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The Week in Movies – Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer details, first Logan reactions, Batman loses another director and more…

19 February 2017 2:47 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer details, Logan reviewed, The Batman solo movie losing another director and more…

The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.

So much for that positive Batman news.

Just a week after War for the Planet of the Apes’ Matt Reeves was reportedly in talks to direct The Batman – the week after Ben Affleck announced his departure from the role – THR have now revealed the director is no longer interested.

Not only that, but according to one report, Affleck himself “wants out” of the franchise.

Will Arnett, now’s your time.

If you’re keeping count (I’ve got a spreadsheet), that’s now five directors who have left the DC Extended Universe. Michelle McClaren from Wonder Woman, »

- Oli Davis

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Director Matt Reeves Says No to The Batman?

17 February 2017 4:43 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For the second time in a week, Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a new director to take the helm on The Batman. One week ago today, Matt Reeves entered negotiations to take over for Ben Affleck as director on this standalone DC adventure. But now it sounds like that won't happen either, as a new report reveals negotiations have broken down between the studio and the filmmaker. An unnamed studio source says that it's possible talks could resume "once heads cool," but for now, Warner Bros. will likely be searching for a new director.

The Hollywood Reporter broke this news, with their studio source confirming that talks have in fact broken down between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves. It wasn't stated why talks broke down, or if there was a specific issue, or set of issues, that lead to Matt Reeves walking away. While we may never know what »

- MovieWeb

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Whips ‘Lego Batman,’ ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ on Friday

11 February 2017 7:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While “The Lego Batman Movie” is still expected to conquer the weekend, “Fifty Shades Darker” bound up its toy competitor on Friday, along with fellow newcomer “John Wick: Chapter 2.”

Universal’s “Fifty Shades” earned $21.5 million on Friday from 3,710 locations. The film’s strong performance in its first two days should put its three-day total in the $46 million range. James Foley directed “Fifty Shades Darker” based on a script that Niall Leonard adapted from E. L. James’ novel of the same name. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. “Fifty Shades” also opened in 37 international markets this weekend including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, France and Germany. Its early international grosses as of Friday afternoon stood at $22.4 million.

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s “Lego Batman” made $15 million on Friday from 4,088 theaters and should wrangle $54 million by the weekend’s end, below some earlier ambitious projections, »

- Seth Kelley

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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Soaring Over ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

10 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Lego Batman Movie” appears to be the true hero of the weekend box office, as it faces competition from fellow newcomers and franchise building blocks “Fifty Shades Darker” and “John Wick: Chapter 2.”

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s “Lego Batman” is expecting to wrangle between $20 and $21 million on Friday on its way to a super $74 million-$79 million domestic opening at 4,088 locations. The animated film features the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes. Chris McKay directed the animated adventure written by a five-man team: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, and John Whittington.


Film Review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie

Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker,” which whipped the family film in Thursday previews, should put up a fight on Friday as well in the $17 million-$20 million range. But ultimately the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel should end with a »

- Seth Kelley

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’: How They Built a Better Gotham, Brick by Brick

10 February 2017 10:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Lego Movie” was no fluke.

Batman, Gotham, and the DC universe are in good hands, thanks to director Chris McKay, Will Arnett as BatmanZach Galifianakis as Joker, a witty script co-written by Seth Grahame-Smith, and the fine animation by Animal Logic. (Original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller produced.)

And even though it’s a spoof, “Lego Batman” is even more engaging than the recent live-action DC movies. That’s because it actually digs deeper: it’s unafraid of exploring the Dark Knight’s fear of intimacy and exposing his symbiotic relationship with Joker.

Thus, when Batman tells Joker that he means nothing to him, setting off an existential crisis, the super baddie has nothing left to do but destroy Gotham and humiliate his foe.

“I wanted to do an emotional story and really try to commit to that arc and do it with jokes,” McKay told IndieWire. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Film Review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Delivers the Usual Laughs

10 February 2017 7:57 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The Lego Batman Movie” is more of a parody than the laugh-out-loud hijinks of the surprising “The Lego Movie,” but the legend of The Bats is ripe for a good skewering, and the movie has a lot of fun doing it. Will Arnett reprises the voice as the title character, with Zach Galifianakis taking on the antics of The Joker.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Unlike the first Lego film, the Batman version is a recitation of jokes that are pretty much tipped off, wrapped around a squirrelly “Batman needs a family” plot line. Both tend to drag down the lightness that the Lego franchise has established, but the jokes are lighting fast, rarely pausing to take a breath. Don’t like this one-liner? Here are ten more in the next two minutes. There were five screenwriters on this one, and I picture them being more like Jay Leno-like jokesters than a cohesive team. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Spanks ‘Lego Batman Movie’ on Thursday

10 February 2017 7:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades Darker” grossed $5.7 million at 3,120 theaters on Thursday. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s family film “Lego Batman Movie,” meanwhile, saw $2.2 million in Thursday previews, while “John Wick: Chapter 2” also opened to a solid $2.2 million for Lionsgate.

