The latest news for DC Comics and Warner Bros. upcoming Batman movie has stunned fans, as writer/director Matt Reeves’ film will not involve Ben Affleck.
The Justice League star has spoken at length about his departure, including an official “jersey retirement” during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, Ben Affleck only recently went into detail on the reasons behind his decision. He told IGN why he first walked away from writing and directing the film.
“That was part of the problem,” Affleck said. “We worked on the script. And I was trying to figure out how to crack it. But I was never happy enough with it where I thought it was worth going out and making it. Because I just did not want to do a version that I was not really excited by. So I still don’t know.”
Previously, the actor spoke about his attempts to make the Batman movie over two years ago, when he was still attached.
Even back then, Ben Affleck said he wouldn’t rush the film. And the Dark Knight had to be confident in the story that he was telling before moving forward.
“I do not have a script that is ready yet. My timetable is I am not going to make a movie until there is a script that I think is good. Because I have been at the end of the things when you make the movies when you have a script that is not good yet. And it doesn’t pan out,” Ben Affleck told IGN back in 2016. “I have a script. We are still working on it. And I am not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman film, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That is something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It is not just like, ‘Yeah, that might be fun. Let’s go try this out!”
Recently, the actor admitted that he’s done with his character, paving the way for a new actor to take over.
“Yeah, I’ve decided. I tried to direct a version of it and also worked with a really good screenwriter. But I could not come up with a version,” Ben Affleck told Kimmel during his appearance on the late-night show. “I could not crack it. So I thought it’s time to let someone else take a shot at it. And they got some really good people.”
Currently, the Batman is scheduled to premiere in theaters on June 25, 2021.
Ben Affleck Officially Confirms He Has Retired as Batman
After the bitter ending to his career as a superhero in Justice League, Ben Affleck is ready to move on from the iconic character, Batman.
Recently, during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the new Netflix film Triple Frontier, Ben Affleck finally spoke out on his decision to leave the cape and cowl behind as writer/director Matt Reeves prepares for The Batman.
You can watch the full video below.
The Batman will instead feature a young Bruce Wayne.
Ben Affleck’s Batman is officially hanging up his Batsuit now. And the upcoming The Batman will follow a new, younger version of Bruce Wayne, replacing the original superhero Affleck has been depicting.
“Yeah, I’m. I’ve decided. I tried to direct the version of it. And I worked with a really good screenwriter, but could not come up with a version,” he told Kimmel. “Could not crack it. So I thought it’s time to let someone else take a shot at it. And they got some really good people.”
Jimmy Kimmel then surprised Ben Affleck with a retirement ceremony, revealing they were going to hang his Batman costume up in the rafters.
“Warner Bros. has given us something. And we are going to retire your bat cape in the rafters officially. That’s your official cowl and cape,” said Kimmel. That he introduced his sidekick Guillermo in the Robin costume while holding the cape with a new modification: the number of New England Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, #12, fixed on the cape.
Ben Affleck previously portrayed Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. He also played a part for a glorified cameo in Suicide Squad. The star was originally slated to reprise his role in The Batman, which he was also going to direct. But later, Ben Affleck removed himself from directing, handing the reigns over to Reeves to board the project as the new director since February 2017.
The actor then joked the number was there the entire time and Warner Bros. paid $80 million to remove it digitally. As the cowl and cape were hoisted to the rafters, Ben Affleck delivered a twist on the iconic line: “I am not Batman.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Reeves described his iteration of the Dark Knight as “a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale.”
“It is more Batman in his detective mode than we have seen in the films. The comics have a history of that,” Reeves said. “He was supposed to be the world’s greatest detective. And that is not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I would love this to be one where when we go on the journey of tracking down the criminals and also trying to solve a crime. It is going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
Reeves also added that they would begin the casting process soon.
When the news came out that Matt Reeves’ The Batman would be released in 2021, Ben Affleck jumped on social media to cheer on the franchise newcomer as well as his new take on the superhero.
“Excited for #TheBatman in the summer 2021 and to see Matt Reeves’ vision come to life,” he tweeted.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
Meanwhile, Reeves also said about carrying the film into the future, revealing his plans as well.
“I’ve loved the Batman story since I was a child. He’s such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I’m incredibly excited and honored to be working with Warner Bros. and bringing an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
Though there has been much back and forth aboaut Ben Affleck’s ultimate involvement in The Batman. But now, it is official. This Caped Crusader is done.
As for Matt Reeves, he spoke about the project and what he wanted it to be, teasing that it would be unlike any other DC Comics-based superhero meeting at Warner Bros.
“What it’ll be called ultimately, I don’t know,” Reeves said. “Aquaman is very different from the Todd Phillips Joker. And that is going to be different from Shazam and Harley Quinn. Warners Bros. believes they do not have to try to develop a giant slate that has to have all the plans for how it is going to connect. What they need to try to do is make good movies with these characters.”
Currently, The Batman is scheduled to premiere in theaters on June 25, 2021. In the meantime, Ben Affleck’s film Triple Frontier arrives Netflix on March 13.
