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Ben Affleck confirms plans to quit Batman, looking for “cool way to segue out”

Ben Affleck is once again throwing doubt on the claim that he’s going to star in the standalone Bruce Wayne film The Batman. The Justice League star said in a recent interview with USA Today that he is “contemplating” doing the Matt Reeves directed film, which is said to be the start of a trilogy surrounding the character. 

Rumors that Affleck would not star in The Batman have abounded for months, beginning when he stepped out of the director’s chair for the film. Back in July, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the studio was reportedly looking into plans to “gracefully” transition Affleck out of the role of Batman ahead of a planned trilogy about the character. Their source listed a number of ways in which Affleck could leave the part, including a few inspired by the comics.

Affleck refuted those rumors at San Diego Comic-Con, saying, “Let me be very clear. I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest f***ing part in any universe.” The actor later elaborated, saying that, with Reeves’ involvement, it would be crazy for him to quit the film. “With Matt Reeves doing it, I would be a f***ing ape on the ground for Matt Reeves,” he said.

Still, though, Affleck’s connection to the character continues to be a subject of discussion. His brother Casey ignited rumors once again earlier this fall by saying “he’s not going to do that movie.” Although Casey’s reps walked back his comments by saying Casey was just “having fun” during the interview where he made the big reveal, that also still raised questions about if Ben has been discussing the potential of stepping down with his family. 

Affleck’s comments to USA Today are sure to throw even more fuel on the fire. In the interview, the actor also dropped this very revealing quote: “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.” This suggests that something like the upcoming Flashpoint film could be used to take his Batman out of the equation.

Although he was noncommittal on his future in the DCEU, Affleck did say that he thinks the world is in need of heroes today. “There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, from natural to man-made disasters, and it’s really scary,” he said. “Part of the appeal of this genre is wish fulfillment: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was somebody who can save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions and save us from people who are evil?”

While Affleck’s future as the caped crusader is still very much in doubt, we do know for sure that he will take on the character again in Justice League, which hits theaters on Nov. 17.

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‘Justice League’: 5 New Posters Bring Some Color to the DC World

The Justice League is here to save the day, and they’ll do it in style. 

Warner Bros. has unveiled five new character posters the upcoming Justice League film, spotlighting each hero (save for Henry Cavill’s Superman) in their own vivid hue. The characters all stand in profile, looking toward the viewers’ left, with their corresponding insignias emblazoned over the Justice League one at the very bottom of the poster. 

We see Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman against a bright green background, Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in a punchy yellow-orange shade, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman likely showing off his smolder against royal blue (accented from behind by a golden yellow), Ray Fisher’s Victor Stone/Cyborg looking fierce in a purple-gray color, and Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen/The Flash displaying his fittingly flashy side in candy-apple red. 

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These colors coordinate with the ones seen in batch of previously released character posters that show Aquaman in green, Wonder Woman in orange, Batman in dark blue, Cyborg in graphite gray, and the Flash in bright red. According to ComingSoon.net, more information on these prints will be available next month. 

While the DC Extended Universe (the cinematic world’s official name is still pending) has gained a reputation for being dark, gritty, and brooding over the past few years, these Justice League promo images seem to prove that the forthcoming film will take an optimistic spin on the beloved heroes. The movie’s trailer, which was released a few months ago, shows that Justice League will be tonally much lighter than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and these posters serve to bolster that claim. 

Joining the fab five (plus Superman) for Justice League Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane round out the cast. 

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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Justice League: “Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

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Ben Affleck promises ‘a more traditional Batman’ in Justice League

Justice League will mark Ben Affleck’s second feature film as Batman. Well, technically it’s his third. “Do I get credit for the Suicide Squad gross?” the actor laughs, joking (and underestimating) that he was onscreen for “less than 35 seconds” in last year’s supervillain team-up film. He’ll have a decidedly larger role when DC’s good guys mobilize in the November blockbuster, which unites Affleck’s Dark Knight and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman alongside Ezra Miller’s Flash, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. (And maybe Henry Cavill’s Superman, if he’s not quite dead.)


That means Batman has to learn to work together with his fellow superheroes. “He’s put in this position of having to reach out, find other people, convincing them to do something,” Affleck explains. “Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. It’s very different from the tenor of the last movie.”

And the character is very different, too. “BvS departed a little bit from the traditional Batman,” says Affleck. “He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his coworkers who had died in the fight Superman had with Zod.” For Affleck, most of the hero’s ensuing actions were defined by barely-repressed fury – in contrast to the Batman we meet in Justice League. “He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way,” Affleck says. “Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.”


