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Ridley Scott Is Waiting in the Wings to Direct The Batman

13 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The bad news for fans of the DC Extended Universe is that Ben Affleck is no longer going to direct The Batman for Warner Bros. The good news is, the studio is not messing around when it comes to filling the director's chair, as they are going after some truly top-notch talent. Recently, it was reported that Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is the studio's top choice for the job and they are just waiting on the deal to get done, since he has already committed to directing the movie. Should things fall apart, apparently Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is hanging out on the sidelines to direct.

The news broke just before the weekend that Matt Reeves, who was the rumored frontrunner to direct The Batman when Ben Affleck officially stepped down, had committed to doing the movie. That said, »

- MovieWeb

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Oscars: Jeff Bridges Only Bested By Two People in Terms of Academy Awards Career Length

12 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Jeff Bridges in ‘Hell or High Water’ (Courtesy: CBS Films)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

With yet another opportunity to win this year, Jeff Bridges expands his Academy Awards career to 45 years — with the chance to add to it. This is quite an accomplishment as there are very few actors and actresses with a span of that long between their last or most recent nomination. Let’s take a look at some of these other legends with Oscar stretches almost as long as or even longer than that of Bridges.

This year Bridges is nominated for best supporting actor for Hell or High Water and is up against Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Hell or High Water — a Western crime thriller directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan — is also nominated for best picture, best original screenplay, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Behind-the-scenes images of The Dark Knight’s warehouse fight from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

11 February 2017 10:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may have come in for heavy criticism in some quarters, it’s fair to say that the big warehouse showdown between The Dark Knight and Anatoli Knyazev’s goons is one of – if not the – best Batman fight scenes ever put to film, and thanks to Heroic Hollywood, we’ve got a look at some behind the scenes images from the production of said sequence…

See Also: Zack Snyder shares Batman v Superman before-and-after VFX video

“The script was still being worked on when we came in, and that’s generally earlier than a lot of directors have us come in, but Zack likes to really let it flow from early R&D,” said second unit director Damon Caro with regards to the conception and construction of the scene. “Half the time it’s like, ‘try this, try that,’ because there are a »

- Gary Collinson

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The Batman Gets Planet of the Apes Director Matt Reeves

10 February 2017 11:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A little over a week ago, it was announced that Ben Affleck was officially stepping down as the director of The Batman. He and the studio reportedly felt that it was best for the movie if he focused on putting everything he could into the role and getting a director who could really help them get the movie where it needed to be. Well, it looks like Warner Bros. has found that director and that director is Matt Reeves.

Variety is reporting that Matt Reeves has already committed to directing The Batman, but the deal is still being worked out. It was reported by Variety when the news broke that Ben Affleck would not be directing the movie that Reeves, who most recently directed War for the Planet of the Apes for Fox, was the studio's top choice for the job. It looks like they didn't have to settle, because »

- MovieWeb

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Newswire: The Batman has its new director

10 February 2017 6:41 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Variety reports that Matt Reeves is in “early talks” to take up the recently vacated director’s chair for Warner Bros.’s The Batman. A writer and director, Reeves is probably best known for his work on the recent Planet Of The Apes movies, taking over for Rupert Wyatt on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and helming this year’s upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes. He also directed Cloverfield for J.J. Abrams, suggesting he has a good idea of how to handle an action movie on both the macro and the micro scale.

Warner Bros. was forced to hunt around for a new director for its standalone Batman movie after star Ben Affleck, who also worked on an early draft of the movie with DC ComicsGeoff Johns, declined to take on the job. Yesterday, we reported that the script, last touched by Argo ...

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Warner Bros. reportedly “very happy” with The Batman script, no major rewrites planned

10 February 2017 2:28 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

And so, The Batman saga rolls on…

Following yesterday’s rumour that the script for the Ben Affleck-headlined (but no longer directed) solo Dark Knight movie could be set to undergo a page one rewrite once Warner Bros. finds a new director, we now have a conflicting report which claims that the studio and Affleck are “very pleased” with the latest draft from Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio, and that no major changes are planned.

@BatmanNewsCom No, several sources already saying new script came in this month and everyone including Emmerich and Ben very happy with it

— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 9, 2017

If true, this is certainly some welcome good news for DC fans, although it remains a mystery as to whether Warner Bros. still intends to begin shooting this year for release in 2018, or whether the talk of a 2019 date is now accurate. »

- Gary Collinson

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The Batman Script Is Finished, Ben Affleck Is Very Happy

10 February 2017 11:23 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A lot of things seem a little uncertain in the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe, but there is no question that The Batman is the most confusing and ever-changing project in that world at the moment. Not only has Ben Affleck decided not to direct the movie, but recently, there were reports that the entire movie was going to be getting a rewrite, which wasn't the most encouraging bit of news for those who want to see this movie happen. However, those reports apparently aren't true and as it turns out, the script is reportedly done and everyone is happy with it.

