Ben Affleck’s Batman Will Be “Tired and Weary”

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Zack Snyder‘s choice of teasing text from The Dark Knight Returns, as well as casting Ben Affleck, both offer huge hints of what we can expect July 17, 2015. That’s when Snyder’s DC expanding follow up to Man of Steel, likely titled Batman vs. Superman, will be released. Affleck is older than any other new Batman ever cast and in The Dark Knight Returns, Bruce Wayne is an older gentleman who has retired from crime fighting.

So we know Snyder’s Caped Crusader will be older. But how will he carry himself? Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara told investors Affleck’s Batman is “kind of tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for a while.” Read More »

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Before this Summer’s Man of Steel, Zack Snyder‘s most successful film was 300 from 2007. The visually stunning take on Frank Miller’s graphic novel grossed over $200 million domestic. The film was so influential in fact, not only is there a sequel coming out next year, but numerous others films continue to duplicate its aesthetic. Much of that was due to the work of cinematographer Larry Fong, who went on to work with Snyder on Watchmen, Sucker Punch and then with J.J. Abrams on Super 8.

Fong didn’t work with Snyder on Man of Steel (that honor went to Amir Mokri) but it seems the pair could team up again. A since-deleted update on Fong’s website listed the DP’s next project as Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. Read More »

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In the first press release announcing Batman would appear in the sequel to Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder revealed the major players from that film would return. Perry White played by Laurence Fishburne, Ma Kent played by Diane Lane and, of course, Lois Lane played by Amy Adams. That last one was crucial because her relationship with Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) had just started to blossom as that film ended.

But with a new superhero comes a new female lead. By now everyone knows Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the film, and the latest reports suggest the director is looking for a strong female love interest for the Caped Crusader. Read More »

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In the past decade, one man has been responsible for setting the mood for both Batman and Superman: Hans Zimmer. The Oscar-winning composer wrote (or co-wrote) the music for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy — Batman Begins, The Dark Knight (with James Newton Howard) and The Dark Knight Rises — as well as for Zack Snyder‘s Superman film, Man of Steel.

That puts the composer in a unique position, because the next DC film will be 2015′s Batman vs. Superman. It’ll take a character Zimmer has thoroughly explored and pit him against one he’s just starting to help voice. At a recent event, Zimmer was posed with the question about possibly scoring Snyder’s upcoming film and gave a very interesting answer. Read More »

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If you had questions about the portrayal of Superman as a hero in Man of Steel, you’re going to be interested in the latest comments from director Zack Snyder. The film concludes with a battle in Metropolis, during which Superman and General Zod pummel the hell out of one another, and in so doing destroy massive sections of the city. The aftermath looks recognizably like a real-life war zone.

For months, people have argued over whether or not Metropolis had been evacuated prior to the battle. If it wasn’t, then scores of people must have been killed in the battle. But if people had been killed we would have seen them in the film, right? We don’t see them, ergo there are no dead people. (And what of the idea that we would have seen an evacuation happen?) I got the impression that there are mass casualties, and the fact that the “hero” of the film did nothing to try to avert them was a source of conversation afterward.

Now comments from Zack Snyder suggest that, indeed, loads of people were smushed in Metropolis, all to enahance some sense of myth. Read More »

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Will Film in Michigan

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Detroit residents woke up to some pretty exciting news Thursday morning. Batman and Superman are coming to town. The Michigan Film Office confirmed the July 17, 2015 sequel Batman vs. Superman, directed by Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, has been approved for $35 million in state tax incentives. It’ll shoot in Detroit, Michigan, and some surrounding areas in the state, during the first quarter of 2014. Read More »

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That sound you just heard was Pandora’s Box opening. Yes, the flood gates have officially opened — and opened wide — on fan reactions and mashups for Zack Snyder‘s July 17, 2015 film Batman vs. Superman. All we officially know about the film is the cast from Man of Steel, including Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, will be back, and Ben Affleck will join them as Batman. Bryan Cranston has been rumored to be playing Lex Luthor. No matter what you read, however, that is nothing more than a rumor at this point.

Still, it’s a fun rumor and it adds a third dimension to a viral movie trailer that’s making the rounds. YouTube user Soylent Brak 1 took footage from Man of Steel, Elysium, Breaking Bad and more, and put it together into a pretty convincing early look at what Batman vs. Superman could be.  Read More »

How Ben Affleck Was Cast as Batman

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After the stunned reaction to Thursday night’s news of Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman, everyone was filled with questions. Plenty about the film itself, of course, including Affleck as well as director Zack Snyder‘s take on the character, but the behind the scenes stuff too. Like how did Warner Bros. keep a bombshell like this so quiet? How long did Affleck know, and will he play the character for more than one film?

The race for that story was likely very competitive Friday, and the winner is The Hollywood Reporter. They’ve got the first insider’s take on how Ben Affleck became the new Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman. Read More »

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