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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?
Well I’m stunned. The Daredevil himself is stepping up to play another superhero. Ben Affleck will be switching comic books to play Batman in the untitled Man of Steel sequel. The film will bring Superman and Batman together for the first time on screen and is set to open July 17, 2015.
I have to say I didn’t even think of him as a possibility, but I think this works. Affleck has matured as an actor and as great director, he’s ready for this. The Internet is sure to explode with its own opinions and reactions that fair or not, this movie is happening folks.
As reported by The Wrap, Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. said:
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” added director Synder. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
FYI: Affleck has played Matt Murdock (Daredevil) as well as George Reeves playing Superman in Hollywoodland.
Read the full press release from Warner Bros. below:
Ben Affleck has certainly earned my admiration. He’s directed three films so far (Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo) and each of them have been great. So Runner, Runner looks like it’ll…oh…what? He didn’t direct this one? Only starring in it? Huh…well that’s…that’s no good…I mean…I had this whole spiel written out about him as a director and…well I suppose I can’t use that now…
Sigh, just watch the trailer…
I’ll be honest…that looked a little better than I thought it would. It’s kind of refreshing to see ol’ Ben Affleck as the bad guy. Justin Timberlake on the other hand…has never really wowed me as an actor, and this film doesn’t look like it’s going to change that perception.
Runner, Runner stars Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, and Ben Schwartz. It opens September 27th.
To the Wonder tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams).
To the Wonder opens on April 12th, watch the trailer below.
You read right folks, after much speculation and rumor, there is a director for Disney’s first entry into the Star Wars universe Star Wars: Episode VII (the first of a new trilogy) and it’s J.J. Abrams.
It’s going to be interesting with Abrams, as he is now leading the two largest sci-fi anything’s in the works Star Trek and Star Wars. I’m not a crazy fan of either (Kevin and Ryan are, they should be posting this!) but I will admit it’s got me interested. Abrams can tell a story and keep secrets; that’s what we need for Star Wars to get a pulse again.
FYI: Michael Arndt is writing the screenplay. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing screenplays for other Star Wars films that could either be sequels to Episode VII or spinoff movies featuring other characters.
That’s really all I have to say about the nominations, Ben Affleck got snubbed. Argo was one of the best movies of the year and he didn’t get nominated for directing (although it’s up for Best Picture). Don’t take this year’s nominations seriously; Flight got a nomination for writing.
The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, check out the nominations below:
We finally have the first trailer for Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder, and it’s pretty great. There is little plot to be shared in the trailer but we know that Olga Kurylenko plays a woman who travels to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Affleck) only to discover that their relationship isn’t as strong as they previously thought as he reconnects with a woman from his hometown.
The trailer is very similar to his work on The Tree of Life which was dealing with the origins and meaning of life – now we seem to be dealing with love.
The film also stars Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem. To The Wonder is set to open on April 12, 2013.
Quentin Tarantino Says DEATH PROOF Is the “Worst” Film He’s Ever Made; Watch Full Directors Roundtable Interview
THR‘s roundtable interviews are always entertaining and this year’s director’s roundtable is one of the best. It’s a one-hour conversation that involves Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, and Gus Van Sant. There are a few highlights but the Internet is buzzing with Tarantino’s comments about retiring and his film Death Proof.
“I’m really well versed on a lot of directors’ careers, you know, and when you look at those last five films when they were past it, when they were too old, and they’re really out of touch with the times, whether it be William Wyler and ‘The Liberation of L.B. Jones’ or Billy Wilder with ‘Fedora’ and then ‘Buddy Buddy’ or whatever the hell. To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography,” he said. “[2007's] ‘Death Proof’ has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.”
Below you can watch a clip of him talking about retirement and then the whole roundtable.
Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) shot his “mysterious” romantic drama To the Wonder back in 2010, it stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem. The film was shown this morning at the Venice Film Festival [read reactions here].
We have a lengthy synopsis to share for the film, and from what I’m told there isn’t much of a spoiler in here as Malick’s work is often hard to explain or up for interpretation anyways.
Read it below courtesy of The Film Stage:
Here is the first trailer for Ben Affleck’s Argo, it’s a great look at the film that if it turns out as good as it looks here, would make a hat trick of terrific features for Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, The Town).
Based on a true story, Argo follows a CIA agent (Affleck) who attempts to rescue six Americans trapped in the home of the Canadian ambassador during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The rescue mission was to go in under the auspices of filming a science fiction movie entitled “Argo”. The film’s cast alone makes for something to see, we get Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Kerry Bishe, Alan Arkin, Philip Baker Hall and Victor Garber.
Argo opens October 12th, watch the trailer below.