After some recent reports made it seem like the script for The Batman was in pretty rough shape, the folks over at Batman-News.com reached out to Variety reporter Justin Kroll on Twitter to try and clear things up. Batman-News asked him, "any truth to the »

- MovieWeb

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Joe Manganiello Is Taking Deathstroke Seriously! Comics, Swords, & More

10 February 2017 3:53 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Deathstroke vs the Jla

We already know the major issues going on with The Batman, as both Ben Affleck has dropped out from directing the film and it is even possible that the Argo screen writer (or someone new for all we know) Chris Terrio may do a full rewrite. This could mean that we may not even get my beloved Deathstroke at all, or even worse -- we may get The Joker. Well at least as of now, Joe Manganiello (Deathstroke) is getting prepared in a huge way.

Related: Rumor:The Batman Likely In Need Of New Script & Creative Team

Related: Ben Affleck Steps Down As Director Of The Batman

It seems that Manganiello is a gigantic nerd, like many of us here at Lrm, has read almost every Deathstroke comic ever printed, and also loves D&D. I, for one, sure hope that his reading includes Identity Crisis »

- Drew Carlton

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Another Ben Affleck Batman villain revealed, Clerks 3 is officially dead, what will Kevin Smith do next and more – Daily News Roundup

10 February 2017 12:37 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Why So Serious?

Since the announcement that Ben Affleck was no longer directing The Batman, there have been some rumours about his continued involvement in the franchise, as well as word that Chris Terrio (Argo) has re-written his script. According to a new report from Forbes, Affleck’s script saw a cameo from Jared Leto’s Joker last seen in Suicide Squad as well as a list of other Batman villains. The report also says that Affleck’s script – which he’s been working on for some time – might be scrapped entirely. Read more here.

Stranger Things

Following the teaser trailer released during the Super Bowl, Entertainment Weekly dropped some new images from Stranger Things season 2 as well as a synopsis. We won’t post it here in case of spoilers, but you can read more about it here.

Clerks 3 And Mallrats 2 Are Dead – Long Live Jay And Silent »

- Luke Owen

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Newswire: The Batman gets a rewrite to go with its new director

9 February 2017 12:47 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Warner Bros. and DC are currently in the process of finding a new director to replace Ben Affleck on The Batman. And while they conduct that search, the studios have also decided they might as well tinker with the film’s script while they’re at it. According to a Forbes report, the current draft was written by Argo’s Chris Terrio, but now it’s going to “undergo substantial changes” and might even get completely rewritten. The extent of the rewriting will probably depend on whoever the new director is, though, since they’ll almost certainly want to look over things and tailor them in a direction that fits their sensibilities

That means Warner Bros. is essentially starting over with The Batman, so its release is probably even further out than we previously thought, and what little details we knew about the plot may no longer be accurate. In »

- Sam Barsanti

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Rumor: The Batman Likely In Need Of New Script & Creative Team

8 February 2017 6:34 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Things continue to be not so good on the DC Extended Universe front. While 2016 seemed like the year the films would finally take shape (several years after the world famous Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off), it ended up as the year where its best laid plans seemed to fall apart.

Batman v Superman didn’t perform nearly as well as the studio had hoped, and the criticism it received prompted them to have the next film on their slate, Suicide Squad, undergo a series of edits. While a lot of fans enjoyed the cut that came to theaters — as evidenced by the box office receipts — it was even less well received than Batman v Superman, and seemed like an unhealthy and unnecessary overreaction to audience’s complaints.

Things didn’t get much better. While their next films, Wonder Woman and Justice League seemed to hit the ground with little problem, »

- Joseph Medina

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Zack Snyder shares Batman v Superman before-and-after VFX video

8 February 2017 3:55 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder has shared a twelve minute video detailing the visual effects work on last year’s DC blockbuster, giving us a behind-the-scenes peek at the incredible VFX work on the film with side-by-side comparison shots.

“This is a look behind the curtain and what my amazing VFX team is able to achieve,” said Snyder on Twitter. “They are simply amazing.”

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.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars »

- Gary Collinson

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Mfr Explores The Dceu's Road To Ruin: Column #5

6 February 2017 8:49 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

[Editor's Note: This is a re-post of the last entry in this series. As I prepared for the latest installment, I realized that- through some sort of bizarre technical glitch- this post has disappeared from Lrm Online. The other four remained in place, but this one somehow vanished. I'm preparing Column #6 for later today, so you can reread this in the meantime.]

Welcome back to a special ongoing look at Warner Bros. and how it's handled its DC Comics properties. It's going to be a weekly, ongoing miniseries here at Lrm.

It's suggested that you read the previous entries in the series, as they all build upon one another:

Column #1

Column #2

Column #3

Column #4

Last week, we left off with the arrival of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The film that began its first real rounds in the cinematic pop culture lexicon way back in 2002, and which gave birth to Batman Begins and Superman Returns– despite the fact neither of those films ended up factoring into the final evolution of the project- finally arrived on March 25, 2016.

