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Warner Bros vs Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck made his name with a combination of geeky-level indy movies, starring in Chasing Amy and Mallrats for his friend Kevin Smith, and Academy-beloved dramas, the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love.
Matt Damon had hair back then.
Then he starred in a badly-received superhero movie dogged by an interfering studio (Daredevil – 44% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a critically-panned crime film (Gigli – 6%), released around the same time he publicly split with his celebrity fiancée (Jennifer Lopez).
Who saw that coming?
That was 2003, and Affleck’s »
- Oli Davis
With Ben Affleck doing the promotional rounds for his new film Live By Night, we’ve heard him responding to many questions about the status of The Batman, leading to an entire ‘will he, won’t he direct?’ saga.
Well, in an interview with Cineplex, Affleck has been asked about his next outing as Batman in November’s Justice League, during which he talked about the tonal shift we can expect from Zack Snyder’s third Dceu offering.
“Justice League, you probably saw the teaser that came out of Comic-Con; I thought it is nicely emblematic of the kind of minor tone shift and segue in storytelling,” said Affleck. “It’s a little bit lighter, the characters are a little bit more comfortable in themselves, so they can express a wider array of emotions. And there are just more people in it, so it’s more fun. It’s all »
- Gary Collinson
DC released the image that precedes this week’s via a puff piece in USA Today. In it, we see the Aveng-err-Justice League being scowly amidst steam and metal and stuff. It’s really striking, ain’t it?
As the image made its way across the social media networks I frequent, a common theme rose to the surface: Vomit. While I typically love to play devil’s advocate in situations like this, offering a nice counterpoint to typical rantings in lieu of some of my own delicious snark, I honest to Rao can only pile on. Let’s carve this screencap into a thousand angry pieces, shall we?
First off, I’m fine with Batfleck. He’s grumpy and gray. Which is exactly what I expect Batman to be. I think the one fine thing to come out of Batman v Superman was the portrayal of Bruce Wayne and his emo counterpart. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe hasn’t gotten off to the best start. With the particularly rough Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the so-so Suicide Squad, things aren’t looking too good for the studio right now. Thankfully, they’ve got two chances to turn things around this year what with both Wonder Woman and Justice League arriving. While the former film is certainly important, it’s more Zack Snyder’s upcoming effort that everything hinges on.
Though it’s still too soon to tell how it will ultimately turn out, the reception to what the studio has shown us so far has certainly been positive. From everything we’ve been hearing, Warner Bros. is really hoping to get their plans back on track and perform a complete 180 from the doom and gloom found in Batman V Superman. That’s a sentiment echoed by Ben Affleck as well, »
- Josh Wilding
For better or worse, we’re going to be seeing some real change in the DC Extended Universe. As reported extensively here at Lrm, the brass over at Warner Bros. have seemingly mis-diagnosed the problem with Batman v Superman as a “tonal one.” When the film hit theaters last year, and failed to live up to the name (at least in a lot of fans’ minds), the studio seemed to be in a mad scramble to fix the situation.
They went and re-cut Suicide Squad so that it displayed a lighter, more audience-friendly tone, and they spouted the lighter take on the superheroes that would be evident in the 2017 film, Justice League. They even went so far as to fly out a whole bunch of press to changed the entire narrative surrounding the Dceu. It wouldn’t be all doom and gloom anymore.
It’s been several months, and in that time, »
- Joseph Medina
The Dceu will not be held down by negativity and criticism. They are moving forward with their Green Lantern Corps, and it looks like we have found a writer or two.
Critical response from the Dceu has not been overwhelmingly positive. But that hasn't stopped DC from pursuing the guardians of the universe. With Justice League and Wonder Woman headed to the big screen this year, WB/DC is hard at work on their production of the Green Lantern Corps film.
In an exclusive at Deadline, it is being reported that David Goyer, along with Justin Rhodes, will be penning the script. Goyer has put together some impressive superhero scripts including the Blade trilogy, helping Christopher Nolan on his Batman trilogy, as well as Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman.
The story looks to be reminiscent of Lethal Weapon, but in space. Which I think we can all get on board with. »
- email@example.com (B.C.)
Warner Bros. has brought on screenwriters David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Justin Rhodes (Contract Killers) to pen the script for Green Lantern Corps. The studio is reportedly "moving aggressively" on this project, which, when the studio announced its Dceu lineup in 2014, was believed to hit in 2020. This report confirms a long-standing rumor that this superhero adventure will feature two iconic Green Lantern comic book characters, Hal Jordan and John Stewart.