Early tracking suggested that “Lego Batman” would win the weekend with more than $60 million, ahead of “Fifty Shades,” which was estimated closer to $40 million.

James Foley directed “Fifty Shades Darker” based on a script that Niall Leonard adapted from E. L. James’ novel of the same name. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan co-star as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. The film currently has a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. “John Wick: Chapter 2” and “Lego Batman” are faring better with critics with a 90% and 91%, respectively, on the review aggregation website.


Film Review: ‘Fifty Shades Darker

“Lego Batman” features the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, »

- Seth Kelley

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Dan Lin Comments on “R” Rating & Potential Sequel for New It Movie

9 February 2017 9:48 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This is the year horror fans return to Derry, Maine in New Line Cinema's It movie. Due out in September, the latest adaptation of Stephen King's seminal 1986 novel is highly anticipated, and in a recent interview with Collider, producer Dan Lin confirmed that the film will have an "R" rating, and he also briefly discussed the movie's potential sequel.

When asked by Collider's Steve Weintraub at the press event for The Lego Batman Movie if the new It movie will be rated R, Lin confirmed the rating:

"It is a rated-r movie... It is a scary clown that’s trying to kill kids. So of course that’s going to be a rated-r movie... They do have a scary crown that’s taken over the town of Derry, so it’s going to be rated R."

Lin also mentioned that the film's young cast, which includes Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, »

- Derek Anderson

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Review

9 February 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario DawsonRalph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Conan O’Brien, Doug Benson, Billy Dee Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Eddie Izzard | Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington | Directed by Chris McKay

The Age of Animation rolls on, and we’re in a pretty good place, with the accessible intellect of Pixar and the slapstick pleasures of Illumination; and now a third pillar in the form of Warner Bros’ Lego universe, whose USPs are a soda stream of visual ideas and an irreverent, referential humour. A spin-off from surprise smash The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie mirrors the 2014 film’s frenetic pace, even if the gag hit-rate falls shorter.

The opening sequence, in which Joker (Zach Galifianakis) unleashes every villain from Penguin to “The Condiment Man” upon Gotham City, is an Adhd explosion of neon colour and editing. »

- Rupert Harvey

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“The Lego Batman Movie” is a surprising delight

9 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

A lack of expectations can sometimes be a film’s secret weapon. It’s not that I thought The Lego Batman Movie would be bad, but it just wasn’t initially on my radar to any real degree. Go figure then, since this probably my favorite movie of 2017 so far. It works in a tremendous way. Opening this week, it hopes to be as beloved as The Lego Movie was back when it opened. Going by the response I saw last weekend when I viewed it at a press screening, Warner Brothers has absolutely nothing to worry about. This will be a surefire hit. The film is an animated action comedy following Batman (voice of Will Arnett) as he goes about his heroic ways. After an encounter with Joker (voice of Zach Galifianakis) and a huge assortment of cohorts that basically leaves Gotham City villain free temporarily, Batman/Bruce Wayne »

- Joey Magidson

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Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer Has Robots, Monsters and Lots of Action

8 February 2017 7:32 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After a short teaser that debuted yesterday, Warner Bros. has released the full-length trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie. We also have the first poster, all of which can be seen in your local theater this weekend as Lego Batman Movie makes its premiere. The Lego movie universe is expanding, and as evident in this latest footage, there's going to be some bad blood raging through the rivers of Ninjago.

A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie} stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, »

- MovieWeb

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The Lego Batman Movie review: give a minifig

7 February 2017 12:31 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… A great Batman movie, a great superhero movie, and a gloriously bonkers expression of the sublime silliness of crime fighters in capes, and our love of them. I’m “biast” (pro): really liked The Lego Movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

He’s Batman. (Say it in a low growl for best effect.) The little Lego minifig in black actually works as a superhero. Of course he appeared in The Lego Movie a couple years back, but he was a joke, a sideshow, a parody of the Dark Knight. Would spinning him off into his own movie work as anything other than a caricature, and wouldn’t he be just one joke stretched too thin across a full movie? Wouldn’t the few things that made The Lego Movie stand apart from all the many »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Who’s the (Bat)Man’: Listen to Patrick Stump’s Hilarious Theme Song for ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

7 February 2017 9:57 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We’re dangerously close to the release of “The Lego Batman Movie,” the spin-off of 2014’s “The Lego Movie” and the second installment in the planned “Lego” cinematic universe, and no matter the medium in which its world, a Batman movie simply can’t exist without a cool theme song to go along with it.

The last time we saw the Lego rendering of Batman (Will Arnett), he was a hilariously pompous, brooding, and gravelly-voiced blowhard, so it makes sense that his film’s title theme is appropriately self-congratulating. With his track “Who’s The (Bat)Man,” Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump takes on singing duties.

