige-pic season.

Until now, that is. The first reviews of Live By Night are in, days ahead of the film’s Christmas Day rollout. Find out what the critics had to say about Live By Night below.

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Justice League

Earlier this year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice united a good chunk of the Justice League: Ben Affleck‘s Batman, Henry Cavill‘s Superman, and Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman. But next year’s Justice League will see them recruiting still more members, including Ezra Miller‘s The Flash. Sure, we’ve already seen the big-screen version of the Scarlet Speedster in Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, but those were mere cameos. We’ll get to know him a whole lot better in Justice League, and a new photo today offers a better look at him and his fancy costume.

See it below, along with some commentary from Miller about his character.  Read More »

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Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Release Date

Just before last weekend, we got word that the Justice League sequel that was long set for release on June 14, 2019 might be pushed back to make room for Ben Affleck‘s gestating Batman movie. However, just a couple days ago, Ben Affleck indicated that he wasn’t in a rush to start shooting because the screenplay needed to be just right.

But now we have word from Ben Affleck himself that the production is on track to start shooting in the spring. In addition, elsewhere, Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman (who was actually removed from this position late last night) confirmed a release for 2018. Though that does create a little bit of confusion with regards to the release calendar. Find out more about Ben Affleck’s Batman movie release date after the jump. Read More »