the batman director

Yesterday, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman. One day, someone is going to write a book explaining exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. that led to this revolving door of filmmakers on all of their projects. We’ll surely know someday. But not today.

So today is a day of speculation. As Matt Reeves and Mat Ross emerge as apparent frontrunners, it’s time to do that thing where we make a list of people who should direct the next Batman movie. Some of these names are totally plausible. Some are wishful thinking. Others are here just because the thought of them directing a big-budget superhero movie makes me giggle uncontrollably. Most of all, this an excuse for us to just goof off and daydream while Warner Bros. figures everything out.

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‘Logan’ Images: X-23 Unleashes the Fury

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The latest trailer for Logan continued to help make James Mangold‘s film stand out from the herd. Everything we’ve seen so far from the R-rated comic book movie implies what Mangold has been saying all along: this isn’t your average superhero movie.  Hugh Jackman recently described Logan as a slightly more violent Little Miss Sunshine, which isn’t the typical go-to reference for most comic book movies.

Below, check out some new Logan images.

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UPDATE: The MPAA has officially given Logan an R-rating. We have added the details below.

Readers of the X-Men comics have gotten used to the concept of alternate timelines and diverging universes where familiar characters take on unfamiliar existences and events that would never happen in actual canon totally happen. The famous Old Man Logan storyline, one of the building blocks for director James Mangold‘s Logan, is one of those stories, taking place in a dystopian future where the villains have won and Wolverine attempts to survive in a world without heroes.

So it’s only appropriate that Hugh Jackman, set to play the adamantium-clawed hero for the ninth (and supposedly final) time on screen, says that Logan takes place in an alternate universe that is not beholden to the rules and continuity of the other X-Men movies.

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James Mangold interview / directing The Wolverine

James Mangold‘s Logan is already looking like one of the most promising superhero movies of 2017, and that’s really saying something in a year that also brings Spider-Man: HomecomingJustice League, and so many others. The day after 20th Century Fox screened the first act of the movie, I had the chance to sit down with Mangold. He discussed how “exciting” it was to make a comic book movie for adults, what it was like to shoot Hugh Jackman‘s very last scene as Wolverine, what makes Logan original, and more.

Watch our James Mangold interview below.  Read More »

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The sun is setting on Hugh Jackman‘s tenure as Wolverine (well, assuming Ryan Reynolds can’t coax him back for a Deadpool crossover), but he’s not going out quietly. The former X-Man may be older and grayer in Logan — and thanks to the decline of his mutant powers, he’s in a state of chronic pain that he self-medicates with booze. But he’s still got the ability to unleash hell when the situation calls for it, and he finds himself compelled to do just that when he meets Laura (Dafne Keen), a young mutant who needs his help.

The latest Logan trailer from 20th Century Fox offers just a little taste of the fight to come, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Logan Score Preview

It’s no secret that a new Logan trailer is coming soon. 20th Century Fox is sending out the frames of the trailer to some lucky fans to assemble online (they’re on the way already), and the new glimpse at the Wolverine sequel should be coming shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, director James Mangold is holding fans over with some new images from the set featuring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and franchise newcomer Dafne Keen as X-23. Plus, he’s also release a snippet of the score from The Wolverine composer Marco Beltrami (not Cliff Martinez), and it sounds rather haunting and frantic.

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Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” served as the perfect soundtrack for that first Logan trailer released last fall, capturing the film’s melancholy tone and gritty vibe. But what about the film itself? What kind of music will we be listening to while Hugh Jackman hacks and slashes his way through one last Wolverine movie?

Previously, the word was that Cliff Martinez (Drive) would be scoring the X-Men spinoff. However, we’re now hearing that he’s quietly dropped out and been replaced by Marco Beltrami, who worked with Logan director James Mangold on The Wolverine and 3:10 to Yuma. More on the new Logan composer below.  Read More »

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As we’re all aware by now, Logan is Hugh Jackman‘s very last film as Wolverine — a role he’s been playing for a decade and a half now, starting with 2000’s X-Men. That fact adds an extra layer of poignancy to what already looks like a very bittersweet film, which in turn should make this movie even more of a must-see for fans. So the 20th Century Fox marketing team is leaning into it, hard, with a new Logan poster and a new Logan poster that literally show the sun setting on Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine. Check ’em out below.  Read More »

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Deadpool definitively proved that an R-rated superhero can make money. But just because the Merc managed to somersault over box office records doesn’t mean there’s no risk involved. Apparently 20th Century Fox was still a little apprehensive about the notion of making Logan an R-rated feature. So Hugh Jackman decided to make things a little easier for them. According to Logan director James Mangold, the actor agreed to a pay cut in exchange for the opportunity to make an R-rated Wolverine movie.  Read More »

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Richard E. Grant’s ‘Logan’ Villain Revealed

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Aside from that spectacular trailer, we know precious little about Logan, the tenth movie in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series and the swan song for Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine. What we do know has been fed to us via social media, with those involved in the production of the film offering little tidbits here and there.

The latest morsel comes from Mr. Jackman himself, who took to Twitter to share a new look at Richard E. Grant‘s character. We also have a name for the Logan villain, and you can find out what it is below.

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