Read More: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Review: Bruce Wayne Has Never Been So Much Fun

With screeching guitar solos, screamo-inspired vocals, and callbacks to the original Batman theme, the song is one humblebrag after the next, and very much fits with the Dark Knight’s sensibilities. »

- Allison Picurro

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Mfr Explores The Dceu's Road To Salvation: Column #6

6 February 2017 2:02 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

[Editor's Note: Yes, you've read that correctly. For the sixth column in this series, I've made a major alteration to the title in order to make it relevant to what we'll be exploring today.

If you're interested in catching up on this series, you can click on any of the following links:

Column #1

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Column #5]

Last time around, we left off with Warner Bros. doing what it could to overhaul the DC Extended Universe (Dceu). Today, we'll explore how some of the changes that were made could lead to an era of unbridled prosperity for the Dceu.

A New Sheriff In Town

Following the release of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. was left in a uniquely fascinating position. During the lead-up to that film they had effectively changed the guard up top, in terms of who was calling the shots. Prior to promoting DC Comics guru Geoff Johns to Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, the franchise didn't necessarily have a centralized brain. Unlike their chief rival, Marvel Studios, which has one man that everyone has to answer to (Kevin Feige »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Meet Jackie Chan as Master Wu in Lego Ninjago Movie

6 February 2017 9:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This weekend, Warner Bros. will release the first of their highly-anticipated Lego Movie spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie, which brings back Will Arnett as the voice of Batman. Later this year, fans will be introduced to another corner of the Lego universe with The Lego Ninjago Movie, slated for release on September 22. While we wait for the first trailer's release, Warner Bros. has shared new images, featuring Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Justin Theroux as the villainous Lord Garmadon, Dave Franco as Garmadon's estranged son Lloyd, and the ninjas in his "super squad," Kai (Michael Pe&#241a), Zane (Zach Woods), Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) and Nya (Abbi Jacobson).

USA Today debuted these images, and also spoke with Dave Franco and Justin Theroux about their characters. Justin Theroux is described as the "black-helmeted, four-armed supervillain" who tries to rule over Ninjago City. Standing in his way is a team of teenage ninjas, »

- MovieWeb

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The Week in Movies – main Wonder Woman villain leaked? Batman movie crisis, Jurassic World 2 update and more!

5 February 2017 5:32 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the main villain in Wonder Woman potentially being leaked, Ben Affleck stepping down as The Batman’s director, an update on Jurassic World 2 and more…

The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.

The Batman franchise is in need of rebuilding.

After week several weeks of negative DC Extended Universe stories – Justice League being “discombobulated”, Wonder Woman being “a mess” – last Sunday actually offered a rare piece of positivity. Someone had heard “good things” about those aforementioned tentpole releases.

*Sharp intake of breath*

DC finally had a break! Some momentum! This is the studio with the rights to the world’s most iconic superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg (Ok, maybe not Cyborg) – how will Warner Bros. capitalise?

By »

- Oli Davis

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The Week in Spandex – Ben Affleck exits The Batman director’s chair, Pierce Brosnan for Cable, Marvel too busy for Doctor Strange 2, Cloak & Dagger and Runaways cast

4 February 2017 7:28 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at The Batman, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Powerless, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Logan, Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Cloak and Dagger, Runaways, Iron Fist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain Underpants and more…

It’s starting to become a bit of a trend for Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe to lose its directors; first up was Michelle MacLaren on Wonder Woman, followed by Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa on The Flash, and now we can add Ben Affleck to that list. Yes, after weeks of suggesting he may not direct The Batman unless he was certain he could make it great, Batfleck has now vacated the director’s chair »

- Gary Collinson

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The Losers’ Club Featured in Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Upcoming It Movie

2 February 2017 2:41 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Around the holidays, Pennywise poked his head out of a sewer pipe in the above image, but now it’s time to get new looks at The Losers’ Club, the group of young outcasts who stand up to the ancient evil in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s It.

Revealed by It producer Barbara Muschietti on Instagram, the behind-the-scenes photos from the set of It feature Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, and Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon.

It is planned as a two-movie adaptation, with the first film following the Losers’ Club as kids facing evil incarnate in the small town of Derry in the 1980s, with the second movie expected to focus on the Losers’ Club as adults once again tasked with defeating »

- Derek Anderson

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Warner Bros, DC, The Batman and its director problem

31 January 2017 10:04 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 1, 2017

Ben Affleck’s the latest in a series of directors to bow out of a DC comic book movie. We take a look at a familiar pattern...

In a ninja-like move worthy of the Caped Crusader himself, Ben Affleck has bowed out of The BatmanAffleck will, of course, still star in the title role and serve as producer, but the standalone Batman movie will now need a new director - leaving the position empty mere months before filming was supposed to commence.

The outlet that broke the story, Variety, adds that Affleck’s decision wasn’t related to the recent performance of Live By Night, the period crime film produced, written, directed and starring Ben Affleck. Rather, Affleck says, “I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. »

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Lego Batman Movie In St. Louis

30 January 2017 1:47 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Everything is awesome, only this time – Batman-style!

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Lego Batman Movie” stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.

Directed by Chris McKay, it is produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, with executive producers Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis. The screenplay is by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jared Stern & John Whittington; story by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on Lego »

- Movie Geeks

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