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With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just a few short months away from release, Ben Affleck has been speaking to Variety about Warner Bros.’ plans for a fully-fledged DC movie universe, admitting that there’s a “ton of pressure” on on the film to succeed.
“I think there is a ton of pressure on it,” states Affleck. “I mean I would be bullshitting you to say there isn’t. You’ll see next year [Warner Bros.] are going to have a great year. They are now developing probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, the DC comic world. And now they have started to exploit that and you are going to see that blossom. And, when it does, it’s going to be massive… We are a very kind of instant gratification culture when it comes to analyzing the film business. And there is a lot of hyperbole involved. »
- Gary Collinson
With Jason Bourne set to return to cinemas next year, and the "Mission: Impossible" and James Bond franchises still going strong, perhaps it's not a surprise that rival studios are looking to launch their own secret agent series. And while Warner Bros. missed with "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." this summer, they've got another project with potential in the pipeline. Deadline reports that "Black Mass" director Scott Cooper will rewrite and direct "White Knight" for WB, which they hope will launch a franchise. Originally penned by Bill Dubuque ("The Judge," the upcoming "The Accountant" starring Ben Affleck), the familiar-sounding story follows a Secret Service agent who falls out with his employers, and becomes the target of a global manhunt after taking a gig protecting the family of an arms dealer. Cooper has quite a few directorial irons in the fire, and tends to attract great talent to work with him, so it will be. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s fair to say that donning the cape and cowl as the Dark Knight comes with its own set of expectations, and one need only cast their mind back to the vitriol that Ben Affleck’s casting evoked for evidence of that. Even still, the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice star has conceded that there is currently a “ton of pressure” looming over the 2016 blockbuster.
Speaking in a candid interview with Variety, Affleck acknowledged that expectations for the superhero showdown are threatening to consume the film before release, and this fever-pitch hype has naturally trickled down to the film’s core cast. When quizzed about the pressures of making such a high-profile release, Affleck admitted that “I think there is a ton of pressure on it, I mean I would be bulls***ting you to say there isn’t.”
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- Michael Briers
Every movie wants to find an audience, but big-budget movies with franchise ties and huge future plans really Need to find an audience. A massive audience. And that audience has to like the movie enough to want to come back for sequels and tie-ins. It's currently working for Marvel's "Avengers" but what about DC? "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" comes out next year, as a follow-up to the meh-ly received "Man of Steel," and it will be followed itself by "Suicide Squad," "Wonder Woman," "Aquaman," "The Flash," a two-part "Justice League" movie, and more.
Ben Affleck is the new Batman in "Batman v Superman" and he knows a lot of eyes will be on him and the movie, especially since it's meant to include more of his Caped Crusader than Henry Cavill's Man of Steel. "I think there is a ton of pressure on it," Ben Affleck admitted to Variety. »
- Gina Carbone
When Marvel threw a Samuel L. Jackson cameo after the credits of the first Iron Man movie, it was a gamble. With one sentence, the studio put in motion a plan that nobody had ever tried before. They started slowly so that they could pull back if things weren.t working out so they could cut their losses. If it had failed, it.s unlikely anybody but comic book fans would have noticed. Cut to seven years later and the landscape has changed. Large scale movie continuity is not only possible, it.s a gold mine. DC Comics and their parent company Warner Brothers, are ready to go with their own cinematic universe, but rather than a slow build, they.re going for broke with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is an even bigger gamble, and Ben Affleck knows it. The man who will be Batman is very »
An image of an action figure set from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is doing the rounds on social media, which has led to speculation that it may confirm an old rumour about Lex Luthor.
Now, while this is certainly interesting, it should be noted that toy manufacturers often throw in a tonne of alternative -and often ridiculously over the top – costumes and accessories in order to sell more toys, so in no way does this confirm we’ll be seeing Lex in his power suit. Still, Batman and Superman need someone to punch (besides each other), right?
