During Comic-Con we heard that Ben Affleck is set to direct and star in his own Batman solo film, which he’ll co-write with DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. While Johns himself offered up some hints about their screenplay plans, Warner Bros. has yet to confirm the solo Batman film. Over the weekend, we learned that WB has pushed back Affleck’s next two films, and it was speculated that the move was designed in part so he could work on being Batman. The latest rumor definitely supports that theory.
If you were to assemble a list of the busiest guys in the film business, Ben Affleck would probably being hanging out near the top. As a writer, producer, director, and actor, he bounces around the Hollywood spectrum, dividing his time between massive blockbusters and smaller, more personal projects. Eventually, something had to give. Two of Affleck’s upcoming movies, Live by Night and The Accountant, have been delayed to make room for the star to write and direct the Batman vs. Superman spinoff, The Batman.
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After yesterday’s three new Batman vs. Superman images from the pages of Empire magazine, today we have even more from the upcoming superhero film. From that same magazine article, we have both Ben Affleck and director Zack Snyder talking about this film’s version of Batman (which Affleck describes as a “f---ed up Batman”), plus a bunch of new photos from the film.
Following the Batman vs. Superman info dump that came out of Comic-Con, we thought it might be a while before we saw or heard anything from the upcoming superhero movie. After all, we did get an extended new trailer, new images and a new poster. But today, we have three new Batman vs. Superman pics each showing off one of the film’s three main characters: Batman, Superman and Lex Luthor.
While it’s not a new set of official stills from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the opposing duo appear on the cover of Empire magazine, giving us a fresh look at the heroes and their costumes from Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero showdown. As you might expect, Ben Affleck’s Batman looks quite grumpy, while Henry Cavill’s Superman looks positively optimistic and ready to save the world — or defend himself against it.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Gone Girl team of David Fincher, author / screenwriter Gillian Flynn and Ben Affleck would be combining their forces once again for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. The remake would offer a bit of a twist on the original, and it sounded like a very exciting project. You shouldn’t get too excited, though, because according to Flynn it’s going to be a while before this one happens.
Last week we got an extended sneak peek at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice via the Comic-Con trailer, but that won’t be the trailer you see in theaters — IMAX theaters, to be more specific. A new, alternate version of the trailer has dropped online, so if you don’t make it out to your local IMAX theater in the next couple of weeks, you can watch it right here.
If you’re the kind of nerd that crawled through the new Batman vs. Superman trailer frame-by-frame...welcome to the club. However, in your attempt to figure out how everything in this massive trailer could possibly fit into one movie, you probably noted one scene that stood out from the rest. At some point, Batman finds himself in the desert, wearing desert Batman gear and getting into a brawl with soldiers wearing the Superman “S”. Now, a new photo has arrived online to give us a new glimpse at the Dark Knight in this alternate get-up.
The nice thing about missing Comic-Con is that studios are making it possible for you to enjoy (some of) the fun from the comfort of your home. If you aren’t in San Diego (or you couldn’t get into Hall H today), you can now watch the full Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice panel online. Did you miss out on hearing Ben Affleck talk about the hilarious advice he received from previous Batman Christian Bale? Now you can hear it for yourself.