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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.

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Batman Forever Gets the Honest Trailer Treatment

Well this seems like a long time in coming. After so long Batman Forever finally gets the Honest Trailer treatment. So many movies have gotten this at this point that I had to wonder when they were going to start getting to the films that really deserved it. Face it, even if you liked this film, and a lot of people did, it wasn’t really that great. The role of Batman has ruined a couple of careers and come close to doing it to a couple of others. But when we’re talking about the film franchise overall it’s been one

Batman Forever Gets the Honest Trailer Treatment
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Matt Reeves Already Has Someone In Mind To Replace Ben Affleck As Batman

One of the biggest questions hanging over the future of the Dceu is whether or not Ben Affleck will be staying on board as Batman for the long haul. Despite only appearing in two movies so far (well, three if you count his Suicide Squad cameos), it’s long been rumoured that the actor is looking to hang up his cowl for good. Of course, this has led to fans casting doubt over him returning for upcoming solo film The Batman, wondering if perhaps he’ll walk before the project gets off the ground.

It’s definitely possible, but according to John Campea, who previously broke the scoop that Affleck was looking to leave the role earlier in the year, there’s already a contingency plan in place if that were to happen. He claims that Hollywood insiders have told him that The Batman director Matt Reeves has a specific
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Soundtracking: "Batman Forever"

Chris ponders the cultural death of the soundtrack and Batman Forever...

While this series is mostly curious on how music is used in the movies, it’s interesting to also consider a film’s soundtrack outside of them as well. There were times when film soundtracks were provided some of the most popular and culturally recognized music, but those days are essentially over. Perhaps one of the first films to birth the “songs inspired by” soundtrack moniker was Batman Forever.

And much of its songs are simply filler, either referencing characters or existing as discarded b-sides (make that c-sides) from hip artists with some. It’s merely a package to be merchandised and sold next to action figures and tie-in product. It started a model to be repeated in blockbusters to come, from The Hunger Games to Twilight to Space Jam.
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‘Batman Forever’ Honest Trailer: The Worst Movie You’ve Seen 30 Times

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‘Batman Forever’ Honest Trailer: The Worst Movie You’ve Seen 30 Times
Justice League hits theaters this coming weekend, bringing us Ben Affleck‘s take on Batman again as he rounds up the DC Comics superhero team on the big screen for the first time ever. But it was a long road to get here with a couple sizeable speed bumps courtesy of director Joel Schumacher. After Batman […]

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Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Batman Actor?

Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Batman Actor?
When “Justice League” debuts this weekend, Ben Affleck will make his return as the Caped Crusader, which first arrived in 2015’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

And when a new actor dons the pointy-eared cowl, it’s bound to draw comparisons to past Batmans/Bruce Waynes. For many, it’s the late Adam West who set the standard when he starred in ABC’s “Batman” series in the 1960s, embodying the superhero for generations to come.

A couple of decades later came Warner Bros.’ initial “Batman” film series, starring Michael Keaton in the Tim Burton-directed “Batman” and “Batman Returns” in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Val Kilmer took over the role, as the directing reins went to Joel Schumacher, for “Batman Forever” (1995), before George Clooney became Batman for “Batman & Robin” in 1997.

After the first series, a new millennia ushered in a new trilogy. Christian Bale starred in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed movie series comprised of “Batman Begins,” “[link
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‘Batman Forever’ Honest Trailer: Return To The Ecstasy Soaked Fever Dream

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While the world waits for the “Justice League” reviews (and the Rotten Tomatoes score….later), let’s not forget that getting Batman right isn’t always easy. In fact, during the ’90s, Warner Bros. missed the mark a couple times, with “Batman Forever” starting the character on a downward spiral.

Screen Junkies takes a look at “Batman Forever,” the movie that fumbled at picking up where Tim Burton left off following “Batman” and “Batman Returns.” There were a lot of things that didn’t work, starting with leaning hard into ’90s aesthetics (glowsticks!) but having two co-stars who couldn’t get along — Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones — probably didn’t help.

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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew

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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew
The Dark Knight is one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, ranked among the popcorn cinema elite in fan polls as one of the best movies ever. The penultimate chapter of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy saw Christian Bale's Batman go up against the Joker, portrayed with haunting villainy by the late Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for the role. Ledger's commitment to the character is the stuff of legend. But there were plenty of other cool facts behind the scenes, as well.

Katie Holmes skipped the sequel to make a terrible comedy.