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante »
- Gary Collinson
2016 is a very big year for Warner Bros. Notwithstanding the likes of the Harry Potter spin-off series kicking off with Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, it'll be looking to put a tricky 2015 behind it with the effective launch of the DC movie universe (following 2013's Man Of Steel).
The new Batman was also chatting about the difficult year that Warner Bros has gone through, »
Ben Affleck may easily be one of the few actors in a comic book film, other than Michael B. Jordan, who has received a gigantic amount of hate for simply being cast in a role in a film. When he was announced as the new Batman, the internet erupted. Countless sore fanboys were raging about this guy being Batman.
It got so large and bad that Affleck acknowledged the hate directly when he was being interviewed by Jimmy Fallon (or Kimmel, one of the Jimmy's) and commented on how the first thing he saw when it was announced that he was Batman, was a fanboy who simply commented "Noooooo" on the subject. It was clearly obvious that this guy wasn't exactly on the comic book communities good side because this turn of events.
- Nicholas Williams
Various studios and people are under great pressure right now, such as Disney and J.J. Abrams' who need "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to perform to prove the studio's $4 billion investment was worthwhile.
A few months later, another high pressure project hits with Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". Though "Man of Steel" technically introduced the DC Extended Universe, 'Dawn' is the real start of a whole new slate of films for the studio which is coming off a troubling year and is looking to films based on DC properties to secure its future.
Everyone involved is feeling the pinch, most notably Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara and actor Ben Affleck who stars as Batman in the movie. Affleck was initially subjected to much vitriol for his casting, but public opinion on that seems to have turned around to some extent. Even so, he's well aware he's »
- Garth Franklin
Next year will be huge for fans of both Marvel and DC Comics, with each studio launching two huge movies apiece. Marvel's Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016) will start the studio's Phase Three initiative, while Warner Bros. kick starts their own DC Comics Extended Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016). At the heart of the Dceu is Ben Affleck's Batman, a character who will share the screen with Superman (Henry Cavill) for the first time ever. Variety recently caught up with Ben Affleck, who acknowledges that there is an immense amount of pressure for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to succeed.
"I think there is a ton of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls-ting you to say there isn't. You'll see next year they are going to have a great year. They are now developing probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, »
Look, we all know how unreliable toys are when it comes to story details, but there's something very interesting about these Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice action figures. If Batman and Superman were wearing alternate costumes, I'd completely dismiss this, but they're in their movie duds, so would the designers really have plucked the Lex Luthor design out of thin air? After all, it's like nothing we've seen in the comics, so it's definitely an original design and one which could very well end up in Batman v Superman next year. After all, we've seen multiple denials about Doomsday being in the movie, so the heroes uniting to take on the armoured Lex is certainly plausible. It looks a little alien too, so could the LexCorp boss have utilised Zod's armour? Oh well.... Make your own conclusions.. #BatmanvSuperman pic.twitter.com/mfPm2q6A8v — BiASED Juan (@juanmies) November »
Anticipation for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is at an all-time high, and if it ends up disappointing next year, that could put the future of the DC Extended Universe in doubt. That's something Ben Affleck is well aware of, revealing in a recent interview with Variety that he's definitely feeling the pressure. "I think there is a ton of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls**ting you to say there isn’t." However, the actor and director remains confident in Warner Bros.' plan for their DC Comics properties and the studio's prospects at the box office after a disappointing 2015 thanks to a fair few flops. "You’ll see next year they are going to have a great year. They are now developing … probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, the DC comic world. And now they have started to exploit »
This year has been peppered with a bunch of celebrity breakups that have surprised and perplexed us. For instance, who didn't think Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner would make it? Were we not all rooting for Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol? And how are we supposed to get over Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's divorce? Keep reading to see the 37 (!) couples who have already called it quits this year, then repair your broken heart with these photos of famous couples who are still together and showing lots of Pda to prove it. »
- Brittney Stephens
“I think there is a ton of pressure on it,” Affleck said of the film, in which he plays Batman. “I mean I would be bulls—ting you to say there isn’t.”
