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The Week in Spandex – Justice League, Shazam, Flashpoint, Wonder Woman 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, The Punisher, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Justice League, Shazam, The Batman, Justice League Mortal, Wonder Woman 2, Flashpoint, Cyborg, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Gotham, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, The Lego Batman Movie, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow, The Punisher, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Runaways, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Deadpool 2, Multiple Man, The Gifted, Venom, Morbius, The Incredibles 2, Kick-Ass and more…

Warner Bros. brought its DC heroes together this weekend with the release of the DC Extended Universe blockbuster Justice League, and while it managed to edge out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in terms of critical reaction, it certainly hasn’t been no Wonder Woman, with the film scoring a 46 on Metacritic and 40% on Rotten Tomatoes (once Rt decided to release its rating, that is). Our reviewers seemed a little more positive
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Stalls with $94 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Stalls with $94 Million Opening Weekend
Warner Bros.-D.C.’s “Justice League” is headed for an underwhelming opening weekend, coming in below early predictions with an estimated $94 million at 4,051 North American locations during its opening weekend.

The number marks a nearly 15% drop from early reports, which had pegged “Justice League’s” opening weekend in the $110 million range. With an estimated budget of around $300 million, “Justice League” poses high stakes for Warner Bros. The movie is the fifth installment of its DC Extended Universe, aimed at duplicating the success of Disney-Marvel’s interconnected franchises.

Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman along with Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, and Willem Dafoe also appear. Zack Snyder began shooting “Justice League” in April of 2016, from a script by Chris Terrio. Joss Whedon — director of Disney-Marvel’s two “Avengers” movies — assumed directing
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Justice League performing weaker than expected in the U.S., on course for second-lowest superhero movie opening of 2017

We’ve seen on many occasions that box office tracking figures are often wide of the mark, usually underestimating a film’s opening weekend. However, it seems the opposite may be the case with Justice League, as Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros.’ latest DC blockbuster is on course for a lower-than-expected debut in North America.

According to the site, Justice League grossed $38.4 million on Friday, meaning that the superhero team-up is on course to gross around $93.5 million across the Friday-to-Sunday period – down from tracking estimates of between $110 million and $120 million.

Should Justice League fail to hit the $100 million mark, it would find itself with the second-lowest superhero movie opening of the year after Logan on $88 million. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 leads the way with $146.5 million, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on $122.7 million, Spider-Man: Homecoming on $117 million and Wonder Woman on $103.3 million.

See Also: Read our reviews of Justice League
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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Festival Honors Sam Rockwell for ‘Three Billboards’

Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Festival Honors Sam Rockwell for ‘Three Billboards’
In today’s film news roundup, Sam Rockwell is honored for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” New Regency buys a hijacking story, and Paramount hires a screenwriter for “Gasp.”

Festival News

The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Sam Rockwell with the spotlight award – actor for his performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The festival’s awards gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Past recipients of the spotlight award include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Helen Hunt, Rooney Mara, Julia Roberts, and J.K. Simmons. All recipients received Academy Award nominations in the year they were honored, with Simmons receiving the Oscar for best supporting actor.

Rockwell plays a short-tempered police officer in “Three Billboards” opposite Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, and Lucas Hedges. He has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

Project Launch

New Regency has acquired Michelle Ashford’s screenplay
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The Batman Said To Be A Crime Film That Dives Deep Into Batman Mythos

After Wonder Woman, there was a brief period when the Dceu looked to be back on track. Then came the big fat mess of Justice League, which likely marks the final time we’ll see Ben Affleck in the Batsuit. Jake Gyllenhaal is apparently poised to take over the role from him in Matt ReevesThe Batman, which is currently in pre-production, but what would a Gyllenhaal/Reeves Dark Knight pic look like?

After the failure of Justice League, will they jettison the increasingly wobbly Dceu and make it a solo film, or perhaps head back way before Man of Steel and show us the prime of the Dceu Batman? Well, inside sources at Warner Bros. have now told former Latino-Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles that it’ll be neither. Word is that DC are ploughing ahead with their cinematic universe, saying in concrete terms: “The Batman will not be a prequel or reboot.
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Heading for Disappointing $95 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Heading for Disappointing $95 Million Opening
Warner Bros.-DC’s “Justice League” is heading for a disappointing opening weekend of about $95 million at 4,051 North American locations, early estimates showed on Friday.

The first Friday estimates for “Justice League” are well under the studio’s recent guidance, which had been in the $110 million range. Should it come in at the top of current estimates, “Justice League” might finish the weekend in the same range as “The Fate of the Furious” — which launched in April to $98.7 million as the seventh-largest opening of the year.

