It Seems The Bat-Fleck Is No Longer The Batman

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“Will he, wont he?” That has been a phrase that has been tossed around to both Warner Bros. as well as DC Entertainment representatives for nearly a year when it comes to the speculation of whether Ben Aflleck would once again don the cape and cowl for Matt Reeves The Batman film.

Now it seems that we may have that answer and to some it will be praised and to others they will be upset. That answer is seemingly that he wont, this is after the Trade’s report that Matt Reeves first script draft of his upcoming DCEU film will focus on a younger Batman thus taking Aflleck out of the role.

Reportedly Reeves turned in the draft of the first act around Memorial Day weekend. Now that is in no way a complete film and there is still a LONG way to go for a completed script. But the focus within is set to be on a younger version of the Caped Crusader. It’s been said that Affleck is highly unlikely to return at this point to the franchise.

Are you excited about this news? Are you upset? Is this the direction you want to see them go in with this film. Let us know your thoughts.

 

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Jake Gyllenhaal To Be Mysterio In The Spider-Man Sequel

After almost a year of speculation and suspicion that Jake Gyllenhaal would be next up to wear the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight after Ben Affleck, news comes from the MCU that the former Prince Of Persia has instead decided on making his superhero movie debut in a giant fishbowl helmet. That’s right, Gyllenhaal is all but a lock to take on the role of Spider-Man villain, Mysterio, in next year’s sequel to last year’s “Homecoming.” At one point, nearly 15 years ago, when Tobey Maguire’s negotiations to come back for the original Spider-Man 2 were in limbo, Gyllenhaal almost became Spider-Man. Now he will play the main villain in the 3rd version of a Spider-Man sequel.

The original Mysterio was Quentin Beck, a failed Hollywood stuntman and effects wizard who used his skills to start a life of crime. Often his tricks were capable of throwing off Peter’s abilities, like his “Spidey-sense,” which will possibly play in the sequel, considering we just started seeing it in Infinity War. These threads usually lead somewhere. There have been a few other incantations of Mysterio over the years, but if there’s a Sinister Six team-up going on, he’s usually a part of it. Considering that Michael Keaton (who played Vulture, often a Sinister Six member, in “Homecoming”) is returning, along with already getting an early incantation of both the Shocker, and the Scorpion, we could be witnessing the second in a march towards a similar run, here, as that would give us 4 of 6. Sony has long wanted a Sinister Six movie, and with Disney’s (and Feige’s) help, putting something together that’s cohesive, is far more likely. Of course, we also have to make sure Spider-Man comes back from the damage inflicted by Thanos in Infinity War (*wink* *wink*.)

While I’m more than excited to see Gyllenhaal in the MCU, and as a Spider-Man villain, no less, it’s an interesting choice, considering all the buzz about him being the favorite to take over as the next Bruce Wayne. Again, I’m at a loss with the difficulty Warner and DC have had at landing an actor that really WANTS to be Batman for an extended period. More importantly, does this mean that the rumors about Ben Affleck expressing an interest to continue as the Caped Crusader are true? What do you think? Hit us up on our socials, or here, and let us know!

*The as yet unnamed Spider-Man sequel is scheduled for June 5, 2019

Ben Affleck All But Confirms He Won’t Stay On As Batman

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!

What Does Casey Affleck Know About The Batman?

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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.

Batfleck’s Future is Extremely Uncertain

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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. THR reported 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

A New “Justice League” trailer has arrived

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Well we’ve been promised it and today we got the 2nd full traicler for the upcoming Warner Bros. And Zach Snyder “Justice League” movie.

The film which stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman seek out to bring together other powerful meta humans in Cyborg,The Flash and Aquaman after the death of Superman to combat a new outerworldly threat.

The trailer gives us our first glimpses of Cyborg in Action and full flight, Amber Heard as Queen Mera, JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and others. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Ben Affleck Might Not Direct Solo Batman Film

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Mannnnnn please do not let this be true. Because I’m pretty sure that no one wants another DC film helmed by Zack Snyder, even though we already have to settle with what we get for the upcoming Justice League film.

Ben Affleck had a disappointing update on The Batman, which is he expected to star in, write, and direct.

According to The Guardian

“That’s the idea,” Affleck said about the Batman project. “But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

Affleck has continuously said in previous interviews that he’s not going to make the movie until he feels the script is perfect, but I believe this is the first time he’s said that he may not do it at all!

It is a little unsettling given that just two weeks ago, Affleck told Variety that everything was on track to get started in the spring. Lets hope that this all works out.