Posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice garnered mixed reactions overall, to put it gently, Ben Affleck‘s Batman was a hit with fans and critics alike. It’s no surprise that DC is planning a solo outing for the character, or that it’s already one of the most highly anticipated projects on the DC Extended Universe slate. (Never mind that it doesn’t even have a release date at this point.)
As of right now, however, we don’t know a whole lot about what the film’s actually going to be. And if you were hoping a look into the comics canon might provide some answers, think again. In a recent interview, Affleck revealed that the Batman solo movie will probably be an “original story,” rather than a direct adaptation of a familiar storyline. Read Affleck’s comments on the Batman story below. Read More »
Director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) last boarded a moving train with Jane Got a Gun, a project that was plagued with problems before he arrived on set. The Western quickly disappeared from theaters this year, but it’s hard to blame O’Connor, who typically delivers quality dramas. The director’s new film, The Accountant, opens in theaters later this year. The thriller stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow.
Watch The Accountant trailer below.
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As the newest big-screen iteration of Batman, Ben Affleck already plays a key role in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. Affleck’s Dark Knight made his debut in this spring’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will be back onscreen for this summer’s Suicide Squad, and then he’ll get his own solo movie in the not-too-distant future with Affleck himself behind the camera.
And as if all that weren’t enough, Affleck is now digging even deeper into the future of the franchise. The two-time Oscar winner has signed on to executive produce the upcoming Justice League movie, which he’s already starring in for director Zack Snyder. Read More »
The DC Comics film universe seems to be pretty shaky right now, with The Flash director Seth Grahame-Smith departing and Aquaman director James Wan rumored to potentially leave as well. This all seems to stem from Warner Bros. becoming more hands-on with the DC Comics films after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t live up to their expectations on a number of levels. But the one DC Comics movie that seems like a sure thing for the studio is Ben Affleck‘s solo Batman movie.
CinemaCon brought confirmation that Ben Affleck would star in and possibly direct the film that he is collaborating on with producer Geoff Johns. As of now, we don’t know when the film will hit theaters, but with Ben Affleck’s grizzled version of The Dark Knight being one of the best things to come out of Batman v Superman, fans are very excited to see what the Argo director will do with the superhero.
Now a new rumor gives a few details about what Affleck and Johns have in store, and it involves bringing a bunch of iconic Batman villains into the mix. Find out more about the Ben Affleck Batman movie villain roster after the jump. Read More »
Even though production on Justice League is underway across the pond in London, we still haven’t confirmed the full cast for the first big screen assembly of DC Comics most iconic superheroes. It’s a forgone conclusion that Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa will all be back as Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. It’s also probably likely that Henry Cavill will be back as Superman, though considering the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, maybe he’ll sit the first part of Justice League out.
Now one more member of the supporting cast has been revealed with Jeremy Irons coming back as Alfred, presumably offering guidance and assistance to The Dark Knight as he attempts to round up the other superheroes for Justice League. Read More »
Last week, I wrote about how the Superman of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice compared to the original incarnation of the character who was introduced in the pages of Action Comics in 1938. In a nutshell, neither version lined up with the popular vision of the character. Golden Age Superman and Zack Snyder‘s Superman are not the Superman the public knows. Seeing how each depiction diverges from the norm made for a compelling personal study.
And since we’re still talking about this movie, I figured I might as well give the same treatment to Ben Affleck‘s Batman and compare his take to the original Golden Age version, who debuted in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939 via the pen of writer Bill Finger and the pencil of artist Bob Kane. As with the previous Superman article, I based all of these observations on a reading of the first year of Batman stories. And as with that previous article, the character on display here is far from the character we know and love. And also like that previous article, this is not intended to be a defense of how Zack Snyder depicts Batman (so much of it rubs me the wrong way), but rather a peek down the pop culture history rabbit hole.
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Ben Affleck proved to be an excellent Bruce Wayne. Even some of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s harshest critics admitted the actor was suited for the role. We got an angrier, more vulnerable and more damaged Bruce Wayne. As depicted in the film, this version of Bruce Wayne has plenty to be angry about. In a new interview, Snyder discusses one particularly painful moment in Batman’s backstory.
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Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’ve had a lot of negative things to say about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice over the past few weeks, but everyone seems to agree that Ben Affleck is the least of the film’s problems. I’d argue that, under the right circumstances, he could be the best cinematic Batman yet. Someone just has to give him the right material.
And that someone could very well be Affleck himself. We learned last year that Affleck was looking to direct and star in a solo Batman movie and now, we’ve learned that he’s apparently already written a solo film for his take on the Caped Crusader.
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It seems like there’s a huge divide between film critics and general audiences when it comes to their enjoyment of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, if you look at what some of the viewers who enjoyed the film have to say, including the more hardcore comic book fans, you’ll see that they have many of the same complaints that critics wrote in their reviews.
In my personal opinion, while there’s a visual feast to be had, and plenty of blockbuster spectacle, the story lacks focus, is packed with far too much disjointed set up for future movies, and has a real problem with taking itself too seriously, despite the studio trying to paint it as an “an enjoyable afternoon at the movies.” That’s not to say it’s not enjoyable at all, as it has plenty of great cinematic moments, but they just don’t add up to a truly fantastic movie.
Still, if you’re still of the opinion that there is a divide between fans and critics, how about we hear from someone who is not only a huge comic book fan, but also has an unfavorable relationship with critics: Kevin Smith. The filmmaker, who is also good friends with new Batman Ben Affleck, doesn’t seem to be pleased with the movie Zack Snyder made. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last summer — close to a year before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters — word got around that Ben Affleck would star in and direct a solo Batman movie with DC’s Geoff Johns co-writing. For its part, Warner Bros. has been pretty quiet about the project, perhaps because they wanted to see how Affleck’s Batman would be received before announcing anything official.
But new comments by Affleck seem to back up those earlier reports. While the actor/director doesn’t confirm outright that he’s collaborating with Johns on a solo movie, he does reveal they’re working on a mysterious “something” together. Read More »