Affleck was speaking about the March 25 film in connection with this week’s Variety cover story on Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara. The actor-director spoke about how much he has enjoyed working with Tsujihara and how deeply involved the studio boss has been in the making of the superhero franchise picture and how he believes pushing the film into 2016 will pay off, big time.
Affleck said the press has had a lot to say about the struggles of many Warners’ films in 2015, but predicted that “Batman v Superman »
- James Rainey
Terrence Malick has evolved a cinematic style over his two films since "Tree of Life," all shot by Oscar-winning Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, that involves following his protagonists through various spaces and landscapes, accompanied by voice-over narrations and lush classical music. Austin-based Malick, age 69, likes to shoot in an improvisational piecemeal way as inspiration hits and his actor collaborators are at hand. (They never know how or if they will wind up in the final product, shaped over time in the editing room.) Malick usually follows a male protagonist (Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Christian Bale) through interactions with other characters, often women partners. With 2011's Cannes-winning entry "The Tree of Life," Malick's method cohered into a powerful narrative centered on a family dominated by a powerful father (Brad Pitt in his best performance to date) and loving mother (Jessica Chastain). But having revealed this approach, the »
- Anne Thompson
Tom McCarthy, the fantastic director who gave us the thought-provoking "Spotlight," is going to be honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will join Johnny Depp (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for "Black Mass"), Brie Larson (Breakthrough Performance Award for the amazing "Room"), Saoirse Ronan (I love her in "Brooklyn" and she is set to receive the International Star Award), and Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for the twofer "Carol" and "Truth"). I will be live at the red carpet and will give you the very latest! For now, here's the complete press release regarding Tom McCarthy:
Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. »
Call it the Tsujihara Doctrine.
Soon after Kevin Tsujihara took over as Warner Bros. chairman-ceo, he made the decision to break with protocol from the previous regime — a change that would have a profound effect on the studio. At an early strategy session, senior execs recall him issuing a new edict: DC Entertainment is open for business across the lot.
Tsujihara made it clear that the vast archive of comic-book characters in the DC vault would no longer be under the tight control of Warner Bros.’ film division. WB’s television and interactive units would have new flexibility to develop projects derived from the properties, even if they were concurrently being eyed for movie projects.
He established the studio’s equivalent of the Justice League. Every two weeks, top execs including DC Entertainment’s Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Sue Kroll and Greg Silverman and Warner Bros. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Thanks to Tag Hobby, we’ve got a look at two Mafex series action figures from Japanese toy manufacturer Medicom for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, featuring the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight…
The figures stand approximately 6 inches tall, and will retail for $50 when they arrive in July 2016.
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
See Also: Follow all of our DC Extended Universe coverage here
- Gary Collinson
Get your pinch of salt at the ready, as Latino-Review has a new rumour about the DC Extended Universe, with the site claiming that the Black Canary is set to feature in Zack Snyder’s two-part Justice League movie, with an eye to including the character in a Birds of Prey film further down the line.
According to the report, Warner Bros. is looking at Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Alona Tal (Supernatural) to don the fishnets. Should there be any truth to the report, it would mark the big screen debut of the Black Canary, although there have been several live-action incarnations of the character on the small screen, most recently in Arrow where both Caity Lotz and Katie Cassidy have assumed her identity.
See Also: Follow all of our DC Extended Universe coverage here
- Gary Collinson
Batman v Superman is a movie of such importance to its fans that, without yet having even been released in theatres, it still gets spoken about and argued over like a cherished classic.
In the long months leading up to the film’s release rumours and theories have emerged in their droves, as fans and detractors alike attempt to decode trailers, interviews and promotional materials in a bid to unravel the mysteries of Zack Snyder’s upcoming motion picture.
But while there’s a sense that a lot of the assumptions relating to Batman v Superman are grounded in a kind of logic, there are a few things about the movie that many people seem to have got wrong; things that they’ve misinterpreted, misconceived or have just blatantly misread. Which means, of course, that there are a lot of false factors and a high amount of »
- Sam Hill
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