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 »

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 »

Ben Affleck Is Not in a Rush to Make His Batman Movie

Ben Affleck Batman

It seems pretty clear that Warner Bros. would like to get Ben Affleck‘s Batman movie out sooner rather than later, ideally before Justice League 2. But as far as Affleck is concerned, there’s no need to rush. During a recent interview, he insisted that he has no interest in “reverse-engineering” the movie to hit a release date, stressing that he’s more concerned about finding “the right story” before he proceeds.  Read More »

Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Release Date

For awhile now, Warner Bros. Pictures has had their release slate for the DC Extended Universe locked down for the next few years with some minor changes here and tehre. However, there has been another change made to the schedule in order to accommodate a movie that wasn’t part of the original ambitious schedule for DC Comics movies down the pipeline.

Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice all the way back in August of 2013, but it wasn’t until the following summer that we got word of Warner Bros. developing a new solo Batman movie. Since then the movie has grown to be quite an anticipated project with Ben Affleck working on the script with DC’s Geoff Johns as well as getting behind the camera as director.

Now we have an idea of when to expect Ben Affleck’s movie, reportedly titled The Batman, in theaters, because one of DC’s scheduled superhero movies is being pushed back for it. Find out more about Ben Affleck’s Batman movie release date below. Read More »

Live By Night Trailer

Next week brings the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and there are so many movies desperate to get promotion in front of the huge audience going to see the Harry Potter spin-off. And it seems Warner Bros. Pictures will be taking advantage of that by releasing a new trailer for Ben Affleck‘s latest directorial effort Live By Night.

Watch the new Live By Night trailer after the jump. Read More »

Joe Manganiello Defends The Batman

Last week, a troubling rumor arose about the state of the script for Ben Affleck‘s developing The Batman (or whatever it ends up being called), thanks to some secondhand information from Bret Easton Ellis. After what he said spread on the internet like wildfire, he walked back his statements, making sure to reiterate that all this information was from people who aren’t directly tied to the project. Now we have word from someone who will be a key part of the project pushing expectations the other way.

Joe Manganiello has been confirmed to play the villain Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, and while making a guest appearance on a podcast recently, he talked about what convinced him to get involved, and what fans can expect from the forthcoming outing for The Dark Knight. Read More »

Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman

Despite the fact that we don’t actually know when it’s coming, Ben Affleck‘s The Batman has looked like one of the more promising films on Warner Bros.’ DC slate. Not only was Affleck one of the highlights of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he’s also planning to direct the film himself. Affleck’s been saying all the right things about the project, too, talking up his collaboration with Geoff Johns and emphasizing that they’re taking the time to get it right.

But if American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis is to be believed, fans may want to temper their expectations. According to Ellis, Affleck’s The Batman script is a total mess. And even worse, he claims Warner Bros. doesn’t care to bother fixing it.

UPDATE: Ellis has since clarified his comments about The Batman. See what he had to say below. Read More »

frank miller's batman movie idea

The Batman is in good hands right now. Putting aside whatever you think of Zack Snyder‘s portrayal of the character, it’s Ben Affleck who has the keys to Batman franchise. The director of Gone Baby GoneThe Town, and Argo is making the next Batman film, so there’s reason to look forward to the future of these movies. We still don’t fully know what to expect from Affleck’s vision for Batman, but we do know what the franchise would look like if The Dark Knight Returns writer Frank Miller had his druthers.

Below, learn Frank Miller’s Batman movie idea.

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Warner Bros. still has not announced an official release date for the solo Batman movie that may or may not be titled The Batman, but it sounds like they’re zeroing in on a start date. Actor Joe Manganiello, who’ll play the villain Deathstroke in the film, reveals shooting will begin next year with star and director Ben AffleckRead More »