Memento filmmaker Christopher Nolan rescued the World's Greatest Detective from the train wreck of glossy camp that was Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin with 2005's Batman Begins, a serious minded reboot adored by fans and critics. Katie Holmes co-starred as Bruce Wayne love interest Rachel Dawes, but the Dawson's Creek
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Film Review: "The Snowman" (2017) Starring Michael Fassbender

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By Mark Cerulli

Michael Fassbender plays a Norwegian detective with the high school bully magnet name of “Harry Hole” on the icy trail of a serial killer who always leaves a snowman at his crime scenes. Based on the, um, Hole literary series by Norwegian writer Jo NesbØ, the thriller also stars Rebecca Ferguson as a damaged policewoman trying to solve the crimes, Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons as a creepy industrialist and, curiously, Val Kilmer as an alcoholic detective who first opens up the case. (Kilmer’s rumored bout with cancer has sadly taken a toll as the actor looks nothing like the blonde Adonis he was in Top Gun and Batman Forever. It also sounded like he was dubbed throughout.) Although the Nordic scenery looks bleakly majestic due to Dion Beebe’s stunning cinematography and soaring helicopter shots, the plot twists and turns into a slushy mess.

Directed by Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson (Tinker,
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Exclusive Interview: Michael Maize on Villains, Charity and Acting

Tai Freligh interviews actor Michael Maize from Gotham and Happy…

Michael Maize is starring in Gotham season 4 this fall. Michael gained recognition from his recurring role in USA Network’s Mr. Robot. He has also been featured in hit television shows, including CBS’s Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, NBC’s The Blacklist, HBO’s True Blood, and films such as Saving Lincoln and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Michael is currently working alongside Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara in the film, Stano, (release date Tbd 2018) and is additionally set to star in SyFy’s forthcoming series Happy on Nov. 29, 2017. We chatted with him about his acting style, charity work and asked some fun speed round questions.

You seem to have embraced the fact that you get cast as villains more often than not. What do you think it is about your looks and personality that puts you into the path of these roles?
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Peter Macgregor-Scott, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Batman Forever’ Producer, Dies at 69

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Peter Macgregor-Scott, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Batman Forever’ Producer, Dies at 69
Peter Macgregor-Scott, producer on director Andrew Davis’ “The Fugitive,” the Joel Schumacher-helmed “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin,” and three Cheech & Chong flicks, died Wednesday following a recent traffic accident in Manhattan. He was 69. “We were like brothers who supported and relied on each other in an industry where that is rare. I will miss him dearly,” Davis told The Hollywood Reporter, when confirming the longtime Warner Bros. producer’s passing. Aside from projects with Davis and Schumacher, the producer’s credits include “The Jerk” (1979), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982), “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984), “Troop Beverly Hills” (1989),...
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DC Teams With Mercedes-Benz For Justice League Motion Comics Based On The Movie

As far back as I can remember, tie-in comics were just something to be expected whenever a new superhero movie arrived in cinemas. To this day, I still have my copies of adaptations for Batman Returns and Batman Forever. But unfortunately, the industry has somewhat shied away from this practice over the years, with such books now being few and far between.

And although it’s not necessarily a straight-up adaptation of the upcoming Justice League flick by any means, it’s pretty cool to see the medium that inspired the blockbuster hasn’t been forgotten. Much like the various variant covers that’ll soon flood comic shops, this new line of digital motion comics should do a decent job of whetting our appetites.

It started as a simple joyride. When they confront a raging fire, will Barry Allen and Victor Stone’s superpowers be enough to save the day?
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Behind The Scenes Photos From Batman Returns That Every Fan Should See

Often, what you see on a screen when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters is not at all what the initial footage looked like. Whether it’s CGI, practical effects, models, costumes, make-up or any of the other numerous tactics employed to create movie magic, the finished product is almost always enhanced in some manner, especially when it comes to big budget films.

Thankfully, nearly every major blockbuster has its production recorded and documented by photographers and over the years, some truly incredible, exciting and often hilarious behind the scenes photos have made their way online. And so, on that note, join us today as we settle into another edition of our weekly column, where we’ll be exploring Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

While the film was praised for its all-star cast, action sequences, and gorgeous design – and rightfully so – the dark and gloomy tone ultimately resulted in Warner Bros.
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The Week in Spandex – Nycc roundup, Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, The Punisher, Runaways, Gambit, Constantine, Spawn and more

Due to New York Comic Con, birthdays and anniversaries, it’s an abridged version of The Week in Spandex this week. Normal service will be resumed this coming Saturday…

The big news from the weekend was of course the release of the latest trailer for Warner Bros.’ upcoming blockbuster Justice League, while on the DC front we also had plenty of updates on the superhero team-up, as well as news on Batman, Aquaman, Constantine, and the various DC TV offerings. On the Marvel side of things, we’re still waiting on an Avengers: Infinity War trailer, but we do have plenty of Thor: Ragnarok promotional material, as well as rumours of Punisher delays, a first look at Runaways and more, and over at Fox Gambit may have found another director…

