He's not only replaced Ben Affleck as the movie's director, he's also binned off Affleck's script too, and is now formulating his own plot.
Once 'War Of The Planet of the Apes' helmsman Matt Reeves is done with revolutionary primates, it sounds like he's got some big plans for the Dark Knight too.
He says, "I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I'm a huge Hitchcock fan — I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective."
The British ‘Love Actually’ sequel – made for Comic Relief – managed to round up most of the stars of Richard Curtis’s original movie, but the US version is going one better.
As well as giving us our first proper look at the team in action (including a curiously Iron Man-esque Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher), this trailer also gives us our first brief glimpses of some other new characters, including Amber Heard as Mera, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. There’s also a quick glimpse of Amy Adams as Lois Lane – although, as necessitated by the ending of ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ one rather notable absentee is Henry Cavill as Superman.
In preparation for the ‘Justice League’ trailer, a new snap of Ben Affleck’s Batsuit for the DC superhero bonanza has been revealed. And it all looks a bit less brooding, and a bit more chirpy than the hulking outfit he was given for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Here it is in its full glory… And compare it to the rather more sober garms he wore in BvS… This ‘tactical batsuit’, as it’s being dubbed, is more trim, his bat ears look a bit smaller, and with its grey bat logo, generally feels a little brighter than past iterations. ...
Ben Affleck and Warner Bros have some fresh ‘Batman’ hell to contend with, as it has been confirmed that the blockbuster is being rewritten from scratch, and its long touted 2018 release date has been delayed even further. Variety’s Justin Kroll was the first to report that ‘The Batman’ won’t be starting production until 2018, as he alleged that new director Matt Reeves is committed and contracted to working on ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ until June. Kroll then noted that this means casting on ‘The Batman’ won’t begin until July at the earliest, too.
Ben Affleck has revealed that he’s recently completed a stint in rehab for his addiction to alcohol. The actor and director took to Facebook yesterday to release a statement about his treatment, his second trip to rehab since 2001. “I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” he wrote. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. ...
If that picture of Ryan Gosling encapsulated how people felt on stage at the Oscars, this one of shows how it must have felt in the audience. Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps look on, aghast and open-mouthed. Mel Gibson is probably just happy to have been invited back.
Credit: Warner Bros. It’s official – ‘The Batman’ has found its director. Matt Reeves has officially closed a deal to direct ‘The Batman’ – the upcoming solo movie starring Ben Affleck as DC’s Dark Knight.
Credit: Warner Bros. In the latest rumour to suggest discontent at Warner Bros when it comes to its DC superhero films, it is being suggested that Ben Affleck no longer wants to play Batman. The news comes shortly after Affleck departed ‘The Batman’s directors chair not long before shooting was set to begin. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ director Matt Reeves has been touted as his replacement.
It appears Warner Bros/DC have decided who will replace Ben Affleck in the director’s chair on ‘The Batman’ – and it’s Matt Reeves. Variety report that Reeves – director of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and its upcoming sequel ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ – has ‘committed’ to take the helm on the troubled but highly anticipated DCEU movie.
‘The Batman’ may be heading back to the drawing board. After the high-profile exit of Ben Affleck as director of ‘The Batman’ it looks as though Warner Bros. is forced to rethink its strategy… and may be starting from scratch.
Ben Affleck’s woefully-received ‘Live By Night’ has scored itself at least one box office record. The period gangster flick has notched up the biggest third-week drop in cinemas screens ever recorded, plummeting from 2,822 screens in the US to only 163. The loss of 2,659 screens in a single week (that’s 94.1%) tops that of previous record-holder, Eddie Murphy’s ‘Meet Dave’ from 2008, the sci-fi comedy in which Murphy played a space craft which looks like Eddie Murphy, piloted by 100 tiny humanoid aliens, one of which was played by Eddie Murphy.
Kathryn Bigelow (left) and David Fincher (right) either side of a picture of Ben Affleck as Batman in this year’s ‘Justice League’. Ben Affleck will no longer direct himself in the next solo Batman film, after deciding to step down following discussions with Warner Bros. He will however, still produce the film. Called ‘The Batman’, the film will be the first standalone Batman story in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) after Affleck’s version of the character debuted in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ last year and appeared briefly in ‘Suicide Squad’.
“Batman v Superman” was a complete mess. Then “Suicide Squad,” five months later, managed to redefine what “mess” even means with its endless array of bizarre trailer montages after allegedly being taken away from director David Ayer and completely reworked in the editing room.
Ben Affleck has decided to step down as director of The Batman and remain on as a producer and star of the project. Affleck is still on board to play the superhero, but sources close to the talent said Affleck and Warner Bros. discussed how to make the best film possible and this was the decision both parties came to. “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement.
In news that could usher in another deep funk for Ben Affleck, his movie ‘Live By Night’ has made a reported $75 million loss (around £60 million) for its studio Warner Bros. The prohibition-era drama, which he both wrote the screenplay for and directed, has made a catastrophically poor $16.5 million (£13 million) worldwide since its release in December, and is now unlikely to bring in any more. It cost $65 million (£52 million) to make, so with the additional millions it cost to market and distribute, Variety cites studio insiders putting its losses in the $75 million region.
After a protracted (sound of) silence, Ben Affleck has finally responded to the ‘Sad Affleck’ video, which went viral around the release of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ last year. The video – which was based and edited from an interview our very own Tom Butler did with the movie’s stars for Yahoo Movies UK – found Affleck seeming to disappear into a deep funk while being asked about the negative critical response to the movie. As Affleck’s face was zoomed in upon, and Henry Cavill fielded the question, the strains of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sound of Silence’ appeared to capture the nature of Affleck’s expression perfectly.
It might have been over two decades in the making, but the box office response to Martin Scorsese’s latest movie ‘Silence’ has been rather muted. Set in Japan in the 17th century, it finds Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver playing two Jesuit priests sent from Portugal to find their missing mentor. Not quite in the same crowd-pleasing vein as his last movie, the financial romp ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, it’s clearly proved to be a hard sell, though it may still be up for Oscar nominations.