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Ben Affleck is currently enduring a grueling shoot and will follow it up by getting in the barrel for fanboy nation. Affleck is now filming Gone Girl with David Fincher and will follow it as a turn as the latest big screen Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder‘s 2015 sequel to Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman. It’s one of the most discussed and scrutinized pieces of casting in recent memory, yet Affleck has only commented on it once.

His second comments have just hit the web and he talks about having an initial hesitance toward playing the character, but getting excited at a new and “surprising” take on the hero. Read his quotes below. Read More »

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David Fincher‘s films have a very definite style, but he has developed a method of directing that seeks to wring some elements of style out of his actors’ performances. He has said, half-jokingly, “I hate earnestness in performance… usually by Take 17 the earnestness is gone,” and talked about wanting to break down scenes and dialogue to a granular level, to push performances to a point where they’re beyond second nature, to where they just happen.

The tool to achieve that, for Fincher, is the repeated take. He’s known for making actors run through a scene dozens of times. Some people respond well to that tactic, others do not. Ben Affleck, who other actors have described as passionate about his own work, and who has certainly been willing to ask unusual things of his own actors, is likely someone able to work with Fincher’s tendencies.

A good thing, as one report says that Gone Girl, the film in which Fincher is now directing Affleck, is running up more takes than is usual for the director. Read More »

Ben Affleck Speaks Out About Being Cast as Batman

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Since the announcement that Ben Affleck will play Batman in Zack Snyder‘s 2015 sequel, Batman vs. Superman, we’re heard what everyone thinks: The director, the potential composer, past Batmans, other actors, friends, and family. But there’s one person who has not yet commented. That person is Ben Affleck himself.

Affleck was on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote his new movie, Runner Runner, and finally spoke up about Batman. He spoke about his excitement, how Warner Bros. got him to do the role and how they tried, and failed, to prepare him for the inevitable Internet backlash. Watch the clip and read the quotes below. Read More »

Ben Affleck directing Argo

Ben Affleck‘s acting career has gotten a lot of attention in recent days, thanks to his surprise casting as Batman. But Affleck hasn’t lost sight of his passion for behind-the-camera work, and in fact has just signed on to direct The Middle Man.

The new project represents familiar territory for Affleck in that it’s a crime drama set in Boston, like Gone Baby Gone and The Town. What’s different about it, however, is that it’s not a film but a drama pilot for Fox. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Ben Affleck’s Batman Will Be “Tired and Weary”

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Zack Snyder‘s choice of teasing text from The Dark Knight Returns, as well as casting Ben Affleck, both offer huge hints of what we can expect July 17, 2015. That’s when Snyder’s DC expanding follow up to Man of Steel, likely titled Batman vs. Superman, will be released. Affleck is older than any other new Batman ever cast and in The Dark Knight Returns, Bruce Wayne is an older gentleman who has retired from crime fighting.

So we know Snyder’s Caped Crusader will be older. But how will he carry himself? Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara told investors Affleck’s Batman is “kind of tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for a while.” Read More »

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Who was cast as Amanda Waller in Arrow? What does Batman have to say to Ben Affleck? When does R.I.P.D. come to Blu-ray? Which spoilers were revealed in some new Thor: The Dark World literature? How can you get some free Judge Dredd comics? And how did George Clooney use Batman as career motivation? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Batman Superman

In the first press release announcing Batman would appear in the sequel to Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder revealed the major players from that film would return. Perry White played by Laurence Fishburne, Ma Kent played by Diane Lane and, of course, Lois Lane played by Amy Adams. That last one was crucial because her relationship with Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) had just started to blossom as that film ended.

But with a new superhero comes a new female lead. By now everyone knows Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the film, and the latest reports suggest the director is looking for a strong female love interest for the Caped Crusader. Read More »

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Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake are two of the most famous male celebrities going today. The former is an Oscar-winning director, screenwriter and the newly minted Batman. The latter is a multi-platinum recording artist currently on a sold out tour and recent recipient of MTV’s prestigious Video Vanguard award. Knowing all that, their first collaboration, Runner Runner, almost seems like a farce.

Directed by Brad Furman, Runner Runner tells the story of a Princeton grad student (Timberlake) who travels to Costa Rica when a gambling tycoon (Affleck) takes him for all his money. Timberlake is then seduced by excess of life in Costa Rica, only to realize that kind of life usually comes at a price.

Money, women, cars, parties, it almost sounds like the lives we imagine Timberlake and Affleck to have in the first place. But will the movie be any good? Check out the new trailer below. Read More »

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