Deadline reports that this project has been described as "Lethal Weapon in space," and will follow a comic book origin story. As of now, the studio hasn't cast any actors for the Hal Jordan and John Stewart roles, but Hal Jordan was most recently portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in Warner Bros.' 2011 Green Lantern movie, which was a critical and commercial failure. The actor even poked fun at the movie several times in his recent blockbuster Deadpool, so »
Warner Bros. may have scored a couple of strong box office successes last year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, but the reception for the two DC Extended Universe releases was certainly mixed, with many fans feeling the movies were too dark and gloomy.
Since their release, we’ve heard on numerous occasions that we can expect a tonal shift in the Dceu going forward, and that the movies will be “lighter” and “more fun”. Just this week, Dwayne Johnson – who is set to play Black Adam in Shazam – promised “hope, optimism and fun” from future movies, and now screenwriter Will Beall has echoed that sentiment when talking about November’s Justice League movie.
“I think Justice League again is, what you’re going to see — I hope I’m not going to get in trouble for saying this — but it’s much more fun, much poppier, »
- Gary Collinson
If you're a lifelong DC nerd like me, then these comments from Dwayne Johnson are heaven-on-earth...
One of the recurring critiques coming from folks put off by the first three films in the DC Extended Universe is that they've worked too hard to- as producer Deborah Snyder put it- "deconstruct" their heroes. They've tried to be subversive, morally complex, and generally "dark." Inspired by the success Christopher Nolan found when he rebooted the Batman franchise and turned it into a high-minded, grown-up allegory for the tricky times we all live in post-9/11, Zack Snyder was hired to steer the entire DC ship in a similar direction.
There were a few problems with that, though.
For starters, Snyder is no Nolan. Period. And the bigger problem was: Not every DC character is Batman.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Last time, I covered the best movies of 2016— and now it’s time for the flip side. Brace yourself.
#6: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – In my top list I praised Captain America: Civil War for being a kind of triumphant pinnacle of fan service in comic book movies. Batman v Superman might well be the dark mirror of that idea: fan service run completely amok. Characters are crammed in this movie every which way along with vague concepts, half-formed ideas, and every frame of iconic superhero artwork Zack Snyder has ever seen. Batman v Superman is depressing both in tone and failed potential. The Superman that Snyder puts on the screen is the worst interpretation of the character I’ve ever seen, impulsive and violent without a trace of warmth. Only the moderately badass Wonder Woman sequences save this movie from higher placement on this list, and they »
- Arthur Tebbel
Despite all the editorials and the speeches and the handwringing, things aren’t getting better for women in Hollywood. They’re getting worse.
Women comprised just 7 percent of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016, a decline of two percentage points from the level achieved in 2015 and in 1998, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The results come after two years of debate about the lack of opportunities for women and minorities to rise up through the studio system. It’s a conversation that has drawn the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Chastain, and other stars, all of whom have publicly decried the lack of pay equity for women and the dearth of female filmmakers.
The report also hits as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Eeoc) continues to investigate »
- Brent Lang
Wonder Woman hasn't exactly been shying away from the press. Throughout its production we've gotten a bunch of official on-set photos. New footage has come out every few months. The trailers have shown off all kinds of cool scenes and set pieces. That said, one thing has been missing this entire time: a villain. So far Wonder Woman has largely escaped the scrutiny of wondering who the big bad could be because, well, the villain kind of seems like all of mankind. It is after all a period piece set during World War I and follows the Amazonian warrior as she leaves her family behind to venture out into a war torn Europe. But now thanks to a French movie magazine, we know that Patty Jenkins' movie indeed has a specific villain, and it's none other than Ares, son of...
- Peter Hall
The main threat to Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman might be the bad reviews haunting previous Dceu movies. However, there’s also a bad guy in the context of the actual film, and according to a new report out of France, the main villain is Ares, the god of war. This makes sense, as the action is set during Wwi, and there’s a bit more information circulating about his malicious intentions.
