Ben Affleck Turned Down Directing ‘Flashpoint’

ben affleck flashpoint

Before Warner Bros. settled on the surprising directing duo of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm Flashpoint, the studio had courted Ben Affleck to direct the comic book movie. But the director and Batman actor reportedly turned down the gig.

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dc movies president

Walter Hamada, the executive behind New Line’s hugely successful horror hits like It and the Conjuring series, has been hired by Warner Bros. to save the day at its DC Films division.

Hamada has been named the DC Movies president, tasked with shepherding the embattled DC Extended Universe past the critical and commercial stumbles that climaxed with last year’s Justice League.

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Justice League reshoots

Everyone’s favorite game coming out of Justice League has been the increasingly fruitless question of “who gets credit for my favorite scene: Joss Whedon or Zack Snyder?”

Joss Whedon took over the reshoots for Justice League after director Zack Snyder had to leave the DC Extended Universe superhero ensemble due to a family tragedy. But the hoopla surrounding the reshoots, which reportedly drastically changed the film at the behest of Warner Bros., sent fans into a tizzy, with many embarking on a treasure hunt for scenes that hinted at Snyder’s “original vision.” (They couldn’t find it, and instead petitioned for a non-existent “director’s cut.”) But in the weeks since Justice League‘s release, we have learned a little more of who shot what — and the newest revelation is a little surprising.

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Kevin Feige on DC

As Thor: Ragnarok inches closer to release, more interviews are hitting the web with Marvel Studios president and uber-producer Kevin Feige. We’ve already written about his recent comments about Infinity War, Phase 4 of the MCU, and more, and we’ll have our own interview with him closer to Ragnarok’s release, but there are a few more statements he’s made in the past few days that are worth discussing – including what he thinks about DC Films and whether the eventual title of the still-untitled Avengers 4 will be a spoiler. Join me for a new batch of “Feige Bits.”
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darren aronofsky batman

Darren Aronofsky‘s Batman pitch was one of the famed projects stewing in development hell for years, cast aside by Warner Bros. executives for being too dark a take on a property that generally attracts families. The project, which Aronofsky worked on with Batman: Year One writer Frank Miller in 1999, envisioned an R-rated Batman who grew up on the streets, fighting villains in a ski mask and wielding brass knuckles.

But Aronofsky didn’t get his chance to do his “Travis Bickle”-style Batman, and the Caped Crusader got his gritty, realistic reboot with Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins instead. But with Aronofsky on his mother! press tour, questions about his Batman project keep coming up, and he revealed who he would have cast if his film had come to pass.

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets a Patty Jenkins-Approved Writer


Wonder Woman No Man's Land

Wonder Woman 2 is adding another writer to pen the script alongside Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns.

Dave Callaham, who co-wrote The Expendables and has worked with Jenkins on the upcoming movie Jackpot, is joining the Wonder Woman writing team.

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Suicide Squad 2 director

After a lengthy search, Warner Bros. and DC Films have finally hired a director for Suicide Squad 2: Gavin O’Connor, the man behind movies like The Accountant, Miracle, and Pride and Glory. Find out more about the new Suicide Squad 2 director below.
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joker origin movie

If you for some reason thought that the Joker origin movie would be a lighthearted romp filled with fun and laughter, you’d be wrong.

Nothing screams “dark” like a Joker movie that has already been described as “a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City.” So really, this story is just adding to what we already assumed when this project was initially announced.

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shazam actor

Superheroes often have to balance alter egos — the face they show to the public, and the facade they fight evil with in order to protect their loved ones. It’s a fascinating Jekyll and Hyde dynamic that goes on almost every superhero — except for the majority of the Avengers, who fight with their identities out in broad daylight.

But what if a superhero literally had two personas, split between their public identity and their heroic one? That’s exactly what Shazam does, and how the film version plans to cast its actors, with the separation of the superpowered Shazam and Billy Batson, the kid given magical, transformative powers. It’s not quite as existential as it sounds.

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Wonder Woman in IMAX

Wonder Woman has been basking in the seemingly endless success of being Warner Bros.’ new golden child, and now it has one more exciting development before it arrives on home video: a return to IMAX theaters for a limited run.

The DC Extended Universe film is still going strong in theaters nearly three months after its release, but is no longer showing in most IMAX theaters, which features films for only two to three weeks after their release. But on the cusp of Wonder Woman‘s Blu-ray release, IMAX will bring back the female-led superhero hit.

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