New Photos of Batman Villain Magpie in ‘Gotham’ Arrives
Though a new episode of Gotham will not arrive until Valentine Day this year, when the show does return, there’s plenty to get excited about. Not only Lee Thompkins is eventually making her Season 5 debut in the next episode, but the Gotham show is also going to be introducing another villain from the DC Comics lore: Magpie.
Before the season began, it was revealed that Magpie would be arriving at some point. However, there was still no indication as to when. That changed this week as Fox released a batch of 14 photos from the February 14th episode, “13 Stitches.” And among them is an image of Sarah Schenkkan starring as Magpie.
In addition to the arrival of Magpie, this new episode of Gotham will also feature some potentially world-altering news for Jim Gordon, alongside an unlikely team-up between Selina and Penguin as well.
Here is the official synopsis for “13 Stitches”, followed by all 14 new photos. Check it out!
“Jim Gordon assembles an unlikely team-up to protect Gotham from Eduardo Dorrance (guest star Shane West) and his Delta Force. Just as Thompkins resurfaces, Barbara reveals shocking news that’ll change Gordon’s life forever. Meanwhile, Penguin and Selina team up to outsmart fellow villain Magpie ( star Sarah Schenkkan) in the all-new ’13 Stitches’ episode of GOTHAM airing on Thursday, February 14.”
1. SARAH SCHENKKAN AS MAGPIE
2. I WONDER WHAT YOU WOULD LOOK LIKE WITHOUT A NOSE
3. DIES MY BEARD LOOK GOOD IN THE MOONLIGHT?
5. IT AIN’T GONNA WORK, JIM
7. LEE IS BACK!
8. WELCOME TO MY RUBBLE PILE
9. SELINA DOESN’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS
11. JIM AT THE ROXBURY
13. THE BANE OF JIM’S EXISTENCE (I’M SO SORRY)
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A Deleted Scene from “Justice League” Reveals New Batman Moment
A new deleted scene from DC’s Justice League featuring Ben Affleck’s Batman has surfaced online.
The clips made its way to social media, stirring up a controversial response from DC fans who are debating whether it’s the work of original Justice League director Zack Snyder or the director who replaced him late in the game Joss Whedon.
In the clip, a Gotham City police camera sees the Caped Crusader slinging something in its direction to destroy. Obviously, it is a short but sweet clip. You can check out the deleted scene from Justice League below.
Oh. My. Fucking. God. pic.twitter.com/0gawOpp6Gk
— kushal 🔱 (@moaningwaynes) January 2, 2019
It is worth noting that the camera labeled as number “52” is certainly a nob to the New 52 run from DC Comics. However, it looks like the footage might not be entirely finished, in terms of coloring as well as visual effects.
While the world may never see the original cut of Justice League as it was initially imaged by Snyder (as known as Snyder Cut), Aquaman star Jason Momoa himself is eager to see it.
“I am obsessed with it too,” he told MTV News. “That is just one thing that sucks with our business, where you just cannot speak your mind. But yeah, f*** yeah I want to see it.”
Jason Momoa, in fact, has been quite vocal about his desire to share the Snyder-cut of Justice League with the world.
“In Zack’s cut, we had it where I was with Vulko and Mera, and I say that have to go back home. Then they say ‘There is a force coming,’ and that I need to help,” Momoa told WSVN-TV. “And I am like ‘I am going home to see my dad,’ so I get in the back of a pick-up truck, pound a bottle of something. And off he goes, the wanderer, you know what I mean? So that’s kind of like the end of ‘Justice League’ where I was going. Then we cut to me coming home and run into a submarine and bang on! And then go see pops, and I think he is just going to get rooted again. I think he has been gone for so long. And it’s just him trying to kind of come back to his roots.”
Justice League is now available on DVD, DigitalHD, and Blu-ray. In the meantime, Aquaman is already hitting the theaters. Shazam! will premiere in April this year.
Zack Snyder Addresses Ben Affleck as the Perfect Batman
The DC Extended Universe has had a fair share of squandered opportunities. However, of its many missteps, audiences generally seem to enjoy Ben Affleck’s interpretation of the Caped Crusader. Recently, Zack Snyder, who picked Affleck for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and has essentially parted ways from the shared universe, reminded fans how proud he is to have tapped the actor for the role.
Over on Vero, Zack Snyper shared a photo of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. He wrote, “I was transferring some photos from my old computer and came across this. Not sure if I shared this one, but it’s cool… Ben is my perfect Batman.”
In spite of Zack Snyder and fans appreciating Ben Affleck’s efforts as the character, the poor reception of his DCEU films might have soiled plans for Batman.
Ben Affleck debuted in Batman v Superman, making the first time the two iconic superheroes graced the screen together. As the nature of Snyder’s vision of those characters, the adventure was dark and dour, denying viewers any glimmers of hope they wished to have witnessed from heroic characters. The event was a huge financial success, grossing $870 million worldwide. Though, it still received poor critical reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes calculating only 27% positive responses.
The actors have a variety of defense mechanisms when confronted with these poor reviews, yet one specific interview with Ben Affleck in which a journalist asked him about the harsh responses. At that time, he failed to make eye contact with the reporter went viral, highlighting Affleck’s potential regret over joining the DCEU.