Ben Affleck promises ‘a more traditional Batman’ in ‘Justice League’

The Joker Origin Story On Deck

I’m told that the intention is to make an origin story that isn’t part of any other iteration. The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies in the form of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and was most recently played by Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. He will reprise in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, but this new film will launch the character with a different actor, possibly younger.

An intriguing part is the setting. The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy. I’m told that Phillips and Silver are writing already, but there is nothing firm on where this will fit into the DC schedule.

Phillips most recently directed War Dogs with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Silver’s recent script credits include The Fighter.

Phillips and Silver are repped by CAA, and Scorsese is repped by WME and LBI Entertainment’s Rick Yorn.


The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film

‘Justice League’ Batmobile steals the show at Comic-Con Preview Night

SDCC 2017 is underway, and we already have our first major reveal from the convention floor. Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel debuted the first public look at the new Justice League Batmobile to fans last night, giving us a look at Ben Affleck’s upgraded ride for the highly anticipated DC Extended Universe team-up movie. Two high-resolution images have been provided, so fans at home can pour over every detail to figure out what clues (if any) for the plot of the film may be hidden on the vehicle.

I honestly can’t really tell the difference between this Batmobile and the one seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s very tank-like and battle-ready, complete with those machine guns, so it’ll be interesting to see how the vehicle is used in the context of the film as the heroes square off against the alien threat Steppenwolf and his parademons.


It’ll also be interesting to see how the finished Justice League compares to the one we’ve seen in trailers and will see in toys and long-lead marketing materials. Zack Snyder stepped down as director earlier this year to tend to a personal tragedy, while Joss Whedon is now steering the ship through post-production and reshoots. How much of the film will be retooled? We’ll have to wait and see, but I’m extremely eager to see the new trailer that Warner Bros. will surely drop during the film’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday.

For now, take a look at the Justice League Batmobile images below, Justice League also stars Gal GadotJason MomoaEzra MillerRay Fisher, and Ciaran Hinds and opens in theaters on November 17th.




DC’s New Aquaman is The Batman of Atlantis

He may be famous as the King of Atlantis, but in Aquaman‘s newest comic adventure, he’s embodying Batman in the underwater city’s poorest neighborhoods. To be honest, it’s not a mission of stealth and guerrilla warfare that Arthur Curry is actually choosing for himself, but one forced upon him by the latest developments in Aquaman‘s “Rebirth” storyline. A story that saw him struggle to advance Atlantis’s bonds with the surface world… only to lose his kingdom as a result.

It’s a shocking change of status quo that begins writer Dan Abnett’s collaboration with artist Stjepan Sejic in Aquaman #25, plunging the action from Atlantis and the American coast down into the deepest depths of Atlantean society. Below the arches, the throne rooms, and the majestic history of Atlantis’s golden era sits the Ninth Tride: home to the outcasts and victimized of Atlantis’s rigid new caste system. It’s here where the poor, the hungry, and the fearful cry out for a protector… and where the King of Atlantis thought dead is becoming a terrible nightmare.



For those stepping into the world of Aquaman comics after dabbling with the New 52 – or anticipating Jason Momoa’s movie version – it may seem like old hat for Aquaman to find himself on a mission to claim the throne of Atlantis. But this time around, things are a bit different. It isn’t a case of Aquaman’s brother Orm claiming the crown for himself, which may actually be the story told in the Aquaman movie. No, this time around Aquaman had his chance to rule Atlantis as he felt it should be… and his subjects voted democratically to remove him from power.


In a story reflecting more than one modern political movement, the idea that “Atlantis must embrace progress” has been the foundations of the post-“Rebirth” Aquaman series. It began with some members of his court questioning the abandonment of the old ways, and whether diplomacy with a surface world that feared and hated them was the right decision. It was Corum Rath – head of The Drift, Atlantis’s extreme, militarized ‘terrorist’ cell – that emerged as Arthur’s direct rival. And to Arthur’s surprise, his court voted almost unanimously to hand power over to King Rath.


With Corum Rath crowned in the previous issue, Arthur flees the city before it can be closed off from the outside world. He wasn’t fast enough, stabbed and left for dead by his former subjects. So when word begins to spread of a strange figure able to wield fish like weapons (bats?) and fighting Corum Rath’s forces in Atlantis’s poorest districts… it’s a sign that Arthur is taking some lessons from his former Justice League colleague. Where Batman has Gotham City and Crime Alley, Aquaman has taken it upon himself to patrol the Ninth Tride.

