We here at the Trusty Sidekick have been claiming for a while now that Ben Affleck would never make it to Matt Reeves solo Batman movies as the lead and this little nugget all but confirms it. In a press junket for Justice League, dropping next Friday, Affleck is asked how many times he’s played Batman and how many times we should expect to see him in the cape and cowl. We have the video set to start with the question – and…
Not even 5 times? With Justice League being number 4? That means, other than a likely pop up in another character’s movie (I’m guessing Flashpoint – if it happens,) Affleck and Reeves will never end up on set together. This obviously becomes more disappointing if Justice League does well and sets the DCEU on the right track as far as films go, and of course further grows my desire to fight Ben in the streets. I will be ranting about this next week on the podcast, but make sure you find our current episode, here!
Gotham, which is now in it’s 4th season, has landed it’s 3rd Poison Ivy, bringing Peyton List on board. No, not this Peyton List, THIS Peyton List. Yes, not only are there two professional actors with the, not-everyday-name of Peyton List, but Gotham is adding the one who played the Golden Glider on CW’s The Flash, as the new Poison Ivy.
If you don’t remember, Gotham already had a poison Ivy named Maggie Geha, who joined the cast for season 3. Geha was the second, replacing Clare Foley, the original Poison Ivy. So far, Ivy has been touched by an Indian Hill escapee that made her older, and now has drank some potions from an Asian apothecary which will apparently turn her into an entirely different looking person. If nothing else, you can’t say they don’t have a story-based plan for these things.
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Hard to believe we got this all stuffed into a single hour, but comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill deliver everything, from a review of The Defenders to the latest on this season’s Arrow, on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network! There is news, reviews, spoilers and funny the whole way through as we cover:
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The running rumor has been that, despite the fact Ben Affleck has been saying nice things about Matt Reeves and being Batman, that he’ll find some way to worm out of the role fairly quickly. Dissatisfaction with the overwhelming amount of attention to his turn as Bruce Wayne over his other projects reportedly had him unhappy, ditching writing, then directing duties, and eventually, wanting out. This has led to some crazy call-outs of the current Caped Crusader on the podcast (which you should definitely check out.)
His brother, Casey, recently made an appearance on WEEI, a sports radio network in Boston, claiming that Ben was, “not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say.” It is important to add that Casey is not on contract to Warner Brothers, and isn’t involved with any of their current DCEU operations The younger Affleck brother quickly backpedaled, saying he made that up, but it certainly fueled the already pretty lit fire.
Today, Ben’s reps felt it necessary to address the situation, saying, “He’ll continue to be Batman as long as the studio will have him.” Maybe this is all window dressing. Maybe Joss Whedon has changed Affleck’s opinion of the role and the character. So much of the statements leading up to a major tentpole film are manufactured, so it’s hard to tell if the rumors themselves aren’t just for media hype. Time will obviously tell, but we’ll keep breaking it down on the show – you just keep listening.
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Of course the rumor mill has been circling now for some time that Ben Affleck may no longer put on the Cape & cowl after the now directed Matt Reeves “The Batman” solo film. Now thanks to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, it’s beginning to become a wonder if Affleck will even make it that far in the franchise.
Via The Hollywood Reporter
Ben Affleck is heading to Comic-Con this weekend to promote Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice Leaguemovie, set for a Nov. 17 release. But how many more times is he likely to put on the Batsuit? Probably not many, if ever again.
Yes, Warners’ film studio chief Toby Emmerich tells The Hollywood Reporter, “Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.” And Matt Reeves, who will direct the studio’s still-undated (and unwritten) The Batman, has said that he means to keep Affleck in the role. But a source with knowledge of the situation says that the studio is working on plans to usher out Affleck’s Batman — gracefully, addressing the change in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.
Exactly when and how that might happen has yet to be determined, but it would be wise to bet against Affleck starring in The Batman. He has already stepped away from directing the film and Reeves is dropping the script that Affleck wrote with D.C. Entertainment’s Geoff Johns.
Reeves also has acknowledged that he has a Batman trilogy rolling around in his head, and given his success making two-thirds of a trilogy out of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, it seems fair to anticipate that Warners will want him to realize his vision.
In addition, Affleck will turn 45 in August, so he would be pushing 50 before The Batman arrives in theaters. If Reeves makes a trilogy, Affleck would be in his mid-50s at best by the time that’s done. Maybe Tom Cruise could pull that off, but Affleck’s body hasn’t exactly been a temple.
And while male stars have been able to stretch their action-film relevance further in an age when there are fewer bankable young stars (Robert Downey Jr. is 52 and going strong as Iron Man), studios favor the fresh-faced — look what happened with Spider-Man, successfully rebooted with 21-year-old Tom Holland. (Affleck also just dropped out of the Netflix project Triple Frontier, and it’s not clear what his next movie will be. His reps declined to comment.)
Warners could hypothetically create dual Batmen, keeping Affleck in the role for a planned Justice Leaguefollow-up, while letting Reeves cast his movie with a different star. But that hardly seems likely. The first Justice League already is at an inflection point: Director Zack Snyder has stepped away in mid-production and his successor, Joss Whedon, is said to be doing extensive reshoots. (Note that Justice League member Superman is played by Henry Cavill, 34, The Flash is Ezra Miller, 24, Aquaman is Jason Momoa, 37, and Wonder Woman is 32-year-old Gal Gadot.) And a second Justice League movie would be years down the road. THRreported Thursday that Shazam!, with a yet-to-be-cast title star, will be the next DC movie to shoot.
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Of course, Batman transitions have happened before. Starting in 1989, Warners has made films with Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Affleck. As a source with ties to the situation observes, there is precedent in the Batman comics for Bruce Wayne handing off the mantle to others, and even for two different Batmen cleaning up the streets of Gotham simultaneously.
The landmark 1993 Knightfall storyline left Wayne temporarily paralyzed, leading him to appoint a vigilante called Azrael as his Batman replacement. When Azrael went rogue, Wayne came out of retirement to stop him and then swiftly retired once more, appointing Dick Grayson (AKA Robin) as the new Batman. That was so successful that when Wayne was assumed dead in 2009, Grayson took on the cowl for a second time. (Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises even went this route, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake getting the keys to the Batcave after Bale’s Bruce Wayne was presumed dead.)
In the comics, Grayson stayed on as Batman even when Wayne returned to work as The Dark Knight, with the two different Batmen splitting appearances between the various comic books. Bruce Wayne took Batman Inc. and Batman and Robin, while Grayson’s stories ran in Batman and Detective Comics. Grayson also appeared monthly in the Justice League of America series during this period, arguably making him the more high-profile of the two characters.
Warner Bros. could even go with the Batman Beyondapproach. The fan-favorite animated series (1999-2001) saw an elderly Bruce Wayne train a young man called Terry McGinnis as his apprentice, with Wayne teaching him to take over the role as Batman. Of course, there’s a downside to the passing-the-torch scenarios: It’s hard to imagine fans or Reeves being excited about following someone who is not Bruce Wayne for a Batman trilogy