The translation is a bit uneven, but according to the French site Les Toiles Héroïques, a report in the magazine Studio Ciné Live indicates that Ares may be seeking a deadly gas. Meanwhile, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, has been gathering intelligence. “I play a pilot who works for the Allies and spies on the Germans without their knowledge,“ Pine told Studio Ciné Live. “My character steals a notebook filled with scientific formulas from an Ottoman base, he »
- Esther Zuckerman
In addition to debuting some cool new Bts images from the Wonder Woman movie last night, French publication Studio Cine Live also seems to have confirmed that Ares will be one of the villains. The mag followed up some quotes by actor Chris Pine by stating that the God of War would attempt to use some kind of gas devised from the formulas Steve Trevor stole to end all human life. Here's a translation courtesy of Les Toiles Héroïques: “Behind these scientific formulas, there is a deadly gas that could well annihilate humanity. Now, it turns out that this is precisely the goal of Ares, the god of war. He is jealous of humanity, which is a creation of his father, the deceased Zeus (he was killed by Ares when he rebelled against him, with the help of the Amazons)…” Both Ares and another DC baddie named Circe have been »
French movie magazine Studio Ciné Live (via Batman-News and Les Toiles Héroïques) has unveiled four brand new images from DC’s Wonder Woman, which were taken while the movie was filming in Palinuro, Italy. The images give an insider’s look at director Patty Jenkins speaking with actresses Gal Gadot and Connie Nielsen on the location’s beaches during production. See them below…
What’s even more interesting is that the outlet spoke with Chris Pine, who gave up some never-before-revealed details about his role as Steve Trevor and how he winds up on the Amazons’ island of Themyscira. “I play a pilot who works for the Allies and spies on the Germans without their knowledge,” said the actor. “My character steals a notebook filled with scientific formulas in an Ottoman base, he steals a plane but is shot down in the open sea.”
An excerpt included in the article »
- Justin Cook
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Though not officially released, three new behind the scenes snaps from Warner Bros.’ upcoming Wonder Woman movie have found their way online today courtesy of French movie magazine, Studio Ciné Live. The photos were taken last year as director Patty Jenkins and her crew filmed on the beaches of Palinuro, Italy, which was doubling for the mythical island of Themyscira.
The best quality pic of the bunch features Gal Gadot as Diana, while there are a couple of lower-res shots of Gladiator actress Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, as well as some background Amazon/soldier characters.
In addition to that, the magazine featured an interview with Star Trek Beyond actor Chris Pine, who will play Diana’s love interest Steve Trevor. Pine doesn’t give too much away, obviously, but he does reveal how and why Trevor winds up on Themyscira, and hints at a certain villainous plot device. »
- Mark Cassidy
While we still have quite some time until the summer movie season kicks off, Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman may already be an early favorite as one of this summer's biggest movies. An international trailer released last week revealed some new footage, but it will likely be quite some time until another domestic trailer is released. While we wait for that to be unveiled, four new photos have surfaced, along with a set visit report that has seemingly confirmed a long-standing rumor about who the true villain really is.
First off, the French magazine Studio Cine Live has released four new photos, while Les Etoiles Heroiques has translated their report from the set of this superhero adventure. The magazine got to speak with Chris Pine, who reveals some very interesting details about his character, Steve Trevor, during World War I. Here's what the actor had to say about what his »
Just when I get done writing a story from an Italian magazine confirming Spider-Man for Infinity War, another foreign magazine has given us an even bigger treat. The French magazine Studio Ciné Live, by way of the website Les Toiles Héroïques, not only gives us new set pictures from Wonder Woman, but also confirms that the villain of the movie will be Ares, God Of War.
Ares, or Mars in Roman mythology, has had a long history with Wonder Woman in the comics and is often her major nemesis. I should also point out that there is a Marvel Aries, God Of War, as well, and while they can look alike at times, they are motivated by vastly different ideals. It is not yet known who will play Ares, and there is reportedly a mystery character in the movie that could fit the bill, but we will have to wait and see. »
- Drew Carlton
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5 Movies You Think Are Bad, But Are Actually Pretty Good
We often go through life assuming certain movies are bad. Gigli? »
- Joseph Medina
Thanks to Studio Ciné Live (via lestoilesheroiques) we have some new behind-the-scenes snaps of Patty Jenkins and her crew filming Wonder Woman on the beaches of Palinuro, Italy, last year. A couple of the shots aren't the best quality, but the one of Gal Gadot directly below is decent resolution. The mag also shared some quotes from an interview with Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor in the movie. He doesn't spill anything too revealing, but we do get a good idea of what Trevor was up to before being shot down over Themyscira, and possibly the film's McGuffin. "I play a pilot working for the Allied spies and the Germans without their knowledge ,. My character steals a notebook filled with scientific formulas in an Ottoman base. He steals a plane but is shot down in the sea. " Wonder Woman charges into theaters June 2, 2017. »
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