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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The Flash loses director Rick Famuyiwa

It looks like Warner Bros.’ The Flash will be slowed down by its inability to hold on to a director. Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa has just dropped out of the DC superhero project citing that old dreaded standby, “creative differences.” His departure likely delays the film’s production and, subsequently, its release. Famuyiwa is actually the second director The Flash has lost in a year — he signed on in June to replace Seth Grahame-Smith, who had departed in April.  Read More »

Rumor: ‘The Flash’ Villain Will Be the Rogues

Flash Movie Villain / Ezra Miller as The Flash in Justice League

Warner Bros.’ The Flash is assembling quite a team of good guys, including Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (a.k.a. Cyborg). But a superhero movie is nothing without a supervillain. So who’ll be the one to threaten the Scarlet Speedster in his solo movie? As it turns out, the answer may be no one baddie in particular — because, rumor has it, he’ll be facing off against an entire team of supervillains known as the Rogues.  Read More »

Ray Fisher’s Cyborg to Appear in ‘The Flash’

Ray Fisher Cyborg

The upcoming Justice League sees Ezra Miller‘s The Flash teaming up with a whole bunch of other DC superheroes. And it looks like at least one of his new pals will be staying by his side for a while. A new report indicates Cyborg a.k.a. Victor Stone, played by Ray Fisher, will make an appearance in Rick Famuyiwa‘s The Flash solo movie due out in 2018. Both characters made their DC cinematic universe debuts in this spring’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will fight together in next year’s Justice League. Read More »

Kiersey Clemons in Extant

UPDATE #2: Variety confirms Kiersey Clemons has closed a deal to play female lead Iris West in Rick Famuyiwa’s The Flash. Our original story from July 8, 2016 follows.

When Warner Bros. needed a new director for The Flash, it looked to Dope and picked up filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa. And now that Warner Bros. is starting to cast The Flash, it’s borrowing from Dope again. Kiersey Clemons, who worked with Famuyiwa on that Sundance charmer, has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to play the female lead in The Flash, opposite Ezra Miller as Barry Allen.

UPDATE #1: The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit adds that Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street) are also in the running. More below. Read More »

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Warner Bros.’ The Flash has sped to a new director. Following Seth Grahame-Smith‘s departure in April, Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa is now in negotiations to direct Ezra Miller in the DC superhero film. Miller made his onscreen debut as the Scarlet Speedster this spring, with a brief cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeRead More »

‘Dope’ Returning to Theaters

New Dope Trailer

After garnering all sorts of praise at Sundance, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope opened in theaters earlier this year to disappointing numbers. Apparently audiences just weren’t interested in a coming-of-age story set in inner-city Los Angeles, against a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack.

… Except, of course, they totally were, because Straight Outta Compton is currently killing it at the box office. So Open Road is making a second play for box office gold, putting Dope back in theaters this weekend. More on the Dope re-release after the jump.  Read More »

Dope review

Note: This review was originally published during Sundance, in January 2015.

Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood.  I’m posting this review the morning after the premiere and its being reported that six studios are rabidly bidding to distribute this film — its insanely accessible movie for a Sundance film and will sure to be a hit that lives on past its festival and theatrical runs. Read my Dope review after the jump.

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You can’t make a movie like Dope without a ton of passion. Every frame, every character, every decision comes from a love not just of cinema, but for pop culture as a whole. The film’s writer and director Rick Famuyiwa is a massive film fan and geek who cites Spielberg, Lucas, and calls Back to the Future his favorite movie of all time.

However, looking as Famuyiwa’s resume, odds are you didn’t know any of that. Before making Dope, he directed The Wood, Brown Sugar and Our Family Wedding. Three financially successful films, yes, but none of which are known for Dope‘s sense of youthful exuberance. It feels like, after that formidable foray into filmmaking, Famuyiwa is finally hitting his stride. Dope is a confident film, a fun film, and a great film to discuss.

Which is exactly what we did. We spoke with Famyuiwa on the occasion of Dope, which opens Friday June 19, and talked about the film’s complex tone. Its use of pop culture references, issues with music, how it changed from its Sundance premiere to now, as well as the meaning of “geek” in the film. We broke down two of the best sequences in the movie and found out whether or not the director has been approached to make any major studio blockbusters. Below, read our Rick Famuyiwa Dope interview. Read More »

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Dope Red Band Trailer

If it seems like we’ve been pushing a lot of Dope trailers the past couple months, that’s because we firmly believe that everyone needs to see this fantastic indie teen comedy when it hits theaters starting next week.

The sensation from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is a refreshing coming-of-age adventure from the inner-city, and it’s the kind of indie we always hope to discover on the festival circuit. So here we are with a second red band trailer showing off the lively and fun film from writer and director Rick Famuyiwa. Imagine taking Superbad and setting it in tough, urban Los Angeles, and you begin to have an idea of what Dope is like, but it also stands on its own merits. Watch the second Dope red band trailer after the jump! Read More »