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 »

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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.

Batman Noel header

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 »

ben-affleck-argo

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 »

David Fincher

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

Affleck Late Night

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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