Entertainment Weekly #664, back on July 26, 2002 when the project was first being buzzed about.

The film, based on a story by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and a final script by Chris Terrio (Argo), was »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Justice League Photo: Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg Face Off

5 February 2017 1:51 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, Warner Bros. released a new Justice League photo that featured Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman, (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Today we have yet another new photo that showcases Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg, although Batman and Superman are nowhere to be found. While Superman hasn't been seen in any of the images or footage yet, director Zack Snyder recently teased that Superman will have a huge role in the movie.

At the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry Cavill's Superman sacrificed himself in order to destroy the nefarious Doomsday, which leads to Batman assembling this team of superheroes in Justice League. The final shot of Batman v Superman hinted that the Man of Steel was actually still alive. We don't have any further details about how and when he comes back to life in Justice League, »

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Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for La La Land

5 February 2017 7:03 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

La La Land continued its charmed run through awards season, this time at the Directors Guild of America Awards. There, Damien Chazelle claimed the top prize, winning Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the modern-day musical about two aspiring artists falling in love.

The recognition comes hot off of star Emma Stone picking up the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the film’s top honors at the PGA Awards and record-breaking seven Golden Globe wins, among other awards season accolades. Not to mention, »

- C. Molly Smith

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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?

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- Oli Davis

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Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for ‘La La Land,’ Oscars Will Follow

4 February 2017 11:31 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The inevitable occurred Saturday night as Damien Chazelle accepted the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for “La La Land” from last year’s winner, A.G. Inarritu. The DGA winner is usually a pretty certain match with the Oscar for the Best Director — the winner has not gone on to take the Academy Award only seven times. (The most recent example: in 2012 non-Oscar directing nominee Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for “Argo,” while Ang Lee won the Oscar for “Life of Pi.”)

Chazelle beat fellow first-time DGA and Oscar nominees Barry Jenkins (presented by his charming trio of stars in $1.5 million “Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (introduced by “Manchester By the Sea” star Casey Affleck) and Denis Villeneuve (tributed by Amy Adams of  “Arrival”).

“Film is a universal language,” Chazelle said, recalling how the French New Wave directors fell in love with Hollywood sans sub-titles. He also »

- Anne Thompson

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Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for ‘La La Land,’ Oscars Will Follow

4 February 2017 11:31 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The inevitable occurred Saturday night as Damien Chazelle accepted the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for “La La Land” from last year’s winner, A.G. Inarritu. The DGA winner is usually a pretty certain match with the Oscar for the Best Director — the winner has not gone on to take the Academy Award only seven times. (The most recent example: in 2012 non-Oscar directing nominee Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for “Argo,” while Ang Lee won the Oscar for “Life of Pi.”)

Chazelle beat fellow first-time DGA and Oscar nominees Barry Jenkins (presented by his charming trio of stars in $1.5 million “Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (introduced by “Manchester By the Sea” star Casey Affleck) and Denis Villeneuve (tributed by Amy Adams of  “Arrival”).

“Film is a universal language,” Chazelle said, recalling how the French New Wave directors fell in love with Hollywood sans sub-titles. He also »

- Anne Thompson

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Damien Chazelle’s DGA Victory Solidifies ‘La La Land’s’ Date With Oscar

4 February 2017 11:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You can count on one hand the number of filmmakers that have won the Directors Guild award for feature filmmaking, yet lost the best director Oscar when nominated: Rob Marshall (“Chicago”), Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”), Anthony Harvey (“The Lion in Winter”) and Robert Rossen* (“All the King’s Men”).

Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”) and Steven Spielberg (“The Color Purple”), meanwhile, share their own bizarre place in film awards history as guild winners that didn’t even secure a nomination from the Academy. But throughout the course of 68 years, 60 DGA winners have gone on to claim the Oscar.

So that’s some solid math in “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle’s favor. Already the youngest DGA winner in the category, he’s now poised to become the youngest best director Oscar winner as well.

Why is the DGA prize such a predictive precursor? »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Damien Chazelle Wins Directors Guild’s Top Film Award for ‘La La Land’

4 February 2017 8:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Damien Chazelle has won the Directors Guild of America’s top feature film award for the whimsical musical comedy-drama “La La Land.”

Chazelle won over Garth Davis for “Lion,” Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight,” Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea,” and Denis Villeneuve for “Arrival.” Alejandro Inarritu, who nabbed the last two DGA Awards for “The Revenant” and “Birdman,” made the announcement late Saturday night at the conclusion of the 69th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Chazelle said backstage that he made “La La Land” — which stars Emma Stone as a hopeful actress and Ryan Gosling as a struggling musician falling in and out of love in an idealized Los Angeles — to celebrate the pursuit of artistic dreams.

“I would hope that the movie gives some kind of hope,” he added. “If there’s one message I want to get across, it’s that just chasing those dream — no matter how unrealistic, »

- Dave McNary

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