Ben Affleck’s next outing as Batman was in Justice League.
The film received similarly poor reviews to Batman v Superman yet earned only a fraction of the box office haul, igniting rumors that the actor was ready to leave the franchise behind. Unfortunately, those rumors gained more traction than any of the positive comments he has made about the series. That potentially planted the idea in his head that things would be better if he left the franchise behind.
The upcoming The Batman originally had Ben Affleck attached to helm, though he left these duties to Matt Reeves instead. Reports claimed the movie would focus on a younger Bruce Wayne. It would require a younger actor to take on the role, possibly allowing Affleck to leave his character behind for good.
Meanwhile, Zack Snyder left Justice League when it was still in production. That’s a response to a family tragedy. And he has not confirmed any future direct involvement in DCEU projects, other than a variety of producing credits.
Stay tuned with us for details on the future of the DC Extended Universe.
James Wan Denied Batman Horror Movie Wishes
During the press junket for upcoming Aquaman, director James Wan replied a seemingly harmless hypothetical question about what other DC superhero movies he’d love to tackle. In a perfect world, not surprisingly, his response has set the Internet on fire. Wan said that he would love to helm a horror-style Batman movie – a claim that had fans heavily debating its potential merits:
“In the past like most of the people, I loved the idea of directing Batman, but a horror version of Batman,” James Wan spoke to HeroicHollywood. “That would be my potential fantasy, but I feel like he has been done quite a fair bit. But actually, I do love the idea of making an outright scary Batman. I think that would be really cool.”
Well, as usual, the Internet has been getting way ahead of itself with all of the arguments about a Batman movie that doesn’t – and has never even been proposed to – exist. In fact, one DC fan had wet so far as to create a mockup of what the Joker could look like in James Wan’s Batman horror film. That little act of proactive imagination pushed the following response from Wan.
No, I don’t. It was a hypothetical answer to a hypothetical question. Thank you. https://t.co/31vNj6N0Mg
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) December 5, 2018
More so than other comic book movie franchise, we know the DCEU as having fans jumping the gun with speculation about matters that may or may not actually materialize into films.
This is just such a case. James Wan seemingly wholly focused on completing the massive undertaking that’s Aquaman and getting out into theaters. In fact, in the last few years, Wan has been on a serious roller-coaster ride. He has tried to leave his safe space in the horror genre and branch into blockbuster films. Instead, James Wan had to scramble like a madman to complete Fast & Furious 7 after the death of actor Paul Walker. And he fought to make Aquaman amidst the bad reactions to Batman v Superman, Justice League, and the whole DC Extended Universe franchise, in general.
That’s all to say: the only thing that is probably on James Wan’s mind right now is taking a well-deserved break instead of a high-risk approach to one of the most high-pressure movie franchises there is.
In the meantime, other upcoming DC films include Aquaman on December 21st, Shazam! on April 5th, 2019, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020.
Batman’s Death in Original Ending from ‘The Dark Knight Returns’
Legendary comic book creator Frank Miller has revealed that his iconic Batman tale The Dark Knight Returns nearly had such a different ending.
Speaking at MCM London Comic Con, Miller and the inker Klaus Janson threw back on their seminal collaboration. Janson recalled having to constantly shift panels around to make up for Miller’s changing mind about how the Batman story should end.
Miller stated that in his original plan, Batman would have actually died, in a hail of bullets, while fighting against the police. The ending would have been that darkness, but turning to a perfectly poetic end for Miller’s Batman, the figure of anti-authority.
Eventually, Miller went a different route. Instead of being cut down by gunfire from police, Batman went toe-to-toe with Superman and got defeated. He faked his suicide in the battle instead of coming to a hospital where his identity could be revealed. Then he reemerged to lead an underground army of mutant vigilantes.
Keeping Batman alive made it much easy for Miller to follow the story up with sequels. The Dark Knight Strikes Again launched in 2001 and Dark Knight III: Master Race followed in 2015.
The prolific writer-artist Miller’s depiction of Superman as a government lackey in opposition to Batman as a heroic outlaw has been misconstrued for years. DC fans assumed him of showing disdain the Man of Steel in the The Dark Knight Returns miniseries, but he clarified that is not the case.
Miller told Comicbook during an interview
“I’ve been particularly brutal to Superman, but that’s not because I don’t like the character; it’s because the point-of-view has always been Batman’s,” he explained. “If I did a story where Superman was the lead character, Batman would be the antagonist. I adore Superman; it’s just that Batman does not. So when I’m writing Batman, I do not. It’s very much a writer’s job to take on a character’s point of view.
Well, Miller may see it as his chance. He’s set to write for DC Comics’ new DC Black Label imprint Superman: Year One.
“I have got a new Superman project that’s getting started, telling his origins. It’s like my book, Batman: Year One, it’s going to be Superman: Year One,” he said. “It’s going to be telling origins from when Pa Kent discovers him in the cornfield. And the little boy grows to youth and then to manhood. I have never really had my meaningful crack at Superman. In the cast of DC Comics, which has far and away the strongest and richest mythology, there’re those three pillars they have of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.”
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