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Ben Affleck addresses rumors about him not playing Batman anymore during Comic-Con panel

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Ben Affleck appeared alongside his Justice League co-stars at San Diego Comic-Con today where he seemingly shut down rumors that he would no longer be playing Batman after an article from The Hollywood Reporter suggested that Warner Bros. was developing a plan that would usher him out of the DC Extended Universe.

Rather than transcribing what Affleck said during the Hall H panel, we figured it would be best to embed the video of him speaking about the matter, courtesy of our good friends over at JoBlo, which is too good not to share. Take a look for yourself below:

And below is the original report we brought to you yesterday.

Original story: It’s no secret that there is a lot of back and forth with Ben Affleck’s involvement in the DC Extended Universe. Around the end of last year and into the current one, Affleck happily confirmed that he would be directing The Batman after previously stating in an interview that “it was not a set thing” and that “there’s no script.” However, weeks later, he changed courses and officially stepped down from his position as a director on the high-profile project.

Fast forward to the present day, and it appears Affleck’s involvement in the DCEU is in limbo once again as The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Warner Bros. is working on a plan that would help “usher out Affleck’s Batman gracefully” and that they would address the change “in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.”

With Affleck heading to San Diego Comic-Con this weekend to help promote Justice League on the studio’s Hall H panel on Saturday, a request for comment from Warner Bros. on THR’s report didn’t lead us to anything new, but rather previously released statement from Toby Emmerich, the studio’s president and chief content officer. Take a look below:

“Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can.”

For Affleck, though, the situation at hand could be much greater than simply just not wanting to play the role, one that is very near and dear to his heart, anymore. Back in March, the actor revealed that he had “completed treatment for alcohol addiction” and that it was “something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.” Among all the speculation, perhaps Affleck just simply needs to take some time to focus on himself and his family, which is something that I think we can all relate to in one way or another.

Until a decision has been made, you can certainly expect to see Affleck in Justice League this November, while his involvement with Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which is currently undergoing a major change in screenplays, is still on the table until production begins in 2018.

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An eerie new trailer for ‘The Lighthouse’ is here to send you into a world of nautical madness

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One simple question arises in the latest trailer for Robert Eggers’ new film The Lighthouse, the “hypnotic and hallucinatory tale” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers driving each other mad, and, quite frankly, it’s a pretty good one: “what?”

That one simple question pretty much sums up my feelings about The Lighthouse, which seems to be appealing to my very particular brand of weird with all these peculiar trailers where Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go at each other’s throats and talk about spilling beans and shit.

Needless to say, all of the raves The Lighthouse has received over the past few months following its debuts at festivals like Cannes and, most recently, TIFF have also piqued my interest — right now the film boasts an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 70 reviews.

I suppose we’ll find out what all the buzz is about when The Lighthouse hits theaters October 18.

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‘Joker’ just won the Golden Lion award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, because of course it did

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In its continuing effort to be the most bonkers fucking film festival on the planet, the Venice Film Festival jury has just selected Todd Phillips’ Taxi Driver/King of Comedy riff Joker as the recipient of this year’s Golden Lion award, while convicted rapist Roman Polanski received the second-place Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy.

Haifaa Al-Mansour and Shannon Murphy, the only two women directors who were selected to compete at Venice this year, both went home empty-handed, though Murphy’s Babyteeth star Toby Wallace did pick up the festival’s Young Actor award.

The complete list of 2019 Venice Film Festival winners is as follows:

Golden Lion
Joker; dir: Todd Phillips

Grand Jury Prize
An Officer And A Spy: dir: Roman Polanski

Silver Lion, Best Director
Roy Andersson; About Endlessness

Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Ariane Ascaride; Gloria Mundi

Volpi Cup, Best Actor
Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden

Best Screenplay
Yonfan; No. 7 Cherry Lane

Special Jury Prize
La Mafia Non E Più Quello Di Una Volta; dir: Franco Moresco

Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Toby Wallace, Babyteeth

HORIZONS
Best Film
Atlantis; dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych

Best Director
Theo Court; Blanco En Blanco

Special Jury Prize
Verdict; dir: Raymund Ribay Guttierez

Best Actress
Marta Nieto; Madre

Best Actor
Sami Bouajila; A Son

Best Screenplay
Jessica Palud, Revenir

Best Short Film
Darling; dir: Saim Sadiq

LION OF THE FUTURE — LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
You Will Die At 20; dir: Amjad Abu Alala

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
Best VR
The Key; dir: Céline Tricart

Best VR Experience
A Linha; dir: Ricardo Laganaro

Best VR Story
Daughters Of Chibok; dir: Joel Kachi Benson

VENICE CLASSICS
Best Documentary on Cinema
Babenco; dir: Barbara Paz

Best Restoration
Ecstasy; Gustav Machaty

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Deck the halls with…bloody murder? The trailer for Blumhouse’s remake of ‘Black Christmas’ is here

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We were pretty jazzed to hear earlier this year that Blumhouse had begun production on a remake of Bob Clark’s 1974 slasher classic Black Christmas and now, just a few months later, we’re pleased to inform you that we have an official trailer for the film to accompany that incredible one-sheet they dropped a few months back.

Imogen Poots stars here as Riley Stone, leader of the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters, who are preparing to throw a Christmas party as Hawthorne College quiets down for winter break. However, it isn’t long before one of them disappears at the hands of a black-masked stalker, who begins killing off sorority sisters around the campus one by one.

With the body count at Hawthorne rising, Riley and the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters begin questioning whether they can trust any of the men in their lives, including their own boyfriends, crushes, and professors. “Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims,” the film’s synopsis reads.

As excellent as director Sophia Takal’s update on Black Christmas looks, the trailer does seem to reveal quite a few different plot developments and twists, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, it’s probably best to avoid the trailer for now so you don’t unintentionally ruin anything for yourself.

Black Christmas hits theaters on Friday, December 13, so mark your calendars accordingly, folks.

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