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Heroes assemble in the new trailer for Justice League

Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot discuss the
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Watch Jim Carrey Tell the Story of Tommy Lee Jones’ Hatred For Jim Carrey

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Watch Jim Carrey Tell the Story of Tommy Lee Jones’ Hatred For Jim Carrey
Tommy Lee Jones is not a big fan of Jim Carrey. The two actors worked together on Joel Schumacher’s neon-lit live-action cartoon Batman Forever, and ever since then, Carrey has been recalling a now-famous story about how Jone simply could not stand him. You may have heard this story before, but now you can see the […]

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Tommy Lee Jones Told Jim Carrey ‘I Cannot Sanction Your Buffoonery’ While They Were Making ‘Batman Forever’ — Watch

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Tommy Lee Jones Told Jim Carrey ‘I Cannot Sanction Your Buffoonery’ While They Were Making ‘Batman Forever’ — Watch
In case you were wondering, that bizarre Jim Carrey interview from a few weeks back wasn’t an anomaly. The man who brought us Ace Ventura and the Mask still believes that none of us exist and nothing matters, though he does seem to take it all in stride during his appearance on “Norm Macdonald Live.”

After joking about the fact that “every once in a while, somebody you really admire hates your guts,” Carrey reveals two people who weren’t fans of him: Chuck Jones and Tommy Lee Jones.

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He worked with the latter on the ill-fated “Batman Forever,” in which he played the Riddler to Jones’ Harvey Dent/Two-Face. “I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how you doin’?’ and the blood just drained from his face like he
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The Five Worst Tommy Lee Jones Roles of His Career

Tommy Lee Jones is an American Actor who was born in San Saba, Texas, on September 15, 1946. He made his Broadway debut in 1969 and laded his first movie role the following year when he played a Harvard student in ‘Love Story’. He has gone on to make many movies with some of the best including ‘The Fugitive’, ‘Two-Face’, ‘Batman Forever’, ‘Under Siege’, and the ‘Men in Black’ series of films. While he has had roles in many successful movies during his prolific acting career, he has also played roles that have not been quite as successful. Here are

The Five Worst Tommy Lee Jones Roles of His Career
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Batman Forever: Jim Carrey Says Tommy Lee Jones Hated Him On Set

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Batman Forever: Jim Carrey Says Tommy Lee Jones Hated Him On Set
Jim Carrey was recently on Norm MacDonald Live where he revealed that Tommy Lee Jones hated him when they were making Batman Forever together. Carrey was playing the Riddler while Jones was playing Two-Face in the Joel Schumacher directed movie. The movie was seen as divisive after the Tim Burton movies with Michael Keaton starring as Batman, though it was not universally hated like the next installment in the franchise, which has definitely not aged well, so don't bother going back for a nostalgic viewing. Anyway, while Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones were getting ready to do a scene together, Jones decided to tell Carrey about his true feelings.

Jim Carrey has talked about the subject before in the past, but the subject came up again when Norm MacDonald asked him about it. Carrey maintains that he still has nothing but the utmost respect for Tommy Lee Jones, but
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Jim Carrey Recalls How Batman Forever Co-Star Tommy Lee Jones Hated Him: "I Was the Star"

Jim Carrey Recalls How Batman Forever Co-Star Tommy Lee Jones Hated Him:
Ok, so The Riddler and Harvey Two-Face weren't the best of friends when the Batman Forever cameras were off. On Norm MacDonald's podcast Norm MacDonald Live, Jim Carrey talked about how his co-star Tommy Lee Jones "hated" him—and told him so to his face while the 1995 movie was in production. Jones has not commented. "I was at a restaurant and the maitre de said, 'Oh, I hear you're working with Tommy Lee Jones. He's over in the corner, having dinner.' And I went over and...and I said, 'Hey Tommy! How you doing?' like that," Carrey said. "And the blood just drained from his face, like he had been thinking about me 24...
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Tommy Lee Jones despised Jim Carrey’s “bufoonery” while working on Batman Forever

Jim Carrey is nothing if not enigmatic. Time has done absolutely nothing to change that that fact either, if that now-infamous recent interview is any indication. For an actor who is an enigma, what better character to play but Edward Nigma a.k.a. The Riddler in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever?

Jim Carrey in his prime. Tommy Lee Jones taking on Harvey Dent/ Two-Face. What could go wrong? Well, quite a bit. Besides the negative critical reaction, apparently Carrey and Jones were a complete mismatch while working on the film. Speaking on Norm McDonald Live, Jim Carrey recalls an encounter with his co-star at a restaurant:

“It was at a restaurant, and the maitre de said, ‘Oh, I hear you’re working with Tommy Lee Jones. He’s over in the corner having dinner.’ I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face.
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