The six films that have cracked the $100 million opening mark this year are Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at $174.8 million, Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at $146.5 million, Warner-New Line’s “It” at $123.4 million, Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” at $122.7 million, Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at $117 million, and Warner-dc’s “Wonder Woman” at $103.3 million. A total of 48 titles have topped $100 million in North America in their debut frames.

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Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator
Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated pic “Klaus,” the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of “Despicable Me.”

The all-star voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Joan Cusack.

The film is a Christmas family comedy that tells the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. The screenplay is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis, and Jim Mahoney, based on an original story by Pablos.

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus?,” Pablos said. “He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world! We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

Tanguy Olivier, Gustavo Ferrada, and Marisa Roman are serving as producers. The film is co-produced by Pablos’ animation studio Spa Studios and Atresmedia
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Netflix Acquires Animated Family Film ‘Klaus’ From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

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Netflix Acquires Animated Family Film ‘Klaus’ From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator
Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated family film Klaus, which marks the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of Despicable Me. The voice cast is a good one with Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack. The film is in production in Madrid, and Netflix plans to roll it out for Christmas 2019. The Christmas family comedy will tell the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings…
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon both auditioned for Robin in Tim Burton’s Batman

Last year, Ben Affleck donned the cape and cowl as the DC Extended Universe’s incarnation of The Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, reprising the role for Suicide Squad and this weekend’s big release Justice League.

However, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel, Affleck has revealed that he could have made his DC debut almost thirty years prior, with both he and his pal Matt Damon having auditioned for the role of Robin the Boy Wonder in 1989’s Batman from director Tim Burton. Here’s Affleck talking about their auditions…

The character of Robin was ultimately deleted from the script, with Marlon Wayans signing on for the role in Batman Returns, only for the part to be cut once again. Chris O’Donnell eventually portrayed Dick Grayson alongside Val Kilmer in Batman Forever, and returned opposite George Clooney in Batman & Robin.

See Also: Matt Reeves reportedly eyeing
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Warner Bros. reportedly concerned that Justice League could open lower than Thor: Ragnarok

The sixth and final superhero movie of 2017 hit cinemas today, as Warner Bros. assembles its greatest heroes for the DC team-up movie Justice League.

It’s the second superhero movie we’ve had in recent weeks after Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and according to THR, executives at Warner Bros. are apparently sweating over Justice League’s opening weekend, being concerned that it may fail to outperform its Marvel rival.

“If a B character from Marvel shut downs and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment,” the trade quotes an insider at the studio. “It’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners] execs.”

See Also: Read our reviews of Justice League here and here.

Thor: Ragnarok opened to $122.7 million domestically, while Justice League is said to be tracking between $110 million and $120 million – although as we’ve seen on numerous occasions, tracking is often wide of the mark.
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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More

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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

-The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Rising Star Award – Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4 – 15, 2018. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Terrence Howard, and Adam Beach.

Timothée Chalamet gives a stirring performance as Elio, a 17-year-old on the brink of passion and self-discovery. It’s an intimate and erotic performance that transports the audience to another time and place and stays with us long after we’ve left the theater,” said Festival
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Soars to $13 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Soars to $13 Million on Thursday Night
Warner Bros.-DC’s “Justice League” has opened with a solid, but not spectacular $13 million at around 3,700 North American locations on Thursday night.

The number for “Justice League” is the fifth-biggest Thursday preview of 2017, following “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Justice League” tied “It’s” Thursday preview gross. The figure is also $2 million more than “Wonder Woman’s” Thursday night number in June.

Justice League” expands to 4,051 domestic sites on Friday. It has remained on track for an opening weekend of $110 million since late October.
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‘Justice League’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, Jk Simmons, Ciarán Hinds | Written by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon | Directed by Zack Snyder

DC’s Justice League has had a famously troubled production history, from panicked reshoots and rewrites to director Zack Snyder having to leave the project due to a family tragedy. DC cannily drafted in Joss Whedon to finish the film, which lead to yet more reshoots and rewrites, as well as Whedon shooting a reputed 15 to 20 per cent of the finished film. Unfortunately, the patch-up job has been clumsily handled and the result is both ugly to look at and a slog to sit through, marred by shoddy effects work and a general lack of imagination.

The plot continues on directly from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead,
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Justice League Review

Justice League is a “step in the right direction” in that instead of tumbling down an upwards-climbing escalator on an endless loop, DC has now managed to brace itself on a bottom step, clutching the handrail in a dizzied, confused daze. Patty Jenkins blazed a trail for franchise improvement with Wonder Woman, but this Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon double-team steps right back into the Dceu’s own mismanaged stink.

