'Beauty and the Beast' actor says he was "just having some fun" after hinting he might be set to play the Batman villain.
It looks as though ‘The Batman’ is going through some changes. During an interview with CBS Pittsburgh (via Batman News) Joe Manganiello – the man behind the Deathstroke mask – cast doubt on whether or not he’s even in the movie at all. “Maybe,” he said, throwing his hands up in the air when asked about ‘The Batman’.
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.
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.
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.
Every time Ben Affleck is interviewed he’s asked about ‘The Batman’. During his recent chat on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ben Affleck once again provided an update on his planned solo adventure as the Caped Crusader, remarking, “I’m the gonna direct the next Batman. Ben Affleck then admitted that while he completely understands why people are so eager for updates on ‘The Batman’, he finds it increasingly frustrating that he has to repeatedly play down when it is going into production and might be released.
‘The Batman’ may not be here as soon as we hoped. The Dark Knight is dragging his feet – Credit: Warner Bros. According to fan site Batman on Film, a source close to production has revealed that the upcoming ‘Batman’ solo film has been pushed back by as much as ‘a couple of months’.
Though he told Variety just two weeks ago that “everything is coming together” for the production of “The Batman,” a standalone film that he would direct and star in, in his latest interview didn’t sound so optimistic. When he spoke to Variety at a New York screening of his new film “Live By Night,” he said,... Read more »
Ben Affleck’s involvement with the new incarnation of Batman will be a big talking point throughout 2017, and the actor’s vowed to make something great. Summertime saw ‘Suicide Squad’ released to yet more mixed reaction, and despite it falling short of ‘Dawn of Justice’s’ $873 million haul by almost $130 million, both films made enough money to satisfy Warner Bros. in moving forward with the DCEU. Affleck’s venture into the comicbook world as Batman was hugely anticipated 12 month ago and now, with the Oscar-winning director writing, helming, and acting in the new solo outing, he’s not only accepted the magnitude of the task at hand but that he is determined to make a top-quality Batman story.
Ben Affleck has confirmed that ‘The Batman’ will begin production in just a few months time. Affleck, who is starring, directing, and has been working on the script for months to make it just right, confirmed to Variety that everything is still going according to plan with ‘The Batman’, which was previously touted for a spring, 2017, start date. “We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together,” Ben Affleck admitted.
DC Comics superteam the ‘Justice League’ will unite on screen for the first time next November – however, it seems we’ll be waiting longer than expected for their second mission. It had been thought that director Zack Snyder would go directly into ‘Justice League 2’ after completing work on the upcoming DC Extended Universe team-up movie, but there’s been a change of plan.
Early word is that Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman solo movie may be something of a who’s-who of the Dark Knight’s greatest adversaries – but it seems one key character will not be making an appearance. Sienna Miller told me tonight that she wants to play Catwoman in Affleck’s Batman movie.
The Dark Knight kicks it up a notch… according to Deathstroke. “[Ben Affleck’s] take is a fresh take but I think the audience is going to be surprised,” he told the Mark Madden, Super Genius Podcast. Well, if you believe the hype, it could mean that reports of ‘The Batman’ script being in a spot of bother could be very, very wrong.
Comic book movies may have become the dominant form of blockbuster entertainment in cinemas worldwide, but taking super-powered characters from the printed page to the big screen isn’t always as neat and tidy a process as film studios might like.
During an interview with Variety, 68-year-old ‘Batman V Superman’ star Jeremy Irons revealed that the upcoming Batman solo film will begin shooting next year. Asked about his role in ‘Justice League’, he replied: “Similar [to ‘Batman V Superman’], but then, of course, Ben’s going to make a Batman film next summer. “In the ‘Justice League’ we have seven major lead characters and I’m the butler to one of them,” he added.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, ‘The Batman’ star Joe Manganiello revealed that Ben Affleck’s first solo Batman movie starts filming in spring. “I mentioned the other day, it’s been around for a long time that the movie … There is no Batman movie happening yet,” he told The Huffington Post. Of course, Affleck’s comments come after he seemingly confirmed the title for his upcoming Batman movie… but he’s since tried to affirm that the title hasn’t quite been decided.
It looks as though Ben Affleck’s ‘Batman’ movie just got a title. During an interview with Associated Press, the 44-year-old ‘Batman V Superman’ star revealed the title of his upcoming solo movie… and it’s a name we’ve heard before. “The movie I think is going to be called ‘The Batman’,” he confirmed.