Arthur Curry may live, but his name, title, and appearance have all changed in order to give him a better chance of survival. It’s no coincidence that this rougher, more violent era of Aquaman’s life should get a Jason Momoa makeover, and a re-adoption of Arthur’s Atlantean name. The modestly-dressed, bearded, quiet, and isolated “Orin” doesn’t set off any warning when enforcers of local crime lords come calling. Under King Rath’s leadership these gangsters of the criminal underwaterworld have taken greater control of their neighborhoods, without fear of reprisals.

He may not have a crown, but Arthur Curry is still unwilling to let innocents suffer. So when one debtor’s life is threatened, Aquaman asks himself one question: what would Batman do?


It’s a thrilling opening to what DC is calling a “bold new direction” for the Aquaman series, not least of which is owed to Sejic’s stunning artwork. The time required to bring these images to life means Aquamanwill shift from a twice-monthly-shipped series to just monthly, but if Issue #25 is a sign of what’s to come, few fans will argue. Especially not as Aquaman shifts from a gilded, shiny monarch of Atlantis to a brutal, elemental protector of the slums nearest the ocean floor. At least… until his still-loyal friends and family discover that this “legend of the dead king” is truly Arthur in hiding.

It remains to be seen if Mera, Vulko, and the rest of those loyal to Arthur will be enough to tip the scales against The Drift, King Rath, and the highest levels of Atlantean society. What we do know is that the hero won’t be fighting his battle alone. With Issue #25 Abnett and Sejic return a long lost Aquaman supporting character to the DC Universe. Her powers are nothing to underestimate, but it remains to be seen if Arthur and Mera’s marriage can survive the rebirth of Dolphin, the beautiful Atlantean mutant whom Aquaman once called a lover.




Ben Affleck Signs On For The Batman And Justice League Sequels

With Wonder Woman reigning supreme at the box office – for the record, Patty Jenkins’ DC origin movie has racked up $709 million worldwide, and is now the third highest-grossing domestic film of 2017 behind Beauty and the Beast and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – the DC Extended Universe has been thrust under the microscope once again, and Reddit has relayed the latest helping of DC-related speculation for us to dissect.

Before we get into things, it’s important to stress that this report ought to be filed firmly in the rumor cabinet for now – remember, Warner Bros. plans to keep a lid on its release plans for the likes of The BatmanThe Flash, and Gotham City Sirens until Justice League swoops into theatres in November. Nevertheless, the rumor mill continues to operate at full tilt, and one possible nugget of information concerns the World’s Greatest Detective.

Now, if you’ve been following along on the DCEU Leaks subreddit lately, you’ll know that it’s gone a bit out of control, finding itself populated with fan fiction galore being passed off as real information and valid scoops. As such, it’s starting to become tough to know which threads to trust and which ones to disregard, but this particular leak does seem somewhat credible – at least compared to the others – and as such, we’ve decided it’s worth sharing. After all, Reddit has yielded some accurate information in the past, so it’s important that we don’t ignore everything that comes out of there.


Anyways, what we’re hearing today is that Ben Affleck has signed on for three more appearances as the Caped Crusader. There’s the sequel to The Batman, Justice League 2 and one other project, which is currently unknown. While it may seem unlikely that the actor would commit to several more flicks before JL even hits theatres, the report goes on to state that Matt Reeves’ pitch for the Dark Knight’s solo outing has everyone pretty excited and hyped, which is likely why Ben felt confident enough to sign on for more – assuming this rumor is true, of course.

There’s no further information on what lies beyond those three appearances, but hearing that Ben’s now locked in for the next little while is definitely encouraging. Again, there’s a very good chance that this scoop will turn out to be nothing more than wishful thinking and hold no truth, but you can check out the full Reddit posting via the link down below and decide for yourself whether or not it’s accurate. One thing’s for certain though, and that’s if this does indeed turn out to be on the level, then the DCEU’s future just got even brighter.

Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight will next be featured at the forefront of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on November 17th. This, coupled with the fact that Matt Reeves has his hands full with War For the Planet of the Apes, leads us to believe that The Batman won’t begin filming in earnest until 2018. It may be some time before we get any official updates then, but as always, watch this space for more.

Source: Reddit