Forced “humor” clashes with Snyder’s brand of glib intensity, action sequences rage with no captivation, backstory establishment gets tossed aside – but yes, it’s far more “fun” than Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. For whatever that’s worth? Marvel cultivated their rivaling luminescent, “bright side” universe through patience and genuine charisma – DC just wants to bottle the same magic, hellbent on replicating an existing formula without understanding.

The Justice League’s first venture is to prevent Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), a cosmic warlord,
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Justice League’s Rotten Tomatoes score finally revealed

The Rotten Tomatoes score for Justice League has at last been released, giving the comic book team-up flick a less than desirable 40%.

Many eyebrows were raised at the news of Rotten Tomatoes delaying their score for the much anticipated DC superhero movie Justice League. Normally the scores are released well in advance (as soon as the review embargo is lifted) but on this occasion Rt delayed the release until the day before the film arrives in cinemas.

What made matters more curious still was the fact that Warner Bros. – the studio behind Justice League – owns a stake in Fandango (Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company). This indicating to some that WB didn’t want the score getting out there and influencing audience’s not to see the movie.

All of this is in the past, however, as we now know that Justice League has a 40% score. This comprises of 136 reviews at this
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“Justice League” tries to save the day for DC

Today is the day for DC and Warner Brothers. At long last, all of their superheroes are sharing the screen. A few hours from now, the first public screenings of Justice League will begin, giving fans a chance to not just see Batman, Superman (yes, he’s in it…duh), and Wonder Woman on screen, but also Aquaman, Flash, and more. This has been the goal since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first given the thumbs up. So, what about the quality? Well, it’s better than Suicide Squad, I’ll give it that. Where it stands elsewhere, well, that’s something we’ll get to below… The film continues the story began in Man of Steel and continued in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Taking place after the events of the latter, the world now lives with the death of Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill). His
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Update: Matt Reeves reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal as replacement for Ben Affleck in The Batman

Update: In his latest video, John Campea is now claiming that Jake Gyllenhaal is being eyed for the role of Batman, and that Matt Reeves is considering two ideas for his trilogy – one which would serve as a prequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the other as a standalone series of films. Original story follows…

Ben Affleck has once again got the internet fired up over his recent comments about his potential involvement in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman trilogy. A month ago, it seemed Ben was in it for the long haul, but recent comments have seen him play a bit coy on the topic. Not to say he won’t sign on, but it does seem he is approaching the decision carefully. Regardless of the likelihood that he will stay involved, it’s understandable director Matt Reeves has started eyeing other actors. One in particular,
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Takes Off in First International Markets

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Takes Off in First International Markets
Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” launched with $8.5 million on Wednesday in nine overseas markets.

Brazil led the way with $3.7 million at 1,509 screens on its Republic Day holiday for the biggest opening day of all time, with a 74% box office share of the top five films. It’s the industry’s widest release ever in that market.

South Korea generated $1.1 million on 1,195 screens in previews, taking a 50% share of the top five films in the market. France also saw $1.1 million in first-day grosses at 687 screens, 19% ahead of “Wonder Woman.” Indonesia opened strong with $895,000 on 888 screens, exceeding “Thor: Ragnarok” by 8% in the highest opening for a Warner Bros. title.

An additional 38 markets open Thursday, including Germany, Italy, Russia, Korea, and Australia. The U.S. debut is on Friday amid forecasts of an opening weekend of $110 million at 4,040 North American locations.
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Second Opinion – Justice League (2017)

Justice League, 2017.

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Diane Lane, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Billy Crudup, J.K. Simmons, Kiersey Clemons and Jeremy Irons.

Synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Whether one considers Justice League a Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon blockbuster (the latter was brought in to film quite a few reshoots, and dodgy CGI
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Ciaran Hinds discusses Justice League’s villain Steppenwolf

We’re just a few short hours away from the release of Justice League, the latest chapter in the DC Extended Universe, which sees DC’s greatest heroes teaming up to save the world from the threat of Steppenwolf, played by former Game of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds. We’ve only had a few brief glimpses of the villain during the marketing campaign, but now the actor has been chatting about his character, and offering up details on his role in the film.

“I guess you’d call him a super-villain,” states Hinds. “He hails from the planet of Apokolips and he is the general of the Apokoliptian army who has come to take the world. For thousands of years he’s been in search of the Mother Boxes, which are all-powerful entities. He’s in search of all-power, and that’s his journey… His powers are physical rather than any form of mental agility.
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