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Ben Affleck Talks about the Reaction to His Casting in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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Every actor to ever put on a cape for a superhero movie has faced criticism. Hell, even Heath Ledger who went on to win an Oscar for his role as the Joker was once deemed unfit (albeit by people in corners of the Internet) to play the part. No the Joker doesn’t wear a cape but my point is that people are naive to think that studios and actors who decide on a role don’t think about the reaction it might have. Ben Affleck knows not everyone likes him; he’s made some bad movies sure, but obviously the man isn’t unaware of the backlash to his casting to Batman. Affleck has come out and basically said that if he didn’t think he could do it, he never would have signed on in the first place.

Talking to EW, when he was asked what it’s like to play Batman:

“I’m right in the middle of shooting now. It’s a process that I’ll probably have better perspective on when I’m done. I can tell you that every time I do a role, it’s the responsibility of an actor to get their physical self as close to the role as possible. And Batman’s obviously got a set of expectations that are tough. So I spent a lot of time working out. And it’s a far cry from Gone Girl where my character is described as ‘puffy and hungover.’ I want you to know I worked equally hard at both!”

Affleck on prepareing himself for the fan reactions:

“Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, ‘Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.’ To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really … Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That’s sort of become a thing.”

Affleck does admire the reaction though:

“You know what? It’s great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em a lot. And it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters.”

Whatever your feelings are about the casting, this is happening. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy and Jeremy Irons.

Read all of our BvS news here.

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A New Look at Ben Affleck from BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Zack Synder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters May 6, 2016 and at Comic-Con there is likely going to be some goodies during the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday. It would blow me away to see some footage already, but images are fine. So here we are already with a new Ben Affleck Batman v Superman image that gives us another look at Affleck as the Caped Crusader.

The image is from DC to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Batman character. The film also stars Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons.

Check out the image below:

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A New Trailer & Posters for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Appears

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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David Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn best seller Gone Girl has a new trailer for your viewing pleasure below. I featured the upcoming movie on my Movies To See in 2014 list and we showed you the first trailer here.  The film focuses on Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), whose wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) disappeared, and the mounting police and media attention has up wondering if Nick himself is to blame.  This new trailer gives us a bit more of the plot than the first one all the while showing off Fincher’s dreary depressing style.  Enough to get my butt in the seat.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl hits theaters October 3, 2014. Watch the trailer and check out the posters below:

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BATMAN Standalone Film Starring Ben Affleck Rumored for 2019

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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“I’m too old for this suit!” That could be the awesome tagline for a rumored Batman movie that is said to be arriving in five years. The report has Ben Affleck suiting up in his own standalone film, titled The Batman, due out in 2019, when Ben Affleck is 47. That would make him the oldest actor to star as the live-action superhero.

I like Affleck and the storyline for The Dark Knight Returns fits him and his age perfectly, so go for it. Affleck is set to play the caped crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the eventual Justice League film. Here is the current slate of Warner Bros. movies; plan your kids birthday party accordingly:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – May 2016
Shazam – July 2016
Sandman – Christmas 2016
Justice League – May 2017
Wonder Woman – July 2017
The Flash and Green Lantern Team-Up – Christmas 2017
Man of Steel 2 – May 2018

So you can see why this rumor exists, because according to the list there is nothing for 2019. Toss in a Batman movie, get people talking, then bam! It’s news.

Stop Everything. First Look at Affleck as Batman With the Batmobile from BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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Director Zack Snyder took to Twitter yesterday to tease the unveiling of the new Batmobile, and he won’t be disappointing anyone today.  Take a look!

Following yesterday’s teaser image, Snyder has given us not only a look at the Batmobile, but a first look at Batman (Ben Affleck) in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman! Check it out below and let us know what you think.

Click the photos for bigger versions. Opening on May 6, 2016, the movie stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto and Ray Fisher.

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Zack Snyder Teases BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Batmobile

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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Director Zack Snyder took to Twitter today to tease the unveiling of the new Batmobile for the Batman vs. Superman movie tomorrow.  Check out the image below!

Opening on May 6, 2016, the movie stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto and Ray Fisher.

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We will post the full unveiling as soon as he does.

Trailer for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Starring Ben Affleck

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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One of the movies I have on my Movies to See in 2014 is David Fincher’s adaptation of the crime novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  The director of great films like Fight Club, Seven, The Social Network and one of my all-time favorites Zodiac is a name that can be trusted.

Here is the the first official trailer for the flick where Ben Affleck plays a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  The movie also stars Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, and Carrie Coon.  The book was a dark and twisted read that leaves much to be expected from a director like Fincher.  It looks like mission accomplished if you ask me.

GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Watch the trailer below, Gone Girl opens on October 3:

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Have a Comedy Pilot for CBS

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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CBS  has ordered to pilot More Time With Family, a multi-camera comedy starring comedian Tom Papa [see video below], which will be executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon says The Hollywood Reporter.  The show centers on a husband and father (Papa) who is making a career change to spend more time with his family.  Papa previously worked with Damon on The Informant! and Behind the Candelabra.  You might also notice him from NBC’s The Marriage Ref from Jerry Seinfeld that lasted a year.

This marks the second pilot from Affleck this season, following Fox’s pickup of crime drama The Middle Man.  Least we forget he and Damon won an Oscar in 1998 for co-writing Good Will Hunting.

MAN OF STEEL Sequel Pushed to 2016

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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Warner Bros. has announced a new release date for the Man of Steel sequel or Batman vs. Superman depending on who you ask.  The movie will now open May 6, 2016 instead of the planned July 17, 2015 release date. The reason for the delay is explained for “allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”

That May is pretty busy as it is so I fully expect the date to change again or for other movies to bow out of the hectic time period as an untitled Marvel movie and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse are set to be released then.

Check out the history of this ongoing production:

IN DEFENSE OF: Ben Affleck as Batman

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

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A week ago today it was announced that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel [my review].   The anticipation for a Batman/Superman movie has been hard for fans; the endless rumors and teases (like this Easter egg) have put a drain on the whole idea.  So when it was announced the movie was a go, the Internet could hardly contain itself.

So instead of anticipation in the air, there is instead focus on the casting of Affleck.  The hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck blew up as people shared their disdain for the casting choice.

It is similar to the backlash that Heath Ledger received for being cast as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.  He was a pretty boy who kissed another man in a romantic movie once, so nuts to that right?  Well, that was acting, great acting actually.  He acted brilliantly then and once again in The Dark Knight, he won Oscar for the role and shut a lot of people up in the process.  Fans were also not very pleased with Tim Burton’s choice of Michael Keaton as Batman in his 1989 film, but that turned out just fine.  Is it that much different from Affleck?

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