Ben Affleck’s involvement with The Batman took a turn for the worst earlier this week when he confirmed in a statement that he would no longer be directing the Caped Crusader’s upcoming solo outing because he “cannot do both jobs to the level they require.” However, during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in January, Affleck happily confirmed that he would still helm the film after previously stating that it was “not a set thing” and that “there’s no script.” The whole thing seems a little bizarre, right? Who knows what would possibly be going on behind the scenes.
After working on the script for The Batman with Geoff Johns for quite some time, Deadline is now reporting that Argo and Justice League scribe Chris Terrio was brought in to do a rewrite and just turned in the most recent draft of the script to Warner Bros. who seem to be seeking additional help on this project while they continue their search for a new director alongside Affleck who will “remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
In a separate statement, the studio said that they fully support Affleck’s decision and remain “committed to working with him to bring a standalone Batman picture to life.” Both Affleck and Terrio are Oscar-winning screenwriters and that should certainly help benefit The Batman in every way possible, but could we also be running into a dreadful “too many cooks in the kitchen” situation at the same time? It seems apparent that we might be.
Affleck’s next outing as Batman will be in Zack Snyder’s Justice League which is due out in theaters on November 17. The upcoming superhero film features an all-star lineup that also includes Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg will reprise their respective Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice roles as Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, while J.K. Simmons will make his DCEU debut as Commissioner Gordon. Justice League wrapped production in Iceland just a few months ago and is currently being perfected in the editing room.
A release date for The Batman has not been set but we should see hit theaters in 2018 if they’re able to find a director for the project and get it back on track soon.
Universal has two new projects from M. Night Shyamalan coming our way in 2021 and 2023
M. Night Shyamalan and Universal Pictures seem to be getting along pretty nicely with each other as the studio announced yesterday that it will be continuing its relationship with the director and has dated his next two films from February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023.
“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” said Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”
Shyamalan added, “There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films. They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience.”
While any and all details about these two films — with the exception of the release dates, of course — are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, we can’t help but think Shyamalan will be pulling another Split-type secret sequel stunt and has something pretty exciting in store for us, though that’s just pure speculation on our part.
Matt Damon and Christian Bale attempt to pull off the impossible in this new ‘Ford v Ferrari’ trailer
Fresh off its stops at festivals like Telluride and Toronto, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari and it looks like this thing is shaping up to be one of hell a contender this awards season.
Ford v Ferrari tells “the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale),” who, believe it or not, does not seem to have undergone any drastic transformations for his role here.
Together, the duo “battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”
At press time, Ford v Ferrari boasts an impressive 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, and something tells me that percentage isn’t going to change too much over the next couple of months. I mean, even the “negative” reviews aren’t even that negative!
Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star in Ford v Ferrari, which hits theaters on November 15.
Phoenix: Put on a happy face and come see Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ early and for free
Warner Bros. will release Joker, Todd Phillips’ take on the iconic DC villain’s origin starring Joaquin Phoenix, on September 6 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.
Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link to enter to win passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Joker happening Tuesday, October 1 at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX at 7:00 p.m.
Winners of this contest will be selected and notified on Saturday, September 29 after 12:00 p.m. PT via email, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Joker as well as some additional details about the film.
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz
Opens: Friday, October 4
Rating: R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material
Synopsis: Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.